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  • Flashback Friday: This Day in 1934

    On this day, October 21st waaay back in 1934, the Boston Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 6-0.

    Rather than offer up some pallid game reference, I thought I would post a great excerpt I found at a site called FenwayParkDiaries.com:

    Boston and Battles beat Philadelphia

    October 21, 1934 … Displaying superior rushing ability, but balked by penalties and fumbles for three periods, the Boston Redskins called upon the fighting ability of Cliff Battles to score the touchdown that pulled out a 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Fenway Park. On two previous occasions, the Redskins shot the ball over the goal only to have the scores called back because of penalties. Once a fumble on the two-yard line stopped a touchdown and twice, intercepted passes inside the 10-yd line halted the Redskins.

    he first non-touchdown, a 22-yd run by Steve Hokuff was called back because of and offside penalty. Early in the third period, the Redskins marched 82 yards to the 10-yard line where Cliff Battles notched the score, only to have it called back for a back in motion before the snap. The game was just too much Cliff Battles

    Read the rest of the nostalgic entry here.

    Boxscore

    The Redskins finished their third season 6-6, and a respectable 2nd in the NFL East.

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    The Loser Papers – 2016 – Edition IV

    The editors of TLP would like to thank the Washington Redskins for keeping us so busy. The tally is now up to four weeks in a row, and it’s even more fun when our affiliate newspapers are located in Philadelphia, or either of the Arlington, TX and Meadowlands, NJ metropolitan areas. It’s just a happy coincidence that Edition IV also marks the fourth straight TLP after a meeting with those former media darlings, the Eagles. Since inquiring minds want to know, our first two articles come from the pages of The Philadelphia Inquirer:

    Wentz plays like a rookie

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    by Bob Ford, INQUIRER COLUMNIST

     

    LANDOVER, Md. – There were no asterisks to attach to this loss, none of that rusty-after-bye, play-here-play-there stuff. This was a bad loss, a divisional butt-kicking in which the Eagles were dreadful on defense, disjointed on offense and unable to be lifted up by their star rookie, who threw for his fewest yards this season, lowest completion percentage, lowest quarterback rating and took five sacks while doing so. For the first time, he looked like a rookie.

    “It was tough to get in the groove today,” Carson Wentz said.

    By the time the game ended, there might have been a groove down the middle of the field carved out by the quarterback’s shoulder pads. He was on the ground a lot. On the stat sheet, aside from the five sacks there were 11 other quarterback hits. That means he was smacked five more times than he hit his own receivers. That’s not a good way to play football.

    Not all of it, or even most of it was Wentz’s fault, but he took a pair of coverage sacks on what turned out to be the Eagles’ final drive, turning a second and 6 at the Washington 42 into a fourth and 24 at their own 40.

    “I’ve got to get the ball out,” Wentz said. “That’s on me.”

    In a way, the perception of how Wentz played in the disappointing 27-20 divisional loss to the Redskins is altered by how well he played in the first four games. Even in the loss at Detroit, Wentz emerged with a rating of 102.8, completed more than 75 percent of his passes, and the worst thing you could say about him was that he threw a ball at the end of the game that might have been ill-considered, but also one that his receiver didn’t compete to catch.

    If Wentz hadn’t been so good until Sunday, then this performance would have been shrugged off as a rookie game from a rookie, and what did you expect? But the bar is higher now. He wasn’t very good in this one, although he had a lot of company.

    For instance . . .

    The defense had an atrocious first half for the second straight week and was pushed around throughout the second half as well against the Redskins. The offensive line was a sieve on the right side because of the absence of Lane Johnson, and that caused coach Doug Pederson to commit extra bodies to plugging that side, stealing from the scheme. The Eagles once again committed penalties that hurt on both sides of the ball, but particularly stymied the offense. They were flagged during three of their four second-half drives and limited to two field goals, despite having first downs on the Washington 20 and the Washington 11 on two of those drives.

    So, yeah, it was a team effort, and that’s what it took to lose by a whole seven points to the Redskins, who probably aren’t all that good, either. The two field goals is all the offense provided and the game would have been a rout if not for Wendell Smallwood’s kickoff return for a touchdown and the one egregious error that Kirk Cousins seems to make every game, this one going for a pick six by Malcolm Jenkins.

    All that said and noted, Wentz struggled, too. He admitted to misreading some coverages and making some errant protection calls. He sailed a few passes and took too many sacks. There was the occasional oh-my mixed in, including the 54-yard beauty to Jordan Matthews on a third down in the fourth quarter, and several escapes from the crumbling pocket followed by a laser flick to someone open underneath. But those were candles in the darkness on a rookie kind of day, and a day in which the Eagles began their toughest stretch of the season. If this game was tough, just wait.

    “Listen, last week, this week, these are going to be great learning lessons for Carson,” Pederson said. “Being able to mature as a quarterback, still taking a lot of reps. He’s still a rookie, but he’s still our guy and I’m so excited to continue to work with him. He’s going to clean it up and be ready to go next week.”

    Pederson had better be ready to help him out, and that means not putting him in the way of getting hit 16 times. The coach said he still believes in Halapoulivaati Vaitai, the replacement at right tackle. It’s hard to know if he meant that or said it out of coach-speak habit. Whatever the case, he needs to get Wentz settled again, which will be kind of a chore against the Minnesota Vikings.

    “It’s football. No one likes to lose, but we’ve got to learn from it,” Wentz said. “We’re not losing hope. We’re not losing any of the edge we bring on Sundays.”

