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2008 Washington Redskins season
Washington Redskins logo
Head coach Jim Zorn
Home field FedEx Field
Results
Record 8-8
Place 4th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers 4
Uniform
NFCE-Uniform-WAS.PNG
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The 2008 Washington Redskins season was the 76th season for the team in the National Football League. They failed to improve upon their 9-7 record from 2007. They played teams from the NFC West and AFC North as per the schedule rotation, as well as their regular games with NFC East rivals.

Contents

Offseason

The 2008 offseason opened with the announcement on January 8, 2008 of the retirement of head coach Joe Gibbs.[1] The Redskins immediately began a national search for a new head coach. On January 25, 2008, Jim Zorn was hired as offensive coordinator.[2] The following day, Associate Head Coach Al Saunders and Assistant Head Coach Gregg Williams were fired and Greg Blache was named defensive coordinator.[3][4] On February 9, Jim Zorn was hired to be Head Coach.[5] On February 15, Sherman Smith, the former running backs coach for the Tennessee Titans, was hired as an offensive coordinator.[6]

Key departures

On February 26, 2008, the Redskins released WR Brandon Lloyd.[7] Lloyd later signed with the Chicago Bears.[8]

Mark Brunell, Reche Caldwell, Rick DeMulling, Randall Godfrey, Brian Kozlowski, David Macklin, Keenan McCardell, Pierson Prioleau, Mike Pucillo, and Omar Stoutmire were free agents and not re-signed by the Redskins.

On August 30, the Redskins released veterans Ryan Boschetti (DT), Derrick Frost (P), and Todd Wade (OT) .[9]

Key additions

On May 27, 2008, the Redskins traded a conditional 2009 seventh-round draft pick to the Minnesota Vikings for DE Erasmus James. According to the terms of the deal, James must play in at least one regular season game in order for the Vikings to receive the draft pick.[10]

On July 20, 2008, the Redskins traded a 2009 second-round draft pick and a 2010 sixth-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins for DE Jason Taylor.[11]

On November 6, 2008[12], the Redskins signed cornerback DeAngelo Hall to a one-year contract.[13]

Free agents heading into the 2008 season

[14]

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed 2008 team
DT Ryan Boschetti UFA March 12 Washington Redskins[15]
FB Nehemiah Broughton ERFA April 2 Washington Redskins [16]
QB Mark Brunell UFA March 13 New Orleans Saints[17]
WR Reche Caldwell UFA March 25 St. Louis Rams[18]
RB Rock Cartwright UFA March 7 Washington Redskins[19]
QB Todd Collins UFA February 29 Washington Redskins[20]
OL Rick DeMulling UFA
OL Jason Fabini UFA March 25 Washington Redskins[21]
P Derrick Frost UFA March 24 Washington Redskins[22]
LB Randall Godfrey UFA
TE Brian Kozlowski UFA
CB David Macklin UFA March 20 St. Louis Rams[23]
WR Keenan McCardell UFA
S Pierson Prioleau UFA April 30 Jacksonville Jaguars[24]
OL Mike Pucillo UFA
S Omar Stoutmire UFA
K Shaun Suisham ERFA February 29 Washington Redskins[25]

2008 NFL Draft

2008 Washington Redskins NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College
Round Choice
2 34 Devin Thomas Wide Receiver 6'2 215 Michigan State
2 48 Fred Davis Tight End 6'4 250 Southern Cal
2 51 Malcolm Kelly Wide Receiver 6'4 219 Oklahoma
3 96 Chad Rinehart Offensive Guard 6'5 320 Northern Iowa
4 124 Justin Tryon Cornerback 5'9 180 Arizona State
6 168 Durant Brooks Punter 6'0 204 Georgia Tech
6 180 Kareem Moore Safety 5'11 213 Nicholls State
6 186 Colt Brennan Quarterback 6'2 205 Hawaii
7 242 Rob Jackson Defensive end 6'4 257 Kansas State
7 249 Chris Horton Safety 6'1 216 UCLA

The Redskins traded their #21 (1st round), #84 (3rd round), and #154 (5th round) selections to the Atlanta Falcons for their #34 (2nd round), #48 (2nd round), and #103 (4th round) selections. They then traded their #103 selection to the Tennessee Titans for their #124 (4th round) and #157 (5th round) selections. Lastly, they traded their #157 and #228 (7th round) selections to the St. Louis Rams for their #168 (6th round) and #180 (6th round) selections.

