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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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Antonio Pierce talking smack

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Guy is starting to believe his own press. I mean hell he's been at best good in NY. Not spectacular.

Someone get Freddy Mitchell on the phone, I've found him a bowling partner.

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You know, when he first left, I had no hard feeling towards him. Even though he went to a division rival, I felt that he got the contract he deserved for having a near Pro Bowl season and being one of the NFL's leading tacklers and leading one of the NFL's best defenses.

But now, I am beginning to greatly dislike the guy. I mean, he hasn't stopped whining since he left here.

If you ask me, he just wishes he was still a Skin. ;)

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Guy is starting to believe his own press. I mean hell he's been at best good in NY. Not spectacular.

Someone get Freddy Mitchell on the phone, I've found him a bowling partner.

Ok lets not go that far. Pierce is not Fred-Ex. Pierce is actually GOOD.

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Why can't the guy just take the high road? He is a great player, and he would probably still have a lot of fans here if he didn't run his mouth. Where's the class?

Maybe he loaned it to Coles.

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This was the e-mail I sent him, I wonder if he'll respond back?

"This is my first time being on this side of the playoff picture because in WASHINGTON we never were winning in DECEMBER."

Maybe you should have stayed in Washington because this December we're undefeated and doing fine without you. I mean really what's with all the Redskin bashing, they gave you an opportunity instead of sticking around you left for the money and not what was best for the team. I understand you have to look out for yourself money wise but something tells me a SB ring is coming to Washington before gets to NY.

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LOL at Antonio saying, " When I was with Washington, we were never winning in December."

Funny how things can change so quickly over time.

:gaintsuck

Wonder if it was because he was here? hmmmmmmm

Actually he was a good player here, but you move on both

as a player and a team.

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He did make that so called negative statement when the Skins were 6-6 and the Giants were 8-4 before we beat the Cardinals, Cowboys, and Giants and right after they defeated the Cowboys.

So it just sounds to me like he was saying that this is the first time he has been in contention at this point in the season and he is excited. It's too bad he got injured the following week because he was enjoying the competition.

People need to lighten up.

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Check out Santana's journal. What a striking difference. Santana also was "disrespected" by his old team. But he just moved on and dealt with this as a pro. Maybe this difference in characters influenced somehow Skins FO decision about Pierce. Maybe Gibbs saw this part in AP and decided not to break a bank over him.

As for NFL players’ journal – I would rather read Smooty’s journal. There is probably not much about playoff or a winning team, but lake chapter could make a good reading.

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I just sent him an e-mail : Hey Antonio, We are winning in december now! HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!

Hope he reads it.

You sure told him!

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How is it talking smack when its the truth.

While he WAS here, we where not winning in December?

um weren't we 3-1 last December?

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AP was an undrafted FA. If not for the 'Skins and Gregg Williams, he may have never gotten a shot. He needs to just focus on the future an quit looking back here. Reminds of a scorned chick.

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um weren't we 3-1 last December?

um no we where not, we where 2 - 2 last year

13 Sun, Dec 5 NY Giants W 31-7

14 Sun, Dec 12 Philadelphia L 14-17

15 Sat, Dec 18 at San Francisco W 26-16

16 Sun, Dec 26 at Dallas L 10-13

Overall record while Pierce was here in December was

6 - 10

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Maybe it's actually ANTONIO that can't win in December...wonder if he thought about THAT? :D

With our record our last 10 years, except in '99, I dont think its that :o

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Why can't the guy just take the high road? He is a great player, and he would probably still have a lot of fans here if he didn't run his mouth. Where's the class?

Exactly, he seemed like a classy guy when he was here. We gave him a chance here, undrafted guy, we are the reason hes making good money in NY. Ungrateful, classless, giant

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He stated a FACT. I don't understand why you all go nuts everytime a player talks about how bad the teams were when they were in Washington. They're usually speaking the truth.

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He did make that so called negative statement when the Skins were 6-6 and the Giants were 8-4 before we beat the Cardinals, Cowboys, and Giants and right after they defeated the Cowboys.

So it just sounds to me like he was saying that this is the first time he has been in contention at this point in the season and he is excited. It's too bad he got injured the following week because he was enjoying the competition.

People need to lighten up.

I might agree with you if that entry wasn't followed up with one that stated this was the first time anybody appreciated him. The fans in Washington loved AP last year, and while the front office didn't pay him as much as NY they still made a pretty substantial offer for a guy with one good year on his resume. Sack up, Antonio, its just bidness.

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We dumped our AP so we could go with the better CP.......Antonio is showing us he is not part of the new intellectual players in the NFL......Maybe that is the reason why he is on the Giants?

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LOL at Antonio saying, " When I was with Washington, we were never winning in December."

Funny how things can change so quickly over time.

:gaintsuck

Maybe he wasn't so great after all. He's gone and we are winning in December.

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Hey Antonio, looks like the Giants aren't winning in December with you either........douchebag.

:eaglesuck

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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AP is turning into the 2K5-Brian Mitchell. It's interesting how quickly Brian changed course on the team when he wanted to retire a Redskin. Brian still speaks his mind, but the criticism is now constructive. The bashing has stopped. AP will learn that the team and this team’s heritage is much larger than he and the team will be loved long after his NFL tenure is complete.

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