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  • The Loser Papers – 2016 – Edition VIII

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    With their backs against the wall, the Washington Redskins traveled to Chicago on Christmas eve, and soundly trounced the hometown Bears. Due to the holiday, TLP had given all their employees the day off, which is why this Edition comes to you on Boxing Day. Our first article comes from the pages of The Chicago Tribune: Read the rest of this entry »

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    Halfway Through Hell Week

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    It’s unfortunate that we won’t get to revel as long as we should in the sweet delicious win that avenged our playoff loss last year. I can honestly say that if that is what a complete game looks like from this squad, then we can play with anyone anywhere. Not depending on injuries, not depending on the weather, and not depending on other teams helping us by underperforming. ANYONE. ANYWHERE. Our defense made the stops it needed, and our offense finally showed killer instinct by putting our foot on their throat in the 4th quarter. Dropped balls hurt us and there were two defensive delay of games penalties that left you scratching your head, but if that’s the only thing holding us back… then the sky is the limit.

    I say again, it’s a shame to not get the full time to reflect on the good that was accomplished on the field this Sunday. However, with playoff implications all over these two games this week in the fact that one win directly affected the wildcard outcome and the other is necessary to repeat as division champs, we simply can’t afford to look back while we’re halfway there. Plenty of time to do that during our 10 day break before Arizona.

    Dallas week is always a holy week of ritual and preparation as we ready ourselves against the hell spawn that dwells in that outhouse of a town called Dallas. While most of us are closing shop and winding down for a nice holiday, the Redskins are in a frenzy trying to prepare in what very well may be the most important week of their season. If they don’t get a break, then neither do we. So let’s review some of the elements impacting the skins:


    The easy ones to identify, and I’m sure every major sports outlet is already reviewing ad nauseam, are named Cousins, Crowder, Kelley. I won’t address the first two here and instead will let their excellence on the field speak for me. As for the latter, I’m already on record for calling for Fat Rob for a while so I’m very pleased with his emergence as our lead back. Something about him reminds me of Morris in how he’s a low profile player that never stops fighting for yards. Granted they are completely different running styles, but the result is the same. The beauty of this being that now with a running game to respect, and a DJax to stretch safeties, then there really is no good answer for our offense. It’s a paper-scissors-rock match of you can put eight men in the box to stop the run, but then we’ll burn you deep. If you pull your secondary back, Fat Rob is punching you in the mouth. Anything in between will suffer from Cousins’ best attribute of executing a quick intermediate passing game.

    The player I would like to identify though is Maurice Harris. Something about the man just screams tough competitor every time I see him on the field. He’s had only four catches, but three have been on third downs to move the chains. He was only brought up due to Josh Doctson being put on IR, but at 6’ 3” he’s the tallest WR on the skins roster. With his crucial plays, including a heck of a leaping catch on a necessary third down where we were looking at our second punt with no points on the board, he’s looking like a foreshadow of a future in which the skins boast serious size at the WR position. Don’t be surprised if in a year our WR rotation looks like Garcon, Crowder, Docston, Ross, Grant, Harris.*

    *Note, there is no DJax in that rotation and that there is only one WR above 6’… a trend in line with what McCloughan preaches: big men who work hard and are team first.



    DeSean “Glass Cannon” Jackson was yet again dealing with nagging injuries coming into the game this past Sunday. While he without a doubt is a force when healthy and has to be respected by defenses every time he steps onto the field, the Redskins offense is beginning to develop into a creature that doesn’t necessarily HAVE to have the likes of Jackson on the field in order to move the ball and put up points. We did that plenty against the #1 Defense in the league without him, but talent like his is boon when it can make it to the field. It was clear once the game started Sunday that his injuries would be of no issue, in fact he was played incredibly well. I look forward to seeing that again on Thursday.

    Nick Sunberg on the other hand is an injury that cannot be dismissed. He has participated ZERO in practice due a back injury. McCloughan brought in a Free Agent, but make no mistake that will have little impact on this week. In fact, this has the potential to be a HUGE impact on our offense. Why do you ask? because of red zone issues. Currently the Skins have redzonaphobia and until that changes anything that endangers our field goal unit endangers our offense as a whole. Ironically, the offense is playing just well enough that our punt unit isn’t affected by this injury (Seriously, the Skins average one punt a game. Our offense is by far the most effective unit at avoiding 3-and-outs in the NFL right now) but is not playing well enough to be able to avoid relying on the field goal unit for salvation. The Long Snapper-Holder-Kicker is a tripod relationship based on timing and accountability and when we lose Nick, you can expect it to suffer. It’s no surprise that Gruden stuck to going for two against the Packers and I argue that’s not due to the wind. A bad snap/hold is a high risk with an unpracticed tripod, and if we’re gonna take a risk it might as well be a 2-point risk instead of a 1-point one. I know that our offense looked like a juggernaut against the Packers and the redzone wasn’t an issue then. One game alone does not break a trend though, and until we consistently walk away with 7 points injures like this will have a greater impact than they should. Taking into account the likelihood of a close game Thursday where every point matters, ask the Steelers how it feels to be down a due to missed 2-point conversions.

    ….. Other that that though, we’re looking great from a health perspective. Morgan Moses is playing hurt, but not that you could tell the way he he’s holding down the right side. Honestly *knocks violently on wood* our injury report (or lack thereof) is a bright spot for this team right now.



    The NFL schedule-makers — Senior Vice President of Broadcasting Howard Katz, Vice President of Broadcasting Onnie Bose, Senior Manager of Broadcasting Jonathan Payne and Senior Director of Broadcasting Michael North — have effectively stuck a thumb in the eye of the Skins this year in the form of our schedule. I REALLY hate the excuses of a short week, but the fact of the matter is the data doesn’t lie. Teams with short turnarounds generally play very poorly on Thursday. The fact that we played Sunday night as opposed to Sunday afternoon means we are in a direr spot because you can’t call Sunday night a restful one with players not leaving Fedex Field until 1am much less getting home till 2 hours later due to traffic. I was at the game and I can tell you I was dog tired the next day without playing 60 minutes against an NFL caliber team. So the exhaustion is real. Here’s hoping our skins can overcome basic human needs and the fact that they have less than 3 full days to recuperate. If there ever was a time to do it, it’s Dallas week.

