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ES Coverage: Redskins @ Ravens
What's that? Meaningless preseason game? Starters won't play? Most who do will be bagging groceries next week?
I've got just the coverage-team to send...
Hello friends, JimmiJo here, joined by the inimitable one; Spaceman Spiff. Together we will bring you tonight's action.
After all, this IS a grudge match. Battle of the beltways and all. RGIII ready to enact some vengeance on his old squad.
Meanwhile, I am not sure you can argue the roster is set in some key areas like receiver, nor the depth chart in others such as running back. A lot will depend on how many of each position the team keeps. It may also come down to a few who make a convincing case in this game 4.
Chances are there is at least one player on this field that few people have heard of, but whom everyone fan will one day know about. I don't know who he is. But tonight is where many of us will remember seeing him for the first time. He will earn a spot based on what he does this night in Baltimore Maryland.
No inactives in the preseason. But there is definitely food in the press box. Talk soon...
I have been more than entertained so far.
Rob Kelley has run like his job depended on it. Kevin Hogan's sideline art to Simmie Cobbs was worth the drive. And I loved the big plays on both sides.
I hope the second half is even better.
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Washington Redskins 30 to 14.
Boy have we seen this movie before.
The Ravens played with more intensity. More cohesion. Hey were more physicality.
Washington seem to come in going thru the motions. They did have some bright spots, especially at the end. But for me; this game stood out more for missed tackles, penalties, and reversed calls by Washington.
Kevin Hogan played the whole game at quarterback. He did some good things. He finished the night…
Hogan had to deal with a lot of pressure throughout. He was having to throw off of his back foot much of the night. Despite this we made some very nice throws. The sideline throw to Cobbs was magnificent.
Not all of his work was positive. Two of is throws resulted in interceptions.
The real subplot was at running back. The rushing cadre featured Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, and upstart De.Veon Smith.
All played well.
In fact, tonight was easily Kelley’s best night as a Redskin. He played with intensity I have not seen before. It was an urgency. I think he did everything possible to make a case for himself.
Kelley finished with 49-yards on 11 carries for 4.45 yards per carry. He logged 2-catches for 14-yards
Perine on the other hand was less convincing. He showed flashes of what he is capable of. He also turned the ball over being careless in the backfield in traffic.
Perine finished with 30-yards on 7 carries with a 4.3-yard per carry average and the fumble.
Smith got in the act, and made a case for himself, if not in Washington then at his next stop. Smith went 42-yards on 7 carries for an impressive 6-yards per carry average. He added a 28-yard reception.
Among the receivers, Simmie Cobbs led with 75-yards on 3 catches, to include the beautiful 38-yard sideline grab. Darvin Kidsy reeled in 5 receptions for 46-yards. Trey Quinn added 43-yards on 3-catches and Kapri Bibbs logged 3-completes for 43-yards.
There will be little time for the players to digest tonight’s effort. Final cuts are Saturday. It will be interesting to see who makes the roster.
I haven’t seen every snap of practice and the preseason. Based on this game, Perine is leaving this weekend and Kelley is staying.
We’ll know soon.
It has been a pleasure covering this preseason. But I am ready to cover a game that counts.
I will go and try to get some audio. Have a good night.
And we are back!
Hello boys and girls, welcome to another year of Washington Redskins football, home-team style.
My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my shuttered compatriot, Spaceman Spiff. Together we bring you the sights and sounds of Redskins preseason football. Tonight represents the first home installment for Washington. I will be looking for fan enthusiasm, tho it is difficult to gauge interest-level from the preseason. These are the games that the season ticket holders give to their siblings and coworkers.
Tonight may be different as we expect Alex Smith to play. The pundits keep telling me he is Kirk Cousins only better. That will be awesome if so.
We are quickly filling the list with season-ending injuries, with Washington losing three projected contributors in the first week of preseason. This wince-producing stat is made worse when we consider the projected contributions of Derrius Guice, now lost for the year.
All he was brought here to do was resurrect the Redskins' rushing game.
This for me is the biggest area of concern for me. The running game has got to get better for this team to have any reason success this year.
Stand by for Inactives...
An hour later I remember they don't do inactives in the preseason. Hey, it's preseason for us too!
Not much to report. Very sparse crowd so far. But given it is a work-night and rush hour is just wrapping up on the beltway I am not surprised we are not overflowing with people yet.
