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Week 5 Game Recap: Washington Redskins 17, Carolina Panthers 20


Washington Redskins

QB Jason Campbell, Pass: 17 - 23 - 145 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0

Jason Campbell did nothing to quiet the boos of Redskins fans around the country with his performance in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. Campbell completed 17 of 23 passes for a respectable 74% completion percentage but most of his throws were short passes to the flats and checkdowns. With the exception of a 23 yard pass to Santana Moss, Campbell did not have a pass completion of more then 13 yards and seemed resigned to making short throws rather then take long chances down the field. The Redskins raced out to a 17 point lead (which is partly responsible for the short passing game) but Campbell's throws were rarely in a place that receivers could gain yards after the catch. Campbell was sacked 5 times and despite the Panthers loading the box to stop Clinton Portis, he could not take advantage of man-coverage to the outside for any long completions. He threw for a mere 8 first downs passing and even in 3rd and long situations, Campbell rarely threw the ball far enough to earn a first down. Outside of the completion to Moss, Campbell only had two passes that traveled more then 10 yards in the air, both resulting in incompletions.

RB Clinton Portis, Rush: 19 - 57 - 1, Rec: 2 - 17 - 1 (3 targets)

Clinton Portis had his best game of the year combining for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Portis caught an early screen pass on the right side of the field and quickly accelerated down the line and in to the endzone ahead of the defense's pursuit for his first score. He also scored on a first down carry up the middle from the Panthers' one yard line on a run where he took the handoff and hit the hole straight on with a full head of steam. However, Portis also was tackled 3 yards deep in the endzone on a sweep to the right side that resulted in a safety, allowing the Panthers to get on the scoreboard and begin their comeback. Most of Portis's carries were 3 and 4 yard gains between the tackles.

RB Ladell Betts, Rush: 2 - 7 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets)

Betts had three touches for 13 yards in relief of Clinton Portis against the Panthers. His lone gain rushing was an 8 yard scamper up the middle wherein he hit the hole with a full head of steam and gained about 4 yards after first contact. Otherwise, Betts did not play much of a role against the Panthers

WR Santana Moss, Rec: 4 - 44 - 0 (6 targets)

Santana Moss was Jason Campbell's most targeted receiver against the Panthers. Moss caught one deep ball for a 23 yard gain and had a second deep pass fall incomplete. Otherwise, Moss was relegated to catching 6 and 7 yard slants and screens wherein he was quickly wrapped up by the Panthers' man coverage. Moss was targeted on a 4th and 3 play in the 4th quarter but was well covered by Thomas Davis and couldn't make the reception for what would turn out to be a critical stop for the Panthers.

WR Antwaan Randle El, Rec: 3 - 28 - 0 (3 targets)

Randle El returned punts for the Redskins and caught 3 balls for 28 yards in the passing game. Randle El was targeted only on short crossing routes and slants and didn't have much room to work once he did catch the ball as his routes ran him towards the middle of the field (and thus towards the defense). Randle El also had a 17 yard reception brought back on a penalty that would have resulted in a first down.

WR Devin Thomas, Rec: 3 - 19 - 0 (4 targets)

Thomas rotated with Malcolm Kelly on the Redskins 3 and 4-wide sets, finishing the game with 3 catches for 19 yards. Thomas was also targeted on a deep pass by Campbell but was well defended by Julius Peppers, who had dropped back in to coverage on the play.

WR Malcolm Kelly, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (2 targets)

Malcolm Kelly was targeted twice on the same drive by Jason Campbell, once on a wide receiver screen to left side and again on a short pattern to the right. He finished the game with one reception for 8 yards but was on the field for about half of the Redskins 4-wide sets.

TE Fred Davis, Rec: 3 - 23 - 0 (3 targets)

Fred Davis had his best game of the season with 3 receptions for 23 yards. Davis was kept in the game to block for Portis on most downs and at least two of his receptions came after audibles at the line of scrimmage. Campbell appeared to favor Davis as an outlet when the Panthers blitzed from his side.

TE Chris Cooley

ight End Chris Cooley was held without a catch for the first time since his rookie season. He worked mainly as a blocker after left tackle Chris Samuels left the game with an injury.


Carolina Panthers

QB Jake Delhomme, Pass: 16 - 25 - 181 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 7 - 0

Jake Delhomme played well enough in the win against Washington that his job looks safe for now. In a word, Delhomme was efficient and showed much more poise then he had in recent weeks. Outside of an interception to Deangelo Hall that set up Clinton Portis's first rushing touchdown of the season, Delhomme made good decisions and regularly got the ball out of quick enough to avoid the Redskins' pressure. Delhomme also stepped up in the pocket confidently and managed to turn sure-sacks in to short gains on a handful of occasions, including on a crucial 3rd and 8 play in the 4th quarter where he escaped the grasp of Deangelo Hall and picked up a first down.

RB DeAngelo Williams, Rush: 18 - 40 - 0, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (2 targets)

Williams had a poor start against the Redskins fumbling on his very first carry. Things didn't improve much from there as Williams constantly found no room to run both between the tackles and to the outside. His best runs came to the right side of the line and his most important carries came in the 4th quarter as the Panthers worked to run out the clock. Williams had 13 yards on 4 straight carries over the course of two and a half minutes from deep inside Carolina territory to as the Panthers iced the game and earned their first win of the year. Williams did not have a reception in the passing game.

RB Jonathan Stewart, Rush: 10 - 39 - 1, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets)

Stewart returned to action and was the more effective Carolina runner against the Redskins. Stewart's first 3 carries were for losses (or no gain) and after a muffed punt, his day appeared to be going badly. But Stewart turned the tide rushing effectively off tackle and up the middle for an effective 39 yards to go along with an 8 yard touchdown. On the touchdown, Stewart ran up the middle and barreled his way to paydirt. Stewart also had one 6 yard reception on a screen to the middle of the field.

WR Muhsin Muhammad, Rec: 5 - 39 - 0 (10 targets)

Muhammad had one of his more productive games in recent memory with 5 catches for 39 yards. While Smith was patrolling the middle of the field, Muhammad worked almost exclusively outside of the right-side hashmark. Not long after a completion to the deep-right side of the field, Delhomme and Muhammad tried the same play and the pass was intercepted by Deangelo Hall. Otherwise, Muhammad spent much of his time running slants and hitches as the defense spotted him 5-7 yards at the line of scrimmage.

WR Steve Smith, Rec: 5 - 65 - 0 (6 targets)

Steve Smith's productive day existed almost completely between the hashmarks. Smith was sent on a number of crossing patterns and "in" routes in an attempt to loosen up the defense for the running game. Smith's 65 yards receiving were the very definition of "hard fought" as he caught the ball on the run and very quickly was wrapped up by the Redskin defense. Smith was held without a touchdown but did catch a 2-point conversion after Stewart's rushing touchdown to give the Panthers a 3 point lead.

TE Jeff King, Rec: 2 - 30 - 1 (2 targets)

Jeff King finished the day with 2 receptions for 30 yards including a 17 yard touchdown reception on 2nd and 5. King also fell on a ball (fumbled by Brad Hoover) in the endzone but the ball was spotted at the one since it can not be advanced by the offense on a fumble on 4th down. Outside of his few targets, King was kept in to block, primarily against the opposite defensive end on off-tackle runs by Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.


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