    No, but they are losing football games, and it’s too late to go back to when that wasn’t supposed to matter this season.

    bford@phillynews.com

    @bobfordsports

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20161017_Ford__Wentz_plays_like_a_rookie.html

    And:

    Suddenly, the Eagles are in trouble

    Updated:October 16, 2016 — 8:22 PM EDT

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    After beating Eagles rookie tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (left) Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan sacks Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

    by Bob Brookover, INQUIRER COLUMNIST
    LANDOVER, Md. – Maybe it was all an illusion, no more real than one of those elaborate card tricks Jon Dorenbos pulled off in front of Simon Cowell and the other judges on America’s Got Talent. Time will tell, of course, because it always does.

    By Thanksgiving, if not sooner, we’ll know if the real Eagles are the team that accentuated a 3-0 start with a lopsided win over the Pittsburgh Steelers or if they are the team that has lost two in a row, including a 27-20 setback to the Washington Redskins on Sunday that was not as close as the score indicated.

    All we can tell you for sure right now is that the Eagles have some issues, the least of which is that they are only a half-game away from last place in the NFC East. Some of them they could see coming. Lose a right tackle as good as Lane Johnson and you can expect some problems protecting the quarterback. Start a rookie at cornerback and you should expect the opposing quarterback to attack him.

    The Eagles’ issues against Washington, however, went well beyond the obvious. They entered the game with the league’s No. 2 rushing defense and any conversation about defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s squad always starts with the guys up front. The Redskins gashed that group for 230 yards and controlled the football for more than 34 minutes.

    Washington finished with a season-high 493 yards and, for the first time this season, the Eagles failed to register a sack. They were also penalized 13 times for 114 yards, bringing the total number of penalties in the last two weeks to 27.

    Bad officiating had nothing to do with this defeat. Bad tackling, poor blocking and a lack of discipline did.

    “You can look at every area today of our defense and I don’t know if there is any area you’d feel really good about,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “The [run gaps] were really leaky, the tackling wasn’t that great, coverage wasn’t that great, pass rush, everything. We have a lot to get done. The penalties and the self-inflicted things. . . . I know we don’t necessarily see ourselves as an undisciplined team, but the numbers will tell you that we’re an undisciplined team that beats ourselves.”

    More frightening than the way the Eagles played against Washington is the schedule ahead. Sam Bradford and the unbeaten Minnesota Vikings come to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday and if Carson Wentz thought the Redskins had an intimidating pass rush, wait until he gets a load of the 21st Century Purple People Eaters.

    After the Vikings it’s back on the road for divisional games against Dallas and the New York Giants before out-of-division games against Atlanta, Seattle, and Green Bay, a trio of teams that entered play Sunday with a combined 13-3 record. Continue to play the way they did Sunday and that 3-0 September will be a distant memory by Thanksgiving.

    Eagles coach Doug Pederson insists that the sky is not falling and that confidence remains high in his team’s locker room. He also slipped in some Andyisms along the way.

    “It is my job to make sure these guys are ready to go mentally, physically, the whole thing,” Pederson said. “We have to learn from this. I think a little has to do with, number one, there’s more film out there for teams to take a look at you.

    “This goes back to I have to make sure we’re not doing too much offensively. I have to get with [offensive coordinator] Frank Reich and make sure we keep things nice and simple. Basic offense and defense . . . just let our guys play fast. That starts with me.”

    The Eagles definitely did not do too much offensively Sunday and it was clear from the start that they were going to have trouble doing much of anything. They were held to a season-low 239 yards and rookie quarterback Carson Wentz was sacked five times, including on the Eagles’ final two offensive plays when the team was trying to drive for a game-tying touchdown.

    For the second straight week, the Eagles found themselves facing a 14-0 deficit in the first half as Washington exploited matchups against Eagles rookies on each side of the ball.

    Big V – rookie right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai – was a big void in his first NFL start in place of the suspended Johnson.

    Veteran outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan schooled Vaitai in the first half, twice getting to Wentz for sacks that destroyed Eagles drives. Under pressure, Wentz struggled badly for the first time all season, completing just 3 of 8 passes for 28 yards in the opening half and 11 of 22 for 179 yards for the game.

    Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins attacked rookie cornerback Jalen Mills, who was starting in place of Leodis McKelvin (hamstring injury). Mills covered DeSean Jackson for most of the first quarter and the former Eagles star receiver caught three passes for 51 yards.

    Mills, however, was only part of the problem defensively.

    The most shocking thing about the first half was that the Eagles actually rallied from a 14-0 deficit to tie the game. Wendell Smallwood got them on the board with an 86-yard kickoff return for a score and Jenkins returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown on Washington’s next possession.

    “Other than that, I didn’t play very well,” Jenkins said. “There are a lot of things I could take back.”

    He wasn’t alone and now we have to wonder if the Eagles’ fast start was all a grand illusion that is about to disappear beneath an avalanche of losses.

    bbrookover@phillynews.com

    @brookob

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20161017_Brookover__Eagles__weaknesses_are_exposed_in_loss.html

    And from The Philadelphia Daily News:

    Five reasons why the Eagles lost to the Redskins

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    The Redskins’ Matt Jones picks up a first down as Eagles defenders give chase.

    by Paul Domowitch, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST

    WHO’LL STOP THE RUN?

    Last week, the Lions gashed the Eagles for 77 first-half rushing yards. Jim Schwartz made a few halftime adjustments and the Lions gained just three more yards on the ground the rest of the game.

    On Sunday, Schwartz wasn’t able to fix his unit’s problems against the run. A Redskins offense that had been averaging just 19 carries and 86.4 rushing yards per game, rushed for 230 yards against the Eagles.

