At a Glance
The Washington Post
Monday, Oct. 29, 2007; Pages E15-18
Monday, Oct. 29, 2007; Pages E15-18
Fast StartNew York Jets return specialist Leon Washington began the game by taking the opening kickoff for a touchdown, making him the first player in franchise history to return three kicks for a touchdown in the same season. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown the Redskins had permitted since the 2004 season.
By the Numbers104: Consecutive games Jets WR Laveranues Coles had started before being deactivated yesterday. Coles had not missed a game since his rookie season in 2000 and was the only wide receiver to have started every game since 2001.
By the Numbers, Part II28: Minutes it took the Redskins to complete a pass to a wide receiver yesterday. Washington's wide receiving corps ended the first half with one reception for 12 yards.
Tip DrillLate in the first quarter, Redskins defensive end Andre Carter got both hands up and deflected Kellen Clemens's throw, but the ball got through, and tight end Chris Baker made the catch in front of linebacker Rocky McIntosh. The reception was good for 14 yards and extended the drive on third down and seven from the Redskins 23.
NEXT UP: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)When: Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Where: FedEx Field.
The Skinny: The Redskins won the first game between the teams this season at Lincoln Financial Field, 20-12, Sept. 17. Washington held the Eagles without a touchdown and amassed 130 rushing yards, including 69 from Clinton Portis. The Redskins are aiming to duplicate their sweep of the season series two years ago.
Head StartAn hour before the game began, S Sean Taylor stood in the end zone, fielding kickoffs from Shaun Suisham. He put the practice to some use at the end of the first half, catching a failed field goal attempt and returning it 29 yards before fumbling as the first half expired..
Taking PunishmentAmong Jets QB Kellen Clemens's biggest contributions in the first half yesterday: taking a hit. New York converted a third down when rookie S LaRon Landry was whistled for hitting Clemens in the head, and the Jets later got 15 more yards when LB London Fletcher earned a late hit for jumping on Clemens.
Four in a RowThe Redskins extended their recent dominance over the Jets by winning their fourth straight in the series. The last time the Jets beat the Redskins was 3-0 in 1993; since then, Washington has had three coaches beat New York: Joe Gibbs, Steve Spurrier and Norv Turner.
Fleet FeetQuarterback Jason Campbell's third-quarter scramble for 29 yards was the Redskins' longest rushing play of the season to that point. Campbell had dropped back to pass on third and 14, but with no one open, he ran left and appeared set to slide but darted out of bounds for a few extra yards.
Quotable"You're not going to apologize for victories." -- Redskins LB London Fletcher, on beating the New York Jets, who entered yesterday's game with a 1-7 record. The Jets have the third-worst record in the league behind winless Miami and St. Louis.
Special Teams StarRedskins place kicker Shaun Suisham played the best game of his NFL career, tying the franchise record with five field goals, including a 46-yarder in overtime. The native of Ontario, in his third NFL season, made three field goals in the first half -- his first three-field goal half -- and also successfully executed an onside kick in the second quarter.
Blitz HappyThe Redskins had strayed from their aggressive, blitzing ways recently, but assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams went back to that formula yesterday against inexperienced Jets QB Kellen Clemens. On one play, Williams sent safety LaRon Landry on a blitz, and he came in unimpeded to sack Clemens. Washington finished with three sacks.