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Haynesworth plays his best game of the season

Albert Haynesworth admitted that, before the game, he “was crying” while remembering the loss of his half brother (who died just over a week ago in a fatal motorcycle crash). However, he said that he wiped the tears from his eyes, put it upon himself to be the big brother, and go out there and “go play ball.”

In what can easily be described as his best performance of the season, Haynesworth did exactly that, recording three tackels (two for a loss), a sack, and a critical forced fumble in the 3rd quarter on Jay Cutler’s quarterback sneak from the one yard line.

Hanyesworth, in his post-game comments, indicated that he was tipped off on what was going to happen when he saw Cutler talking with Bears center Olin Kreutz and guard Edwin Williams right before the play. Knowing that Kreutz and Williams were going to go low on Haynesworth, he leaped over the two of them and nailed Cutler, stopping Cutler’s initial surge and helping force the fumble.

Haynesworth’s sack also came in impressive fashion, as he bull rushed right through Williams, and virtually threw Williams right on top of Cutler for the drive-ending sack.

Haynesworth mentioned, after the game, that he’s more comfortable with the 3-4 defense – long a contention point since the Shanahan regime came to Washington – since they’ve taken Haynesworth out of the “okey” package (run formation), while bringing him in on passing situations and letting him attack upfield more freely, something he excelled while he played for the Tennessee Titans.


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