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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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Is Andy Reid throwing in the towel already? (Wash. Times article)

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I'm sure Andy didnt mean that seriously and actually I think it was kind of clever of him. It could get the Skins feeling a little full of themselves or the Eagles feeling disrespected...Please lets just win this one! I cant wait for Sunday!!

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I seen Brian Dawkins on an interview 2 days ago and he didnt even say nothing about the game. He was focused on there injuries, next year when they get healthy, and had a handfull of team mates who should go, which is bad news for any team. No he didnt name them but I think I might know who one of them is lol.

Who?

T.O.?

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My friend, you are not alone at all!!!

Nope...not at all...when I wake up on Monday and the Redskins are 10-6, then AND ONLY THEN will I think about the Super Bowl! :eaglesuck

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I'm a Skins fan.

That means when anything good is seemingly on the horizon, I'm pretty cautious about it.

I don't care if their whole team is second stringers....ANY GIVEN SUNDAY.

When we are winning, and the 4th Quarter Clock ticks to 0, then I'll celebrate our first winning record and playoff birth in almost 6 years.

When the clock reads 4th Quarter 0:00 with Washington in the lead Sunday...

That's the Washington New Year

:eaglesuck

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theres an excerpt of what he says.

:eaglesuck

yea, but he is playing possum, although they would only hurt their draft status by beating us.

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yea, but he is playing possum, although they would only hurt their draft status by beating us.

thats why the question that comes to mind is, "should the eagles beat us, and hurt their draft chances? or should they lay-down or not play as tough against us, to strengthen them?"

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My friend, you are not alone at all!!!

waiting till sunday is HORRIBLE! I can't wait to see this game I'm tired of all the suspense and talk about distractions and everything. I just want to see the game and watch the skins' battle it out till the end and we know the best team will come out on top. I can't wait.

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So many distractions. This week will be a big test of Gibbs' ability to keep his team focused.

That's probably the least of my worries, and not because it would be difficult to keep focused but because gibbs is probably the best coach in the NFL at doing this and I don't think that will be any problem for the skins...but it will be another tough nfc east battle

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Never Trust Reid !! :eaglesuck :eaglesuck :eaglesuck :eaglesuck

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You can bet the Eagles will come out with fire in their eyes. They'd like nothing better than to knock us out of the playoffs and end on a positive note. Anyone who is taking this game lightly better wake up. It is NOT a given that we win. On paper, yes, we probably should win but the game will not be played on paper. The winner will be the one that shows up to play and earns it.

I think if we get them down early and have a nice lead going into the 2nd half they may start giving up and going through the motions. However, we first have to get to that point. It could well be a dog fight and I'm sure the beginning will be unless we execute and play well like the last 2 games.

I'm sure the coaching staff is telling the players that this is a playoff game.

MC

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Nope...not at all...when I wake up on Monday and the Redskins are 10-6, then AND ONLY THEN will I think about the Super Bowl! :eaglesuck

I like the way you think :applause:

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Nope...not at all...when I wake up on Monday and the Redskins are 10-6, then AND ONLY THEN will I think about the Super Bowl! :eaglesuck

agreed!!!!!!!!!!!

:notworthy

HTTR!!!!

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Nope...not at all...when I wake up on Monday and the Redskins are 10-6, then AND ONLY THEN will I think about the Super Bowl! :eaglesuck

Ill start thinking about the superbowl if we win the NFC Championship.

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This is great! That quote isn't even at the Eagles message board. I just posted it like I was all concerned about Coach Reid giving up......this should be a ten pager in no time! :laugh:

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thats why the question that comes to mind is, "should the eagles beat us, and hurt their draft chances? or should they lay-down or not play as tough against us, to strengthen them?"

If we win, we probably get the 13th pick.....if we lose, we get 14, no matter what. Not too big of a deal so don't get your hopes up for the Eagles to play lax for the draft pick.

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If we win, we probably get the 13th pick.....if we lose, we get 14, no matter what. Not too big of a deal so don't get your hopes up for the Eagles to play lax for the draft pick.

I don't expect them to play lax at all.

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If you listen to enough of Andy Reid's press conferences, you could imagine his tone of voice when he said it.

Low key. All business. Like when he says "Times yours" after the injury report.

He's not going to add fuel to any potential fire.

Matt Mckoy will be starting, I believe. He has something to prove. Dawkins always is a force. Trotter always plays strong. I actually thought he would be on IR by now with his knees. He surprised me.

I don't think the Eagles will play easy, I just don't think they have any chance at winning. :eaglesuck

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