VIA WASHINGTON POST:
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The Redskins got preliminary answers to their big offseason questions Sunday in Giants Stadium. Unfortunately for them, the preliminary answers all were “no.” Or, at best, “not yet.”
Has Jason Campbell improved dramatically in Jim Zorn’s West Coast offense? Has Albert Haynesworth transformed the Redskins’ anemic pass rush? Have the Redskins found a second wide receiver to open up their deep passing game? And has the broken offensive line, whose pass blocking collapsed late in ’08, been fixed?
There’s nothing definitive about any season opener. Still, early results were worthy of concern. None of these areas showed appreciable improvement. As a result, the Redskins fell behind quickly by 17 points and trailed by 13 with fewer than two minutes left to play. Seldom has a team’s modest margin of defeat been more deceptively respectable.
Essentially, the Redskins’ offense didn’t arrive in Giants Stadium until there were only three minutes left. So, the Giants built a massive edge in time of possession and had a 350-200 superiority in yards before the Redskins drove 72 yards against a loose defense to score with 1 minute 37 seconds left.
Only a special-teams touchdown, scored on a fake field goal run by holder Hunter Smith, and a field goal after a DeAngelo Hall interception deep into New York territory, kept the game in hand. Except for their final drive, the Redskins’ offense did not generate a touchdown and only had one march inside the Giants 43-yard line.
“Everybody probably turned the TV off,” said running back Clinton Portis, proud that the Redskins kept fighting.