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By The Numbers – Redskins vs Giants


The Redskins were completely embarrassed by Eli Manning and the New York Giants on Thursday. Here are some of the more telling statistics and numbers from New York’s 45-14 dismantling of Washington:

449 – Total yards of offense for the Giants, to the Redskins 329.

300 – Yards passing for Eli Manning on 28 completions (40 attempts). He dismantled the Redskins defense, with 4 passing touchdowns, and also rushed for one himself.

259 – Total yards passing for Kirk Cousins. Read the rest of this entry »

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By The Numbers: Redskins vs Eagles


Here are some of the more interesting statistics and numbers from the Redskins tough 37-34 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday…

511 – Total yards of offense for the Redskins. Coach Jay Gruden continues to impress as a play-caller and his team continues to move the ball well. They scored 6 times, and punted 3. Read the rest of this entry »

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It Was A Battle, Lost


Ever eaten something that was incredibly delicious, and yet somehow inexplicably, the last bite was bad? Sour? Unpalatable? That’s what the Redskins 37-34 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles felt like on Sunday. To me anyway.

That isn’t to say that I pin the loss to the last play of the game for the Redskins, so much as to say, that what was a darn good game of football, may seem tainted by the overall outcome. The chagrin is understandable, 1-2 and a division loss, instead of 2-1 with a division win, is a mountain of difference.

But you can’t grade every game COMPLETELY on the result. Obviously it is the ultimate judgment of play and success, but the Eagles are a very good football team, and the Redskins gave them a heck of a challenge in their own home. I twas a war of attrition. It was nasty at times. it was full of mood swings. It was… great. Read the rest of this entry »

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By the Numbers: Jaguars


Here is a look at some of the more interesting and telling statistics and numbers from the Washington Redskins’ 41-10 dismantling of the Jacksonville Jaguars

449 – Yards of total offense. Not bad for a first year coach in just his second game, and missing his starting quarterback, his number 2 wide receiver and his tight end.

250 – Yards passing for Kirk Cousins. it was as solid a performance as you could ask for from your back-up quarterback. He finished the day at 22 of 33, but completed his first TWELVE passes.

191 – Yards rushing for Washington. The offensive line was stalwart against the Jags, they opened holes for everyone, especially between the tackles.

148 – Anaemic total yards for Jacksonville. Great job Redskins defense! Read the rest of this entry »

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Redskins Overcome Injury Woes To Thrash Jags


Things looked bleak at Fed Ex Field early, when Robert Griffin III was carted off the field early in the first quarter; but when your back-up throws a touchdown on his first pass, it helps you move on quickly. Kirk Cousins and the Redskins overcame injuries not only to RGIII, but to receiver Desean Jackson, and a host of others, by putting in one of the most solid performances up and down the line-up in some time. The Jacksonville Jaguars were lit up by Washington 41-10, and were no match for a very determined Redskins bunch.

Its easy to get caught up in individual performances on Sunday – there were many good ones – but the Redskins head coach deserved as much credit as any. Read the rest of this entry »

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Game Thoughts: Redskins v. Buccaneers


The Redskins finished up the preseason with a 24-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and finished with a (completely irrelevant) 3-1 record. While the result and record may be insignificant in the broadest of schemes, the game meant everything to many of the Redskins who played – guys fighting for their NFL lives. Who helped or hurt themselves?

Here are ten guys that helped themselves: Read the rest of this entry »

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Not Crying Over Spilled Milk


Feel like you’ve been kicked in the groin repeatedly? We all do. It’s never a great feeling when you feel like your team played it’s worst game in the last two months, to end the season. Obviously the story of the game was Robert Griffin III – his injured knee – and the decision to leave him in the game. I can’t believe the vitriol that I have heard spewing from many in #RedskinsNation’s mouth:

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Five Game Thoughts: Browns


Somehow a game that started ugly for the Washington Redskins, never really seemed in question for most of the second half, as they steam-rolled over the Cleveland Browns with an impressive 38-21 victory. Here are some quick thoughts on the game:

1) Kirk Cousins – I tweeted before the game that I wasn’t worried about Kirk getting the start because at the end of the day – I see the same great qualities in Kirk off the field that I see in Robert Griffin III – poise, intelligence, and born leadership. That by no means guaranteed success, but I felt that we have been playing with some real swagger, and that our growing confidence would help Cousins do what he needed to do in my opinion – not make any mistakes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Five Thoughts: Ravens


Is it me or are the Washington Redskins actually starting to turn into a resilient football team? I’m not saying that they can overcome all odds or anything – but they proved on Sunday that they could overcome some pretty big ones. When Robert Griffin III went out with a right knee injury in the waning moments of the game, the ‘other rookie quarterback’ came in and polished off the come from behind 31-28 overtime win. Who’d have thunk it?

