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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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I'm so glad I bought this guys jersey.

I'd say it's adjusting to the ball, but he does all of those things so well, its really hard to say...

One thing thats not on the poll is that the guy is clutch. I'd like to see how many 3rd downs he's come up with this year. He carried us in the seattle game on some crucial drives, and the MNF game goes without saying. I haven't seen him drop a pass this year (thank christ i was out of town for the first giants game) but he has routinely come up with big catches. He has a knack for the moment.

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It's all of those things..he does them well..but what stands out to me is his ability to adjust to the ball when its in the air and make a play on it.

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To think...this is only his first season in a Redskin uni...imagine how good he's gonna be next year. We probably need another decent #2. But i dont think 1600 yards is out of the question.

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Personally, I think his ability to adjust to the ball in the air is his greatest ability. With that, he puts himself in a much better position to catch a ball then normal.

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His route running is on point. That should be an option. Running precise routes gives him the ability to do all these options. It's also probably the thing he most prides himself on. I read some interview back in the day where he practiced his route running as a kid.

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I have been really suprised by his YAC. He seems to break tackles and juke players out of their socks. I thought he would be more of a pure speed threat, a la Peerless Price. But he has been much more than that.

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i picked abilty to change direction, but that's only because i firmly believe that his route running ability is about as good as you can ask, i mean, it's that good because of his speed and ability to change direction, but he has all the keys.

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Speed. It's his speed that creates his runs after the catch and his speed that lets him changes directions so quickly. Hands come second. He hasn't droppped many passes this season. He's also very good at catching the ball around the sidelines and dragging those million dollar feet.

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I'm w/ Shiraz (and the ppl who agreed) ... tho I don't know if a 17-year old should have that name ;)

I love the way he comes back to the ball ... he runs the routes well, but he does a great job of getting himself in a position to make the grab without needing to muscle out the DB (which may or may not be a problem) ...

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His route running is on point. That should be an option. Running precise routes gives him the ability to do all these options. It's also probably the thing he most prides himself on. I read some interview back in the day where he practiced his route running as a kid.

His ability to separate from the defender while running his route is a major plus. :cool:

Personally, I think his ability to adjust to the ball in the air is his greatest ability. With that, he puts himself in a much better position to catch a ball then normal.

His ability to change direction in mid-air is amazing :cool:

I have been really suprised by his YAC. He seems to break tackles and juke players out of their socks. I thought he would be more of a pure speed threat, a la Peerless Price. But he has been much more than that.

He runs the WR screen very well. He scored six against the gnats last Saturday on that play.

I like the way JG is moving him around now. He goes in motion a lot more;

so the safety will not be able to double him as they did when he stayed split out to one side. This gives him a lot more one on ones :cool:

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It was a tough decision, but I went with his "ability to change direction on the fly"

I've never seen someone do it as well as him, he is just the quickest, most agile guy on the team, maybe in the NFL.

He reminds me of Allen Iverson, because he is so small, yet he can still dominate.

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