Preseason

Schedule

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Result Stadium Box scores TV
Final score Team record
1 August 3 8:00 p.m. EDT Indianapolis Colts (Hall of Fame Game) W 30 – 16 1-0 Fawcett Stadium Recap NBC
2 August 9 7:00 p.m. EDT Buffalo Bills W 17 – 14 2-0 FedEx Field Recap NFL Network
3 August 16 7:00 p.m. EDT at New York Jets W 13 – 10 3-0 Giants Stadium Recap CSN Mid-Atlantic
4 August 23 7:30 p.m. EDT at Carolina Panthers L 3 – 47 3-1 Bank of America Stadium Recap CSN Mid-Atlantic
5 August 28 7:00 p.m. EDT Jacksonville Jaguars L 3 – 24 3-2 FedEx Field Recap NBC

Hall of Fame Game vs. Indianapolis Colts

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 3 10 3 0 16
Redskins 7 2 7 14 30

at Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio

Washington started the game on a high note when they recovered a surprise onside kick by the Colts. Three plays later, quarterback Jason Campbell threw a touchdown pass to Antwaan Randle El and gave the Redskins a 7-0 lead. The Colts responded on their own drive which ended in a field goal by K Adam Vinatieri. In the second quarter, Colts C Jamey Richard snapped the ball over the head of the QB and it sailed out of the endzone for a safety. Later in the quarter, the Colts scored a touchdown when QB Quinn Gray threw a 30-yard pass to WR Onrea Jones. After a missed field goal attempt by Shaun Suisham, the Colts were able to end the first half with a field goal of their own making the halftime score Colts 13 - Redskins 10. The Colts received the ball following halftime and marched down the field to score another field goal. The Redskins responded with a drive resulting in a 20-yard touchdown pass from QB Colt Brennan to WR Maurice Mann. The Redskins were able to follow up with another touchdown drive when Brennan hit RB Marcus Mason on a 5-yard pass. After the Colts got the ball back a couple of series later, QB Jared Lorenzen threw an interception to Redskins CB Matteral Richardson who took it back for a touchdown and sealed the victory for the Redskins. The Redskins had two former players, WR Art Monk and CB Darrell Green, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame[26].

Preseason Week 1 vs. Buffalo Bills

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 3 11 0 0 14
Redskins 7 7 3 0 17

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

The Redskins received the ball first but immediately gave it to the Bills when RB Marcus Mason fumbled during the kick return. After the turnover, the Redskins defense was able to hold the Bills to a field goal. Later in the 1st quarter, the Redskins drove down the field and RB Clinton Portis scored on a 1-yard rushing play on a 4th down. Two series later, the Redskins drove down the field again and QB Todd Collins passed to RB Ladell Betts on a screen play which resulted in a 12-yard touchdown. Buffalo responded with a drive of their own which resulted in a field goal. When the Redskins got the ball back after the field goal, Collins threw a pass which was intercepted by CB Ashton Youboty. QB J.P. Losman threw a touchdown pass to WR James Hardy and the Bills completed a successful 2-point conversion to tie the game before halftime. The second half was dominated by both defenses and the only score was a 46-yard field goal by Redskins K Shaun Suisham in the 3rd quarter.

Preseason Week 2 at New York Jets

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 3 3 7 13
Jets 7 0 0 3 10

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

The Jets scored first in this game when newly-signed QB Brett Favre completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to TE Dustin Keller. The Redskins responded with a drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal from K Shaun Suisham. The Redskins would have another chance to score later in the 2nd quarter, but that drive ended when QB Derek Devine threw an interception to CB James Ihedigbo at the Jets' 19 yardline. Neither team would score for the rest of the half. The Redskins received the ball first starting the 3rd quarter and ended a 51-yard drive with a 36-yard field goal from Suisham. Later in the 4th quarter, the Jets scored when K Mike Nugent kicked a 43-yard field goal. After two more drives stalled, the Redskins received the ball with 2:04 left in the game. QB Colt Brennan and the Redskins drove down the field and scored a touchdown when Brennan threw a short pass to TE Jason Goode who took it 33 yards to the endzone. The Jets received the ball again and had a chance to tie the game, but K Mike Nugent missed a 23-yard field goal as time expired.

Preseason Week 3 at Carolina Panthers

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 3 0 3
Panthers 3 31 7 6 47

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Although the game was close after the first quarter, the Panthers dominated the second quarter. Both RBs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams rushed for a 50 and 60 yard TDs, respectivelly. WR Steve Smith scored on a fumble recovery and QB Jake Delhomme threw a 24-yard TD pass to TE Dante Rosario. The Redskins were finally able to get on the scoreboard with a field goal in the 3rd quarter, but only after Delhomme threw a screen pass to Steve Smith for a 33 yard touchdown. The high note for the Redskins was holding the Panthers to just 6 points (two field goals) in the 4th quarter.

