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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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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).

Good point. I don't think there will be a cap, but I don't know.

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In the [highlight]depth chart[/highlight], Cooley is listed as our #2 punter and our #3 long snapper.

Did anyone else notice that or am I just a little slow?

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In the [highlight]depth chart[/highlight], Cooley is listed as our #2 punter and our #3 long snapper.

Did anyone else notice that or am I just a little slow?

Thank God you put that in here, because there were really 3-4 threads started about that in the past week.

It is pretty funny to see that though, I'll admit. I'd love to see Cooley boom a punt next game.

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In the [highlight]depth chart[/highlight], Cooley is listed as our #2 punter and our #3 long snapper.

Did anyone else notice that or am I just a little slow?

Yea, haha. There were already a couple of threads on it not too long ago.

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Yea, haha. There were already a couple of threads on it not too long ago.

I have to ask.....um, why the Hansen sig? Does it have anything to do with the Jonas Brothers another member is sporting?

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Thank God you put that in here, because there were really 3-4 threads started about that in the past week.

It is pretty funny to see that though, I'll admit. I'd love to see Cooley boom a punt next game.

Yea, haha. There were already a couple of threads on it not too long ago.

So I am a little slow. :D

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I have to ask.....um, why the Hansen sig? Does it have anything to do with the Jonas Brothers another member is sporting?

That was me with the Jonas Bros sig too.

I'm just a fan of good music is all.

:)

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That was me with the Jonas Bros sig too.

I'm just a fan of good music is all.

:)

I thought it was you, but I wasn't sure. And I'll at least give Hansen and the Jonas brothers credit for playing thier own instrument.

Oh, and the Jonas Brothers like the Redskins, so this is still relevant to football. :D

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It has been reaffirmed after the Madden release that I pretty much can't stand Eagles fans. Not because they signed Vick or anything like that. We had some obnoxious loud mouth bad mouthing our fan base, saying we don't have the culture of football here. I would certainly beg to differ. I know that there are some bandwagon fans, that goes without saying. But there are some of those type of "fans" everywhere not just here. He and his fellow eagles fans were laughing chuckling about the sellouts we have at Fed Ex and tried to knock all our acquisitions. I just said "How many Super Bowl Rings do you all have? Don't count Brian Mitchell's either!" They pretty much didn't have much to say after that.

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Another random question not really worthy of it's own thread, does anybody have a list of the cutdown dates? I'm curious when the rosters have to trimmed down and by how much.

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so if we loose 2 long snappers and a punter will cooley take a direct snap and pnt it?

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That was me with the Jonas Bros sig too.

I'm just a fan of good music is all.

:)

Sigh.

so if we loose 2 long snappers and a punter will cooley take a direct snap and pnt it?

LOL. I doubt it. They'll find someone to snap it.

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I wish I could watch whatever game I want (i.e. Redskins games) no matter where I live without hooking up a satellite dish and paying a hundred or so dollars each season. I mean, I watch the same commercials no matter if I'm watching a streaming video or a "regional" game. I just feel like the NFL are being asshats for no good reason except for $. I love football. I love the Redskins. I just want to watch Redskins games without an hour of looking for the best stream...

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Rank these teams.

Texans

Panthers

Cardinals

Redskins

Packers

Dolphins

Ravens

No.

I love the Redskins too much for that. :/

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should the skins draft an Oline/LB or (gulp) a QB next draft.

Yes to the offensive lineman and no to the QB.

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I want Matt Flynn to be the QB of the future if Campbell doesn't work out.

Also, he had his mechanics worked on (overstriding and a front shoulder that is too high) last year and now those thingys have been fixed, so screw you people who think mechanics don't matter.

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No.

I love the Redskins too much for that. :/

:laugh:

I'll do it!

Redskins

Redskins

Redskins

Redskins

Redskins

Redskins

Drinking the Kool-Aid and a bit hungover....hoorah!!!

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The Lions were 4-0 last preseason before going 0-16 during the regular season.

The Ravens were 1-3 last preseason before going 11-5 and going to the AFC Championship.

The Patriots went 0-4 last preseason before going 11-5 WITHOUT Tom Brady.

I wonder if that means we should take the preseason with a grain of salt?

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I wonder if that means we should take the preseason with a grain of salt?

Always.

I think the Redskins went undefeated in preseason Spurrier's first year. You know how that turned out.

I think they lost all the preseason games in 1991..

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