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These posts get more difficult each week because the Redskins consistently out-play their opponents in the red zone, but continuously find ways to lose. If I had told you the Skins would have 3 red zone touchdowns and the Saints zero...there's no way we could lose, right? Well, we know this team well enough to know a 21 point lead is not safe with 2 minutes left.
The Raiders bring a new look offense with Bruce Gradkowski, who reminds me a lot of Jeff Garcia. The Raiders red zone offense their last three games are 2-2, 1-2, and 1-2. In chatting with the Raiders fans at Silver and Black Pride, they feel like they're going to run the ball all over us. I didn't realize how bad the Jamarcus Russell situation had gotten. He's saying his poor play and Gradkowski's success is because the supporting cast is playing better:
"Guys are just making plays around him," Russell said. "In the Dallas game after you go out and win in Cincinnati there wasn’t plays really made the whole game, you know what I mean. Going into Pittsburgh, guys were making plays for him. That’s what a quarterback needs, his surrounding players. That’s what was going on."
Redskins Red Zone Statistics 2009