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Skins Let One Slip Away 17-14 to Packers

Washington Redskins' Antwaan Randle El gets tackled by Green Bay Packers' Atari Bigby 

In what will be remembered as wide out Santana Moss’ worst game as a pro, the Redskins looked good in the stat sheet, but missed plenty of chances in their latest set back, a 17-14 loss to the Packers Sunday in Green Bay. The turning point of the game took place in the third quarter with the Skins up 14-10, as Moss lost the handle on the ball on a reverse and it was scooped up and returned 57 yards for a score by Charles Woodson for what turned into the game-winner for the now 5-1 Packers. The game was marked by a soggy wet field in Green Bay that stopped both offenses in their tracks for most of the afternoon.

The Packers top-ranked pass offense was unable to do much with the weather and a stingy Skins defense stopping them cold for most of the day. Brett Favre did his best to try and create some offense, but went just 19-for-37 for 188 yards with no TD’s and two interceptions. The picks put Favre in a class by himself, as he is now the all-time interception king in NFL history. Nevertheless, Favre and the Packers still fell good about leaving this battle 5-1 instead of 4-2.

Washington also seemed to be halted by the poor conditions as well as a stout Packer defense. They dropped passes, and Clinton Portis was held to just 64 yards on 20 carries, a 3.2 yards per carry average. The running game put up just 33 yards in the second half. The Skins also lost more players on the O-line, with Casey Rabach leaving with a groin injury, Todd Wade leaving also with a groin injury, and Stephon Heyer suffering a hamstring injury.

Three turnovers and two big drops by Moss and Brandon Lloyd marked what ended up being a sloppy day of missed chances for the Redskins, who had a shot to move to 4-1 and within a half game of the NFC East lead with the Cowboys. There were also more than a few interceptions from Favre that the team dropped. “I guess we ain’t learning our lesson,” Portis said. “When we get a chance to put teams away, we have to finish them.”

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One Response to “Skins Let One Slip Away 17-14 to Packers”

  1. T-Bone Jackson says:

    Man, your article sounds like the Redskins totally dominated the Packers on Sunday. You forgot about the terrible calls from the refs negating two Brett Favre touchdown passes and two missed field goals by the Packers. It sounds to me the Packers (and the refs) beat the Packers.

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