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  1. 16 points
    Welp, we've made it. The regular season is finally upon us and we've just entered the first game week, so naturally we fans are feeling the nerves kick in and are ready to start freaking out, jump off ledges, and kill each other and everyone around us. Look around ES a little and tell me I'm lying? Now, I can understand people's concerns about this offseason, but I think they're missing the forest for the trees. I sincerely believe those who are frustrated about things, to the point of calling this offseason a failure (or even perceiving it as Scot not doing enough this go around), were assuming we were one or two position groups being solidified away from being a Super Bowl contender. Yet, Scot has repeatedly stated we need about 10 more "reds" (eg solid players) to be "there", and that was even after this year's draft. Some of us, on either side of this debate, are assuming Scot doesn't think Dline or RB is a weakness, but that's a faulty assumption. That's simply a misunderstanding about how BPA really works, and not just regarding the draft but in an organizational approach to personnel altogether. A major point of contention has been our 2016 draft and how many of them (or lack thereof) made the roster. There are two ways to look at it:
 1) It just wasn't a very good draft or,
 2) Our depth has gotten a lot better and we can't afford to just hold on to guys because they were draft picks. Of course, this is ignoring the fact that two draft picks (Steven Daniels and Keith Marshall) went on IR, and if you're simply writing them off this guy might have something to say about it: So, here's the thing. There are signs all over the place showing us that this is the right way of doing things. Maybe none more evident than the team keeping someone like Lanier on the roster, which says a lot more than what it seems to on the surface. Remember, I've been big on Lanier since the first preseason game, as well as the ones after that. Few are bigger fans of his: But, if I'm being honest here, he's nowhere near ready to be anything other than maaaaybe a situational pass rusher on the line. Which is why I felt he would likely get cut and placed on the Practice Squad. Even posted about this very thing a few days ago. I, like many others, assumed we needed bodies on the Dline that could contribute immediately and was expecting Jenkins to make the team over him. However, what he IS, is young and full of potential, thus making him the BPA over others who may have been safer or more short-term fixes. That's great and indicates a focus on the long term outlook of the team, even if it's at the expense of the present. Maybe we would've been stronger at Dline right now with someone else, but is our organization better off in the future? They could've kept Jenkins on the Dline or kept Mack Brown on the roster, but instead they kept a guy like Lanier who needs time to develop but is filled with promise. Another example? They could've kept Ioannidis on the roster simply because it's an area of concern and he's a draft pick, but then a guy like Everett - who is the better player and a young guy as well - is likely to get cut. 
Even though he plays at a position of strength, we kept him. This is what BPA is all about. This is how you build a strong roster that can consistently contend over time. You take the better player over perceived need. You go into the season with only 6 Dlinemen and 3 RBs because others playing different positions were better. It's as simple as that. It's the correct approach. Yes, you're going to have clear weak areas and it might cost you games, but then you're going to have clear strengths because there's less of a chance at missing on guys or having guys go elsewhere and be successful because they can actually play - which should win you games. Aside from the obvious benefit to our depth (shouldn't we, for instance, feel good about Safety for the first time in years with DHall, Bruton, Blackmon, Ihenacho and Everett there?), you get the added bonus of eventually being so rich at one or two positions you can swing trades. Oh, and, guess what? We got a boatload of draft picks we're starting to stockpile to do just that, as well. To get that we gave up an entire round this year. Again, short term loss for long term gain. Although it didn't work out in the end, we've already seen the truth of this statement in action with the Stork trade. Moving back from the ledge, yet? Eventually, those weak areas will naturally be addressed just by the law of averages. It's extremely unlikely that things will fall, two off seasons in a row, where BPA in the draft isn't at those weak positions or guys in Free Agency are way too overpriced to address it there. But it requires patience. We need to go back and see what Scot's said all offseason. Like here: To think we're all on top of these weaknesses and he's just missing the boat here in terms of addressing them is laughable, and I'm not someone who won't criticize him if necessary. Heck, I'm still concerned about his past/family issues while most consider it a nonissue. He could've went all out and addressed every area of concern on the roster, but then we'd have likely reached in the draft for a lesser talent and/or overspent in FA. Look at what the Giants paid average players to fix their Dline this offseason. Do we then miss out on Norman when he unexpectedly became available? Ryan 
Kelly, the center out of Alabama, was taken a few picks earlier than ours in the first round. If we wanted him, it would've cost us significant draft resources to move up ahead of Indy. What players are lost in the process, then, and can we afford to give them up for one Center? That is what an anxious, impulsive man does when running an organization. That is the exact problem we've seen for so long from Dan and Vinny. It is the very essence of the fan-fueled, emotional "quick fix" philosophy that has been absolutely devastating to the organization. I'm not being lazy here and talking about the age old criticism of Dan trying to "buy" a championship... I'm talking about the obsession of attacking every weak area during the offseason while assuming everything else will remain as is. I mean, come on, we as Redskins fans should know better at this point. How often did we have an offseason where it seemed like we totally addressed all the areas of weakness/concern, assuming our previous strengths will remain as such, only to find out we reached/overspent on those players we thought would solve things while suddenly and unexpectedly watching our assumed strengths become gaping holes in the process? Then what does the team do the following offseason? Rinse and repeat. We've seen it a million times, haven't we? And in all our desperation to immediately become a contender, we set ourselves back because we had a roster filled with those misses who not only played poorly, but also cost us valuable development time for better players. Or we just cut those better players altogether. This is the difference in philosophy that has us keeping guys like Lanier and Everett on the roster. As of now, and due to our current philosophy, we may have three elite positions on the team at QB, WR and DB. And that doesn't look like it'll change anytime soon. You can't ignore the fact that not addressing other spots or perceived areas of weakness has allowed us that. Calling this bad in any way is simply ridiculous to me, and I think it just comes from the nervousness occurring within us as the season approaches and knowing we've got some weak spots at key areas. If we can't see past the 2016 season, well, we don't have a solid grasp of where this roster is at. Fortunately, for the first time in forever we've got some adults in charge who do. I'm sorry to sound a little harsh here, but get used to the fact that we might be further from an elite team than we'd like to think as fans (naturally), and that our way of thinking could easily set us back from getting there sooner. Now, that doesn't mean we have to ignore any bad move that's made or assume Scot and the FO have been perfect and have had everything go as planned. I'd bet, if they were being honest, they'd admit they were wrong in this or that case; and/or didn't see this or that coming; and/or thought the draft would fall like this instead of that... but that also doesn't mean they did poorly, or that things suddenly aren't going in the right direction and we took a step back. Actually, no need to bet on it: Not to sound all preachy, but we should be happy and satisfied that we've got a group of guys in charge who have a plan; can adjust in the right way (and not panic) when things don't go accordingly; and are properly assessing the roster's state, therefore avoiding the wishful, faulty, thinking that causes teams to give up too much of their future while assuming they're close enough to contend. 
 I know this may be too much to ask but can we, as fans, take their lead and be as patient as them when/if we lose this season? Because, as hard as it will be at the time, it'll be the right thing to do. No homer, just the truth.
  2. 15 points
    It was the mid 1990's. In the then WWF (now WWE) Razor Ramon aka Scott Hall and Diesel aka Kevin Nash had their contracts coming up for renewal. In those days, wrestling contracts weren't guaranteed. Guys were basically paid on a per show appearance. The bigger the show, like a WrestleMania, the bigger the payday. However, if you didn't land a match on that card you didn't get paid. As Scott Hall's contract was coming up he negotiated with the Number 2 wrestling company at the time, WCW. WCW was owned by Ted Turner whose goal was to displace Vince McManon's WWF at the top of the mountain. Turner had Eric Bischoff running WCW. Bischoff new he needed bigger named talent to make WCW look & grow bigger. Long story short, he started recruiting WWF wrestlers as their contracts were expiring & he started with Hall. Who then talked to his buddy Nash, telling him not only were the days he worked guaranteed but so was the money. The story goes they neither wanted to leave McManon but there was no way McManon could give them guaranteed money as it'd set a precedent to have to give guaranteed money contracts to his other big name talent. Until then guaranteed money was unheard of in pro wrestling. Hall & Nash essentially changed the business. Even though WCW is defunct, McManon now has his talent on guaranteed contracts. Cool story bro but what's this got to do with football? Well, if you're a casual fan, you most likely took the Bruce Allen statement at face value. However once you drill down a little bit into it you'll see its roughly $300,000 difference between their offer and Kirk playing on the tag the next two years. In his radio interview on 106.7 (Part 1 & Part 2) the next day Kirk commented that if you look around the League the Front Office contracts and the Coaching staff contracts are fully guaranteed and he'd like to see the players contracts fully guaranteed. Currently, playing on the Tag gives him that fully guaranteed contract. For a year. So with the Rules of the Tag, he can play on it for a total of three years for three separate guaranteed one year deals. IF Kirk can manage to accomplish a multi year fully guaranteed contract he'll change the business. Just like Hall & Nash did 20ish years ago.
  3. 14 points
    Landover, MD - Welcome all to the Extremeskins coverage of the second preseason game. I'm TSO in the Press box providing you with the best damn coverage I and Spaceman Spiff, who will be providing coverage from the sidelines, possibly can! 1999 Redskins go 10-6 and win the NFC East. The following season? Failure. 2005 Redskins go 10-6 and nab a wildcard spot. The following season? Disaster. 2007 Redskins go 9-7 and sneak into the playoffs. The following season? Zorn. 2012 Redskins go 10-6, win the NFC East with their shiny new franchise QB. The following season? Epic collapse. So now, here we are. The Redskins are coming off a season that saw a seismic shift occur within the Front Office, where a legitimate talent-evaluating GM was hired to take control of the scouting department and personnel. Gruden got the help he desperately needed and asked for from the Front Office. The Redskins went 9-7 and miraculously won the NFC East on the heels of a young group of draft picks and a ton of personnel hits in general. So, the following season? We're going to find out if this is real. Is it? Is our newly and properly structured Front Office as organized and professional as it seems? Is it real? Is our energetic and smart coaching staff as good for player development as they were last season? Is it real? Is Kirk Cousins the franchise QB we've been so desperately lacking? Is he for real? Are the young players truly developing into a core of consistent championship potential? Are they for real? It might just be the preseason, but these games play a role (albeit a small one) in teaching us who will rise to the occasion and who won't. Who will solidify their spot on the team and who will continue to remain a question. Who will be a part of the new reality we all hope is happening right before our eyes, a hope we continue to question is real? The hope that we're witnessing the rise of the Redskins as a perennial contender. Let's start to find out together here on Extremeskins Gameday Coverage! 1st Quarter Analysis Offensively, I think we finally saw the new Matt Jones (7 carries for 31 yards, 4.4 avg) we've heard about all offseason. Though the handoff gaffe was terrible, everything else was very pleasing to see. He had good vision, ran hard, and got whatever he could get on plays that the defense played well. Unfortunately, he got hurt and so his durability issues will, and should, come into question. Let's hope his left shoulder is okay. Ryan Grant (3 for 3, 27 yards) and Jamison Crowder (3 of 4, 38 yards) also showed up well (well, on offense, Crowder's muffed punt was terrible to see but let's not forget this is his first live action of the year), but you really see why coaches love Grant. He's just very smooth and tough to cover. Colt McCoy (7 of 9, 66 yards) looked great until the last play of the first drive, which was mind numbingly stupid. I actually think he was trying to throw it away. And that spin? Whoosh. That was fun to see. As for the defense, the secondary keeps showing up. DHall was in on the first pass break up and Greg Toler had great coverage on the 3rd down. I've noticed the last two games we've essentially never lined up in a 3-4. We basically have two Dlinemen inside (Reyes, Baker) and 2 OLB (Kerrigan, Preston). The Oline looks totally different with Lauvao in terms of run-blocking. That is all. Stay tuned for more after the half! 2nd Quarter Analysis Dunbar was a busy bee. He gave up a bad pass against Decker on the first drive for Jets O in the 2nd. On their second drive, Dunbar makes up for it with a beautiful pass breakup. Their third drive, Dunbar gives up a 9 yard completion, but had tight coverage. Mixed bag, but certainly improved from last week's performance. Reyes and Baker were struggling a bit on interior runs initially. 2nd drive for Jets O, Baker made a nice tackle on an interior run, so that was good. Baker also had with nice pressure causing incomplete pass on 3rd down. Spaight has been extremely impressive to say the least. It's not just the caused fumble, he's the general of D. I've been watching him between breaks as well and he's constantly communicating with everyone, controlling the huddle. Doesn't look like a 2nd year player coming off of injury. He had a sick read on screen and tackle as well later on in the 2nd. Jamison Crowder running more north-south on punts it seems. Ross with a step, Colt throws deeper could've been big play on drive early in 2nd. Rashad Ross two nice plays on first TD drive. Super impressive 2nd TD from Rashad Ross, tackled head first but maintains possession, not easy for a small guy like him. Safety on Spencer Long, hands seemed more on the shoulders lifting up the jersey right under the chin so it looked bad, nice play to Maurice Harris got nullified, a shame for a young guy like him. But Harris comes back and gets a 19 yard gain on a nice catch off play action. Ihenacho on ensuing kickoff with nice tackle. Continues to show up on Special Teams. Another Ryan Grant catch. Golston veteran move on run with about 3:25 left in 2nd, just goes down to cause pile up and trips RB. Blackmon savvy INT from Safety, don't know what Geno Smith was thinking, but Trail was close to applying pressure... could be Geno felt it. Dashaun Phillips and Spaight nice zone trade off on drive late in 2nd quarter. All in all, a very positive quarter for a lot of Redskins. Spaight (1 FF), Rashad Ross (4 on 5, 58 yards, 2 TD) and Colt McCoy (13 of 16, 159 yards, 2 TD) killed it. Stay tuned for more! 3rd Quarter Analysis Not a whole lot to see here, but I was excited about Stephen Paea coming on back to back plays to start the 3rd quarter off. He got good penetration on run and then a sack on the next play. Then, Paea on the ensuing drive again penetrates nicely on back to back plays with solid rushes. He's a player I was hoping would improve from last game and I discussed that in length here: Speaking of players I noticed, Anthony Lanier seems to have moved up on the depth chart as he was often playing with 2nd team in the 3rd quarter if my eyes didn't deceive me. Reiter continues to impress. On run play where Marshall went for about 9 yards with slightly under 3 minutes left in the 3rd, he gets his first block accomplished and then passes him off and lands his second block, opening up a nice lane up. Stay tuned for the 4th Quarter update! 4th Quarter Analysis Again, not much to discuss other than the obvious (Sudfeld with an awesome drive to win the game)... but here are a couple things I thought were interesting. Fuller gives up long pass play to start the 4th but then recovers with three nice plays. He breaks up two passes and then makes the tackle on a 3rd and 2 to stop the Jets drive and force a FG. Garvin continues to make plays, with a nice pass break up and then a pressure that resulted in an errant throw to force a Jets punt. Recovers fumble caused by Deshazor Everett on Jets drive that was moving easily by hustling. As mentioned in my previous blog, he's been impressive. Anthony Lanier with the sack to finish the game, love that guy! Final impressions: So today's game clearly didn't go a long way in determining if this Redskins' resurgence is for real (or as much as any preseason game possibly could), considering many of the players who will play a massive role in said resurgence didn't play, but we did get to see who might potentially add their hats to the discussion. And who are those guys? Aside from the obvious answers in Rashad Ross, Ryan Grant, Colt McCoy, Matt Jones and Martrell Spaight who absolutely killed it, there were guys like Anthony Lanier (check out the exclusive interview) who seemed to play a bigger role today on the Dline after showing up really well last week. Stephen Paea improved significantly upon his performance last week as well, often finding his way in the backfield of the opposition. Other players who improved from last week were Keith Marshall, Will Blackmon, and Morgan Moses. Reiter continued to impress as did Maurice Harris who continues to be used with the second stringers, making him an interesting roster decision to follow considering how much depth there is at his position. Unfortunately, there are some guys who continue to be questions moving forward and are nowhere near a "yes" on the "is it real" scale. Kuandjio continues to be a mixed bag who has a tough time finding any consistency as does Quinton Dunbar, though he had a lot more positive happen than last week. Fuller had himself a mixed bag of a game as well, but his rookie status makes it much more forgiving. So as we move forward and into the third preseason game where we're expected to get a much closer glimpse of the team's "is it real" factor, let's hope to see continued improvement from the players we need to play significant roles in this resurgence... that is, if it's real this time. Click here for ES Exclusive Game Photos ~ courtsey of Spaceman Spiff EXCLUSIVE ES AUDIO CONTENT
  4. 11 points
    Over 4,000 yards in consecutive seasons. That's how I'm going to start this article. Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins became the first man in team history to not only post two 4,000 yard seasons, but he also did that consecutively. That's quite the feat. Cousins only needs 122 yards to best his franchise record 4,155 yards on a season, and he's just 955 yards short of a 5,000 yard season. Obviously, that would be the first in team history. In order to do so, he'd need to average just shy of 320 yards per game. Daunting, but possible. To be clear, Kirk couldn't do it without his weapons. Pierre Garcon has quietly turned in a pretty good season. He's posted 64 receptions and leads the team. Crowder leads the team in yards with just over 800 and possesses a team high 7 touchdowns. And that's not been mentioning the third down prowess of Jordan Reed and the deep ball threat of Desean Jackson. So where's the controversy? Why am I coining this team escape artists? Because as good as this offense has been, the defense has been quite the opposite. The team lacks a true anchor to hold opposing offensive linemen at the line of scrimmage. The linebackers seem to be in a conflict. They don't want to get beat by anything crossing behind them, so they gain depth quickly, but that also leaves them much less aggressive in filling their running lanes. And I'm not sure this franchise has covered the flats much, if at all, this season. So who is to blame? The easy target is Barry. McCloughan is probably the next target. Gruden comes to mind. But I'm not sure we can really be sure that any of them are to blame... Barry is easy to blame, especially given the lack of flats coverage. But Joe Barry doesn't coach guys to break contain or let an opposing quarterback who is completely wrapped up escape the clutches of a defender. My question, though, is what say has he had over personnel? Has he had a ton? Some? None? To what level is he to blame, or not to blame, for the defensive maneuvers. McCloughan is another guy that's not all that easy to pin down. Can we really chastise a guy who has shored up the offense to the point that he has and not believe he's got the same plan for the defense coming down the road? Is he doing all the grocery shopping, or do the coaches have any say? I am not sure. I'm not in the film room breaking down countless hours of film and watching it ad nauseum. I'm not the one scouting the free agent wire and grading guys and pouring over every inch of game film I can get my hands on for hundreds of free agents. It would be irresponsible for me to blame anyone. But that doesn't change the feeling I get when watching this Washington Redskin team. We won yesterday. We all should have been elated. We're alive in the playoff race. But for some reason, it didn't feel like a win. It felt like an escape. It felt like we were beaten but somehow grasped victory from the jaws of defeat. And let's be honest, there's something to say for a team that does that as consistently as the Redskins do. They play with heart. Very rarely do they find themselves in a situation that they can't win the game in the waning moments. That is a testament to the team the guys mentioned above have put together. But it's also a sign that improvements need to be made. I'm quite sure the front office brass knows that. There is a lack of talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball. But there is certainly no shortage of heart. That's where I hang my hat. The Redskins show up to play, and play with a sense of pride. That's not a hallmark of the recent tradition in regards to the franchise. There is an upward trend in many ways. So while there are holes, and heart palpitations, and frustration, there is also hope. There are good people leading the charge. But for the love of all that is good... Fix the defense. Please.
  5. 11 points
    So, yeah it's just the first Pre Season game which I've grown to call "Talent Evaluation". Even so, most fans weren't going into this game worried about the passing game. The two bigger issues were the run game as it became non existent early into last season & the Redskins struggled to put together a threatening ground campaign. The other issue was the pass rush without a true NT (which this scheme doesn't really use) & the run defense, especially up the middle. Here, I decided to go back & re-watch just the run game for the First Half as the starters were done after that. Keeping in mind that the left side of the line was still backups. So, buckle up your chin straps because here we go. On the first run the backup left guard is blown up & pushed back into the play and then into the RB. Next run in the same series draw up the middle. Matt Jones is pretty much picked up by one leg as he's in stride & pushed/thrown down to the ground. First string is now out Left Guard 61 gets stood up. 76 stood up & pushed back. 85 gets a great leveraged push forward while 84 is manhandled backwards. Marshall gets clotheslined in the backfield. Paul in at Fullback with Marshall at RB. Paul hits the hole 5 yards in front of Marshall & the hole closes behind him RG already out in space while RT is pushed back closing the hole. Marshall tries to bounce it out to the right & sheds the first one & brought down by the next two tackles. Thompson in at RB. Hits the hole that gets opened between the RG & RT & brought down by a LB before he can make any progress forward. Marshall in at RB. Run to the right & 13 is getting pushed back as McCoy is handing off to Marshall. The line had a lane to the right sealed off for a second or two. 82 & 13 are both on the outside right & pushed back which opens a hole for the LBs. Marshall has nowhere to go. Kelly up the middle. Quick, instant opened lane against the the DL. Nearest LB is 3 yards from the line of scrimmage while Kelly is taking the handoff at five yards back. The difference is Marshall is already in motion, running to the handoff while the LB is still deciding where to go as at this freeze frame it could still be play action. Kelly is actually hit by a different LB on first contact & then immediately buried in a pile up. 19 called for unnecessary roughness for a negating 15 yard penalty. Kelly in the backfield on 2nd & 20. RG & TE cross to the right side behind two WRs crossing to the left side. Pitch to Kelly to the right. 83 & 69 now in motion to hit the second level. The two WRs are now at the middle of the field blocking off pursuit from the left side. Kelly comes up behind the RG & TE who are outnumbered 2-3 by LBs. The two LBs simply split around 83 & hits a wall of two LBs as the third piles onto the gang tackle. The biggest issues standing out to me (besides some unfriendly camera angles making it harder to identify a few jersey numbers) were Moses holds. A lot. The OL seemed to be simply getting out powered/muscled when it came to opening running lanes. All of this is fixable especially if use Paul more as a pass catching TE opposed to a blocking TE. If I were to hand out an award for their performance, it'd go to Brandon Scherff. That guy is simply a mauler when he's out in space to open up the second level in the run game. He's showing why Scot McCloughan took him in the First Round last year.
  6. 9 points
    VICTORY!! Redskins 29 - Giants 27 Well ladies and gents, here we are. Coming into New York (except not, because it's New Jersey, but who wants to admit they're in New Jersey on purpose?), we sitting here 0-2, last in the division, while the Giants are sitting pretty (pretty ugly) at 2-0 with a division win. My my how things turn so quickly, and that's the goal today. With a win today, we're right back in this. That'll put us at .500 in the division and put some wind at our backs when we come home to face the Browns. So far, it's been a hell of a time up here. Going to the Redskins Rally with @TK, we walked past Trent Williams in the lobby. Keep in mind, I'm not one to get opportunities to see players, so I pretty much was "NBD" on the outside but "OMG!!!!!" on the inside. Rinse and repeat as I met Cooley, Doc, Bruce, and Larry Michaels. Yeah, it was a good time. Just finished up breakfast and I got to rinse and repeat walking by Sonny and meeting Doug Williams. I'm 32 years old and feel like I'm a quarter of that age (probably still the same height). The Rally was a really good time, but now I'm sitting here in the press box waiting for the game to start. Warm ups look like warm ups, but for all of our Fashion Police, we're in white tops and burgundy bottoms. I usually don't care too much about that stuff, but it helped our run in 2005, so why the hell not? Not much interesting going on right now, but we're 80 minutes from turning this season around. I'll update throughout the game, probably at the quarters. ANNOUNCEMENT OF INACTIVES EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Washington Redskins have announced the following inactives and lineup changes for today’s game against the New York Giants: The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld o No. 18 WR Josh Doctson o No. 38 CB Kendall Fuller o No. 50 LB Martrell Spaight o No. 72 DE Anthony Lanier II o No. 74 G Arie Kouandjio o No. 97 DE Kendall Reyes The Giants declared the following players as inactive: o No. 8 QB Josh Johnson o No. 23 RB Rashad Jennings o No. 27 S Darian Thompson o No. 73 T Marshall Newhouse o No. 82 WR Roger Lewis, Jr. o No. 97 DT Montori Hughes o No. 99 DT Robert Thomas Well seven minutes before kickoff the stands are not that full, maybe 2/3, especially on the 50. With 6:00 left in the first, down 14-3. Breeland is out for the game with an ankle injury. Did not look good from up here. With 25 seconds left in the first, it's 14-6. Cousins looking better but still not good enough. Can't trade touchdowns for field goals. END OF FIRST QUARTER - Not looking happy. Bashaud out, and that muffed punt seems like it popped the balloon before it even inflated. Really need to turn this around on this third and 8 to begin the second quarter. Not sure how many more happy moments we'll have, but that :32 drive was beautiful by Cousins. Need to see more of that if we want to win, today or ever. END OF FIRST HALF - Story of the day is still the same. Cousins looking like a shell of 2015 except for three great throws. Unfortunately, those great throws for him are expected for QB's getting $19.95M. He's not getting it done, but somehow it's still a one-score game. Tendencies so far are frustration on defense and frustration with number 8. We're also doing our usual when it comes to the penalties. Not really sure why it's going this way this year, but we're being consistent. Injuries haven't been our friend with some of the guys in the box calling this another bodybag game. Breeland, Hall, Jackson, who's next? And then by my count are 35 drive-killing penalty yards. Not sure how this keeps happening either, but at least we're beating the Giants in that department. Despite how this game may be feeling, we're still in this and we get the ball at the half. Hail. Note: Last Redskin to get reception and interception in same game, Christmas Eve, 2000 was Champ Bailey Halfway through the fourth and we've got ourselves a ball game. Really need to start taking advantage of the opportunities that we're getting. Seven for us on this drive would make a lot of people feel a lot better. FINAL UPDATE: Well I went a little silent after basically eight thousand things happened in a row, and then the game ended. This team has a scrap to them, ladies and gentlemen, and boy did it come out when it mattered. We finished with 29 points off of seven scoring drives, and that's nothing to sneeze at. Going forward, we sure want to see those 29 become 49, but it seems that maybe we're wrong about this team. Having a more public platform to state this from, I'll take advantage. Too often here do we have members cheer against the team in order to say "I told you so." Man, being wrong is absolutely fantastic. After we traded two touchdowns for a field goal in the first quarter, I thought that we were going to lose. I didn't say it in the Game Day Thread or in this blog, but I thought we were done. We were 0-2 at the Meadowlands where we never win with an offense that was oozing incompetence and players were dropping like flies. And you know what? I was wrong. Our backups came in, the team got some motivation and some insane plays from Reed, Way, Crowder, and Dunbar, and now I sit here listening to Giants fans being unhappy because we beat them in their house for the first time since 2011. It sounds like Heaven. We overcame adversity and instead of floundering in our losses, we went out there and done won the damned thing! Our defense was porous and allowed six scoring drives for the Giants, but they also came up with huge turnovers to give our offense a shot. Speaking with Josh Norman after the game, he told me that watching new unheralded guys was just amazing, like he's been there. Specifically Dunbar and Cravens, Josh was beaming like a new father. Not sure if it picked up on the audio, but Trent Williams said he was "stunned" when he got the call to shift over to left guard. Maybe it was because he was standing next to him, but he was very happy with how Ty did taking over. I missed the beginning of Gruden's conference because in the press box getting down to the players/coaches is like trying to get a new XBOX on Christmas Eve. Both Gruden and Cousins were very happy with the team's resilience, but something I did like with Gruden is that when he was asked about what the hell happened before the half, his smile instantly disappeared. He was very unhappy with how that was handled, and you couldn't even tell that he had just won the game. It's good to see that the team takes the same approach to fixing mistakes win or lose. A couple of random facts that I may be the only one finds interesting: 1) The Giants had a player ejected after breaking a rule put in place due to Beckham's behavior against Norman last year. 2) Quinton Dunbar now has two interceptions in the Giants' endzone. 3) Quinton Dunbar's interception was an Odell Beckham-like one-handed grab. 4) Giants fans. I mean, just look at 'em. Got some audio up in the downloads section and trying to get some more up later. In case you watch Norman's press conference, I'm the guy awkwardly asking the second-to-last question because why not? Hopefully today is the start of something fantastic and we can keep it going next week at home versus Cleveland. Hell of a first win, guys. Now let's just get 16 more. HAIL!