Preseason Week 4 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 7 10 0 7 24
Redskins 0 3 0 0 3

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

For the second week in a row, the Redskins were held to just a field goal. The Jaguars scored on their second drive when QB David Garrard threw a 3-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Williams. The Jaguars were able to score again early in the second quarter when QB Cleo Lemon threw a 4-yard TD pass to TE Greg Estandia. Early in the 4th quarter, the Jaguars scored on their first play of the drive when QB Todd Bouman threw a 51-yard TD pass to WR Troy Williamson. After a 3-0 start to the pre-season, the Redskins suffered two consecutive defeats to close out their exhibition games.

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) Result Game Site TV Record Match Report
1 September 4, 2008 at New York Giants 7:00 L 7-16 Giants Stadium NBC 0-1 Recap
2 September 14, 2008 New Orleans Saints 1:00 W 29-24 FedEx Field Fox 1-1 Recap
3 September 21, 2008 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 W 24-17 FedEx Field Fox 2-1 Recap
4 September 28, 2008 at Dallas Cowboys 4:15 W 26-24 Texas Stadium Fox 3-1 Recap
5 October 5, 2008 at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 W 23-17 Lincoln Financial Field Fox 4-1 Recap
6 October 12, 2008 St. Louis Rams 1:00 L 17-19 FedEx Field Fox 4-2 Recap
7 October 19, 2008 Cleveland Browns 4:15 W 14-11 FedEx Field CBS 5-2 Recap
8 October 26, 2008 at Detroit Lions 1:00 W 25-17 Ford Field Fox 6-2 Recap
9 November 3, 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30 L 6-23 FedEx Field ESPN 6-3 Recap
10 Bye
11 November 16, 2008 Dallas Cowboys 8:15 L 10-14 FedEx Field NBC 6-4 Recap
12 November 23, 2008 at Seattle Seahawks 4:15 W 20-17 Qwest Field Fox 7-4 Recap
13 November 30, 2008 New York Giants 1:00 L 7-23 FedEx Field Fox 7-5 Recap
14 December 7, 2008 at Baltimore Ravens 8:15 L 10-24 M&T Bank Stadium NBC 7-6 Recap
15 December 14, 2008 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 L 13-20 Paul Brown Stadium Fox 7-7 Recap
16 December 21, 2008 Philadelphia Eagles 4:15 W 10-3 FedEx Field Fox 8-7 Recap
17 December 28, 2008 at San Francisco 49ers 4:15 L 24-27 Candlestick Park Fox 8-8 Recap

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
z (1) New York Giants 12 4 0 .750 4-2 9-3 427 294 L1
x (6) Philadelphia Eagles 9 6 1 .594 2-4 7-5 416 289 W1
Dallas Cowboys 9 7 0 .563 3-3 7-5 362 365 L2
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 3-3 7-5 265 296 L1

Week 1: at New York Giants

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 0 0 7
Giants 10 6 0 0 16

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

The Redskins began their 2008 campaign on the road against their NFC East rival and defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. In this annual kickoff game, coach Jim Zorn made his official NFL head coaching debut. In the first quarter, Washington trailed early as Giants QB Eli Manning closed out their opening drive with a 1-yard TD run. Later in the quarter, New York added on to their lead when John Carney kicked a 24-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the 'Skins continued to trail as Carney kicked two more field goals of 25 & 47 yards. Near the end of the half, Washington finally got on the board as QB Jason Campbell completed a 12-yard TD pass to WR Santana Moss. However, the second half was an all-out defensive struggle as New York held on for the win.

With the loss, the Redskins began their season at 0-1.

Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 10 14 0 24
Redskins 3 6 6 14 29

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Hoping to rebound from their divisional road loss to the Giants, the Redskins played their Week 2 home opener against the New Orleans Saints. In the first quarter, the 'Skins took the early lead when Shaun Suisham kicked a 22-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Washington increased its lead with Suisham's 36-yard field goal. The Saints would respond with RB Pierre Thomas's 1-yard TD run and kicker Martín Gramática's 49-yard field goal. In the third quarter, New Orleans increased its lead with QB Drew Brees completing a 19-yard TD pass to WR Robert Meachem. Afterwards, the 'Skins responded when RB Clinton Portis scored on a 9-yard TD run (with a failed 2-point conversion). The Saints responded with a Reggie Bush 55 yard punt return for a touchdown. The Redskins were able to mount a fourth quarter comeback by rallying for 14 points in the final stanza. The comeback started with a Clinton Portis 8-yard TD run, and was completed when QB Jason Campbell threw a 67-yard TD pass to WR Santana Moss.

