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  • Did The Redskins Turn A Corner With Their Victory over the Seahawks?

    Last Sunday, fans were treated to one of the absolute best games of the 2017 NFL season, and one of the grittiest performances that a Washington Redskins team has put in for a long time. The Redskins overcame what seemed an insurmountable amount of injuries at key positions, as well as a late Seahawks touchdown that could have easily sucked the wind out of Washington’s sails, to come away with a hard-fought, all important 17-14 victory over the Seahawks. That type of perseverance is sure to muddle the betting odds for the Redskins games, but could also serve to springboard the Redskins to a solid back half of the season.

    Even the most optimistic of the Redskins faithful came into the matchup scratching their heads. How on earth was a team that didn’t even have enough guys to field a full healthy roster, going to compete with a surging 5-2 team, that had really only one key injury?

    Old fashioned blood and guts, that’s how.

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    Wallpaper Wednesday: Flight Marshalls – The Redskins Secondary

    This week’s wallpaper Wednesday recognizes the group of guys holding down the Redskins’ secondary in 2017.

    Until this past Sunday, that group consisted of Bashaud Breeland, Josh Norman, Montae Nicholson and DJ Swearinger; but following the return of the venerable DeAngelo Hall, it was impossible to leave him out. What a gritty performance from the 14 year veteran to come back from a torn ACL and not only start the game, not only finish the game, but actually be the one who made the very last – game saving – play by the Redskins defense. Kudos to Hall.

    Early in the season, Swearinger dubbed the unit the Flight Marshalls:

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    The Loser Papers – 2017 – Edition IV

    Finally, we managed to beat Seattle in their stadium. It is so rare for the Redskins to win a game going away; they always have to make it interesting. It was nice to see the other team make the mistake of going for 2 too early in the game, but when Wilson found a wide-open receiver for a TD with 1:40 left on the clock, I thought this edition of TLP would never go to print. I need to know how this happened. Maybe The Seattle Times can shed some light on the subject: Read the rest of this entry »

    SNAFU: Redskins Make Some Injury Decisions – DeAngelo Hall Activated

    The Redskins released some injury and roster news today, as usual, most of it no good.

    As of now, Shawn Lauvao (stinger), Matt Ioannidis (hand), and tight ends Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Niles Paul (concussion) are all officially out for the Seahawks matchup. None of those four are that surprising, but what was surprising was that after finally stirring a bit last week against Dallas, Jamison Crowder was downgraded to out with his hamstring injury.

    With five guys on the active roster out, that means that only two of the players currently listed as doubtful, questionable or probable can sit. The rest will have to dress to have the full 47-man roster. Read the rest of this entry »

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    The Redskins Injury Situation Has Officially Reached A Sublime State

    Do you ever remember an instance where an NFL team couldn’t field a roster? That is exactly the situation that the WRedskins currently find themselves in, coming off a tough loss to the Cowboys this past weekend. Obviously the state of the roster drastically affects the Washington Redskins betting odds this week, and Jay Gruden added a few more critical names to the Redskins unavailable list on Monday at his press conference.

    Jordan Reed (hamstring) was the most “marquee” player added to the laundry list of injuries this week, along with fellow tight end Niles Paul who is under the NFL’s concussion protocol after a scary helmet-to-helmet collision against Dallas. Promising defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis will undergo surgery to his hand and definitely will not be available for this week’s matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.

    There are 53 players on an NFL roster – each week, the team is allowed to activate 47 of them. Right now, 13 of those 53 Redskins players are injured. The team is literally in danger of not being able to field a full football squad this week against Seattle. And that 13 doesn’t include Morgan Moses somehow, who is playing on two sprained knees.
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    Wallpaper Wednesday – Mason Foster – Alpha Wolf Pack

    It’s Wallpaper Wednesday again, and this week’s subject is the guy who landed on the injured reserve list this week – Mason Foster.

    Why make a player sitting out the rest of the season the subject for Wallpaper Wednesday?

    Well if you missed it, or have been living under a rock, Foster had a few things to say on Twitter late Friday night. The crux of which was that he was basically unhappy with how the Redskins front office had dealt with the injury that Foster was suffering from (torn labrum) since week two of the season.

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    Redskins: Will The Real Jamison Crowder Please Stand Up?

    As the Redskins head into the weekend, and a giant NFC East match up with the Dallas Cowboys, the team is rife with uncertainty. Their offensive line has been flattened by injuries, their defensive secondary has been plagued by the same, and their offense continues to struggle despite decent play from quarterback Kirk Cousins. At the heart of those offensive woes has been the performance of the Redskins receivers – or lack thereof. Jamison Crowder has played no small role in those struggles, and the Washington Redskins betting odds continue to reflect the lack of a legitimate receiving threat in the Redskins arsenal.

    It was obvious when Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson were both let go in the offseason, that Washington’s receiving corps would look very different in 2017. The Redskins hoped that Josh Doctson would rebound from a rookie season on injury reserved and step into a much bigger role for the team. Washington also signed Terrelle Pryor with the mind that he could be a big-bodied presence and a solution in the red zone. Both receivers have been disappointing so far, but in reality, their performances have not been all that surprising.

    What has been surprising is that the one holdover from last year’s starting receiver crew may actually be the receiver who has struggled the most. In his first two seasons with the Redskins, Jamison Crowder was electric in the slot, and the Redskins were hungry to find innovative new ways to get him the ball.

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    Decimated Redskins Roster to Face Surging Rival Cowboys

    When a coach has to change a Wednesday practice to a walk through in an already short week, you know that the injuries have officially piled to the ceiling. That’s exactly what Jay Gruden did yesterday, on the heels of seven MORE Redskins being hurt in the 34-24 loss to the Eagles on Monday night. The multitude of injuries have obviously caused a change in the betting odds for the Redskins games, and they pose a challenge that will frankly be hard to account for this week against Dallas.

    As if losing convincingly to Philadelphia and losing most hope of winning the NFC East division this year wasn’t enough, Washington was once again devastated by injuries over the course of the game for the third game in a row. This week, it was the offensive line that took it on the chin. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Throwback Thursday – Lombardi and Jurgensen Beat Noll’s Steelers

    It was on this day, October 26th in 1969, that a Redskins team coached by the late, great Vince Lombardi defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-7.

    Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen scored both Redskin touchdowns, one with his feet, and one with his arm. The second, a 17 yard pass to Charley Taylor.

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    Wallpaper Wednesday: Josh Norman – The Dark Knight Returns

    It’s Wallpaper Wednesday, and a banged up Redskins roster got a bit of good news yesterday, that cornerback Josh Norman would be returning to practice.

    Norman fractured a rib and punctured a lung in Week 4.

    Being cleared to practice doesn’t ensure that he will play against the Cowboys this week, but it certainly broadens the possibility. And with Dez Bryant on the docket, the Redskins secondary could use the help. The Redskins defense has allowed 378 yards per game in Norman’s absence.

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