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TK

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Greetings from the dome that's so Super it should wear a cape. Last time I was here, I was actually in the mist of a four day vacation, sitting in the Club Level in the End Zone watching a former #2 pick tease all of Redskins Nation with what could have been. I vividly remember sitting there a few minutes into the 3rd Quarter  & you could hear a pin drop. There was a voice behind saying "I don't understand..." only to be answered by another voice saying "Why is this happening to us..." That was a Week 1 Opening Day game.

 

Today, however it's a completely different team on both sides of the ball. And it's Week 11. The Saints lost their first two games only to have ripped off a seven game win streak since then. Are they due for another loss & that streak to end? Maybe. Will the Redskins be the ones to do it? Well....Here's the Injury Report from Friday:

 

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Three are already out, a fourth has joined the IR list, & 13 are Questionable. You have a backup Center ready to go. Trent Williams is still banged up with his knee issue & probably should have been put on IR a few weeks ago. Lauvao is had been limited all week with a stinger. Starting Center, Spencer Long is out with a knee. Pro Bowl Guard & former first round pick, Brandon Scherff has been limited all week with a knee issue that's been going on the last few weeks. Right Tackle Morgan Moses is the only starting OL that's actually been a full go at practice this week. That said, this team also went into Seattle with a patchwork OL, fought like hell & pulled off an upset. 

 

Can they do it again this week? We’ll find out in a few hours. 

 

JimmiJo

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Greetings my friends, JimmiJo here and I am joined by my partner, Spaceman Spiff. Together we bring you the sights and sounds from today's matchup between the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.

 

So what think ye of today's game? For me, this game has letdown written all over it. The Vikings have a reputed front-seven, the sort that stuffs run-games and pressures quarterbacks.

 

A week ago I would have told you quarterback Kirk Cousins does not do well with pressure.  That was before his heroics in Seattle, architecting two magnificent throws to set-up the game-winning touchdown.

 

But let's pause a  moment and pay homage to the defense. If the defense we witnessed against the Seahawks shoe up today - the Redskins will be in this until the end.

 

Need more offense than we saw last week. And that is the key; a balanced offense that creates scoring opportunities. Hold the ball so the defense can rest.

 

The offensive line is returned, and that means more goods things.

 

Inactives

 

LANDOVER, Md. – The Washington Redskins have announced the following inactives and lineup changes for today’s game against the Minnesota Vikings:

 

The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:

o   No. 35 S Montae Nicholson

o   No. 60 G Arie Kouandjio

o   No. 66 OL Tony Bergstrom

o   No. 83 WR Brian Quick

o   No. 84 TE Niles Paul

o   No. 86 TE Jordan Reed

o   No. 98 DL Matt Ioannidis

 

No. 23 DeAngelo Hall is expected to start in place of Nicholson at safety.

No. 85 Vernon Davis is expected to start in place of Reed at tight end.

No. 97 Terrell McClain is expected to start in place of Ioannidis at defensive end.

 

NO.     PLAYER                   POS    HT      WT     AGE   EXP.   COLLEGE

13        Maurice Harris            WR      6-3       200      25        2          California

63        Brandon Banks           DL       6-3       267      23        R         Charlotte

 

The Vikings declared the following players as inactive:

o   No. 1 QB Kyle Sloter

o   No. 13 WR Stacy Coley

o   No. 31 RB Mack Brown

o   No. 74 T Mike Remmers

o   No. 75 G Jeremiah Sirles

o   No. 90 DE Tashawn Bower

o   No. 97 DE Everson Griffen

 

Stand by

 

Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast.

 

Here we go...

 

Half

 

Scrapped the whole Halftime writeup because of the dramatic events to end the half. Thanks to the ill-timed interception by Kirk Cousins, the Vikings scored 2-touchdowns in a few minutes and now lead by 11. 

 

Oh yea and they get the ball to start the half.

 

The Redskins are not built to come back from big deficits. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JimmiJo

 

Consider this. The Washington Redskins scored 30-points today. The most they have scored all year.

So I think we can say it wasn’t the offense that let them down.

 

Although, when you drill down and consider situation circumstances you have to say it contributed. Actually you have to say Kirk Cousins really contributed.

Late in the first half, with a manageable score of 21-17 Vikings; it all came undone.

 

Cousins threw an interception to Mackenzie Alexander who returned it to the Redskins’ 23. A few plays later Minnesota went up 28-17. Then to start the second-half they scored again to make it 35-17.

 

“I had a lot of trash at my feet and couldn’t get set,” he said concerning the pick. “I had trash around my feet all day.” Cousins said as a result of not planting correctly, the ball sailed a foot above the receivers’ hands.

 

Following the 5-minute disastrous period to end the half and start the next, Washington were able to stop the bleeding. They did so mostly on the back of safety D.J. Swearinger, who managed two interceptions.

 

The first was on an errant pass by Vikings’ quarterback Case Kennum, whose errant pass sailed into Swearinger’s arms.

 

The second pick occurred when Swearinger jumped a route on the sideline and returned it to the 2-yard line of Minnesota (nearly fumbling it out of the end zone along the way).

 

The turnovers lead to 10-unanswered points that put Washington back in business, trailing by a single score and 2-point conversion; 35-27, with 14:47 remaining in the 4th quarter.

 

But then the Vikings went on a 13-play, 7:15-consuming drive that ended with former Redskins’ Kai Forbath kicking a 53-yard field goal to put Minnesota up 38-27 with just over 7-minutes remaining.

 

Washington still managed to claw back to a single-score game at 38-30, but in the end an errant on-side kick by Nick Rose sealed the Redskins’ fate (if you want a chuckle listen to me interviewing Rose postgame – I think I managed to annoy him within 30-seconds).

 

Statistically, this game was very close except for two key areas; 3rd-down efficiency and Red Zone efficiency:

 

- 3rd-down efficiency – Vikings 8-for-12 for 67-percent and Redskins 5-for-14 for 36-percent

- Red Zone Efficiency – Vikings 5-for-5 for 100-percent / Redskins 2-for-4 for 50-percent

 

I asked head coach Jay Gruden about how much they work on these and he admitted they do practice these. He also acknowledged how important these are within a game.

But the loss was more than just the stats.

 

For significant portions of the game the Vikings had their way with the Redskins’ defense. They exploited Washington’s secondary for big pass-plays much of the game.

Minnesota had four plays of 35-yards or more. They racked up over 400-total yards on Washington, with 102 on the ground. What looked like the strength of the team in Seattle turned into the weakness this week as corner Josh Norman and Baushad Breeland were beaten soundly.

 

And though they were playing a relatively inexperienced quarterback in Case Keenum, he posted 304-yards passing and was never once sacked.

