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      Good afternoon Redskins nation!  I’m in beautiful Landover, MD with Spaceman Spiff who has been pulled away from Instagram models and tailgating and sent down to the field to do what he does best (roll around in the mud).
       
      Let’s get down to business...  Can we block them?  There are other story lines entering into this game but worrying about them feels largely academic.  The Texans have two terrifying pass rushers and the Redskins intend to block them with optimism and underdog stories.  Alex Smith isn’t a statue but he does take time in making decisions and getting the ball out.  This combination looks disastrous.  The sort of thing that has us all after the game consoling each other with things like “well, it was just a bad matchup" and “we caught them at the worst possible time.” 
       
      Or... we could walk away wondering just how the heck this team managed to pull off another improbable win.  Last week the gave up something like twelve thousand yards of offense to the Bucs, I’ll have to check those numbers to be sure, but only three points.  That’s not supposed to happen.  Maybe we can enjoy an outrageously unlikely result again.  Not probably, not likely, but you know... maybe.  I’m saying there’s a chance.   
       
      I’m here for that chance.  (and you know... the free food and climate controlled free seats) 

      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins are running their bend and break defense, and I’m not sure a little over three quarters is enough time for the Redskins offense to close a 10-point gap.  I’m having flash backs of week nine, but having human emotions is considered “disruptive behavior.”  I'm fine.  Everything is fine. 
       
      That Quinn celebration, whatever that was, was the highlight of the 1st quarter. 
       
      2nd Quarter Update
      Is there a better way to start a quarter than by scoring a touchdown?  There is, if you follow that TD drive with a forced turnover on defense.  Things are looking good! 

      So much for that.  A great start was quickly ended up canceled out by the Redskins offense.  With a chance to take a lead Alex Smith throws a pick six in the red zone and takes the air out of the stadium.  He followed that up by throwing another interception on the very next drive.  Alex Smith almost made me forget about Vernon Davis dropping that pass.  Almost. 
       
      Texans missed a field goal attempt and the lead remains frozen at 10. 
       
      This quarter feels like a giant blown opportunity.  
       
      Halftime Update. 
      I should have stopped at one hotdog.  I deserve this.
       
      3rd Quarter Update
      You know the feeling where you say and think all these bad things about a player and then he breaks his leg and you immediately feel bad about it?  I live there now.
       
      Colt McCoy has freed me from that place of sadness! 
       
      As much as I love this defense, they have to start forcing teams to punt at some point.  Is there a stat for defense tha thas forced the fewest punts?  We have to be near the top of that list.  Texans have punted just once today.  Holding them to three was good, though.   
       
      The lead is down to six and Colt McCoy has arrived to save us.  (Please let that be true.) 
       
      Personal Note:  Someone just stomped, loudly, out of the press area like a while muttering at his phone.  Laughter and comparisons to toddlers followed him.  The media's laugh is an evil laugh!  Good times. 
       
      4th Quarter Update
      Colt has brought us back.  Welcome to the first lead change of the season, Redskins fans.  You like that?!  (Yeesh, was that always so lame?)  I guess you could say Adrian Peterson contributed by actually scoring the touchdown.  I bet Colt told him to score though, so you have to factor leadership into things.
       
      Once again, the defense cannot force a punt, hard to feel great about holding a team to a field goal when that field goal gives them the lead in the 4th quarter 
       
      Remember that whole "can we block them" thing?  The answer was absolutely not on the Redskins 2nd drive of the 4th quarter.  Watt and Clowney each sacked our man Colt, and ended that drive before it really had a chance to begin. 
       
      Horrible, no good, very bad holding called on Norman gifting Houston a first down at the worst possible time for it.
       
      Colt chooses to throw deep at an inopportune moment resulting in a 60+ yard attempt for an injured kicker.  Heartbreaking end to a game that cost this team entirely too much (via injury) yet still seemed to be within reach several times. 
       
      I'm off to the post game press conference and locker room, check back later for updates.
       
      Final Thoughts
      I’ve always found it preferable to watch my favorite team simply get destroyed, than to feel that they were the better team and still managed to lose.  The Redskins gave this game away with mistakes in the 2nd quarter.  Fred Davis makes a routine catch and Alex Smith doesn’t throw a pick six, and the scoreboard shows at least 7 fewer points for the Texans.  Even if the Redskins had settled for field goals, that’s a 13 point swing in 2 point game.   
       
      Losing the game wasn’t even the worst part.  Losing Alex Smith, for at least the remainder of the season, is likely enough to push the Redskins past the point where they can continue toughing their way through key injuries. 
       
      We'll all feel better after a win against the Cowboys next week. 
       

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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.

Scoreboard.

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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.

You're right but in 2003 we didn't have a pro bowl running back, a O line that was well coached, a Hall of Fame head coach, nor a defense to keep us in games.

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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.

Theisman picked us to go to the superbowl... :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

I agree, but only partially. A little bit of research on their part would help make their predicictions a little more realistic. That being said, the guys who had us picked at 2-14 or 3-13 are just stupid and no amount of research would have helped them. They just spout the same negative information that they hear elsewhere.

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but untill the skins can show differently we are going to be taking very lightly

Taking a Joe Gibbs coached team lightly just isn't smart...

We will have atleast 5 wins by mid season.

:cheers:

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I think Om has taken care of this one. Check this thread:

http://www.extremeskins.com/forums/showthread.php?t=116537&page=5&pp=15&highlight=McDonald%27s

It's too bad that things get pushed off the front page so fast. I made a post in a thread less than 24 hours ago and it's alread on page 8. :doh:

Wow, this guy was wrong about almost everything. But since we won three more games than seven, does he have to eat 3 value meals? Shame no one can find an email address for this bozo.

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

Don't know if anybody pointed this out yet, but S&S actually has us 3rd in the NFC East, behind Dallas at #1 and NY at #2, which is still a poopy prediction. Oh, and the author is Don Pierson of the Chicago Tribune.

He predicted the Cowboy's to win because of the addition of Owens.:doh: He did say this though, which I think is right on:

No other division has such top-to-bottom balance, so one or two players, one or two injuries, one or two plays can make the difference. From first to worst is such a short slide in the NFC East that nobody should be surprised to finish in either spot.

Other noteworthy aspects of this year's S&S:

-They have CP as the 5th ranked fantasy player, pointing out that his per game rushing average is second all-time (among players with 50+ games) behind only Jim Brown and Emmitt Smith.

-In a section where they had a computer compare present-day teams to teams of the past and project their futures, they said the 2005 Redskins are like the 1978 Eagles (a team that preceded a boom period in Philly going 11-5, 12-4, and 10-6 in subsequent years) and the 1993 Packers (who would go 57-23 over the next 5 seasons). The same computer gives us a 58% chance of making the playoffs, the highest percent chance in the division. Apparently, Don Pierson didn't read this article before making his prediction.:silly:

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LMAO. Just realized this is an OLD ASS THREAD. That's what I get for doing a search before posting.

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