  7. 8 points
    All offseason if you talked to Doug Williams all you heard was "We're gonna fix the run game". And when the Draft came around, after passing on him in the First Round, all 5-11, 225 lbs of LSU stand out, Derrius Guice fell into their lap. The pick completely re-energized the team and the fans with thoughts of a legit NFL Running Back to give them the missing part of their Offense. Fast Forward to the first week of Pre Season in New England where Guice, six carries in, had just started to show what he could do when when he was tackled & was extremely slow to get up. His knee required season ending surgery. The fan base instantly fell into the Pit of Misery. They knew they were right back to where they started at with Rob Kelly appearing to be the lead back. But then, thanks in part to Trent Williams, the team worked out 33 year old Running Back Adrian Peterson. Many were sceptical that at 33 he had anything left in the tank. They signed him right away instead of waiting until after Week 1 where the money wouldn't be guaranteed. Then they fed him the ball for nearly an entire drive in a pre season game. On his first run, he showed everyone else to the bench behind him as he took the RB1 slot. Today, in the Arizona desert, Peterson took the field as the starting Running Back of the Redskins. AP would go on to be featured in the second series of the First Quarter. The future Hall Of Famer would score his 100th career touchdown in the Second Quarter, which tied him for 7th all time. At the end of the First Half, AP had 53 yards on 14 rushes to go along with that career touchdown. By the end of the Third Quarter, Peterson was closing in on a 100 yard day. 91 yards on 20 rushes with an average of 4.6 yards. With two minutes left in the Fourth, 0n 3rd & 9 at their own 8 yard line, Alex Smith hit Peterson with a short pass to the right. Peterson would take it for 56 yards before being tackled & stripped of the ball, turning it over to the Cardinals. Peterson would end the game with 26 carries for 96 yards & 1 touchdown. He also caught 2 of 3 passes for 70 yards. That accounts for 164 yards of a total 466 yards of Offense.
  8. 8 points
    One more time before the Bye. Last week, I went through & watched both the previous Raider games before they came to town to get made to look like a high school JV team. This week I had thought about doing all 3 Chiefs games before heading off to KC, however due to time constraints I’ll be skipping their Week 1 upset of the Patriots and Week 3 against the Chargers. So, on the docket we’ve got their Week 2 matchup which had the same storyline as the Redskins’ Week 2 game. Skins had Gruden vs McCoy & this one has Reid vs his former Assistant Coach in Doug Pederson. Reid was 8-3 against former assistant coaches going into this game. Here we go…. First thing that comes across is this Arrowhead crowd is effing LOUD already & they haven’t even kicked off yet. Eagles kick it off into the end zone where Thomas brings it out. Jeez he hits a hole & looks like he might take it all the way, then gets tripped up. Thirty yard return gets flagged for Offensive Holding so they’ll start at their own 21. In their opening drive, KC gets 4 yards on the ground up the middle with Hunt, converts that 2nd Down with a pass to their TE Kelce for 12 yards, then goes with a 3 TE set & a short pass to the right sideline to Conley for 7 yards. Alex Smith takes his deep shot downfield to the right to Kelce for a gain of 44 yards- about half of that was YAC. This was their fourth play & was set up nicely by the last three out routes. It reminds me of when Reid was in Philly coaching against a revolving door of Redskins coaches. He’d usually have a shot deep in his opening drive that the other team wasn’t ready for & he was usually successful. Reid tends to script his first 15 offensive plays, running different plays out of the same formations. Occasionally he’ll throw in something you haven’t seen on tape or haven’t seen in a long time. And if you don’t or can’t adjust to it, he’ll keep on going to it. That’s how they upset the Patriots in Week 1. Anyways, back to their opening drive. They follow up the 44 yard game with an incomplete pass, a 6 yard run by Hill off the LG, & another incomplete short pass to the right. Cue the FG kick for 3. Eight plays for 73 yards. Every play this drive was out of the Shotgun. Chiefs take the next drive after an Eagles Field Goal & a touchback at their 25. It’s a seven play drive, which gets us to the end of Reid’s 15 scripted plays, all from the Shotgun. The drive starts, like the opening drive, with a run. However this time it’s to the left side for 1 yard. The opening run was up the middle. It’s back to Kelce to the right for 3, a pass to Hill to the left for 14, short pass to the right to Hunt (Hunt made four guys miss, he had to be gang tackled to get him down) for 16, then an incomplete pass to Hill deep down the left side into the end zone . Smith overthrew him by a hair. Hunt off the Right Tackle picks up 2 on the ground, Smith with another incomplete pass this one intended for Kelce, & the Chiefs punt it away for 39 yards into the end zone for the touchback. So, that’s Reid’s 15 scripted plays. In each drive he started with a run, took a shot deep downfield, ran everything out of the Shotgun, and didn’t pull any trick plays out of his bag of tricks. That’s their offense for the First Quarter that resulted in a 3-3 tie. Chiefs start their third offensive drive, now in the second quarter, with an incomplete pass over the middle to Harris but Philly is called for Offsides so they pick up 5 yards the easy way. Hunt runs to the right on a stretch play for a loss of 1. Pass to Hill for 4 yards. He gets blown up by Douglas immediately. On 3rd & 2 the Chiefs switch it up & run Wilson up the middle for a gain of 4. KC used a lot of misdirection on that play to try to spring him through the hole so he could burst it downfield. They even hd a WR come back around to fake an end a round. The more you go back & watch it, the more impressive that play gets. Next snap, KC takes a loss of 5 on a False Start. Still in the shotgun, Alex Smith scrambles up the middle until he gets pushed out at the KC 45 for 8 yards. Doesn’t matter as there’s offsetting penalties so they’re still at their own 37 with a 1st & 15. Smith picks up 4 yards on the right side &. Alex Smith gets sacked on the next snap for a loss of 5 yards. Two steps forward, two steps back. Smith keeps it again, this time he picks up 4. 2nd & 11 & for the first time all. Game Smith is under center & not back in the Shotgun. 2WR/2TE set Smith back to pass looking for a screen to the running back as the pocket collapses like a cheap tailgating tent in the wind. Sack costs them 5 yards so at 3rd & 16 Smith is back in the Shotgun, he dumps it off on Wilson at the right. Eagles D was guarding the 1st Down marker. They rushed 3 & dropped everyone else back to the marker line. Chiefs have to punt. Still 3-3. Chiefs are now on their fourth drive with 2:25 left in the first half. Smith is back in the gun & hands it off to Hunt who picks up 2 up the middle. And it’s the 2 Minute Warning. Smith unloads over the middle for Kelce. Smith barely avoided another sack there. It’s a 3 yard gain & KC burns a timeout. It’s 3rd & 5 with 1:26 to go until Half Time. Smith back in the shotgun, can’t find an open receiver as the pocket collapses again & he eats a sack. Loss of 3 yards & KC is forced to punt it away again. But first the Eagles take a time out. Chiefs punt it away & on the return, Sproles makes a few guys miss then the ball get popped out of his hands & the Chiefs recover the fumble. Sproles was nailed by the long snapper who had a textbook tackle, put his shoulder on the ball to cause it to pop out of Sproles’ hands. GREAT Special Teams play. Chiefs ball at the Philly 24 with 1:06 on the clock. Smith back in the shotgun takes yet another sack this one for a loss of 6. 31 seconds left, Smith passes complete to Kelce for a 9 yard gain. KC takes their second time out. 3rd & 7 with 26 seconds left.Smith rolls left & is run down at the sideline. He throws this one away. Barely. Eagles had him dead to rights. Chiefs are held to another Field Goal. It’s 6-3 with 17 seconds left in the half. Eagles missed a 30 yard field goal to end the half. So far in the First Half, it’s been more of a Defensive game as the score indicates. The Eagles have held Hill in check, which has stopped some of KC’s explosiveness. A deep shot to Kelce on the opening drive & the turnover on Special Teams have been their two best plays. Let’s get to the Second Half offensive drives…. Philly runs 6 plays to open the 2nd half before having to punt so the Chiefs take over at the 13 after a fair catch by Hill. From the Shotgun it’s a 12 yard pass to Wilson, 18 yards to Hill, 11 yards to Hunt, then Hunt up the middle for 1, a pass 1 yard pass to hunt, and then Smith takes another sack. This one is for a loss of 5. Chiefs to punt. Again. Hunt has been held to 6 yards on 9 attempts. Next drive starts after the Eagles get it in the End Zone for the game’s first touchdown. Smith, on a keeper, picks up 12 yards. Though he needs to learn how to slide instead of going down head first. It’s Smith to Conley for a gain of seven, then Hunt losses a yard on the left side. Smith connects with his favorite target again & Kelce gains 12 yards. 1st & 10 at the 47. Chiefs are now 3-9 on 3rd downs. Still in the shotgun, Hunt takes the handoff & EXPLODES though Philadelphia like a hot knife through cream cheese. 53 yard touchdown run. Hunt finally got to show off his speed. It’s 13-10 Chiefs. Chiefs take the field back after Philly answered with a Field Goal making it tied at 13 & into the 4th Quarter. Chiefs Special Teams take a 71 yard kickoff and return it for 40 yards. The Eagles Defense steps up & holds them to a three & out this drive. Chiefs only gained 6 yards on one play. So what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? Because as the Eagles street moving down the field, the Chiefs get a turnover by picking off Wentz. KC takes back over at the Philly 31. Smith to Hill for 7 yards, then another Smith scramble to the left where he’s pushed out of bounds at the 20. Gain of 5. Smith connects with Kelce for another 5 yards. 2nd & 5, Smith feeds Kelce again, this time it’s for 15 yards & a touchdown. 20-13 Chiefs. The touchdown pass was another play where they had an obscene amount of motion/misdirection. It was similar to a play they ran in Week 1 against the Patriots. Now with the momentum, the Chiefs Defense holds Wentz & the Eagles to a three & out. After the 8 yard punt return, KC takes over at the 44. Smith starts this drive with another keeper but it’s a loss of 1. Putting the pedal down, Smith goes deep to Conley down the right sideline for a gain of 35. Chiefs are already in Field Goal range & it’s 1st & 10 at the Philly 21 as KC takes a time out. 4:36 on the clock. KC comes out of the timeout with Smith under center, hands off to Hunt who runs to the right for 4 yards. Back in the Shotgun, Hunt takes it up the middle for 3 more yards, then picks 12 yards on a run to the left side. Ball at the 2 yard line. Hunt up the middle for the score. Kick’s good & it’s 27-13 KC. Philly takes a little over two minutes to go 75 yards in 13 plays for their final touchdown. Philly recovers their own insides kick, KC burns their last two time outs & Wentz’s final pass is incomplete as the clock runs out. Even though the Chiefs are undefeated, they’re still beatable. I think had Philly not had the turnover on Special Teams they could have had the win here. The keys here are similar as to what the Redskins Defense did to Oakland last week. Get constant pressure on Smith, contain Hunt- do not let him rip off a big 50+ yard gain, and flow to Kelce when he gets the ball. Also don’t let KC’s motion/misdirection turn into a learning lesson for a young secondary. If you’ve enjoyed these weekly reviews of the upcoming enemy of the week, drop a comment below. If you’re not a fan of them, say so below as well. Doing these are ~ahem~ extremely time consuming so if enough of you dig it, I’ll try to keep doing them. And if not, I’ll free up at least two days time during the week.
  9. 8 points
    Hello ES, It's your friendly neighborhood TSO here and I'll be providing ES press box Gameday coverage for the next two preseason home games. Now, now, let's stop with the applause and all calm down. So, I've re-watched the first preseason game against the Falcons numerous times and I came away with some performances I thought were more intriguing to follow than others, with an eye on how they respond in the following games. Will those who disappointed improve upon the issues they showed? Will those who impressed continue to do so? Will we see changes in the depth chart and playing time in the upcoming games based on their performances? Let's start with the disappointments. First up: Stephen Paea, 90. Interestingly enough, Gruden today was asked about Paea and some are interpreting his response as a negative towards Paea. I can see why. Frankly, Paea was a disappointment to watch after hearing about his improvements (namely, his health) all offseason. Though he wasn't necessarily a liability when he was in, he seemed to consistently be a non-factor, which is unfortunate considering most of the time he played was against the second and third-stringers of the Falcons. Let's take a look at some of those snaps... The following (at LDE) shows what was pretty much his issue this game. His legs. Seems to be very tentative and stuck in molasses: Here (at LDE), he gets pushed off the ball and is simply a non-factor: Here, again at LDE, not getting any penetration on his rush: Here, at RDE, same deal, a non-factor with his rush: Now, it wasn't all bad. Unfortunately, the good all came in the 2nd half against lesser players. Still, you can see the upper body strength everyone talks about when he gets his hands directly on a guy and is able to use his arms fully. Here (at RDE), he puts his guy on the ground with ease: Here (at RDE), he shows quick hands and is able to generate a solid rush. Unfortunately, he was a bit late and was actually flagged for hitting the QB (ticky tacky call, though). His speed just isn't where you want it to be, though: His best play of the game here. He's lined up (at RDE) directly in front of the Tackle (4 tech) and destroys him, causing the RB to lose yards: Basically, his legs are an issue, his upper body strength isn't. Doesn't bode well for pass rushing, but this was his first game back after his turf toe injury and maybe he was hesitant versus just not having it. Still, it's disappointing because we've been hearing from him that he's "100 percent" for the last few months and the team seemed optimistic regarding his resurgence. Hopefully we see some improvement versus the Jets on Friday and/or moving forward. But, if we don't, not all is loss because his strength can still be an asset, especially in short yardage/goal line situations lined up at the zero, two, or four technique (directly in front of his guy) where he can just out-muscle them to disrupt gaps. Next up: Arie Kuandjio, 74. Now, Kuandjio was a guy many fans hoped, all offseason, would compete for a starting job at LG. Had that not been the case, his game against the Falcons wouldn't have been a disappointment, just more of a standard preseason affair where nothing necessarily stood out and there are things to work on for a young prospect. Alas, high expectations often leads to disappointment if they aren't met immediately. Let's take a look at some of the issues. Here, we see where that old scouting report (you know, phone booth Guard and all) on him comes in play. He gets out in space and just doesn't have the juice to get to his Linebacker: This ones a little funny, he lets his guy get under him quickly and gets some bad whiplash in the process, only to end up on the ground: Most of his tape was just "meh", not necessarily bad but nothing that stood out. This was about the only play where he did something impressive as he rides his guy right off the screen: It'll certainly be interesting to see how Kuandjio responds the next few games, as he seemed to really have high expectations for himself this year and the first game didn't bear much fruit for him. Next up: Niles Paul, 84 This might be a little unfair considering how fast he's come back from a devastating ankle injury, but we've been hearing how far along he is all offseason so a little bit more was expected. Unfortunately, the plays he was in to start the game were all pretty poor and the one catch he had ended up in a hyper-extended knee. Let's take a look. Here he is at FB pretty much failing at his block. He gets his head way too low and thrusts too early, gaining no leverage and making it easy on the defender to avoid him, screwing Matt Jones over in the process: Here, he's lined up as the outside TE on the right. He does a good job initially getting to his block, but fails at holding it long enough and gets pushed back. His guy makes the tackle: Here, again lined up at TE to the right side, he runs his route a bit tentatively and is in an awkward position to make the catch. Probably was unsure about sitting in the zone or continuing the route, but then to top it off he fails to make the catch: Here, he's the FB and, again, does a good job getting to his block but his guy overpowers him with ease and lays a solid enough hit on Marshall to disrupt the play: So, yeah, not very good from Niles. Hopefully his knee is okay and he can take a step against the Jets. So now with the disappointments all out of the way, let's have some fun, shall we? We've heard about guys like Ziggy Hood, Su'a Cravens, and Ricky Jean-Francois having good games, but I wanted to focus on some who were a bit more unheralded who did. I'll be keeping an eye on these guys moving forward. First up: Kendall Reyes, 97 Reyes hasn't had much fanfare nor expectations placed on him. Most assumed he'd be solid depth or just an okay starter at best. Judging by his first preseason game, I think we may be in for a pleasant surprise. Let's see why. Here, Reyes (at RDE) gets a good jump on the ball and almost immediately penetrates into the backfield: Here, he's lined up as the Nose and gets a solid push initially, though he lets up a bit early because he assumes the QB is about to pass and wants to get his hands up. Should've continued, but a solid job nonetheless: Here, at RDE again, he gets an excellent bull rush and shows his strength: Here, he does everything right except make the tackle: Here, again at RDE, he shows good awareness on the draw and still gets a decent angle on the ball carrier though the Center is focused solely on riding him out of the play: All in all, a very solid performance. All of his other snaps showed a guy who won't get moved off the ball easily, either. I'm looking forward to seeing how he looks against the Jets and if he can continue to build off of his performance. Next up: Anthony Lanier, 72 This guys tape was, by far, the most fun to watch. Though it was against the bottom of the barrel in terms of personnel for the Falcons, the guy was extremely disruptive on pretty much every play he was in. He played like a maniac, to say the least. Let's take a look. Here he's lined up as the RDE and is in on the tackle with Terrence Garvin (who actually deserves a spot here himself, Garvin played well), causing a fumble. The next clip after this one will show just how much he laid out for the hit: Here, at RDE, penetration and tackle: Here, at RDE, he gets immediate penetration but then savagely rips off the RBs helmet. Ugly play on his part and, though you appreciate the effort, he's got to be better than that moving forward: Here, again, penetration and the tackle: Here, just runs down the play and combines for the tackle with Fields: Suffice to say, just a boatload of fun to watch. Can't wait to see what he does moving forward. Next up: Carlos Fields, 59 He's generated a little bit of buzz, but mostly written off as a likely cut, he showed up and was in on pretty much every play he was a part of. He was extremely physical and didn't hesitate to throw his body around against the Falcons, making some fun plays to watch in the process. Let's take a look. Here, you might think there's nothing special about this play, but he takes on a big FB who gained some steam while he was pretty much stationary and handles it extremely well. When you look at it at first glance, the FB should've laid him out but Fields physicality is displayed: Here, he and Garvin (see what I mean about Garvin?) combine for a nice tackle, but notice how Fields (right ILB) sifts through the traffic nicely (and listen to that pop from Garvin while you're at it): This was probably his best play, look at him hustle through the traffic to make the play (left ILB): This play was the same one already posted for Lanier, but pay attention to Fields here instead (middle): Good stuff from the young man and it'll be interesting to see how he follows it up for sure. Welp, that does it. Aside from the more commonly known and intriguing players to follow the next few preseason games, I hope this added some onto your radar. Will Paea, Paul and Kuandjio improve? Will Reyes continue to show up? Are guys like Lanier, Fields, and Garvin moving up the depth chart? Stay tuned right here on the ES coverage blog to find out!
  10. 7 points
    Alrighty fellow ESers, I'll be doing the ES coverage up in the press box at FedEx for the next two preseason games with my main man @Spaceman Spiff taking awesome pics of the action as usual! As I did last year, I'll be focusing on players (or in this case entire positions) that have intrigued us all offseason. I'll go through what I saw in the previous games and, as we journey through the preseason, who improved or regressed along the way. And what has intrigued us all more than the Dline this offseason? So, first, a quick primer as to how I've approached this. I've uploaded a bunch of videos I took of the Dline's snaps to twitter since that seems to be the easiest method to embed stuff here. The videos I took are essentially snaps that I thought either had a clear win or a clear loss by any single Dlineman or more. I judged wins/losses more off of the initial movement generated, or ground given up, from the player so as to keep it as basic as possible and avoid schematic context. The snaps that occurred where neither a win nor a loss necessarily occurred (player did nothing impactful either way) were omitted in this count. However, that only happened on a few occasions, the majority of snaps held some intrigue for us. At the end of this, I'm going to compile the number of wins and losses for each player, and then I'll continue to do this throughout the next two preseason games. Click on the videos to see the line of text detailing said wins/losses. Shall we begin? (Apologies for the small text size of the chart, wanted it to fit properly in a mobile format, as well) Player Wins Losses Snaps Accounted For* 63 Brandon Banks 1 1 2 69 AJ Francis 7 1 8 72 Anthony Lanier 8 1 11 73 Ondre Pipkins 1 1 2 78 Joey Mbu 0 8 11 90 Ziggy Hood 0 3 6 92 Stacy McGee 5 2 7 95 Jonathan Allen 2 0 5 97 Terrell McClain 2 0 2 98 Matt Ioannidis 3 1 4 99 Phil Taylor 5 0 5 *Total snaps accounted for is just a tally of snaps where a win/loss occurred on the Dline, and not a total snap count. That being said, the number somewhat reflects total snap counts since the majority of snaps had a win/loss occur. So what did I learn from this? Let's go down the list. -Brandon Banks didn't play many snaps, only coming in towards the end of the game (along with Pipkins). So his competition was weak, as well. He had 1 (slight) win and 1 loss, while the 2 snaps accounted for were pretty much all that he did. -AJ Francis had a great game, tallying 7 wins to only 1 loss. He played early on and often, but mostly after the Ravens' first-stringers came off the field. That was out of 11 snaps accounted for, so only 3 of those snaps were ones where he wasn't impactful either way (again, that doesn't include other snaps where no Dlineman won or loss, but it shouldn't be much more than that). -Anthony Lanier also had an excellent game, tallying 8 wins and only 1 loss. His 1 loss came after a snap in which you could see he was clearly tired after the whistle, so it was almost expected. He played a lot, but like Francis came in after the 1st stringers for the Ravens went off the field. That was out of 11 snaps accounted for, so 3 of those snaps were ones that were neither negative nor positive along with those unaccounted for. -Ondre Pipkins, as mentioned above, came into the game late with Banks and didn't have many snaps overall. Like Banks, he had 1 win and 1 loss, though his win was certainly a better one. - Joey Mbu didn't perform well at all. It's surprising considering he opened up TC as the guy getting the most reps with the first team at NT and had a decent amount of buzz surrounding him all offseason. But you can totally see why he lost ground to both Taylor and Francis. He ended up with 8 losses and a whopping 0 wins out of the 11 snaps accounted for. He played a significant chunk of the game, but like Lanier and Francis it was mostly against the Ravens 2nd and 3rd teams. - Ziggy Hood also had a poor game. 3 losses to 0 wins on 6 snaps accounted for. He played mostly against the first team of the Ravens. With Hood, there was a decent amount of snaps he played more than what was accounted for, but that only means he did nothing impactful (negative or positive) in any of them including the other 3 that were. Let's see how it goes the rest of the preseason, but overall he had more plays than not that neither were positive nor negative, and he had 3 clear losses. - Stacy McGee had a solid outing, winning 5 snaps and losing on 2 out of the 7 snaps accounted for. He got a decent amount of time in against the first team, as well. His wins weren't necessarily big time ones, but he was a net positive overall - Jonathan Allen was an interesting case. The consensus opinion was that he had a good game, and I agree with that to a degree, but his plays mostly came against the 2nd team of the Ravens. He got a decent amount of snaps against their first team, but those neither ended up as wins or losses. Either way, he had 2 wins and 0 losses overall on the 5 snaps I accounted for (so you can see he had a bunch of plays where he was more inconsequential than not). Not too shabby for his first outing as a pro, either way, and he got himself one of the better "wins" of the night with a sack. He shows great awareness for a rookie, as well, which is why he's always around the ball. - Terrell McClain had a solid outing. Which was a surprise because after the game it seemed like most were down on him. He didn't play against the first team of the Ravens, but he finished with 2 wins and 0 losses on the 2 snaps I accounted for with him in. One of his wins was one of the better ones of the entire night. - Matt Ioaniddis had a good outing, with 3 wins and 1 loss on the 4 snaps I accounted for with him in. He got a significant amount of reps against the first team Ravens as well as their 2nd team, and the good news is that 2 of his wins came against their first team. - Finally, Phil Taylor came in with a solid performance. He mostly played against the first team of the Ravens and finished with 5 wins and 0 losses in the 5 snaps he was accounted for. 4 wins against their first team. We might just have a Nose Tackle ladies and gentlemen. In summary, Hood and Mbu were the only two who clearly had bad games. Not enough for either Banks or Pipkins to go off on. The rest played really well, with Lanier and Francis having the two best individual performance (granted, against 2nd and 3rd stringers). I'm genuinely excited about the prospects of this Dline moving forward. Can't wait to continue focusing on them the next couple of weeks and finding out where they all go from here!
