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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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From Street & Smith's:

"The rude awakening that greeted the return of Joe Gibbs to the Redskins in his first-ever losing season had the Hall-of-Fame coach looking like a deer in the headlights of one of his racecars."

Final grade: 72

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The funny thing is by week 6 all the "experts" are going to be saying how they knew that we would be unstoppable this season

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From Street & Smith's:

"The rude awakening that greeted the return of Joe Gibbs to the Redskins in his first-ever losing season had the Hall-of-Fame coach looking like a deer in the headlights of one of his racecars."

Final grade: 72

NASCAR's cars don't have headlights. Another example of poor research.

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Dont' we have to wait to play the season before we can call these predictions incorrect? I see a lot of people here say that Ramsey is going to make the Pro Bowl. Can we add those to the list?

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NASCAR's cars don't have headlights. Another example of poor research.

Another thing, I believe Gibbs had a 7-9 season after the '87 Super Bowl. so this would be his 2nd losing record, not first.

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Dont' we have to wait to play the season before we can call these predictions incorrect? I see a lot of people here say that Ramsey is going to make the Pro Bowl. Can we add those to the list?

Might as well, but I think the mega merged Ramsey thread will be around when the season is over so those who were right will be able to gloat.

Anyways, here's another one:

http://www.extremeskins.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1584036#post1584036

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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.

We will have atleast 5 wins by mid season.

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http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/4842248

Five teams that'll be just awful

5. Redskins — The NFL Joe Gibbs returned to last season is very different from the NFL he left after the 1992 season. Safety Sean Taylor couldn't stay out of trouble and linebacker Lavar Arrington can't stay healthy. Those two are Washington's best players. Elsewhere, Redskins fans long for a day when starting quarterback Patrick Ramsey is carrying a clipboard.

We long for a day when Ramsey is holding the clipboard? Ok, buddy!

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well, let's not go nuts. these guys aren't wrong yet. we've got 14 games and 15 weeks and a tough schedule. We gotta do a lot more offensively than we did monday night if we want to keep winning.

:dallasuck :eaglesuck :gaintsuck

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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

You got that right they should have listened to me when Larry Micahel asked me how I thought the Skins would do this season and I replied"13-3" and we'll be 7-0 by the time Philly comes to town and 8-0 ,of course, after they leave. Blow the feathers off the Seahawks! :notworthy

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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.

I understand what you are saying and if the analists were saying that the skins would only not make the playoffs this year or it would be hard for them to make that playoffs, that would be an opinion. However, these "experts" follow up a guess that we will go 4-12 (SI) with a rant bashing our team and only mentioning the negatives and nothing about the improvements we have made. This kind of "reporting" is false and needs to be called out when they are shown for the hacks that they are. These people dont do any research, or visit any camps. All they do is back their favorits (usually just the winners from the previous year) and blindly bash the others. I say unload on them and maybe they will put a little more thought into their work next year...who am I kidding.

:2cents:

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Guys, we're 2-0. We haven't proven anyone wrong yet. Remember 2003?

Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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Guys, we're 2-0. We haven't proven anyone wrong yet. Remember 2003?

Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

We've still got to list them for when we DO prove them wrong. :D

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why are you arguing after 2 games into the season what others have predicted for the end of season? lets see??you barely beat chicago. now theres a powerhouse. and you in desperation threw 2 bombs into double coverage in last minutes to overcome dallas. who incidentally was predicted to finish just above you in the nfc rankings. so far id say rankings are pretty much on schedule.

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