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Best and Worst

Monday, November 22, 2004; Page D15

Worst running: The Eagles had been giving up 124 yards rushing per game before yesterday, but the Redskins could not take advantage. Clinton Portis wound up with 37 yards on 17 carries, and Washington amassed 51 yards as a team.

Worst discipline: The Redskins hurt themselves with 12 penalties for 115 yards. Their mistakes were especially damaging in the fourth quarter, when they were penalized six times for 70 yards.

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Best gifts: The Redskins began the game with consecutive losses on running plays on their first possession. Then on third down, Patrick Ramsey threw incomplete, but cornerback Lito Sheppard was called for holding, giving Washington an automatic first down. Later in the series, linebacker Ike Reese was called for a personal foul face mask. The Redskins got a field goal out of the drive.

Worst resistance: After the Redskins' semi-promising beginning, the defense, which entered the game ranked second in the NFL, yielded a 67-yard drive on 13 plays that ended in a short touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb to Chad Lewis. Washington gave up 334 total yards, including 126 rushing, for the game.

Worst footing: Cornerback Fred Smoot was locked in coverage on Todd Pinkston early in the second quarter but slipped, allowing the Eagles' wide receiver to make a 46-yard reception.

Best hustle: With approximately eight minutes to play before halftime, McNabb had defenders on their heels as he was scrambling. Defensive tackle Jermaine Haley did not give up on the play and tackled McNabb hard from behind as he was looking to throw. The hit jarred loose the ball, and Haley recovered to give the Redskins possession at their 39-yard line.

Worst injury: The sight of guard Randy Thomas lying on the Lincoln Financial Field turf holding his right knee in the second quarter added more misery to a team that came into the game with a host of significant injuries.

Worst throw: Midway through the second quarter, Ramsey badly missed Darnerien McCants, who had gotten behind the secondary running toward the post. The pass sailed well over McCants's head and might have gone for a touchdown had it been on the mark.

Worst decision: The Redskins were at the Eagles 11-yard line in the closing seconds of the first half facing third and 10. Instead of taking a shot at the end zone, Ramsey threw a five-yard out to Laveranues Coles.

Best pressure: Renaldo Wynn came around the left side and beat Jon Runyan to get to McNabb on the first play from scrimmage of the second half. As he tackled McNabb, Wynn rolled onto the left leg of Eagles guard Jermane Mayberry, who limped off the field.

Best interception: With the Eagles driving in the third quarter, safety Sean Taylor made a diving interception of a pass intended for Terrell Owens. Taylor read the pass all the way, jumped the route and made the catch as he stumbled.

Worst penalty: Taylor was called for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter for a shot to the head to Owens after Brian Westbrook ran for a first down on third and two. After the play was over, Taylor delivered a forearm shiver to Owens, and officials immediately threw flags. Three plays later, Owens caught a 10-yard touchdown for a 14-6 lead.

Worst drive: In the fourth quarter, the Redskins had a chance to cut the deficit to one or tie the score with a touchdown on a drive that reached the Eagles 10-yard line. But from there, the Redskins were called for three penalties, Ramsey threw three incomplete passes, and Ola Kimrin missed a 48-yard field goal attempt. During that series, the Redskins had first and goal from the 25 and third and goal from the 30 because of penalties.

-- Gene Wang

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