With the come from behind win, the Redskins improved to 1-1.

Week 3: vs. Arizona Cardinals

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 10 0 17
Redskins 7 3 7 7 24

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

The Redskins remained at home for Week 3 to play the Arizona Cardinals. In the first quarter, the Redskins scored first with RB Clinton Portis scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run. In the second quarter, Washington increased its lead when Shaun Suisham kicked a 48-yard field goal. The Cardinals closed out the first half with QB Kurt Warner completing a 4-yard TD pass to WR Anquan Boldin. In the third quarter, Arizona tied the game when kicker Neil Rackers made a 26-yard field goal attempt. The Redskins responded with QB Jason Campbell completing a 2-yard TD pass to TE Todd Yoder. Arizona followed with a 62-yard Warner TD pass to WR Larry Fitzgerald. In the fourth quarter, the Redskins pulled away with Campbell's 17-yard TD pass to WR Santana Moss.

With the win, the Redskins improved to 2-1.

Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 17 3 6 26
Cowboys 7 3 7 7 24

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

After defeating the Cardinals at home, the Redskins flew to Texas Stadium for an inter-conference game with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys led early when QB Tony Romo completed a 21-yard TD pass to TE Jason Witten in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Washington responded with 17 points. QB Jason Campbell threw touchdown passes of 3 & 2 yards to WR James Thrash and WR Antwaan Randle El respectively, and kicker Shaun Suisham added a 20-yard field goal. Dallas ended the first half scoring with a Nick Folk 36-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Cowboys tied the game with Romo throwing a 10-yard TD pass to WR Terrell Owens. The Redskins answered with a 33-yard field goal by Suisham. In the fourth quarter, Washington increased its lead with Suisham field goals of 33 & 29 yards. Dallas would score late in the game with an 11-yard Romo completion to WR Miles Austin. The Cowboys then attempted an onside kick, however, the kick was recovered by the Redskins and they were able to seal the victory.

With the win, the Redskins improved to 3-1.

Also, head coach Jim Zorn became the first Redskins rookie head coach since George Allen to earn a victory over the Cowboys in Dallas on his first attempt.

Week 5: at Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 9 7 7 23
Eagles 14 0 0 3 17

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Coming off a road win over the Cowboys, the Redskins traveled to Lincoln Financial Field for a Week 5 NFC East duel with the Philadelphia Eagles. In the first quarter, the Redskins trailed early as RB Brian Westbrook scored on a 9-yard TD run and the Eagles DeSean Jackson returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Washington responded with Shaun Suisham kicking field goals of 41, 48, and 50 yards. In the third quarter, the Redskins took the lead on a trick play as WR Antwaan Randle El threw an 18-yard TD pass to TE Chris Cooley. In the fourth quarter, the Redskins increased their lead when Clinton Portis scored on a 4-yard TD run. Afterwards, the Eagles were unable to rally, only managing a 23-yard field goal by kicker David Akers.

With the win, the Redskins improved to 4-1.

Week 6: vs. St. Louis Rams

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 7 6 3 19
Redskins 7 0 0 10 17

at Fedex Field, Landover, Maryland

The Redskins played the winless St. Louis Rams in week 6. The Redskins obtained an early lead when RB Clinton Portis scored on a 3-yard TD run. The Rams responded with a Josh Brown 51-yard field goal. St. Louis scored again later in the second quarter when free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown. The Rams increased their lead as Brown kicked filed goals of 25 and 44 yards early in the 2nd half. In the fourth quarter, Washington regained the lead with a Shaun Suisham 38-yard field goal and a Clinton Portis 2-yard rushing TD. St. Louis would come back to win the game on a 49-yard Brown field goal.

With the unexpected loss, the Redskins fell to 4-2.

Week 7: vs. Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 0 3 8 11
Redskins 0 0 7 7 14

at Fedex Field, Landover, Maryland

The Redskins played at home for a Week 7 with the Cleveland Browns visiting. After a scoreless first half, the Redskins scored in the third quarter on a Clinton Portis 3-yard TD run. The Browns responded when kicker Phil Dawson made a 37-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Washington increased its lead as QB Jason Campbell completed an 18-yard TD pass to WR Santana Moss. After falling behind 14-3, Cleveland staged a late rally with QB Derek Anderson completing a 1-yard TD pass to WR Joshua Cribbs and a successful 2-point conversion pass to WR Braylon Edwards). The Browns had a chance to tie the score in the final seconds of the game, however, Phil Dawson's 54-yard field goal attempt went wide right and the Redskins prevailed.