  11. 7 points
    Atlanta GA-. Welcome to the Extremeskins coverage of the first preseason game and the beginning of the season. I'm Hap Haszard in the press box and Zoony will be covering the sidelines. A few of the players are on the field warming up and stretching Falcons on one end and Redskins on the other. Great view of the field from the press box, much better than Fedex or TampaBay which are the other stadiums I've been at. You would have to pay good money for these seats. A few warm-up pictures Redskins are wearing white jerseys and gold pants, Falcons red jersey and white pants. 12 minutes until game time and the stands are flat empty. And the Redskins are taking the field faint boos are heard, from the few Atlanta fans here. Redskins first team moving the ball well. Big run but holding penalty caused 1st and 20. Redskins first series resulted in a 54 yard punt to Falcons 1. Redskins D held Atlanta to 3 yards on 3 plays, Atlanta punts and McCoy is in for Washington's second series. Second series, Redskins 41 yard FG by Hopkins. Redskins kickoff resulted in a touchback, Atlanta's ball at the 25 yard line. Atlanta's second possession was -1 yards, Defense is balling. Washington starts 3rd series at the 28 yard line. Run game still needs a lot of work, 3 and out for Washington Atlanta's 3rd series 2 first downs. End of the first quarter. Redskins 3 Atlanta 0 2nd quarter 47 yard pass to Washington 12 Run of 10 yards to Redskins 2 ylard line. False start 1st and goal from 7 now 3rd and goal from the 11. Defensive penalty 5 yards to 6 yard line, incomplete pass, FG Atlanta. Tied at 3. Washington's first series 2nd half - McCoy at QB - 3rd down and 5 - McCoy runs for 8 to get a first down. Washington's run game needs a lot of work. False start on the Redskins, 2nd down 16, 3rd down and 11, 4th down and punt. Huge pass by Atlanta 68 yards first down Washington 4, run to foot line, TD Atlanta 10 -3 3 and out for Redskins after a nice return by Thorpe. Atlanta is marching down the field against the Redskins D. Cravens stopped a run in the backfield. He is having a good game. Despite penalties, Atlanta converts a 42 yard FG to make it 13 - 3 at the half. Halftime The Redskins played decent defense during the first quarter, but really stunk it up in the 2nd quarter. The offense really wasn't burning down the barn either. I know its preseason and all but it looks from here like there is a lot of work that needs to be done. Now its time for the guys who will be working at 7-11 in a month or so to show what they can do. Third Quarter And they just did kick return by Atlanta 101 yards its now 20-3, Hail. I know this is preseason, and the first team was only in for a series so I'm not upset over the play but there is going to have to be some work on penalties. They are causing a lot of problems. Sudfeld in at QB - first down for the Redskins. Run loss of 2, 2nd and 12. about a 40 yd pass dropped by Ross. 3rd and 12, incomplete 4th down. Punt time. 5 million yard punt actually 64 yards. Atlanta's either 3rd or 4th string QB is in now. Atlanta runs and Cravens stopped it in the back field for 5 yard loss. Pass to Redskins 42, pass to Redskins 17, run for 1 yard stopped by Trail. 4th and 11. 36 yard field goal is good. 23-3 Atlanta. Redskins are good running and passing to Atlanta 17. Run to 1. Flags everywhere on next play. Offset penalties replay first down at 2 foot line. TD Redskins Kelly. 23-10 The game on both both teams is getting sloppy. Cravens is really having a decent game but he is in against 3rd and 4th string players now. Redskins' roughing passer penalty gives Atlanta a first and 10. Atlanta has been going deep on the Redskins, this time it didn't work. 4th down. Delay of game by Atlanta. The Atlanta crowd is amusing themselves by doing the wave. Its a bit hard to do with so few in the stadium. Redskins punt out of bounds. Atlanta 1st at 30. End of the 3rd Quarter Atlanta 23 Redskins 10 Fumble Redskins recover at Atlanta 34. Play being reviewed. Confirmed to be a fumble. Redskins run for 3, run for first down, 3rd down incomplete pass. 4th down. Redskins going for it. Pass to Ross for 1st down. Zebra error, reset the play clock and try it again. Hey its preseason for them too. First down Redskins, Run gain of 5, Run gain of 2, Pass TD. Extra Point is good. 23-17 Things are getting so sloppy its not worth reporting on whats happening. I'll report scores if any happen. After a series of defensive penalties, Atlanta misses a field goal attempt. The Redskins take over and now the offense is producing their own penalties. 1 minute left in the game. Over all I would say the Redskins played a very sloppy game. Same penalties on multiple plays so I'm sure they can be corrected. I think I counted 5 lined up in the neutral zone by the D, that can be corrected. What worries me is the running game, I did not see much there. The secondary gave up some really long plays, not a couple but several. Check out ES's exclusive sideline photos from zoony HERE
  12. 7 points
    So, last week I went through the Falcons game and came up with a few players I thought were intriguing to keep our eyes on as we moved forward through the preseason (with a ton of video to boot, probably too much as that page is/was a bummer to load ); either because they had disappointing outings and we hoped to see improvements from them, or because they looked surprisingly good and we hoped to see the continuation of that level of play. I intentionally focused on players who weren't being talked about a whole lot that week so as to avoid any media redundancy. The disappointments I honed in on against the Falcons were Stephen Paea, Arie Kuandjio and Niles Paul. The impressive performances came from Kendall Reyes, Anthony Lanier (before the rest of the world started noticing him), Carlos Fields, and a special guest appearance from Terrence Garvin. So how did these guys do against the Jets? And were there any other performances to add to the current list of Extremeskins Coverage intrigue? Let's find out, shall we (with a little less video for the sake of our browsers, mmkay)? Stephen Paea, 90 Watching the game in the pressbox at FedEx field, I made it a point to focus in on Paea with my cheap Walmart-purchased binoculars (hey, it was last minute, Spaceman Spiff said I'd probably need them) when he came into the game. From what I saw, he was much improved, however, we must keep in mind that he came in about five minutes into the 2nd half, which means he was playing against lesser talent (and may further indicate a demotion on the depth chart). That being said, last week against the Falcons, he seemed to be moving in slow motion and the only positive he showed really was with his arm strength. Against the Jets, however, it was a different story. He moved very well and was a lot more explosive off the snap, to say the least. Let's take a look at a couple of examples. Here, he's lined up at RDE and you can see him move laterally well while penetrating, putting himself in the perfect position to make the tackle: Here, again at RDE, he shows good lateral quickness another time by cutting to his left to find the open lane to the QB, then he puts on the jets to get the sack: Suffice to say, much better from Stephen Paea. Arie Kuandjio, 74 Unfortunately, the same can't be said about Arie Kuandjio, who continued to disappoint. Most of his plays aren't necessarily a negative, but they're plays where he can't be considered as having had a positive impact. He often is either out of position or generally not involved when he otherwise should be. But then there's bad as well. Here, at LG, his guy gets underneath and is able to push him back, who then winds up making the tackle on Keith Marshall: Here, again at LG, is the play I believe John Keim was talking about a couple days ago when he mentioned Kuandjio getting pushed to the ground: Yeah, let's hope we get a better showing from him against the Bills. Niles Paul, 84 Good news for Niles, though, he definitely looked better overall. He did whiff on his first play, but then seemed to make up for it with better blocking in general. Let's take a look. Here, lined up at FB and motioned to the left, is the aforementioned whiff: Here, lined up on the outside to the left at TE, you'll see him get a solid block on #21 of the Jets and maintain it throughout the play: Here, lined up as the outside TE on the right side, you'll see him execute a perfect block: Overall, a better showing from Niles Paul. Kendall Reyes, 97 Kendall Reyes continued to impress for the most part. Nothing spectacular, just solid, and I get the sense that we'll be hearing that a lot when it comes to his play throughout the season. Here, at RDE, he gets some decent pressure on the QB and flushes him outside of the pocket: Anthony Lanier II, 72 By far, the most interesting aspect of Lanier's game was how much earlier he was put into the rotation than in the Falcons game, which may indicate he's moving up the depth chart a little. I asked him about it after the game and he seemed to agree. As for his performance, it wasn't as enjoyable to watch as the film against the Falcons (that's not to say he played poorly or regressed, just nothing splashy), but he certainly had his moments. Here are a few examples. Here, at RDE, he gets quick interior penetration: Here, lined up at LDE, he gets a near sack after beating #64 of the Jets handedly (gotta love the way he lays out there): Here, lined up at RDE, of course is his end of game sack. This one's all about his hustle and awareness: Terrence Garvin, 52 All Garvin has done these past two games is make plays, so I'm putting him here instead of Fields. Last week against the Falcons, he was in on a bunch of plays along with Fields and Lanier, so I didn't give him his own spot and just mentioned his play secondarily. I don't know if it's the weaker competition or not, but he's really impressive out there. Let's take a look at some of the plays he made against the Jets. Here, lined up on the right side at ILB, you have to love his back pedal and then quick reaction to break up the pass: Here, again lined up on the right side at ILB, he shows his speed as he slices his way through to apply quick pressure on the QB, causing the incompletion: He was also in on a fumble recovery (right place, right time, so no need for a video really), but it just shows his hustle. He's really flying around out there and is fun to watch. Well, that does it for now. We'll see how these guys look on Friday against the Bills as well as their spots in the rotation. Will they improve, stay the same or regress? Will we see them higher on the depth chart, the same, or lower? I might do a part 2 of this if I have the time and add some others to the list. Hope you all enjoyed it, see you around on the board!
  13. 6 points
    In today's Divisional Debacle, the Defense under Greg Manusky in the first half, gave up 207 yards of offense (105 rushing/102 passing) and two touchdowns. That said, they did manage a single INT on which the Offense actually managed to score a touchdown off of. They allowed 12 of 16 passes to be completed . In the second half it was 107 yards given up (58 rushing//49 passing) a field goal and a touchdown. They traded their first half pick for a second half sack. However, Dallas completed all five of their pass attempts. Don't read that thinking "Well it seems like they tightened up some in the 2nd half." They didn't. They simply had about half the plays in the second half. 30 plays in the First and 18 in the Second. So far in two Divisional matchups, the Defense has faltered in the Second half. They start out like a house of fire for the first few drives until their opponents gradually make adjustments. This Defensive coaching staff fails make any adjustments, whether in game or at the very least at Halftime. They've given up over 30 points per game for a total of 63 points given up in two games. While the Bears are up next, the Pats await and they've put up over 70 points in two games. Yeah. Ok. They did shut out the Dolphins today which is looking like the NFL version of ... ahem... shooting fish in a barrel. The frustrating thing is Manusky is the DC that the Front Office actively looked to replace during the off season without firing him. When you know they're looking to replace you, most people would make a concentrated effort to show an improvement. Yet Manusky's Defense still keeps acting like it's starring in Groundhog Day. In his post game presser, when asked directly about if any coaching changes would be made, Gruden said "No, I think after two games – you’re talking about playing two very good offensive football teams and two of the best offensive lines in pro football we just played back-to-back. That’s no excuse whatsoever, but I don’t think we need to hit the panic button yet. We just have to continue to focus on what we can do better to win. Get Jonathan [Allen] in here, get a couple of our corners back in here and let’s go back and strap it up against Chicago [Bears] next week and see what happens.” Here's another frustrating thing. The defensive communication was an issue last season as well. Wasn't this supposed to have been worked on during OTA's and Training Camp? It's understandable that the rookies would still be on a learning curve, but NFL vets like Collins and DRC you'd think they would have down by the start of the season. Gruden said they're a very talented group on Defense but that they weren't reaching them. When questioned as to why the coaching staff that has been in place for several years, wasn't reaching them, he defended the comment as them being a young defense. “We have some moving parts now. Landon Collins is a veteran guy but this is his first year, [Montez] Sweat’s in his first year, [Cole] Holcomb, it’s his first year, [Jon] Bostic is in his first year. We’re playing Dominique [Rodgers-Cromartie] at corner and this is Jimmy Moreland’s first year, so it’s not like we are the most experienced group. We feel like were very talented, but we`re still fighting through somethings. There are a lot of things to look forward to, without a doubt, but we do have to play better and strap it up and get back to work."
  14. 6 points
    Landover, MD - Hello ES and welcome all to the Extremeskins Coverage of the third preseason game of the 2016 season. I'm TSO in the press box at FedEx Field along with Spaceman Spiff, here to provide you with the best damn coverage we possible can! Last week I talked about the burden that undoubtedly weighs on every Redskins fan's mind... that fear that lingers knowing that, after every successful season in the last how many years, the team followed it up with utter failure. The paranoia that something terrible is right around the corner. The Redskins "curse", if you will. But then the very real hope that all of the signs - and there are many legitimate ones - point to it being different this time, right? They're steeped in rationale and logic, and we've seen the fruits of it already with an NFC East division title under our belts. That hope is forcing us to remove those fears, doubts and paranoid attitudes, leaving us to remain more curious than anything else. Wondering if this time, you guessed it... is it real? Last week against the Jets we had an insightful, albeit "preseasonal" and therefore half-baked, tour into the answers we're seeking. We saw young, unheralded guys like Anthony Lanier II and Martrell Spaight continue to rise. We saw Colt McCoy continue to solidify why he's a great backup to have, one very few teams have the luxury of. We saw the Oline pick it up in the running game against the elite Defensive Line/Front of the Jets, with Matt Jones reeling off numerous runs that proved not only his improvement, but also why the team hasn't hesitated to trust him with the starting job. We saw the guys who no one talks about at WR, like Ryan Grant, Maurice Harris, and Rashad Ross, show why it's arguable we have the best and deepest WR corps in the NFL. But that was week 2 of the preseason. Week 3 is an entirely different animal, as everyone knows it's considered the "dress rehearsal" for the season. This game also brings with it an extra layer of intrigue due to the surprise Coach Gruden laid on all of us, as well as the players, that many of the usual starters would be getting the night off last week, all the while acknowledging the importance these snaps tonight will have for everyone to prepare for the Steelers on Monday Night. So are we going to keep getting positive affirmations regarding the "is it real" question? Or are those fears and doubts going to be allowed to creep in? Stay tuned here on the Extremeskins Coverage Blog to find out with us! Some Pregame warm-up notes - *Trent Williams is such a great leader (see video below, try to pay attention to how he roams the entire roster). He's involved with every position group, talking to them, getting them hyped, etc... Ihenacho caught a nice pass one-handed and Trent was right there like "yeaaaaaaaah". In the video, you can see Kendall Thompson engage him. It's fun to watch him simply being a Redskin through and through. *Speaking of Olinemen, Leribeus just false started during a simple warm up routine. *TJ Thorpe can dance. *It's oddly very enjoyable watching Gruden and Scot McCloughan together. Somehow every smile, every laugh they have together warms the heart. It's incredibly lame. Ziggy Hood starting for Baker. Dline gets nice pressure, Ziggy Hood cleaned up for sack. First drive solid pressure from Dline overall. Kerrigan hurt, though. Doesn't look good the way he's talking on the sidelines with other players. :/ First Redskins drive, Bills getting good interior pressure, Lichtensteiger with the hold as well. 2nd drive for the Bills, after INT, no pressure from front and they were able to run on them. Not a good look, but secondary came through. Norman, blanket coverage in the redzone, fun to see him make a play in a Skins jersey for the first time. Reed, Grant and Garcon drops on Redskins 2nd drive, followed by a Hopkins miss. Team, outside of secondary and flashes from the Dline, in general seems off. Norman with nice pass break up again on 3rd down of Bills 3rd drive. He's on fire. Redskins 3rd drive, Trent with a slight limp after first play. Continued to go backwards on running play, then screen to DJax, then it was just a penalty-fest. Pretty ugly. Bills 4th drive... Preston Smith beasting on 1st down run play with TFL of 5 yards. DHall with a terrible personal foul that gives the Bills a first down, nullifying the previous loss. Bills running the ball easily up the middle it seems, it's a problem. Will Compton with a TFL as the Bills continue their 4th drive, he's had quite a few this preseason. DHall follows up with a great tackle in the open field to bring the TE down, hurting him in the process. At least the D is holding the Bills to FGs. Redskins 1st drive of 2nd quarter, Lichtensteiger, Long and Trent Williams with great blocks on 2nd down, allowing Robert Kelly to get outside for 9 yards. Bills 2nd drive in 2nd quarter, 2nd down Ziggy Hood with excellent penetration and TFL of 4 yards. Trent Murphy almost gets home on 3rd down, nice speed pass rush. Once again, Norman with the blanket coverage. Redskins 2nd drive, Oline pass blocking well while run blocking is an issue, as usual. Lichtensteiger with another hold. My man Ryan Grant with a sick cut for the TD run after an excellently timed pass by Cousins. Bills 3rd drive, interestingly Paea and Ioannidis out there with some of the 1s. Ioannidis gets immediate pressure causing an incompletion on first down. Followed up by Ricky Jean Francois sack forcing the Bills into a 3rd and 17. Dline making some noise! Redskins 3rd drive, yet another hold on Lichtenstieger that cost Reed a nice catch and run. Ridiculous, that's 3 holds on him. Ryan Grant continues to be hot and cold, drops easy pass behind the LOS on 2nd and 10. After roughing the passer call, Lauvao with a great block on running play, opening a huge path for Robert Kelley. Run blocking has picked up in general, it seems. Good to see, but could be due to Bills bringing in lesser guys on their line. Bills 4th drive, Will Blackmon with the caused fumble... on the same play Trent Murphy actually had another nice rush almost getting home. Coming off the turnover, Redskins score via Kirk to Garcon after seemingly being unable to get the snap off. Check out how it looked from the press box: Bills come back with a nice FG drive of their own, mainly off of an EJ Manuel run that should've been a sack in the backfield, though I missed who got the pressure on him and whiffed. Stay tuned for more analysis by the Extremeskins Coverage Blog! So, some notable stats to start off. Cousins finished 12 of 23 for 188 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT for a QB Rating of 101.1. Not too shabby after a shaky start. Desean Jackson was 4 on 5 for 56 yards. Vernon Davis was 3 on 3 targets for 42 yards. J Reed was 2 on 4 targets for 28 yards and a TD. Garcon was 2 on 4 targets for 24 yards and a TD. Ryan Grant was 1 on 4 targets for 38 yards and a TD (as of the 1st half). Not much to talk about during the 2nd half, but here were some notes: Redskins 1st drive of 3rd quarter, Ty Nsekhe with a great block to seal edge and allow Mack Brown a big gain. Second string Oline doing some solid work opening holes for Brown in general. Though they definitely seemed to lose something once Long went out with an ankle injury and Reiter came in. Long is a nice presence for the run game when he's under center. On Bills 2nd drive, Stephen Paea with nice penetration and a TFL. Ricky Jean Francois continues to consistently penetrate. Corey Crawford with a vicious thrown down of the RB after Ihenacho got a hold of him, then Crawford follows it up with a nice pass rush on 3rd down which caused Manuel to escape the pocket and throw an incompletion. Interestingly, it looks like Garvin has moved up the depth chart as he's playing next to Spaight with the backups. Speaking of Garvin, on the 4th down play of the Bills 3rd drive, he showed a bit of his weakness in the running game as he was easily blocked on the second level by a Bills' Guard, allowing the run for the first. Redskins offense just isn't moving the ball after their first drive of the half (which still came away with no points). Backup Oline seems to be pass blocking well enough, but not many open options for McCoy, who seems a bit off himself. On the first down of Bills 4th drive, Garvin does a good job using his speed to get in position to tackle the RB, but he can't finish and allows the RB to get outside for a nice gain. My man Lanier finally showed up with a nice TFL on the Bills RB. Redskins 4th drive of the half, Oline not getting much push for Mack Brown. Kouandjio with a holding penalty on top of it. This has been quite the utterly boring second half. Lanier with a deflected pass on the Bills final drive. Kendall Fuller follows with a big pass break up in the endzone, followed by another pass breakup by Mariel Cooper! Last two plays were fun, Wakefield with a sack followed by a Kendall Fuller INT to seal the deal, Redskins win! At least the final drive was a little bit exciting, pretty dull 2nd half overall. Going to head down to the locker room now, see you all in a bit. EXCLUSIVE ES AUDIO CONTENT
  15. 6 points
    In honor of Extremeskins' 12th season covering the Redskins from behind the curtain, we are enhancing our Redskins game-day coverage. Beginning this year, our week-to week coverage will include this all in one place. Here, this space will be dedicated to coverage-related content such as: Our world-class game coverage featuring behind the scenes views from the sidelines, locker-room and press box The top Redskins tailgates at FedEx Field and opponent stadiums The best tailgating recipes, shared by your fellow 'Skins' fans A list of the best venues to visit in order to meet up with Redskins fans around FedEx and in opposing cities - we will visit these and provide our report along with photos and other tidbits Fan polls - Every week ES will publish a poll relevant to that week's game asking fans to share their insight. We will then publish the results prior to kick-off. More! More? More what? Why more cowbell of course! We are excited about these changes and hope you enjoy them as well. Check back throughout the week for updates and announcements surrounding Redskins game-day coverage. And with that, let's get ready to defend the East! ~ JimmiJo, Murf, SpacemanSpiff, TK
  16. 6 points
    Pregame Photos here First Half Photos Here Second Half Photos Here
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    Richmond Today is Fan Apprecaition day, a good day to collect autographs and selfies with the players and coaches, At 7:00 fans started arriving for a 11:30 am opening. At 1:15 Jay Gruden will have a press conference and practice will be at 1:30. You can follow me on twitter @haphaszard. The media room is starting to fill up now so things should be starting soon. A very large crowd here today Something new in the Media room, free pepsi products as well as chips. Pepsi the new Redskins Partner. Jay Gruden's presser: Jay discussed the NFL eliminating the cut to 75. He is all for it, since last year they had to cut to 75 before the 4th preseason game and with guys hurt they barely had enough to play the 4th game. Cornerback Fabian Moreau and Safety Montae Nicholson He thinks they are getting closer its on the trainer and the doctor when they are cleared for full contact, No updates on Jordan Reed, but he thinks Rob Kelley is good to go today. Gruden is unsure if Jordan's injury will go into the season, but the doctors and trainers and Jordan he will be ready for the season. Preston Smith twisted his ankle, He is in a boot. Probably a week or two. Jamison Crowder is getting close, Junior Galette has been doing very well Had a sack fumble that would have won the game for the defense. Is it possible for a coach to work an 8 hour day? Gruden: Yeah I think you could if you want to coach for a year, For some reason I am unable to download video's to this article, so I will load the tweets with the videos. 20170805_135800.mp4
  20. 5 points
    Murf & I arrived here at the hotel a few hours ago. We immediately noticed this one was a bit different then what we've grown accustomed to. No, it wasn't smooth sailing at check as that never happens. Today's check in didn't have Murf down to be in the room. Usually that happens to me. I suggested the chick at the front desk just check me in & hand me an extra room key. I think that was to much for her to process. She still had to check with someone. Anyways, we finally got checked in & headed to the room to drop off our gear before heading out for a couple of breweries. Stepping off the elevator we're greeted by a framed & autographed Marino jersey. OK. That's different. Especially considering we're nowhere near Miami. Then there's an Ali picture hanging in the hallway. Makes sense with Joe Louis Areana being here. Then there's some some more Ali pics up, a Randy Moss signed Vikings jersey, a Joe Namath autographed photo & well, see for yourself. There's just a really cool sports vibe to this floor. I might have to start up a GoFundMe for the Ali/Beatles pic.
