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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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Redskins vs Rams Prediction Thread: Possible Gauntlet March?

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When: Sunday Sept. 17th

Where: Somewhere in L.A.

 

Sunday, the Redskins head to Los Angeles to take on a Rams team that obliterated the Colts in week 1.

 

Let's face it; we all expected to see a crisp, sharp, attentive group of players on the field this past weekend, polished, on the edge of being in mid-season form.

That didn't quite happen.

Luckily for me, I was doing repairs on my garage roof thanks to hurricane Harvey and didn't get to see the actual game, but I managed to catch some highlights against an Eagles team that was kinda in the same boat as we are. Both teams, at times, looked good, but only for a bit, then the miscues, stupid penalties, and flat out unenthusiastic efforts put out on the field.

The Redskins briefly led the game, but it seemed the Eagles were more hungry for the W than the Redskins were, and after the whatever it was, which led to the defensive TD at the end did us in.

 

This week the Redskins hit the west coast, and if my memory serves me correct, they don't do so hot in sunny California; in fact, anything west of the Mississippi has not looked good for them with the exception of Dallas, but that's a rival and anything can happen in those games.

The Rams completely dominated the Luck-less Colts, Goff looked comfortable out there, and with new HC Sean McVay, he may very well be a good QB this year. RB Gurley can pound the rock and physically punish people, so it will be a chore to get him down, and even though the WR corp doesn't look that strong, they got the job done last sunday. Tayvon Austin is their best WR, and he is shifty as they come.

 

Defensively, well, this is a strange viewpoint; the Redskins HAD McVay, and COULD HAVE had Wade Phillips as the DC, but for reasons it didn't happen. Now both of them are together in Los Angeles, and I have to admit, Wade gets the most out of his players, and they were already a scrappy, testy, aggressive group, but now they will have someone who has been there before and has seen everything, so he will have them on their toes, eating their own shoes, ready to get after Cousins & co.

 

Now, it was week 1, and the Redskins seem to start slow then pick up as the season goes, AND the Rams did smoke the Colts, but its HOW it all happened that has me concerned. Gruden has his hands full, and I'm not really a fan of him calling plays, but that's why he's a HC and I'm here typing. It is a difficult job to call plays AND be emotionally tuned into the game itself, looking at strengths and weaknesses, exploiting them, and calling the right plays all at the same time. Maybe he's Superman, Time will tell all.

 

I see this game as an all-out dogfight. The Redskins will have to be on their toes the entire game or they could fall behind very quickly if they don't take it seriously enough.

Look for Cousins to be under almost constant pressure, and hopefully Goff will have the same come his way.

 

When the dust settles,

I think the Redskins will not be able to keep up the emotion,

Redskins 16

Rams 27

I hope I'm wrong.

 

* First correct score prediction gets a a new Redskins cap.  Good luck and GO  SKINS!

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Redskins 17 Rams 14

 

Cousins struggles again against another mighty front but the D carries the day. Rams drive late but Gallette sack strips Goff to perserve the lead.

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Another ex Redskins coach  beats his former team.

 

Rams 35

skins 21

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11 minutes ago, Warhead36 said:

Redskins 17 Rams 14

 

Cousins struggles again against another mighty front but the D carries the day. Rams drive late but Gallette sack strips Goff to perserve the lead.

Where did this positivity come from?  What did you do with the real @Warhead36?

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If we lose while Kirk has another bad game and Grudens team once again came out poorly, is bench both of their asses on principal alone.

 

Sadly  we don't have a boy genius as backup coach nor a young QB to take over for Kirk. We're in purgatory.

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Good lord, you guys are so overreactive. Rams probably won't break 30 points again this season. That score was a fluke. 

 

Still, I think we lose. September Kirk Cousins is barely an NFL starter. Offense will get points solely because the defense manages a few turnovers. Other than that, they get dominated again. Defense will hold up their end but a Kirk turnover (probably off a drop by Pryor) is the difference.

 

Skins 14

 

Rams 17

 

sadness abound. 0-4 is in play 

 

 

but no way are the Rams some juggernaut. They stink just as much as we do. They just played a team that didn't have the sense to sign a competent NFL backup for their glass man starter 

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Heart: Redskins 20, Rams 10...No way this team loses to the pitiful Rams and Goff. Our defense will bring them back to earth.

 

Head: Rams 21, Redskins 20...No way the Redskins travel cross country and grab a win vs their former OC who knows everything about Cousins and the team's tendencies.

 

Liver: Redskins 35, Rams 14...This is the NFL. One week you're trash, the next week you're treasure. Cousins and Pryor finally get in sync and connect for numerous big plays. Oh, and the defense creates multiple TOs again, scoring on one...again.

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lol everyone overreacting over the rams beating an awful colts team. We play better, still struggle a little offensively the rams have a good defense, but our defense makes more plays.

 

Redskins- 19

rams- 13

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31 us.

17 them.

Mcvay knows us and we know him, nothing big there. The Rams believe their own hype and we roll.

.... but if we lose then I don't think we win a game this year lol.

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Remember how long ago it was that the Skins played a competent game on offense and ended up with a victory?...Yeah...

 

Rams don't need to be a juggernaut to beat the Redskins right now, unfortunately. 24-17, L.A....

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If we lose, we could be 0-4. For that reason, I don't think we will.

 

0-4 might be a good thing. The team might deal a couple of vets for picks and embrace a bad season. A win just keeps us on the path to 6-1o, which to me is about the worst possible result for the season.

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My gut tells me the Rams are going to beat us. My heart tells me we'll go out there and bring home a W. But the reality is that they are probably better coached than our squad, and will likely execute better, too. We'll see who looks better next Sunday. I hope it's Cousins, but I have a fear that it'll be a see-what-I-can-do display from Boy Wonder and Goff.

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22 minutes ago, Califan007 said:

Remember how long ago it was that the Skins played a competent game on offense and ended up with a victory?...Yeah...

 

Rams don't need to be a juggernaut to beat the Redskins right now, unfortunately. 24-17, L.A....

I do.  Week 16 against the Bears.  But the Bears were SO bad that it almost doesn't count.

 

prior to that it was the GB Sunday night game, week 11.

 

so, been a while.

 

 

37 minutes ago, GOSKINS_08 said:

lol everyone overreacting over the rams beating an awful colts team. We play better, still struggle a little offensively the rams have a good defense, but our defense makes more plays.

 

Redskins- 19

rams- 13

I predicted the Skins 0-4 after the third preseason game regardless of what the competition did.  

 

 

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I don't think we've ever beaten a former Skins coach in the Snyder era, and Wade Phillips OWNS Gruden. This will be UGLY. 24-13 Rams.

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