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Redskins Rout Cardinals In Season Opener


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The final scoreline may not have shown it, but the Washington Redskins dominated the Arizona Cardinals in their 24-6 victory in the season opener. Jay Gruden got his first win in a season opener in five tries, and first-year Redskins Alex Smith and Adrian Peterson made impressive debuts for the burgundy and gold. There was money to be made, so hopefully you had a look at this You Wager review before picking an online betting outlet.

Smith was acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason to replace Kirk Cousins, and the 34-year old quarterback came out and shredded the Cardinals defense. The veteran looked poised and in complete control of Gruden’s offense. He had touchdown passes of 13 yards to Jordan Reed and 4 yards to Chris Thompson, and finished 21 of 30 for 255 yards. He looked a lot like the Alex Smith that played for the 49ers.

Peterson also looked like the young version of himself, racking up 96 yards on 26 carries. He also had 70 yards receiving out of the backfield on 2 receptions, after busting one for 52 yards.Unfortunately he fumbled at the end of the play. Still, Peterson was solid playing against the team he spent last season with.

28 touches is a busy day for any back, let alone one who is 33-years old, and with the mileage that Peterson has.

How much mileage? His 96 yards moved him past icon Jim Brown into 10th all-time for rushing yards with 12,372.

He also had a 1-yard touchdown run.

“The sky is the limit (for this offense),” Peterson said. “Alex is doing a great job running this offense and for the past couple of weeks I have seen these receivers go out in practice and grind. The offensive line speaks for itself and then you add C.T. (Chris Thompson) in there. That young guy got me going today.”

Thompson only carried the ball five times, but posted an impressive 65 yards and a ridiculous 13 yards per carry. He also stung the Cards defense for 63 more yards on 6 receptions.

In total, the Redskins had 182 yards rushing on the day, and managed to bulldoze Arizona for 429 yards.

That bulldozing came at the hands of the Redskins offensive line – who absolutely dominated the trenches.

“I thought the way we came out moving the ball, finishing drives in the red zone was big,” Smith said. “It certainly started with running the football. I thought our O-line was dominant.”

Trent Williams and his gang game out and smashed Arizona in the mouth. Washington had touchdown drives of 80, 73 and 92 yards behind a powerful rushing game and the efficient Smith – who was 17 of 20 for 171 yards and two touchdowns through two quarters. The Redskins held the ball for 23 minutes to the Cards 7. The Redskins were up 21-0, and Arizona booed their team into the dressing room at the half. It was pretty much over at that point, bar a miraculous turnaround.

That turnaround never came as the Redskins defense continually stymied the Arizona offense. The Cards managed just 213 all-purpose yards, and a paltry 68 yards rushing. Sam Bradford finished with just 153 yards passing, and a dismal quarterback rating of 25.9 in his debut as Cardinals quarterback.

Arizona avoided a shutout when David Johnson ran in for a 2-yard touchdown with just 5:47 to play, and the game ostensibly out of reach.

So the Redskins are 1-0 for the first time under Coach Gruden, and looked good doing it. There wasn’t much not to like – their offense was dominant, their defense was staunch, and unlike at times in the past, they never really took their foot off the pedal until the outcome was decided.

The performance made them the top gainers from the data analysts at FiveThirtyEight with a +37.

One game does not a season make.

But it’s nice to not be chasing from the get go.

Up next is the Colts in the home opener at Fed Ex.

Hail!

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Redskins Looking For Redemption Sunday Against The Cardinals


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There isn’t a playoff position on the line for the Redskins; nor for the Cardinals. For all intents and purposes, this is a meaningless NFL football game. Bookmakers still have the Redskins betting odds this week as four point favorites, but it remains to be seen if the “home field” advantage will amount to much.

To be accurate, the Cardinals do technically have a mathematical chance of making the playoffs, but Venus has to align with Mars, while the Sun eclipses both. Arizona are 6-7 and while there are still scenarios that can be laid out that see them make the playoffs, they aren’t likely to happen. They are two full games back, with four to go, and there are six teams ahead of them vying for those last two Wild Card berths. Not going to happen.