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  22. 4 points
    Aight. Last week was kinda fun reviewing the Rams tape, so I figured let’s do both Raiders games for this week. Yes, both. For now, here’s the Raiders at Titans game from Week 1. First up is Week 1 with the Raiders at the Titans. First thing is it’s weird to hear Romo calling this game because he’s always been an NFC guy yet here he is calling an AFC game. Secondly, the Titans start this game with a failed on-sides kick. It was ballsy, but dumb. Now to what I’ve been wanting to see, this vaunted Raiders Offense as never watched them last year. So let’s rearview what the Raiders are doing on Offense, drive by drive. Here we go… Raiders 1st & 10 at the 50 with 14:58 on the clock. Two WR set with Lynch in the backfield. Pass blocking is perfect, Carr with a quick release throws short of the 1st Down marker (a staple of the Redskins O for years) complete to Cooper for 6 yards as he’s wrapped up & on the ground before he can complete a spin around move to go for the YAK. 2nd & 4. Raiders to the line, Lynch in the backfield, 4 WR set- Trips left overload with the fourth(Rookie) on the right. Handoff to Lynch. No rust on BeastMode. Gains 14 simply by plowing though & bowling guys over. It takes 3-4 defenders to bring him down. 1st & 10 at the 30. Raiders to the line 3 WR set with an empty backfield & BeastMode out wide to the right. Lynch does nothing. Absolutely nothing. He stands there facing Carr, watches the snap, doesn’t move. Maybe that 14 yard run gassed his ass? Anyways, Carr connects with Cook who spins around & does a forward roll before even being touched by a defender for a gain of 22. Cook was wide open. 1st & Goal for the Raiders who have been playing the Titans aren’t even on the field. Raiders to the line, going 5 wide. Carr to Cooper on the underneath route. Cooper, drags about half of the Titans defense with him, muscles his way across the plane for the touchdown. Raiders send out there new kicker, he nails it & it’s 7-0 Raiders. Oakland’s Defense on this series is nothing to get excited about as they allowed the Titans to march down the field for a touchdown that was ran in by Mariota. Oh & Rookie WR Corey Davis owned CB David Amerson on a sweet sideline pass. The Titans kick it off for a touchback. Raiders ball at the 25. BeastMode in the backfield, 4 WR set, Trips Left. Carr handoffs to Lynch for a run to the left with 3 extra blockers already there for him coming out of that Trips formation. Gain of 3 as the WRs can’t block for ****. Raiders again going 5 wide with an empty backfield. Sideline pass to Cooper gets broken up. I believe this is Oakland’s first incompletion. 3rd & 7 Raiders go 4 WRs with Lynch in the backfield. Sideline pass to Cook for a gain of 12 & the 1st down. It took four defenders to bring Cook down. He’s a big boy who clearly ate his Wheaties before this game. Raiders go with the End Around to Patterson to change things up a bit. Personally I’ve never been a big fan of the End Around as it rarely gets you any yardage due to the time it takes to get the runner headed back the other way & just wastes a Down more often then not. 2nd & 5 and the Raiders go back to 5 WRs. Again. With Lynch in the backfield. Carr changes the play at the lineCrabtree gets called for Offensive Pass Interference. Oakland gets backed up to a 2nd & 15. So far the only thing that stops this Offense is, this Offense. Raiders back to their 5 WRs but with an empty backfield this snap. Carr passes it to no one as Cooper ran the wrong route. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Raiders are going 5 Wide with an empty backfield. Carr with a sideline lob to Crabtree who makes the catch but there’s a flag out. PI call on the Defense so the Raiders get the easy 1st Down. Trips left this time with the 4th WR at the bottom of the screen. Betting here it’s either the underneath or the sideline pass down the right…..Oh I AM surprised, it’s actually Lynch up the middle for 3. 2nd & 7 with 4 wide & Lynch in the backfield this time. There’s the underneath to Crabtree who gets to the 12. Flag on the play back at the 40 & after zebra conference it’s no foul. Evidently the SJ thought a WR was a T & had thrown the flag for not enough players on the field. Or something. Still, this is a Week 1 game & Del Rio is on the sideline laughing in the ref’s face as they explain it to him. Raider ball at the 12. Raiders again back to Trips left with Cooper as the fourth WR on the right & Lynch in the backfield. Lynch runs to the left for five yards. Those extra WRs seemed to block a lil bit better this time. 2nd & 5 at the 7. Raiders go 3 WRs spread on the right with the 4th on the left & again Lynch in the backfield. Swing pass to Lynch for a gain of 2 on the left side. Oh look! It’s an Orakpo sighting. 3rd & 3 at the 5. Titans show a FS blitz, Lynch up the middle but gets pushed back short of the first down. 4th & 1. Raiders are going to go for it. Timeout Oakland…Raiders going for it. Handoff to Lynch who is hit at the ankles in the backfield & should have been stopped except he plants & slightly pivot to the right away from the clogged middle, avoids the guy coming through the middle & heads towards his new hole where there’s nothing but daylight between him & end zone. However a defender comes in out of the backfield & wraps him up short of the goal line but he gets the 1st Down. 1st & Goal Raiders. Again, trips bunched left, Cooper on the right, Lynch in the backfield. Quick slant to Cooper is bobbled & dropped. 2nd & Goal. Three WRs spread out this time on the left, Copper still spread out solo on the right. Lynch still in the backfield. Pass again to Cooper is broken up & incomplete. 3rd Down. Carr in the Shotgun passes to Cooper who drops it in the back center of the end zone. Quarter ends & Oakland opens the 2nd quarter with a 3 point field goal. Great drive that chewed up the clock & yardage. They just couldn’t punch it in when they needed to. Sounds familiar to anyone that’’s been watching Redskins football here lately. Only difference is the Raiders were feeding Cooper who couldn’t eat while the Redskins just throw fades to short WRs. I may have gotten spoiled in watching McVay’s creativity last week when I reviewed the Rams tape against the Colts. And with the last game I watched being the Thursday Night Shootout between the Rams & the 49ers, this Raiders offense is boring af. I’m go take a power nap cause it’s actually making me sleepy. Hopefully;;y when I get back I can stay awake long enough to get through this Week 1 game tape. No idea how I’ll get through the Riders/Jets game from last week. Maybe a box of coffee from Dunkin will do the trick…. Oakland starts their third drive with Lynch on the bench. Not to be confused with all of those “Remember Elf on a shelf get ready for_______” memes that have been making their way across social media this past week. Raiders line up in what ’s been their base formation this game - Trips bunched left, fourth WR at the top on the screen. It’s a handoff to Washington up the clogged middle for 1. Hot route for 3 yards to Cooper & he picks up the YAC for the first down at the 28. The give is to Washington again up the middle for a gain of 4. No idea why BeastMode is currently BenchMode. 2nd & 6 at the 31. Raiders going 5 wide now with Washington split out wide at the bottom of the screen. Carr quick pass to Cook for the first down. Four WR set with Washington still in the backfield & Carr hands off to Washington who goes up the middle again for 2. Raiders go 5 wide with an 18 yard pass to Crabtree. Crabtree makes the catch in the air, stretched out perpendicular like he’s flying & only missing a cape. 1st & 10 at the 43 & Oakland is back to 4 WRs with Richard in the backfield now. Richard takes the handoff up the middle for a short gain. 2nd & 9 four WRs & Richard in the backfield again. Play action fake to Richard & Carr is immediately swarmed & sacked for a loss of 5. 3rd & 13. 4 WRs again & again the Titans sack Carr. 4th & 20. Cue the punt team. Punt takes a bounce & Oakland’s ST down it at the 2. Nice ST play. On the last drive the Raider Defense pitched a three & out. This drive, not so much. The Titans started at their own 2 yard line & marched it down into the Red Zone where the Defense finally tightened up & held them to a Field Goal. It’s tied at 10 with 43 seconds left in the first half. Raiders take the touchback at the 25 yard line. Carr to Crabtree on a 5 yard under route. Crabtree with the YAK & gets out of bounds to stop the clock. Raiders go 4 WR set again with two on each side of the line, empty backfield with 36 seconds on the clock. Titans blitz & almost get Carr for a HUGE loss but his quick release allows him to avoid the sack & connect with Crabtree down the sideline again but 2 yards short of the 1st down & he steps out to stop the clock. 29 seconds on the clock, 2nd & 2. Carr dumps it off to Washington over the middle who has some speed & gets a gain of 13. Raiders call Timeout with 20 tics left on the toc. Titans blitz, Carr lobs it over to Cook at the sideline but doesn’t get out. Raiders call Timeout with 2 seconds left, 2nd & 5 & looking at at 50+ FG attempt. 52 yard FG is good straight down the middle. Raiders up by 3 at the half. 13-10 Oakland. Raiders to kickoff to start the second half. Titans take the touchback at the 25. Titans end up punting & the Raiders get called for a block in the back.1st & 10 at the 9, 5 WR set. Carr incomplete to Cooper. 2nd down. BeastMode is back in & up the middle for 7. #rd & 3. Carr to Crabtree & it’s knocked out of his hands. Raiders punt it the 26 & hit the returner out of bounds but get away with that penalty while the Titans take a 10 yard penalty for a block in the back. That’s the second ref screw up so far in this game. The Defense steps up again & forces another three & out. Raiders Fair Catch at the 37. Raiders line up in their base offense again with Lynch in the backfield. Seems like with his time out of football the Raiders are easing him back in & working him back into being an every down back. So it’s possible that the Redskins Defense won’t be dealing with him the entire game come Sunday night. Lynch off the Left Tackle for a gain of 2. 2nd Down & 8. Crabtree nobles a completion for no gain. 3rd & 8. Quick pass over the middle to Cooper who comes from across the field while the Titans are rushing 5 defenders,, GREAT play by Carr to avoid the pressure & still make the lobbed pass. 1st & 10. Carr fakes the Reverse & dumps it off to Lynch for the first down. It takes 5-6 defenders to bring his ass down. Geez. Gain of 16 on that play. Carr incomplete to Lynch who was lined up as a WR & completely uncovered. Lynch didn’t take off with the snap, he stood their for a second or two first then took off which threw the timing based pass off. This was similar to the play in the first half where they lined Lynch up as a WR & all he did was stand there looking back at Carr. 2nd & 10. Lynch back on the bench & Richard is back in. Richard up the middle for a short gain. 3rd & 9. Carr complete to Cooper with a GREAT throw that’s negated by a flag on the Center for Hands To The Face. 3rd & 19 at the Titans 43. Raiders go 5 wide, empty backfield. Carr gets flushed out of the pocket, takes off & makes it out of bounds. Raiders forced to punt. Titans get flagged for running into the kicker for a 5 yard penalty. 4th & 10 which put Oakland into FG position at 52 yards out into the wind . Sonofa….It’s good right down the middle. Raiders up 16-10 Personal timeout here as I feel compelled to transcribe this audio gem from Nantz & Romo during the Titans drive. Jim: “Mariota’s never been intercepted in the RedZone in his career the first two years.” Romo: “You’re right and it’s probably about to happen here since you just said that.” Jim: “Well I’m not trying to foreshadow anybody.” Damnit Romo, you’re making me like you in the booth. Raiders Defense held em to a field goal & it’s 16-13 Oakland as they bobble the fair catch in the end zone. & the Titans are called for Offsides for a 5 yard penalty. Raider ball 1st & 10 at the 30. Raiders in the Spread again, Carr passes short over the middle to Cook who splits two defenders & gets the YAK for a First Down. Lynch is back in & rushes for a first down. Lynch again on his tenth carry for 4 yards. 2nd & 6. Carr passes left to cooper incomplete. Carr over the middle to Washington for six yards & a First Down. Carr goes up top to Crabtree with a SUCCESSFUL FADE ( Hey now I know what that looks like )to Crabtree who catches it backwards for a First Down. Carr throws a laser to Roberts into the back of the End Zone to Roberts for the touchdown. Impressive throw through THREE defenders. Damn. Kick’s good & it’s Raiders 23-13 Titans take the kickoff just inside the goal line & run it out. He shakes off one hit at the 15 & bounces right, goes through a hole between 3 defenders, hits the 20, turns straight upfield, at the 30 he freaking hi hurdles a dude in traffic which allows a defender to wrap his ankles up in mid air & bring him down at about the 35. Holy hell that was CRAZY. Turns out he was the PAC 12 long jump champion at USC. TWICE. Titans can’t do much of anything & get forced to punt. Punts goes out of the end zone & the Raiders start at their own 20. Carr hands off to Washington to the right side for a small gain of one. Four WR set, Washington still in the backfield, Carr dumps it over the pass rush to Washington for 4 yards. 3rd & 5. Carr across the middle to Cooper for a gain of 23. 1st & 10 with Lynch in the backfield now. Handoff to Lynch for 1 yard. He gets swarmed. 2nd & 9. Lynch to the right a 3 yard gain. 3rd & 6. Nickel blitz gets to Carr who unloads it out of bounds to avoid the impending sack. Raiders punt it into the end zone. Titans get held to a field goal. 23-16 Raiders / 4:49 left on the clock. Raiders take the kickoff at the 1 & return it to the 41. 1st & 10. Lynch in the backfield. Lynch up the middle, drags the pile with him for a gain of 4. Lynch again to the left side. 3rd & 3 as the clock continues to run towards the two minute warning. 3rd & 3. Richard in, Lynch out. Toss to Richard to the right for the First Down. Richard again on the ground to the left & he’s a hair short of the first down. 2nd & 1. Lynch back in & picks up the First Down. Titans call their second time out. 2:52 on the clock. Lynch up the middle for 2. 2nd & 8. Lynch up the middle, steamrolls Casey. Impressive. 3rd & 2 with two minutes to go. Lynch to the right side & get pushed back. Hard. 4th & 4. Raiders attempt the 43 yard field goal. Down the middle for the third time today. Raiders up 26-16 with 1:09 on the clock. This one is over. So, what I’ve picked up on Raiders are going to run the Spread & pretty much go 4/5 WRs all game. They’re still going to run as well. However they’re running back by committee right now as they work on easing Lynch back into football. Lynch will get yards, but they’re going to be in small increments unless a defense completely blows an assignment that allows him to spring through them. Its the smaller & faster combo of Washington & Richard that can gash your Defense to shreds. It’s kinda like having two Chris Thompsons. Their Defense never really seemed to show anything special under Ken Norton Jr’s coaching. Their passing game isn’t that exciting or imaginative. What it is however is effective. Carr has a very, very quick release. And their WRs are big, fast, and strong. Though that strength looked to be more upper body. Without actually pulling the stats, I’d say they’re almost a balanced Offense but with a slight lean to the passing game. I’d guess 60/40, again with looking it up. So far after only watching their first game, I think they’re beatable. To do so you’re going to need to have a successful run game that converts yards & eats up clock. Kinda like Goff last week, the best way to stop an efficient QB is to keep him off the field. With that, I’m going to take a break for a few then start on the Raiders Jets game tape. RAIDERS vs JETS Alright, time for the Week 2 game against the Jets. Hopefully with this being Oakland’s home opener there’s a little more excitement offensively. That game against the Titans was boring like Pre Season vanilla. First thing I notice is Oakland has an entire sideline upper deck tapped off. Second thing is it’s still baseball season in Oakland so a does that mean a pick six gets called an intercepted home run? Here we go… Raiders win the toss & will receive. Patterson brings it out of the end zone to the 16. Jets are starting two rookie safeties. Expecting the deep ball this game. Raiders come out in a two WR set with Lynch in the backfield. Lynch off the left tackle for a loss of 1 as he’s swarmed immediately. Raiders catch a flag for Unnecessary Roughness. Tight End Smith ran a linebacker around the pile in a circle after the play was dead. Raiders are backed up to the 7. 2nd & 18. Carr out of the shotgun complete over the middle to Walford for 7 yards. 3rd & 11. Carr again out of the shotgun, Patterson up the middle for 6. That one dumb penalty has already killed this drive & the Raiders are forced to punt. Raiders force theirselves into a three & out opening drive with that penalty. Then they pick up a 5 yard penalty on the punt. We’re 2:12 into the first quarter & they’re being undisciplined in their play so far. On the flip side the Defense forces a three & out on the Jets. Raiders start this drive in two TE set with Lynch in the backfield. Handoff is to Lynch for 4 yards off the right tackle. 2nd & 6 Carr hands off to Lynch. Lynch flips it back to him, Carr hits Crabtree in stride deep down the left sideline until he’s forced out at the 49. Gain of 26. This is already more exciting the last week’s game. Carr pitches to Patterson to the right for a pick up 8. 2nd & 2 Carr hits the slant to Cooper for the first down. Carr in the shotgun again. Lynch lined up at WR like last week but moved to the inside on the left side. Last week he on the outside. Doesn’t matter though as it’s incomplete. So they go back to what he’s really, really good at & send Lynch up off the left guard for a gain of 4. 3rd & 6. Carr in the shotgun again, Jets jump early, flagged for 5 yards. 3rd & 1. Lynch on the ground & picks up 13 off the left guard. Jets had him in a pile but tried to arm tackle him high. Yeah. That ish don’t work. 1st & 10 at the Jets 17. Carr takes a deep shot but it’s incomplete. Carr incomplete to Roberts in the corner end zone. Carr hits Cook on the right for 6 yards. Carr hits Washington to inside the 5. 1st & goal. Lynch is back in. Carr makes an adjustment at the line. It’s a FADE ROUTE TO CRABTREE FOR THE TD. Sorry bout the all caps there its just I’m excited to have now finally seen two successful fade routes in the RedZone. 7-0 Raiders. Jets drive ends on a 3rd & 9 sack. Raiders take back over at the 15 after the punt. Richard runs off the right tackle, Raiders get called for clipping, Ruled No Play. Richard off the left end for no gain. 1st & 17 Carr in the shotgun again with 5 WRs. Raiders try to run it to the left side. 3rd & 7. Carr to Cooper for 14. 1st & 10 & the Jets call a timeout. Carr with a quick screen to Cooper a loss of one. And that ends the 1st Quarter. 2nd & 11 to start the 2nd Quarter, Carr in the shotgun, dumps it over the middle to Richard who shows the Jets his jets. Richard picks up 39 yards on this one. I said it before, Richard & Washington are like having two Chris Thompsons on your team. 1st & 10 at the Jets 30. Lynch in the backfield, Carr under center this time. Hand off to Lynch who gets nothing up the middle. Back to Carr in the shotgun, 4 WRs & Lynch in the backfield this time. Usually when in shotgun they’ve been lining Lynch up as the fifth WR. It’s possible they took him out of the WR lineup here because he never had his timing right when Carr would throw to him. Anyways, handoff to Lynch for 4 off the left tackle. 3rd & 6. Carr in the shotgun, 5 WRs….Carr down the sideline complete to Crabtree at the 5. TE Cook draws a double team which puts Crabtree in single coverage down the sideline. Crabtree splits two defenders at the goal line & he’s in. Again. This time on an under thrown fade route 14-0 Raiders. Seven plays & the Defense allows the Jets in the end zone & on the board. 14-7 Raiders. By the way, the Jets scored on a 34 yard Fade Route. Go figure. Patterson takes the kickoff out of the end zone to the 30. Oakland called for their third Unnecessary Roughness penalty during the return. Their second was during the Jets last drive. 1st & 10 at the Raiders 15. Carr out of the shotgun complete to Crabtree for 21 yards. 1st & 10 at the 36. Raiders go no huddle for the next two plays, both out of the shotgun. Lynch up the middle picks up 8 then an incomplete pass to the TE Cook. Raiders burn a timeout. Another incomplete short pass over the middle to Cook. Raiders are forced to punt. During the Jets drive, the Oakland defense picks up a Taunting penalty but holds the Jets to a field goal. 14-10 Raiders with 3:11 left in this half. Raiders take the touchback on the kickoff. 1st & 10 at the 25. Lynch picks up 2 yards off the left tackle but more importantly he gets the clock running. Carr is incomplete to Cooper but connects with Cook on the next snap. Cook gets pushed out at the 31 to stop the clock. The Jets had already burned two time outs. Doesn’t really matter though as it’s the two minute warning. 4th & 4 has the Raiders punting it 55 yards to the Jets who muff the catch & Oakland recovers it. At. The. Four. 1st & 10 raiders at the 4. Raiders try Lynch to the right for nothing. 2nd & goal. Lynch finally gets yardage in this game as he picks up two. Lynch up the middle for another gain of two & the touchdown. Lynch had ben shut down on the ground until these last two plays. He’s got 4 yards & a touchdown right before the half. 21-10 Raiders. Raiders punt, Jets takes a knee & that’s Halftime. Back from the Half, the Jets go 12 plays for 45 yards, chew up nearly 8 minutes of the third quarter & only come away with a field goal. It’s not that the Raiders Defense is THAT good, the Jets just aren’t very good at this whole football thing. I mean McCown, a 39 year old journeyman QB had a 22 yard run on them this drive. 1st & 10 at the Raiders 16. Carr under center hands off to Washington & he picks up 6. Washington again this time to the left side for 10 yards. Raiders run it a third time this time Washington goes nowhere. 2nd & 10 at the 32. Raiders continue to feed it to Washington for the fourth time in a row, this time it’s through the air for 1 yard. Flag out on the Jets this time for Unnecessary Roughness which moves the Raiders down the field by another 15 yards. 1st & 10 at their own 48. Carr with a swing pass to the right sideline complete to Crabtree who gets pushed out at the Jets 48. Gain of 4 yards on this one. Carr over the middle to Cook for 5. Then Carr hands it off to Patterson on a draw play for a 43 yard touchdown. Jeez that kid has some, ahem, jets. The Raiders just went 84 yards in 7 plays in 3 minutes 39 seconds. 28-13 Raiders. The 3rd Quarter ends with McCown getting sacked & the 4th opens with the Jets punting it. Carr passes to the left to Cooper for 6 who then picks up another 10 in YAC. Next play Lynch finally catches a pass from Carr for 4 yards. Lynch off the right guard for a gain of 7. Next play Carr pitches right to Richard who makes one cut & ****ing explodes down the field & into the end zone. Holy **** that was impressive. 4 plays, 79 yards all in 2 minutes & it’s 35-13 Raiders Raiders kick off for 65 yards & the touchback. Jets in the shotgun when McCown gets sacked for a loss of 8 yards, Fumbles & the Raiders recover it at the Jets 18. 1st & 10 Raiders. Carr goes for the kill shot in the corner end zone to Cooper. Carr’s pass is caught out of bounds & ruled incomplete, Jets are called for Defensive Pass Interference, ball at the 1. 1st & goal. Carr out of the shotgun rolls right & fires it to Crabtree in the right corner of the end zone at the pylon for his third touchdown of the day. Kick is good & it’s 43-13 Raiders. They’re rolling. Jets go 75 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown to try to somewhat stay in it. It’s now 42-20 Raiders. Still trying to stay in this one, Jets go with an on sides kick that’s recovered by Washington for Oakland. Are you geographically confused now? After 37 yards in 12 plays the Raiders are held to a field goal of their own. 45-20 Raiders with less then 30 seconds on the clock. Jets kick off, Raiders take the touchback then take a knee to end this mauling. So, after watching 8 quarters of Raider offense, I’m not picking up on them showing one thing to set up another like McCoy did when watching the first Rams game. They’ve ran two plays that stood out. The handoff to the running back who flipped it back to Carr for a pass attempt & the draw with Patterson. I’m only noting the Patterson draw because he’s their primary return guy & they’re already rotating three other, different running backs. They run a lot of quick, short passes & expect the receivers to pick up the yards after the catch. His longest completion in Week 2 was only 39 yards. Yet he completed 23 of 28 passes. You have to be wary of Carr as he’s got a super quick release, but on top of that, he’s learned how to move defenders off of where he’s actually going with eyes. Torrian Gray is gonna have to really coach up the DBs to not fall for that. As far as their WRs, they spread it around. And around. And around. They’re loaded with weapons in Crabtree, Cooper, Cook at TE & the two Chris Thompson clones in Richard & Washington. The Raider’s run game, also nothing special, they just get enough to move the chains. Both teams they’ve played have seemed to made sure they swarmed Lynch anytime he got a carry to stop him from ripping off any major chunks of yardage. In Week 1 they were limiting Lynch to ease him back into football. In Week 2 Lynch had 12 attempts for 45 yards & a TD with an average of 3.8 while Washington & Richardson each had 6 attempts. I think the Redskins can beat ‘em, but to do so they can’t make any mistakes. Until Pryor starts catching everything thrown at him & Doctson gets involved to where Cousins looks for him, the Raiders have the clear edge at WR. I’d give the Raiders an edge with the running game as well except the Redskins seemed to found theirs last week against the Rams. At Tight End, if Jordan Reed is out tonight, it’s a wash between V. Davis & the Raider’s J. Cook. And I fully expect Gruden to call at least two failed fade routes in the RedZone. Feel free to leave your questions &/or comments below.