Redskins Season Record: 5-2

Week 8: at Detroit Lions

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 3 3 10 9 25
Lions 7 3 0 7 17

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

The Redskins scored first when Shaun Suisham kicked a 25 yard field goal. Detroit running back Rudi Johnson scored on an 11 yard run at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Detroit added to its lead on a 43 yard Jason Hanson field goal. Washington ended the half with another field goal.

In the third quarter, the Redskins regained the lead as Suisham made a 45 yard field goal. Washington scored again when Jason Campbell completed a 50 yard pass to wide receiver Santana Moss. In the fourth quarter, Moss returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown. Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky answered with a 17 yard pass to Calvin Johnson. Washington closed out the scoring with a Suisham field goal of 42 yards, and the Redskins won the game 25-17.

Redskins Season Record: 6-2

Week 9: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 6 7 23
Redskins 6 0 0 0 6

at Fedex Field, Landover, Maryland

The Redskins donned their burgundy uniforms and played at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a special pre-election day edition of Monday Night Football.

The Steelers opened the game with a failed onside kick attempt which gave the Redskins position at their opponent's 41 yard line. The drive ended with a Shaun Suisham field goal. The Redskins regained possession on a tipped Ben Roethlisberger pass that was intercepted by Cornelius Griffin early in the first quarter. The drive resulted in another field goal giving Washington a 6-0 lead over the Steelers. In the second quarter, Steelers' Jeff Reed scored on a 35 yard field goal. Pittsburgh took the lead as they turned a blocked Ryan Plackemeier punt attempt into a 1 yard touchdown run by Roethlisberger, who exited the game following the score due to an injury to his shoulder and would not return[27].

In the second half, Byron Leftwich entered the game for the injured Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh rusher Willie Parker ran for a touchdown in the third quarter (with a failed extra point). Early in the fourth quarter, Leftwich completed a 5 yard touchdown reception to Santonio Holmes, giving the Steelers a 23-6 lead. Jason Campbell appeared to score a rushing touchdown later in the quarter but the ruling was reversed on a Pittsburgh challenge.

Byron Leftwich played for only one half and threw for 129 yards. Clinton Portis was held to 51 yards rushing. Jason Campbell was sacked seven times. His streak of avoiding an interception also ended at 249 pass attempts[28].

With the loss, the Redskins entered their bye week 6-3.

Week 11: vs. Dallas Cowboys

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 7 0 7 14
Redskins 7 3 0 0 10

at Fedex Field, Landover, Maryland

Coming off their bye week, the Redskins stayed at home for a Week 11 NFC East rematch with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. In the first quarter, the 'Skins struck first as QB Jason Campbell completed a 2-yard TD pass to FB Mike Sellers. In the second quarter, the Cowboys responded with RB Marion Barber 2-yard TD run. Washington would close out the half with kicker Shaun Suisham nailing a 41-yard field goal. After a scoreless third quarter, Dallas took the lead when Dallas QB Tony Romo completed a 25-yard TD pass to TE Martellus Bennett. The 'Skins attempted to mount a comeback, however the Cowboys' defense was able to secure the win.

With the loss, the Redskins fell to 6-4.

Week 12: at Seattle Seahawks

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 10 3 20
Seahawks 3 7 0 7 17

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Hoping to rebound from their divisional home loss to the Cowboys, the Redskins flew to Qwest Field for a Week 12 duel with the Seattle Seahawks. In the first quarter, the Redskins trailed early as the Seahawks Olindo Mare kicked a 45-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Washington took the lead as RB Ladell Betts scored on a 1-yard TD run. Seattle would respond when QB Matt Hasselbeck connected with RB Maurice Morris on a 4-yard TD pass.

In the third quarter, the Redskins took the lead on successive scores by Shaun Suisham (26-yard field goal) and a Jason Campbell 8-yard TD pass to WR Antwaan Randle El. In the fourth quarter, the Seahawks tied the game when Hasselbeck completed a 10-yard TD pass to TE John Carlson. Afterwards, Washington regained the lead as Suisham nailed a 22-yard field goal. Late in the game, a Ledell Betts fumble opened the door for a Seattle comeback. However, Matt Hasselbeck threw an interception to CB Shawn Springs on the first play of the series with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game. The Redskins ran out the clock, and sealed the win in Seattle.

The game marked the return of Redskins head coach Jim Zorn and running back Shaun Alexander to their former team. Clinton Portis, who was questionable to play, led the running game with 143 yards[29]. Washington ended a 2-game losing streak with the win.

