At a Glance
The Washington Post
Monday, Oct. 13, 2008; Pages E11-14
By the Numbers
345: Plays the Redskins ran this season before committing an offensive turnover. The Redskins are the only team in NFL history to have gone its first five games without an offensive turnover.
Involved Early
A week after failing to catch a ball for the first time this season, Santana Moss wasted no time reestablishing himself as Jason Campbell's top target. On the game's second offensive snap and the Redskins' first passing play, Campbell found Moss for a five-yard gain.
Welcome Back
Former Redskins assistant head coach Al Saunders was back in Washington as the offensive coordinator for St. Louis. Saunders was the de facto offensive coordinator under Joe Gibbs from 2006 to '07, and his 700-page playbook was the subject of much scrutiny.
NEXT UP: Cleveland Browns
When: Oct. 19, 4:15 p.m. (WUSA-9, WJZ-13)
Where: FedEx Field.
The Skinny: The Browns (1-3) play tonight against the New York Giants. QB Derek Anderson has struggled this season after throwing 29 touchdowns last season. Also starting slow has been WR Braylon Edwards, who had 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
Ball Control
Washington RB Clinton Portis celebrated his rushing touchdown in the first quarter by spinning the football after he reached the end zone. Portis was able to get the ball to rotate on its tip for a few seconds on the end zone line before it fell over.
12th Man
While the 12th Man moniker is most often associated with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL, the Redskins are also claiming that label for their fans. Yesterday's 12th Man festivities included a 12th Man flag being paraded across the field before kickoff and a new pregame video featuring a 12th Man flag above Washington's most famous monuments.
Cooley Miscue
TE Chris Cooley's fumble in the first quarter was the Redskins' first offensive turnover this season. Entering yesterday's game, the Redskins had previously lost the ball just once -- a fumbled punt by Antwaan Randle El in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints.
Sideline Meeting
Late in the third quarter after a poor punt by Durant Brooks, the Redskins' Leigh Torrence, who was in on special teams, and Rams Coach Jim Haslett exchanged heated words on the sideline. A Rams assistant had to step between Torrence and Haslett to defuse the tension.
Wasting No Time
After S LaRon Landry recovered a first-quarter fumble on the Rams 3-yard line, the Redskins needed one play and five seconds to reach the end zone. It was the franchise's briefest scoring drive since a one-play, one-yard effort in a win over the New England Patriots on Sept. 28, 2003.
Quiet Please
Some members of the Redskins' offense have complained about excessive noise from the FedEx Field home crowd during their possessions. The team responded by showing an animated Jason Campbell using his arms to ask for quiet before nearly every offensive snap.
Inconsistent Start
Washington P Durant Brooks continued his up-again-down-again rookie season yesterday. For his first punt, he hit a 50-yarder that settled at the St. Louis 3-yard line. For his second punt, he shanked an ugly 43-yarder that drew scattered boos from the home crowd.
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