Redskins-Seahawks: Clinton Portis Regains Rushing Lead During Sunday's Win

Craig Garrison SrSenior Analyst INovember 23, 2008

With a 20-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks, the Washington Redskins keep their precarious playoff hopes alive and find a little rhythm at the same time.

Clinton Portis rushed for 143 yards, giving him the league lead in rushing again, as Minnesota's Adrian Peterson had a subpar day in a win over Jacksonville.

Redskins fans also were treated to a few "rookie" sightings. Rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly got his receiving total up to a whopping three catches on the season. Two more than he had entering today's contest.

While his contribution was limited at best, it was a very positive sign to see him involved. The "fade" that has been dreamed of by many 'Skins fans was finally attempted, and although incomplete, it served as solid encouragement for the Redskins.

Bruising fullback Mike Sellers also found himself much more involved with four catches and one carry. Although he did drop what should have been an easy touchdown, his increased involvement in the offense is a good thing.

Jason Campbell had another solid, if not spectacular, outing. Completing 20 of 33 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown and, most importantly, NO interceptions.

Perhaps the best sign for the Redskins was the fact that Campbell connected with SEVEN different receivers on the day. Such diversity hasn't been seen for a while in the Redskins' offense.

The Redskins' defense continued it's stellar overall performance this season, holding Seahawks' quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to only 103 yards passing and intercepting him twice. Add to that TWO sacks and the defense got the job done once again.

Next week, the Redskins will host the New York Giants in a game with certain playoff implications. Perhaps more so for the Redskins, the "re-match" in Washington could well be a critical game when it's time for playoff decisions to be made.

I'll look more closely at the Seattle win and the upcoming game against the Giants in the coming days.