"A win is a win is a win is a win is a win is a win."
-Some wise philosopher who was probably a Redskins fan
Sure, it wasn't pretty, but winning ugly is an important part of football. It's encouraging to know that your team can win a game without putting forth its best effort (and let's pray that wasn't their best effort), no matter who the opponent is.
The Skins did what they couldn't do last week, what they did the week before that, and what they couldn't do in their season opener - emerge victorious in an excruciatingly boring (but winnable) football game.
I believe it was Descartes, or someone, who said, "You wanna go undefeated at home and win half your away games. That's a successful season." So here we are, 2-0 at Fedex, with a game in Carolina against a rested Panthers team looming. Win that one, and we're halfway to .500 on the road and primed for a successful year. But for now, let's enjoy the victory while taking solace in the fact that we've played worse than anyone could have imagined coming out of training camp, yet find ourselves in the thick of the playoff race due to a relatively weak schedule. Thank you, NFL Gods.
Some thoughts on the game:
- The field conditions were horrendous. Does that qualify as some form of home field advantage? Perhaps, but it seemed to affect Clinton Portis more than anyone else. Dude was slipping every other carry.
- Speaking of Portis, 25 carries for 98 yards is pretty fantastic considering the line he was running behind. Is it just me, or is he getting hit in the backfield FAR TOO OFTEN? Actually, don't answer that.
- Chris Cooley is awesome in every way and nobody will ever change my mind about that.
- Reed Doughty led the team with 8 solo tackles. I'll be the first to admit that I was skeptical when it was announced he would start over Chris Horton, but he might have been our best defensive player today.
- Albert Haynesworth had an extremely quiet day: zero tackles and nary an injury!
- Big ups on Deangelo Hall for his timely interception. Seemed to swing momentum, which I thought didn't even exist after last week's debacle, in our favor.
- I think Carlos Rogers could put superglue on his hands and he still wouldn't be able to catch a football. Pathetic.
- That route by Santana Moss on his 59-yard touchdown was a thing of beauty.
- I really have no idea what to say about Jason Campbell. So i just won't say anything and we'll leave it at that.
- Screw it, scratch that. That pass to Portis in the first quarter - you know, the one that was actually a lateral - while he was clearly covered and which was predictably fumbled was the single worst decision I've ever seen Campbell make.