DAYBREAK 5TH QUARTER

Redskins lose in Miami, Baltimore upset by Seattle, Terps lose again

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It seems as if Rex Grossman and John Beck have at least one, unassailable quality that they share.

It's safe to say that Roy Helu didn't repilcate his performance against the 49ers. (Photo: Associated Press)

No matter the differences the two of them might have off the field or anywhere else in the grand scheme of life, neither quarterback has been able to get the Washington Redskins into the end zone over the past two weeks.

And really, Graham Gano can only do so much.

Despite a sudden quarterback shift, it was deja vu all over again at Sun Life Stadium on a sunny Florida Sunday.

Meanwhile, this is a totally legitimate question that I want your answer to: If I were to tell you in August that, after Week 10, the Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles had identical records, would you have thought Washington was awesome or the Eagles were struggling?

Think about that while you digest another horrid football weekend in our area.

TAKEN FOR A SWIM - Sure, it felt like the Redskins were still within striking distance early in the 4th quarter, only down 13-9.

However, by the looks of the way the offense was moving yet again, a four-point deficit could have been 40.

In the 3rd quarter and early moments of the 4th in Washington's 20-9 loss to the MIami Dolphins, Grossman and the offense could only move the ball for 84 yards. Their three drives ended with a short field goal, a punt and an interception.

That Karlos Dansby pick sprung Miami on a time-consuming, 81-yard drive which ended with Reggie Bush's second touchdown of the game, an 18-yard scamper which put the Dolphins ahead for good.

It would be unfair to say that Grossman didn't at least perform admirably at some points. His passes had the kind of zip that Beck lacked in the 'Skins last three losses. He quickly found a groove with Leonard Hankerson, who caught eight of Rex's 21 completions for 106 yards.

But just a week after Roy Helu rumbled against the league's stingiest run defense, the Redskins' running game could only muster a meager 61 rushing yards that had been allowing more than 100 per game this season.

Think positively (or not), though, Washington fans, because it inevitably gets more difficult with the Dallas Cowboys coming to town on Sunday.

Here's the recap from the Post, here's ABC7's Alex Parker's blow-by-blow, all the stats you could ever want, and if you're looking for stability at quarterback going forward, stop.

SEAHAWKED - In the waning moments of the Baltimore Ravens' 22-17 loss in the Pacific Northwest on Sunday afternoon, CBS color commentator Dan Dierdorf tried desperately to paint a pretty picture for fans of the purple and black.

Don't fret about this one, Ravens fans, he insinuated. It's a loss to an NFC team. It doesn't mean as much, he kept saying.

Methinks the Baltimore fans who had to watch a subpar Seattle Seahawks team go up 22-7 on their guys weren't listening too closely to ol' Dan.

Not to say that the Ravens didn't rally, though. Once Marshawn Lynch was nearly completely gashing the normally stout Baltimore defense for 109 yards, Joe Flacco and his guys nearly pulled off yet another comeback.

In fact, just minutes after an Ed Dickson touchdown catch made it a five-point game, the Ravens' D had Seattle pinned on a 3rd and 5 out of field goal range. However, Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was able to hit Lynch in stride for a first down, effectively ending the game.

One of the main scapegoats in the Charm City on this morning after has to be kick returner David Reed, who fumbled twice on kickoff returns, leading to a crucial six points going the other way.

"You can’t throw the ball to the other team and fumble the ball to the other team — and the Ravens did that three times in the first half," WNST's Drew Forrester said on WNST.net.

This coming Sunday will be a match-up of two AFC North teams looking for redemption when the Cincinnati Bengals visit M&T Bank Stadium.

On the next page, a glance around the rest of the league, the Terps get crushed on national television and the Cavaliers move to 7-3.

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