Play It Again

October 09, 2006|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN REPORTER

A summary of the Washington Redskins' 19-3 loss to the New York Giants:

What went right -- To be precise, not much. After throwing for 329 yards and three touchdowns last week against Jacksonville, Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell threw for 109 yards and didn't get near the end zone. After rushing for 112 yards and a touchdown last week, Clinton Portis ran for 76 and dropped a big third-down pass.

What went wrong -- As unproductive as the offense was, the defense was worse. The secondary got beat for two plays over 40 yards, and four over 20, a trend that has continued all season in the absence of injured cornerback Shawn Springs.

Defining moment -- Trailing 16-3 midway through the third quarter, the Redskins had third-and-one on the New York 24-yard line. After Brunell's pass to tight end Chris Cooley was broken up, the Redskins went for a field goal that John Hall missed from 42 yards.

What it means -- More important than losing the momentum the Redskins had built with back-to-back wins over Houston and Jacksonville, Washington is now 0-2 in the NFC East. Though both losses have been on the road, the division record is one of the tiebreakers used to determine a spot in the playoffs.

A look ahead -- The good news for Washington is that the winless Tennessee Titans come to town Sunday with a rookie quarterback in Vince Young and the distraction of a five-game suspension to head-stomping defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth. The bad news for the Redskins is that the Titans played hard in losing in Indianapolis, 14-13, yesterday.

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