 

I asked Cousins following the game about how he views the team’s current situation. Though there is a lot of football still to be played, I said, is the fact that other teams in the division are running away from Washington cause a higher sense of desperation for the team?

 

“I don’t look at things that way,” he explained. “I focus only on the next opponent and always have a high level of urgency. So when you say desperate I would have to say no…”

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:1386: SEATTLE - Welcome everyone to your Week 9 of the Regular Season coverage on Extremeskins, it's TSO here up in the Century Link Press Box along with the top guy himself, @TK - who will be providing us wondrous pics of the action from the sidelines. We're both geared up and ready to provide you the best damn Skins' coverage on the planet! 

 

     "Next man up!" 

   

     "Injuries are just an excuse!"

 

     "Good coaches overcome injuries!" 

 

     Sounds contagiously valiant, doesn't it? The go to phrases for fan machismo, if you will. But I'm here to say screw that, yeah right, and whatever.

 

     When your unquestionably elite starting LT is hurt, and the backup who can fill in for him admirably is as well, you've got a problem. When the guy who's started next to him for years now is also hurt, the guy with which ample amounts of chemistry has been built through experience, that just adds to it exponentially. But wait, there's more! The Center is out, too! Oh, the stud RG you drafted 4th overall a couple years ago? Yup, he's hurting. And the guy next to him? Two ankles.

 

   Yeah. It'd be enough to damage any positional unit's ability to succeed when its two best players are hurt. But when all the above is happening AND you even got those backups filling in getting hurt during the game on top of it... it's friggin ridiculous, suffice to say.    

 

   When your stud rookie Dlineman - who you just picked in the first round to bolster what was an absolute terrible unit the previous season - is out with a Lisfranc, and then the guy who has emerged next to him as another stud while both turning the unit around so much so that it elevated the entire defense (as is the prerogative of a good Dline) also gets hurt with a broken hand, well, that's a problem. Again, the two best players on the unit HURT. 

 

   When you lose your elite starting CB for a few games, and then also have your next best one starting on his opposite side getting hurt enough to miss at least one game (notice the trend here?), while the rookie Safety who has emerged can't stay on the field an entire game, and the vet Safety you just signed is also struggling with injuries, and one of the backups to those Safeties ends up on IR, and some of the backups to the aforementioned DBs are getting hurt during games, and... well, you get a run on sentence. 

 

  When arguably your best pass catcher on the team, who happens to play at TE, is hurting all season (granted, to no one's surprise), but then your third TE also gets hurt, while your top two outside WRs are struggling, and you're relying on your slot WR who ALSO just got hurt and isn't going to play now... welp, yay for that.

 

  Season ending injuries. Nagging injuries that are significant enough for guys to miss games and/or playing time during games. Injuries guys can play on but are hampering their ability to perform at their best. Freak injuries. Injuries one can play on but might lead to significant future damage. It's all there. All the time. At every. Single. Unit. 

 

  It isn't just an excuse to justify poor performances anymore, by the coaches or players. It's turned into THE story of the season, and absolutely justifiably so. Those who are unwilling to point to that while being lenient to all those involved in terms of criticism simply lack a shred of empathy in my mind. Frighteningly so.    

 

  What's so frustrating about it is that this was the roster, going into the season, that was unquestionably the best one we've had in decades. This was the year we could've witnessed a significant leap, and did for a few glorious weeks. A scrappy win against a Rams team with a solid roster from top to bottom. A dominant win against a Raiders team that was as dominant themselves as any team in the league at that point, in prime time. Taking it to the Chiefs, who were arguably the best team in the league at that point, up to the last minute - also in prime time but at their place. Only to have one injury after another occur (we lost both Allen and Norman that game, with a litany of others to immediately follow as disgustingly described above) and destroy the momentum being built right before our very eyes. The bye week after did next to nothing to save us. 

 

  So this game against a Seahawks team, looking like a contender (per the norm) and at their place where they rarely lose, is in the books already, right? All is lost, no point in suiting up, go home with our tails between our legs and save ourselves some embarrassment. 

 

  But that's the beauty of it, isn't it? When human arrogance dares to call something contingent as necessary, it gets humbled real fast and often. When that same arrogance blinds one to the realism of hope, and they fool themselves into believing that being realistic excludes being hopeful, well... hope prevails much more often than they're willing to give it credit for, to put it nicely.  

 

  So that's what I'm holding on to right now. And desperately so, because all indications point to a beating here. There's so much going against the team and for the Seahawks, even with them having some key injuries like Earl Thomas, as well. It's just not remotely as bad overall for them. 

 

   But I'm hoping a team filled with guys who want to prove themselves - in what they surely know is likely an extremely small window of opportunity for them to do so - play their hearts out and shock the world. A team that has played hard for a good group of coaches more often than not. A team going through the struggle together and for each other. Those are the type that often surprise and, God willing, we get quite the pleasant, season-defining, one here today. :) 

 

  Stay tuned for more coverage throughout the day from @TK and I, and Hail To The Redskins! :1386:      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


               

 

1st Half Notes: 

 

 

- Kelley and Perine out returning kicks. 

 

- Brian Quick out there consistently. 

 

- Doctson and Grant starting two WRs in base formation with Sprinkle and Davis as two TEs. 

 

- DHall starting at Safety. 

 

- Perine doesn't open up enough for handoff, paying too much attention to the blocking. Fumbles after a great pass from Kirk to Davis. 

 

- Lanier in on third down nickel defense. Provides a nice rush and hit on Wilson. 

 

- Arthur Jones playing mostly at LDE. 

 

- Defense keeping us in it big time. Dline started strong getting consistent pressure on Wilson, then Seahawks started running more with success. Hood playing better than last week early on, but regressed a bit in the 2nd quarter. Surprised to even see Hood rushing the passer well. Lanier has shown up in a big way. Pass rush after pass rush. Really impressive stuff. Holds and false starts on the Seahawks Line also a product of the front's play. 

 

- I have no idea how this offense is going to move the ball. No Oline to either run block well or pass block well. Kirk is freaking out. TEs can't run block as usual. RBs automatically have to make moves in the backfield.a Receivers not getting open against this secondary. It's just, ugh. That drive in the 2nd quarter featured some quicker throws to Davis and nice running. Seems like that's the only way at this point. 

 

- Seahawks are a 2nd half team. We've got to come out firing, as crazy as that sounds right now. Love the defensive performance, and the offense seemed to have found something there in the 2nd quarter, notwithstanding the final drive. Hopefully they can maintain. 

 

2nd Half Notes: 

 

- Lanier continues his solid play with another good pass rush on the first drive and hasn't stopped since. Just relentless. He's caused a bunch of bad throws from Wilson single-handedly. It's been super impressive. 

 

- Seahawks clearly going back to what they were successful with in the first half, rushing the ball. Our pass rush has been unstoppable though. 