    Also, figures that four people with “Broadcasting” in their title who have never played a snap in the NFL would make decisions based on dollar signs and not on competitive balance. Thanks Goodell, really glad your crack team is at it again to ensure the best possible product is on the field at all times.



    While Jerry World is an enclosed stadium so there is no issue of dealing with the same kind of elements the Skins faced this Sunday, I would be remise if I didn’t at least address Kirk’s play in the bad weather. The wind on Sunday was BAD. How bad? Enough that it impacted field goals, kick offs, punts, and Rogers’ deep ball. You know what wasn’t impacted by it? Captain Kirk’s throws. Maybe it’s a byproduct of growing up in Michigan, but holy cow can Cousins throw accurately into the wind. He explained in interviews after the game that it’s all about how he puts a spiral on the ball to cut the wind. I don’t care if it’s his spiral, arm strength, or magic pixie dust that’s causing it. All I know is that teams with quarterbacks that can play well in winter conditions do well in the post-season.



    I was at the game this Sunday and even though the Packers always travel well, it was nice to know that their large numbers meant nothing as the noise levels from the crowds decidedly favored the Skins. That made me very happy. However, there is one area in which the fans have been loud that makes my heart very much the opposite of happy. For whatever reason, there still seems a lack of buy-in on #8 being our field general. You’ve read it in the papers, you see it on twitter, and you can hear it on the radio. For whatever reason, it seems like regardless of what Kirk does he always has detractors. I know you can’t please everyone all of the time, but there comes a point when enough is enough.

    Maybe it’s leftovers from the RGIII era. A time when the Skins bandwagon got a lot bigger than it had been due to a media darling taking the reins of this team. Eventually after that historic season (a season that without Cousins’ two wins, including a HUGE clutch game against the Ravens, the playoffs never occur for us) we were left with a battle between Skins fans and RGIII fans. That fight continued to be fought bitterly and openly last season and the echos still reverberate every time a bad throw happens. The echos always sound the same way:

    “He’s a game manager”

    Yes, he’s a game manager in that he manages to win games.

    “His arm strength isn’t elite”

    Got three +40 yard passes into 20mph+ winds last Sunday that say otherwise

    “He doesn’t show emotion”

    Maybe because Kirk saw firsthand what happens when you make noise off the field and the harrowing vulture-like approach media coverage in the Washington area takes. In the land where everything is a controversy and back door conversations make it to the front page of the WaPo regularly, it’s no wonder he’s so guarded. He lost the popularity contest to Griffin, and had been cast as an unwanted stop-gap until a real quarterback comes along. GUESS WHAT FOLKS! A real quarterback isnt’ coming, HE’S HERE. You can’t crush every record not owned by someone named Sammy Baugh and not be the real deal. Saying otherwise is an insult to all of the other great Redskins signal callers who unanimously say Kirk is for real (No, Donovan McNabb isn’t counted in that group).

    After the “You Like That” moment which was an outlier in the Cousin’s behavioral displays last year, he’s started to show his true nature with “Ooooouuuuweeee” and “How do you like me now”. Which should take away the last bit of ammo the detractors had.

    He can throw, he can read defenses, he can lead this team, and his desire to win is evident. All he has left to do is be successful in the last remaining test for a Redskins Quarterback, what is without question the most important indicator of a GREAT Redskins quarterback…. Winning against the Cowboys.

    Finish this week from Hell Kirk, BEAT DALLAS.




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    Luckless Loss to the Lions

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    Rough Monday huh? Well that’s what happens when you lose a close game late. You get days like today, days spent licking wounds and asking what if? These are the types of bad days that you get when a team that has emerged as a contender loses a game that went down to the wire. Make no mistake, this is not a loss like in 2013 when we let the Lions snap their 0-21 losing streak. This was a loss to a respectable football club that came into their house with a winning streak of their own. A team that has a strong quarterback and a solid corps of receivers. A team that is good enough to win close games. A team that will punish you for being careless.

    There were plenty of reasons why the Skins should have gone up early; the defense had a strong first showing and Cousins was playing with focus. Strong play didn’t mean much in the first half though as a series of the almost comic occurred. Thompson tripping in the backfield and scrambling from the line and Stafford using Breeland as a backboard to pass the ball 15 yards were funny, but the chuckles disappeared when we twice saw a Redskins ball bounce across the field on a run. Matt Jones spent a significant portion of his off season working on gripping the football. Fumbles had been an issue his rookie year and he specifically went out of his way to learn the five pressure points on the ball and how to ensure total ball security during hand offs. He ran through those same drills as part of his pre-game warm up. He had even JUST FUMBLED ON THE PREVIOUS DRIVE. Yet, he was still unable to avoid a turnover that deflated the team’s spirit and flipped the game’s early momentum.  A fumble into the end zone that blew our opportunity to go up 7… inexcusable.

    (Though, if you were able to read Gruden’s lips when the cameras cut to him on the sideline you may have had a brief laugh.)

    The Redskins defense did well to limit big plays and Norman kept the Lion’s receiving corps forced to either run block or take small underneath passes. Stopping the run was still a bit of an issue with Justin Forsett playing the role of ghost of Baltimore’s past but it served in line with the bend don’t break mantra. Indeed, Stafford took only what was given and slowly carved his way into field goal territory to have the Lions go up 3-0. Scherff had an injury scare and we had a 43-yard field goal bounce off the upright, but thanks to a dropped pass by Andre Roberts (good to know he’s now doing for someone else) we were able to go into the half tied at 3-3 with the knowledge that the kick off would be coming our way. Not a bad way to escape from what should have been considered a quirky half of football with a couple fluke plays. Nothing that we can’t overcome, right?