    The Eagles were repeatedly victimized by their own aggressiveness. They overpursued. They didn’t stay in their gaps. And yes, quite often, they just got their butts kicked by the Redskins’ offensive line.

    A second-quarter groin injury to defensive tackle Bennie Logan didn’t help. But the Eagles already were struggling against the run before Logan got hurt.

    The Redskins had seven runs of 10 yards or more, including a 45-yarder by Robert Kelley that helped give them an early 14-0 lead, and a 57-yarder through the right side of the Eagles’ defense on third-and-seven with a minute-and-a-half left that killed any chance of an Eagles comeback.

     

    3RD AND UNMANAGEABLE

    The Eagles are tied for 28th in the league in third-down efficiency. They’ve converted just 33.3 percent of their third-down opportunities. A big reason for that is too many third-and-longs.

    A league-low seven of the Eagles’ 63 third-down opportunities have been three yards or less. On Sunday, eight of their 12 third-down situations were nine yards or more. They converted just 4 of 12 third-down chances against the Redskins.

    The Eagles averaged just 4.6 yards per play on first down. Gained four or fewer yards on 12 of 21 first-down plays. Second down was even worse. They averaged just 1.5 yards per second-down play. Three of Carson Wentz’s five sacks came on second down. That’s why they were in so many third-and-longs.

     

    FLYING FLAGS

    A week after their undisciplined 14-penalty, 111-yard performance against the Lions, the Eagles drew 13 more flags for 114 more yards against the Redskins.

    Center Jason Kelce was called for holding not once, but twice, giving him a league-high four already. One was on a second-and-four, the other on first down.

    Fletcher Cox picked up a roughing-the-passer penalty on a third-and-four incompletion in the second quarter that would’ve forced the Redskins to settle for a field goal. Instead, the automatic first down opened the door for a Washington touchdown.

    An illegal block by rookie running back Wendell Smallwood in the third quarter wiped out a 38-yard Carson Wentz completion to Dorial Green-Beckham that would have given the Eagles a first down at the Washington 27.

    Eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters was flagged for a false start on a third-and-nine in the fourth quarter. Safety Rodney McLeod inexplicably lined up offsides on a second-and-four, giving the Redskins a first down that gave them just enough yards for a 50-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal.

    And let’s not forget right guard Brandon Brooks’ false start on a third-and-four at the Washington 5 with just under six minutes left in the game.

     

    MISSING LANE

    It would’ve been a nice little story Sunday if fifth-round rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai, with his parents in the FedEx Field stands watching, had stepped in for PED-disgraced right tackle Lane Johnson and done a bang-up job against the Redskins in his NFL debut.

    But that didn’t happen. Vaitai had a very rough day against Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. With the 6-6, 320-pount Vaitai surrendering ground way too easily, Kerrigan beat him for a sack on the fifth play of the game, then beat him for another sack early in the second quarter, turning a hopeful second-and-three situation into one of too many Eagles third-and-longs.

    The Eagles made adjustments to help Vaitai. That worked to a certain degree. But it created other problems, both with the rest of the line and with the passing game.

    One of the solutions was to keep tight end Zach Ertz in for blocking help on pass plays. That helped Vaitai. Trouble is, it took away one of Carson Wentz’s most dangerous receivers.

    On Sunday, Ertz, who had 13 catches against the Redskins last December, was targeted just three times and had only one catch for 22 yards.

    That’s the fewest receptions Ertz has had in a game since November 27, 2014 when he was shut out in that 33-10 Thanksgiving Day win over Dallas. But Ertz played just 20 snaps that day. He played 46 on Sunday.

    One possible solution would’ve been to use more two- and three-tight end sets. But the Eagles only did that on nine of their 48 offensve plays.

    They used “12’’ personnel (two tight ends) five times. Ran the ball four of those times (for eight yards) and threw an incompletion on the fifth. Used “13” (three tight ends) four times. Ran it three times for 20 yards. The other one  was on the Eagles’ first play of the game, when Brent Celek lined up next to Vaitai. Wentz was sacked on that play.

     

    NO RUSH

    The staple of Jim Schwartz’s  wide-nine defense is the pass rush. The Eagles went into Sunday’s game ranked second in the league in sacks per pass play. They had decked the quarterback 14 times in their first four games. That’s a 56-sack pace.

    But they met their match down in D.C. The Redskins have a solid, underrated offensive line that is ranked second in sacks allowed per pass play. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been sacked just eight times in 226 attempts.

    None of those eight sacks came Sunday. The Eagles’ pass rushers seldom got close to Cousins. The one time they did, a frustrated Fletcher Cox drilled him late on a third-and-four play. The roughing-the-passer penalty he drew kept alive a second-quarter touchdown drive.

    It was the first time in 22 games that the Eagles have failed to register at least one sack.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/Five-reasons-why-the-Eagles-lost-to-the-Redskins.html

     

     

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    Flashback Friday: This Day in 1984

    On this day, October 14th in 1984, the Washington Redskins hammered the Dallas Cowboys 34-14.

    Joe Theismann may have only been 11 of 17 for 182 yards, but 3 of those passes were touchdowns. Two of them were hauled in by Clint Didier, and the third was an 80-yard bomb to Calvin Muhammad.

    Monte Coleman also picked off a Gary Hogeboom pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown.

    The Redskins went on to finish the season 11-5 and won the NFC East. They lost to the Bears in the playoffs.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198410140was.htm

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    The Loser Papers – 2016 – Edition III

    This is the third edition of TLP in as many weeks, and even though we only meet the Ravens every four years, many of our readers look forward to this edition as much as any chronicling the defeat of an NFC East opponent. So we want to get right to the finger-pointing and scape-goating going on this morning in the wake of yesterday’s game. From the pages of The Baltimore Sun:

    John Harbaugh fires offensive coordinator Marc Trestman

    Marc Trestman’s habit of abandoning the run game factored prominently in his dismissal.