 

- As usual, just nothing you can do about Wilson scrambling and finding receivers outside of the play. Otherwise, constant pressure on him has forced errant throws. 

 

- Started bootlegging Cousins more. Some limited success there. 

 

- Cousins definitely had some bad throws this game, but he is also facing consistent pressure and going against one of the best secondaries in the game. Guys are just not getting open down the field. One clear poor throw to Davis on a wheel route in the third quarter.

 

- Kendall Fuller displayed his closing speed a few times. One was a TD saving pass break up. 

 

- Another bad snap from Roullier in the shotgun formation, this time high. Last week he had one low. 

 

- They didn't score, but that 2 point conversion with Norman and Swearinger playing catch was fun to watch. So close, yet so far away. 

 

- We had too many first downs that were losing yards, be it due to sacks, bad snaps, or TFLs. Can't recover against this defense like that. Was worried the Seahawks would take away the quick game that worked on that one drive in the first half and we wouldn't have an answer. We don't. People can claim injuries aren't an excuse, but they make you one dimensional as a play caller. It's not easy to be dynamic when your options are limited personnel-wise, and you've got guys who aren't in tune with every aspect of the offense on the field. 

 

- It's okay to allow your defense to win you a game. It's actually allowed, last time I heard. Especially when you're in an environment like Seattle, against a team that plays consistently great defense, with an Oline ravaged by injuries. It's. OH. KAY. That won't stop many from making this some kind of treatise on Kirk or Jay, I know. Nothing will. But it needs to be said.  

 

- Defense played valiantly. Can't complain about them, even with the final drive from the Seahawks. Seahawks only scored twice on the day, with an offense that had only one drive for a TD, and tough field position throughout. The pressure they applied on Wilson was amazing, suffice to say. 

 

- Overall, I know this'll be an opportunity for people to pile on Jay and Kirk. But I'm not going to and I don't think anyone should. Kirk didn't play well. Yes. As is the case with so many QBs going up against this defense in their place. But that last drive was glorious. Two absolute strikes to Quick and Doctson with the Seahawks playing super aggressive. So many use phrases like "he's not a gamer" and "he's not clutch", yet, that's EXACTLY what he proved he is there.  

 

- Huge opportunity for Dunbar to finish the game with an INT on Seahawks final drive. McClain does it for him with a huge sack on Wilson. Game over. HOPE IS ALIVE, THANK GOD!!!! 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is called the "I'm late as hell" write-up.

 

My name is JimmiJo and I will be joined by someone to bring you this most critical NFC East matchup between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.

 

My thoughts? Just because they are due a win doesn't mean Washington get one. Look at the injuries and what the Cowboys are capable of and you have to come to the conclusion that a win today is going to have be earned. And then some.

 

Then too the weather favors the team with the better running game.

Time to jam to the stadium. See you before kickoff.

 

Inactives:

CB Bashaud Breeland

TE Jeremy Sprinkle 

G Brandon Scherff

T Trent Williams

T Ty Nsekhe

C Spencer Long

WR Brian Quick

 

1st Quarter

 

Finally got to the stadium. 10-7 as I type. So far typical Redskins v Cowboys; turnovers, big plays, and lot's of fun.

 

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“You’re blowing it kid!”

 

I remember Angelou Dundee yelling this at Sugar Ray Leonard in the corner during a championship fight. I felt like doing the same thing to head coach Jay Gruden tonight.

I asked him about adjustments; how and when they are done.

 

From my perch in the press box it seems like teams seem to make adjustments that the Redskins don’t seem to react well to. As a result, Washington jumps out to leads that, over the course of the game gets chipped away, then overcome, then vanquished.

 

He brought me down to earth by reminded us that because of injuries he is working with players who, in some cases, literally arrived in the last few days. The litany of injuries this past month are staggering. It is a struggle to think of a time when a team suffered so many injuries and flourished.

 

Still, this is the NFL and the teams that best accommodate injuries are the teams playing in February. And I can’t help but feeling the season is getting away from this team.

 

This is a far cry from how I was feeling just a few 2-3 weeks ago.

 

Then Washington was vying for a share of the lead in the division. Now, they sit in a firm third place and a trip to Seattle next week.

 

And more and more injuries.

 

My other observation is Kirk Cousins struggles to perform with pressure. I get that he has been dealing with a line held together with masking tape. But the difference between him and a guy like Carson Wentz last week was stark.

 

And for the first time since he became the starter, I am starting to believe it may be time to move on. It would be great to have pristine conditions where he can light it up – but that is rarely going t happen.

 

More in a bit…

 

JimmiJo

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Hello my friends. JimmiJo here. I am joined by my partner; Spaceman Spiff. Together we will bring you the sights and sounds of today's match between the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. 

 

This game has all the markings of the classic 'trap' game. The Washington Redskins are hosted an 0-5 San Francisco 49ers; a squad desperate for a win.

 

The Redskins don't fare well is such games, if history if any game. No, not actual history; but history according to Pappas. I remember witnessing an 0-5 Titans leave with a win. I recall Washington allowing Detroit, who were hosting 18-straight losses, to get well.

 

Bingo!

 

But we must consider this Redskins' team is a different deal. These guys are playing with an attitude.

 

Having Josh Norman out hurts. But it looks like Trent Williams is active and we will see if he starts (betcha he does).

 

Stand by...

 

Inactives

 

The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:

o   No. 20 RB Rob Kelley

o   No. 22 S Deshazor Everett

o   No. 24 CB Josh Norman

o   No. 40 LB Josh Harvey-Clemons

o   No. 72 DL Anthony Lanier II

o   No. 79 T Ty Nsekhe

o   No. 87 TE Jeremy Sprinkle

 

No. 25 Chris Thompson is expected to start in place of Kelley at running back.

No. 35 Montae Nicholson is expected to start in place of Everett at safety.

No. 47 Quinton Dunbar is expected to start in place of Norman at cornerback.

 

The 49ers declared the following players as inactive:

o   No. 10 WR Kendrick Bourne

o   No. 20 CB Leon Hall

o   No. 27 DB Dexter McCoil

o   No. 44 FB Kyle Juszczyk

o   No. 56 LB Reuben Foster

o   No. 62 OL Erik Magnuson

o   No. 97 LB Dekoda Watson

 

Keys to the Game

 

Punch them in the mouth early. Use the run to set up play-action. Disruptive pressure on defense. Win the turnover battle.

 

Here's to a good game with no injuries. 

 

Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast. 

 

Half

 

Redskins are doing well, dominating all statistical categories. But the let down at the end of the game resulted in at least a 4-point giveaway. FOr the second straight game, individual players on the defense are finding ways to extend drive.

 

Kirk Cousins finished the half 15-for-21 for 201-yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception and a 130.55 rating.

 

For San Francisco, disarray is the word of the day. Brian Hoyer has been benched for C.J. Beathard, grandson to Bobby Beathard. Beathard just found a way to get 7 on the board.

 

The 49ers get the ball to start the half. 

 

JimmiJo

 

They just had to make it interesting.

 

After a fairly domination first 28-minutes of the game, things changed for the Washington Redskins. Washington was holding a comfortable 17-0 lead when the San Francisco 49ers sent rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard in the game.

 

All he did was march the team down for a touchdown at the end of the half.

 

He then led a field goal drive to start the second half, and then a touchdown following Vernon Davis’ fumble.

 

That tied the game tied at 17. Redskins fans were dismayed, but hardly surprised.

 

Washington woke up in the fourth quarter; adding a field goal to go up three, and then another six on a Kirk Cousins read-option scamper.

 

It was a bad omen when kicker Dustin Hopkins missed the extra point.

 

Cousins finished the day 25-of-37 for 330-yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception with a quarterback rating of 102.3.

 

Concern turned to nightmare when Beathard hit a wide open (and former Redskins receiver) Aldrick Robinson for a touchdown. Robinson was the beneficiary of a blown coverage that left him running free to the end zone, pulling San Francisco within 2.

 

The niners would get another chance with under 2-minutes to play. Lacking timeouts, they made a run for it; advancing the ball to midfield before a penalties and dropped balls started to catch up to them.

 

On the final meaningful play of the game, Kendall Fuller reached up and grabbed the interception to put away the game.

 

Head Coach Jay Gruden said after the game something to the effect that it is a good sign when a team is not too happy when they get a win. That guys would find stuff not to like about the game.

 

One writer told me he thought this meant the team is maturing.  I thought it meant that knew the 49ers stink and it should never have been so close.

 

There was plenty not to like about this game. Surrendering a 17-point lead. Stupid personal fouls to give up first downs. Horrendous officiating.

 

And once again, injuries.

 

Bashaud Breelend is going to an MRI tomorrow to discover the extent of his knee problems.

 

Gruden said Breeland will have an MRI Monday. Defensive Lineman Jonathan Allen suffered a foot-sprain. Montae Nicholson has a shoulder injury. Stefan McClure a knee sprain and Fabian Moreau hamstring tightness.

 

But a win is a win and Washington will take it as they get ready to travel to Philadelphia for a rematch with the Eagles.

 

Washington amassed 419 total yards of offense this game. They had 325-net yards passing and 94-yards rushing, with 6-different rushers used. Chris Thompson led all backs with 33 yards.

 

Thompson finished the day as the leading receiver for the Redskins, totaling 105 yards on 4-receptions. He led a field of 9 different receivers.

Washington’s defense finished the day with 3 sacks and 1 interception.

 

Next week Washington faces division-leading Philadelphia Eagles at their place. This is a rematch of the Week 1 loss suffered at FedEx Field. They play Monday night.

 

We will see you for the next home game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TK

Reviewing The 49ers

So, with about half of a former roster coming back home this week, it feels like maybe Bruce shoulda penciled in the 49ers as Homecoming/Alumni Week. Though that whole “Homecoming” theme never really went our way, typically ending in a Redskins loss. Freshly minted first time Head Coach Kyle Shanahan brings his surprisingly 0-5 49er team to FedEx Field this Sunday. Now, there’s just no way this week I have the time to review all 5 of their games, so I’m picking two games at random. First up is their Week 2 game at the Seahawks, followed by their week 4 loss to the Cardinals. The 9ers lost both of these games by 3 points each. And both of these games were on the road, just like tomorrow’s will be for them. Here we go…

 

AT SEATTLE

 

First thing that stands out is the 9er Defense is kinda like wet cardboard. They allow the Seahawks to start the opening drive at their own 25 & march it all the way down to the 9ers 7 yard line before finally holding Seattle to a Field Goal. Seattle even converted a 4th & 1 at the 9ers 41 yard line during this drive. With a no gain run at the 7 yard line followed by two incomplete passes, it was more the Seahawks stalling theirselves out then it was the Defense finally making a stop.

 

The Offense’s opening drive, Kyle surprisingly calls a run to the right to start with. It’s on 2nd Down that he calls his shot deep that goes incomplete. On 3rd & 1 they run it & get half of it. Unable to get a yard the 9ers are forced to punt. Had the deep ball been more accurate, they’d still be on the field. 

 

Second drive, second play & the Defense gets a sack for a loss of 1. Defense holds them to a 3 & out. 

 

On SF’s 2nd Offensive drive, it gets a bit cray cray. Here’s the Official description of what happened:

(5:39) (Shotgun) B.Hoyer pass short middle intended for C.Hyde INTERCEPTED by B.Wagner at SF 43. B.Wagner to SF 36 for 7 yards (M.Goodwin). FUMBLES (M.Goodwin), recovered by SEA-R.Sherman at SF 36. R.Sherman to SF 36 for no gain (C.Hyde).

Like I said, cray cray. To make it even more screwy, Russel Wilson is sacked for a loss of 8 on the Seahawks 1st Down the very next play. The Defense is trying to make a lot of substitutions this drive, Seattle responds by picking up the pace on Offense. On 3rd & 9 Seattle drops a sure TD in the end zone & are force to kick another field goal. They’re not getting TD so far but the Defense isn’t really stopping them either.

 

One play into the 2nd Quarter & SF takes their first timeout. 3rd & 3 & they don’t convert. This Offense can’t get anything going. Seattle takes over after the punt, on their own 3 yard line. Seattle picks up 4 yards on two plays on the ground. Wilson to Lockett gets them a 3rd Down conversion. The 49ers Defense should have gotten off the field there but couldn’t. 

 

At this point, SF has had 8 plays for 17 yards & their T.O.P. is a measly 3:57 while on the flip side, Seattle has had 34 plays for 127 yards with a T.O.P.of 15.11.

 

Offensively, Seattle got a few more plays off before the Defense finally made a stop. 

 

9ers next drive opens with a 14 yard pass to Kittle. Kittle’s a good sized rookie & one to keep an eye on how Kyle uses him. Hoyer throws a mistimed pass out of bounds & gets called for Intentional Grounding. Garçon’s first catch this game is for 6 yards. 9ers once again end up punting. Then the Seahawks end up running 4 plays & punt. The 9ers Defense had started out as turnstiles but have now started to tighten up a little bit. Especially in the run game.

 

Let’s see if the 9ers can get anything going this drive….Hoyer pitches to Hyde on a run around to the left for a gain of 6. 2nd & 4 at their own 17. And there it is. Hyde, on the ground breaks loose for a gain of 61 yards. And guess who the only 49er is downfield blocking for him, our guy Garçon. Oh & it’s started raining in this game too. Seattle’s Defense holds the 9ers to 3 & out & SF settles for a field goal. 6-3 Seattle at the Two Minute Warning.

 

Seattle goes 3 & out & San Fran finishes the first half off by hitting another field goal to tie it up at 6-6. At least it was a quick half. So far with only 2 quarters in, this is the worst Kyle Shanahan offense I’ve seen since John Beck tried to run it. Hoyer isn’t a starter. He’s been inaccurate enough to maybe be a 3rd string QB. Maybe. I wonder if Kyle tried to coax Grossman out of retirement before going with Hoyer. Hyde, an every down back with good size, is probably the best weapon they have on Offense. And Garçon has only had one target so far.

 

The 9ers open the Second Half with seven plays, a timeout & a punt. (Res next offensive drive starts at their own 6 yard line. Hyde gets 1 yard uno the middle then Hoyer is sacked for what appeared to be a Safety but the officials spot the ball inside the 1. Hoyer then passes for a gain of 10 & are forced to punt from the 11. A bad punt put Seattle at nearly mid field. They manage to waste it & go 3 & out. 

 

San Fran with the fair catch at their own 13. Hoyer to Garçon for 11 yards. Then it’s Hyde off the LG for 4 yards followed by Hyde getting 5 yards off of the RT but there’s a 10 yard penalty for Offensive Holding & they lose 10 yards. Hoyer’s next pass is again, incomplete. On 3rd & 16, Breida gets 10 yards up the middle & San Fran once again punts while I try to stay awake watching this disaster. 

 

Seattle takes over with a run & two incomplete passes just so they can punt it back to the 49ers. Hoyer hits Goodwin for a gain of 12 as the 3rd Quarter ends. Hoyer starts the 4th Quarter with a 8 yard pass to Hyde that gets them to the 50. Hyde gets another 6 on the ground, Hoyer incomplete to Hyde. Next it’s Breida again for gains of 11 & 13, & 4.The 9ers take a timeout & follow it up with incomplete passes to Goodwin & Garçon.   Gould hits a 34 yard field goal & the 9ers take a 9-6 lead. 

 

Seattle answers with a 10 plays for 82 yards in 4:30 for touchdown but miss the extra point. Seahawks take the lead back at 12-9. After the kickoff there’s 7:01 left on the clock in the 4th. San Fran goes 3 & out. With 4:47 left, Seattle does enough to get to the Two Minute Warning, then they continue to eat the clock by taking 3 kneel downs to end it. 

 

Like I said at the Half, worst looking Kyle Shanahan Offense I’ve seen since John Beck. Even old, broken down McNabb ran it better then this. And yeah I know SF is in a rebuild, but Kyle has enough of his guys that have been in this system long enough, a quality QB would get it going like it should. Hoyer was 15 of 27 for 99 yards passing.His longest pass was 14 yards, he had 1 INT, a completion percentage of 55.6% & a QB Rating of 48.2. Hyde had 15 attempts for 124 yards on the ground & caught 3 of 6 passes for 19 yards. Both Goodwin & Garçon had 3 catches for 26 yards each. 

 

Let’s see if they improved any two weeks later against the Cardinals….

 

 

 

AT ARIZONA

 

To start off, the Cards are missing 3 of thier starting O Line so SF should, on paper, get a lot of pressure on Palmer this game. Oh & RB David Johnson is out this game for the Cards as well. 

 

The Cards take the opening drive from their 25 to the SF 4 where on 3rd & 4 Palmer gets picked off at the Goal line for a touchback. San Fran takes over at the 20 with 8:16 left in the First Quarter. Hyde gets 2 on the ground followed by two incomplete passes from Hoyer to Garçon & Taylor. # & out & they punt. So the Cards with the mentality of “anything you can do, we can do better” are also held to a 3 & out & a punt. From their 24 Hoyer hits Goodwin for a gain of 18. Hyde gets 11 on the ground. Two positive plays in a row, could they be gaining momentum? Yeah, no. Brieda looses 3 yards & Hoyer passes incomplete. Then again…Hoyer connects with Taylor for 12 then gets 3 up the middle. Followed by incomplete passes to Paulsen & Goodwin. Hoyer to Taylor for 4 yards & the 9ers hit a 49 yard field goal. 3-0 49ers.

 

The Cards answered with a 9 play 63 yard field goal. They had a touchdown but it was reversed.  Tied game at 3-3. Cardinals passing game is looking REALLY good so far. 

 

San Fran starts the next drive at their 15. They pick up 6 yards on two runs, ALDRICK ROBINSON SIGHTING- Hoyer complete to Aldrick for 16 yards. SF goes No Huddle. Breida stopped on the ground for a loss of 2. Hoyer goes deep left to Aldrick for a gain of 24. Hoyer complete to Taylor for 11. Last 3 plays were No Huddle. Hoyer to Garçon for a gain of 6 & they burn a timeout. Hoyer in Shotgun & he gets sacked, loss of 11. (Res are forced to kick a 39 yard field goal, it’s good. SF takes the lead at 6-3.

 

Arizona starts at their own 25, get to the SF 39 before stalling out & having to punt it away. SF’s Defense has started getting to Palmer. If they weren’t sacking him, they were knocking the snot outta him. (The 49ers get 3 plays off- a run, an incomplete pass, & then Hoyer throws a pick & it’s Two Minute Warning time. Three plays later the Cards tie it up with a 43 yard field goal. 6-6 

 

Next drive, Hoyer completes to Kittle for 14 yards then has 3 incomplete passes & they punt it away. The Cards stall out with a 3 & out to end the 1st Half.

 

 

The 49ers start the 3rd Quarter with a great drive. Hoyer to Garçon for 16, ?Hoyer to Kittle for 21 yards, Hyde for 14 on the ground, Hoyer to Juszczyk for 5, Breida for 8. Hoyer to Breida an 11 yard touchdown that gets nullified due to Offensive Pass Interference. Hoyer gets sacked on the next play for a loss of 10. Hoyer complete to Hyde for 2, then incomplete to Taylor. Gould hits the 47 yard field goal  & SF takes a 9-6 lead. 

 

Nine plays later the Cards answer with a 50 yard field goal. Tied game at 9.

 

SF starts at their 25. Hyde gets nothing up the middle. Hoyer complete to Aldrick for 12. QB SWITCH - HOYER OUT, BEATHARD IN- Hyde goes up the middle for a gain of 15. Hoyer back in & passes incomplete to Kittle. Breida gets 6 on the ground, Hoyer to Taylor for 12, SF called for Offensive Holding, Hoyer incomplete to Aldrick, Hoyer complete to Hyde for 7 then incomplete to Garçon. 4th Down. 48 yard field goal is good 12-9 SF leads. 

 

The 9ers next drive starts at their 20. Hoyer incomplete to Aldrick. Brieda stopped for a loss of 1 up the middle. Hoyer incomplete pass to Brieda & they punt it away.  The Cards go 50 yards in 11 plays & kick a 32 yard field goal to tie it up at 12. Clearly these teams do not believe in touchdowns. 

 

There’s 7:06 left on the clock & to quickly sum it up, neither team really does much of anything. This game stays tied at 12-12 & goes into OT. 

 

SF starts OT on Offense & get a field goal to go up 15-12. Carson Palmer aint having that. Eight plays later he throws a touchdown pass complete to Larry Fitzgerald for the 18-15 win.

 

 

Maaaaaaaaan…..The 49ers are not a good team, but I’d bet they could still beat the Giants.:) 

TK

Skins start the 4th with a Doctson sighting & Perine playing hot potato with a snap all the way out of bounds. Failed drive means a 51 yard punt. The Offense really needed to sustain a time eating drive to give the Defense a rest. They’re  getting worn down & gassed. Which is the perfect thing one for Reid to turn up the Hunt targets. Hunt gets feed twice , then they direct snap to Kelce. Next up Smith gets another sack. KC ends up kicking the field goal for the lead. 20-17 Chiefs.

 

Kirk hit Pryor to get them to the 40. Chris Thompson picks up 2. Davis gets blown up on an attempted catch. Kirk on a busted play runs it around to the right & gets the 1st down. Kirk on another busted play takes off up the middle, slows off his head first fall down slide attempt. Still gets the 1st down though. 

 

Two Minute Waring

 

Kirk again keeps it runs to the sideline for 8, Thompson gets nothing. 3rd &2 Cousins hits Docton in the endzone & he ****ing drops it. Gyeah. Hopkins hits the field goal for the tie.

 

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47 seconds on the clock. Smith hit Wilson for 37. ****. Smith complete to Conley. Chiefs almost within field goal range. 8 seconds.... 47 yard field goal attempt ... its good. 4 seconds on the clock, Chiefs lead 23-20. Skins take a touchback. And have the absolute WORST hook n ladder attempt as it ends with KC picking it off & scoring a Touchdown. Christ on a cracker that was Swinging Gate bad. 

 

Your final is 29-20 Chiefs. 

TK

The third quarter opens in a bad way. Josh Norman is out with a rib injury, Rob Kelly is out with an ankle injury. Redskins D is a different creature without Norman. Chiefs have them on their heels the whole drive.  They tighten up by stopping Hunt at the 1 yard line to force a 3rd down them Preston Smith gets called for a penalty. Gyeah. Next play Chiefs take the lead as Alex Smith gets in the endzone. 4-10 Chiefs. Gruden is now saying Norman will be out a few weeks. At least next week is a Bye week. 

 

Cousins opens this this drive with a 69 yard catch n run to VD . Holy **** that was purty. Skins at the 4. Kirk to Ryan Grant. TOUCHDOWN ****es. 3 plays, 75 yards in 1:38. Where was this at the end of the half? Skins retake the lead 17-14

 

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Swearinger sets the tone to open the Chiefs drive by sacking Alex Smith for a loss of 5. Smith to Kelce as Preston Smith is called for off sides. Redskins Defense still hasn’t found an answer for Kelce all game. They’ve done well stopping Hunt from hitting a major gash, but the TE...man they need a solution for him. From the WTF files, Chiefs are about to kick a field goal, Redskins jump offsides & give them the 1st down. At the 30. Defense ends up somehow holding them to a field goal. It’s tied at 17.

 

End of the 3rd Quarter 

TK

The second quarter opens with Smith running for his life & picking up 11 on the ground. Their drive ends on an Ioannidis sack of Smith. :)

 

Cousins hit VD for a gain of 20 & everyone holds their breathe as Trent Williams is down. Perine runs for 5 & Hands to the face penalty called on KC tacks 5 more onto it. This drive ends on a stall out & the Skins are forced to punt. Chiefs take over at their 14. Trent is questionable with a knee injury. Knowing Trent he’ll just rub some dirt on it & go back out there and stomp some more ass. 

 

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Hunts gashes a gain of 12 to start this drive. Smith to Kelce , breaks a tackle & picks up a 1st Down. Kelce across the middle & he gets blown da **** up Josh Norman. Chiefs start picking up more yards per play on this drive but the D is still knocking the snot outta em. Chiefs burn a timeout on 3rd & 5 with about six & a half left on the clock. After a gain of 1 Chiefs punt it away. Skins take it over at their own 13. Cousins incomplete to Paul, Skins call timeout & Trent is back in the game. I bet he rubbed some dirt on it. Skins stall out with a 3 & out. 

 

With 5:01 left in the half Chiefs ball at their own 27 after muffing it at the 28 before they recovered it. Chiefs were about to stall out again until 3rd & I when the D gets called for offsides. Chiefs convert the 3yards they needed & cross the 50.  Defense with a single safety back, Smith hits Conley for 21. Chiefs inside the 20 at the Two Minute Warning. Smith to Kelce to end the shut out. Kicks good, 10-7 Skins. 

 

Skins working their 2 Minute drill. Jordan Reed at one point refused to go down, had a defense draped on his back & carried him out of bounds. Skins stall..AGAIN.  1:08 to go Chiefs start at their 16. Oh & Norman is out with an injury. Smith, dropped the snap, recovered it, took off to his right, down the sideline until Swearinger takes him Suplex City. Gain of 32. Cheifs finish the drive with a missed 45 yard field goal attempt. With y seconds on the clock, Cousins takes a knee. 10-7 Redskins at the Half. Cheifs will start the second half.

TK

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Chiefs won the toss & deferred so the Skins start out on offense. On their opening drive they’re on the verge of a three & out when Rob Kelly converts with a 12 yard gain. Arrowhead went dead quiet. Skins capped this quick drive of 6 plays for 75 yards & a Pryor touchdown. With a Doctson sighting. All in just 3:08. BOOM. Game on mofuggahs. :)

 

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On the Defense ‘s first play Preston Smith damn near kills Alex Smith with a loss of 8. Two more plays & they’ve forced the Chiefs into a three & out. 

 

Redskins start their second drive working both Fat Rob & Chris Thompson on the stretch on the left. Skins fancied a 4th & 1 where Cousins keeps it & picked up 5 yards. GREAT play by Gruden. Skins faced a 3rd & 7 when Cousins completes a pass to Reed over the middle who had his knee down before KC could cause a fumble. We all know it was down because John Keim picked up the press box phone & called down to tell them so. Keim’s the man. On 3rd & goal Cousins on an ugly keeper tried to score but...we’ll never mind. It was hideous. Just know they kicked the field goal & went up 10-0 on the Chiefs. In. There. House. 14 plays for 50 yards in 7:39. 

 

The Defense smothers Hunt for no gain thanks to Smith & Kerrigan. KC false starts & they’re in 3rd down. Smith launches his own 44 yard completion to Kelce down the middle. Defense didn’t allow any YAC on that one at least. 

 

End of the first quarter

TK

During pre game warmups there was some trash talking from both teams as they went at each other on the far side of the 50. It didn’t last long before it was broken up.

 

The Chiefs are currently huddled up at their 10 while the Redskins are back to running drills inside their 20.

themurf

Hello again friends, and welcome to ExtremeSkins' Week 4 coverage as the Washington Redskins travel to take on the last undefeated team in football, the Kansas City Chiefs. I am your good luck charm, murf, and I am joined by TK.

 

As you no doubt are aware, the 2017 Redskins are undefeated (2-0) in games I cover and winless (0-1) when I am not in attendance. While that should be comforting to 'Skins fans, this week's matchup will put my winning streak to the test because the Redskins have never emerged victorious in Kansas City (they're 0-4 lifetime when playing at Arrowhead Stadium).

 

While Washington's defense turned in an amazingly impressive performance in last week's resounding win over Oakland, limiting the Raiders to just 128 yards of total offense, they'll face a much stiffer test this week against a Chiefs squad that has little trouble moving the chains or putting points on the board.

 

Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, fresh off of his AFC offensive player of the month for September, might just be the best back in football these days. With Cardinals running back David Johnson currently injured, Kansas City's rookie has risen to the top of the NFL pecking order while guiding his team to a 3-0 start with monster numbers across the board -- 47 rushes for 401 yards and four touchdowns to go with 137 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.

 

If, miraculously, the Redskins are able to limit Hunt's production, the Chiefs will likely turn to tight end Travis Kelce. That's because no team has allowed more yardage to opposing tight ends during the 2017 season than the Redskins. Oh, and let's not forget speedy receiver Tyreek Hill, who also poses a huge threat for the burgundy and gold.

 

On Sunday Night Football, the Redskins were able to consistently get pressure in Oakland's backfield without having to send extra defenders. If the front four can get to vanilla quarterback Alex Smith, that'll once again go a long way towards helping the back seven limit explosive plays.

 

That's why I'll be focusing plenty of attention on rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (logged his first NFL sack Week 3) and second-year tackle Matt Ioannidis (who had five pressures and a half sack versus the Raiders). If those two youngsters can help linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith disrupt Kansas City's offense, then the Redskins just might have a chance to win back-to-back primetime games.

 

On the other side of the ball, the Redskins have to be hoping for a little diversity in their offense. That's because receiver Terrelle Pryor has been on the field for 80 percent of the offense's snaps so far this season and is tied with running back/future Hall of Famer Chris Thompson for the team lead in targets, with 19. Sadly, for as much as head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Kirk Cousins seems intent on building the passing attack around Pryor, he has yet to produce a single breakout moment so far this season.

 

With tight end Jordan Reed (shoulder), as well as running backs Rob Kelley (ribs) and Samaje Perine (hand) all recovering from injuries, this week would be a perfect time for Pryor to step up and put this offense on his back. To do so, however, he needs to do a better job of catching the balls thrown his way. Between last season in Cleveland and his first three weeks in Washington, Pryor has caught, on average, 55 percent of the passes thrown his way. Simply put -- that's not good enough for someone as big and fast as Pryor.

 

Thompson cannot continue to post Tecmo Bowl caliber numbers on a weekly basis, so getting guys like Pryor to make the most out of his opportunities is vital. The Chiefs' secondary isn't anything special -- especially after losing safety Eric Berry to injury. If Pryor can't be more productive than his 38 yards per game average, then it might be a tough day for Cousins and the rest of the Redskins passing game.

 

 

TK

Redskins have broke out the old faithful’s for tonight. They’re going with the white jersey/burgundy pants combo.

 

It’s still a bit early here in the Mid West, only the kicking team is out warming up right now.

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TK

One more time before the Bye.  

 

Last week, I went through & watched both the previous Raider games before they came to town to get made to look like a high school JV team. This week I had thought about doing all 3 Chiefs games before heading off to KC, however due to time constraints I’ll be skipping their Week 1 upset of the Patriots and Week 3 against the Chargers. So, on the docket we’ve got their Week 2 matchup which had the same storyline as the Redskins’ Week 2 game. Skins had Gruden vs McCoy & this one has Reid vs his former Assistant Coach in Doug Pederson. Reid was 8-3 against former assistant coaches going into this game. Here we go….

 

First thing that comes across is this Arrowhead crowd is effing LOUD already & they haven’t even kicked off yet. Eagles kick it off into the end zone where Thomas brings it out. Jeez he hits a hole & looks like he might take it all the way, then gets tripped up. Thirty yard return gets flagged for Offensive Holding so they’ll start at their own 21.

 

In their opening drive, KC gets 4 yards on the ground up the middle with Hunt, converts that 2nd Down with a pass to their TE Kelce for 12 yards, then goes with a 3 TE set & a short pass to the right sideline to Conley for 7 yards. Alex Smith takes his deep shot downfield to the right to Kelce for a gain of 44 yards- about half of that was YAC. 

 

This was their fourth play & was set up nicely by the last three out routes. It reminds me of when Reid was in Philly coaching against a revolving door of Redskins coaches. He’d usually have a shot deep in his opening drive that the other team wasn’t ready for & he was usually successful. Reid tends to script his first 15 offensive plays, running different plays out of the same formations. Occasionally he’ll throw in something you haven’t seen on tape or haven’t seen in a long time. And if you don’t or can’t adjust to it, he’ll keep on going to it. That’s how they upset the Patriots in Week 1.

 

Anyways, back to their opening drive. They follow up the 44 yard game with an incomplete pass, a 6 yard run by Hill off the LG, & another incomplete short pass to the right. Cue the FG kick for 3. Eight plays for 73 yards. Every play this drive was out of the Shotgun. 

 

Chiefs take the next drive after an Eagles Field Goal & a touchback at their 25. It’s a seven play drive, which gets us to the end of Reid’s 15 scripted plays, all from the Shotgun. The drive starts, like the opening drive, with a run. However this time it’s to the left side for 1 yard. The opening run was up the middle. It’s back to Kelce to the right for 3, a pass to Hill to the left for 14, short pass to the right to Hunt (Hunt made four guys miss, he had to be gang tackled to get him down) for 16, then an incomplete pass to Hill deep down the left side into the end zone . Smith overthrew him by a hair. Hunt off the Right Tackle picks up 2 on the ground, Smith with another incomplete pass this one intended for Kelce, & the Chiefs punt it away for 39 yards into the end zone for the touchback. So, that’s Reid’s 15 scripted plays. In each drive he started with a run, took a shot deep downfield, ran everything out of the Shotgun, and didn’t pull any trick plays out of his bag of tricks. That’s their offense for the First Quarter that resulted in a 3-3 tie.

