Monday, October 13, 2008



As improved as the Skins may be, they aren’t good enough to overcome three turnovers and several other bone-headed mistakes. Yesterday, they looked a lot more like last year’s model than this year’s.

Fans and the media like to focus on playmakers as the primary thing that determines the outcome of the games, but the Skins v. Rams show how most games are really settled by small things that can turn the tide either way.

If Redskin guard Pete Kendall bats down the ball instead of catching it and then fumbling it for a Rams touchdown, the Skins likely lead at half-time 7-3 (worst case), 10-3 or 14-3 (best case)instead of trailing 7-10. That’s the game right there.

Add to that, two dropped interceptions and a really horrible day for rookie punter Durant Brooks (GT) and it’s Upset City.

Don’t believe us when we say it’s the little things? Washington outgained the Rams 368 to 200, had 21 first downs to their 8, and ran for 181 yards to the Rams 76, and still lost on a last-second field goal.


Oh well, at least the Cowboys lost.

(Photos by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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