    For the second time in five years – and again after a regular-season loss to the Washington Redskins – Ravens coach John Harbaugh has decided to fire his offensive coordinator in an effort to jumpstart a struggling unit.

    He can only hope today’s decision works as well as it did in 2012.

    The Ravens fired offensive coordinator Marc Trestman Monday, a day after the play caller curiously abandoned a productive running game during a 16-10 loss to the Redskins.

    Trestman, who replaced Gary Kubiak after the 2014 season, lasted all of 21 games as the Ravens’ offensive play caller.

     Quarterbacks coach Marty Mornhinweg, a former offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets and head coach of the Detroit Lions, will take over as the play caller. He’ll become quarterback Joe Flacco’s fifth offensive coordinator in as many seasons.

    “After very careful consideration, I have decided to make a change to our offensive coaching staff and have replaced Marc Trestman with Marty Mornhinweg as offensive coordinator for the rest of the season,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “My obligations are to the team, the organization and the fans to be the very best team we can be. Today we find ourselves one game out of the division and conference lead after experiencing two tough losses at home. We will work to be better in every aspect of our football team. Our expectations are high, and we look forward to fulfilling them.”

    “I appreciate and respect the efforts and contributions Marc has made to the team since his arrival. Marc is a good person and an excellent football coach.”

    The turnover at offensive coordinator started with Harbaugh’s decision to fire his longtime play caller Cam Cameron in December 2012 after a 31-28 overtime loss to the Redskins. The Ravens were 9-4 at the time and in first place in the AFC North. Jim Caldwell’s ascension into the offensive coordinator role was ultimately viewed as one of the key moves in the Ravens’ Super Bowl run as Flacco played the best football of his career.

    Today’s decision to fire Trestman, the former head coach of the Chicago Bears, was less surprising than the Cameron move. The frustration in the locker room about the offense’s struggles was palpable following Sunday’s loss to the Redskins, which drops the Ravens to 3-2 after a 3-0 start.

    Harbaugh did not criticize Trestman on Sunday, but he did say, “I think we have to find our offense. We’ve had that all year, basically. That’s been the story of the season. We can’t find continuity on offense.”

    Flacco, meanwhile, seemed to be as frustrated as he’s been in a long time.

    “I’m not going to get into all that,” Flacco said, when asked if he felt changes needed to be made. “We’re not playing well enough. We’re not making plays. … We are running off the field way too much.”

    Against the Redskins and their 30th-ranked run defense, the Ravens ran the ball 11 times for 74 yards in the first quarter. However, the next three quarters, they had only seven more designed runs. Flacco threw the ball 46 times a week after throwing 52 passes in another close loss to the Oakland Raiders.

    Trestman came to Baltimore with a reputation as a pass-first offensive coordinator, and he lived up to that. The primary complaint about his play calling was he abandoned the run too quickly. Last year, the Ravens set a franchise-low with 383 rushing attempts. Their offensive line struggled to run block last year and the Ravens fell behind regularly during a 5-11 season, which often forced Trestman’s hand.

    The Ravens’ offense finished last season ranked 14th in total offense, tallied the second most net yards (5,749) in franchise history and set a franchise record by averaging 266.9 passing yards per game. But it was impossible really to evaluate the job Trestman did as the Ravens started four different quarterbacks and had significant injuries to many of their prominent offensive players.

    This year began with high hopes as the Ravens boasted of having as much depth at the skilled positions as they’ve had in a long time. However in three of their first five games, the Ravens have managed just one offensive touchdown. Whether it was a struggling running game, a lack of big plays down the field or a flurry of penalties, the offense has been its own worst enemy so far.

    And Trestman ultimately paid the price.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-john-harbaugh-fires-offensive-coordinator-marc-trestman-20161010-story.html

    And:

    Ravens insist offense chugged along even without wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. in loss to Redskins

    Edward Lee

    Edward LeeContact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

    Did the Ravens miss wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. on Sunday in loss to Redskins? Depends on who you ask.

    The Ravens are not the type of team to acknowledge that the loss of one player can impact what they do on offense, defense or special teams.

    The Ravens stuck to that perspective after a game in which wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. left in Sunday’s first quarter and did not return.

    Entering the game, Smith had led the offense in catches (24) and yards (281). He caught three passes for 29 yards before injuring his ankle with less than three minutes left in the opening period of Sunday’s 16-10 loss to the Redskins.

    Coach John Harbaugh declined to consider whether Smith’s absence had an effect on the team.

    “I didn’t really have a gauge or a meter on that,” he said.

    The loss of Smith seemed palpable. Without Smith, quarterback Joe Flacco threw for a season-low 210 yards. Although wide receiver Mike Wallace led the offense in targets with 11 and yards with 63, tight ends Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gillmore and fullback Kyle Juszczyk had more targets, receptions and yards than Breshad Perriman, the next highest wide receiver with five targets, two catches, and 11 yards.

    If Harbaugh was not willing to admit that the team greatly missed Smith, Washington strong safety Duke Ihenacho was.

    “It was easier,” he said. “Obviously, everybody knows what kind of player he is – a Hall of Fame player, veteran guy, fiery guy, emotional guy. I feel like, when he went out, part of their emotion went out with him. I think it definitely had something to do with it.”

    Smith refused to talk to reporters after the loss. Wallace followed his coach’s cue and said the Ravens did not have to change much when Smith left the game.