 

Chiefs start their third offensive drive, now in the second quarter, with an incomplete pass over the middle to Harris but Philly is called for Offsides so they pick up 5 yards the easy way. Hunt runs to the right on a stretch play for a loss of 1. Pass to Hill for 4 yards. He gets blown up by Douglas immediately. On 3rd & 2 the Chiefs switch it up & run Wilson up the middle for a gain of 4. KC used a lot of misdirection on that play to try to spring him through the hole so he could burst it downfield. They even hd a WR come back around to fake an end a round. The more you go back & watch it, the more impressive that play gets.  Next snap, KC takes a loss of 5 on a False Start. Still in the shotgun, Alex Smith scrambles up the middle until he gets pushed out at the KC 45 for 8 yards. Doesn’t matter as there’s offsetting penalties so they’re still at their own 37 with a 1st & 15. Smith picks up 4 yards on the right side &. Alex Smith gets sacked on the next snap for a loss of 5 yards. Two steps forward, two steps back. Smith keeps it again, this time he picks up 4. 2nd & 11 & for the first time all. Game Smith is under center & not back in the Shotgun. 2WR/2TE set Smith back to pass looking for a screen to the running back as the pocket collapses like a cheap tailgating tent in the wind. Sack costs them 5 yards so at 3rd & 16 Smith is back in the Shotgun, he dumps it off on Wilson at the right. Eagles D was guarding the 1st Down marker. They rushed 3 & dropped everyone else back to the marker line. Chiefs have to punt. Still 3-3.

 

Chiefs are now on their fourth drive with 2:25 left in the first half.  Smith is back in the gun & hands it off to Hunt who picks up 2 up the middle. And it’s the 2 Minute Warning. Smith unloads over the middle for Kelce. Smith barely avoided another sack there. It’s a 3 yard gain & KC burns a timeout. It’s 3rd & 5 with 1:26 to go until Half Time. Smith back in the shotgun, can’t find an open receiver as the pocket collapses again & he eats a sack. Loss of 3 yards & KC is forced to punt it away again. But first the Eagles take a time out. Chiefs punt it away & on the return, Sproles makes a few guys miss then the ball get popped out of his hands & the Chiefs recover the fumble. Sproles was nailed by the long snapper who had a textbook tackle, put his shoulder on the ball to cause it to pop out of Sproles’ hands. GREAT Special Teams play. Chiefs ball at the Philly 24 with 1:06 on the clock. Smith back in the shotgun takes yet another sack this one for a loss of 6. 31 seconds left, Smith passes complete to Kelce for a 9 yard gain. KC takes their second time out. 3rd & 7 with 26 seconds left.Smith rolls left & is run down at the sideline. He throws this one away. Barely. Eagles had him dead to rights. Chiefs are held to another Field Goal. It’s 6-3 with 17 seconds left in the half. Eagles missed a 30 yard field goal to end the half.

 

So far in the First Half, it’s been more of a Defensive game as the score indicates. The Eagles have held Hill in check, which has stopped some of KC’s explosiveness. A deep shot to Kelce on the opening drive & the turnover on Special Teams have been their two best plays. Let’s get to the Second Half offensive drives….

 

Philly runs 6 plays to open the 2nd half before having to punt so the Chiefs take over at the 13 after a fair catch by Hill. From the Shotgun it’s a 12 yard pass to Wilson, 18 yards to Hill, 11 yards to Hunt, then Hunt up the middle for 1, a pass 1 yard pass to hunt, and then Smith takes another sack. This one is for a loss of 5. Chiefs to punt. Again. Hunt has been held to 6 yards on 9 attempts. 

 

Next drive starts after the Eagles get it in the End Zone for the game’s first touchdown. Smith, on a keeper, picks up 12 yards. Though he needs to learn how to slide instead of going down head first. It’s Smith to Conley for a gain of seven, then Hunt losses a yard on the left side. Smith connects with his favorite target again & Kelce gains 12 yards. 1st & 10 at the 47. Chiefs are now 3-9 on 3rd downs. Still in the shotgun, Hunt takes the handoff & EXPLODES though Philadelphia like a hot knife through cream cheese. 53 yard touchdown run. Hunt finally got to show off his speed. It’s 13-10 Chiefs. 

 

Chiefs take the field back after Philly answered with a Field Goal making it tied at 13 & into the 4th Quarter. Chiefs Special Teams take a 71 yard kickoff  and return it for 40 yards.  The Eagles Defense steps up & holds them to a three & out this drive. Chiefs only gained 6 yards on one play. So what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? Because as the Eagles street moving down the field, the Chiefs get a turnover by picking off Wentz. KC takes back over at the Philly 31. Smith to Hill for 7 yards, then another Smith scramble to the left where he’s pushed out of bounds at the 20. Gain of 5. Smith connects with Kelce for another 5 yards. 2nd & 5, Smith feeds Kelce again, this time it’s for 15 yards & a touchdown. 20-13 Chiefs. The touchdown pass was another play where they had an obscene amount of motion/misdirection. It was similar to a play they ran in Week 1 against the Patriots.

 

Now with the momentum, the Chiefs Defense holds Wentz & the Eagles to a three & out. After the 8 yard punt return, KC takes over at the 44. Smith starts this drive with another keeper but it’s a loss of 1. Putting the pedal down, Smith goes deep to Conley down the right sideline for a gain of 35. Chiefs are already in Field Goal range & it’s 1st & 10 at the Philly 21 as KC takes a time out. 4:36 on the clock.  KC comes out of the timeout with Smith under center, hands off to Hunt who runs to the right for 4 yards. Back in the Shotgun, Hunt takes it up the middle for 3 more yards, then picks 12 yards on a run to the left side. Ball at the 2 yard line. Hunt up the middle for the score. Kick’s good & it’s 27-13 KC. 

 

Philly takes a little over two minutes to go 75 yards in 13 plays for their final touchdown. Philly recovers their own insides kick, KC burns their last two time outs & Wentz’s final pass is incomplete as the clock runs out.

 

 

Even though the Chiefs are undefeated, they’re still beatable. I think had Philly not had the turnover on Special Teams they could have had the win here. The keys here are similar as to what the Redskins Defense did to Oakland last week. Get constant pressure on Smith, contain Hunt- do not let him rip off a big 50+ yard gain, and flow to Kelce when he gets the ball. Also don’t let KC’s motion/misdirection turn into a learning lesson for a young secondary.

 

 

 

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