'Weird' for Redskins to feel like winners

'Weird' for Redskins to feel like winners
November 30, 2011, 9:56 pm
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The longest losing streak of his six-year NFL career finally over, Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield said the last few days havent been normal.

It was almost like a weird feeling, as sad as that sounds, he said Wednesday morning.

The Redskins broke their six-game losing streak Sunday at Seattle and started preparations for the New York Jets with good mojo for the first time in nearly two months.

We just hadnt won in so long, you didnt know how to react, Cofield said. You breathe a sigh of relief and get back to work.

Its great for your family and your friends and the fans that really care about whats going on. Were so caught up in there, we go back to practice, but they have to live with a loss for the whole week. It was good to get a win for them.

The win definitely brightened the mood around Redskin Park. For example, with his fist serving as a microphone, defensive end Stephen Bowen was involved in running back Roy Helus group interview session.

Not relief, just a good feeling, Bowen later said. Now were hungry to get another win. Everybody loves that feeling. Were going to do whatever it takes to get another win.

Screen Game Working
A big element to the Redskins offense against Seattle is the screen passing game, which figures to be a big element of the game plan again this week.

Helu caught five screen passes totaling 43 yards (completions of 9, 14, 11, 7 and 2 yards) in the Seahawks game. A majority of his 38 catches (third on the team) have come from behind the line of scrimmage.

The screen game tests the opponents defense, but also the Redskins offensive linemen, who are responsible for getting up the field.

Its a tough position, right guard Chris Chester said. The guys were blocking tend to be faster and quicker than a lot of us linemen, but you want to get out there and use your size to make a play in space. Its a challenge we accept.

Chester agreed that sometimes, just being a big body is just as effective as delivering a block.

Its kind of a blunt way to put it, but sometimes, you just try and get in the way, he said.

So Far, So Good
Inside linebacker Perry Riley has held on to his starting position through three starts and 42 tackles. The coaching staff has credited him with 14, 11 and 17 tackles since replacing Rocky McIntosh.

Riley played 65 of 66 snaps at Seattle and it marked the first time this year McIntosh didnt play a defensive snap.

He gets better and better, coach Mike Shanahan said. There is always going to be a missed assignment here, a missed assignment there, maybe run support or pass coverage. But you can see his quickness and speed, his ability to tackle in the open field. He has a big up side and hell keep on getting better and better the more he plays.

Quick Kicks
When they face the Redskins, the Jets begin a stretch of three NFC East games in four weeks they play at Philadelphia Dec. 18 and the Giants on Dec. 24. They defeated Dallas 27-24 in Week 1.

The Redskins lead the all-time series 8-1, the last game being a 23-20 overtime win at the old Meadowlands in 2007. Starting for the Jets at quarterback was Kellen Clemens, who was with the Redskins in this years training camp.

The Jets remain minus-3 on the point spread. Theyre 1-4 on the road this year, including losing at Oakland (34-24, minus-2.5) and Denver (17-13, minus-6) as the favorite.

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