With the win, Washington improved to 7-4.

Week 13: vs. New York Giants

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 10 3 7 3 23
Redskins 0 7 0 0 7

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

The Redskins played at home for an NFC East division rematch against the New York Giants. Prior to the game, the franchise held a pregame ceremony where the late Sean Taylor was added to the Redskins Ring of Honor.[30]

In the first quarter, Washington trailed early as Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Amani Toomer. New York kicker John Carney also scored on a 31-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Redskins continued to trail as Carney kicked a 38-yard field goal. Washington would close out the half as rookie wide receiver Devin Thomas ran for a 29-yard touchdown.

In the third quarter, New York answered with running back Brandon Jacobs scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, the Giants pulled away as Carney connected on a 39-yard field goal.

Redskins Season Record: 7-5

Week 14: at Baltimore Ravens

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 0 10 10
Ravens 14 0 3 7 24

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Washington traveled to Baltimore for an inter-conference game against the Ravens. Washington won the toss, and elected to receive the opening kick. Washington quarterback Jason Campbell was intercepted early in the drive by Ravens safety Ed Reed. Baltimore running back Le'Ron McClain converted the turnover into points when he scored a rushing TD on the ensuing Ravens possession. Later in the first quarter, the Ravens defense struck for a defensive touchdown when Ed Reed recovered a fumble from Washington running back Clinton Portis.

In the third quarter, Ravens kicker Matt Stover extended the Ravens lead with a 32-yard field goal. Early in the fourth quarter, Washington got on the board with a Shaun Suisham 43-yard field goal. Baltimore running back Willis McGahee fumbled on the Raven's next possession, and the Redskins cut the Ravens lead to 17-10 on a touchdown pass to Antwaan Randle-El. The Redskins defense was unable to come up with another stop, and the Ravens ended their next drive with quarterback Joe Flacco throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Derrick Mason.

Redskins Season Record: 7-6

Week 15: at Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 10 0 3 13
Bengals 14 3 0 3 20

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Redskins fumbled the ball on their first possession, and it gave the Bengals field position at the Redskins' 41 yard line. Cincinnati quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick scored in the first quarter with a 1-yard run. Fitzpatrick would score again in the quarter with a pass to wide receiver Chris Henry.

The Bengals began the second quarter with a Shayne Graham field goal. The Redskins later scored when quarterback Jason Campbell threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Santana Moss halfway through the quarter. Shaun Suisham successfully kicked a short field goal near the end of the first half. The Bengals and Redskins exchanged field goals in the fourth quarter. The loss effectively removed the Redskins from the possibility of a playoff berth.

Redskins Season Record: 7-7

Week 16: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 3 0 3
Redskins 0 3 7 0 10

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Hoping to rebound from their embarrassing road loss to the Bengals, the Redskins went home for a Week 16 NFC East rematch with the Philadelphia Eagles. The game went scoreless until the Redskins were able to put together a long second quarter scoring drive. The drive began on their own 14-yard line with 11:55 left in the half, and ended 8 1/2 minutes later on Shaun Suisham's 33-yard field goal.

The Redskins intercepted Donovan McNabb in the third quarter, and took possession of the ball at the Philadelphia 19-yard line. Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley each helped move the ball to the 1-yard line, and Portis culminated the short drive with a touchdown run.

A 47-yard pass in the third quarter from Donovan McNabb to Brian Westbrook put the Eagles in position to score. They failed to convert a 3rd and 3 from the Washington 5-yard line, and settled for a 22-yard field goal by David Akers.

With 3:48 left in the game, the Eagles began a long drive that began at their own 9-yard line. With the ball at the Redskins 18-yard line and 12 seconds left in the game, Donovan McNabb completed a 17-yard pass to Reggie Brown. Fred Smoot and LaRon Landry tackled Brown to prevent him from breaking the goal line. With no timeouts remaining, the Eagles were unable to stop the clock or complete another play. The play was reviewed from the replay booth, and it was determined that Brown did not break the plane of the goal line and the on-field ruling was upheld.

With the win, Washington improved to 8-7.

Week 17: at San Francisco 49ers

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 17 0 7 24
49ers 7 0 7 13 27

at Bill Walsh Field at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California''

Coming off their divisional home win over the Eagles, the Redskins closed out their season at Bill Walsh Field at Candlestick Park in a Week 17 duel with the San Francisco 49ers. Washington trailed early in the first quarter as 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill got a 2-yard touchdown run. The Redskins would respond in the second quarter with running back Clinton Portis' 4-yard touchdown run, kicker Shaun Suisham's 41-yard field goal, and quarterback Jason Campbell's 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antwaan Randle El.