    Wrong. Starting the second half, penalties on offense turned another chance to take the lead into a punting situation. In what would become another dagger in the Redskins’ defense, Stafford responded by challenging Norman on a deep pass. Norman made an amazing effort with a leaping defense and truly could not have played the ball any better, but a spectacular catch by Jones Jr and an awkward landing had both Josh and the skins defense crashing into the ground. We would lose our best cornerback on that play, and from then on in the game the deep passing game opened up for the Lions. Until that point we were doing quite well against the pass, however Josh Norman is THAT IMPORTANT to our defensive secondary and his loss would eventually contribute to the Lion’s being able to have their last second heroics. Don’t think so? Ask Carolina how fast it can go bad without him. Breeland would do his best but the defensive line would be pushed aside as the Lions claimed a 10-3 lead.

    Being down 10-3 when you had multiple chances to lead the game is not a place you want to find yourself. Dominant teams don’t find themselves in that position, but then again we’re not a dominant team yet. We are, however, contenders. We have shown ourselves to be contenders these past 4 weeks by being able to scrap and fight our way back into games. We’ve never let games get away from us and we always found a way to respond when things didn’t go our way. The team that started the season 0-2 is no longer here, and we showed it with Cousins marching down the field to …. wait what!?!? WE FUMBLED AGAIN???

    Yup, you see it doesn’t matter how much grit you have if you can’t hang onto the darn football. It’s clear from re-watching the play that the reason for our next turnover was twofold.  Jones came in with his arm flat on the hand off, and a tripped Cousins should have eaten the ball rather than risk a bad hand off, but regardless of the excuse, the result was the same. Down 10-3 going into the 4th quarter with 3 Fumbles (2 Lost), 2 Sacks, and a Missed Field Goal. Oh, did I say 10-3? Cause Matt Prater just kicked another field goal making it 13-3. Maybe it’s the Lions that aren’t putting us away and not the other way around.

    As Cousins and co. responded by making their way down the field, I heard Desean Jackson’s name for the first time that day. *warning, imminent rant* I’ll give credit where credit is due, I’m glad Crowder had the day he had. It’s clear that McCloughan found something special and that he’ll be a contributor for many years. But why are the only names I’m hearing Crowder, Davis, and Grant? Between Garcon and Jackson, 20 million dollars of our cap space went unused. They’re the best receivers on the team, why aren’t they getting the ball? Don’t tell me we can’t force a game plan around a player, we just did it for Jackson last week against the Eagles. While I’m complaining about personnel usage, why the heck is Robert Kelly not getting more touches? The man always falls forward, hits hard, and he HANGS ON TO THE BALL! In fact, he hung onto it so well that it resulted in a 1-yard touchdown pass and cutting the Lions’ lead 13-10.

    With new life the skins defense took the field. A sack and a near interception led to a Lions punt and a chance at taking the lead. The offense would have to be careful though as there was 5:20 left in the game and Lions still had all three time outs. The skins did a great job staying inbounds and keeping the clock running as they made it to midfield before an illegal formation penalty wiped away a 20-yard reception to Davis. It may have been for the best though as there was still 3 minutes left on the clock and eating too many yards too quickly would be bad. No worries, the running game would bring us to the two-minute warning in Lions’ territory with a fresh set of downs.  The pressure was on, but the opportunity for redemption was here. Yes, this was a game of miscues, but a score here and eating the clock would let us leave Ford Field 5-2 and be very much in the fight for the NFC East.

    Cousins, finding an opportunity, broke loose and runs 19 yards to the end zone in a display a athleticism I doubt even he knew he was capable of. With a minute left and all three timeouts. The defense only had to keep the Lions from marching 75 yards, a task that should be within our capabilities. The loss of Norman would become very apparent though as a 28-yard pass on the first play of the drive would put the Lions at midfield. Norman had warned this week that Stafford could hurt people with his feet and he did just that on the next play gaining 14 yards up the middle. 20 more yards came as Andre Roberts stuck it to his former team on the exact route that he ran while dropping the ball earlier that day, and Boldin caught an 18-yard touchdown pass that would leave us with a 4-3 record and shaking our heads in disbelief.

    It’s surreal, the idea that we could make that many egregious mistakes and still have been in that game. In a game with redzone fumbles, multiple turnovers, and missed field goals, the last second heroism by Cousins was encouraging, but should never have been necessary. The game never should have been close. Instead we allowed Matt Stafford an opportunity late and he took it for all it was worth. Just more evidence that the Redskins belong in the Good column, not Great.

    4-3 is very different than 5-2. We still have a chance at the division, but it’s harder when you’re dependent on other teams losing instead of just you winning. Wins won’t come until we can learn to not turn the ball over in the end zone and they won’t easy until we learn to put teams away early. We can start though by getting refocused and ready to travel to London.  At least the one silver lining about playing there is we won’t have to wait as long until we get to see if the skins can put this tough loss behind them and go into their bye week with a win. It’s a rough Monday for everybody, but keep your chin up. We lost to a good football team off a series of bad breaks on fluke plays.




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    Keys To Victory & Gameday: October 2nd, 2016 – Cleveland Browns @ Washington Redskins – 1:00PM EST

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    Keys To Victory

    Keys To Victory

    The Washington Redskins are currently #5 in total offense and #2 in passing offense.  The Cleveland Browns are giving up 403 yards of offense and 28 points per game.  Those looking for an improved rushing attack may be waiting another week as the Browns pass defense is its weak link.  The red zone scoring offense should receive a major boost this week.

