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Let’s check in on the enemy. Of course I recommend Hogs Haven for your first stop when checking in on the Deadskins. Hat tip to Hogs Haven for the link to this site, which should make any Dallas fan feel good. {UPDATE} I had the wrong link up and now have changed it to the proper site to give Cowboys fans a chuckle. Thanks to BTB-regular Kingman for pointing out the error.{END UPDATE}

Later today, I will have the Scouting Report on the Redskins based on what I saw when they played the Eagles. But the one thing everyone is talking about in Washington is the no-huddle offense.

After {Jason} Campbell's 16 career starts (the equivalent of one full season), the Redskins are confident in their quarterback, who is coming off one of his best performances in a game in which Coach Joe Gibbs and Al Saunders, associate head coach-offense, finally took off the handcuffs. Against Philadelphia, Gibbs and Saunders permitted Campbell to take control in the no-huddle offense, using the fast-paced attack on several series in the second half. The Redskins are among the NFL's most run-heavy teams, and Gibbs won three Super Bowl titles in his first stint with Washington while espousing the benefits of a power running game. But putting more on Campbell's shoulders may be what's needed for this edition of the Redskins to finish, players said.

Here’s more on the no-huddle, which the Washington players had been lobbying for with conservative coach Joe Gibbs.

It must have taken quite a bit of lobbying to persuade conservative Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs to start using the two-minute offense in the middle of a game.

"We were asking for it, and we got it," receiver Keenan McCardell said Wednesday. "The coaches let us be able to go out and execute it. And there's the old saying in the locker room, 'If we want it, we've got to make it work.' So we went out and made it work."

The offense looked as good - if not better - than it has all season when it started spreading the field with four wideouts and running plays without a huddle during Sunday's 33-25 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The mid-game no-huddle attack helped produce drives of 92, 68 and 47 yards. The first two went for touchdowns, and the third appeared headed for the same result until Ladell Betts fumbled in Eagles' territory.

The Redskins lost another WR, although one with a semi-big name and almost no actual production.

[Brandon] Lloyd suffered a fractured collarbone when he made a diving catch on the last play of the offensive portion of practice and drove his shoulder into the ground.

He will be out at least six weeks, and with seven games remaining, it is unlikely a roster spot will be held for him. That he has just two catches for 14 yards this season has much to do with that.

But the big injury in Washington is Sean Taylor’s sprained MCL in his knee which will force him to miss the Dallas game.

The Pro Bowl safety, second in the league with five interceptions, suffered a sprained MCL in the third quarter of Sunday's 33-25 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He will miss Sunday's game at NFC East-leading Dallas (8-1)...

And when he went out, the Eagles went right after his replacement.

But with Taylor out of the lineup, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb sent Reggie Brown to Taylor's area and hit him with a 46-yard touchdown pass. Backup safety Pierson Prioleau failed to adjust to McNabb's throw and linebacker London Fletcher fell.