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    Journey to Fed Ex through the eyes of the Press (Matt Jones and Jordan Reed sighting at the end of first video!): Welcome everyone to your week 4 of the regular season ExtremeSkins coverage, I'm TSO here in the pressbox with my man Murf (who will be covering the team on the sidelines) ready to provide you the best damn coverage we can! Oh, the entangled web the NFL can weave. When some random guy named RG3 who no one really knows that well moved on this offseason and signed with the Browns, many around the NFL, let alone Redskins Nation, had this game circled on their calendar. What excitement! What thrill! What adventure lays in wonder with such an intriguing matchup? Alas, it was not meant to be. As he is unfortunately wont to do, RG3 got hurt. The Browns are a total mess at the QB position and so that part of the game has lost quite its luster. But, fear not! The battle of the QBs wasn't the only intertwining aspect these two teams have for us today. How about Hue Jackson and Jay Gruden? Two Cincinnati Bengals ex-offensive coordinators wanting to strut their stuff against each other. After Gruden accepted the Redskins head coaching gig and left the Bengals, Hue Jackson was elevated to offensive coordinator from his running backs' coach position to replace him. There was plenty of talk during that offseason about how Hue was going to take their offense to the next level, some of it fairly interpreted as being critical of Gruden. Yet, in the end, the Bengals offense regressed under Hue, going from 6th in points scored under Gruden in 2013 to 15th overall under Hue in 2014 as well as going from 10th in total yards to 15th. Oh, and that's not even getting into the Hue Jackson/Redskins connection, where he was the team's RBs coach under both Schottenheimer and Spurrier in 2001-2002. Coaching histories not doing it for you? How about recent Redskin castoffs coming back for revenge? Both Stephen Paea and Austin Reiter were cut recently, the former before the season began, the latter after the first game of the year to make space for Cullen Jenkins. Both are starting for the Browns today and definitely looking to prove the team made a mistake in letting them go. If you've followed along here on the ES Coverage blog, you'd know Stephen Paea was a player we focused on during the preseason. The first game against Atlanta, he was subpar at best. But he seemed to improve as each game went on, albeit against lesser competition. It wasn't necessarily a surprise to see him released, but it was disappointing considering the offseason talk about him being fully healthy and ready to play at a high level. Were the improvements during the preseason enough, or was the team right to let him go? As for Reiter, that one particularly stings because of the need the Redskins ended up having at Center with Kory Lichtensteiger out for the year. Reiter would've been backing up Long, either way, but they wouldn't have been forced to sign John Sullivan off the streets. That's certainly a set back in the Scot McCloughan era of trying to build through the draft, generating legit angst among the fanbase by losing a draft pick who seemed to be developing. Still bored? Alright, alright. How about just plain old football talk? This matchup certainly entices, as the Browns come in with the league's 4th best rushing attack while the Redskins have the league's 9th worst rushing defense. Sounds horrifying, right? And it is, but then you factor in that the Redskins boast the league's second best passing attack and is going against the Browns' 9th worst passing defense. So, in the end, I believe this game boils down to the Redskins stopping Isaiah Crowell on the ground more than anything else. I know many are focusing on the threat of Terrelle Pryor, but I really think it's all about the Browns rushing attack today. An X factor coming out of the backfield, as well, could be Duke Johnson, as we've seen pass-catching backs like Vereen have success against us already. If they can't stop those guys out of the backfield, they're going to struggle enough to where any offensive advantage they have will be washed out and it could end up in a terrible loss against a desperate 0-3 Browns. Let's hope Ricky Jean-Francois, Chris Baker, Ziggy Hood, Cullen Jenkins, Will Compton, Mason Foster and even David Bruton, Jr. put on their big boy pants on today because we're going to need some interior run-stuffing more than ever. Cool little nugget: For the first time in forever, with Arie Kouandjio starting, the Redskins now boast an Offensive Line entirely comprised of their own draft picks! Stay tuned for more tweets, notes and general updates right here on the ES Coverage blog.... and let's go Skins, HTTR! Murf's Take What could have been? Months ago, when the NFL released the 2016 schedule, the Washington Redskins vs. Cleveland Browns match-up had so much potential. It wasn't viewed as two perennial doormats trying to claw their way towards respectability or even a .500 record. No, it was the return of Robert Griffin III. Had anyone with sense been calling the shots, this would have been the season opening matchup. Put two troubled franchises on primetime television and let the rest of the football loving world sit back and watch as the Heisman Trophy winner had a chance for redemption at the expense of the team who traded a bounty for him, watched him routinely get injured and, ultimately, allowed him to leave. America loves drama and that was as juicy of a storyline as either of these two teams is likely to be involved in all season long. But alas, it was not meant to be. Griffin did what Griffin does (namely, put himself in harm's way when he didn't have to) and now he's on the shelf, so the 1-2 Redskins will host the 0-3 Browns in a game that no one outside of friends, loved ones and diehards will want to see a single snap from. Without the appeal of RGIII vs. the Redskins, we're left with some pretty basic subplots for this afternoon's contest. Can Kirk Cousins and the passing attack finally work through their red zone struggles? Can Matt Jones finally show he's capable of being a workhorse back (and will the coaching staff stick with the ground game long enough to get him going)? On defense, can anyone on the defensive line other than Chris Baker get to the quarterback? Can the linebackers -- specifically Ryan Kerrigan pass rushing and Will Compton in coverage -- become more involved (because neither did much to stand out last week in New York)? How will the secondary handle the rash of injuries? In short, there are plenty of questions in need of answers as Jay Gruen's squad looks to build off of last week's victory over the Giants. As always, I'll be down on the sidelines during the game -- capturing photos of all the action. Some of the names and faces I'll be paying attention to today include Jordan Reed (can he be the guy to help the Redskins score touchdowns, rather than settle for field goal attempts?), Kendall Fuller (does he make the most out of his opportunity) and Arie Kouandjio (or whoever steps into the offensive line). - murf PRE-GAME TWEETS ANNOUNCEMENT OF INACTIVES LANDOVER, Md. – The Washington Redskins have announced the following inactives and lineup changes for today’s game against the Cleveland Browns: The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld o No. 18 WR Josh Doctson o No. 26 CB Bashaud Breeland o No. 35 CB Dashaun Phillips o No. 60 OL Vinston Painter o No. 72 DE Anthony Lanier II o No. 77 G Shawn Lauvao No. 47 Quinton Dunbar is expected to start in place of Breeland at cornerback. No. 74 Arie Kouandjio is expected to start in place of Lauvao at left guard. The Browns declared the following players as inactive: o No. 13 QB Josh McCown o No. 19 WR Corey Coleman o No. 22 DB Tramon Williams Sr. o No. 24 DB Ibraheim Campbell o No. 74 OL Cameron Erving o No. 87 TE Seth DeValve o No. 94 DL Carl Nassib No. 30 Derrick Kindred is expected to start in place of Campbell at strong safety. No. 77 John Greco is expected to start in place of No. 78 Alvin Bailey at right guard. No. 62 Austin Reiter is expected to start in place of Greco at center. On Saturday, the Browns signed No. 57 LB Cam Johnson to their active roster from Arizona’s practice squad and placed No. 44 LB Nate Orchard on their Reserve/Injured list. Johnson is 6-4, 268 pounds and in his third NFL season out of Virginia. 1st Half Analysis Spencer Long with a sick pull and block after the holding penalty by Vernon Davis on the first drive, springing Thompson for a big gain on 2nd and 15. Preston Smith with a great play setting the edge against Pryor on the Browns' first drive. Kirk Cousins sharp, decisive on the first drive of the game. 12 plays, 75 yards and took about 7 minutes. That's the offense we've been looking for. 2nd drive, same thing, just smooth sailing. 3rd drive with a terrible INT, didn't see the cover 2 guy on the outside flow towards the inside. Defense seems intent on stopping the run that first drive. After that, they got hurt with Browns going to heavy formations. 2nd drive for the Defense, starts with Blackmon and Ihenacho both in the lineup along with Bruton. Browns in heavy formation, 1 WR... allow huge gain to Crowell. David Bruton got absolutely leveled on one running play by an Olineman on the 2nd drive for the Browns. Ouch. I'm not a big Joe Barry basher, but the defense lining up offsides is ridiculous. Guys shouldn't be doing that under your watch this consistently, period. Pryor is killing Norman. He's got few huge 3rd down conversions as well as a TD against him in coverage, though the TD was a great throw by Kessler. :/ Trent Williams pancakes someone on the Skins 4th drive, then shows off his guns to the guy. Speaking of Trent's, Trent Murphy continues his solid play. Been in their backfield all day. At first glance, it looked like we were going to blow these guys out but, as many have said, the Browns are a scrappy bunch and managed to fight their way back with some great plays. Our offense came out real hot, but Kirk's INT really cost us as it gave the Browns great field position and they immediately tied the game. Browns get the ball first to come out of the half, let's hope the defense can can get a turnover or hold them on the first drive to allow our offense to take control of the game back. Wanted to focus on some new faces, so first Kouandjio: Kouandjio opens with a nice block on the 2nd play of the 1st drive. He gave up quick pressure on the next pass play, but Cousins got it out quick to Reed so it didn't matter. Kouandjio with a killer penalty, holding right after the Redskins got into the redzone on the first drive. Vernon Davis was also called for holding on the same play. 2nd drive, Kouandjio handling Shelton for the most part in pass pro. On rushing play in the red zone, Kouandjio pulls and does a decent job, but you can see his lack of athleticism. Matt Jones finished nicely, though. He then gets pushed back real badly on 1st and goal, costing a Matt Jones run. Great job pass blocking from Arie on the 3rd and goal, allowing Cousins to step up, extend the play, and find Reed for the TD! 4th drive, Kouandjio does a good job blocking for Matt Jones, who gets a 6 yard rush on 2nd down. After big play to Reed, Kouandjio loses initially to Shelton but does a great job recovering. Kouandjio doing a good job run blocking this drive in general. Got to the second level on one run pretty well. 2nd Half: 1st drive, Kouandjio does a good job in pass protection on the first snap, allowing Cousins to extend play and find Vernon Davis for an 8 yard gain. On that strip sack Kouandjio also got pushed back pretty badly by Shelton, but it was Trent and Thompson who messed that one up. Kouandjio follows that up with a hold on 3rd down. He got beat by the Browns' DT, wasn't Shelton. Bad series for him. 2nd drive, Kouandjio got beat again and almost got Cousins hit in the end zone on the first play of the drive. Kouandjio doing a good job run blocking on the following series. On deep ball to DJax that generated pass interference, he does a good job pass blocking. Following play, big run for Matt Jones, does a good job clearing space. Same on the next play... Oline in general killing it here. Finishes with a good pass block on the Kirk TD throw to Thompson! 3rd drive, Kouandjio does a nice job pass blocking on the first 2nd down where Cousins took that terrible sack for no reason. 4th drive, Kouandjio getting pushed back a little bit on the first snap, costing Jones a one yard loss. Kouandjio with a good block on the Jones outside run that almost resulted in a TD. Now, Fuller: 1st drive, Fuller gives up first pass to Hawkins for a 7 yard gain. Fuller and Dunbar combine to make the tackle on Barnidge, short of the 1st on 3rd down and forcing a punt. 2nd drive against the D, Fuller does a good job on Hawkins in the slot on 2nd down, but defense gives up first to Pryor. On the 3rd down following that sequence, Fuller gives up a bit too much space to Hawkins who got slightly open... but Pryor gets the 1st anyway against Norman as Kessler wasn't looking that way. 4th drive against the D, Fuller does a good job against Hawkins on 1st down, but Kessler extends play and hits Barnidge for a 1st. Fuller is shutting Hawkins down this drive, but Kessler keeps finding others. 2nd Half 1st drive of 2nd half, Fuller continues to do a good job on Hawkins in the slot, though on the first 3rd down of the drive he let Hawkins get behind him. 2nd drive, mostly heavy formations from the Browns so no Fuller. On their second 3rd down of the drive they had Hawkins basically run a go route up the seam to clear out space for Barnidge. Fuller is step for step with him, but that's the 3rd or 4th time they've done that and it's worked every time. Frustrating. Anyway, back to Fuller. He's handling Hawkins. Final Drive of the game (Browns almost exclusively went jumbo/heavy formations after that 2nd drive, so Fuller wasn't on the field until now), he continues to shut down Hawkins. There were some times where Hawkins got slightly open, but nothing egregious. Kessler hardly looked his way this entire game. Other 2nd half notes: This defense is ridiculous. Only way they stop anyone is with a turnover in the redzone. Happened again on the 2nd Browns' drive of the 2nd half, with Compton forcing the fumble. Ziggy Hood then does it on the Browns' ensuing drive. I mean, better than not doing it, I guess. If only whatever we're doing, coaching-wise, in terms of teaching fumbles could be extended to everything else we'd be golden. Norman redeems himself with huge INT! AWESOME ES EXCLUSIVE AUDIO GAMEDAY PHOTOS BY MURF Final Analysis (TSO) Going into this game, the run defense was a major concern against the Browns excellent rushing attack and that ended up being the case, to say the least. Fortunately, the defense came through with three huge turnovers. At this point, it seems like we can consider this the defense's M.O. Give up crazy chunks of yardage on the ground, then force a fumble or nab an INT. Not sure that's what you want out of your D, but it could certainly worse. Offensive teams that are more disciplined are likely going to destroy this defense if it remains the same, as we've already seen with the Steelers. Offensively, can't ask for much more than that. Outside of one bad INT and a couple of unnecessary sacks, Cousins was sharp and decisive throughout the whole game, taking advantage of the weak Browns passing D like a good QB should. We finally got to see Reed have a big game, again, which was refreshing. He finishes with 73 yards and 2 TDs. Matt Jones kept getting better as the game wore on, showing us what so few of us still believed he can do. The Oline was excellent throughout, and it was good to see both Spencer Long and Kouandjio play well. It was nice to see the new guys, Arie Kouandjio and Kendall Fuller, play really well today. Seeing draft picks continue to contribute is simply awesome, and something us Redskin fans need to stop and appreciate. We've went for so long almost expecting nothing from our drafts. Don't forget that. Smile some. Oh, and how about Trent Murphy? He just looks real good out there, completely different now that he's going forward more often than not. All in all, the game went almost completely as expected. It initially had the makings of a blowout, but the Browns are better than that and have proven that thus far this season. They fought back and, for a moment, looked like they were going to win this game... but the defense saved themselves from total humiliation, forced some turnovers, and the offense capitalized at the end. We've got a tough matchup against the Ravens next week. The defense will need to perform better, and the offense is going to have a tougher time moving the ball against their defense... so if this same exact team shows up against the Ravens it will likely not end up favorably for our beloved Burgundy and Gold. Hopefully they have a great week in practice, and continue to improve as they have thus far this season.
  24. 4 points
    10/9/16 VICTORY Redskins 16 - 10 Ravens Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends and countrymen, we are once again gathered to witness the spectacle that is Washington Redskins football. My name is JimmiJo, and along with Spaceman Spiff, will bring you the sites and sounds behind the curtains of today's game. Washington comes in on a roll, the winner of two straight. After stumbling out of the gate with a decisive whoopin' at the hands of Pittsburgh, and then squandering an obvious opportunity for victory versus Dallas, the Redskins pulled off a big win in New York and followed that up with home win against Cleveland. But this Baltimore Ravens team is another bird entirely (see what I did there?). Baltimore features the number one defense in the NFL, where they allow a stingy 256-yards per game. They are ranked third in passing defense and fifth in rushing. And in scoring defense they are eighth. Baltimore will bring this defense to bear against the Redskins' eighth-ranked overall offense in the league. Washington ranks fifth in passing offense, 20th in rushing, and 12th in scoring. If you don't mind, I would rather not discuss the Redskins' 29th-ranked defense... So is this a game Washington can win? Yes, but they have to be solid in most every area. Offensively, Washington's attack has to be balanced, meaning mixing a successful run-game in with their potent passing game. Defensively, the Redskins need to get pressure on Joe Flacco and limit the big play. And they absolutely need to do a better job on third down defense. Theirs currently ranks last on the planet. For most teams such a prescription would be a tall-order for an away-game. But Washington showed in New York they are not intimidated playing on the road. What say you? Do the Redskins have a chance? What are you keys to success? Discuss among yourselves and I will be back shortly. Stand by... INACTIVES The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld o No. 18 WR Josh Doctson o No. 26 CB Bashaud Breeland o No. 35 CB Dashaun Phillips o No. 36 S Su’a Cravens o No. 60 OL Vinston Painter o No. 72 DE Anthony Lanier II Final Pre-Game Thoughts Like I said above, the Redskins can win this game. But to do so they will need to play their very best. Defensively, they did something last week that made a difference - they created turnovers. They need more to win today. Predictions? Eh, don't bet the house on the good guys. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast Half I will never forgive them for going for it on 4th and 1 from the 20. That was certain points I think. The FG attempt at the end of the half not so much. This was a half of missed opportunities and mistakes. But still, the Redskins are within a single score and get the ball to start the half. If they get the offense going they have a chance all day. BTW - FU Ravens for taking the timeout at the end of the half. It was more than fitting Joe Flacco was sacked on the ensuing play. JimmiJo The Redskins needed a lot of luck and this game was far from pretty; but this was a BIG win for Washington today. The difference between 3-2 and 2-3 is significant. It means the difference between a winning and losing record. It means a third win on the trot and we can use ‘momentum’ without exaggerating. But it meant even more. The Redskins beat a team with a winning record, in their house, and one who came in with the number one defense in the league. Sure, Washington managed only 60-yards on the ground. Yes, they added but another 250 through the air and managed only 10 offensive points. And but for a very dumb play by a guy who made an outstanding interception when C.J. Mosely bowled the ball through the back of the endzone; the Ravens walk away solid winners. But they didn’t. So I will gladly thank our lucky stars (and Breshad Perriman’s right foot) for the win and go home happy. Mind you, the Redskins won with a below-average performance from Kirk Cousins. Cousins finished the day 29/41 for 260-yards, a touchdown and interception for an 85.41 rating. But the numbers don’t tell the tale. Cousins missed some gimmes today. Jordan Redd and DeSean Jackson were both running free when Cousins overthrew them for what would have been likely touchdowns. There was the interception. But just as bad was the throw wide on 3rd-and-1 on the second-to-last series which would have converted the third down and made the ending a lot less exciting. I am happy a much maligned defense stepped up in a big way to prevent any 2nd-half points. They allowed Baltimore to go only 3-for-15 on third down (20%) after coming in last in the league on third down. Two other key aspects of the defense’s game: pressure and negative plays. Washington had three sacks on the day and more than a couple loss-of-yard running plays by Baltimore. I will leave the defensive writeup with this: Washington’s 29th-ranked defense allowed fewer yards (306) then the league’s best (310). But game ball has to go to special teams. When was the last time you could argue teams won the game for Washington? Jaimeson Crowder on the return showed incredible speed and strength as he ran through what looked to be an obvious tackle on his way to the end zone. Not to be left out, Will Blackmon tacked on a 45-yard return. So after a 0-and-2 start, the Redskins have got it going with three wins in a row. Going to Baltimore and beating the Ravens has got to be a confidence-booster. Sure, Washington normally would lose with a performance featuring just 10 offensive points while they lose the turnover battle and run for just 60-yards. But fate and fortune were on their side and now they are as relevant as anyone in the division. If nothing else, we get to talk all kinds of trash to the Baltimorons this week. Post Game Audio P.S. Only Pappas can be so wrong about this team and be so happy about it. I picked a loss and cheered the win.
  25. 4 points
    DEFEAT!!! Steelers 38 - 16 Redskins Opening Thoughts JimmiJo For me, real football is played in the biting cold of late fall, when the leaves are down and the first snows are come. That said, it is hard to argue with the weather to start this Washington Redskins football season. Bright sun, mid-80s, and low humidity add up for a spectacular late-summer day outside. And while it may be a little on the warm side, I am sure when the sun sets we will settle into a beautiful night for football. Hello friends, JimmiJo here and I am joined by my partner of old, Murf. Together we will bring you the sites and sounds of tonight's action. So what can we say about this matchup? Experience tells us the Steelers come in the more seasoned, accomplished side. From the roster to the coaching staff, Pittsburgh brings a formidable reputation to FedEx Field. Actually there a few reasons to not like this game if you root for the Redskins: - The time - The Redskins do not do well in nationally televised prime-time games - The history - Pittsburgh are winners of five on the trot against Washington. In fact, the last time the Redskins beat the Steelers during the regular season was 1991 - The fans - Few teams' fans travel to FedEx Field as well as those of the Steelers (save perhaps Philadelphia). Though the Redskins won the division last year (which should help ticket sales), expect to see more yellow towels than you'd like Beyond what Pittsburgh bring, Washington has the some question marks coming into the new season: - Run-game - The Redskins first-team offense struggled last season to run the ball consistently. This preseason did little to reassure it is fixed. - Defensive pressure - Washington runs a 3-4 defensive front without a bona fide nose tackle. Admittedly, this is less and less important these days when a high number of snaps are nickle and dime packages. Still, the question of whether opponents can exploit Washington's interior line is unanswered. - Josh Norman - Norman was arguably the best cover-corner in the league last season. And most fans were extremely confident the Redskins had landed a top-tier guy in Norman. But then training camp came and Norman was more than once the victim of a Washington receiver. Tonight we will find out if Norman is the stud the team believed they signed. - Ring-rust - Washington hasn't taken a snap in anger since January. The body of work from the first team offense was minimal and week 3 preseason showed an offense not exactly clicking on all cylinders. Given their recent dominance over Washington, Pittsburgh will be coming in expecting to win. I suspect the Redskins will need to have early success to have a real chance to get this one. My prediction? Who the hell knows... Murf Hello again, my friends. Seriously, it feels like it's been entirely too long since last we spoke. While last season's unexpected playoff run ended in disappointment, it's safe to say that the bulk of the headlines coming out of Redskins Park these days are overwhelmingly positive. Continuity has become the norm with the Washington Redskins, which hasn't really ever been the case since Daniel Snyder bought the franchise. But the roster is no longer in a state of constant turnover, the coaching staff hasn't been radically redone and the foundation of a respectable franchise are evident. In short, the Redskins don't really resemble the punching bag the rest of the NFL lovin' world has come to know and mock. And I, for one, couldn't be happier. When the most constant storyline out of camp was how boring this team has become, you've finally reached respectability. When an NFC East team is drastically overpaying free agents (Giants) or blowing up the roster every offseason (Eagles) and it's not the guys in burgundy and gold, it's time to crack open a frosty and refreshing adult beverage. Welcome to the 2016 Washington Redskins. Know them. Love them. And enjoy the ride, because who knows how long this might last. Chances are, the Redskins will go as far as Kirk Cousins' arm takes them. While that might have been a terrifying propositions a season or two ago, it's actually kind of comforting now. Cousins, as you know, made $660,000 last season, which was respectable considering he was a fourth-year veteran who had done little to show he deserved to be paid as anything more than a backup quarterback. Fast forward to this year and, after putting together an electric second half of the '15 season, there's little doubt of just how important Cousins is to the Redskins. While the team and the player have yet to settle on the terms of a long-term deal, the Michigan State product will play this season on a franchise tag worth a staggering $19.95 million. That means, by the time the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers has concluded, Cousins will have easily surpassed his earnings for all of last season. That's what happens when you throw for more passing yards in a single season than any other quarterback in Redskins history. Yeah, you like that. But questions still remain: Can Cousins prove he's more than just a flash in the pan quarterback? Sure, his second half statistics were fantastic, but can he sustain those kind of numbers over the course of an entire season? And can the Redskins actually defeat a team with a winning record (which is something that didn't happen one year ago)? That doesn't entirely fall on the shoulder of Cousins, but he'll play a vital role as Washington tries to post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1991-92. Fortunately for the burgundy and gold, the season opener takes place at FedEx Field -- a place where Cousins shined in 2015. At home last season, Cousins threw for 16 touchdowns and only two interceptions while averaging 271 yards per game. Conversely, Cousins threw for 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions while averaging 249 yards per game on the road. Aside from Cousins, I'll be squarely focused on the ground game -- for both teams. Matt Jones, for one reason or another, has essentially been given the starting job, even though most people not currently employed in Ashbury rightly wonder why. With injury and fumble concerns and very little to show in his NFL body of work, it's not crazy to wonder why this guy has been named The Guy. Tonight is his first chance to prove skeptic (like me) wrong. And on the other side of the ball, can anyone on the Redskins' defensive line other than Chris Baker become a factor in the team's run defense? I would have preferred to see the front office spend a little more time and resources upgrading this particular area of concern, but in Scot we trust, right? Right?!? Other than that, I just want to see how Josh Norman handles his first game in burgundy and gold. I'd also like to see Su'a Cravens get some playing time and, most importantly, witness a primetime game involving the Redskins that doesn't end in embarrassing fashion. Is that too much to ask? ANNOUNCEMENT OF INACTIVES LANDOVER, Md. – The Washington Redskins have announced the following inactives and lineup changes for tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers: The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld o No. 19 WR Rashad Ross o No. 29 S Duke Ihenacho o No. 38 CB Kendall Fuller o No. 62 C Austin Reiter o No. 72 DE Anthony Lanier II o No. 74 G Arie Kouandjio The Steelers declared the following players as inactive: o No. 11 WR Markus Wheaton o No. 18 QB Zach Mettenberger o No. 27 CB Senquez Golson o No. 45 FB Roosevelt Nix o No. 51 LB Steven Johnson o No. 72 C/G Cody Wallace o No. 96 DE L.T. Walton Stand by... 6:50 PM KEYS TO VICTORY So the consensus among the writers I have spoken to in the pressbox is a loss for the good guys. Will the Redskins win tonight? I don't know. But I think they CAN win tonight if they do the following: - Establish an effective running game early: In Washington, the pass sets up the run more often than not. This is fine, as long as the Redskins can be effective when they do run. - Make Pittsburgh one-dimensional: The Redskins need to take away one aspect of the Steelers' offense. If Big Ben and company are able to gain yardage on the ground and in the air it is going to be a long night. - Sudden change: Protect the ball and force turnovers. The team that does so usually wins. What did I miss? Twitter - @skinscast & @HomerMcFanboy Pressbox Menu Alert! The Redskins' pressbox menu this evening features a carving-station and prime rib with au jus. Without question the best meal I have had in 11-years covering this team at FedEx Field. Same Old Redskins (Half) Frustrating half. Washington did some good stuff early, but as per usual they failed to take advantage of their chances. Pittsburgh on the other hand showed the one characteristic the Redskins lack: Killer Instinct. When you catch a break you have to make the other guy pay. They did. Washington didn't. And for the record I am cussing out Chris Thompson from now on for not getting past the first down marker on 4th down. Inecusable. There is still hope, but not much. And if the Steelers score on this first drive... AUDIO 2016 Week 1 Steelers at Redskins Post Game JimmiJo I asked head coach Jay Gruden if the lack of significant playing time adversely affected Kirk Cousins’ play and his timing with the receivers. “I don’t know how much an extra series against the [New York] Jets, or Buffalo [Bills] would have made a difference. There could be some merit in that and we will look into it for next year.” Spoken like a coach who has no idea what went wrong. At least, until he sees the tape. One thing Gruden was sure about was the lack of effective running really hurt the overall cause. The Redskins managed a total of 55-yards on 12-carries. Matt Jones led all Washington runners with 24-yards on 7-attempts. But half of those came on a single run. Washington’s inability to run allowed Pittsburgh to focus on the pass rush and secondary. Washington’s heavy emphasis on the passing game was reflected in the stats. The Redskins ran 55-plays; 43 pass attempts and the afore-mentioned 12 rush attempts. Kirk Cousins and the receiving core managed 384 net yards passing, but it should not be construed as success. Yes, Cousins had some big connections with passing plays of 33, 31, and 20-yards. But Cousins managed no touchdowns for the first time in 17 games. Conversely, he was intercepted twice, ending the night 30/43 for 329-yards and a rating of 72.7. Washington lost in almost every statistical category: - total net yards (435 – 384) - Third Down Efficiency (64% - 30%) - Rushing (147 – 55) - Red Zone Efficiency (100% - 25%) - Time of Possession (33:18 – 26:42) But the stats alone cannot convey the extent of the miss-match. After the first few series, Pittsburgh’s offense had their way with Washington’s defense. In the trenches they pushed the Redskins around, which was reflected in their success running. Once the run game got going it was just a matter of time before their passing attack awoke. Antonio Brown had a banner day; going 8-catches for 126-yards and 2 touchdowns. Pittsburgh added two more touchdowns via rushing and another via the air. Ben Roethlisberger went 27/37 for 300-yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception to finish with a rating of 112.4. The most disappointing aspect of this game, beyond the score, is the number of unanswered questions that were either not answered, or answered in a way that is not good. Pregame we said the Redskins had to run the ball, pressure the quarterback, and prevent the big play. They managed exactly none. Early last year Washington ran the ball very well. But then Shawn Lauvao got hurt and the run game disappeared. There was some hope that with him back, the rushing attack would return. It didn’t. When Washington parted ways with Terrance Knighton, they decided they could bring pressure without a traditional nose tackle. They also figured they could deal with the run. Neither were true tonight. I’m not suggesting Knighton is the answer and they should bring him in. But I am suggesting the defensive line is at best a work-in-progress. Watching tonight I wondered how much Junior Galette could have helped. Offensively, Gruden admitted they abandoned the run too soon. He said they suffer from having too many weapons in the receiving corps. But as good as Cousins can be, he is not so good that this team can excel without a running attack. I spoke to Chris Baker and Kedric Golston in the locker room. I wanted to get a sense of how this game will affect their psyche. Both said it’s about watching the tape and working on the things they did poorly. But both seemed to admit they came into this game with high confidence. Golston agreed this is sort of a gut-check. Based on the demeanor of this teams since last year, I think it is safe to say they came into tonight thinking they were a lot better than they showed. But it is only one game. Against a non-conference opponent at that. How much should Gruden and company be concerned? For me, because the challenges are in core-areas such as rushing and defending the run – alarm bells should be ringing. Loudly. See you next week.