    Conversely, the Cleveland Browns are scoring 18 points per game while allowing 28, however, they are averaging over 6 yards per carry with Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson.  Quarterback-turned-receiver Terrell Pryor is a dual threat, averaging over 17 yards per reception.  Corey Coleman only has 7 receptions but he is averaging 24.7 yards per catch and has two touchdowns.

    Fortunately, the Redskins have the secondary to cover Cleveland Man-to-Man with Norman and man-zone on the other side with Dunbar or whoever is starting and an actual free safety in Ihenacho as opposed to a converted and learning on the job corner in Hall.

    Clearly and convincingly, the task at hand is to pass fifty times and stop the run.  Expect a lot of blitzing into the A and B gaps to contain rushing between the tackles.  It will be critical for the outside linebackers to not overpursue.  They must contain the edges and force runners back into the middle of the field.

    Special teams needs to continue to be special.  The Redskins, who lead the league in fumbles caused, need to continue to force turnovers.

    Overall, this is a game the Redskins should dominate and it would not be surprising to see them post 40+ points.

    While not necessarily a key to victory, it would also be a great game for the defense to figure out how to stop the run as Cleveland will do a lot of it.

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    Tale Of The Tape: October 2nd, 2016 – Cleveland Browns @ Washington Redskins

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    Injury Report

    Player Pos Type Class Details
    DeAngelo Hall CB Knee I-R Hall suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and has been placed on the injured reserve list.
    Kory Lichtensteiger G Calf I-R Lichtensteiger has been placed on injured reserve with a calf injury.
    Kedric Golston DE Hamstring I-R Golston suffered a hamstring injury and has been placed on the injured reserve list.
    Derek Carrier TE Knee I-R Carrier continues to recover from a torn ACL and has been placed on the PUP list. He is eligible to return October 23rd against the Lions.
    Reggie Diggs WR Knee I-R Diggs continues to recover from a knee injury and has been placed on the injured reserve list, ending his season.
    Keith Marshall RB Elbow I-R Marshall sprained his left elbow during the preseason and has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.
    Kevin Bowen T Undisclosed I-R Bowen has been placed on the injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.
    Steven Daniels LB Shoulder I-R Daniels had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.
    Shawn Lauvao OL Ankle out Lauvao departed the last game with an ankle injury and will not play Sunday against the Browns.
    Dashaun Phillips CB Hamstring out Phillips is nursing a hamstring injury and will not be available Sunday against the Browns.
    Bashaud Breeland CB Ankle out Breeland suffered a strained tendon in his right ankle during the last game and will not play Sunday against the Browns.
    Josh Doctson WR Achilles out Doctson is dealing with an Achilles’ tendon injury and will be inactive for Sunday’s game against the Browns.
    Junior Galette LB Achilles out Galette is expected to miss the entire 2016-2017 season after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury.
    Silas Redd RB Suspension out Redd Jr. has been issued an indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He will miss an undetermined amount of time.
    Josh Norman CB Illness questionable Norman is dealing with an illness and it is unclear if he will participate in Sunday’s game against the Browns.
    Trent Williams T Knee questionable Williams continues to battle a lingering knee injury and his status against the Browns on Sunday is uncertain.
    Trent Murphy LB Elbow questionable Murphy is nursing injuries to his elbow and shoulder and it is undetermined if he will suit up against the Browns on Sunday.
    Kendall Reyes DE Groin questionable Reyes sat out the last game due to a groin injury and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Browns on Sunday.
    Martrell Spaight LB Concussion questionable Spaight has missed the last two games due to concussion-like symptoms and his availability against the Browns on Sunday is in question.
    DeSean Jackson WR Knee probable Jackson is nursing a knee injury but is expected to play against the Browns on Sunday.
    Matt Jones RB Head probable Jones sustained a head injury during Week 3 but will likely be available for Sunday’s game against the Browns.


    Player Pos Type Class Details
    Patrick Murray K Knee I-R Murray is on injured reserve due to a knee injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
    Robert Griffin QB Shoulder I-R Griffin III sustained a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder and has been placed on the injured reserve list. He will be re-evaluated in three-to-four weeks but is eligible to return November 6th against the Cowboys.
    Nile Lawrence-Stample DL Shoulder I-R Lawrence-Stample has been placed on the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury, ending his season.
    Rajion Neal RB Knee I-R Neal sustained a season-ending knee injury and has been placed on the injured reserve list.
    Glenn Winston RB Shoulder I-R Winston suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and was placed on the injured reserve list.
    Dennis Parks WR Undisclosed I-R Parks was placed on the injured reserve list due to an unspecified injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
    Dylan Wynn DL Ankle I-R Wynn is sidelined due to an ankle injury and was placed on the season ending injured reserve list.
    Rannell Hall WR Leg I-R Hall has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with a fractured leg.
    Josh Gordon WR Personal out Gordon has elected to enter an in-person rehabilitation facility and will miss an undetermined amount of time.
    Josh McCown QB Collarbone out McCown has a broken left collarbone and will miss an extended amount of time.
    Corey Coleman WR Hand out Coleman suffered a broken hand and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.
    Carl Nassib DL Hand out Nassib will require surgery to repair a broken hand and is likely to miss a few weeks of action.
    Cameron Erving OL Lung out Erving left the last game with a pulmonary contusion and is expected to miss three-to-four weeks of action.
    Desmond Bryant DT Pectoral out Bryant had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle and is expected to miss the entire 2016-2017 season.
    Armonty Bryant DE Suspension out Bryant was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. He is expected to return October 9th against the Patriots.
    Tramon Williams CB Shoulder doubtful Williams left the last game with an AC joint shoulder sprain and is not expected to play Sunday against the Redskins.
    Nate Orchard LB Ankle questionable Orchard was forced from the last game due to an ankle injury and it is undetermined if he will play Sunday against the Redskins.
    Seth Devalve TE Undisclosed questionable DeValve is dealing with an unannounced injury and his status against the Redskins on Sunday is uncertain.
    Duke Johnson RB Undisclosed questionable Johnson Jr. was removed from the last game due to an unspecified injury and his status against the Redskins on Sunday is in question.
    Ibraheim Campbell DB Hamstring questionable Campbell sat out the last game due to a hamstring injury and it is undetermined if he will play against the Redskins on Sunday.
    Isaiah Crowell RB Knee probable Crowell is hampered by a knee injury but is expected to be available Sunday against the Redskins.
    Joe Haden DB Groin probable Haden missed the last game with a groin injury but is expected to suit up Sunday against the Redskins.
    Cody Kessler QB Arm probable Kessler is expected to play Sunday against the Redskins despite an arm injury.


