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Redskins savor a rare win
BY RICH CAMPBELL
ASHBURN--Jim Zorn didn't do anything special to celebrate on Sunday night. The Washington Redskins' head coach knows that Sunday's 27-17 win over the Denver Broncos won't magically solve the predicament he and his team got themselves into during the first half of the season.
He slept a bit better two nights ago, but that's about it. Otherwise, he remained immersed in his work.
He analyzed the game film from Sunday's win and by yesterday afternoon still had not seen video of the play that has the football world buzzing: New England coach Bill Belichick's ill-fated decision to try to convert a fourth-and-2 deep in his own territory while protecting a late six-point lead against rival Indianapolis.
Zorn has more pressing issues to confront, such as ensuring that the Redskins carry their best performance of the season over to consecutive divisional road games, beginning on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
"The idea that we know we can win--we beat a team that [was] 6-2; we beat a good defensive team, statistically--it gives us confidence," Zorn said.
Confidence and momentum were prevalent topics of conversation after the Redskins (3-6) halted their grueling four-game losing streak. Washington hasn't had either for an extended period because both of its previous two wins were not satisfying.
Narrow victories over woeful St. Louis and Tampa Bay in the season's first month were pocked by as many negatives as positives, and the Redskins lost the ensuing game after both. Sunday's win over Denver, however, was different.
The Redskins bullied the Broncos in the running game and shut them out in the second half. It was a performance worth savoring, and it earned players the day off yesterday.