    “When you lose a player like that, it is obviously going to take something away from you, but I don’t think anybody was down,” Wallace said. “You just have to finish the game. Breshad made a great play. He just didn’t come down with it. It was just one of those unfortunate days. We have been on the good side, and we have been on the bad side of it. We just have to keep grinding, and I think we will be OK.”

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-ravens-insist-offense-chugged-along-even-without-wide-receiver-steve-smith-sr-in-loss-to-redskins-20161009-story.html

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    Flashback Friday: This Day in 2007

    On this day, October 7th in 2007, the Washington Redskins crushed the Detroit Lions 34-3.

    Jason Campbell was a near perfect 23 of 29 for 248 yards. He threw two touchdown passes for a stellar quarterback rating of 128.3. Antwaan Randle El led all Redskin receivers with 100 yards on 7 receptions.

    Not only did Carlos Rogers actually catch a ball that hit him in the hands, he returned it 61 yards for a touchdown (this was before getting his eyes fixed of course – if you remember, he couldn’t catch a cold).

    Sean Taylor had a 35-yard interception return.

    Check out this clip of Sean gunning off the Lions as the Skins come out of the tunnel for the game and getting jacked up before the game even starts – near the end of the clip. RIP brother – you are certainly missed and never forgotten. Thanks YouTube…

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    The Loser Papers – 2016 – Edition II

    While every edition of TLP is fun, the editors can’t help but feel that something is lost when the chronicling a beating of those perennial sad-sacks, the Cleveland Browns. Had the opposing QB been named Bob, we might feel differently, but as it is, we had this edition pre-printed before the season began, and are just filling in the details and particulars. From the pages of The Cleveland Plain Dealer:

    Browns lose 31-20 to Redskins after giving the game away on 3 straight turnovers

    Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com By Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com The Plain Dealer
    on October 02, 2016 at 4:05 PM, updated October 02, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    LANDOVER, Md. — Duke Johnson believes he recovered his fourth-quarter fumble,  but he can’t argue the Browns gave the game to the Redskins.

    They turned the ball over on three straight second-half drives to lose 31-20. The Redkins scored 14 fourth-quarter points off those takeaways.

    The loss erased the Browns’ 20-17 third-quarter lead after they stormed back from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit. It also dropped them 0-4 and left them as the only winless team in the NFL. The Redskins improved to 2-2.

    The giveaways were fumbles by Malcolm Johnson and Duke Johnson, and an interception by Cody Kessler, who was picked off by cornerback Josh Norman on a pass intended for Terrelle Pryor.

    But the Duke Johnson fumble was controversial, because the running back came up with the ball just a split-second after he coughed it up. Terrelle Pryor and others were steamed after it was awared to the Redskins.

    Line judge Sarah Thomas explained to Hue Jackson that the Redskins had it before Johnson held it up, and that it was reviewed upstairs.

    Johnson said that to his knowledge, the Redskins never recovered it. It was all his. But what could he do?

    The Redskins failed to cash in on Duke’s fumble, but they converted Kessler’s pick into a 1-yard touchdown run by Matt Jones that produced the final margin with 4:25 remaining.

    The turnover that really killed them, however, was Malcolm Johnson’s fumble with 1:07 left in the third quarter when the Browns had driven to the 16 and were threatening to extend their 20-17 lead. A college tight end, it was Johnson’s first carry at the college or professional level.

    The Redskins recovered at the 9 and embarked on a 91-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a 5-yard TD pass from Kirk Cousins to running back Chris Thompson. That put the Redskins on top again, 24-20, with 10:39 left in the game.

    Then came Duke Johnson’s fumble near midfield after a 7-yard run, but the Browns defense held and forced a punt.

    Unfortunately for Kessler, however, he was pinned back at his 2. On his second play, he threw slightly behind Pryor and Norman picked it off. Jones, who ran all over the Browns’ defense 22 times for 117 yards, peeled off a 16-yard run to the 1 and then punched it on the next play.

    Kessler completed 28-of-40 attempts for 223 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT for an 81.6 rating. Cousins completed 21-of-27 for 183 yards with 3 TDs and one pick. His rating was 116.5.

    Cousins quick-snaps Browns for TD

    Officials called for Jamar Taylor to be checked for a concussion on the sidelines just before the Thompson TD, and Cousins quick-snapped the ball and fired it in to a wide-open Thompson on the right side.  On the next drive, they stripped Duke Johnson too.

    Redskins jump out to 14-0 first-quarter lead

    The Redskins jumped out quickly with touchdown passes from Cousins to tight end Jordan Reed on each of their first two drives.

    Cousins marched the Redskins 75 yards in 12 plays on his opening campaign, hitting Reed with an 8-yard TD pass in the end zone over safety Jordan Poyer to make it 7-0. Cousins completed 7-of-7 passes on the drive for 52 yards.

    On his second drive, Cousins went deep right for DeSean Jackson and drew a 50-yard pass interference call against safety Jordan Poyer to the Browns’ 30.

    Eight plays later, Cousins found Reed again, this time over linebacker Demario Davis at the left side of the end zone. That made it 14-0 Redskins with 27 seconds left in the half.

    But the Browns, establishing themselves as a big-play offense, stormed right back with two straight touchdowns of their own to tie it 14-14 on a 2-yard run by Isaiah Crowell and a 9-yard catch by Terrelle Pryor.

    The Redskins went up 17-14 on a 49-yard field goal with 2:29 left in the half. But Browns new kicker Cody Parkey made a 51-yarder as time expired in the half to knot it at 17.  Pryor was quick to congratulate Parkey after the kick.