    No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
    8 Kirk Cousins 28 qb 3 3 1-2-0 79 124 63.7 989 3 2.4 3 2.4 57 8.0 7.4 12.5 329.7 86.4 69.36 4 28 7.51 6.92 3.1 1 1
    5 Tress Way 26 p 3 0 1 1 100.0 31 0 0.0 0 0.0 31 31.0 31.0 31.0 10.3 118.7 0 0 31.00 31.00 0.0
    Team Total 27.2 3 1-2-0 80 125 64.0 1020 3 2.4 3 2.4 57 8.2 7.6 12.8 340.0 87.4 4 28 7.69 7.11 3.1 1 1
    Opp Total 3 74 105 70.5 942 4 3.8 3 2.9 9.0 8.45 12.7 314.0 99.0 7 37 8.1 7.6 6.3


    No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
    5 Cody Kessler 23 qb 1 1 0-1-0 21 33 63.6 244 0 0.0 0 0.0 40 7.4 7.4 11.6 244.0 85.9 61.66 3 17 6.31 6.31 8.3
    13 Josh McCown 37 qb 1 1 0-1-0 20 33 60.6 260 2 6.1 2 6.1 47 7.9 6.4 13.0 260.0 80.4 85.65 3 18 6.72 5.33 8.3
    10 Robert Griffin 26 qb 1 1 0-1-0 12 26 46.2 190 0 0.0 1 3.8 58 7.3 5.6 15.8 190.0 55.0 33.43 3 22 5.79 4.24 10.3
    17 Terrelle Pryor 27 wr 3 3 3 5 60.0 35 0 0.0 0 0.0 26 7.0 7.0 11.7 11.7 81.2 58.77 1 1 5.67 5.67 16.7
    Team Total 25.4 3 0-3-0 56 97 57.7 729 2 2.1 3 3.1 58 7.5 6.5 13.0 243.0 75.5 10 58 6.27 5.38 9.3
    Opp Total 3 72 121 59.5 899 7 5.8 4 3.3 7.4 7.10 12.5 299.7 88.1 3 16 7.1 6.8 2.4

    Rushing & Receiving

    No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% YScm RRTD Fmb
    31 Matt Jones 23 rb 3 3 37 150 1 14 4.1 50.0 12.3 4 4 27 6.8 0 9 1.3 9.0 100.0% 177 1 1
    25 Chris Thompson 26 3 0 12 47 1 9 3.9 15.7 4.0 8 6 66 11.0 0 38 2.0 22.0 75.0% 113 1 0
    8 Kirk Cousins 28 qb 3 3 6 23 0 10 3.8 7.7 2.0 23 0 1
    22 Robert Kelley 24 1 0 4 7 0 5 1.8 7.0 4.0 7 0 0
    80 Jamison Crowder 23 wr 3 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 16 175 10.9 2 55 5.3 58.3 64.0% 175 2 1
    86 Jordan Reed 26 te 3 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 16 190 11.9 0 25 5.3 63.3 64.0% 190 0 0
    11 DeSean Jackson 30 wr 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 14 238 17.0 1 44 4.7 79.3 60.9% 238 1 0
    88 Pierre Garcon 30 wr 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 13 135 10.4 0 20 4.3 45.0 65.0% 135 0 0
    85 Vernon Davis 32 te 3 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 6 71 11.8 0 32 2.0 23.7 100.0% 71 0 0
    18 Josh Doctson 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 2 66 33.0 0 57 1.0 33.0 33.3% 66 0 0
    47 Quinton Dunbar 24 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 31 31.0 0 31 0.3 10.3 100.0% 31 0 1
    14 Ryan Grant 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.3 1.7 33.3% 5 0 0
    84 Niles Paul 27 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 16 16.0 0 16 0.3 5.3 100.0% 16 0 0
    Team Total 27.2 3 59 227 2 14 3.8 75.7 19.7 122 80 1020 12.8 3 57 26.7 340.0 1247 5 4
    Opp Total 3 81 369 7 4.6 123.0 27.0 74 905 12.2 4 24.7 301.7 1274 11 7


    No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% YScm RRTD Fmb
    34 Isaiah Crowell 23 rb 3 3 45 274 2 85 6.1 91.3 15.0 4 3 31 10.3 0 15 1.0 10.3 75.0% 305 2 0
    29 Duke Johnson 23 3 0 16 103 0 17 6.4 34.3 5.3 17 12 84 7.0 0 28 4.0 28.0 70.6% 187 0 0
    10 Robert Griffin 26 qb 1 1 5 37 0 20 7.4 37.0 5.0 37 0 1
    17 Terrelle Pryor 27 wr 3 3 4 21 1 15 5.3 7.0 1.3 31 14 244 17.4 0 44 4.7 81.3 45.2% 265 1 0
    16 Andrew Hawkins 30 wr 3 1 2 0 0 1 0.0 0.0 0.7 10 5 42 8.4 0 16 1.7 14.0 50.0% 42 0 0
    5 Cody Kessler 23 qb 1 1 2 -1 0 0 -0.5 -1.0 2.0 -1 0 2
    13 Josh McCown 37 qb 1 1 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2.0 0 0 1
    82 Gary Barnidge 31 te 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 9 103 11.4 0 26 3.0 34.3 69.2% 103 0 0
    19 Corey Coleman 22 wr 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 7 173 24.7 2 58 3.5 86.5 53.8% 173 2 0
    42 Malcolm Johnson 24 fb 3 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 3 12 4.0 0 6 1.0 4.0 100.0% 12 0 0
    80 Ricardo Louis 22 wr 3 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 3 40 13.3 0 28 1.0 13.3 75.0% 40 0 1
    Team Total 25.4 3 76 434 3 85 5.7 144.7 25.3 97 56 729 13.0 2 58 18.7 243.0 1163 5 8
    Opp Total 3 85 328 2 3.9 109.3 28.3 72 883 12.3 7 24.0 294.3 1211 9 3

    Kick & Punt Returns

    No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
    80 Jamison Crowder 23 wr 3 2 5 105 0 50 21.0 280
    25 Chris Thompson 26 3 0 2 53 0 28 26.5 166
    41 Will Blackmon 32 3 0 1 29 0 29 29.0 29
    47 Quinton Dunbar 24 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 31
    84 Niles Paul 27 3 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 30
    Team Total 27.2 3 6 105 0 50 17.5 4 96 0 29 24.0 1455
    Opp Total 3 2 21 0 10.5 4 85 0 21.3


    No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
    25 George Atkinson 24 3 0 2 34 0 21 17.0 34
    41 Tracy Howard 22 3 0 2 30 0 17 15.0 30
    23 Joe Haden 27 db 2 2 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
    29 Duke Johnson 23 3 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 206
    33 Jordan Poyer 25 db 3 3 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
    22 Tramon Williams 33 db 3 2 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
    Team Total 25.4 3 3 13 0 13 4.3 5 83 0 21 16.6 1241
    Opp Total 3 7 94 0 13.4 5 149 0 29.8

    Kicking & Punting

    3 Dustin Hopkins 26 k 3 0 3 3 5 5 3 3 11 11 100.0% 5 5 100.0%
    5 Tress Way 26 p 3 0 5 193 56 0 38.6
    Team Total 27.2 3 3 3 5 5 3 3 11 11 100.0% 5 5 100.0% 5 193 56 0 38.6
    Opp Total 3 5 5 100.0% 11 11 100.0% 8 391 0 48.9


    4 Britton Colquitt 31 p 3 0 15 700 59 0 46.7
    3 Cody Parkey 24 k 1 0 1 1 5 2 6 3 50.0% 1 1 100.0%
    2 Patrick Murray 25 k 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 50.0% 4 3 75.0%
    Team Total 25.4 3 2 2 5 2 1 8 4 50.0% 5 4 80.0% 15 700 59 0 46.7
    Opp Total 3 7 6 85.7% 8 8 100.0% 15 729 0 48.6

    Defense & Fumbles

    No. Player Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
    54 Mason Foster 27 lb 3 3 18 11
    30 David Bruton 29 s 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 1.0 17 6
    26 Bashaud Breeland 24 cb 3 3 1 26 0 26 3 15 4
    51 William Compton 27 lb 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 10 15
    24 Josh Norman 29 cb 3 3 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 12 5
    23 DeAngelo Hall 33 s 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 10 6
    91 Ryan Kerrigan 28 lb 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1.5 9 0
    92 Chris Baker 29 de 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 5 6
    36 Su’a Cravens 21 3 0 1 2 0 2 2 6 4
    93 Trent Murphy 26 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 3.0 4 6
    94 Preston Smith 24 lb 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 5
    35 Dashaun Phillips 25 cb 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 2
    99 Ricky Jean-Francois 30 3 0 0.5 2 5
    47 Quinton Dunbar 24 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    73 Evander Hood 29 de 3 1 2 3
    29 Duke Ihenacho 27 2 0 3 0
    68 Cullen Jenkins 35 2 0 3 0
    41 Will Blackmon 32 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
    64 Kedric Golston 33 nt 2 2 2 0
    97 Kendall Reyes 27 1 0 1 1
    20 Greg Toler 31 cb 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
    8 Kirk Cousins 28 qb 3 3 0 1 1 0 0
    31 Matt Jones 23 rb 3 3 0 1 1 0 0
    80 Jamison Crowder 23 wr 3 2 0 1 0 0 0
    88 Pierre Garcon 30 wr 3 3 0 0 1 7 0
    Team Total 27.2 3 3 28 0 26 19 6 4 5 7 0 7.0 132 81
    Opp Total 3 0 7 14 0 4


    No. Player Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
    33 Jordan Poyer 25 db 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 18 5
    58 Christian Kirksey 24 lb 3 3 1.0 17 5
    56 Demario Davis 27 lb 3 3 13 7
    30 Derrick Kindred 23 db 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 13 1
    71 Danny Shelton 23 dl 3 3 8 7
    22 Tramon Williams 33 db 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 9 2
    27 Jamar Taylor 26 db 3 3 1 -3 0 -3 1 9 0
    23 Joe Haden 27 db 2 2 2 9 0 9 5 6 1
    30 Ibraheim Campbell 24 db 2 2 6 0
    90 Emmanuel Ogbah 23 lb 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
    96 Xavier Cooper 25 dl 3 1 5 0
    52 Corey Lemonier 25 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.0 4 0
    98 Jamie Meder 25 dl 3 2 3 4
    20 Briean Boddy-Calhoun 23 db 1 1 1 27 1 27 1 3 1
    94 Carl Nassib 23 dl 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1.0 3 0
    44 Nate Orchard 23 lb 3 1 2 2
    53 Joe Schobert 23 lb 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
    5 Cody Kessler 23 qb 1 1 0 2 1 0 0
    80 Ricardo Louis 22 wr 3 1 0 1 2 1 0
    59 Tank Carder 27 3 0 1 0
    10 Robert Griffin 26 qb 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
    41 Tracy Howard 22 3 0 1 0
    13 Josh McCown 37 qb 1 1 0 1 1 -4 0
    99 Stephen Paea 28 dl 3 1 1 0
    25 George Atkinson 24 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
    74 Cameron Erving 24 ol 2 2 0 1 0 -15 0
    Team Total 25.4 3 4 33 1 27 15 1 8 7 -18 0 3.0 129 36
    Opp Total 3 0 3 18 0 10 1



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    A Sigh of Relief

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    A collective sigh went out across Washington.  A win came when we needed it the most, and it’s hard to not be in good spirits with the end result. After a week of sulking and dreariness from a loss to the Cowboys, a win against the Giants is the kind of pick me up that you need.

    It would have been easy for spirits to crumble given how the game took an early 3-14 swing against us. After such a strong 3 out and by the defense on the opening drive, we gave up such a crucial turnover on a botched punt. REGARDLESS of Dunbar getting blocked into the ball, if Crowder fields the punt there is no issue. In the end, that play by both Crowder and Dunbar would set up the perfect redemption story that they had yesterday with their special teams and third down efforts being the keys to victory. They spoke for the team by picking themselves back up. We would bounce back, show resiliency, and when we truly were hanging off the edge of the cliff in an 0-3 start to the season, the Redskins picked themselves back up. It was a tough win and a reason to hold our heads high.

    There were some rough plays and rough drives in the first half.  Our defense had a terrible time stopping Running Backs and we kept giving away 3rd & longs.  There were some moments where we almost flashed brilliance with Norman dropping a near interception and Crowder on a 51-yard punt return to reset field position, but ultimately we would be staring at the wrong side of a 9 – 21 score. Again, it would have been easy to crumble, but we didn’t. Chris Baker started yelling at Joe Barry, DeSean kept pressing Gruden. Players were hungry, we still had fight in us. Immediately we charge down the field on two strikes to DeSean and right the reeling ship. WE’RE STILL IN THIS GAME! we seethed. Our defense kept the pushing with Will Blackmon ripping the ball the out of the Giants hands. While we would close the half by misusing timeouts in the final seconds or taking a bad sack, tthe game was still within reach and spirits were strong.

    Lichtensteiger got hurt on the first drive and it would be the beginning of what would become a test of our offensive line depth with Lauvao joining him on the side line. One of the best personnel decisions on the offensive line was getting Ty Nsekhe out at LT and moving Trent Williams inside to guard. It was a great move that eventually won the day with our running game. Crowder breaking free on his screen for the touchdown is due to Trent Williams being the man blocking out in space. Him in the guard swing/tackle position is what’s best for the team given that we have a monster like Ty sitting on the bench otherwise. That’s not to say that Williams isn’t the best LT on our team, he’s the best LT in the NFL. It’s precisely because he’s so athletic and a guy like Ty is so trained/built to be a LT that you need to move Trent inside to keep our best players on the field, especially given that Long was our backup guard/center and we’re out both a guard and a center.

    Did I mention we can’t stop Running Backs and 3rd & long is our Achilles heel? Cause in the second half it was more of the same of that as the Giants went down the field. Our defense made an admirable stand, almost forcing an Eli Manning fumble, and Bruton Jr. lost a maddening challenge that would have kept a 23-21 lead that instead slipped to 23-24.

    Side Note: lip reading Jay Gruden’s clear, irate, and filthy side line language after challenges is my new favorite pastime.

    The trick play on special teams was a gambit at the right time. It was too late in the game to being giving the ball back with a defense that has had issues stopping the Giants from scoring and points and time were scarce. Gruden made a gutsy call and Dunbar made a phenomenal catch on a surprisingly spiraled ball from our punter. I’d like to think the Tress Way had practiced that throw ad nauseam waiting for that exact moment to show the world that there truly is no better punter or pure passer in the NFL. Seriously, both of our kickers were outstanding yesterday. Dustin Hopkins putting all but one of his kickoffs though the end zone and every single one of his field goals (5) was through the uprights… It’s been a while since it was safe to trust our special teams and they did so much to comeback from an early error.

    Like many of our trips to the redzone this season, we couldn’t capitalize with a touchdown after a great play that set us up in good territory. We did get back the lead thought with 26-24 and we went into a tightly contested 4th quarter. It would have been easy to lose our cool, it would have been easy to crumble. But there was fight in this team, they would not squander a chance to lead. We did see signs of slipping on the other side of the field. It culminated in the FIRST ejection due to two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Odell Beckham Jr made some deep gashes in yards but the Giants couldn’t help themselves and had a line man taunt after a hit to the back on Norman. The Giants continued to drive down the field on OBJ when a man by the name of Dunbar (heard of him yet?) made a one handed interception within our own 5-yard line to safe guard the lead and shake off the Giants assault. It boiled over with OBJ having a tantrum against a net on the sideline. Soon afterward an unnecessary hit on the other side of the field by a player you’ve never heard of before (and probably won’t again seeing as the Giants added him to the active roster the day before the game) saved us from a blocked punt and ensured that their offense would be denied the opportunity to rally for a little while longer.

    Shout out to Sean McVay for remembering to stick with the ground game. He ran the ball more times yesterday (30) than he had all season (29). It’s amazing how much better play action is when the threat of a ground game is real. It also leaves defenses so tired that you can end games strong by eating 6+ minutes of clock on a running back’s shoulders. So keep it up and watch the formula that worked last season start working again for you this season. On Sunday it left the Giants with a little more than a minute to spare. The Giants we trying to march to field goal range. That’s when the wonderful new addition to our defense Sua Cravens stepped up and came down with an Eli Manning interception when we needed a big play the most. An excellent end to an exciting game.