  26. 4 points
    Tampa Bay, FL - Welcome to the #9 Bowl, no its not named after Sonny but tropical depression #9. I'm Hap Haszard and I'm covering the game from the pressbox, due to the change of schedule, our fearless leader TK could not make it to cover the sidelines. I arrived at the team hotel around 12:45, and from some of the bands of rain felt I was lucky to have made it that soon, Orlando was totally awash, the rest of the way it was bands of heavy rain then slacking off repeated until I reached the hotel, it was raining and windy when I arrived. While I was in the hotel lobby waiting for the team to arrive, I got to sit and talk with Jay Gruden's parents, a very delightful couple. The team was scheduled to arrive around 2 pm but it was 3 before they arrived. Once Jay arrived I left since I didn't want to intrude on their reunion. A shaky out of focus picture of my credentials HapExtremeskins ‏@HapHaszard 2h2 hours ago Just picked up my credentials [/] The field is covered and probably will be fairly good for the first quarter. I haven't had a chance to go down and check it out yet. I have a sideline pass so will go down during warmups and try and get some pictures from my fancy flip phone HapExtremeskins ‏@HapHaszard 33m33 minutes ago Field well protected I just located my seat in the press box, I'm in the very first row right at the window, last time I was in row 3 over so far I could barely see the field. Really nice to sit with the big boys. Brian McNally beside me, and the missing TK on the other side. HapExtremeskins ‏@HapHaszard New Video Board at Raymond James Stadium The are removing the tarp from the field now. I think the caterers here at Raymond James produce the best media meal I have had at any stadium. Tonight I went thru the Brisket line then back to the submarine line in honor of the weather. I even ate an extra cookie for TK, and it was good. HapExtremeskins ‏@HapHaszard 22m22 minutes ago Time for a little refreshment Please excuse the fuzzy pictures but these darn flip phones are hard to hold steady especially at my age. They have removed the tarps from the field, several Bucs out throwing the ball around no sign of the Redskins yet. Heading down to the field for a quick look around. Back from the field from up here it doesn't look like its raining but down on the field its coming down pretty steady just a solid drizzle no frog stranglers like in the DMV. A couple of redskins slowly coming out on the field. Dustin Hopkins is doing wind sprints for some odd reason since he is all by himself. ANNOUNCEMENT OF LINEUP CHANGES TAMPA, Fla. – The following members of the Washington Redskins did not travel with the team and will not play this evening: - No. 8 QB Kirk Cousins - No. 11 WR DeSean Jackson - No. 20 CB Greg Toler - No. 23 S DeAngelo Hall - No. 24 CB Josh Norman - No. 25 RB Chris Thompson - No. 26 CB Bashaud Breeland - No. 30 S David Bruton Jr. - No. 31 RB Matt Jones - No. 51 LB Will Compton - No. 54 LB Mason Foster - No. 61 G Spencer Long - No. 64 NT Kedric Golston - No. 71 T Trent Williams - No. 73 DE Ziggy Hood - No. 75 G Brandon Scherff - No. 76 T Morgan Moses - No. 77 G Shawn Lauvao - No. 78 C Kory Lichtensteiger - No. 80 WR Jamison Crowder . - No. 86 TE Jordan Reed - No. 88 WR Pierre Garçon - No. 91 LB Ryan Kerrigan - No. 92 DE Chris Baker - No. 94 LB Preston Smith A lot more Redskins are on the field, Mostly seeing Tress Way and Hopkins kicking the ball around couple guys chasing the ball, the rest are playing catch. Redskins doing passing drills at the moment. Linemen doing drills blocking view of passing drills Redskins done with drills and warmups headed back to the locker room, Bucs still on the field A couple of sideline shots The flaggettes and cheerleaders making a cheering line for the Bucs players coming out from the dressing room Pardon me I'm standing for the National Anthem FIRST QUARTER Tampa won the toss elects to kick off Redskins first series at 25 yl (touchback) Kelly 2 runs for first down. 2 more plays first down Running game is kicking butt Line giving them big holes I jinxed them 4th and 1 at 29 FG Hopkins Bucs first series 25 yl (touchback) run gain of 1 run gain of 4 deep pass incomplete punt Redskins 2nd series Big run on first play then they went backwards sack loss of down on penalty Redskins punt Bucs second series Pass good, for 1 yd, personal foul Redskins 15 yards run for 1 fumble on sack loss of 24 Punt Redskins 3rd series pass complete 3 yards Run for 3 incomplete pass Punt Bucks 3rd series run gain of 1 run no gain end of first Quarter It appears that our run game is much stronger than the Bucs can handle, our Defense seems to be able to stop their run game fairly easy. Sudfeld's timing looks off on his passes. Have to see if he settles down in the 2nd Quarter. FIRST DOWNS Redskins 4 Bucs 1 NET YARDS Redskins 73 Bucs -3 SECOND QUARTER Mack Brown 60 yard run for TD Redskins really working on causing fumbles, going for the ball in gang tackles Redskins FG 23 yard set up by Ihenichao interception 13-0 Redskins Looks like for today at least Ross has punt return duties Mac Brown is getting big chunks of yards on his carries. Making the most of his chances Bates and Wakefield getting some penetration into the Bucs backfield just looking at the vast crowd of fans in the stands they actually may have more in the stands than the support people for the game Rough half time stats not official Redskins rushing 188 yards TB 11 Redskins passing -1 net yards TB 33 Brown 12 carries for 130 yards Kelly 11 carries for 58 yards THIRD QUARTER Tampa on their first series got some moxie and drove to the Redskins 32 before they were stopped, a 50 yard field goal gives the Bucs their first score of the game now 13-3 Redskins Thorpe took a short pass and was pushed out of bounds 41 yards later. 11 yard run by Kelly then a false start penalty Kelly is hard to bring down takes more than one person. TD by Ross Redskins now at 215 Rushing yards and 60 passing yards. Sloppy play by both teams ends the 3rd Quarter Redskins 276 yards total to 69 yards for TB Redskins 233 yards rushing to 26 for TB FOURTH QUARTER Mac Brown really really wants to play on the 53, he has done everything he can to get there this game. End of the 3rd quarter he had 14 carries for 134 yards with a 9.6 yard average. Wow... Kelly has 16 carries for 99 yards. The Bucs have a nice series going nice combo of pass and run moving the sticks Bucs 3rd or possibly 2nd string QB look a lot more polished than Sudfeld nice passing game all of a sudden. Lousy tackling by Redskins Bucs QB ran around for 5 minutes in backfield 3 Redskins linemen had a shot at him but all missed. I'd tell you who they were but I was laughing so hard I didn't bother looking. TB FG, after that nice drive that's all they got. 20-6 REDSKINS Just took 4 guys to take down Mac Brown Bucs another nice drive going, 1:59 sec to go at Redskins 38 off sides penalty give Bucs first down at 33 TD Bucs 20 - 13 Redskins Bucs onside kick goes out of bounds Redskins ball on 49 yl 2 knees and that is the old ball game folks don't forget your hat on the way out
  27. 3 points
    Mistakes were made and Destino got his hands on a press pass! I am reporting from within the wonderfully climate controlled, and entirely dry, press box. Who says the fan experience at FedEx field isn’t great? Not me (not today). I am joined by Spaceman Spiff, who has managed to wrap himself and all his treasured equipment in plastic and is currently out on the field rolling around in the muck. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: There are reasons to feel good about the defense, the passing game has started slow, and the running game is unreliable. There are differences, but in general we find ourselves entering week three on familiar ground, asking a familiar question. Is this team any good? (and maybe adding a quick “please please let them be good” under our breath.) Are the Redskins as good as the team that beat the Cardinals or as bad as the team that got shut down by that stunning Colts defense? Have the wide receivers introduced themselves to Alex Smith? Has Peterson informed Jay that running towards the sideline isn’t his style? Can we beat an injured Aaron Rodgers in the rain? We’ll find out together. (Time for some more free food!) The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: No. 17 WR Michael Floyd No. 30 S Troy Apke No. 32 RB Samaje Perine No. 39 CB Adonis Alexander No. 74 T Geron Christian No. 77 G Shawn Lauvao No. 99 DL Caleb Brantley The Packers declared the following players as inactive: No. 8 QB Tim Boyle No. 19 WR Equanimeous St. Brown No. 20 CB Kevin King No. 22 RB Darius Jackson No. 27 S Josh Jones No. 70 T/G Alex Light No. 82 WR J’Mon Moore Diet Pepsi fueled update #1 A quarter into this one and FedEx field is magical place where dreams can come true. Alex Smith and his stable of receivers have been dominant. The Packers, having failed to stop them within the rules turned to pass interference, but the results were the same. Touchdowns. Sweet sweet touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense took the quarter off. Good for them, they deserve a break. Personal notes: B Mitch is now sitting in front of me. Close enough that I could bop him on the head if I were so inclined. Probably a bad idea. Watching the game in the press box feels a little like watching a football game while at work. We’re all watching a game, but without any of the noise you'd normally associate with that. Professionals. Every single one of us. A lot of ugly cheese hats behind the end zone. Free chocolate cake powered update #2 Those of you hoping for a shut out are disappointed, and some fans in the forums are no doubt finding reasons to frown with a mouth full of ice cream. Reasonable fans should be thrilled. The Redskins defense managed to keep the the Packers quiet but the Pack were able to stretch their legs a bit. Against Rodgers one blown coverage is all it takes for him to make a 64-yard touchdown pass look like pitch and catch. I get the impression that they’ll look much more capable in the second half. Alex Smith gave up an interception but the Redskins offense continued to produce big plays and finish drives. Peterson broke off a 41-yard run and Davis caught a 50 yard pass. Most importantly the drives continued to end with touchdowns and not the field goals that doomed the Redskins in the home opener. They'll need to continue to play well in the second half. Rodgers will not go gently into the night. Personal Notes: I chose the Vikings in survivor league. Coffee coffee coffee! Update #3 Alex Smith and the offense took the 3rd quarter off, completing one pass for zero yards, scoring no points, and managing just a single first down. Momentum has definitely swung towards the Packers who held the ball 10 minutes and scored the quarter's only points (7). That said, the damage on the scoreboard wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been. I worry that the Redskins may have taken their foot off the gas a bit too early in this one. Wouldn’t be the first time Gruden went conservative too early in the second half when his team held a lead. Time to find out just how good this defense can be. Personal Note: That familiar dread is slowly creeping its way in. If you've been a Washington Sports fan for long enough, you know what I'm talking about. T-shirt toss has no place in a world with t-shirt cannons. End of game. “It feels good man, especially after a rough week” - Josh Norman. Final thoughts on today's game have to start with the defense. They deserve the lions share of the credit considering how the second half played out. The unit surrendered 17 points to Aaron Rodgers (and the Packers) and through three games have allowed just 14.7ppg. That’s a significant improvement over the 24.3ppg they averaged by the end of last season. They’re healthy again and it shows. The Packers also dropped some passes. It had to be said. I said it. We can move on. Peterson and the rushing offense had a bounce back performance. This fills me with happiness for some reason. There is just something about the Redskins featuring a power running game that feels right. If there is a cloud in the silver lining, it’s the offenses disappearing act in the second half. Alex Smith and the passing game followed up a brilliant first half of football with a second half stat line that is almost unbelievable: 2/5 passing for 6 yards. Three first downs and three points for the offense in the second half. Only explanation for this is that Jay Gruden decided to turtle early. Today, it worked. We won, and it feels good.
  28. 3 points
    Richmond -- Its a nice cool morning here in Richmond, 65 degrees at 7am, clear and sunny The doors open for the fans at 9:30am. There were already several fans waiting when I arrived at 7:30. One gentleman I spoke with said he had driven an hour and a half to get here, he was first in line. A walk thru is scheduled for 10:35 and practice starts at 3pm, 2pm will have NFL Officials discussing changes to the rules. At 2:45 Jay Gruden will have his daily presser. Crowd waiting to get into training camp The fans are now going thru security and into the Bon Secours training camp. Not as big a crowd as yesterday but it was lined up around the block, with people still coming from the parking areas. Walk thru is completed, Brandon Scherff walked by me coming off the field, I had to look up to see the top of his shoulders, I didn't realize how big he was. Morgan Moses is even bigger. We are not allowed to take pictures during walk-thru's and also during practice other than warmups and drills. We also can not discuss formations etc, but there were some interesting things to see, hopefully it translates to some great plays during the season. It really seems odd to me since the media is tied, but fans can post pics and videos during practices. Su'a Cravens at the podium. He is happy to be back at safety, it aids his skill set, allows him to play the open field, to make decisions on balls in the air, ultimately to be a play-maker. When asked if he did any special conditioning for safety, he stated that he conditioned hard during the off-season, his biggest thing was to change his diet. On the difference between Joe Berry and Greg Manusky he said that they both were great defenses but with Manusky, we are going to be a bit more aggressive. On 3rd and short we are going to send more pressure, before we would sit in a cover 2 or 3. He feels that the college and pro games are different in a lot of ways but they are starting to get similar when it comes to the passing game. Its all match-ups. He feels the tweener role is exactly what is needed in the NFL, and guys like him are what the NFL is looking for. He said Swearinger reminds him of Dion Bailey who he played with at USC always loud, always communicating. You could rely on him to get an energy boost. Playing linebacker last year helped him to learn every ones responsibility, knowing run fits and where everyone is going to be. On getting off the the field on 3rd down, he feels this is why they are getting more aggressive on defense. They are not going to sit back and allow the offense to take their shot. NFL Official Presser Josh Norman's Bow and Arrow celebration is illegal. Concidered a weapon. Group celebrations and using the ball as a prop is now legal, other props are illegal. Lambeau Leap is now legal. No hurdling O linemen at all. Ball on the 25 yard on touchback is extended for this year. Attention to Low hits on the QB, no longer allowed to wrap QB below the waist. Can grab a leg or swipe arm to bring him down, but if you wrap and shoulder gets to the leg it is a foul Gruden's Presser Gruden was asked about roughing the passer penalties and how to keep them from instinctively grabbing the QB. Basically he said its difficult, but if your down low and crawling to the QB then you have to swipe his leg and pull it. Does game week change teams plans for practice? No we are still in training camp and we will handle today and tomorrow as training camp. How long will starters play on Thursday? We will see how we get thru the next two practices and see where we are. Does injuries around the league play a role in determining how many reps starters get? You have to get them ready, No substitute for playing in some preseason games, it is a risk involved in Football. Areas he has told Chris Thompson to improve and if Thompson has done so. I have seen him get better. Chris is a pro, when you talk about Chris your talking about taking care of your body in the offseason, getting stronger and continue to work at your craft. Which he has Gruden was asked about Josh Norman's work ethic and what he brings to the defense. Josh is finding his niche as a leader and his work ethic is rubbing off on everybody. On the steadying presence of Ryan Kerrigan. Not a lot of people talk about Ryan anymore, he is just always there a mainstay and very productive player. Excellent player against the run, hard to run on his side, and his pass rush is still pretty darn effective. Asked about our secondary against the receivers in NFCE, Gruden said we are going to need the pass rush going effectively. How they mesh together is going to be how our defense plays. A question on Robert Davis brought this response. Robert has done some good things, not just catching the ball but blocking. I'm impressed with him, a good physical receiver who can block, Robert has proven he can do that. What kind of camp has Bashaud Breeland having? He is doing good... He is a competitive guy, he gets in trouble sometimes he is so overly competitive, but for the most part I like what he is doing. Asked about Trent Williams hosting the O line for workouts and chemistry of the line, Gruden answered, They have great chemistry. Its getting better and better. Practice Notes: Practice started with stretching excercises, once those were complete, Field #1 was devoted to Special Teams practice. Field #2 wind sprints. Breeland took one kick off hit a rather large hole and was gone. Blackmon also took a Kickoff and made a good run. Field #1 Running Backs drilling taking the ball and running, or faking having the ball then slipping out for a catch. Quaterbacks practicing catching bad snaps, ball to their left, right high and really low. Running Backs do drill where they block, slip the block and cross for a catch. Field #2 Defensive Backs doing interception Drills. At the far end of the field it looks like the WR's are practicing (wait for it) fades....... 11 on 11 First Team Nice run by Chris Thompson for about 20 yards. Hard to tell if he would have gotten 20 or not since they are not tackling but never the less it was a nice fast run. Cousins to Pryor on what looked like a broken play for a touchdown in the left corner, it wasn't a fade route though. 2nd Team 11 on 11 Pass McCoy to Derek Carrier for a first down. Matt Jones stopped in the backfield for a loss of about 5 yards TD pass McCoy to Robert Davis, from the 25. One more TD for 2nd team, they were looking very good against the 2nd D. First Team one min 40 sec on 50 yard line Cousins long run to around the 25 yard line on a broken play. Pass to Vernon Davis to the 20. 2 seconds left after Cousins spiked the ball. Field Goal 2nd Team 1min 40 Sec ball on 50. Some players blocked my view but somehow they got to the 23 before I could move. TD pass McCoy to Robert Davis. Extra Point Good. This ends the practice session for today.
  29. 3 points
    Week 1 Loss Leaves Redskins Searching for Answers By John Pappas (ES Coverage Staff) For Redskins’ fans, this offseason was filled with excitement and anticipation. Washington won the NFC East in 2015, riding the back of an offense and quarterback in Kirk Cousins that seemed to get better each week until losing in the first round of the playoffs. Despite the loss, the team entered the post-season with no major injuries to key players. There were no salary cap issues and fans expected the team to keep their major stars. Even better, General Manager Scot McCloughan would have another free agency and draft to enhance the overall talent-level of the roster. Then there was quarterback Kirk Cousins, who, unlike last year when he was named starting quarterback late in preseason, would have the benefit of an entire offseason working and learning as the starter. Despite the franchise tag placed on him by the team, which some construed as a lack of confidence in the hurler, reports from camp and limited play in preseason suggested he would pick up where he left off in 2015. All of which left fans with a hopeful feeling for 2016, which even extended to week 1 verses Pittsburgh. Sure, there was the fact that the Redskins don’t seem to play very well in prime time. Nor had they managed a winning campaign against the Steelers since 1991. But the expectation was a competitive game featuring scoring and a close finish. Following the division title, many thought Washington poised to change the dynamic in nationally televised games at FedEx Field. Instead, the game unfolded like so many other Redskins’ losses. Competitive early, Washington could not take advantage of turnovers and field position. Settling for field goals instead of touchdowns gave way to huge, momentum-shifting scoring plays by Pittsburgh. They had no success running and excepting a few passing plays beyond 20-yards, were limited to check-downs in the passing game. Only when the Redskins abandoned the huddle for the hurry-up in the second half did they find any kind any sort of rhythm which led a touchdown drive. In all, the loss left fans with more questions than answers. And now, the week two matchup verses the Dallas Cowboys becomes a must-win game. Sure, the Redskins can afford a non-conference loss at home to the Steelers. But add to that a division loss at home to the Cowboys, while arriving at an 0-2 record, and it becomes intolerable. But there was one question answered in the loss: The Redskins are not an elite NFL team. Oh they can still be good. They can still win the division. But they are not-yet ready to be discussed along with the top two or three teams in the league. They haven’t yet staked their claim. As the sting of the loss wears off, fans are left with serious questions. Can the Redskins run the ball? Washington allowed Alfred Morris to leave following the season. They decided instead to hook their wagon to Matt Jones and players to be named. To begin the season, the Redskins backfield features Matt Jones, carry-over Chris Thompson, and rookie Robert Kelley. Against Pittsburgh the rushing attack totaled 55-yards on 12 carries (one being a quarterback scramble). Jones was the top rusher with 24-yards on seven-carries. But half of those came on a single carry. Washington’s offense ran 55-plays. But only 11 designed running plays. With so few attempts it is apparent the Redskins abandoned the run well too soon. In order to answer whether Washington can have an effective rushing attack, the Redskins need to stay with the run-game to see if it can work. Can Washington’s defensive front pressure opposing quarterbacks? The Redskins registered no sacks against the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger is a master at getting the ball out quickly, and the result was 300-yards passing with three touchdowns and an interception. Following the game, Washington made roster moves, bringing in defensive line veteran Cullen Jenkins. Jenkins spent the final week of the preseason on the Redskins’ roster, registering a sack in game 4. Washington hopes his addition will lead to more pressure on the quarterback, which will result in quarterback sacks and hurries. Will the Redskins secondary be as good as advertised? If Washington can generate more pressure up front, it will reduce the obligation of the secondary to cover for as long. Conversely, if the secondary can cover the receivers longer, it will create opportunities for the pass-rushers. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry was asked why new addition Josh Norman wasn’t assigned to Anthony Brown full-time. Barry explained to the press this week Baushad Breeland was in excellent position for the first Brown touchdown Monday night, but that Brown made a near-perfect catch. In fact, Barry stated, on very few occasions was Breeland beaten badly by Brown. The challenge was the exceptional skill of Brown, whom he described as one of the best receivers in the league. Still, it is hard to imagine Norman not being assigned exclusively to Dez Bryant this weekend. And with the New York Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. on the horizon, the subplots involving Norman matching up against star receivers have fans salivating. In the big picture, Washington will need to do these things somewhat effectively to make the transition to a top-tier team. The Redskins have not logged back-to-back winning seasons since 1993. But this year, they have a good chance to do it. The division remains weak and Washington need only to register performances akin to last year to compete for the NFC East. But in order to take the next step, real improvement is required on both sides of the ball. Gregg Williams, when he was in Washington, used to say a team is never as good or as bad as a single game suggests. This is likely true and it is likely the Redskins are a better team than their first game suggested. But in order to make the case of an improved squad, they need to start to answer the questions above. John Pappas (JimmiJo) has covered the Washington Redskins since 2006 for Extremeskins, Warpath Magazine, Skinscast Podcast, and others. His mind-numbing rants can be enjoyed on Extremeskins and on Twitter @Skinscast
  30. 3 points
    Zoony threw this question out last night around the 3rd QTR in the Game thread. After their rain soaked performance last night against the Bucs, who do you Cut & who do you Keep? Think of it as the ES version of either F/M/K or Highlander - There can only be one. Below are their per game rushing stats: Against Atlanta RUSHING ATT YDS TD LG R.Kelley 7 40 1 18 M.Brown 7 28 0 7 Against NY Jets RUSHING ATT YDS TD LG R.Kelley 3 8 0 6 M.Brown 2 7 0 4 Against Buffalo RUSHING ATT YDS TD LG R.Kelley 12 51 0 9 M.Brown 11 43 0 15 Against Tampa Bay RUSHING ATT YDS TD LG M.Brown 19 149 1 60 R.Kelley 16 99 0 14
  31. 2 points
    We’re still doing this? Absolutely! Despite all the compelling reasons to just let everyone go home and enjoy and extended offseason, this is not an option. The games must be played, and therefore we the long-suffering fans will feel compelled to watch. Even games no reasonable football fan would choose to watch like, for example, today’s Redskins Jets game. Today’s convergence of sadness features the 30th ranked scoring offense (Jets 14.4 ppg) versus the 32nd (Redskins 12.0 ppg). The first team to 15 wins! With no playoff aspirations the compelling story lines for this game are largely limited to watching young players (hopefully) develop. Dwayne Haskins gets his first home start and Derrius Guice is back from injury. My, reasonable, goals for today’s game: 1- Score a touchdown 2- Score more than 17 points. 3- Haskins throws for 200 yards or more with no interceptions 4- Guice runs the ball at least 10 times and finishes at 3.5 yards per carry and healthy. Hoping for a win at this point feels like setting myself up for disappointment, so I’m happy to settle for an entertaining loss. Special thanks to @pez for some excellent Guinness beef stew. If you absolutely have to stand in a frozen parking lot at 9am, the best place to do it is at the Extremeskins Tailgate with Pez and @Huly. Great fans, great people. The Redskins have declared for the following players as inactive: Paul Richardson Colt McCoy Deshazor Everett Chris Thompson Ross Pierschbacher Vernon Davis Tim Settle The Jets declared the following players as inactive Nate Hairston Darryl Roberts Paul Worrilow Matthias Farley CJ Mosley Jordan Willis Leo Koloamatangi 1st Quarter - Redskins 0 - 6 Jets If you wanted to sit in the cold and watch a football game with some Jets fans at FedEx, but were worried that there were not enough seats available, I have good news. There’s plenty of space available, so come on down and prove you’re a real fan by sitting though this in person. Jets dominated the 1st quarter even though they only scored 6 points. The reason being that Washington managed only 13 yards of offense and a single first down. Question: Is it still a check down pass if the QB never looks at anyone else? 2nd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets The Jets have achieved an insurmountable 13 point lead early in the 2nd quarter. All hope is lost. Is there a more perfect example of the Redskins offense than their first scoring drive in the 2nd quarter? Interception gives the Redskins the ball on the Jets 16 yard line. They proceed to march 10 yards backwards before kicking a field goal from the Jets 26. It's perfect. Two or three more field goals we can call it a day. The Jets score again and if feels like they are are just piling on at this point. Three touchdowns in the first half for them, just three points for the redskins. Our streak of no touchdowns has now extended to 15 quarters. 3rd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets There is a spider slowly descending from the ceiling in the press box and it's the most interesting thing that's happened during the third quarter of this game. I have decided to allow the spider to live, provided it does not touch me. I'm off to get some more caffeine. 4th Quarter - Redskins 17 - 34 Jets The first wave of Redskins fans, the few that are here, started streaming towards the exits after that 4th Jets touchdown. As if the Jets didn't have this game wrapped up in the 2nd quarter. Jet have now more than doubled their average points per game and have matched their season high of 34 points (and they missed two field goals in this game). TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS! THE DROUGHT IT OVER! Guice took a short pass from Haskins all the way to the house. 2 point conversion is successful on a pass from Haskins to Quinn. The Redskins score another touchdown! This feels like an embarrassment of riches, even if we are still certain to lose this game. End of Game. Let's review those reasonable goals I mentioned earlier: 1- Success. 2- Close enough, I'm counting it 3- Haskins did throw for over 200, but unfortunately did have an interception. 4- Guice was not given the opportunity to run the ball ten times today. He did however score on a 45 yard TD pass and finish the game healthy. I'll take it. Even though the Redskins lost, it was good to see the offense show some faint signs of life and end the streak of games without a TD. The team looked competitive for much of the second half, and perhaps they could have made this a fun game if they carried that same energy throughout. It was good to see Guice and Mclaurin show out today. I think both of them have a future with this team that I look forward to seeing.
  32. 2 points
    I know, I know, that's a terrible title. However, I've only been to one game here at the Linc, and we won. Division championship in 2015, a thing of beauty. I'm also 2-0 while writing these things. At the same time, I was at the Monday Night Massacre/McNabb's Payday, so don't get too ****y. Philly has been fun-ish. We went to Geno's to get some world famous cheesesteaks Steak-Ums. More overrated than any free agent signing we've had since, well, you know. No matter what this turns out to be, it'll be a nice break from all of the distractions off the field. #yourenotwinningoffthefieldbruce It's been something that's divided us intensely, and I'm glad that we can all agree that we're scared ****less about the ramifications of this game. A few weeks ago we are two games up, Dallas is faltering, Philly is doing poorly, and Giants gonna Giants. Now? With a loss today, we're in third place in the division. I mean, that's, ouch. Some of us can see the bright side in the deepest cavern, and others of us only see shadows while staring at the Sun (I happen to fall into the latter category). This game means everything. It's not a tone-setter, it's as Code Red as Tampa three years ago. It's definitely nice to see Thompson and Crowder back. I hope that Stroman can defend Wentz, because he's gonna get picked on all day. And that #86, you gotta cover him. As @TK said, that number is dangerous for both sides. A big problem is actually following through on that. We knew that Cooper was going to get the ball, but our safeties (I love ya, DJ, but ugh on Thanksgiving) were more like safety valves. We cannot let that happen, even once, against this Eagles team that has Sproles returning. As you've already read, Inactives: Sudfield Maddox Mills Hicks Warmack Mailata Pryor Quinn (ugh!) Dunbar Perine (forgot he was on the team) Marshall Howard Ioannidis So some hits on both sides. Both secondaries need to really bolt down to give their respective teams a chance (don't worry, I didn't tell Philly that). Oh, and then there's that Colt McCoy guy. With a non-zero number of practices with the ones, hopefully he can actually do something. With 38 minutes to go, it's not looking much better than FedEx. I even heard cheers when our boys ran out. Well, that's it for pregame unless something else happens. With 13 minutes to go, the stands are maybe half full? Nothing to Josh Norman's standards for sure. With three minutes to go, we are at about 2/3 capacity. All levels on the home side look full, but other than that it's not impressive. FIRST QUARTER 7:31 Zach Ertz with the insane false start. Except not. So touchdown. Well, looked like typical Redskins. A little help from the refs for the Eagles touchdown and then for two straight, and wasted, first downs. But Doctson did something. So at lest we have that. SECOND QUARTER McCoy hurt. Sanchez in. Peace out, season. And I'm wrong. Colt's first play after coming in, touchdown. Sanchez's first play after coming in, touchdown. Longest run in Redskins history. At 4:03 - And a fourth down stop? Sanchez with a nine-play, 40-something drive ending in three points. At the half, the team is showing some grit. Two bad calls by the refs led to 14 Philly points, the non-call on Ertz on their first touchdown and the ticky-tack roughing the passer by Stroman. Moreau looking very, very good today, which is a relief. Josh Norman needs to tackle, not strip. It's costing us yards and on the Sproles run cost us seven. Overall we're doing better than I thought we would. THIRD QUARTER Off to a bad start. McCoy out for the year. The rest of the third was also bad. Another injured lineman, down to zero reserves. Moreau injured after being awesome all game. This isn't going to end in a win for us, unfortunately. FOURTH QUARTER: And it just keeps getting worse. Sanchez, Sanchez, Sanchez. That was awful. In all ways. I don't know how it could've been worse. I'll finish this up later, emotions are too high in being too low.