    The Browns took their first lead of the game, 20-17, on a 45-yard field goal by Parkey with 9:25 left in the third quarter. Parkey made the kick after being pushed back 5 yards for a false start. He received high-fives from numerous teammates back on the sidelines.

    Crowell’s big day

    Crowell ran hard all afternoon and gave the Redskins’ challenged run defense fits. He finished with 15 runs for 112 yards. He had carries of 17, 19 and 18 yards, the last setting up Parkey’s go-ahead 45-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half.

    The Redskins were tied for 24th against the run heading in.  Crowell also caught a 14-yard pass in the third quarter to the Redskins 16, but Malcolm Johnson fumbled the ball away at the Redskins’ 9. Crowell, who came in as the NFL’s second-leading rusher, became the first Browns running back since Earnest Byner in 1985 to have at least 60 yards in each of the first four games.

    Terrelle Pryor’s 1st career TD catch

    Pryor’s 9-yard TD catch from Kessler that tied 14-14 was the first of his career. It was also the first touchdown pass for rookie Kessler. Pryor beat Will Blackmon at the right side of the end zone.

    Afterward, he celebrated with the LeBron James chalk toss, but he did so using the ball as a prop, which earned him a 15-yard flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. The TD cashed in on Jamar Taylor’s interception and 29-yard return.

    Jamar Taylor’s 2nd career pick

    Taylor, acquired in a draft-day trade with the Dolphins, went the first three years of his career without an interception. Now, he’s had one in each of the past two weeks, including one in Miami last week.

    Joe Haden active, Alvin Bailey benched

    Browns cornerback Joe Haden was active despite his groin injury, and right guard Alvin Bailey was benched following his arrest for driving while impaired early Monday morning.

    John Greco went back to right guard, and Austin Reiter, signed off the Redskins’ practice squad about 10 days ago, started at center in place of Cam Erving (bruised lung).

    Linebacker Corey Lemonier, who strip-sacked Ryan Tannehill near the end of last Sunday’s 30-24 overtime loss to the Dolphins, returned to the team and played. He was absent Friday for a personal reason and was doubtful.

    In addition, free safety Ibraheim Campbell, who was listed as questionable, was inactive with his hamstring injury and replaced by rookie Derrick Kindred.

    As expected, cornerback Tramon Williams, who started last week while Haden was idle, was inactive with his sprained shoulder.

    The other inactives were players who had already been ruled out: Josh McCown (broken collarbone), Corey Coleman (broken hand), Erving, rookie tight end Seth DeValve (knee), and defensive lineman Carl Nassib.

    For the Redskins, inactives were receiver Josh Doctson, starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland and starting left guard Shawn Lauvao, a former Brown. Quinton Dunbar started for Breeland and Arie Kouandjio started for Lauvao.

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

    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.

    Opponent

    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.

    Passing

    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

    Opponent

    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

    Opponent

    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

    Opponent

    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

    No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
    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

    Opponent

    No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
    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

    Opponent

    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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    Flashback Friday: This Day in 2012

    On this day, September 30th, in 2012, the Washington Redskins scored a come from behind victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Billy Cundiff kicked a 41 yard field goal to give Washington a 24-22 victory, after Robert Griffin III executed a near perfect 2-minute drill with 1:42 to play. He completed 3 straight passes, before taking off on a 15-yard scamper that put Cundiff in range.

    Griffin also ran for a 5-yartd touchdown earlier in the game, and finished the day 26 of 35 for 323 yards.

    The Redskins went on to finish the season 10-6 and won the NFC East.

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    The Loser Papers – 2016 – Edition I

    Better late than never, and better out of New Jersey than almost anywhere else. What is this, you ask? Why, it’s The Loser Papers, of course! This is where you come to read the other side of the story. There’s no love for the Redskins on these pages. Here you find out how the other team woulda, shoulda, coulda, if only… And you get it straight from the hometown newspapers of the most bitter losers. Today, you’ll hear from such famous crybaby’s as Sheli Womanning and Ol’ BJ. Anyhoo, let’s get right to the fun. Our first two stories come from the pages of The New York Post:

    Eli Manning blinks last as Giants can’t beat Josh Norman

    After all the flags and gaffes and mishaps and blocked punts and fake punts and turnovers and momentum swings and Odell Beckham Jr. going at Josh Norman and an overwrought Beckham on the sideline taking a swing at a kicking net, after all those Redskins field goals, one after another, the Giants had the ball, time to work with and Eli Manning in the huddle, needing to drive his team for a potential game-winning field goal and a wonderful start to the season.

    There was 1:51 remaining, the Giants owned two timeouts and this wild and crazy affair was in the hands Manning, usually the coolest customer on the field.

    “I said, ‘We’re going to win this game 30-29, we’re gonna win,’’ guard Justin Pugh said. “But we didn’t.’’

    No, they didn’t. Manning hit Victor Cruz for 18 yards to get the Giants to their 39-yard line, but with 1:02, left Manning’s next pass was the last he got to throw. He looked short and over the middle for Shane Vereen but rookie safety Su’a Cravens stepped in front of the target and came away with a lunging interception. It was a fitting way for the Giants to absorb Sunday’s 29-27 loss at MetLife Stadium, as they were a mistake-prone and self-destructive outfit for much of the sun-splashed afternoon.

    “Bad decision by me,’’ Manning said. “Should’ve gone onto my next progression. Guy made a good play and it was unfortunate.’’

    Just like that, the Giants (2-1) failed to bury the Redskins (1-2) in an early-season showdown that brought out the worst in Ben McAdoo’s team as he was hit with his first head-coaching loss amid three more turnovers and an array of mistakes and penalties.

