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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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(360) OBA is a REAL SIM LEAGUE looking for Mature Coaches 25 and up for upcoming Season 2

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We're in Season 1 now nearing 2 games till playoffs.. We'll be playing for as many seasons as we can, so join this league to be part of a great Community for the long-term.

Please Read whole Ad before filling out Application or contacting to Join. You will also go through a screening process in Madden OBA Community playing a couple games to make sure your a good fit for the league.

Age: 25 and older

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OBA was created in 2010 and we look forward to going into our third year.

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OBA is a SIM league only[/b] with a firm set of rules in place to ensure it stays SIM. Enlisted in OBA are core members that have played an integral role in the league for over 3 years. At this time we have openings and are hoping for more qualified members to take us to 32 teams. OBA is searching for professional people that want to be part of a league for the long term. We're searching for people that are willing to communicate, play their scheduled games and posses great sportsmanship. Our goal is for our members to retain a competitive edge while having fun at the same time! OBA DOES NOT want people that play with a RANK game mentality. If you play to Win at any Cost then this league is NOT FOR YOU.

**We use the newest authentic NFL rosters and update after each season. **

Check out the site (OBAGAMING.COM ) and see what we have to offer. If you like what you see, head over to our forums and check into the League visitor center to read the rules of play. If interested, you can fill out a coach application (located in the visitor center section of the forum). You will not be required to"log in" in order to fill out an application just post reply and fill out the Application Questions and copy them to you post. If you have any questions regarding OBA you can contact the Commish on Xbox Live - GT : Pigskinrodeo for a quicker response.

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Well let me know cause the playoffs for season 1 just started and were trying to get people in place before season 2 let me know or stop by WWW.OBAGAMING.COM

or just send me a message on xbox GT:pigskinrodeo FOR A quicker response thanks

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Were still looking for 2 more 21 and up mature active / good communcatiors for adult madden league. Looking for people that want to be put on the Waiting list as well. Don't miss out on a top notch league.

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sorry for the late reply. After the season is over in league if they come out with the newest updated rosters then we use the newest one. Example we used the Week 1 roster update for season 1 then 2nd season we use the newest roster update week4 and once this season is over we use the end of the season roster. for season 3

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