Keys to the game, STICKING WITH A GAME PLAN After...

December 10, 2006

Keys to the game, STICKING WITH A GAME PLAN

After dominating the Atlanta Falcons by mostly running the ball last week, the Redskins started throwing the ball and trying trick plays. It cost them momentum and helped the Falcons rally from a 14-0 deficit to win. The Redskins probably should give the ball to Ladell Betts until the Eagles prove they can stop him.

DON'T LET GARCIA GET GOING

He might not be Donovan McNabb, but 36-year-old journeyman Jeff Garcia, the Eagles' starting quarterback, showed Monday night against the Carolina Panthers that he is still capable of making plays, evidenced by his three touchdowns and 312 yards passing. The Redskins pressured Michael Vick early, and they can do the same to Garcia.

SECOND-HALF BREAKDOWNS

If their season was based solely on how the Redskins played in the first half of games, they might be in the running for a playoff spot. But the Redskins have been a 30- or 35-minute team, as evidenced by the fact they have been outscored 137-82 after halftime.

[Don Markus]

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