Washington Redskins: First-Game Woes and Blows

Posted: 13th September 2009 by K. D. James in NFL
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Ugh. To paraphrase 32nd U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's somber words from his speech to Congress on Dec. 7, 1941, but Sept. 13, 2009, should be the day that the Washington Redskins shall live in infamy. The first game of the season at the Meadowlands was ugly from beginning to start for Washington, losing 23-17 to the New York Giants. The first drive seemed promising on a big run by Redskins running back Clinton Portis, as he ran past defenders into the Giants' territory early in the first quarter. Then, as those of us in the Washington, D.C., area saw it, that gadget play on a reverse pass to Antwaan Randle El was the game-defining moment. It caused the Redskins to lose whatever momentum it had at the start, and sapped the excitement and energy of Redskins fans a ...

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