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      VICTORY!!!
       
      Redskins 23 - 17 Panthers
       
      Will the real Washington Redskins please stand up?
       
      Hello friends, JimmiJo here, joined by the Spaceman Spiff. 
       
      Seriously, which team will we get to see today. The one solid in all quarters, playing fundamentally sound ball and making us believe that just maybe, this year they could be hanging around at playoff time? Or will it be the one who decides not all receivers should be covered? You know, the one that seems to believe no national embarrassment is too great to suffer.
       
      If I am on this team on this day, I am playing like I have been punked-out on national TV (because I was) and I have something to prove. I am playing with a degree of urgency yet to be seen this year. I am playing like the season is on the line today. Because it literally is as far as I am concerned.
       
      Speak amongst yourselves...
       
      inactives
       
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 25 RB Chris Thompson
      o   No. 30 S Troy Apke
      o   No. 39 CB Adonis Alexander
      o   No. 74 T Geron Christian Sr.
      o   No. 77 G Shawn Lauvao
      o   No. 80 WR Jamison Crowder
      o   No. 99 DL Caleb Brantley
       
      Ok gang, showtime. Here's to a good game with no injuries. You can follow me live on Twitter @Skinscast. 
       
      See you at the half.
       
      Half
       
      Great start, poor ending. They need to produce in the 2nd half to win.
       
      JimmiJo
       
      This team is consistently inconsistent.
       
      I’m just glad I caught them on the good week. And if there was ever a time to go for two in a row, it’s this week.
       
      I was poised to ask the players how much last week had to do with this. I didn’t have to. Most of the guys I interviewed spoke about getting the bad taste of last week out of their mouth.
       
      To a man they wanted to put it behind them. No better way than to do so with a win against a 3-1 Carolina Panthers. The win preserves Washington’s first place position in the division.
       
      If we are looking for heroes we have to start with Adrian Peterson. Coming in with multiple injuries (shoulder, knee, ankle), all he did was run for 97-yards on 17-carries with a 5.7 yard per carry average. The man is ageless, looking more like a first-year back rather than a guy near the end of his career.
       
      On the other side of the ball was Josh Norman. It was clear in speaking to him following the game that the chatter in the media was starting to get to him. This game was important enough for him that he called a defensive backs meeting this week to get everybody on the same page.
       
      Norman payed like the all-star the Redskins signed in 2016. In fact, the interception was his first since week 16 of 2016. But he wasn’t done. Norman punched out the ball to force a fumble later on a critical drive, robbing the Panthers of an opportunity to score.
       
      Given the talk about Norman and the manner in which the New Orleans Saints bludgeoned Washington last week, it was fitting the game came down to a defensive stand that resulted in Carolina giving up the ball on downs.
       
      This was a total team effort for Washington, with all areas contributing.
       
      Alex Smith went 21-of-36 for 163-yards and two touchdowns. He finished with a passer-rating of 88.1.
       
      Jordan Reed had a relatively quiet five receptions for 36-yards to lead the receivers. Vernon Davis on the other hand, made some noise bringing in 3-receptions for 48-yards to include a beautiful touchdown grab on a seam route that left him largely uncovered.
       
      Smith did such a good job of looking off the safety that by the time he turned back to fire down field, Davis was running free and clear into the end zone.
       
      Another hero on the day was Dustin Hopkins. All he did was kick a 6-yard field goal, the longest of his career. I asked the coach if he had discussed the kick with Hopkins prior to making the decision. Gruden told me it was special teams coach Ben Kotwica who proclaimed Hopkins ready.
       
      “I thought it was a 53-yarder,” said Gruden. “When I heard it was a 56-yarder I thought about calling a timeout.
      He didn’t and Hopkins made him look smart.
       
      The Redskins fare best when they score first. They must be aware of this as they started red hot, jumping out to a 17-point lead before the Panthers got off the snide.
       
      A total of 9-unanswered points later, Washington scored early in the fourth quarter to bring the lead back to 11. That lasted officially 1-drive, as the Panthers marched down with relative ease to score a touchdown and bring the game within 3.
       
      Washington then mounted another drive to register another field goal to take the lead back to 6.
       
      Then a defensive stand was needed.
       
      Carolina was able to move the back to the midfield with relative ease. Washington tightened up and it all came down to a 4th-and-5 at the Redskins 16 with 38-seconds remaining.
       
      That was as far as they would go as Cam Newton skimmed the ball off of the field for a harmless incomplete.
       
      It was a much need win. It keeps the Redskins in 1st place in the division at 3-2 with Dallas coming to town next Sunday.
       
      What’s not to like?  

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Official extremeskins list of all the "experts" incorrect predictions?

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I just don't have the patience to do it myself - I would but I have to finish some stuff up here at work, and the search function isn't up and running, so I can't look for the ones that were already posted on this board. But I was thinking that it would be a good idea to set aside a sticky thread or something of that nature with all the media "experts" predicting that the Redskins will finish last in the NFC east, that they won't even have a winning record, etc.

The reason behind this is to see what all the experts say when the Redskins make the playoffs this year. Who owns up to their mistake and who doesn't? There's bound to be dozens.

Off the top of my head: Street & Smith, TSN, SI's Peter King, CBS Sportsline, and of course everyone's favorite Lenny Pastabelly from ESPN...just to name a few, have all predecited the Skins to finish last in the NFC east - just like they all predicted the Chargers to finish last in 2004...and how they predicted the Ravens to finish ahead of the Steelers...and the Colts to win the Super Bowl...and the Seahawks would make it to the NFC championship game...

How about it guys? Bubba, you up for it?

Ok, I'll get it started, in no particular order:

411: "This team might take another step back this year." (Ryan Smith)

S&S: prediction: last in NFC east (don't have the mag to get a name)

TSN: prediction: last in NFC east (Dan Pompeii)

ESPN Sports Nation predicts O/U for wins: 6

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Gosh the list would be endless. I have yet to hear anyone pick them to do anything this year as far as the experts go.

Of course the players always have their say.

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Good idea. I have one thread bookmarked on my other comp, I can link it here later.

Sticky this for the season then we can all send hate mail when we make the playoffs:laugh:

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if you were these guys what would you honestly think, yes we as fans see something different, but untill the skins can show differently we are going to be taking very lightly

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if you were these guys what would you honestly think, yes we as fans see something different, but untill the skins can show differently we are going to be taking very lightly

I agree. These experts don't have the insight and incredible foresight that we do. But seriously, some of these guys are "fans" as well...just not fans of the Redskins. Everybody had a favorite team growing up and they are going to be influenced by that. Ron Jaworski always favors the Eagles and Michael Irvin always favors the Cowboys. However, Troy Aikmen seems to be one ex player who is able to be impartial and view the Skins differently than most analysts and different than all ex Cowboys players.

But getting back to the topic....we all have a different pair of rose coloured glasses on.

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Clayton is a Cowboys homer. Pasquarelli is a Steelers homer. Pompeii is a front-runner for the Patriots and Eagles (insert 2005 winner for 2006 predictions). Zimmerman is part of Raider Nation.

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Clayton is a Cowboys homer. Pasquarelli is a Steelers homer. Zimmerman is part of Raider Nation.

That explains everything, he is still mad over Jay :laugh: :laugh:

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Basically anything more than 5 wins and we will outperform the entire expectations of any media outlet in the known universe.

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Its gonna be great if the skins make the playoffs this year and make all of those losers look like fools

They already look like fools ;)

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technically we don't know if their predictions are 'incorrect'... i expect them to be wrong, and they better be wrong, but we don't know for certain

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I wonder what would happen if we forwarded a million copies to each critic is a nano second? :evil:

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In the NFL nearly every team can make the claim of having a chance at becoming if not great at least pretty good/competitive....maybe all the experts are predicting us to go no where....but what the experts say means jack S***....the steelers last year were predicted by few to be make the playoffs, a majority saw them as a team that would struggle to reach 500.....they went 15-1....honestly if we end up making the playoffs, even win the division that would not be nearly as big a shocker as what the Steelers were able to do.....the experts put their foot in their mouth every year on many teams, what the 'experts' say is not really a reliable prediction more so an educated guess due to the parity in the NFL....I am not looking forward to having the experts put their foot in their mouth rather I just want to see the skins win and enjoy every single momment!!! I posted this a couple weeks ago thought this might also apply:

You will find this in the MLB/NBA for instance through out the regular season but when you get down to the playoffs team chemistry/momentum and the collective will is not as formidable an opponent over a five or seven game stretch in two or three consecutive series. However in the NFL team chemistry is probably the most necessary element needed to succeed, with it you have a good chance to win or at least put up a fight every game. Without it your season is doomed, no chance what so ever. In the NFL momentum and homefield advantage is ten times more of a bigger element to succeed compared to the NBA/MLB. You do well in the regular season you still are going to have to win on your opponents home field/areana....however in the NFL homefield is everything.....

Because of the parity in the NFL teams have a chance in every game they play=possible winning streak=winning makes players/coaches happy they build comrodery=become even stronger through chemistry=season only being 16 games you get a decent lead in your division you are hard to bring down=you get homefield advantage which is key for playoff success

Lets be perfectly honest on paper there is not that much difference between the Patriots and the rest of the league, talent wise.....but they have been able to take their abilities as a cohesive unit and play as a unit.......people go about saying well the Patriots disprove the theory that a dynasty can not occur in todays NFL, I would say that what the NFL has done is stopped there being a seperation between the top and bottom market teams, stopped big market teams from buying up players over and over again while small market teams selling their fans short.......the Patriots are not like the Yankees who just constantly buy new players, the Patriots are proof that money does not come from success, sucess in whatever you do is still persistance/perserverence....

PERSISTENCE

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."

1932 Calvin Coolidge

http://www.calvin-coolidge.org/page...ns/quotesp.html

What I am trying to say is that with the NFL if someone says I know this team has no chance or this team can not be beat.....they really do not know what they are talking about....teams have their advantages going into this season do not get me wrong.......but every team in the league, as the cliche goes, is starting tied for first.....

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Its gonna be great if the skins make the playoffs this year and make all of those losers look like fools

It would not make them look like fools. If we make the playoffs this season, we will have come out of nowhere. Nobody looked a fool last season when the Chargers broke out. It was just unexpected.

Everyone needs to stop taking this stuff so personal. Until we start showing something, nobody is going to pick us to do anything.

Besides, those "analysts" are just like weather men, they all say the same thing with very minor variations. Sometimes a weather man says it's gonna be a clear day and the next thing you know, we have 2 feet of snow.

The point is, they really have no idea what they are talking about. It is just that we seem to listen even though they have a 50% chance of being right or wrong. Who cares what they predict for us. 9 times out of ten, it is going to be incorrect.

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seriously it would be easier to post 8-8 or better predictions

:doh: I forgot there isn't ANY!

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Athlon Sports Mag prediction: 3rd in East

"The offense should be better with Jansen returning to the line, but the team did little to address its lack of playmakers on the perimeter....the defense should again be among one the league's best under Gregg Williams. But there are too many deficiencies on offense to challenge for a playoff spot."

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