The Redskins appear to be wearing burgundy tops and mustard bottoms, for those keeping score at home. The Jets meanwhile, are sporting white tops and green bottoms.
So far just the kickers and long snappers are warming up from both teams.
The hot, sunny day is giving way to a warm, breezy evening. Should be fairly pleasant viewing conditions for those coming out.
It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
Alex Smith looked sharp, going 4-6 for 48-yards and a 91 passer-rating.
But that's not the story of this game.
The story is the injuries that continue to mount to running backs. Samaje Perine had an impressive 30-yard run. Then limped off to be evaluated for an ankle sprain. Next was Byron Marshall. A lower leg injury they say.
The Redskins are suffering the worst run of injuries this early maybe ever.
I am not sure how much we learned tonight. I take that back.
Kevin Hogan, whom I had taken to calling ‘Nogan,’ somehow produced a lovely comeback victory with no time to spare. Way to send them home happy.
Beyond the excitement at the end I am not sure we learned much.
Alex Smith is exactly who we thought he was. Smith went 4-for-6 for 48-yards and a passer rating of 91. There was some excitement on his first call from scrimmage, when Smith play actioned the handoff and kept the ball on a bootleg, he turned to setup to hit Paul Richardson and instead received a face-full of Jets’ linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Smith completed the pass to Richardson and Jenkins was handed a 15- roughing call.
The offense are exactly who we thought they are. Feckless in the redzone; unable to produce anything but field goals. Even when the stars did align, with Colt McCoy connecting Cam Sims, area spectacular touchdown catch; cruel fate intervened with a chickenscratch procedure call.
The injuries are exactly what we feared they could be. Why is it every running back who goes for 30-yards on a single play comes up limping? Samaje Perine ran for 30-yards on his one carry on the night.
The next time he was seen was on the way to the locker room to have an ankle looked at.
Then there was Byron Marshall. He barely got into the game before coming out with a leg injury.
After the first few drives Washington did very little offensively until they had to at the very end.
And as little as this preseason game meant, it was nice to see the valiant stop at the goal line. It was even nicer to see Mr. Hogan lead the team down the field and to victory.
Oh yea, we learned one more thing - Dustin Hopkins can kick field goals.
SALARY CAP SET AT $177.2 MILLION
Q. When does the 2018 free agency signing period begin?
A. At on .
Q. What are the categories of free agency?
A. Players are either “restricted free agents” or “unrestricted free agents.” A restricted free agent may be subject to a “qualifying offer.” A restricted or unrestricted free agent may be designated by his prior club as its franchise player or transition player.
Q. What is the time period for free agency signings this year?
A. For restricted free agents, from March 14 to 3 . For unrestricted free agents who have received the May 8 tender from their prior club, from (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later). For franchise players, from March 14 until the Week 10 following of the regular season, For transition players, from . . After July 23 and until on the following Week 10 of the regular season, , the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights to unrestricted free agents and transition players. If the above-listed players do not sign by , they must sit out the season.
Q. What is the difference between a restricted free agent and an unrestricted free agent?
A. In the 2018 league year, players with three accrued seasons who have received a qualifying offer become restricted free agents when their contracts expire at the conclusion of the 2017 league yearon . Unrestricted free agents have completed four or more accrued seasons. Upon expiration of his 2017 contract, an unrestricted free agent is free to sign with any club with no draft choice compensation owed to his old club.
Q. What constitutes an “accrued season”?
A. Six or more regular-season games on a club's active/inactive, reserved/injured or reserve/physically unable to perform lists.
Q. How do the free agency rules apply to restricted free agents?
A. If a player with three accrued seasons has received a “qualifying offer” (a salary tender predetermined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players) from his old club. He can negotiate with any club through April 20. If the restricted free agent signs an offer sheet with a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because the qualifying offer entitles it to a “right of first refusal” on any offer sheet the player signs. If the old club does not match the offer, it may receive draft choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer. If an offer sheet is not executed on or before prior to the start of free agency , the player’s negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club. In addition, a player who would otherwise be a restricted free agent may be designated by his old club as its franchise player or transition player.
Q. What determines an unrestricted free agent?
A. A player with four or more accrued seasons whose contract has expired. He is free to sign with any club, with no draft choice compensation owed to his old club, through 3 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later). At that point, his negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club if by Week 10 the old club tendered the player a one-year contract for 110 percent of his prior year’s salary. His old club then has until the following of the regular season ( ) to sign him. If he does not sign by that date, he must sit out the season. If no tender is offered by , the player can be signed by any club at any time throughout the season.