In the third quarter, San Francisco answered with running back DeShaun Foster scroing on a 1-yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, the 49ers took the lead as Hill completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jason Hill and a 33-yeard field goal by 49ers kicker Joe Nedney. Washington tied the game as Campbell scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, however San Francisco prevailed as Nedney kicked a game-winning 39-yard field goal.

With the loss, the Redskins' season ended at 8-8.

Awards

Players of the Week

  • S Chris Horton was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for games played September 14-15.[31]
  • S Chris Horton was named Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week for games played on September 28-29.[32]
  • Head Coach Jim Zorn was named Motorola Coach of the Week for games played on September 28-29.[33]
  • RB Clinton Portis was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for games played on October 5-6.[34]
  • RB Clinton Portis was named FedEx Ground Player of the Week for games played on October 5-6.[35]
  • RB Clinton Portis was named FedEx Ground Player of the Week for games played on October 19-20.[36]
  • WR/PR Santana Moss was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played on October 26-27.[37]
  • RB Clinton Portis was named FedEx Ground Player of the Week for games played on October 26-27.[38]

Players of the Month

  • S Chris Horton was named NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month for the month of September [39]
  • RB Clinton Portis was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for the month of October.[40]

Pro Bowlers

  • RB Clinton Portis
  • OT Chris Samuels
  • FB Mike Sellers
  • TE Chris Cooley

Final statistics

Passing

Player G QB Rat. Comp. Att. Pct. Yards TD INT Long Sack
Jason Campbell 16 84.3 315 506 62.3 3,245 13 6 67 38
Antwaan Randle El 16 152.1 3 4 75.0 46 1 0 18 0

Rushing

Player G Att. Yards Y/G Avg. Long TD Fum FumL
Clinton Portis 16 342 1,487 92.9 4.3 31 9 3 3
Jason Campbell 16 47 258 16.1 5.5 23 1 6 1
Ladell Betts 13 61 206 15.8 3.4 14 1 1 1
Devin Thomas 16 3 53 3.3 17.7 29 1 0 0
Santana Moss 16 1 27 1.7 27.0 27 0 1 1
Mike Sellers 16 6 24 1.5 4.0 10 0 1 1
Shaun Alexander 4 11 24 6.0 2.2 8 0 0 0
Rock Cartwright 16 5 14 0.9 2.8 7 0 0 0
Antwaan Randle El 16 1 5 0.3 5.0 5 0 0 0
Fred Davis 11 1 -3 -0.3 -3.0 -3 0 0 0

Receiving

Player G Rec. Yards Y/G Avg. Long TD
Santana Moss 16 79 1044 65.3 13.2 67 6
Chris Cooley 16 83 849 53.1 10.2 28 1
Antwaan Randle El 16 53 593 37.1 11.2 31 4
Clinton Portis 16 28 218 13.6 7.8 29 0
Ladell Betts 13 22 200 15.4 9.1 27 0
Devin Thomas 16 15 120 7.5 8.0 18 0
Mike Sellers 16 12 98 6.1 8.2 20 1
James Thrash 16 9 81 5.1 9.0 29 1
Todd Yoder 16 8 50 3.1 6.3 14 1
Fred Davis 11 3 27 2.5 9.0 15 0
Malcolm Kelly 5 3 18 3.6 6.0 7 0
Shaun Alexander 4 1 9 2.3 9.0 9 0
Rock Cartwright 16 1 -7 -0.4 -7.0 -7 0
Pete Kendall 16 1 -9 -0.6 -9.0 -9 0

Kicking

Player G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA Pct. Long XPM XPA
Shaun Suisham 16 0-0 7-7 7-9 11-16 1-4 26 36 72.2 50 25 25

Punting

Player G Punt Yards Avg. In20 In10 TB Long
Ryan Plackemeier 10 55 2291 41.7 15 9 10 62
Durant Brooks 6 26 1030 39.6 9 2 0 60