The Redskins are already out and this week started to shut some things down. Jordan Reed was finally put on the injured reserve after six consecutive weeks on the inactive list. Conventional wisdom says that he will still be a Redskin in 2018, but that remains to be seen. As incredibly talented a player as the tight end obviously is, he spends as much time on the inactive list or injured reserve, as he does on the field. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cardinals Put Cog in Redskins Playoff Hopes


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After four lead changes in the second half alone, Carson Palmer hit J.J. Nelson with a 42-yard pass with less than two minutes remaining, to take a 31-23 lead and put the game away for good. In the process, the Redskins lost their grip on the second wild card spot as they fell to 6-5-1; and coupled with a Tampa Bay Buccaneers win, put the Redskins on the outside looking in, as they drive for the playoffs over their last four games. You can check an American site that offers updated NFL lines for this week’s pertinent playoff match-ups.

Palmer threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns on the day, but second year running back David Johnson was the difference maker.

He not only scored twice, but led all running backs in carries and yards (18 for 84), while simultaneously leading all receivers in both receptions and yards (9 for 91). He scored one on the ground, and one in the air for good measure. The Redskins didn’t appear to have an answer for him all day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Week 1: Top 4 Picks ATS


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Well friends, here we are. You have waited almost nine full months for this Friday to come – the Friday before the first week of the season. Many of you will be spending the next 48 hours thinking about wagers for this week. After all, football and gambling go together like bacon and bacon.

With a full slate of 16 games, 15 if you take away the one that was played last night, there are plenty of meaty morsels for the Armchair Betting Warriors to sink his teeth into. But be forewarned, picking football winners in the first week of the NFL season is tough. You might have a better chance of winning money, playing mobile casino games at luckyadmiral.com.

Regardless, after looking through my options on NFL’s Game Center and narrowing the field considerably, I came up with what I think are the four most solid picks this week: Read the rest of this entry »

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Redskins Free Agency Tracker 2014 – Day 1


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The Redskins preluded free agency by retaining key members of their 2013 roster — Brian Orakpo, DeAngelo Hall, Perry Riley, and Chris Baker.

With lots of room in cap space, the team is expected to be active. Keep it locked here for the latest updates on who the team expects to target and who they have signed.

Follow us on Twitter @thehogsdotnet and @_JakeRussell. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ooh, Ooh… That Smell


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Can’t you smell that smell? Ooh, ooh that smell. Familiar with the tune? Well if you’re singing it, stop right there because Lynyrd Skynyrd goes on to talk about that smell being the smell of death, and in Redskins Nation right now, that isn’t the smell we’re smelling. At least it shouldn’t be.

I get that as Redskins fans we have been beat up for years – decades even. I understand as well as anyone that a losing attitude affects all elements of an NFL organization, up to and including it’s fan base; but if you stop for just a second and pay attention… Read the rest of this entry »

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Crowdsourcing: Beating The Cards


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With the ever growing collective consciousness in Redskins Nation, I thought it might be fun to do something new, and ask the twitterverse for their thoughts on what was the key to beating the Cardinals this week, and then blog some of the answers.

They were charged with the task of naming one thing, and one thing only, that would be integral for Redskins success on Sunday.

Here are some of the responses: Read the rest of this entry »

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Who’s Laughin’ Now?


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For those who read my last blog about Grossman (Redskins Start With Grossman) you’ll note I kind of predicted this last weekend’s performance.

 

For the game, Grossman was 21 of 34 (62% completion) for 305 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions (though one was close) and one fumble. While Antrel Rolle may whine about how the Giants would beat the Redskins “95 out of 100 times” Rolle has failed to recognize that we didn’t beat New York because our offense was better; we beat them because our defense was.

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Early Play-Off Look For Redskins


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Its definitely too early to really make play-off predictions, but Steve Wyche did so any way. There’s no real surprise information here. Obviously, he has the Giants, Panthers and Cardinals as locks, since all three of these teams are the class of their division, at least as it presently looks in the standings. He also lists Tampa Bay as being “In good standing.” Again, no surprise. They are 7-3 and playing pretty good football. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Can You Say about the now 4-1 Redskins?


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The Washington Redskins may not be the best team on paper, but they certainly look like one of the best in the league right now.

After falling very painfully to the Giants in week one, most had written this team off to a 5-11 record. Their chances versus the New Orleans Saints seemed pretty slim. Drew Brees was a much better QB than Eli Manning and had thrown for over 300 yards in week one. The Redskins defense would not be able to stop them, and Jason Campbell would not be any better than his efforts versus the Giants. The West Coast offense was just too hard to learn. Read the rest of this entry »

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