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    “Yeah, it’s disappointing,’’ McAdoo said. “Absolutely. We need to be better than that, and we are better than that. We’re going to address it this week and we’re going to fix it.’’

    The much-ballyhooed Beckham-Norman battle royal started slowly, heated up early in the fourth quarter and really was about to percolate when it fizzled, as center Weston Richburg was called for his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty — he blocked Norman on Beckham’s 24-yard catch-and-run and then apparently mouthed off — leading to a shocking ejection, the first-ever in the NFL under the so-called Beckham Rule. At the time, the Redskins were leading 26-24 and a Giants drive reached the Washington 15 before Manning looked into the end zone for tight end Will Tye, who gave up on the play and the pass was intercepted by cornerback Quinton Dunbar.

    Undeterred, the Giants should have been in business when rookie Romeo Okwara stormed in to block Tress Way’s punt that would have put them inside the Redskins’ 20-yard line. That block was nullified when rookie safety Andrew Adams, making his NFL debut, was called for a mindless roughing penalty. The Giants, after getting the ball on their own 30 on the second post, put a drive together and Josh Brown’s 30-yard field goal put them ahead 27-26 midway through the fourth quarter.

    It was that type of game, in which the Giants canceled out much of what they did right with something so wrong. A roughing the passer penalty on Olivier Vernon helped the ’Skins grind away on the ground with Matt Jones to set up Dustin Hopkins for his fifth field goal for a 29-27 Redskins lead. A comeback was not to be after a three-turnover, 11-penalty performance.

    “We got them on the ropes a few times and all the sudden we’re going backwards,’’ Manning said. “We got to play smarter football. We can’t afford to do that.’’

    This was a wasteful outing for the Giants, who led 14-3 in the second quarter and appeared poised to take control — until they lost their poise.

    “I feel like we should have won that game,’’ Pugh said. “If they weren’t playing for the Redskins, they probably feel like they should have lost that game, too. We hurt ourselves with turnovers, penalties, everything you can do to lose a game today we did.’’

    Beckham ended with seven catches for 121 yards, with Norman on him most of the way. Beckham said he was warned by the officials before the game that his first indiscretion would prompt an immediate ejection, a harsh response to last year’s altercations with Norman.

    “There was no, ‘You get a warning,’ ’’ Beckham said. “There was not any of that. You just have to be on your best behavior. Unfortunately, that’s what it’s come to. It’s not really football anymore as much as it is all the other things that play into it.’’

    Beckham was called for one penalty — offensive pass interference on a pick play on a pass to Sterling Shepard on the final, fateful series. Norman was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty for hitting Shepard early in the fourth quarter.

    Norman got the last laugh.

    “It’s a big, I don’t want to say [a] step back,’’ linebacker Jonathan Casillas said, “but this is a hurting we got to overcome.’’

    http://nypost.com/2016/09/25/eli-manning-blinks-twice-as-giants-cant-beat-josh-norman/

    And

    Giants’ kicked-out center accuses ref of targeting him

    Weston Richburg didn’t pass the buck, but he didn’t exactly own his ejection, either.

    The Giants center, the first player to get tossed under the NFL’s new double unsportsmanlike conduct rule, admitted, “I let my team down,” but also took a shot at umpire Undrey Walsh, saying, “The guy that threw [the flag] was after me.”

    While backup Brett Jones performed well in place of Richburg, his fourth-quarter disqualification certainly didn’t help the Giants in their disappointing 29-27 loss to the Redskins at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. The new rule was implemented after Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, now with the Redskins, combined for five personal fouls in an ugly matchup last season.

    “They were probably trying to cut down on things seeing what happened last year with that matchup,” the 25-year-old Richburg said. “But it’s on me. I can’t control how many flags they want to throw. I’ve got to be a leader and be in there for my team.”

    Richburg said he apologized to his teammates after the defeat, and they didn’t seem too upset with him, as long as it doesn’t happen again.

    “Weston knows we need him out there,” left guard Justin Pugh said. “He’s our center, one of the best centers in the NFL, we need him on the field. He’s gonna learn from it. He’s a young guy, that fine’s gonna come in and I know he won’t have that happen again.”

    It was unclear what he was called for on the play in question, a 24-yard pass play to Beckham in which Richburg was down field and shoved Norman from behind. Richburg said there was no trash-talking with Norman involved, and said he wasn’t given a reason for the penalty.

    “We didn’t have a very lengthy conversation about it,” Richburg said.

    As for what he felt about it, Richburg said, “I can’t say anything about the call.”

    His ejection hurt, but so did the penalty. The Giants would’ve had the ball at the Redskins 5-yard-line, trailing 26-24 with 14:03 remaining. Instead, the ball got moved back to the 20, and Eli Manning threw an interception two players later.

    “I let my teammates down,” Richburg said. “I have to be a presence in there and be a leader and I let my team down.”

    Without directly doing so, Richburg was at least implicating Walsh for making what he felt was an unnecessary call because of their dialogue during the game. It sounded like a contentious back and forth.

    “I deal with him a lot because he is the umpire and spots the ball, so I am talking to him about calls and what not,” Richburg said. “But like I said, I just have to be that consistent presence for my team and today I made a mistake and let it pull me out of the game.”

    http://nypost.com/2016/09/25/giants-kicked-out-center-accuses-ref-of-targeting-him/

     

    And more fun from The New York Daily News:

    WATCH: Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. throws fit, fights with kicking net and cries

    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Sunday, September 25, 2016, 4:29 PM

    It was only a matter of time before things heated up between Washington and the Giants. And you can bet Odell Beckham Jr. was right in the middle of it Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

    The madness started with a wild sequence in the fourth quarter that featured a helmet-to-helmet hit from Washington cornerback Josh Norman — Beckham’s nemesis — and a subsequent ejection for Weston Richburg after the Giants center earned his second unsportsmanlike penalty. Eli Manning then threw an interception in the end zone, and Beckham wasn’t pleased.