Q. What determines a franchise player?
A. The salary offer by a player’s club determines what type of franchise player he is: exclusive or non-exclusive.
An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player's position for the current year as of the end of the restricted free agent signing period on ; or (ii) the amount of the required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player, as explained below.
Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player:
The Nonexclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position . . . at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years . . . ; and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year . . . (the “Cap Percentage Average”) . . . ; or (B) 120% of his Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater . . . .
If a club extends a required tender to a “non-exclusive” franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.
Q. How many franchise players and transition players can a team designate each season?
A. A club can designate one franchise player or one transition player among its potential restricted or unrestricted free agents.
Q. Can a club decide to withdraw its franchise or transition designation on a player?
A. Yes. A club can withdraw its franchise or transition designation, and the player then automatically becomes an unrestricted free agent, either immediately if the tender is withdrawn after the start of the 2018 league year, or when his 2017 contract expires if the tender is withdrawn before the start of the 2018 league year.
Q. What is the salary cap for 2018?
A. The salary cap is $177,200,000 per club.
Q. When must teams be in compliance with the salary cap?
A. At the start of the 2018 league year, which begins at on , March 14.
Q. If a team is under the salary cap at the end of a given season, can the team “carry over” room to the next season?
A. Yes. A team may carry over room from one league year to the following league year by submitting notice to the NFL prior to on the day following the team’s final regular-season game, indicating the amount of room that the club wishes to carry over.
Q. What is the maximum amount of room that a club can carry over?
A. A club can carry over 100 percent of its remaining 2017 room to its adjusted salary cap for 2018.
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Redskins 27 - 10 Broncos
This is the 'late as hell' coverage of the Washington Redskins versus the Denver Broncos.
My name is JimmiJo and Spaceman Spiff is on the job on the sidelines.
I think the Broncos' defense will pose a lot of problems for the Redskins. On the other hand, their offense is pretty poor.
The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 13 WR Maurice Harris
o No. 23 S DeAngelo Hall
o No. 30 RB Kenny Hilliard
o No. 52 LB Ryan Anderson
o No. 53 LB Zach Brown
o No. 67 G Kyle Kalis
o No. 74 C Demetrius Rhaney
Follow along on Twitter @Skinscast
After three anemic drives, the Redskins woke up and scored 10-points on back-to-back drives to take a 10-3 lead over the Denver Broncos.
Meanwhile; Denver’s offense is everything we expected. CJ Anderson is a dangerous runner.
But then there’s Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler. He must have grown up a Redskins’ fan because with a fumble-for-loss and interception that had to be intended for DJ Swearinger, Osweiler is turning out to be Washington’s best weapon.
Still, the Redskins have eight-losses for a reason and with only a 7-point lead there is a long way still to go.
See you after.
The Washington Redskins started slow. The offense was anemic and the defense allowed CJ Anderson to get loose on a couple runs early.
Denver took an early 3-0 lead and it sure looked like the Redskins were in for a long-day.
But after three drives, the offense woke up. And what followed was 27-unanswered points hung on the Broncos before Denver added a meaningless touchdown and 2-poinnt conversion.
Along the way were a sack-fumble the Redskins forced and consider recovered and also an interception by D.J. Swearinger. The interception could only have been intended for him, given no-one else was around.
Many players contributed to today’s win.
Kirk Cousins had a solid day. He logged 19/37 for 399-yards, 3-touchdowns and 1-interception for a quarterback rating of 94.3.
Ryan Grant had a career-day. Grant caught 4-passes for 85-yards to lead all Washington receivers.
Samaje Perine impressed in the second half. He tallied 53-yards on 16-carries before a late-fumble put a blemish on his effort.
Defensively, Washington tightened the ship significantly following the early drive for field goal by Denver. The created multiple turnovers. The sack-fumble on Brock Osweiler, an interception by DJ Swearinger, and the last fumble caused with DeShazor Everette tackled Devontae Booker, dislodging the ball recovered by the Redskins.
Preston Smith had a fantastic day, he posted 5 tackles, 2-sacks and a forced fumble.
Ryan Kerrigan logged 4-tackles combined and 2-sacks.
The Redskins needed this win to close out the season at home. This was a nice early holiday present for the fans who showed today. Though this team was out of any postseason action some time ago, the players are playing with a lot of pride. They also want to prevent a losing season.
