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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 didn't know the Skins made the playoffs

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Actually, doozinbrah, if you had not posted an apology, riggo44miami would have saved you. You could just have claimed you were setting him up to help finish that scene.

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Man you can tell the loser mentality we as skins fans have adopted over the years, and rightlfully so. All of this,"Lets not forget about the eagles....we haven't done anything yet...blah blah blah." I for one will expect the skins to dominate and win the game. Of course you respect the Eagles and any NFL team because in this NFL anyone can lose on any given Sunday. However it's the last game, we need it or we're out and I expect the better team to win.

I hope you guys begin to expect your team to win every game with confidence and assurance. It's not about overlooking the Eagles but believing in the team for once w/o apprehension.

GO SKINS........:point2sky

I think you make a very valid point, however I hate seeing the "Super Bowl here we come threads" etc etc etc. WE havent dont anything yet, If I can summarize it best, I am not setting my self up for the disappointment which I have learned to expect over the past several years, now dont get me wrong. If I can put it how I feel about this game I am very nervously pumped up, taking one game at a time.

The skins are on fire right now, and they are on fire at the right time, I know we can beat the Eagles however we are on the road and the Eagles are going to come out fired up.

I think what the Eagles fan is trying to say, which I do agree with is, we havent made the playoffs yet and until we have, we no reason to celebrate. Its kind of like NFLshop.com selling "Giants NFC East Champs" shirts and hats and they havent even won the championship yet.

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I dont know what all the fuss is about. We havnt been in this situation for a long time. who cares if some want to talk SB. what does it hurt. as long as the players dont. Weve won 4 in a row, and have the capibility to win 5 more.

I agree one at a time is what it will take, but it doesnt hurt to talk about the possibilities here. I get sick and tired of sum of you saying "we need to focus on Eagles alone", like we're the players or something. Our Redskins Team needs to focus on the Eagles alone. But as Fans, if we want to talk playoffs, DEAL WITH IT!!!!!!

AFTER All we have been in the playoffs for 4 wks now.

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He's right. We have to focus on this Sunday. It's very important that we, the bulletin board posters and readers, don't look past this week's opponents. After all, we play the games.

Oh, wait. That's not right. The Redskins play the games. It doesn't matter jack squat what we post in here. I think that point is lost on a lot of people.

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I guess instead of Saying "Come on Skins, its our year. Lets go all the way!!!!!

We should just keep it to ourselves and keep posting our "Im so Worried about the EAgles game" posts. What good does that do. Confidence is what WINS,

not being scared little punks.(Like cowboys receivers) I agree if we dont win this Sun, it wont matter. But our posts isnt going to win the game on the field.

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I think you make a very valid point, however I hate seeing the "Super Bowl here we come threads" etc etc etc. WE havent dont anything yet, If I can summarize it best, I am not setting my self up for the disappointment which I have learned to expect over the past several years, now dont get me wrong. If I can put it how I feel about this game I am very nervously pumped up, taking one game at a time.

The skins are on fire right now, and they are on fire at the right time, I know we can beat the Eagles however we are on the road and the Eagles are going to come out fired up.

I think what the Eagles fan is trying to say, which I do agree with is, we havent made the playoffs yet and until we have, we no reason to celebrate. Its kind of like NFLshop.com selling "Giants NFC East Champs" shirts and hats and they havent even won the championship yet.

Prior to Coach Dungy's son passing away, I'm sure the Colt's fans were saying "when we get to the Playoffs we need to get homefield adavantage," or something like that. I know we aren't to that level just yet but I belive we are headed in the right direction. We as fans understand the close game and the should've, could've, would've we all re-play in our minds after the last 4 dismal seasons. I think its okay to look towards the future of the post season and wonder, while thinking about the friggles.

Regardless I will be watching the entire game just as nervous as usual as if I'm actually on the field w/ those guys.

Go skins:eaglesuck

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Prior to Coach Dungy's son passing away, I'm sure the Colt's fans were saying "when we get to the Playoffs we need to get homefield adavantage," or something like that. I know we aren't to that level just yet but I belive we are headed in the right direction. We as fans understand the close game and the should've, could've, would've we all re-play in our minds after the last 4 dismal seasons. I think its okay to look towards the future of the post season and wonder, while thinking about the friggles.

Regardless I will be watching the entire game just as nervous as usual as if I'm actually on the field w/ those guys.

Go skins:eaglesuck

Thats what Ive been saying. I dont think saying "lets go all the way, is forgeting about the eagles at all."

Lets Go SKins, Win on Sunday

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let alone the SB

this board act as if everything is still finished

people your team has a game to play on Sunday

if this team does not make the playoffs

you can forget about Moss stats and everything else

funny how almost every thread is full of "if we win", "must beat the eagles" etc.... the few threads (hardly "the board") where poster proclaim we're in, are soon shot down by many, pointing out the obvious. Your basic premise it false, and pointless.

This thread is just a sad simple attempt to stir up the board, and getting people to argue with in the ranks.

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