Up-Downs: Helu both up and down

Up-Downs: Helu both up and down
November 7, 2011, 11:19 am
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The Week 9 edition of Redskins up-downs after a fourth consecutive loss, 19-11 to the San Francisco 49ers.UPRoy Helu, The ReceiverUsing a take-what-the-defense-gives-him approach, Redskins quarterback John Beck targeted rookie running back Helu on 17 of 46 pass attempts. The result was a franchise, single-game record 14 catches for Helu (105 yards).DOWNRoy Helu, The ReceiverHe dropped one pass and fumbled away another reception, but thats not the biggest issue. Its the Redskins not having enough play-makers to get open downfield, resulting in a flurry of screen passes and dump-offs. Beck averaged only 8.5 yards per completion.DOWNFirst-quarter offenseThings didnt get any better for the Redskins, who are stuck on 13 first-quarter points this year. Against the 49ers, it was four-and-punt, three-and-punt and seven-and-interception. During the four-game losing streak, the Redskins have no opening-quarter points.DOWNAnthony ArmstrongFor the second straight game, the Redskins supposed best deep-threat receiver had no catches.UPGraham GanoGano gave the Redskins their first three points to end the first half when he connected from 59 yards, a franchise record. The surprising thing was that Gano gave his kick enough of a trajectory to get over the line, something that has been a problem for him.DOWNBrandon BanksBanks muffed two punts, but luckily for him, he recovered both fumbles. The second-year player has been neutralized this year and now hes making iffy decisions (fielding a punt at his own 3-yard line) and is lucky to get back to his own 20 when taking a kickoff out of the end zone.