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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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Brunell will start.(Merged)

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According to what I have read so far in the news Rogers did not practice today and is not expected to play on Sunday.

I read that he practiced but is still listed as questionable. His teammates seem to think he won't play this week.

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There is no "resting" him. We don't have the luxury of the Colts or Seahawks being 13-2 and icing home field. We're fighting for our playoff lives, the Eagles are going to come out fired up to knock us off, we need our absolute best players in there.

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The dropoff from Brunell to Ramsey is not that much, so if there are doubts about Brunell, I would rather we rest him the last game of the season & have him ready for the playoffs. The playing time would help Ramsey tune up, should there be an injury in the playoffs too.

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This is good news!!! But let us all remember that it will take a total team effort to be victorious against Philly. I hope all of REDSKIN NATION is wearing their burgandy and gold this week. No matter where you live. I catch some lip from Carolina Panther fans, yeah i know i live in NC but I'm a REDSKIN fan, and there was a time that in NC, that the Washington Redskins were the team that most people rooted for, it was either root for the REDSKINS or the COWBOYS, i know that when the Panthers came to town alot of people switched over to them, but as for me, NO WAY, and there are still thousands of REDSKIN FANS in the Carolinas and I ask you all to wear to burgandy and gold this week, if any Panther fans asks you why you wear those Redskin colors, respond in kind, it's called LOYALTY. No disrespect toward the Panthers, but the REDSKINS were my first love, then they became my true love, true love never fades!!!! I know I've talked to REDSKIN fans living in Baltimore(Ravens country) or so they say, several REDSKIN fans in that area experienced the same thing i did, Raven fans talking , asking why you wearing that REDSKIN stuff, like all the people in Baltimore are supposed to jump into the Ravens flock, some did, true REDSKIN fans never did or will. But anyway as far as NFL goes in Carolina it's a three way street, lots of Panther fans, lots of REDSKIN fans, lots of cowboys fans, that's the main three, and now it seems Pittsburgh Steelers fans are increasing in numbers, and sort of a heinz mixture of other teams. Redskin fans in Carolina get out and about, wear that burgandy and gold. Keeping flying the flags of loyalty for our team the Washington Redskins!!!!!! :helmet: GO REDSKINS !!!!!!!! BEAT PHILLY!!!!!!!!!!

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS !!!!!!! HAIL VICTORY!!!!!!!! BRAVES ON THE WARPATH FIGHT FOR OLD D.C.!!!!!!!! :wavetowel REDSKIN FAN 4-LIFE

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Isn't it amazing how much can change in less than a year. If you would have posted this in August, 95% of this board would have been ****ing and moaning that we were doomed. Now, 90% are relieved to hear he will probably be starting.

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I'd like to see him in there. Hopefully he'll have enough strength to keep a pop on the ball. Last year he played very poorly when he had a leg injury.

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