When the Washington Redskins named Jon Beck the starter after a four-interception outing from incumbent signal caller Rex Grossman, the team and the coaching staff envisioned better days than this. After a 23-0 shutout at the hands of a defensively-challenged Buffalo Bills squad at Ontario’s Rogers Centre on Oct. 30, the Redskins and their fans are still awaiting those better days.

For the first time since a late December game in 2009, Washington was shutout after allowing a season-high eight sacks, the Redskins offense could only churn out 178 yards of total offense, the team’s fewest since 2007.

Beck, listless on the day, mustered just 208 yards passing and two interceptions. Operating behind an injury-ravaged offensive line, the team’s total passing yards would equal just 152 total yards. Sacks, missed throws and poor rushing highlighted the Redskins’ day on perhaps the most dismal showing by the club all season. The loss marked the team’s third straight, dropping Washington to 3-4 after jumping to a 3-1 start to open the year.

Minus starting running back Tim Hightower, backup runners Ryan Torain and rookie Roy Helu combined for 11 carries and 24 yards. The team finished with just 26 yards on the ground. But while the offense was bad, the defense wasn’t that much better, allowing Bills running back Fred Jackson to explode for a season-high 194 total yards.

Washington will try to regroup next week for a home game against the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers, who will storm through FedEx Field next week with a 6-1 record. It will be interesting however, to see if Washington opts to start Grossman again after two lowly performances from Beck.

In two starts this season, Beck is averaging 243 passing yards per game, 0.5 touchdowns and 1.5 interceptions per game.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO