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  • Game Day: September 18th, 2016, 1:00PM EST – Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins


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    Weather: 85 degrees @ kickoff.  6mph winds.  50% chance of rain.
    TV: FOX
    Radio: Sirius
    Online: GamePass
    Tickets: Available

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    Keys To Victory – September 18th, 2016 – Dallas Cowboys


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    Keys To Victory

    Let’s be honest.  The 2016 Washington Redskins opened the season like a six win team.  Maybe.  55 yards rushing.  No passing touchdowns and two interceptions with that group of receivers some were calling the best in the league.  Nine penalties.  30% 3rd down conversion rate.  Zero for two on 4th down conversion attempts.  Minus 5 minutes in time of possession.

    This week’s opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, opened the season with a division game against the New York Giants.  With a rookie quarterback and a rookie running back against a revamped Giants defensive line some were calling the best in the league, Dallas ran for 100+ yards, threw for 200+ yards with no interceptions, did not allow a sack, did not turn the ball over, committed six penalties, converted 10 of 17 third down attempts, well over 50%, and were plus 13 minutes in time of possession.

    To say that Dallas outperformed Washington in week one is a gross understatement.  Yes, Pittsburgh is probably a tougher opponent than New York but a team can only win the games it plays.  Fortunately for the Redskins, or perhaps unfortunately as the Giants are considered the primary competition for the division title, Dallas lost their opener.  The difference is they were in theirs with a chance to win right up until the end.  The Redskins were in no such position.

    PIT WAS
    First Downs 23 18
    Rush-Yds-TDs 30-147-2 12-55-1
    Cmp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 27-37-300-3-1 30-43-329-0-2
    Sacked-Yards 1-10 0-0
    Net Pass Yards 290 329
    Total Yards 437 384
    Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-0
    Turnovers 1 2
    Penalties-Yards 4-81 9-55
    Third Down Conv. 9-14 3-10
    Fourth Down Conv. 2-2 0-2
    Time of Possession 33:18 26:42
    NYG DAL
    First Downs 18 24
    Rush-Yds-TDs 24-113-0 30-101-1
    Cmp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 19-28-207-3-1 25-45-227-0-0
    Sacked-Yards 2-4 0-0
    Net Pass Yards 203 227
    Total Yards 316 328
    Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
    Turnovers 1 0
    Penalties-Yards 4-40 6-50
    Third Down Conv. 5-10 10-17
    Fourth Down Conv. 0-0 0-0
    Time of Possession 23:17 36:43

     

    Keys to victory, you ask?  Don’t play like the dog’s unwashed bollocks.  Everything has to be markedly better this week.  If Jones can’t find openings on his first few carries, either give him more carries than the seven he got last week or get Robert Kelley in the game.  If Cousins can’t get the ball to the midget patrol in the end zone, get the taller receivers and tight ends in the game and get Josh Doctson in the game.  What the hell did you draft him for if you’re not going to use him in those situations?  Scoring 16 points with this offense is a steaming pile of horse dung.  It’s absolutely inexcusable, regardless of the opponent.  If the team can’t post at least 24 points offensively they will lose more games than they will win.  That falls on $20MM man Kirk Cousins.  You gambled on yourself.  You’re no longer playing with house money, Sporto.

    Defensively, the Redskins obviously have to stop the run more often than never.  Part of that blame can be given to the offense that couldn’t keep the defense off the field but even so, stop someone before they get into the secondary.  Also, Deangelo Hall seems to be confused as to where he should be.  He’s a step late virtually every play.  I realize he’s learning the position on the fly but he’d better learn it quickly.  Dez Bryant had a bad week last week and he’s undoubtedly looking to make up for it this week.  Complicating issues, Sua Cravens reportedly has a hip flexor and may not play this week.  Expect Duke Ihenacho to be active.  Also, expect Jason Witten to have a field day with someone less mobile than Cravens shadowing him.

    If I were to pull some numbers out of thin air, I would venture the following would result in a Redskins victory:

    250+ yards passing with 0 interceptions.  300+ is a reasonable expectation against a weak Dallas secondary.

    100+ yards rushing.  That’s almost double last week’s output.

    Control time of possession.  Keep the defense fresh.

    Allow under 100 yards rushing.

    Cover Jason Witten on 3rd downs.

    Be error free on special teams.

     

     

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    Tale Of The Tape: September 18th, 2016 – Dallas Week


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    National Football Conference – 2016 Regular Season
    NFC East Team W L T Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
    New York Giants 1 0 0 1.000 20 19 1 3 0-0 1-0 1-0 1.000 1-0 1.000 0-0 1W 1-0
    Philadelphia Eagles 1 0 0 1.000 29 10 19 3 1-0 0-0 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 1-0 1W 1-0
    Dallas Cowboys 0 1 0 .000 19 20 -1 1 0-1 0-0 0-1 .000 0-1 .000 0-0 1L 0-1
    Washington Redskins 0 1 0 .000 16 38 -22 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-1 1L 0-1
    Rk Team G Pts/G TotPts Scrm Plys Yds/G Yds/P 1st/G 3rd Md 3rd Att 3rd Pct 4th Md 4th Att 4th Pct Pen Pen Yds ToP/G FUM Lost TO
    1 New Orleans Saints 1 34 34 65 507.0 7.8 27.0 4 11 36 1 1 100 7 53 29:35 2 1 -1
    2 Oakland Raiders 1 35 35 64 486.0 7.6 25.0 4 11 36 0 0 0 14 141 30:25 1 0 +1
    3 Indianapolis Colts 1 35 35 68 450.0 6.6 25.0 9 16 56 0 0 0 5 45 29:24 0 0 0
    4 Detroit Lions 1 39 39 64 448.0 7.0 28.0 5 9 56 0 0 0 8 70 30:36 0 0 0
    5 Pittsburgh Steelers 1 38 38 68 435.0 6.4 23.0 9 14 64 2 2 100 4 81 33:18 2 0 +1
    6 Kansas City Chiefs 1 33 33 70 413.0 5.9 26.0 5 14 36 2 2 100 6 46 31:06 0 0 -1
    7 Philadelphia Eagles 1 29 29 73 403.0 5.5 23.0 5 15 33 1 1 100 7 46 39:20 2 0 +1
    8 San Diego Chargers 1 27 27 69 388.0 5.6 25.0 7 15 47 0 0 0 5 30 34:01 0 0 +1
    9 Washington Redskins 1 16 16 55 384.0 7.0 18.0 3 10 30 0 2 0 9 55 26:42 1 0 -1
    Rk Team G Pts/G TotPts Scrm Plys Yds/G Yds/P 1st/G 3rd Md 3rd Att 3rd Pct 4th Md 4th Att 4th Pct Pen Pen Yds ToP/G FUM Lost
    1 Oakland Raiders 1 34 34 65 507.0 7.8 27.0 4 11 36 1 1 100 7 53 29:35 2 1
    2 New Orleans Saints 1 35 35 64 486.0 7.6 25.0 4 11 36 0 0 0 14 141 30:25 1 0
    3 Detroit Lions 1 35 35 68 450.0 6.6 25.0 9 16 56 0 0 0 5 45 29:24 0 0
    4 Indianapolis Colts 1 39 39 64 448.0 7.0 28.0 5 9 56 0 0 0 8 70 30:36 0 0
    5 Washington Redskins 1 38 38 68 435.0 6.4 23.0 9 14 64 2 2 100 4 81 33:18 2 0
    Rk Player Team Pos Comp Att Pct Att/G Yds Avg Yds/G TD Int 1st 1st% Lng 20+ 40+ Sck Rate
    1 Drew Brees NO QB 28 42 66.7 42.0 423 10.1 423.0 4 0 16 38.1 98T 6 3 1 131.3
    2 Andrew Luck IND QB 31 47 66.0 47.0 385 8.2 385.0 4 0 17 36.2 51 4 1 2 119.5
    3 Andy Dalton CIN QB 23 30 76.7 30.0 366 12.2 366.0 1 1 11 36.7 54T 6 3 7 114.0
    4 Alex Smith KC QB 34 48 70.8 48.0 363 7.6 363.0 2 1 19 39.6 45 5 1 3 97.8
    5 Matthew Stafford DET QB 31 39 79.5 39.0 340 8.7 340.0 3 0 20 51.3 32 3 0 1 128.6
    6 Matt Ryan ATL QB 27 39 69.2 39.0 334 8.6 334.0 2 0 16 41.0 59 4 2 3 112.6
    7 Kirk Cousins WAS QB 30 43 69.8 43.0 329 7.7 329.0 0 2 14 32.6 33 3 0 0 72.7
    Rk Player Team Pos Att Att/G Yds Avg Yds/G TD Lng 1st 1st% 20+ 40+ FUM
    1 DeAngelo Williams PIT RB 26 26.0 143 5.5 143.0 2 17 9 34.6 0 0 0
    2 Lamar Miller HOU RB 28 28.0 106 3.8 106.0 0 12 2 7.1 0 0 1
    3 Matt Forte NYJ RB 22 22.0 96 4.4 96.0 0 14 5 22.7 0 0 0
    4 C.J. Anderson DEN RB 20 20.0 92 4.6 92.0 1 28 6 30.0 1 0 0
    5 David Johnson ARI RB 16 16.0 89 5.6 89.0 1 45 4 25.0 1 1 0
    5 Danny Woodhead SD RB 16 16.0 89 5.6 89.0 0 21 4 25.0 1 0 0
    7 Carlos Hyde SF RB 23 23.0 88 3.8 88.0 2 18 6 26.1 0 0 0
    8 Jalen Richard OAK RB 3 3.0 84 28.0 84.0 1 75T 1 33.3 1 1 0
    9 Ryan Mathews PHI RB 22 22.0 77 3.5 77.0 1 7 5 22.7 0 0 0
    10 Rashad Jennings NYG RB 18 18.0 75 4.2 75.0 0 17 4 22.2 0 0 0
    11 LeGarrette Blount NE RB 22 22.0 70 3.2 70.0 1 13 4 18.2 0 0 1
    11 Spencer Ware KC RB 11 11.0 70 6.4 70.0 1 14 5 45.5 0 0 0
    13 Christine Michael SEA RB 15 15.0 66 4.4 66.0 0 12 2 13.3 0 0 0
    14 Jonathan Stewart CAR RB 15 15.0 64 4.3 64.0 0 11 3 20.0 0 0 0
    15 Ameer Abdullah DET RB 12 12.0 63 5.3 63.0 0 13 3 25.0 0 0 0
    16 Isaiah Crowell CLE RB 12 12.0 62 5.2 62.0 1 20 4 33.3 1 0 0
    16 Doug Martin TB RB 18 18.0 62 3.4 62.0 0 17 5 27.8 0 0 0
    18 Eddie Lacy GB RB 14 14.0 61 4.4 61.0 0 28 2 14.3 1 0 0
    19 Frank Gore IND RB 14 14.0 59 4.2 59.0 0 9 2 14.3 0 0 0
    19 Latavius Murray OAK RB 14 14.0 59 4.2 59.0 1 10 5 35.7 0 0 0
    21 Mark Ingram NO RB 12 12.0 58 4.8 58.0 0 17 3 25.0 0 0 0
    21 LeSean McCoy BUF RB 16 16.0 58 3.6 58.0 1 16 4 25.0 0 0 0
    23 Melvin Gordon SD RB 14 14.0 57 4.1 57.0 2 17 5 35.7 0 0 0
    23 Jeremy Langford CHI RB 17 17.0 57 3.4 57.0 1 15 2 11.8 0 0 0
    25 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB 20 20.0 51 2.6 51.0 1 8T 5 25.0 0 0 0
    26 Todd Gurley LA RB 17 17.0 47 2.8 47.0 0 10 2 11.8 0 0 0
    27 Theo Riddick DET RB 7 7.0 45 6.4 45.0 1 21T 2 28.6 1 0 0
    28 Kenjon Barner PHI RB 4 4.0 42 10.5 42.0 0 19 2 50.0 0 0 0
    28 DeMarco Murray TEN RB 13 13.0 42 3.2 42.0 0 12 1 7.7 0 0 1
    30 Justin Forsett BAL RB 10 10.0 41 4.1 41.0 0 9 1 10.0 0 0 0
    30 Bilal Powell NYJ RB 4 4.0 41 10.3 41.0 0 16 2 50.0 0 0 0
    32 T.J. Yeldon JAX RB 21 21.0 39 1.9 39.0 1 7 3 14.3 0 0 0
    33 Arian Foster MIA RB 13 13.0 38 2.9 38.0 0 9 1 7.7 0 0 1
    33 Shane Vereen NYG RB 6 6.0 38 6.3 38.0 0 10 2 33.3 0 0 0
    35 Alfred Morris DAL RB 7 7.0 35 5.0 35.0 0 13 3 42.9 0 0 0
    36 Thomas Rawls SEA RB 12 12.0 32 2.7 32.0 0 8 2 16.7 0 0 0
    36 Terrance West BAL RB 12 12.0 32 2.7 32.0 0 10 2 16.7 0 0 0
    38 Jeremy Hill CIN RB 9 9.0 31 3.4 31.0 1 12T 2 22.2 0 0 0
    38 Adrian Peterson MIN RB 19 19.0 31 1.6 31.0 0 9 2 10.5 0 0 0
    40 Andy Janovich DEN FB 1 1.0 28 28.0 28.0 1 28T 1 100.0 1 0 0
    41 Giovani Bernard CIN RB 5 5.0 25 5.0 25.0 0 11 1 20.0 0 0 0
    42 Matt Jones WAS RB 7 7.0 24 3.4 24.0 0 12 1 14.3 0 0 0
    43 Chris Thompson WAS RB 4 4.0 23 5.8 23.0 1 9 2 50.0 0 0 0

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    The Preseason is Over


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    The Preseason is over.

    I say again, the preseason is over. While this may seem like an obvious statement, it bears repeating as I hope to make it clear that reality has now set in with regard to who we are and how we’ll fare this season. Sure we looked good in the second halves of every preseason and we had a nice outing during Week 3. We had positive energy, good team building activities, and all the make-up of a Disney story of friendship. Heck, we even go positive predictions from ESPN and FOX during the past few weeks. A quality practice squad doesn’t suit up on game day though, and coaches don’t tip their playbooks during meaningless games. The preseason doesn’t prepare you for 60 minutes of elite offensive and defensive linemen slamming into you with reckless abandon. The preseason doesn’t have coaches pinpoint your weaknesses and exploit them repeatedly for massive gain and momentum. What unfortunately is the worst part, the preseason doesn’t hand out losses that impact how other teams will prepare for you. So make no mistake about it, the pre-season is over and our Skins reminded us all of that fact on national television.

    The Redskins last season were near historically bad at stopping the run last season, at 4.7 yards per attempt (YPA) they were second only to 1959 when we allowed 5.48 YPA. How did we address this fact? We let our biggest lineman walk, replaced him with aged veterans, and moved our oldest and longest tenured skin into a more robust role. While we had one of the deepest drafts at defensive line available this year, we instead chose to focus on luxury picks and wait till the back end of the draft to take a total of one (1) new defensive lineman. I know this is heresy to question a McCloughan draft but after last night it’s warranted because where is all that talented lineman at? Why improving the quality of our practice squad, that’s where. Ziggy Hood, with all considerable and earned respect due to the man, starting at defensive end is a wonderful example of why the Skins, regardless of how nice we did last year, are still a far cry from being a contender in the NFL. Ziggy Hood, a former first round pick, played tremendous ball for Pittsburgh when they drafted him. He played an amazing 5 years for them and then was released. Why? Because teams that are contenders are always getting stronger, faster, and younger in the trenches while teams like the Skins are sifting through the discount bin hoping like hell to find something worthwhile. You can’t preach getting bigger (looking at you Scot) and then ignore the gaping holes in your defensive line as well as the talent available to you in the draft. If you truly thought that all that was available to you were projects that need time to develop then take them and start developing. I don’t mind getting gashed in the name of learning and growth, but instead we decided to roll the dice on vets. What did that get us? 4.9 YPA when defending the run against the Steelers. Congratulations! We got a head start at breaking records!

    This is the part where I’d mention our running game, but seeing as all they could muster is 55 yards. I’ll cover the subject in its entirety in 55 words:

    Five million was the cost to keep our best rusher since Clinton Portis. We added no new offensive linemen and somehow expected better results when adding several did wonders last season. You can’t force a team to stop playing zone coverage when they don’t have to respect the run. The offense was dead on arrival.

    And on the offense note, Kirk…. I don’t need to spend $20 million on a quarterback who can’t make throws to open receivers or floats balls to middle linebackers. Everyone gets a bad game and in truth the defensive tactics to stay in zone coverage were phenomenal at ensuring that we had nothing deep and no yards after catch (YAC). Great quarterbacks don’t care about that though, great quarterbacks aren’t beaten without ever even countering the defensive coordinator’s game plan. In the game between Kirk’s Long Term Deal vs Management’s wait and see approach, Management is up 1- 0.

    In case you’re wondering, there’s seven (7) ways/route trees to beat zone coverage – Four Verticals, Double Smash, All Post, Double Out, Levels, Corner/Deep Out, and Man Beater. What did we do? Check down to the middle of the field or sideline out where in both cases our receivers were immediately swarmed and stopped. The goal of Cover defense is to allow JUST THAT, small dinks and dunks to midfield or 5 yard sideline mark stopped for minimal YAC. Don’t you just love it when the opposing team’s plan comes together?

    Which brings me to my final point in this rant of tough love and sober reality check. Coaching.

    We got beat the most not on the field but on the sideline. Joe Barry could NOT get his squad off the field. Third and Fourth down conversions were a dime a dozen and we couldn’t respond to anything they threw at us. The Fourth down conversions are the best example of this seeing as they ran THE SAME PLAY multiple times and punished us with conversions and points on the board. I understand losing a jump ball, I understand losing a tough push in short yardage situations, but when the offensive coordinator can keep churning out the same formation and leaves your players looking like they need a few more weeks at training camp, that’s on YOU. We made NO second half adjustments, and we had ONE three and out…. On the first drive of the game. Do you know why? Because good coaches identify what doesn’t work and they adjust, bad ones leave you watching the same play on repeat with worse results each time. Offensively, we had early opportunities to get up 14-0 with turnovers and a bit of luck. Instead we settle for 0-6 and then regressed as the same play calls got less and less yards each time. Contenders punish teams that allow turnovers, contenders counter everything thrown at them, and losers kick field goals. … Guess which category we fall into?

    The preseason is over Redskins, we’ve begun a new one where it’s supposed to no longer be good enough to try our best and take home moral victories. We claimed to be contenders, we claimed to be up to the challenge that our schedule will be this year; from the practice squad to the GM… it’s time to start acting like it.

     

    HTTR

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    Gameday: Monday, September 12th, 2016 7:10PM EST – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Washington Redskins


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    Monday, September 12th, 2016 7:10PM EST

    Television: ESPN

    Radio: Sirius

    Online: Game Pass

    Tickets: Ticketmaster (3,548 available of as this entry)

    Kickoff Temperature: 75 degrees, 5 mph winds

    Line: Pittsburgh -3

    Over / Under: 50

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    Injury Report

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    Questionable

    DE Kendall Reyes (groin)—The story here is not so much about Reyes but what the Redskins will do on the defensive line. There are only six defensive linemen on the 53-man roster. Twice this week Jay Gruden said that there was no concern if Reyes is out because they might go with only five active defensive linemen even if Reyes is able to go. This would be a departure from previous seasons when the Redskins would normally go with six active on the D-line. This would create another spot for perhaps a defensive back or a special teams player.

    DE Kedric Golston(back)—This injury just popped up today. Golston was held out of practice due to the injury. We did not get any details from Jay Gruden as he did not talk to the media after practice. In the locker room, however, Golston said that he would have been “probable” under the old injury designation. He also said, “I’m playing”.

    WR Josh Doctson (Achilles)—He was on the PUP list from the start of training camp up until a week ago and he has just five practices under his belt and he was limited in those. It would not be surprising if it is another week or two until he makes his NFL debut.

    RB Matt Jones (shoulder)—He declared himself to be 95 percent yesterday and vowed he would be a full go on Monday. It will be interesting to see how he holds up if he lands on that left shoulder again.

    G Spencer Long (ankle)—It’s possible that the injury cost him his last shot at holding on to the starting job at left guard. The best guess is that he will be active and the first player off the bench if they need a guard or a center.

    All of these players except Golston were full participants in practice on Saturday. Golston did not practice. OT Ty Nsekhe, who is listed as

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    The Steelers are starting out somewhat banged, with OLB Bud Dupree on injured reserve and TE Lararius Green on the PUP list.

    Out

    WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder)—The fourth-year receiver would be the choice start opposite Antonio Brown if he was healthy but the shoulder has been a concern throughout the preseason. This leaves Sammie Coates s the likely starter.

    FB Roosevelt Nix (back)—He is the only fullback on the roster but the Steelers will work around his absence.

    CB Senquez Golson (foot)—The fifth of five cornerbacks on the depth chart, Golson perhaps would have been inactive even if he’s healthy enough to play.

    C/G Cody Wallace (knee)—Wallace is listed as the top backup at all three interior line positions so the Steelers will have to hope that the starters can make it through the game.

    On the practice participation report this week but not listed on the injury report: Starters DE Cameron Heyward (ankle), DT Javon Hargrave (Quad), and reserves RT Marcus Gilbert (elbow), and DT Daniel McCullers (knee).

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    Keys To Victory – September 12th, 2016 – Pittsburgh Steelers


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    I was going to do a writeup here but since it’s already a hot topic of discussion there’s little to add.  Therefore, I invite you to hear what Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has to say about the Redskins matchup (The good stuff begins around 03:55):

     

     

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    Tale Of The Tape: Monday, September 12th 2016 – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Washington Redskins – 7:10PMEST


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    The Washington Redskins first 2016 opponent is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who finished the 2015 season with a 10-6 record, good for 2nd in the AFC North.  The Steelers averaged 26.4 points per game scored, 4th best in the league, and gave up 19.9 points per game allowed, 11th in the league.  The Steelers won their wild card playoff game versus the Cincinnati Bengals 18-16 and lost their AFC divisional championship game 23-16 to eventual Super Bowl winners the Denver Broncos.

     

    The Steelers are coached by Mike Tomlin, 44, of Hampton, VA, a William And Mary graduate, who is in his 11th season as head coach.  He enters the season with a career record of 92-52, with a career 6-5 playoff record, a 2008 Super Bowl champonship, and a 2010 AFC Conference championship to his credit.  The Steelers have never had a losing season record under Tomlin.

     

    The Steelers are led offensively by 34 year old Ben Roethlisberger, who is entering his 13th NFL season with a career record of 113-56.  Roethlisberger comes off a season in which he only started 11 games and only played in 12, going 7-4, completing 68.0% of his pass attempts for 3,938 yards and 21 TDs.  His passing offense averaged 328.2 yards per game and his season QBRating was 94.5.

     

    The Steelers rushing attack is led by 33 year old Deangelo Williams, entering his 11th NFL season, who finished the 2015 season with 200 attempts for 907 yards with 11TDs and 40 receptions for 367 yards, and the currently suspended Le’veon Bell, who finished the 2015 season with 113 attempts for 556 yards and 3TDs.

     

    Antonio Brown, entering his 7th NFL season, led all NFL receivers with 136 receptions for 1,834 yards with 10TDs.

     

    Defensive end Cameron Heyward led the Steelers with 7.0 sacks last season.  Inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons led the Steelers with 77 tackles and was 2nd with 5.0 sacks.

     

    As for the 2015 Redskins, it is doubtful anyone needs a recap but here one is, if only for comparison:

     

    The Redskins finished the 2015 season 9-7, good for 1st in the NFC East, with a first round 35-18 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.  The Redskins socred 388 points, good for 10th in the league, and allowed 379 points, good for 17th.

     

    The Redskins are led by Jay Gruden, entering his 3rd season as head coach, with a 13-19 career record, 0-1 in playoff games.

     

    Quarterback Kirk Cousins enters his 5th NFL season on the franchise tag.  His career record is 11-14.  Last season he posted a 69.8 completion percentage with 4,166 yards passing, 29TDs, and most importantly, only 11 INTs.  Cousins averaged 260.4 passing yards per game and finished the 2015 season with a 101.6 QB Rating.

     

    Presumed starter Matt Jones was the backup to the departed Alfred Morris.  Jones has 144 career rushing attempts for 490 yards with 3TDs in his lone NFL season.  Jones is backed up by thrid down back Chris Thompson, who is entering his 4th NFL season.  Thompson has 38 career rushing attempts for 228 yards.  He also has 41 career receptions for 267 yards with 3TDs.  Undrafted free agent rookie Robert Kelley is expected to see double digit carries per game in a primary backup role.  Kelley is both a rushing and a receiving threat and Gruden has stated he anticipates Kelley filling the role Matt Jones filled last season behind Morris.

     

    The receiving corps is led by Desean Jackson, who is entering his 9th NFL season.  Jackson had a rough 2015 campaign, playing just 10 games.  He finished the season with 30 receptions for 528 yards and 4TDs.  He is accompanied by Pierre Garcon, also entering his 9th NFL season, who finished the 2015 year with 72 receptions for 777 yards with 6TDs.  Joining the two in the slot is 2nd year receiver Jamison Crowder, who finished the 2015 season with 59 receptions for 604 yards with 2TDs.  Jordan Reed, entering his 4th NFL season, is perhaps the most dangerous receiving tight end in football, when healthy.  He finished the 2015 season with 87 receptions for 852 yards with 11TDs.  This formidable starting group is backed up by rookie Josh Doctson, who was recently cleared from the PUP list and off-season acquisition Vernon Davis, who enters his 11th NFL season looking for a career resurgence.

     

    Defensively, the Redskins are led by the secondary.  2015 leading tackler Dashon Goldson is no longer with the team.  He has been replaced with cornerback-turned safety Deangelo Hall who could excel in that role.  2nd leading tackler Bashaud Breeland finished the 2015 season with 59 tackles, 2 INTs, and 2 FFs.  He is flanked by free agent Josh Norman, who finished the 2015 seasons with 48 tackles, 4 INTs, 3FFs, and 2TDs.

     

    The pass rush is expected to come primarily from linebackers Ryan Kerrigan, who finished the 2015 season with 9.5 sacks, and Preston Smith, who replaces the (again) injured Junior Galette.  Smith finished the 2015 NFL season with 8.0 sacks in ONE game started.  Backing them up will be linebacker-turned-lineman-turned-linebacker Trent Murphy, who unfortunately gained weight for the purpose of playing defensive end, and 2016 NFL draft selection Sua Cravens, who will be used in both a WLB linebacker and a safety role according to defensive coordinator Joe Barry, who has requested Cravens be officially listed as “H” on the roster, meaning hybrid.

     

    The defensive line is anchored by 7th year defensive tackle / end Chris Baker, who finished the 2015 with 6.0 sacks.  Joining Baker will be some combination of Kedric Golston, Kendall Reyes, Rick-Jean Francois, Anthony Lanier, and Ziggy Hood.  Quite frankly, no one knows what to expect from this group.  It could be the weak link in the defense or a top 15 unit.

     

     

     

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    Bacon Bits: 22


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    Twenty-two starters will not be with the team tonight as they travel to Tampa Bay ahead of Tropical Depression Nine for a rare Wednesday Night game.  Twenty-two cuts will be made following the conclusion of the final preseason game next week.  Robert Kelley, #22, will be the starting running back for tonight’s contest.

    In reality, very few positions are up for grabs.  It has been widely reported Cullen Jenkins was signed for the veteran minimum, leaving us to ponder if the Steven Paea cut was financial, performance-based, or more likely, both.  The Perry Riley cut was undoubtedly both financial and performance-based.

    If the team acquires a starting center with any combination of size and experience between now and “53 day”, look for Shaun Lauvao to be the next salary cap victim.

    It seems painfully obvious at this point the team would prefer to start Spencer Long at left guard and not have him at center under any circumstances.

    They are clearly less than impressed with Lichtensteiger’s performance thus far and LeRibeus and Reiter are non-starters as replacements.

    Keith Marshall has been placed on injured reserve and will not play this season.  Derek Carrier has been placed on PUP but it’s hard to see enough roster spaces for him to be active at any point this season.

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    Bacon Bits: 10


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    No.  Not that guy.  If you still care about that guy seek professional help.  Ten is the number of days until the Redskins must trim their roster from 90 players down to the maximum of 53.  That means a lot of fringe players will be released this week and several quality ones will be released next week.  The roster is largely set, however there are a few position battles upon which an eye is worth keeping.

     

    The first cut (is the deepest) or so I’ve heard.  The following players are unlikely to survive that unpleasantry:

    Receivers: Turner, Thompson, Diggs, Stewart, Showers, Thorpe.

    Offensive Line: Booth, LeRibeus, Reiter, Kasitati, Bond, Williams.

    Tight Ends: Paulsen, Jensen, Carrier.

    Backs: Brown, Kerridge.

    Quarterbacks: Sudfield.

    Defensive Line: Crawford, Lanier, Powe.

     

     

    The following players are virtual locks to make the roster.  While something untoward could always happen, unless or until it does we’ll be seeing these men sporting the burgundy and gold this season:

    Offense: (24)

    Quarterbacks: Cousins, McCoy

    Offensive Line: Williams, Lauvao, Lichtensteiger, Scherff, Moses.  Reserves: Nsekhe, Cofield, Long, Kouandjio.

    Receivers: Garcon, Jackson, Crowder.  Reserves: Doctson, Grant, Ross.

    Ends: Reed, Paul, Davis.

    Backs: Jones, Thompson, Kelley, Marshall.

    Linebackers: Jefferson, Wakefield, Fields, Ederaine, Trail, Davis.

    Cornerbacks: Carrington, Harris, Cooper.

    Safeties: Everett, Mattias-Smith.

    Defense: (26)

    Defensive Line: Baker, Golston, Reyes.  Reserves: Ioannidis, Paea, Jean-Francois, Hood.

    Outside Linebackers: Kerrigan, Smith.  Reserves: Bates, Murphy.

    Inside Linebackers: Foster, Compton.  Reserves: Riley, Spaight, Garvin.

    Safeties: Hall, Bruton.  Reserves: Blackmon, Ihenacho, Cravens.

    Cornerbacks: Norman, Breeland, Fuller.  Reserves: Dunbar, Phillips.

    Teams: (3)

    Specialists: Sundberg, Way, Hopkins.

     

    Several of these predictions are predicated on the injuries to starters and key reserves at a handful of positions.  Player who may have been otherwise retained will simply become the victim of a numbers game.  If history is any indication, Scot McCloughan will opt for youth over experience in close battles.  Having said all of that, each of the players not expected to make the roster has an opportunity to change minds in the next two games, and one or two usually take said opportunity.

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    The Best Laid Plans Of Mice And McCloughan


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    It already looks like the Matt Jones experiment is an abject failure.  Not only has he looked less than stellar in his limited preseason action but now he has been diagnosed with an AC sprain of the left shoulder and could miss up to four weeks.  The backup plan is no plan, as Chris Thompson is not a primary back.  Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley have not shown enough to believe either could be a week one starter if necessary.  Look for the Redskins to scour the waiver wire if Jones is out for any length of time.

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