Up-Downs: Redskins D can't get off the field

Up-Downs: Redskins D can't get off the field
October 24, 2011, 12:03 pm
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And now for the Week 7 edition of Up Downs after the Redskins 33-20 loss at the Carolina Panthers.Down
Getting off the field defensively. Although in the end, the Redskins ran only one fewer play than Carolina (64-63), the Panthers held a nearly 11-minute edge in time of possession.While putting away the game, the Panthers offense strung together drives of 13, 12, 10 and 12 plays. Their drive times included 7:29, 7:22, 5:57 and 8:26. The final march was the longest allowed by the Redskins this year.Down
The Redskins secondary. Particularly, it was a tough go for cornerbacks Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall. Carolina receiver Steve Smith caught seven passes for 143 yards.Part of it was the lack of a second-half pass rush and part of it was coverage, but Newton and Smith had far too much time to stand in the pocket (Newton) and to work to get open (Smith).Up
Tim Hightowers first half. Kept on the bench last week for, um, er, uh, a shoulder problem, the running back returned to the starting lineup and immediately looked at home.By halftime, Hightower had played nearly all of the snaps and had rushed 15 times for 78 yards.Down
Tim Hightowers second half. In a tight game (Panthers leading 9-6), Hightowers left knee landed awkwardly on the turf and he tumbled to the ground. He could not put any pressure on the leg and after the game, needed crutches to the locker room.If this ends Hightowers season, its a tough break for a guy trying to establish himself and its a really tough break for a Redskins running game that appeared to be at its best by committee.Up
Fred Davis (pictured) production. Even though it took a little while for John Beck to find him, the Redskins tight end led with six catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.Now that Santana Moss (hand) is likely to join Chris Cooley on the injured list, Davis role will only become more important. He needs to be established earlier in games.Down
The rush defense. A week after allowing 192 yards to the Eagles, the Redskins gave up 175 to Carolina. Jonathan Stewart (68), Cam Newton (59) and DeAngelo Williams (35) all averaged at least 3.5 yards per carry.Next up is a Bills team that is fourth in rushing offense. Fred Jackson could have some fun.