By the Numbers
171 – Portis’ previous rushing high in Washington before Sunday’s mark of 196.
86 – Yards gained by Leon Washington on his opening kickoff return for a touchdown.
53.2 – Jason Campbell’s passer rating, his third game with a rating in the 50s this season.
36 – Number of carries by Clinton Portis, tying his best mark in Washington and two shy of his career best.
32 – Portis’ longest run, which is now the Redskins’ longest run of the season.
5 – Number of field goals by Shaun Suisham, tying a Redskins record.
2 – Attempted passes to a Redskins receiver in the first half.
Redskins record: 5-3
This time last year: 3-5
Time of game: 3:17
Stat worth noting: The Redskins rushed for 198 yards in the second half, with Clinton Portis gaining 108 yards after halftime.
Stat worth noting II: New York converted 11 of 18 third downs and averaged 4.8 yards per rush.
Turning point: The New York Jets faced a third down and seven at the Redskins’ 39 in overtime. With their kicker, Mike Nugent, they probably did not need but perhaps 10 more yards – at most. But receiver Jerrico Cotchery dropped a slightly low Kellen Clemens pass that would have resulted in a first down. It gave Washington new life.
Play to remember: With the Jets driving for a possible touchdown – and subsequent 24-12 lead – defensive backs Pierson Prioleau and Shawn Springs crunched receiver Cotchery at the Redskins’ 18. He fumbled the ball, LaRon Landry recovered and the Redskins drove for a go-ahead score.
Play to forget: The opening kickoff put the Redskins in a hole from which it took nearly all game to recover. Kick returner Leon Washington started up right, then cut back to the left. Vernon Fox was blocked and Leigh Torrence got sucked too far inside, opening an easy lane for Washington.
What Went Right:
…When the Redskins trailed 17-3 in the second quarter, they remained committed to the running game. Five of their next six plays were Clinton Portis runs, which powered a 48-yard field goal drive. It was only three points, but it did reveal their mindset for the afternoon. And that was as big as the points.
…On the game-winning drive, Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell hit tight end Chris Cooley, finding the soft spot in the zone, for a 17-yard gain to their 33-yard line. Four plays later, Portis dashed around left end for 17 more yards.
…Another Jets miscue saved the Redskins. Running back Leon Washington bounced around left end to the Redskins’ 3-yard line at the end of the third quarter. New York led 17-12 at the time. But a holding penalty wiped out the run. And three plays later Washington forced a turnover that the offense turned into the go-ahead points.
What Went Wrong
…The Redskins put themselves in a hole by not finishing drives throughout the game. They had four field goal drives in regulation and could not convert third downs. They had drives of 10, 11 and 10 plays that all resulted in field goals. It kept the Jets around all day and made Washington go to overtime to finally win.
…New England showed how to attack this defense, by going underneath and hitting the middle of the field. New York tried that with a degree of success as well. Tight end Chris Baker consistently burned Rocky McIntosh in coverage and caught four passes for 42 yards. The Redskins will have to get this shored up eventually.
…The Redskins gave New York 30 extra yards because of foolish hits. First, safety LaRon Landry drilled Kellen Clemens on a blitz, leading with his helmet. It was the easiest call the ref would ever have to make. Later, linebacker London Fletcher drew a 15-yarder for hitting Clemens after he slid. That led to a touchdown.