Here are five thoughts on the game:

1) Kirk Cousins – Take a bow son, that was categorically poise under pressure. Not only did he hang in the pocket and pillow a beautiful pass to Pierre Garcon for the touchdown, but he looked like he was going to score on the two-point conversion, by hook or by crook. Sure he didn’t have to do a lot, but he didn’t make any mistakes and he led his team to victory – that’s about as much as you can ask for. From a rookie quarterback tossed into the final minutes of a game, it’s more than you can expect.

2) Kyle Shanahan – Calling the ‘RG3 Goalline QB Draw’ play on the two-point Kyle? Cheeky. And Brilliant. I didn’t scream at my TV much about calls at all, and our offense bossed a pretty darn good defense for much of the game, so given my willingness to throw mud when he doesn’t call a good game – I have to give credit where it’s due – Kyle called a great game. He actually does so more often than not lately – save for a couple of seemingly brain fart type moments. He has molded this offense into one that defenses are struggling to handle – what else can you ask for? Expect a contract extension soon, because he’s established that he can be deadly with his offense, and with RGIII running it.

3) Alfred Morris – Continues to be… unstoppable; unfortunately, he also put the ball on the ground again. I hate having to even put that asterisk on an otherwise fantastic performance, but it cost the Redskins 7 points – it certainly bears mentioning. Still, Morris might be the only person that can stop Morris right now, because he continues to run over would-be defenders, and smash out record rookie yardage. He hung 122 yards on a pretty good defense on his 23 carries, and posted his 7th touchdown of his inaugural campaign. It was his third 100-yard rushing game in a row, and his sixth of the season, to bring his total to 1228 yards and a bruising 4.9 yard average. It’s criminal that he’s only¬† the ‘second best rookie’ on this team, but I’m pretty sure that Alfred can handle the slot designation.

4) Richard Crawford – Enjoy the new digs rookie, you can keep the job! Brandon Banks was de-activated against the Ravens, and my guess is that his days in Washington are done. Crawford peeled off a 64-yard punt return to set up the game winning overtime field goal, and that, and that alone is enough to unseat Banks as it’s more than Banks has done all season. Grant Paulsen summed it up well in a tweet:

5) Offensive Line – Left to right, top to bottom, this unit continues to be the surprise of the season for me. I can’t write some of the things that I would like to write, because I believe in mojos, and I certainly don’t want to mojo the line right now. Trent Williams is hurt? Ask the guy lined up across from him if he’s playing hurt. Solid leadership. Tyler Polumbus has shaken off a couple of bad outings to put together a couple of much better efforts. Kory Lichtensteiger has come back from injury steadily and productively, and put together a solid season. Will Montgomery has picked up here he left off last season, and continues to be a steadying influence for the entire unit.

Chris Chester? Him I have a little more to say about… because nobody ever seems to say anything about him. Do you know how great it is when you NEVER hear your guard’s name in a game? Steady going forwards and going backwards, he has been great against the run and pass, and has put together what I think is a season worth mentioning, and he has been exceptionally sound of late. I checked out Stats.com because they keep excellent offensive line stats if you’re ever looking. Here is what I found:

LT: Trent Williams – 5 Penalties (3 False Start, 2 Holding) – 4 Sacks Allowed
LG: Kory Lichtensteiger – 8 Penalties (4 False Start, 3 Holding) – 2.5 Sacks Allowed
C: Will Montgomery – 2 Penalties (2 False Start, 0 Holding) – 1 Sack Allowed
RG: Chris Chester – 2 Penalties (2 False Start, 0 Holding) – 1.25 Sacks Allowed
RT: Tyler Polumbus – 2 Penalties (0 False Start, 0 Holding) – 3.75 Sacks Allowed

All of the numbers are really good actually, but for me Chester’s stand out most because of his complete lack of press and acknowledgment. Just two false starts on the season, no holding penalties and only 1.25 sacks allowed? That bears mentioning. I hope I keep not hearing Chris’ name for the remainder of the season – I will know that he’s still playing really well.

It’s hard to put into words what being over .500 feels like so late in the season for this emotional fan. It took a lot of grit and effort for this team to get to this point – you have to believe that they have even more in them. Tough test for them against the Cleveland Browns next – they’re easy to look past, but at 5-3 in their last 8 games, the Redskins better not listen to too much press about their resurgence.

They still have a mountain of work left to do.

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Five to Watch: Bucs


Many fans consider the fourth preseason game to be ‘a waste of viewing time’ because so many starters will not only not play much, they will not play at all. However, it may be the game where the most NFL roster positions are decided, as the second and third stringers battle it out for the right to back-up their often more heralded teammates. Sometimes the games can be a little less polished, but they can also often be a little more hotly contested.

Here are five Redskins that I’ll be paying close attention to, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight: Read the rest of this entry »

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