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      VICTORY!!!
       
      Redskins 20 - 15 Cardinals
       
      Sorry folks, just made it. Plus, all of our photogs are injured.
       
      It must be the end of a bad season with no hope of playoffs.
       
      But I am here, JimmiJo, to bring you all the action.
       
      Here are my thoughts in a nutshell, bottom-line sort of way: win today or coaches could become at risk. 
       
      This is where you see who is who and who will be here next year.
       
      Follow along on Twitter @Skinscast.
       
      Inactives 
       
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 19 WR Robert Davis
      o   No. 35 S Montae Nicholson
      o   No. 53 LB Zach Brown
      o   No. 67 G Kyle Kalis
      o   No. 71 T Trent Williams
      o   No. 73 C Demetrius Rhaney
      o   No. 97 DL Terrell McClain
       
      Half
       
      Prototypical game for Washington. Jump out to early start, then the offense starts to fade. The bad news with this is Arizona has stuck with the run game and it is starting to pay dividends for them. 
       
      Thanks to a fumble by Vernon Davis and a good defensive stand by the Redskins; the Cardinals were able to muster a field goal to pull within 5.

      Head coach Jay was visibly upset on that last drive and one wonders if he is not going to be lighting this team up in the locker room.
       
      The Redskins get the ball to start the half. 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      JimmiJo
       
      Make no mistake. A win is a win is a win.
       
      But let’s not kid ourselves; any competent quarterback for Arizona and this was likely a loss. Heck, if the tight end holds the ball at the 1-yard line at the end it is likely a loss.
       
      The Washington Redskins got one they had to have. It meant nothing in the overall; there are no postseason aspirations, and this game likely had no spoiler-implications.
       
      But for the Redskins it was about pride and identity. It was also about people’s jobs.
       
      If a football team cannot get up for a much-needed win against a bad team in front of their home crowd; the problems are about more than injuries and dumb-luck. Such a loss would have been an indictment of the coaching staff. Specifically the head coach.
       
      Attitude is a reflection of leadership, as the saying goes. And lately this team has not been showing up.
       
      That’s on the man in charge.
       
      A loss today and ownership could be starting to consider a change at skipper. At a minimum he is wondering who else is out there.
       
      The good news is the team responded and found a way to win. They had help.
       
      Blaine Gabbert finished the day 16-of-41 for 181 for quarterback rating of 52.9. Worse were those moments when he decided to have poor accuracy. His red zone effectiveness was atrocious.
       
      Then there were the dropped balls from the receivers. If the Cardinals tight end catches the ball at the 1-yard line we are having a different conversation.
       
      The Redskins on the other hand didn’t fare much better. They posted just 218 total net yards of offense, and a paltry 31-yards rushing.
       
      The offense benefitted from an opening drive sack-fumble by their defense. Two plays later, Kirk connected with Jamison Crowder for the easy touchdown.
       
      Two drives later the Redskins would again draw blood when Cousins hooked up with Kapri Bibbs fir a 36-yard touchdown.
      But after this the offense went flat. They managed only 15-total plays in the first half. And early in the 2nd half had only amassed 5-yards rushing.
       
      The turnover the start the second half deflated the team and stadium.  Washington would manage to add another two field goals, and it turned out to be  just enough to get the win.
       
      Cousins was by far the best player on offense finishing 18/26 for 196-yards, 2-touchdowns and a QB-rating of 149.07.
      Crowder led all receivers with 5-catches for 55-yards and a TD. Next came Bibbs, with 4-receptions for 47-yards and a touchdown.
       
      Defensively, Washington brought pressure that made a difference at times. Preston Smith had a banner-day; finishing the game with a sack, fumble recovery, and interception. Anthony Lanier had two batted balls and a forced fumble. Kendall Fuller led all tacklers with 6-solo and 2-assists.
       
      The Redskins did just enough to get a win at home. It means they can still to avoid a losing season which would paint a much different picture on the season.
       
      From here on out it’s about who wants to be here next year. Washington has one more home game against the Denver Broncos, who feature a touch defensive group. They will then travel to New York for the final game of the year.
       
      It’s all about character now.
       
       

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Second Giants Game Last Year

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I don't know about you all, but I had such a feeling of impending doom last year before that game.

I just knew, deep down in my bones that this team would not win. Going to Meadownlands, playing the Giants, the second of four Win or Go Home games. They proved me sooooo wrong, but again, I kind feel like that now. I just don't see the Skins matching the Ravens intensity and propensity for the big play.

I'm seeing a low scoring affair that will be blown wide open by a Samari Rolle INT return type of play a few years ago or the crazy Mack Strong 30 yard run in the playoffs in 2005 that broke our backs.

I tried finding some threads from right before that Giants game, how can I do that? The game was Dec 16.

I know crappy thread :doh:, I'm usually more optimistic about our team, but damn its hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

:logo:

Anyways, anybody else just got a dreadful feeling that the skins really got no chance? I'm not as afraid of the Ravens as I am the Skins beating themselves by leaving stuff on the table in the way of big plays and stupid mistakes.

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unfortunately, I feel the same way. Even this homer has had his confidence broken. I am starving for a fried-crow sandwich though.

Win or lose, blowout or grind-out ... I'll be there cheering my ***** off.

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Yea that was the exact way I felt for that Giants game.

I dont see how anyone can be super confident about beating the Ravens in Baltimore this weekend but like Dick Edds Ill be cheering my ass off. Although I just cant see us losing to a rookie QB. HAIL!!!!

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my inner-homer is hurting man. I just cna't dig up a reason to feel optimistic.

Thinking about last years giants game won't even work because before going into that game this team was at least scoring 20+ poitns a game or pretty damn close to it. Plus we were coming off a super emotional win against the Bears ...

man, this is a depressing thread huh?

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I mean...at least we had a win going into that game. This team is just looking for hope right now. I see no confidence from anyone....and at the end of the day...Bmore has one of the best defenses this past decade

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I felt the same way last year and was pleasantly surprised. However, going into that game last year we did something that changed the course of the team by putting in a QB who allowed us to open up the offense a bit more. Obviously I'm not saying Collins is a better QB than Campbell, but he was a better fit at that particular time and it sparked us. There's really nothing we can do now that can positively change our situation, so it's looking like it could be more of the same.

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I felt the same way last year and was pleasantly surprised. However, going into that game last year we did something that changed the course of the team by putting in a QB who allowed us to open up the offense a bit more. Obviously I'm not saying Collins is a better QB than Campbell, but he was a better fit at that particular time and it sparked us. There's really nothing we can do now that can positively change our situation, so it's looking like it could be more of the same.

Yeah, I'm a big JC fan, but there is no denying the offense did show more life under TC.

Hell, maybe we can pull this out.

But, for the first time this season I feel rotten about going into a game. Didn't feel like this even in the first Dallas game this year.

Man, I feel like I'm walking the green mile here.

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Oh yee of little faith.

Then again I'm the kind of guy who two games into the 2006 season was still hoping for 14-2.

:silly:

i know, i know.

i just think bout sunday and I think, How in the F are we gonna pull this out?

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Heading into that game, I was completely convinced that my man TC would continue to do his best impression of Peyton Manning and that our defense would continue to play way above its pottential. Save for a bit of early trouble with the wind, they proved me right and I didn't look back.

A year later, I'm just taking the games as they come with no expectations. That attitude has served me well all year. We have another new system and we are struggling so Campbell probably won't be like Todd Collins running the unrestricted Saunders offense. That said, I still think we can win out. if we don't well, there's something about Zorn that makes me just shrug off any early struggles with confidence that it all works out long term.

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