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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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The Fun Bunch @ Super Bowl XVII

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If you were old enough to appreciate all of GIbbs' teams, I think the one that was probably the most enjoyable was 1983. We lost the SB, but it was the only time we entered a season as NFL champs and dominated the next year. There was more talent than credited, the personalities were awesome, and it was just a great time to be a Skins fan. HTTR

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That loss to the Raiders still haunts. In my opinion, that team may have been the best of all the Gibbs teams, but they just couldn't finish it off that year. Unfortunately, they took the Silver 'n Black too lightly and it bit them in the a**. That picture of the Fun Bunch brings back some great memories of the first Super Bowl win.

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That loss to the Raiders still haunts. In my opinion, that team may have been the best of all the Gibbs teams, but they just couldn't finish it off that year. Unfortunately, they took the Silver 'n Black too lightly and it bit them in the a**. That picture of the Fun Bunch brings back some great memories of the first Super Bowl win.

Agreed on all counts - that 83 team is still my favourite even though they fell at the last hurdle. They were much more talented than the 87 team for example which beat Denver in the Super Bowl in 87.

I remember the game at RFK against the Raiders in the regular season when we went out to an early lead them fell behind and came back behind Joey T's arm winning on a late TD toss to Joe Washington. That was a great game.

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I'm glad we won our first SB at the Rose Bowl. The RB is sacred ground in football lore, much more so than the other three SB venues we played in, esp the Metrodome. The golden sunlight on the unis and that plush green grass was pretty to see on film and tv.

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Agreed on all counts - that 83 team is still my favourite even though they fell at the last hurdle. They were much more talented than the 87 team for example which beat Denver in the Super Bowl in 87.

I remember the game at RFK against the Raiders in the regular season when we went out to an early lead them fell behind and came back behind Joey T's arm winning on a late TD toss to Joe Washington. That was a great game.

One of the all-time great games. Man, those were the days.

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that 83 team is still my favourite even though they fell at the last hurdle. They were much more talented than the 87 team

I love the 83 team but IMO the 87Skins had the best defense of all four Gibbs SB teams. It was basically the same personnel but they were all peaking and had been playing together for quite some time. Pettibone, Beathard and Gibbs did an amazing job with that d-unit for an entire decade.

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There have been some enormous plays in SuperBowls, but Riggin's 4th down TD run was the most dramatic play ever in a SuperBowl, bar none. It was an uphill battle, and when the 4th down play had come, the Redskins were at the top of the hill, and it was all coasting from that point on. The sheer emotion and drama of the play itself; the magfnitude of the reward for success and penalty of failure had built the play up; then boom.

There was an article in a sports book in 87' called " Little Big Men Ambush the NFL". It described the smaller, more agile receivers and their abilities to get open and score. This was a theme Gibbs highlighted and used to his advantage.

When a quality QB finally lands in D.C., and the winning traditions begin once again, it would be cool to see some of the celebrations of past; so what if they're penalized for UC, because the Redskins crowd would absolutely erupt...

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I love the 83 team but IMO the 87Skins had the best defense of all four Gibbs SB teams. It was basically the same personnel but they were all peaking and had been playing together for quite some time. Pettibone, Beathard and Gibbs did an amazing job with that d-unit for an entire decade.

The 91-92 team had like 4 or 5 shutouts. They were better. The scoring margin (points for to points against) is still the best for a SB winner in history. The 91-92 team was our best team ever, and would have beaten the 83-84 team that lost to the Raiders.

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combined points in two losses. 2.

That's how good the 83 skins were... Before that horrible letdown in the super bowl.

+43 turnover margin, 541 points scored. Great offense, ok defense, good to great team that lost the SB.

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