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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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Maybe its because he's such a big-time jerk that the Redskins low-balled him and let him shop around rather than throw a bunch of money at him? Maybe they could see that he was a bitter prick and they decided they'd be better off without him in the locker room?

hell yeah get mad

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This is the first year, in my 6 yrs that I will have the same coaching staff coming back.

That would have happened last year if you had stayed with Washington, Antonio. :rolleyes:

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He doesn't need a spell-checker. He's just speaking in Olde English... :paranoid:

That's not even Old English. "Thee" in Old English was for the pronoun "me." Not only can AP not spell, but he can't even use proper third grade grammar. Just look at all of the mistakes in his post.:doh:

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There no message about waving towels for thier playoff game! He see's all the improvements we are making and is wishing he was going along for the ride. Besides for bring in 500 DB's the only change the Aints are going to make is to maybe bring in LA. I hope they give LA more money. That way Pierce can feel right at home covering LA's big can.

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He can kiss our burgondy and gold ass, i'm glad we never payed that joke a penny of what he wanted, he wanted more than marcus washington, he couldn't hold marcus washington's jock strap on his best day.

:gaintsuck

I think Marcus asked him to hold it once. Pierce decided not to because he wasnt getting 20 mil for it. Then he went and cried, talking smack the whole way home to NY.

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

:eaglesuck

couldnt have said it better myself

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antonio wasn't playing in december, remember he and all the other LB's got injured.
Yeah, thanks to the G-Men having no defensive tackles to protect him....

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i sent him an email

AP,

I love how you act like you were never loved here in Washington. I was at your last game as a Redskin against the Vikings and got the chance to meet you after the game. I heard all kinds of guys giving you mad love, I was one of them. Telling you to "Get a deal done, we want you back man." Yeah you didnt get love the whole time you were here but we didnt know you because you were a product of Greg Williams, he brought out your best. Now your back with your boy LaVar, and im glad the two of you are gone, now the gnats can deal with him crying. We have Lamar Marshall now, and are much better with him here and you and LaVar gone.

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I don't see anything offensive in that.

When he was with the Skins' date=' they were never playing for anything in December.[/quote'] Ditto

Some of you guys are a little touchy.

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i love how this guy was nothing no-one heard about him and g.will took a chance and he did well with us, he wouldnt been anywhere if it wasnt for williams finding him basically off the streets, he should be thankful that he was given a chance from us period

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Yeah, thanks to the G-Men having no defensive tackles to protect him....

Clancy was good at DT, its gonna be tough to replace him. The rest of the guys though yeah i pretty much agree with you.

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I really enjoyed the season Pierce had two years ago. But now thats all just a memory. The great years he could have had in Washington. But no, he had to go the the tiniest team of all. the dwarves.

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