Defense

Player G Tackles Asst. TotalTK Sack YdL INT Yards TD FumR
London Fletcher 16 96 37 133 0.5 1 0 0 0 1
Rocky McIntosh 16 61 27 88 2.0 13 1 4 0 0
Chris Horton 14 57 19 76 1.0 8 3 13 0 1
LaRon Landry 16 49 16 65 0.5 4 2 18 0 0
Carlos Rogers 16 49 7 56 0.0 0 2 73 0 0
Fred Smoot 16 43 11 54 0.0 0 1 0 0 0
H.B. Blades 16 41 19 60 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Shawn Springs 9 31 5 36 1.0 9 1 0 0 0
Marcus Washington 10 25 19 44 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Andre Carter 16 23 14 37 4.0 19 0 0 0 0
Jason Taylor 13 21 8 29 3.5 30 0 0 0 0
Demetric Evans 16 20 13 33 3.5 14 0 0 0 0
DeAngelo Hall 7 20 5 25 0.0 0 2 6 0 0
Kedric Golston 13 19 9 28 2.0 8 0 0 0 0
Mike Green 8 16 4 20 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Cornelius Griffin 14 16 11 27 1.0 9 1 0 0 0
Anthony Montgomery 14 15 8 23 2.0 9 0 0 0 0
Reed Doughty 4 15 4 19 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Lorenzo Alexander 15 11 6 17 2.0 11 0 0 0 0
Mike Sellers 16 11 2 13 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Kareem Moore 14 11 6 17 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Leigh Torrence 9 11 5 16 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Khary Campbell 14 11 2 13 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
James Thrash 16 10 2 12 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Wilson 16 8 6 14 1.0 8 0 0 0 0
Rock Cartwright 16 6 3 9 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Alfred Fincher 14 4 2 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Tryon 14 4 0 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Shaun Suisham 16 3 0 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Devin Thomas 16 3 3 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Clinton Portis 16 3 0 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Todd Yoder 16 2 1 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Antwaan Randle El 16 2 0 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Santana Moss 16 2 0 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Boschetti 3 2 0 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Rob Jackson 3 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Casey Rabach 16 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Ladell Betts 13 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Ethan Albright 16 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Campbell 16 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Cooley 16 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Samuels 12 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephon Heyer 9 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0

References

  1. ^ Gibbs Retires As Head Coach, President
  2. ^ Redskins Name Zorn Offensive Coordinator
  3. ^ Redskins Release Coaches Williams, Saunders
  4. ^ Blache Moves to Top Spot On Defense
  5. ^ Redskins Name Zorn Next Head Coach
  6. ^ Smith Is Named Offensive Coordinator
  7. ^ Redskins Release Wide Receiver Lloyd
  8. ^ Bears sign WR Brandon Lloyd to one-year contract
  9. ^ Decision Day: Wade Among 22 Cuts By Redskins
  10. ^ Redskins Trade For DE Erasmus James
  11. ^ Skins trade for Dolphins' Taylor after Daniels goes down
  12. ^ Redskins Sign DeAngelo Hall
  13. ^ Ex-Raiders CB Hall agrees with Redskins on 1-year deal
  14. ^ RFA: Restricted free-agent, UFA: Unrestricted free-agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent
  15. ^ Redskins Re-sign DT Ryan Boschetti
  16. ^ Redskins Re-sign FB Nehemiah Broughton
  17. ^ Saints Add Veteran QB Mark Brunell
  18. ^ Rams sign Reche Caldwell
  19. ^ Cartwright Agrees to Terms
  20. ^ Collins Agrees to Terms
  21. ^ Redskins Re-sign OL Jason Fabini
  22. ^ Redskins Re-sign Punter Derrick Frost
  23. ^ Romberg re-signs; cornerback is added
  24. ^ Jaguars sign Prioleau in search of depth at safety
  25. ^ Redskins Retain Suisham
  26. ^ "Class of 2008 Announced". Pro Footbal Hall of Fame. 2008-02-02. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. http://www.webcitation.org/5iUuIwnYm. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  27. ^ Roethlisberger (shoulder) doesn't return for second half, Retrieved on 2008-11-07.
  28. ^ "Fast Facts" and "Air/Ground Leaders" in Pittsburg v. Washington - Recap, Retrieved on 2008-11-04.
  29. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=281123026 Washington vs. Seattle
  30. ^ "Sean Taylor To Enter The Ring of Honor". The Washington Post. 2008-11-05. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. http://www.webcitation.org/5iUuJNgm4. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  31. ^ Horton Earns NFC Defensive Player of Week Honor
  32. ^ Horton named Week 4 Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week
  33. ^ Zorn named Week 4 Motorola Coach of the Week
  34. ^ Portis named to NFC weekly player honor
  35. ^ Roethlisberger, Portis FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Week
  36. ^ Edwards, Portis named FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Week
  37. ^ Brees, Kiwanuka, Moss earn NFC weekly honors
  38. ^ Brees, Portis voted FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Week
  39. ^ NFL Rookies of the Month Announced
  40. ^ Portis Wins NFC Offensive Player of the Month Honor
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2007 Washington Redskins season
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