    Cleveland is a stronger team than their record suggests. They’ve had some bad breaks with their kicker but otherwise they’re playing good football and we are not a good enough team to overlook anybody. Beating teams that you’re favored +9 by Vegas is something that good teams do. Victory this past Sunday doesn’t mean we’ve proven anything yet, but it does mean that we can start to believe this team can play like the 9-7 Division Champs they were last year. Next week is an opportunity to reaffirm those beliefs.




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    Game Day: Sunday, September 25th, 2016 – Washington Redskins @ New York Giants – 1:00PM EST

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    Tale Of The Tape & Keys To Victory: September 25th, 2016 – Washington Redskins @ New York Giants

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    Keys To Victory

    Score more than 19 points.  The offense is due for a big game and it needs to happen here and now.

    Rush the ball more than 25% of the plays, the current percentage of running plays in the first two games.

    Limit the Giants passing offense.  Make the running game beat you.

    Stop the stupid penalties.






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    With The First Games Underway Who Is Already Looking In Shape?

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    American football fans around the world are happy again now the 2016 NFL season is underway and, just like that, the first two games have flown by. There’s still a long way to go, with 14 games remaining but our predictions for the NFL season have the following five teams doing well.

    Washington Redskins
    Many teams were caught off guard by the Redskins, as they won the 2015 NFC East title. That may be bad news for Washington going forward as now the opposition will be extra vigilant when they come head to head. Sadly the Redskins haven’t got off to the best of starts this season after two home losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys with scores of 16-38 and 23-27 respectively. That makes the next game, away at the New York Giants, a crucial game so early in the season. However, there is still a long way to go and many experts expect the NFC East to be wide open this season. So despite two early losses, the Redskins are still in the hunt.

    Dallas Cowboys
    No other team in the NFL could have such a yo-yo like season ahead of them with so much depending on the fitness of their starting quarterback Tony Romo. The richest sports team in the world could have a decent season if Romo is healthy, or a dreadful one if he doesn’t. The first two games have represented that with a narrow opening day loss to the Giants, 19-20, followed by a win over the Redskins.

    New England Patriots
    Tom Brady, star quarterback for the Patriots, has now served two of his four game suspension and all things considered they haven’t done too badly without him. They currently stand as the top of the AFC East with a 2-0 record after beating the Arizona Cardinals by 23-21 and the Miami Dolphins by 31-24. With 15 games left to go there is still a large element of uncertainty along the way but New England will be hoping that things can get even better once Brady is available for selection again.

    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Also unbeaten at this early stage of the season with wins over the aforementioned Redskins and the Cincinnati Bengals at 24-16, with many considering the Steelers to have the best offense in the league, they’ll be reassured that they have done their job so far in earning the wins. However, Pittsburgh may be concerned about their defence which could see them drop potential wins if they are outscored at the back. If their defence can remain focused there’s no reason that that Steelers can’t go on a run and challenge for a potential Super Bowl place.

    Seattle Seahawks
    Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Michael Bennett, Bobby Wagner, Jimmy Graham and Kam Chancellor form a core of players that need to be at their absolute best this season if the Seahawks are to live up to high expectations this season. Early results have been mixed so far with a 12-10 win over the Dolphins followed by a 3-9 loss at the Los Angeles Rams. With a number of players in the prime of their careers they can be legitimate Super Bowl contenders if they focus.

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    Fouled Up Cousins, Kirk

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    Sometimes, as a fan of the Washington Redskins, one cannot help but be pissed off beyond all words.  The 2015 team led us down the primrose path of high expectations.  The worst fans were predicting this seasons was a .500 record.  The best laid plans of Skins fans had the team winning eleven games this season.  Adding fuel to the fire were situations beyond the team’s control, such as Le’Veon Bell being suspended and Tony Romo suffering another unfortunate injury which kept him out of the week two contest.  A genuinely false sense of security abounded throughout the fan base.  Pittsburgh was going to be a tough game in any case but we were led to believe we actually had a chance of winning the game.  (Insert expletive of your choice here.)

    Dallas was a game for which no excuses can be made.  The Redskins lost to an inferior opponent because they did not and could not make the plays winning teams make consistently.  The team is now looking at a virtually impossible climb to earn a playoff berth and their team statistics say they will win six games or fewer.  While it seems easy to place the blame on the secondary, Bashaud Breeland in particular, the lack of a consistent pass rush and an inability to stop the run make it impossible for the secondary to cover good receivers indefinitely.  Eventually, any receiver will get open.  The Skins had three garbage sacks and very few hurries.  It may not even be legal to knock a quarterback down anymore.  If it is the team had us fooled this week.

    Ultimately, the game rests on the shoulders of the highest paid player in the league this season.  Depending on which fan you ask, Kirk Cousins either missed three touchdowns or four.  Either way, he is posting empty stats like they’re going out of style.  Who throws for 364 yards with only one touchdown?  Who makes that boneheaded throw in the end zone?  What kind of quarterback stares down his receiver in the end zone when the defense has a limited field to cover?

    What kind of jackass head coach abandons an effective running game on a 4th and less than one yard?  The same kind who pisses away all of his timeouts before they are actually needed.

    When I started writing this I had fully intended to make it some kind of reasonable and rational explanation as to why the team is now 0-2 but, quite frankly, I don’t have one and even if I did I’m so pissed off I doubt I could articulate it in any semblance of a cogent fashion.  If this team doesn’t beat the New York Giants like they sexually assaulted their children  I expect everyone to be fired.  Gruden can’t seem to find his ass with both hands, a flashlight, a GPS, and a proctologist.  Ditto, Cousins and the wide open receivers.

    Yes, the defense is a complete mess but we knew going into the season that the front seven was questionable, to say the least.  The plan was, necessarily, to outscore opponents.  Two games into the season the Redskins high-powered offense is averaging a whopping 19.5 points per game.  That’s tied for 20th in the league.  The team can’t win games like that.  The offense had best unfuck itself quickly.  That begins and ends with Kirk Cousins making the plays he should make.

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