A win next week in New York ensures an 8-8 season.
When all is said and done this year was about injuries. Finishing the season strong, as the Redskins are doing, sets them up well for next year. But they have some questions as well.
None bigger than the quarterback position.
Was today Cousins’ last game at FedEx Field as the starter of the Washington Redskins? Who is the starting running back going into training camp next year? Though head coach Jay Gruden’s job is probably safe, can the same be said for all of the position coaches?
There will be lots of changes on the roster. But first they have one more game to play.
This was my last effort of the season. I’ve had a fantastic time covering this year. I will see you next year for sure.
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.
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
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.
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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Greetings from San Diego which means Whale’s va.... Wait. The Chargers moved to LA so there goes the Anchorman joke.
Greetings from the StubHub Center in LA. Because, you know, StubHub is the official NFL ticket resale spot. It’s currently a delightful 70 degrees with it to be in the 80s by kickoff. Be jealous snowy East Coast.
Today’s match up features the Burgundy & Gold going up against the Bolts. The Bolts should just permanently wear their powder blue while the Skins should never ever wear their all burgundy again. It’s not that I don’t like the all burgundy look, it’s that they’ve never won while wearing it.
Meanwhile, 15 minutes down the road at the LA Coliseum you’ve got the Eagles at the Rams. And their kickoff is 20 minuets after the kickoff here. Who scheduled this? You’ve got the East Coast Skins & the West Coast Skins playing in the same city at the same town. Oh & I was hearing last night that the Rams/Eagles tickets were going for $200 as of last night. Plus the hotel & everywhere went last night in El Segundo seemed to be infested with imported iggle fans. Let’s hope our guy McVay puts the Eagles on the L train outta town.
On paper, both the Chargers & Redskins seem evenly matched. However, the Redskins have seen this before in KC & New Orleans along with the Rams & Seahawks. Hopefully this game is more Redskins/Rams/Seahawkish then the other two.
The Redskins will need to do several things to get the W today. First is to protect Cousins against a nasty pass rush. Second is the WRs need to catch every ball. These dropped passes from the last few weeks need to be eliminated. And thirdly they can’t get away from the run even if it’s not working at times. They’ll also need to keep their Defense off the field so they have time to actually dissect what Rivers is doing on Offense & make the proper adjustments.
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The 2nd half started with Moses being downgraded to out with an ankle injury as the Skins Offense managed to make it to mid field before stalling out. Oh & Dak came back throwing garbage to start their 3 & out drive. Dallas would go on to feature Alfred Morris on their next drive. Evidently since Dak couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, they started to just hand it off. The Third Quarter ended just like the First one did. No one scored.
However the Fourth started with a Dak to Dez TD from their 15 yard line. This put the Skins down 24-7. With the recent Cousins comparisons to Brees, this was the time for him to turn it on & takeover the game. Cousins took the Offense 87 yards to the endzone on their next drive. This put them down 24-14. Dallas played ball/clock control on the following drive where the Skins Defense managed to get called for having12 men on the field. A few plays later & Dallas was in the end zone. Again. They went 75 yards & used up over 6 & a half minutes. Skin down 31-14 with 4:55 to go.
Down 17, the Redskins start to display a gripe I’ve had with them all season, no hurry up. Guys are taking their time getting to the line of scrimmage. Kirk ends up throwing the INT. And to add insult to injury they’re called for personal foul, half the distance to the goal. They punched it in to go up 38-14 which also ended Cousins night & gave the last few minutes to Colt McCoy to run the clock out.
The Redskins have now fallen to 5-7 & been swept by both the Eagles & the Cowboys this season.
Dallas drew first blood to start the 2nd Quarter on an 8 yard pass to Witten to go up 7-0. Moses got carted off. Kirk took a sack & fumbled it & Dallas recovered it at their 19 yard line. There was, and I quote “False start on the Offense. Everyone but the Center” called on Dallas that held them to a Field Goal. The Skins second drive opened with another sack on Cousins & ended with a punt. The Offense has now started to look absolutely clueless in finding ways to move the ball. Oh, & Dallas returned a punt to take a 17-0 lead while Prescott was in the locker room having his hand examined. Then there was the announcement that both Perine & Mo Harris were being checked for a concussion.