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  34. 2 points
    Greetings humanoids. Murf & I are here in the land of perpetual sunshine, oranges, & the world famous Florida Man. What a difference a week makes. One game, one single game, completely changed the look of this then 5-2 Redskins team. Last week against the Falcons they lost nearly the entire Offensive Line. Having to scramble, the FO was signing guys off the street in order to play the Bucs. There’s lots of factors that will play into what this M.A.S.H. unit of an Offensive Line will be able to do. As Jay Gruden said earlier this week, they’re teaching these guys OTA’s, Training Camp, & Pre Season all in about 5 days. Also to consider, it that the local weather will be around the low to mid 80’s. If any of these 3 new guys didn’t bother to keep in football shape, it’ll show up pretty quickly. If dehydration starts up, they have to start recruiting dudes from the stands to run/pass block. If this feels somewhat familiar, it may be because the same situation happened last year in Seattle. Skins went in there with a make shift O Line & came out with the win at the last second thanks to D Hall having some major hops & breaking up Russell Wilson’s pass attempt in the end zone. The difference was it was raining & cold there. In Tampa, anything below 90 degrees is considered cold. Today’s matchup should be interesting either way.
  35. 2 points
    So this just happened. Cardinals RB David Johnson just signed his extension & is calling for a Cards win to start their season. Now that he's got his pockets straight will he be playing with a purpose to prove he's worth it? And will the Redskins newly stacked D Line be prepared to show that the Cardinals just wasted their money? Tune in tomorrow, same Skins time, same Skins channel...
  36. 2 points
    Landover, MD - Greetings to all my fellow ES'ers and ES'ettes! It's your neighborhood friendly TSO up here in the Press Box at FedEx Field along with the greatest photographer in the universe (verified fact, he has a plaque stating such), my man @Spaceman Spiff. We're here to provide you the best Redskins' coverage you'll find on the planet and, perhaps, in the universe - though I must admit Planet X5567 from the Controria Quadrant does a pretty good job of it themselves. Sorry for that, news of an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie in the making clearly has me overly geeked out. Anywho, does this feel like just another preseason game to you? Not if you're as hardcore as we folk here on ES are. We had talk of Jay's "soft" approach to Training Camp, of which arguably cost us big time last year when the team came out and laid a massive goose egg against the Steelers during the season opener, all week where some felt last week's game against the Ravens was another indication of such an approach. Jay himself, to his credit, admitted during his presser on Wednesday: Also, this: Not to mention the anxiousness that exists within the fanbase to see our Defense show signs of real, identifiable legitimacy - if it exists at all - where every gaffe is honed in on and nitpicked to death. I'll also be continuing my intense focus on the Dline that started with last week's game here. Then there are the players we haven't seen yet due to injuries. Of course, that starts first and foremost with none other than Josh Docston. We've seen such a minimal amount of live snaps from our 2016 1st rounder it's cut a deep gash in our fan souls. He's a game time decision so we'll find out soon enough if we'll be given some much needed healing. Preston Smith should be playing today along with Jamison Crowder, who will both look to get their first snaps of the preseason. And don't forget some of the young'ns who finally started practicing this week which leads me to the final proof of this game's heightened meaning... The still strong and remaining excitement regarding the potential of this year's draft picks. Whether it's our early picks in Allen and Anderson (another game time decision) or the later round guys like Sprinkle, Harvey-Clemons and Holsey... every player has buzz surrounding them. And as alluded to above, our mid-round guys in Fabian Moreau and Montae Nicholson should finally be getting some snaps for us to dig into. So, yeah, suffice to say I'm certainly excited. Preseason or not, I can't wait to see what goes down! Stay tuned for more tweets, notes, player interviews and general coverage all throughout the day, pre-game and post-game! As usual when I do this, I'll be focusing in on the trenches (well, mostly) since everyone will be following the ball. Got the binoculars ready to go. 1st Quarter Notes -Shawn Lauvao driven back on first snap for offense. No gain for Rob Kelley. - Moreau, first snap in the NFL, causes fumble on punt return! - Ty Nsekhe gives up pressure to Matthews on following snap, 4th offensive snap of the game. - Oline holding up well outside of those two gaffes. - McGee, Hood and McClain starting on the Line, nice pressure first snap from all of them. - Nothing much from any of the DLinemen the next two snaps. Allen and Ioannidis were in the nickel defense on 3rd down. - McGee, Hood and McClain again on following play after penalty. McGee with a nice run stop. Gets off his man, makes tackle. - Next play, Hood pushed back, allowing 5 yard gain from RB. - Allen over pursues, leaves gap on run play following a few quick plays from Rodgers. - Ioannidis follows with a good run stop. - Ioannidis with a good pass rush on following 3rd down. Rodgers does Rodgers' things and runs for a first. - Terrell McClain with a good rush on 2nd and 6. - Hood and McClain are the linemen in near the goal line. Do a nice job on 1st and goal after penalty to allow Foster to get the run stop. - Zach Brown played that well on the TD, just a good throw and good catch by Rodgers and Bennett. - Nsekhe and Sherff struggle on pass off, Sherff gives up pressure on second snap of ensuing offensive drive. - Fabian Moreau again doing a great job on the punt, first guy there and finishes the tackle. - McGee, Hood and McClain your starting linemen. - Sack was mostly Preston Smith, but McGee does a good job getting immediate push. - Allen and Ioannidis in. Allen with great awareness on screen. Sniffs it out immediately and gets in on tackle. Ioannidis did well to get immediate pressure on QB, but he was essentially allowed a free release since it was a screen. - Not much of a rush on following 3rd down from Allen or Ioannidis. - Offense back out. Moses is in. - Just no movement from Lauvao on run play, Moses pulling inside also nothing. - Following 3rd and 1, Moses and Sherff do nice job getting some push to allow Kelley to get the first. 2nd Quarter Notes - Oline doing well first two plays of 2nd quarter. - 1st down after penalty by Packers on 3rd down, Lauvao pulling but finds no one. Kelley still got a couple yards. - Ensuing 3rd down, Oline all do a good job in pass protection. - Lauvao pulls again on 4th down, not finding anyone. Surprised they didn't get the first, though. Seemed like it was enough. - Ioannidis, Francis and Hood in now at Dline. - Francis pushed back on the first play, run picks up a chunk. - McGee and McClain in the nickel. Nothing much from either. - Same on the next play near the goal line. - I'm dying right now, some Packer's media in front of me all excited, fist bumping after every TD. Probably some fan bloggers, it's annoying though. - Offense back out. - Oline does a great job on 2nd down. As clean a pocket as all night. - Again, on 3rd down, nice job. Kirk with a dime. Finally. - Lauvao on following play with zero push, but Trent gets it. Kelley with decent gain. - Thus far, the Oline really looks exactly the same as last year. Good at pass protection, but just no push in the running game. Frustrating. - Lanier and Taylor out on the DLine now. Both do a good job on first down run. Pick up of 4 not their fault. - Following play, Phil Taylor destroys his guy and gets into the QBs face quickly, great pass rush. - Following play on 3rd down, both are stymied and don't generate any rush. - Following play, Lanier with a decent rush, but took a while to get off his guy. - Play after the next, 3rd down, Phil Taylor with a great rush, beats his guy immediately, and finishes with the sack. He just looks the part. - Offense back out. - Following big play to Vernon down the sideline, Lauvao gives up pressure. - Following 1st down pass to Doctson, Lauvao gives up another pressure. - 1st and Goal, no push upfront on run play. Thompson loses two yards. - 2nd and Goal, do a good job in pass protection. - 4th and Goal, good pass pro, TD. Half Time Analysis Welp, another frustrating preseason outing so far, but thankfully the first team offense scored their first TD of the preseason at the very end. My major takeaways regarding the lines are: 1) The Oline seems to be exactly the same as last year. Strong in pass pro and unable to get any push in the run game. They're still too high, too often, and Lauvao is a liability. 2) As for the Dline, it was also a bit disappointing in comparison to last week when they played much better, but they weren't necessarily a negative. Phil Taylor looks great. Everyone else was just... meh. As for the game, it was nice to see Fabian Moreau out there making plays on Special Teams. He looks the part, and even the bomb he gave up wasn't necessarily bad coverage on his end. Seeing Spaight get that big hit in the backfield was sweet. Montae Nicholson looked good, as well. Breeland struggled against Nelson, which is becoming a pattern for him at this point. The TD Zach Brown gave up was simply a great throw and catch from Rodgers to Bennett, and otherwise he looked good out there along with Foster. Compton actually had a nice play blowing up an OLineman. Kirk was on and off, as was the entire first team offense. Not sure what is going on with them, but they've always got one or two guys failing. It was great to see Doctson out there towards the end, and he should've had a TD, but the moment he came free Kirk looked the other way, panicking in the red zone. But, yeah, can't help but get excited by Doctson. Alrighty, let's see what happens the following half. Hopefully we get to see better overall play from the second teamers. 3rd Quarter Notes - Lanier and Mbu the Dlinemen - 2nd down, Lanier with a great pass rush, generates the hold! - 3rd down, Mbu with a great pass rush, spinning his way to a sack. He had a terrible game last week, so this is good to see. - Your 2nd Team Oline: Nsekhe, Kalis, Roullier, Catalina, and Painter. - They do a good job on first down run to the left. Perine gains 4. - 2nd down run, Catalina doesn't get the push you'd like, but everyone else does a good job. - 3rd down, they do a decent job in pass rush. Nsekhe and Catalina pushed back a little bit, but maintain. - Middle of the line does a great job getting push on ensuing run. - Ensuing throw, Catalina gives up a pressure. - 3rd down, Painter lost on the outside, but McCoy gets it off quick. - Lanier, Francis and Taylor out at Dline now. - 3rd down, Lanier with a nice pass rush. - These guys in front of me are actually flipping out about the way the Packers are playing right now. What the!? - 1st down, Roullier, I believe, falls down and gives up a pressure. May not have been him, happened fast. - 2nd down, they do a good job run blocking except Catalina who ends up on the floor. - 3rd down, good job all around. Big run by Perine to the outside. - Following play, Catalina gets no push, everyone else does but only slightly so. No gain from Perine. - 3rd down, Kalis loses his one on one, but McCoy throws quick to Paul for a TD. - Francis and Mbu are your Dlinemen. - Mbu looks really good today... beat his man right away, but run was away from him. - Aaaand then he follows it up with good penetration, playing a role in the near sack fumble. - Offense back on. Bootleg, but Roullier doesn't seem to find his target, who almost gets McCoy. - Next play, great double team from Painter and Catalina, good push in general from the rest. Perine for a nice gain. - Next play, most get push, Roullier does a great job getting to the second level. - Following play, good pass pro from the entire Line. - Few plays later, last play of the 3rd quarter, Line does another great job in pass pro. 4th Quarter Notes - Mbu, Francis and Lanier are your Dlinemen. - 2nd down, all three get pushed back slightly. Not very good, but only a gain of 3 for the rush. - 3rd down and short, again all three get pushed back. - Following 2nd down, Francis with a good run stop. Maintains leverage, sheds, makes tackle on run to the outside right. - Same OLine out, but Sudfeld and Matt Jones in. - 2nd down, good push from all except Roullier, who gets pushed back slightly. - Mbu and Banks are your Dlinemen. - 2nd down, Banks beats his man for a nice rush, but QB gets it off quickly. - 3rd down, no pass rush from either. - Not much from either of them the next few snaps, as well. TD Green Bay. - 3rd string Oline in now. Not much to note here. - Lanier, Pipkins and Banks in on the Dline. - Few plays into the drive, Lanier beats his man soundly but running back too far outside of him to affect play. - 3rd down with about 2:40 on the clock, zero rush from the Dline. - Offense back out. Kuandjio just got beat badly, Sudfeld hit hard but gets the ball out and Davis makes a great play on it. - Play after the roughing penalty, Kling just did a crap job on the speed rush. Sudfeld sacked. - 2nd and 17, good pass pro from all involved. - Good pass pro again on the following 3rd down. Entire Exclusive ES Photo Gallery by @Spaceman Spiff found here: Player interviews found here: Highlights from ES Exclusive Interviews: Pre-Game Tweets
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    ES Coverage: Redskins @ Ravens 08/10/17 DEFEAT Ravens 23 - 3 Redskins Welcome my friends to another season of Washington Redskins Football (queue applause)! I can think of no better person to kick off this season than me, JimmiJo. Along for the launch is my partner; Spaceman Spiff. In our time together we have inadvertently glanced at more NFL locker room manhood than is acceptable in polite company. All that aside, we will do our best to bring you the sights and sounds of tonight's action. Story line for me is how the offense will look with new 1st and 2nd receivers, running backs, and tight end. Is this offense plug-and-play enough to swap out arguably the two most important pieces and keep on going? We will start to see tonight. And then there's the defense. How will a Greg Manusky defense perform? Likely we won't see anything like a defensive game plan. All eyes will be looking to see good execution in a bland scheme. Let me take this first preseason game and get this out of the way: - I believe this to be Kirk Cousins. Blame it on irreconcilable differences. From afar it appears Cousins never got over what he thought a pauper-offer his first year of free agency. Can Washington throw enough money at him, or be willing to do this dance again to kick keep him? Hard to see but I am wrong all the time. Just ask my ex-wife. - The question will then become whether you keep Jay Gruden to develop the next guy? Survey says; depends on how the season plays out. Gonna be fun to watch. Season record; a very generous 9-7 trying to eek into the playoffs. Most of you are smarter than me so I will look to see what you say. In the meantime it is time for some free food. Stand by... Kickoff The teams are taking the field ahead of the National Anthem and then kickoff. Here's to good running, passing, scoring, tackling, and no injuries. Talk to you at halftime. Follow in-game on Twitter @Skinscast. Half Wow that was bad. The Washington Redskins appear unprepared and uninspired. I hope the coaches see something good on tape to look at, cause from here in the press box I am not sure there was much. Not that the Ravens were much better. But they did enough to keep the chains moving. Their own difficulties limited points, but did not prevent them. The game's highlight was the Ravens' 59-yard field goal to end the half. Baltimore 13 - 0 Washington JimmiJo There really isn’t much to say about the game. At least, not for the Washington Redskins. They came out flat, and got worse as it went. In fairness the starters only played six plays. But to be precise, the Redskins offense accomplished very little between the two drives. Kirk Cousins went 1-2 for 5-yards over the span. Anything he thought he was going to do was thwarted by the pressure from Baltimore. After Cousins, the offensive highlight belonged to Vernon Davis, who pulled in a 31-yard grab later in the night. Washington started poorly, and the second-teamers were every bit as bad. But for a single drive to start the fourth quarter that resulted in 3-points; there was very little of note. Unless you count the inability to sustain drives, ill-timed turnovers and big-plays surrendered. The worst part is that no questions were answered. We don’t know if the offense will function with the new receiving corps. At least, as it did with the old. We don’t know if the defense is an improved with the new coordinator. We don’t know if the run-game is any better. Ditto play-calling. We do know what we saw was not particularly good. In the old days a coach like Joe Gibbs would use a performance like this to bludgeon and then inspire the team to respond. Then again, it is only the preseason. Many a rotten-egg game 1 of the preseason has turned into a more respectable affair later on. That said – there just isn’t much talk about or takeaway from this one. Your reporters had a terrific time however. Click here for the ES photos from this game. Click here to download a copy of this game's Game Book.
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    Happy Thanksgiving from deep in enemy territory. The Redskins continue to sport the Championship uniform off the white jersey/burgundy pant combo on the road. Meanwhile, the Cowboys are departing from their normal throwback uniform to wearing their bad luck blue jersey. Here's to their continued back luck wearing it today. ANNOUNCEMENT OF INACTIVES The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld o No. 19 WR Rashad Ross o No. 31 RB Matt Jones o No. 57 LS Nick Sundberg o No. 68 T Blaine Clausell o No. 74 G Arie Kouandjio o No. 98 DE Matt Ioannidis KEYS TO VICTORY The Defense must stop Beasley. Joe Barry didn't have an answer for him back in Week 2. Let's hope he's learned from that. Feed Reed. To many times Reed will get off to a decent start only to have the offense go away from him after a quarter. Control the clock. Dallas is currently ranked 3rd at T.O.P. The Redskins can pretty much score at will once they get their rather going, however, the the best defense is an offense that keeps them off the field. One thing I have to do though is give props to the Cowboys organization. They put out one heck of a Thanksgiving Day spread for those of us that are here covering this game instead of being home with families. End of Pre Game First Quarter The Skins miss the coin toss but Dallas chooses to receive. Which works for us because we tend to defer to the second half anyways. Opening play the Defense is burned on a 15 yard end around play. Elliot destroys them for a gain of 20 on the third play. Had space for days & a hole you could sail a battleship though. UGLY starting drive for the Defense. Elliot stopped up the middle after a gain of seven on the Red Zone & he scores on the next play. Gonna be a long day at the office. RUSHING ATT YDS TD LG E.Elliott 5 38 1 20 L.Whitehead 1 15 0 15 PASSING CM/AT YDS TD INT RT D.Prescott 2/2 17 0 0 102.1 RECEIVING TAR REC YDS TD LG C.Beasley 1 1 13 0 13 E.Elliott 1 1 4 0 4 Redskins offense feeds Vernon Davis for a short gain to open, then converts with a Fat Rob catch. Rob grinds for three. Cousins on the run connects to DJax for 19. Great play by Kirk. Fat Rob to the left for no gain. Kirk connects to Reed for 3 yards. Third down with a LOUD crowd that Jordan Reed shuts up with a 12 yard gain. Kirk incomplete pass but Dallas is called for holding. Thompson stopped for a loss of three. Kirk under pressure throws it incomplete to avoid a sack & the OL is called for holding. 2nd & 23. Thompson up the middle for 3. Dumb call as it says we're gonna play for the field goal. Kirk connects with Crowder for 1 yard. 4th & 16. Hopkins on for a 43 yard FG attempt. Redskins take a time out. Kick is wide left & no good which is weird because Hopkins was nailing 40-50 yard kicks in warm ups. RUSHING ATT YDS TD LG R.Kelley 2 3 0 3 C.Thompson 2 3 0 6 PASSING CM/AT YDS TD INT RT K.Cousins 6/6 49 0 0 100.7 RECEIVING TAR REC YDS TD LG D.Jackson 1 1 19 0 19 J.Reed 2 2 15 0 12 R.Kelley 1 1 8 0 8 V.Davis 1 1 6 0 6 J.Crowder 1 1 1 0 1 SECOND QUARTER Redskins start the 2nd quarter in the Red Zone. They go three & out & Jordan Reed is Down in the back of the End Zone. Reed is helped up & walks off on his own. I exhale the breath I'd been holding. Hopkins in for the field goal & its good from 24 yards out. Redskins have got to start getting into the end zone if they're gonna pull out the upset here. Reed is questionable with a left shoulder injury. Redskins Defense seems to have tightened up some. Dallas is no longer running for huge chunks of yardage. Mid drive the Defense gets a sack & Dallas is called for holding. 3rd & 14. Defense gets torched by Beasley. I was worried about Fuller being on him & he got toasted for a gain of 18. Barry needs to make an adjustment here pronto. Prescott overthrows Butler in the end zone. 3rd down again. Norman drops a defected Pass to Dez. Cowboys take the field goal & its 10-3 in a game that feels like it should probably already be tied up at 21. TEAM STATS WAS DAL First Downs 7 8 3rd Down 2-4 2-4 Total Net Yards 130 117 Off Plays 19 21 Avg Gain 6.8 5.6 Rushing Net 16 60 Passing Net 114 57 Penalties (Yds) 1 (10) 1 (5) Turnovers 0 0 Punts (Avg) 0 (--) 1 (53.0) TDs 0 1 FGs 1-2 1-1 TO Remain 2 3 Time of Poss. 10:55 11:08 AT THE HALF After each team's opening drive of the Second Quarter, both offenses seem evenly matched. The only big difference is Dallas is getting the bulk of their yards on the ground while the Redskins are getting theirs through the air. The big story here so far is the Redskins inability to get into the end zone. Three drives in the first half & they settle for field goals, where they missed 2 out of 3 of them. Leaving points on the field, on the road, against a Divional rival is completely unacceptable. The Defense got carved up on the opening drive, but tightened up after that. They still allowed several chunk yardage plays, but they kept them more limited on completing those after the opening drive where they were gutted at will. Then the Two Minute Warning happened & they unloaded the next play for a touchdown to take a 17-3 lead with 1:45 on the clock. Skins best bet is to play the sidelines for chunks, put the ball in the end zone for 7 & run out the clock, going to the locker room down only by 7 since they get the ball to start the 2nd half. Almost. They managed everything but the touchdown & again settle for a field goal. At least they managed to make that one. It's 17-6 Dallas at the half. RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LG TD R.Kelley 6 18 3.0 8 0 C.Thompson 3 6 2.0 6 0 PASSING ATT CMP CMP% YDS SK/YD TD LG INT RT K.Cousins 26 18 69.2 216 0/0 0 38 0 94.4 RECEIVING TAR NO YDS AVG LG TD J.Crowder 6 4 60 15.0 38 0 D.Jackson 4 2 45 22.5 26 0 V.Davis 5 3 40 13.3 22 0 P.Garcon 3 3 40 13.3 27 0 J.Reed 3 2 15 7.5 12 0 M.Harris 2 2 11 5.5 6 0 R.Kelley 2 2 5 2.5 8 0 C.Thompson 1 0 0 -- 0 0 RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LG TD E.Elliott 9 45 5.0 20 1 D.Prescott 2 16 8.0 18 0 L.Whitehead 1 15 15.0 15 0 A.Morris 1 12 12.0 12 0 PASSING ATT CMP CMP% YDS SK/YD TD LG INT RT D.Prescott 14 9 64.3 87 1/5 1 18 0 105.4 RECEIVING TAR NO YDS AVG LG TD C.Beasley 4 3 36 12.0 18 0 D.Bryant 4 3 33 11.0 14 0 T.Williams 1 1 10 10.0 10 1 E.Elliott 1 1 4 4.0 4 0 J.Witten 1 1 4 4.0 4 0 B.Butler 2 0 0 -- 0 0 THIRD QUARTER Redskins can't get anything going to open this half. However, Jordan Reed is returning to the game. On the Cowboys first drive, the Defense leaves a gaping hole underneath & Witten makes them pay for it. Dallas starts picking up 9 & 10 yard chunks again. A holding call backs them up to their 46 & its 1st & 20. Written picks 8 & the Redskins burn their first time out. A turnover would help. Skins need some kind of spark to get back into this. Only down by 11, this offense can overcome that if they can get into a good rhythm. Down, 18, that's a different story. Bree land breaks up a deep sideline shot to Williams on 3rd down. Dallas forced to punt with Crowder back to receive. Fair catch, Skins at the 10. HAVE to get 7 here. Skins get to midfield, hit a 4th & 2, convert it, continue to march into field goal range & chew up the clock. Kirk hits the fade to Reed for a first down at the 3. A touchdown here & it's a football game. A field goal & it could be the season. Skins have chewed up over 10 minutes in this quarter. FOURTH QUARTER TOUCHDOWN JORDAN REED!!! We got a football game now. Skins down by 5 go for 2. The attempt is picked off by Sean Lee. It's 17-12 Dallas with 14:54 left. Elliot gets a 21 yard chunk of burnage followed by a catch for 19 yards & Dallas is at the 35 in two plays. Elliot finally stopped for a gain of 1. Beasley burns the D for 12. Dallas scrambles, knocked out of bounds by Breeland. Dez over the middle, tackled by Norman after a gain of 13. Ball at the 6. Day runs it in for the touchdown. Dallas struck quick & efficiently in answer to the Redskins time consuming last drive. 75 yards in under 5 minutes to the the Skins 90 yard 10 minute drive. 24-12 Dallas. 10:49 left on the clock. DJAX ****es!!! Helluva throw by Cousins 67 yards down the sideline touchdown DJax, kick is good & Skins are back to being down by 5. Skins just went 3 plays 75 yards in under 2 minutes for that score. Skins with the onsides kick, Dallas recovers. 9:21 on the clock. If there was ever time for a Norman pick six, this would be it. Instead Dallas runs it to keep the clock running. They pick up a personal foul penalty & two plays later, Elliot is in the end zone, but wait, Dallas gets called for holding. 2nd & 10. Foster with the duplex takedown on Elliot, no penalty & the Dallas media behind me is crying about it. And then Elliot is in the end zone again two plays later. It's 31-19 Dallas with 6:29 left. Skins are forced to do what they do best now. Throw it. The Crowder/Reed show gets them across mid field, only thing stopping them was a false start penalty. A Reed strip fumble recovered for a Dallas TD is ruled incomplete pass. Next pass is to Crowder for 10. Skins convert a 4th & 1. Ball at the Dallas 29. 3:32 on the clock. Cousins hits Crowder again for 9. Cousins incomplete to Grant in double coverage in the end zone. Cousins keeps it up the middle 1st down. Cousins to Thompson gain of 3. Cousins to Reed, 1st & goal at the 8. 2 minute warning. Touchdown Jordan Reed, his second for the day. Kick is good, it's 31-26 Dallas with 1:53 left. Beasley back for Dallas as the Skins go for the onsides kick again. Ball goes out of bounds, Dallas ball at the 47. Ugh. 1:51 left on the clock. Joe Barry needs to dial up a turnover here because this down by 5, down by 12 back n forth scoring bit has gotten old. Instead Dallas comes out running the ball to kill clock, skins burn a timeout. Beasley with an 8 yard catch, Elliot up the middle, clocking running, Skins call a 30 second timeout. 2nd & 8 with 55 ticks left on the clock. Prescott takes a knee 3rd & 9. Clock runs out. Game over. TEAM STATS REDSKINS COWBOYS Total First Downs 25 24 By Rushing 4 12 By Passing 20 11 By Penalty 1 1 Efficiency Third Down 8-15-53% 4-8-50% Fourth Down 2-2-100% 0-0-0% Red Zone 2-5-40% 4-4-100% Goal to Go 2-4-50% 3-3-100% Total Net Yards 505 353 Offensive Plays 72 55 Average Gain 7.0 6.4 Rushing Net Yards 56 163 Plays/Avg 19/2.9 30/5.4 Tackles for Loss/Yards 4/-8 2/-7 Passing Net Yards 449 190 Sacks/Yards 0/0 1/5 Gross Yards 449 195 Att-Comp-Int 53-41-0 24-17-0 Average 8.5 7.6 TEAM STATS REDSKINS COWBOYS Kickoffs Num-Endzone-Touchbacks 6-3-3 6-6-6 Punts 1 2 Had Blocked 0 0 Gross Punting Average 39.0 44.0 Net Punting Average 39.0 44.0 FGs-PATs Blocked 0-0 0-0 Return Yards Punts/Yards 0/0 0/0 Kickoffs/Yards 0/0 1/0 Interceptions/Yards 0/0 0/0 Touchdowns 3 4 Rush-Pass-Other 0-3-0 3-1-0 Penalties-Yards 3-30 3-25 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0 Extra Points Made-Atts 2-3 4-4 1 Point Tries 2-3 4-4 2 Point Tries 0-1 0-0 FGs Made-Attempts 2-4 1-1 Safeties 0 0 Timeouts Remaining 0 3 Time of Possession 33:24 26:36 FINAL THOUGHTS One, Cousins ain't going anywhere. He's gonna get paid. Secondly, we need to quit paying Joe Barry. He's had more then enough time to scheme up answers for guys like Elliot & Beasley. At times, the defense could hold Elliot for short gains but they couldn't effectively take him out of the game. Play calling was questionable today & deservedly so. The run up the middle on 3rd & long, the 2 point conversions, the first onsides kick...The points left out on the field. Jeebus. That one kills me. It's a problem this offense has had going back to last offseason when the starters could never get a touchdown. Don't get me wrong, this is a VERY talented offense & coaching staff. It's kinda reminds me of the knock Kyle Shanahan had here, that whole "gets to smart for his own good" rep. Two seasons in & it's like they're still trying to figure out how to put together continuous complete games. But I'm telling you, when can do that, & have a top defense, this is team is gonna be really, really, good. They're close. They're not there just yet, but they've been knocking on the door of greatness, they just don't have the password to get in yet. Post Game Audio Photos
