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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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An Annoying habit of Portis....

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Look I love Portis...he's awsome but the guy is a pro running back and he doesn't put the football in the proper hand when he is running. The other day on his touchdown run he was running left but carrying the ball with his right arm, his inside arm...! NO! NO! NO! put that ball in the outside arm..keep it away from the defense...that is just basics....jeez..

GO Skins!

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yeah, but emmitt smith never carried the ball in his right hand, and corey dillon carries it in the left every time as well.

also, riggo (and other older backs ie walter payton) used to carry the ball in the palm of their hand sometimes.

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geez got anything else to complain about.

He hasn't fumbled except twice (in only one game) all this year... it works for him. relax

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yeah, but emmitt smith never carried the ball in his right hand, and corey dillon carries it in the left every time as well.

also, riggo (and other older backs ie walter payton) used to carry the ball in the palm of their hand sometimes.

Corry dillon = overrated

Emmit Smith = Massively overrated

WALTER PAYTON = The greatest running back of all time so I'll only reply to this example. Yes Payton used to carry the ball in his palm however, Payton only did that in the open field and he only did that with the correct arm and further more whenever anyone came near him he would either tuck it away or he was out of bounds so it didn't matter

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Corry dillon = overrated

Emmit Smith = Massively overrated

WALTER PAYTON = The greatest running back of all time so I'll only reply to this example. Yes Payton used to carry the ball in his palm however, Payton only did that in the open field and he only did that with the correct arm and further more whenever anyone came near him he would either tuck it away or he was out of bounds so it didn't matter

i'm really not sure how you can call emmitt smith massively overrated, even under homerish circumstances.

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i'm really not sure how you can call emmitt smith massively overrated, even under homerish circumstances.

Well let me explain it to you....

People, many people call Emmit Smith the best running back of all time...since I can think of at least three off the top of my head who were better (Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Jim Brown) I would call that massivally overrated...I never said he wasn't good, in fact he is one of the better backs to play this game. But if you think you can compare ES to WP in any area but total career yardage....then you sir are a MORON.

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Corry dillon = overrated

Emmit Smith = Massively overrated

WALTER PAYTON = The greatest running back of all time so I'll only reply to this example. Yes Payton used to carry the ball in his palm however, Payton only did that in the open field and he only did that with the correct arm and further more whenever anyone came near him he would either tuck it away or he was out of bounds so it didn't matter

yeah, but emmitt didnt fumble. In 18,355 carries, he only fumbled 38 times (he only lost 22 of them). whether or not he's overrated is irrelevent, because he always carried the ball in one hand and he fumbled the ball less than 1% of the time.

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yeah, but emmitt didnt fumble. In 18,355 carries, he only fumbled 38 times (he only lost 22 of them). whether or not he's overrated is irrelevent, because he always carried the ball in one hand and he fumbled the ball less than 1% of the time.

What percentage has Portis fumbled ? until he carries the football 18,000 times with a less than 1% fumble rate.....I'd tell him to put the football in the right arm.

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What percentage has Portis fumbled ? until he carries the football 18,000 times with a less than 1% fumble rate.....I'd tell him to put the football in the right arm.

i just checked the stats and in 5,818 carries clinton portis has lost 10 of 16 fumbles which is ALSO less than 1% of the time.

:eaglesuck

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yeah, but emmitt didnt fumble. In 18,355 carries, he only fumbled 38 times (he only lost 22 of them). whether or not he's overrated is irrelevent, because he always carried the ball in one hand and he fumbled the ball less than 1% of the time.

He had 18,355 Carries? :yikes:

What was his average yards/carry ? according to you even if he had a 2y/carry average he would have well over 35,000 yards in his career :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

If that were the case I'd take back my analysis of him as massivally overrated even if he still was a poor pass blocker, didn't have very good hands and played with one of the best o lines in football history.

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i just checked the stats and in 5,818 carries clinton portis has lost 10 of 16 fumbles which is ALSO less than 1% of the time.

:eaglesuck

There is no way portis has carried the ball 5,818 times.....are we counting his peewee football league team too....and his highschool team, and college? think people....! think!... what is Portis's average per carry? if it's anything higher than 2 than that means Portis must have at leaste 11,000 yards in 4 years of football....:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::doh::doh::doh::doh::doh:

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hahaha, crap, fox, i mixed up my numbers (i typed in yards instead of carries). that was bad. But they are both under 1% in terms of fumbles

Portis: 1,231 carries and 10 lost fumbles is .8% fumbles

Smith: 4,409 carries and 22 lost fumbles is .4% fumbles

:eaglesuck

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hahaha, crap, fox, i mixed up my numbers (i typed in yards instead of carries). that was bad. But they are both under 1% in terms of fumbles

Portis: 1,231 carries and 10 lost fumbles is .8% fumbles

Smith: 4,409 carries and 22 lost fumbles is .4% fumbles

:eaglesuck

O.K. fair enough....at least you can admit u were wrong, unlike some DALLAS Trolls....or some Giants Trolls both of whom don't even have the balls to show back up here and admit they are ass licking hind-tit-suckin crybabies.:):):):)

back to my point ....When Portis has carried the ball 4,000 times and still is under 1% I'll say o.k. forget the fundementals...do it your way....it's working.....Until that time Put the Ball in the correct arm!

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portis still fumbles less than 1 percent of the time. so i wasn't wrong. I was actually correct. And other guys (Smith and Dillon) who always carried the ball in one hand also have fumbled less than 1 percent of the time, so i think Portis should keep on doing what he's doing. he's only lost two fumbles this year, and they were both in the Oakland game.

Only one player in NFL history has ever carried the ball 4000 or more times, and it's only "ok" if portis keeps this up after 4000 carries!? Please.

Portis holds on to the ball pretty damn well. Keep it up, Clinton

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i'm really not sure how you can call emmitt smith massively overrated, even under homerish circumstances.

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Look I love Portis...he's awsome but the guy is a pro running back and he doesn't put the football in the proper hand when he is running. The other day on his touchdown run he was running left but carrying the ball with his right arm, his inside arm...! NO! NO! NO! put that ball in the outside arm..keep it away from the defense...that is just basics....jeez..

GO Skins!

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

We are on the verge of making the playoffs. He has been a very big part in getting us there.

He can carry the ball between his teeth if he wants!!

:laugh:

Blondie

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Look I love Portis...he's awsome but the guy is a pro running back and he doesn't put the football in the proper hand when he is running. The other day on his touchdown run he was running left but carrying the ball with his right arm, his inside arm...! NO! NO! NO! put that ball in the outside arm..keep it away from the defense...that is just basics....jeez..

GO Skins!

Portis is one of the more surehanded backs in the league. There have been runs when I've thought, switch hands Clinton, but that wasn't one of them. He knew he had to run fast to outrun the defenders, and switching hands might have slowed him down.

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I guess some of you just don't understand how to play football...

It is a basic fundamental. when a running back first is handed the football he recieves it with both arms. the interrior arm (the one on the side of the Quaterback) goes up to supply the QB a pocket in which to put the football, while the exterior arm (the one on the opposite side of the QB) is down. in the initial running back pocket the points of the ball (the most vunerable parts ) are protected by both the hands and the elbows on each side until in the open field when the back can (for speed purposes) shift the ball to one arm, the outside arm....the arm closest to the sidelines to protect the ball from the inside out tackling angles of the defense!

It amazes me how many of you want to argue with one of the basics of the game. there are almost no situations where this proper handling of the football should not be done.

Maybe its because so many of you are blinded by your love for this team that you just can't hear anything that criticizes any aspect of this team. you think that you are defending my Redskins. But by your soft bigtory of low expectations you are really doing my skins a disservice.

I want Clinton Portis to put the ball in the proper arm because I believe he can be one of the best to ever play this game! I want to see him do this properly because I believe in the fundamentals and I think that in order to be one of the best you have to do all the little things correctly. Yes to some of you this may seem like a little thing but I have high expectations for players with high skills like Portis. oh and by the way YOU SHOULD TOO!

For those of you who don't see this logic and want to throw stats out there to try to disprove the simple basics of the game of football. I guess the grass will always be blue and the sky will always be green... A great man once said, "there are lies...there are damn lies...and then there are statistics."

For those of you who believe that the grass is green...I welcome your points about this post, for there are many to make. and look foward to our conversations. Morons need not apply. ;)

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I guess some of you just don't understand how to play football...

It is a basic fundamental. when a running back first is handed the football he recieves it with both arms. the interrior arm (the one on the side of the Quaterback) goes up to supply the QB a pocket in which to put the football, while the exterior arm (the one on the opposite side of the QB) is down. in the initial running back pocket the points of the ball (the most vunerable parts ) are protected by both the hands and the elbows on each side until in the open field when the back can (for speed purposes) shift the ball to one arm, the outside arm....the arm closest to the sidelines to protect the ball from the inside out tackling angles of the defense!

It amazes me how many of you want to argue with one of the basics of the game. there are almost no situations where this proper handling of the football should not be done.

Maybe its because so many of you are blinded by your love for this team that you just can't hear anything that criticizes any aspect of this team. you think that you are defending my Redskins. But by your soft bigtory of low expectations you are really doing my skins a disservice.

I want Clinton Portis to put the ball in the proper arm because I believe he can be one of the best to ever play this game! I want to see him do this properly because I believe in the fundamentals and I think that in order to be one of the best you have to do all the little things correctly. Yes to some of you this may seem like a little thing but I have high expectations for players with high skills like Portis. oh and by the way YOU SHOULD TOO!

For those of you who don't see this logic and want to throw stats out there to try to disprove the simple basics of the game of football. I guess the grass will always be blue and the sky will always be green... A great man once said, "there are lies...there are damn lies...and then there are statistics."

For those of you who believe that the grass is green...I welcome your points about this post, for there are many to make. and look foward to our conversations. Morons need not apply. ;)

I think most people KNOW how to play football. You are not special in that category. I am well aware a player keeps the ball in the hand away from the defender.

MY point was if Joe Gibbs is not sitting CP's butt on the bench for the way he carries the ball, then who are you or who am I or who are we to tell him how to do it.

Blondie

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