This is patchwork O Line just can’t stop the Dallas pass rush off the edge. Kirk ain’t had time to stand in the pocket to find that deep shot to Doctson we’ve started to get used to seeing. Inside the Two Minute Warning, Cousins managed to hit Ryan Grant in the end zone for the touchdown. Skins won the toss to start the game & they deferred so they’ll get the ball to start the 2nd half. They’re only down by 10 so if they can fix the pass protection during halftime, they should be able to dig out of this hole fairly easily.
Redskins win the toss & defer.
Defense holds Dem Boiz to a 3-0. Skins take over at their 25. First play is a Cousins scramble for 1 followed by Perine for a run of 9. Skins at midfield. Kirk hits Davis over the middle for 6 in traffic. Finally get a glimpse of Marshall who is stopped short of the First down. Skins forced to punt.
Ugly start art so far but at least the Skins were able to move the ball a bit. Unlike Dallas where Sak Prescott can’t get anything going on their second drive. He’s actually Sacked on his third snap, for a loss of 9. About a yard or two shy of being a Safety. On the Skins 3rd down, Marshall converts and Dallas is called for roughing the passer which tracks on 15 yards. Kirk runs a keeper on First down for a loss of 1.im scratching my head on that play call. Kirk takes a shot at the endzone, ball is tipped instead of caught by the WR & picked off by Dallas. But hey, we can at least move the ball. The cowboys have yet to cross their own 20 yard line.
Note on Marshall so far- he’s got some speed for a poor mans Chris Thompson. That said, he also does that stutter step thing instead of just going full speed ahead.
Defense held them them to another 3 & out. Crowder on the punt return gets hit & fumbles it. Dallas recovers on the Skins side of the 50. Dallasstill cant do anything but go 3 & out. Again. After a holding call all on the punt return, Skins start at their own 1 yard line, get called again for a penalty, Perine can’t get a yard, Skins finally get to the 9 but cant convert. Way hits a 51 yard punt, ball at the Dallas 40. Sacky P finally converts their first 3rd down by taking off himself.
No score here at the end of the First Quarter.
Skins definately left left points on the field to start this game, while either the Defense is really good tonight in forcing all the 3 & outs or Dallas has just given up on their season.
It's been well documented all over the web this week that the Redskins Front Office does not want to be caught dead, much less alive, wearing the gold on gold Color Rush uniform. Last week through this past Tuesday, ESPN 980's & former Redskin Tight End, Chris Cooley had been saying the team would buck the system & wear their all white look for Prime Time in Dallas. On Wednesday, he changed his report to it being the burgundy on burgundy look at this time. Most likely because it was being reported that Dallas will be wearing their white on white look. At this time, nothing has been revealed as being the final look the Redskins will be wearing for Thursday Night Football.
Take a look at the three options for the team to wear, then vote in the poll above for the one you'd prefer to see them wear.
In the past, the white on white look is probably mostly associated with the Gibbs 2.0 era & the "5 In A Row" runs to make the Playoffs.
The burgundy on burgundy look while seeming like a good thing on paper, when the team finally debuted it, it was instantly associated with being awful. Mainly because I don't think they ever won a game wearing it & were embarrassed by the Steelers the first time they wore it.
The Color Rush gold on gold look so far has only been seen either in promo pictures from Nike or digital skins in EA's Madden.
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Redskins 20 - 10 Giants
Greetings brothers and sister, boys and girls, and kids of all ages. Welcome to tonight's NFL primetime game featuring the Washington Redskins hosting the New York Giants - Thanksgiving Style.
My name is JimmiJo and together with Spaceman Spiff will be bringing you the action from behind the curtain.
I heard on the radio coming to the stadium tonight is the first time the Redskins have hosted a Thanksgiving night game.
Let me go on record and say how good I feel about this game. Does anyone have a sickness bag?
This game scares me as much as any this year. The New York Giants would love nothing more than to compound the Washington Redskins' woes on national television.
I was asked at dinner tonight what the problem is with this team.
"Injuries," I said.
You don't want to use players getting hurt as an excuse for a team's record, but I don't know how you don't in this case. Washington has 15-players on injured reserve. Think about that for a moment; that's a third of the active roster gone.
And there are the names. You can't tell me this wouldn't be substantially better with guys like Jonathan Allen, Spencer Long, Mason Foster, Will Compton, Shawn Lauvao, and Chris Thompson.
Yet the offense has posted season highs in scoring two weeks running. Unfortunately the defense has been unable to keep a lid on opponents.
