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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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Finally, a place to blow off some steam about the team.

I will shoot the tv during the next game if the 2nd string oline doesn't give the QBs anytime to properly evaluate their game play. I'm so sick of watching the oline get pushed around

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I liked the play of Robert Hansen(sp), he had good coverage and almost had an easy INT but dropped the ball. HE looked the best out of the back up backers.

I have to disagree. The only reason it appeared to be good coverage is that the ball was tipped and he was in the right spot. He missed a huge opportunity there. Also he didn't do a very good job of wrapping up on his tackles.

He's a rookie so obviously room to grow, but I certainly felt he could have played better.

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Gonna try to keep it positive here. Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas looked good, so that's gotta count for something.

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Its like twitter, but even more random.

I don't mind critical thinking, but I loath crybabies.(that was random)

Don't ever EVER compare ES to twitter. lol.gif

Well, as for thursday's game, the starting OL had good pass protection, and for, that's all the counts as far as the other performances go.

Edited by skinfan13

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I have to disagree. The only reason it appeared to be good coverage is that the ball was tipped and he was in the right spot. He missed a huge opportunity there. Also he didn't do a very good job of wrapping up on his tackles.

He's a rookie so obviously room to grow, but I certainly felt he could have played better.

NOt just good coverage on that play, but there two other completions on him where he actually was close and made quick tackles. I give him the benefit of being a rookie, but he was close to making several plays in his first real action. That's all, no parade, no man love, just someone to watch for.

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I can't believe im saying this. But the Redskins probably need to consider updating their uniforms. Especially the pants. Pretty bland. I know that goes against tradition and all. But other teams, like the Giants, have done it. Per the Just For Men commercial: "Its time".

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Tragically, hopes of rebuilding the database were severely crushed when it was learned the original data files were apparently accidentally over-written and lost forever. However, quite interestingly, a site called www.redskinsdb.com surfaced in 2006, providing very similar data searches. What is interesting is the screens are almost exactly like the old extremeskins.com database screens, and the searches and results are, again, almost exactly the same. Since these screens were designed from scratch by Blade, it is obvious that whoever runs this site stole the script for the search routines and data from extremeskins.com prior to the merger. The original owners of extremeskins considered a law suit, but decided legal action was not worthwhile.

Ironically, in the end, the theft is a good thing. That's because the database, the owner of which is almost certainly an ExtremeSkins member and may have even read this post, now lives on.

www.redskinsdb.com

www.redskinsdb.com/players.asp

Edited by Mark The Homer

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I have officially backed away from the cliff and realized that the game wasn't that BAD. I mean zero points is what it is, but the game still showed us what we needed to improve upon. The one positive I didn't hit on was NO major injuries, which is always something to cheer. Our starters will get more playing time in the coming weeks. I think Zorn has realized that you can't be scared to play your starters. Injuries will occur whether they're in games or practices. And as far as evaluating talent, I think if you draft and/or sign a guy, and he doesn't work out in practice, cut him. All in all, I still think we're going to have a good season. Just call it a hunch. :D

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I can't believe im saying this. But the Redskins probably need to consider updating their uniforms. Especially the pants. Pretty bland. I know that goes against tradition and all. But other teams, like the Giants, have done it. Per the Just For Men commercial: "Its time".

I'm with you. It's truly time for a change of pace in uniforms. Maybe try some throwbacks or something.

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I'm with you. It's truly time for a change of pace in uniforms. Maybe try some throwbacks or something.
we should just make the 70th anniversary uniforms our home unis and develop a similar uniform for the road.

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Then look for ticket prices to go up at least ten percent....

Good! I watch on TV!:hysterical:

Edited by polywog999

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I rewatched the game today..... The first teamers didnt look too bad...

The offense moved the ball a little with a passing game that was missing Moss, Thomas, portis... No one fears Betts(Bettis)...Jasons throw to Hagans would have gave us a 1st down if not a little high, but he was throwing in traffic... Still had more time in the packet than we are used to seeing!

Defense: Take out the fact that Tryon was beat like a drum and that 1 play where Rice burnt Fletcher, they looked pretty solid, and that was without Haynesworth and Rogers...

Finally, Its preseason! Manning got put on his back, the lions won, Cutler threw interceptions... Orton looked Horrible.... Dallas got spanked by the Raiders!

I feel better......

It doesnt help that our first 3 preseason games are against really good teams and the 4th isn't no slouch neither.......

We will be ready for the Giants in week one, question is, will they be ready for us....

Edited by HailSkins83

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We will be ready for the Giants in week one, question is, will they be ready for us....

I really believe we can come out and shock them (I did say that last year :D). I just want to see our first team offense get much more time together in these next 3 games. Every other game I'm watching and the teams are doing just that.

On a side note, I can't wait for the Dolphins game Monday night so I can show off my Orakpo jersey in my kickass seats and get it all over TV down here :laugh:

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I really believe we can come out and shock them (I did say that last year :D). I just want to see our first team offense get much more time together in these next 3 games. Every other game I'm watching and the teams are doing just that.

On a side note, I can't wait for the Dolphins game Monday night so I can show off my Orakpo jersey in my kickass seats and get it all over TV down here :laugh:

We were completely overwhelmed in every aspect last year the first time we played the Giants.

Actually, we were overwhelmed both times! Why didn't we learn the lessons from week one last year?

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We are going to crush the Giants. Write this day down and throw it in my face if we lose (I will vehemently deny it of course)!

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Does anybody know how negotiations for the new CBA are going? I know the Redskins have 2-3 guys next year up for new contracts (Campbell, Rogers, and Rocky are for sure, I think there's another guy I'm forgetting), and they're probably hesitant to get deals done until they know what the cap will be in the forseeable future (if there is one, and I fully believe there will be one).

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