    Odell Beckham looks on in the fourth quarter game against Washington on Sunday. 

    Odell Beckham looks on in the fourth quarter game against Washington on Sunday.

    (Al Bello / Getty Images)

    The star Giants wide receiver walked to the sideline and swung his helmet against the kicking net.

    The apparatus fell over and the metal beam drilled Beckham in the head.

    Odell Beckham takes his frustration out on an innocent net.

    Odell Beckham takes his frustration out on an innocent net.

    (Barely In Bounds Vine)

    Later, cameras caught Beckham with tears in his eyes on the sideline and Manning trying to calm him down.

    Football is emotional, but this is a whole different level.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/watch-giants-odell-beckham-jr-throws-fit-fights-kicking-net-article-1.2805847

     

    And, finally, from The New York Times:

    ‘Desperate’ Redskins Take Risks and Beat Giants

    The Redskins’ Su’a Cravens was tackled by the Giants’ Shane Vereen after making an interception that essentially ended the game. Credit Bill Kostroun/Associated Press

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr.’s bushy platinum curls posed a stark contrast to the deep red scratch still glimmering above the corner of his right eye socket Sunday evening, as he stood in the Giants’ locker room minutes after a hard-fought defeat.

    The evidence was all there, written on his face: a bloody mark that could come to symbolize the bitter fight for an N.F.C. East division title this season.

    It was hard to know whether the scratch had been made by a Washington Redskins defender or Beckham himself, when, in a fit of fourth-quarter rage, he swung his helmet at a kicking net and the crossbar collapsed and hit him in the face. In either case, the Giants (2-1) could not hide the physical and emotional toll from a 29-27 defeat they will surely come to rue.

    “They did a good job clawing, scratching, fighting,” Beckham said, “doing anything they need to do to get the win.”

    With opportunities to bury the Redskins (1-2) in the division, the Giants, at home on a crisp and sun-kissed afternoon, committed 11 penalties and three turnovers and failed to summon enough out of their revamped defense to stop Washington’s continuous offensive pressure.

    “It’s like a trap game,” Robinson told them. “This team is desperate.”

    But even staked to a 21-9 lead in the second quarter and clicking on offense for the first time all season, the Giants’ defense could not stem Washington’s attack. Two plays, both deep passes to DeSean Jackson, and — bang, bang — it was 21-16. The Redskins were not going down without a fight.

    The officials had anticipated a spirited, chippy game. They tried to set a no-nonsense tone early. The Giants were called for five penalties in the first half, the Redskins four. But in the second half, the Giants seemed unable to bend to the officials’ tight calling of the game.

    “Just too many self-inflicted mistakes that put us in bad positions,” quarterback Eli Manning said.

    The biggest was the unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty on center Weston Richburg after he appeared to have words with the Redskins’ Josh Norman early in the fourth quarter. Because it was his second such penalty of the game, Richburg was ejected.

    “I let my teammates down,” Richburg said.

    With the loss of Richburg, the team’s offense sputtered. Manning was intercepted at the goal line two plays later by Quinton Dunbar, who made the catch with one hand.

    The heightened tensions were largely a response to the well-documented animus between Norman, a cornerback, and Beckham, who was suspended for a game last December after sparring with Norman, then with the Carolina Panthers.

    On Sunday, Beckham said, the officials approached him before the game and gave him a stern warning: Any funny business, whatever the prompting, and he would be looking at a swift ejection.

    “No warning, none of that,” Beckham said. “Unfortunately, that’s what we’ve come to.”

    Beckham said he did not know if Norman had been similarly admonished. It seemed doubtful, especially when Beckham pretended to leap for a pass in the end zone early in the first quarter and Norman caught him in the air and carried him for several yards before dropping him to the turf. An official, standing right there, never threw a flag.

    “It was kind of like, ‘Wow, geez, what am I doing?’” Norman said. “But at the same time, I appreciate the officials. They really did a good job of controlling the game.”

    It was Beckham who ultimately lost his composure on the sideline. After Dunbar’s interception ruined a good Giants scoring chance, Beckham raged by the bench, cursing and yelling and, eventually, whacking himself with the kicking net. When asked how he had received the scratch on his face, Beckham said he did not know.

    “It’s an emotional game,” Giants Coach Ben McAdoo said. “We had a talk with him at one point, and I think on the field, he handled himself well.”

    The Redskins, though more disciplined, played like a team willing to do anything to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole.

    They took risks, most notably on fourth and 12 late in the third quarter when the punter, Tress Way, lobbed a pass instead of a kick and connected with Dunbar down the sideline for a 31-yard gain.

    That play, which ultimately yielded a field goal, represented how Washington’s offense kept coming at the Giants, refusing to allow any sense of security. After trailing by as much as 12, the Redskins took a lead, 23-21, five minutes into the third quarter when Jamison Crowder took a screen pass on third down and ran it 55 yards for a touchdown.

    Field goals led to four more lead exchanges before the Giants found themselves down by two with 1 minute 51 seconds left and an opportunity to win. With two timeouts remaining, there was optimism in the Giants’ huddle.

    “We’d been moving the ball well,” Manning said. “Felt we were in good shape.”

    But on first and 10 from the Giants’ 39, Manning tried to find Shane Vereen cutting under the deep Redskins’ coverage, and safety Su’a Cravens made a spectacular diving interception to effectively end the game.

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