The Giants come in with nothing but pride to play for. But there are surely players on the New York roster who will be free agents who will want to make the case to be on someone's roster.
In other words, don't be looking for the Giants to roll over and play dead.
Talk amongst yourselves. Act accordingly.
The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 35 S Montae Nicholson
o No. 50 LB Martrell Spaight
o No. 67 DL Caraun Reid
o No. 71 T Trent Williams
o No. 73 C Chase Roullier
o No. 86 TE Jordan Reed
o No. 97 DL Terrell McClain
The Giants declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 5 QB Davis Webb
o No. 24 CB Eli Apple
o No. 46 LB Calvin Munson
o No. 67 T Justin Pugh
o No. 76 DL D.J. Fluker
o No. 87 WR Sterling Shepard
o No. 93 LB B.J. Goodson
Had a wonderful turkey dinner (my second). Someone wake me at kickoff?
We are about 20-minutes out. By all accounts, this game should be very poorly attended. But it is still a regular season game against a division opponent.
Won't be long now...
Following along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
3 - 3
Let’s be clear; the Washington Redskins did not play lights-out, high-level football tonight. They were ineffective, sloppy, made mental errors, committed penalties, and downright stunk at times.
But the New York Giants were worse. In fact; they were horrible. They are horrible. They have well-earned their 2-9 record.
Despite the above, there some things to like about the Redskins in this game. None more than the final score, as Washington defeated New York; 20-10 at FedEx Field.
A glance at the team stats will show a subpar effort from the Redskins:
- 4-15 on 3rd down (27%)
- 2-4 in the red zone for 50%
- 8 penalties for 55-yards
- Interception that resulted in TD for opponent
- 0-1 4th down efficiency
The Giants were worse by degrees:
- 2-14 on 3rd down (14%)
- 0-1 red zone for 0%
- 6 penalties for 79-yards
- Giants never sniffed goal-to-go
The other stats show why Washington was the easy victor:
First Downs: Giants 7 – 17 Redskins
Total Net Yards: Giants 170 – 323 Redskins
Net Yards Rushing: Giants 84 – 122 Redskins
Net Yards Passing: Giants 86 – 201 Redskins
Time of Possession: Giants 25:23 – 34:37 Redskins
Given the above stats, one can argue this win belongs to the defense. They snuffed most every effort New York gave.
Eli Manning finished the night 13-of-27 for 113-yards, no touchdowns and an interception and a QB-rating of 44.2. He was sacked 4-times and hit 7. The Giants leading rusher was Wayne Gallman, who finished with 37-yards on 9-carries. Tavarres King logged 36-yards on 4 catches to lead Giants receivers.
Conversely, the Redskins offence was much more effective.
Kirk Cousins finished the game 19-of-31 for 242-yards, 2-touchdowns and an interception (pick-6) with a QB-rating of 93.8
“That touchdown throw to [Jamison] Crowder for the touchdown was one of the best he’s thrown all year,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, who praised Cousins’ play in general on the night.
Samaje Perine logged 100-yards rushing on 24-carries, his second 100-yard outing in as many weeks. He also added 30-yards on four catches to finish second among the receivers.
Crowder was easily offensive MVP for the Redskins, posting 7-catches for 141-yards and a touchdown. His 38-yard grab in the 2nd half acted to spark an otherwise anemic offense up to that point.
Josh Doctson showed another step forward, bringing in the 4th-quarter touchdown on a deep out with 3:34 remaining.
Washington needed this game to remain in any conversation that includes playoffs. As we said above, the Redskins were not world-beaters tonight.
But they played well-enough to win to keep their hopes alive.
At 5-6, Washington is once again considered in the hunt for the playoffs. They share this record with next week’s opponents; the Dallas Cowboys, who hold a tiebreak over the Redskins thanks to a win at FedEx Field week 8.
A win for Washington next week may have people starting to believe.
And that’s the thing: despite the heartbreaking losses, the sweep at the hands of Philadelphia, the Redskins still have a darn good chance at a postseason run.
If they win.
Everything hinges on victory for Washington.
They have a full week to prepare for at Dallas one week from tonight on Thursday Night Football. On the other side of next week’s game are match-ups verses the LA Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, and Denver Broncos before facing this Giants team again in New York.
Bottom-line, they have to win. And they have to do so with the same banged-up team they have tonight.
But we have gotten ahead of ourselves. Let’s take 24 and enjoy the win.
See you next home game…
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