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    VICTORY!!! Redskins 42 - 24 Packers JimmiJo Hello Brothers & Sisters, and welcome to another edition of Washington Redskins football. Tonight's episode features the Redskins hosting the Green Bay Packers. My name is JimmiJo, and together with my partner of the ages, TheMurf, will bring you tonight's action. The last time these teams met was in January in the the playoffs. Then, Green Bay left winners. Here's hoping it goes different tonight. At 5-3-1, it is difficult to convince some that tonight's game is 'must-win.' But it is, given the state of the division. Despite the winning record, Washington sits at only third in the NFC East. And a win tonight will do nothing more than allow them to maintain the same position. But they must win to avoid last place and keep abreast of second-place 7-3 New York Giants. Meanwhile the Dallas Cowboys are running away with the division and league. Their 9-1 record is good for first in the NFC East and best in the NFL. The success (or lack thereof) of Washington's season rests on the next five days. Win tonight to stay three back of the Cowboys and a half-game behind the Giants; and then a chance Thursday to beat Dallas to gain a game and stop their momentum. But no sense in looking ahead. If the Redskins don't win tonight, a victory Thursday will benefit New York as much if not more than Washington. This is a winnable game for the Redskins. But not a definite. The Packers have been inconsistent, as their 4-5 record attests. But they can still do some damage. Green Bay come in ranked 14th in offense, compared to Washington's 4th overall. But they own the 10th-ranked defense (meanwhile the Redskins defense ranks 21st). The Redskins need to bring a high degree of urgency and focus to this game. It is a nationally-televised night game, which usually means disaster for the Redskins. Hopefully the home field advantage will help their cause. We have been experiencing incredibly high winds in the region for the last 24-hours which are expected to persist until after midnight. The team that runs the ball better should have the edge. The Redskins rank 11th in rushing, better than the 19th-spot the Packers currently occupy. Keys to Victory - Run Forest Run! - Ball control that translates to long drives for scores - Containment defense that limits the big plays by the Packers - Pressure Aaron Rogers We are still about 2.5 hours away from kickoff. I will share any tidbits I come across. Twitter @HomerMcFanboy for Murf and @Skinscast for me Murf's Take I'm not going to lie -- as someone who has spent more than 21 years serving in and with the U.S. Army, it brings a smile to my face whenever I see an organization like the Washington Redskins go out of their way to recognize veterans and active duty service members. Clearly a primetime game against one of the NFL's most popular franchises was going to be a well attended game anyway, but making this game their "Salute to Service game," makes tonight's contest with the Green Bay Packers a little extra special, in my eyes at least. And honestly, if this game didn't feel exactly like last year's 35-18 playoff loss, we'd all be thrilled to catch Aaron Rodgers and friends right now. But I was on the sidelines when a supposedly vulnerable opponent limped into town and pistol-whipped the Redskins back in January and I'm not going to fall for that act again. So even though the Packers have looked like hot garbage for most of the season and they're giving up 35 or more points on seemingly a weekly basis now, I still refuse to underestimate them until Rodgers is no longer collecting an NFL paycheck. That being said, even though their record during primetime games over the last decade or so is downright abysmal, it's not as if the Redskins have no chance this evening. For starters, since Week 7 last season, Kirk Cousins has outplayed Rodgers. Don't believe me? Here are the numbers: Cousins has completed 69.5 percent of his passes while averaging 287.5 yards per game, throwing 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a 106.2 quarterback rating. Rodgers has completed 60.1 percent of his passes while averaging 249.5 yards per game, throwing 38 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a 87.7 quarterback rating. So while conventional wisdom tells you to take Rodgers over Cousins all day every day, the numbers show that Captain Kirk has been playing at an outstanding level for more than a year now. Tonight I fully expect tight end Jordan Reed to get back into the end zone too. He's been too quiet for a guy with such a ridiculous talent, so I fully expect him to get going against a beatable Green Bay defense. This is also the type of game I'd expect to see Jamison Crowder thrive in. His speed and elusiveness give defenders fits, and the Packers are pretty mediocre on the defensive side of things, so hopefully Crowder keeps his string of solid performances going. Finally, I'm thrilled that the Matt Jones era seems firmly behind us. Nothing that guy did ever gave me reason to believe he was anything more than "just a guy." Now that "Fat" Rob Kelley has taken over the primary running back duties, there's actually a reason for the playcallers to throw in a carry or two every now and then. On defense I want to see what else Sua' Cravens has in store for us all. The more he's on the field, the more chances he's got to make plays. Considering how much he's been able to impact things in his limited reps, I'm truly excited to see what else he can make happen out there. I'm also encouraged by Preston Smith's showing against Minnesota. He was too good last season to be so nonexistent this year, so it was nice to see him finally begin to make his presence felt once again. Finally, safety Duke Ihenacho has quietly been playing very well of late. I'm hoping to see his strong play rewarded with a turnover or impact play this evening. That's what I'm looking for tonight. Now I'm headed down to the field level to go freeze my tail off in hopes of getting some halfway decent photos for you guys. Inactives The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld o No. 19 WR Rashad Ross o No. 31 RB Matt Jones o No. 57 LS Nick Sundberg o No. 68 T Blaine Clausell o No. 74 G Arie Kouandjio o No. 98 DE Matt Ioannidis On Saturday, the Redskins signed No. 59 LS Rick Lovato and waived No. 67 DL Jordan Hill. Lovato (6-2, 249) is a 24-year-old Old Dominion product who appeared in two regular season games and two postseason games for Green Bay last season. The Packers declared the following players as inactive: o No. 23 CB Damarious Randall o No. 32 RB Christine Michael o No. 47 LB Jake Ryan o No. 70 G T.J. Lang o No. 73 C/G JC Tretter o No. 91 LB Jayrone Elliott o No. 99 DT Christian Ringo Pregame Interesting pregame interview of Kirk Cousins with Bob Costas. Especially the post-interview comments. Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison lavished Cousins with praise, saying he should be in Washington for a long time. But in truth I am not sure the Redskins front office is totally sold on Cousins, even now. I get the sense they may feel there is something better on the horizon, though I am not sure what else they expect him to show, or who else is out there? I am not much on college ball so perhaps someone can tell me if the upcoming quarterback class is a good one. Cousins currently ranks 7th among active quarterbacks. He has thrown 14-touchdowns against only 7-interceptions. He has a 66.9-percent completion percentage on the year for a 94.8 QB rating. Best of all, they seem to win when he plays. Maybe it's a head game to keep Cousins grounded. But I have to believe he is the quarterback of the future here. Here's to a good game, with no injuries. Talk to you at the half Half Redskins should be up big here. But thanks to early drops by DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed they spent the first quarter punting to each other. Also don't get the go-for-2 after the second TD. A four-point lead means they need a touchdown instead of a game-tying field goal. That said, the long snapper is out for this game so they are understandably nervous. Washington gets the ball to start the half, A touchdown drive should signal the beginning of the end for the Packers. And let me add - the Redskins are the better team tonight. Let's get this. Photos JimmiJo Could not have been more impressed with the Redskins tonight. Every time there was anything remotely resembling controversy, the Redskins came back and put their stamp on it. The Redskins whooped some monkey-ass. Don't believe me? Look at the stats: Kirk Cousins - 21/30 for 375-yards and 3 touchdowns for a qb rating of 145.83 (Not an misprint) Rob Kelley - 24 carries for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns (all-star numbers) Aaron Rogers 26/41 for 351-yards, 3 touchdowns and a QB rating of 114.9 Aaron Rogers - 3 for 33-yards and 0-touchdowns. And let's take a broader look Total Net Yards Redskins 515 - Packers 424 Rushing Redskins 151 - Packers 84 Passing Redskins 364 - Packers 340 First Downs Redskins 21 - Packers 19 3rd Down Efficiency Redskins 9/14 64% - Packers 7/15 46% Red Zone Redskins 4/5 80% - Packers 2/4 50% The Redskins won running away with this one. Not to say Green Bay wasn't here to play. Only that the Redskins were more than ready. What I most appreciated was Washington's refusal to capitulate to the Packers. Last year the Redskins would have folded a few times inside of this game. Instead the Redskins responded to each and every challenge. I was super impressed with Kirk Cousins tonight. Not sure what else he needs to do to earn a long-term contract, but tonight he did a lot to help himself. He was confident and effective. Take back a couple of obvious drops and his numbers look even better. It is getting more and more difficult to argue he should not get paid. As in the big bucks, Washington needed this win in the worst-way and they got it. But no matter how big tonight felt, it still only keeps the Redskins par with the rest of the NFC East. It does give them good momentum going to Dallas for Thanksgiving. Win that one and people will be talking. Excited for the win. Hope this carries over to Dallas. Let's go team! Audio
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    This is simple. They can't even manage to tp the team hotel correctly. One strand. Are you kidding me? And it looks like they even used paper towels instead of toilet paper. Clearly Screaming A called the wrong fan base losers.
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    Down Analysis Report for Detroit Lions Offensive Down Analysis Report for Detroit Lions First Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 3 (4) -3 (20) -1.00 0 (16) 0.00% 2 3 4 5 3 (3) 8 (7) 2.67 1 (4) 33.33% 6 1 (3) -2 (7) -2.00 0 (3) 0.00% 7 8 1 (5) 3 (5) 3.00 0 (4) 0.00% 9 10 69 (14) 246 (20) 3.57 8 (13) 11.59% 11-15 1 (11) -3 (23) -3.00 0 (4) 0.00% 16+ 2 (5) 47 (1) 23.50 1 (1) 50.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 4 1 (5) 2 (7) 2.00 0 (7) 0.00% 5 6 1 (3) 5 (6) 5.00 0 (6) 0.00% 7 1 (3) 7 (1) 7.00 1 (1) 100.00% 8 9 1 (2) 8 (3) 8.00 0 (3) 0.00% 10 71 (21) 451 (24) 6.35 19 (17) 26.76% 11-15 3 (5) 12 (11) 4.00 0 (7) 0.00% 16+ 5 (1) 12 (13) 2.40 0 (8) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2 (12) 11 (16) 5.50 0 (9) 0.00% Second Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 6 (4) 3 (28) 0.50 3 (14) 50.00% 2 4 (9) 13 (12) 3.25 2 (10) 50.00% 3 6 (2) 32 (2) 5.33 4 (1) 66.67% 4 1 (29) 7 (19) 7.00 1 (14) 100.00% 5 1 (29) -6 (32) -6.00 0 (22) 0.00% 6 2 (24) 10 (21) 5.00 1 (10) 50.00% 7 3 (14) 13 (13) 4.33 1 (8) 33.33% 8 3 (10) 3 (26) 1.00 0 (9) 0.00% 9 1 (22) 2 (18) 2.00 0 (4) 0.00% 10 11 (9) 52 (11) 4.73 2 (4) 18.18% 11-15 1 (25) 5 (20) 5.00 0 (10) 0.00% 16+ 1 (18) 7 (14) 7.00 0 (1) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 7 (1) 42 (4) 6.00 5 (1) 71.43% 2 3 (9) 44 (3) 14.67 2 (4) 66.67% 3 3 (14) 34 (7) 11.33 1 (16) 33.33% 4 8 (3) 56 (6) 7.00 5 (3) 62.50% 5 4 (15) 61 (7) 15.25 3 (7) 75.00% 6 6 (9) 41 (9) 6.83 4 (3) 66.67% 7 3 (27) 18 (25) 6.00 1 (24) 33.33% 8 3 (26) 93 (2) 31.00 3 (8) 100.00% 9 10 (2) 27 (20) 2.70 2 (9) 20.00% 10 12 (27) 19 (32) 1.58 1 (29) 8.33% 11-15 15 (1) 80 (11) 5.33 2 (11) 13.33% 16+ 10 (1) 78 (2) 7.80 1 (4) 10.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 (2) 2 (8) 2.00 0 (6) 0.00% 7 8 9 10 11-15 1 (2) 29 (1) 29.00 1 (1) 100.00% 16+ 1 (3) 4 (5) 4.00 0 (1) 0.00% Third Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 5 (17) 3 (28) 0.60 2 (26) 40.00% 2 1 (19) -1 (26) -1.00 0 (18) 0.00% 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11-15 16+ 1 (11) 2 (16) 2.00 0 (3) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 3 (11) 24 (9) 8.00 2 (5) 66.67% 2 6 (5) 23 (13) 3.83 4 (3) 66.67% 3 2 (22) 6 (22) 3.00 1 (19) 50.00% 4 5 (16) 46 (7) 9.20 3 (9) 60.00% 5 3 (27) 14 (25) 4.67 2 (18) 66.67% 6 5 (11) 7 (24) 1.40 2 (6) 40.00% 7 1 (32) -9 (32) -9.00 0 (31) 0.00% 8 1 (30) 17 (17) 17.00 1 (14) 100.00% 9 10 (1) 83 (3) 8.30 4 (1) 40.00% 10 6 (14) 31 (14) 5.17 2 (11) 33.33% 11-15 9 (7) 166 (1) 18.44 5 (1) 55.56% 16+ 7 (3) 54 (6) 7.71 1 (1) 14.29% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 1 (2) 6 (3) 6.00 1 (1) 100.00% 4 1 (2) 5 (4) 5.00 1 (2) 100.00% 5 6 7 8 2 (1) 19 (3) 9.50 0 (4) 0.00% 9 10 11-15 2 (1) 39 (1) 19.50 2 (1) 100.00% Fourth Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 3 (4) 6 (8) 2.00 3 (3) 100.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 2 (1) 4 (7) 2.00 2 (1) 100.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % League rank listed in parantheses. Defensive Down Analysis Report for Detroit Lions First Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 1 (4) 2 (10) 2.00 0 (9) 0.00% 4 5 2 (9) 2 (18) 1.00 0 (14) 0.00% 6 7 8 9 1 (5) -6 (16) -6.00 0 (3) 0.00% 10 62 (26) 318 (9) 5.13 6 (21) 9.68% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 1 (3) 1 (1) 1.00 1 (1) 100.00% 2 2 (1) 2 (1) 1.00 1 (1) 50.00% 3 4 1 (5) 4 (2) 4.00 1 (2) 100.00% 5 6 7 8 9 1 (2) -10 (10) -10.00 0 (4) 0.00% 10 88 (4) 738 (3) 8.39 29 (7) 32.95% 11-15 2 (10) 0 (23) 0.00 0 (7) 0.00% 16+ 3 (8) -6 (29) -2.00 0 (8) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 1 (1) 1 (1) 1.00 1 (1) 100.00% Second Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 6 (8) 34 (5) 5.67 6 (6) 100.00% 2 5 (4) 7 (16) 1.40 2 (12) 40.00% 3 4 (11) 22 (6) 5.50 2 (7) 50.00% 4 3 (16) 6 (23) 2.00 0 (25) 0.00% 5 5 (6) 26 (6) 5.20 3 (2) 60.00% 6 4 (13) 21 (8) 5.25 1 (9) 25.00% 7 1 (27) 9 (17) 9.00 1 (9) 100.00% 8 2 (21) 5 (23) 2.50 0 (10) 0.00% 9 1 (24) 10 (8) 10.00 1 (1) 100.00% 10 15 (2) 59 (9) 3.93 2 (5) 13.33% 11-15 5 (4) 7 (14) 1.40 0 (9) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 1 (19) 1 (17) 1.00 1 (11) 100.00% 2 4 (4) 34 (5) 8.50 3 (2) 75.00% 3 2 (14) -1 (28) -0.50 1 (13) 50.00% 4 3 (23) 38 (13) 12.67 3 (11) 100.00% 5 6 (7) 62 (7) 10.33 3 (9) 50.00% 6 8 (2) 45 (8) 5.63 3 (7) 37.50% 7 5 (17) 44 (13) 8.80 3 (8) 60.00% 8 3 (30) 0 (32) 0.00 0 (29) 0.00% 9 2 (30) 12 (25) 6.00 0 (28) 0.00% 10 16 (15) 76 (25) 4.75 2 (27) 12.50% 11-15 10 (13) 109 (3) 10.90 2 (9) 20.00% 16+ 6 (10) 82 (2) 13.67 2 (1) 33.33% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 (1) 9 (3) 9.00 1 (1) 100.00% Third Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 4 (24) 12 (14) 3.00 4 (14) 100.00% 2 3 (2) 20 (1) 6.67 2 (2) 66.67% 3 4 5 6 7 1 (3) 3 (7) 3.00 0 (5) 0.00% 8 9 10 11-15 4 (1) 2 (14) 0.50 0 (3) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 (16) 20 (10) 10.00 1 (12) 50.00% 2 4 (14) 43 (7) 10.75 4 (5) 100.00% 3 4 (11) 23 (11) 5.75 2 (9) 50.00% 4 6 (11) 48 (6) 8.00 5 (3) 83.33% 5 8 (5) 26 (17) 3.25 4 (7) 50.00% 6 2 (29) 10 (20) 5.00 1 (15) 50.00% 7 7 (5) 48 (9) 6.86 4 (2) 57.14% 8 8 (1) 51 (7) 6.38 2 (7) 25.00% 9 1 (29) 8 (26) 8.00 0 (26) 0.00% 10 3 (31) 0 (30) 0.00 1 (21) 33.33% 11-15 5 (25) 80 (8) 16.00 1 (21) 20.00% 16+ 3 (23) 46 (10) 15.33 0 (8) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 (1) 18 (1) 9.00 2 (1) 100.00% 2 3 4 5 6 1 (1) 6 (5) 6.00 1 (1) 100.00% 7 8 1 (2) 11 (5) 11.00 1 (1) 100.00% 9 10 11-15 1 (4) 10 (6) 10.00 0 (4) 0.00% 16+ 1 (1) 14 (3) 14.00 0 (3) 0.00% Fourth Down Rushes Passes Scrambles Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 (5) -3 (25) -1.50 0 (21) 0.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % 1 2 3 4 1 (1) 9 (4) 9.00 1 (1) 100.00% Distance Plays Yards Avg 1st Downs Conversion % League rank listed in parantheses.
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  43. 2 points
    »» The Redskins recording a fourth consecutive victory to match their four-game winning streak to close the 2015 season. »» The Redskins evening their home record this season at 2-2. »» The Redskins improving to 4-2 through six games for the first time since 2008. »» The Redskins adding to their 84 all-time wins against the Eagles, their most against any opponent. »» The Redskins seeking a fourth straight victory against Philadelphia for the first time since posting a four-game winning streak in the series across the 1985-87 seasons. »» The Redskins improving upon their 43-35-3 all-time record in home games against the Eagles, including home wins in three of the last four seasons. »» The Redskins attempting to secure their first three-game home winning streak vs. Philadelphia since the 1997-99 seasons. »» The Redskins recording a second punt return for a touchdown in a season for the first time since 1994. »» The Redskins scoring a touchdown on a punt return in consecutive weeks for the first time since Weeks 5-6 of the 1957 season (Bert Zagers, 76 yards at New York and 56 yards at Cleveland). »» The Redskins exceeding 300 yards of offense in a 10th consecutive regular season game, dating back to last season, for the first time since Weeks 1-11 in 2014. »» The Redskins holding a second straight opponent to 10 points or fewer for the first time since Weeks 10-11 of the 2001 season. »» The Redskins forcing a takeaway for an eighth consecutive regular season game, dating back to last season, for the first time since a 10-game stretch from Week 12 of the 2013 season through Week 4 of the 2014 season. »» The Redskins forcing a fumble in an 11th straight regular season game, dating back to last season. The team’s current 10-game stretch is the team’s longest in records dating back to 1991. »» The Redskins adding to their 29 defensive forced fumbles since the start of the 2015 season, most in the NFL. »» The Redskins facing a defense ranked in the Top 2 in yards per game for a second straight week. The Ravens entered last week’s game as the No. 1 defense in the NFL; the Eagles enter Sunday as the league’s No. 2-ranked defense. »» Cornerback Bashaud Breeland (one) intercepting a pass to become the first member of the Redskins since Fred Smoot (2001-03) to open a career with multiple interceptions in three straight seasons. »» Quarterback Kirk Cousins recording his 15th career 300-yard passing game, including postseason play, to move past Joe Theismann (14) for sole possession of second in team history. »» Cousins facing the Eagles, against whom he has averaged 360.7 yards per game and posted an 8:1 TD:INT ratio in three career games. »» Cousins (54) chasing No. 7 Jason Campbell (55) and No. 6 Eddie LeBaron (59) on the team’s all-time passing touchdowns list. »» Wide receiver Jamison Crowder tying a single-season team record with his second punt return touchdown of the season (Brian Mitchell in 1991 and 1994, Mike Nelms in 1981, Bert Zagers in 1947 and John Williams in 1952). »» Crowder becoming the first member of the Redskins since Zagers (Weeks 5-6 in 1957) to post punt return touchdowns in consecutive games. »» Crowder (two) setting a new single-season career high with his next receiving touchdown. »» Tight end Vernon Davis adding to his 55 career touchdown receptions, seventh-most of any tight end in NFL history. »» Cornerback Quinton Dunbar (one) setting a career high with his next interception. »» Wide receiver Pierre Garçon extending his streak of consecutive regular season games played with a reception to 92, the sixth longest active streak in the NFL (Larry Fitzgerald, 184; Brandon Marshall, 149; Steve Smith, 134; Jason Witten, 124; Michael Crabtree, 100). Sixty-three of the games in Garçon’s streak have come with Washington, the third-longest streak by a member of the Redskins since the 1970 merger. »» Garçon (19 with Washington) catching a touchdown pass to become the 15th player in Redskins history to post 20 touchdown receptions with the team. »» Garçon tallying a touchdown reception in consecutive games for the first time since a three-game stretch to close the 2015 season. »» Garçon (3,738) gaining 193 receiving yards to pass Henry Ellard (3,930) for 11th-most receving yards in team history. »» Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (24) recording a 50-plus-yard touchdown to tie Steve Smith, Sr. (25) for fourth in total touchdowns of 50 yards or more in the NFL since the 1970 merger. »» Jackson (20) recording a 60-plus-yard touchdown to tie Devin Hester (21) for second-most total touchdowns of 60 yards or more in NFL history. »» Running back Matt Jones (two) tying his career high (three in 2015) with his next rushing touchdown. »» Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan starting his 86th consecutive game, tied for third-most among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has not missed a start in his NFL career. »» Linebacker Trent Murphy adding to his single-season career high 4.5 sacks. »» Murphy posting at least a half-sack in a fifth consecutive game for the first time in his career. »» Tight end Jordan Reed adding to his 33 receptions this season, tied for the most among NFL tight ends. »» Reed (215) catching 12 passes to tie Rod Gardner for the 15th most receptions in team history. »» Reed (16) catching three touchdown passes to tie Clint Didier (19) for fourth-most by a tight end in Redskins history.
  44. 2 points
    Redskins Offense »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in passing yards (992) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in receiving yards (1020) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in 25+ yard passing plays (11) »» Ranks first in the NFC and second in the NFL in percentage of sacks per pass attempt (2.25%) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in air yards (404) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in gross passing yards (1020) »» Ranks first in the NFC and tied for first in the NFL in percentage of 3-and-out drives (6.5%) »» Ranks first in the NFC tied for first in the NFL in scoring percentage on 1st and goal from inside the 5 (100.0%) »» Ranks first in the NFC and third in the NFL in pass completions of 20+ yards (14) »» Ranks second in the NFC and NFL in percentage of first down plays gaining 4+ yards (56.5%) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in receiving targets (122) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in pass attempts (125) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in total yards per play (6.48) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in passing yards per game (339.5) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in receiving yards at catch (731) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in total net yards (1219) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in total average yards per down (6.48) »» Ranks second in the NFC and NFL in percentage of offensive drives resulting in points (51.6%) »» Ranks second in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL in red zone drives (14) »» Ranks third in the NFC and NFL in pass completions (80) »» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in average receiving yards (12.8) »» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in receiving targets per game (40.7) »» Ranks third in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in percentage of rushes gaining 4+ yards (45.8%) »» Ranks third in the NFC and NFL in receiving yards per game (340.0) »» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in total net yards per game (406.3) »» Ranks third in the NFC and NFL in net passing yards per game (330.7) »» Ranks third in the NFC and third in the NFL in yards gained per first down play (7.16) »» Ranks third in NFC and sixth in the NFL in average rushing yards per play (4.72) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and NFL in passing yards per attempt (8.16) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and the NFL in receptions per game (26.7) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in yards after catch (289) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in average yards after catch (3.6) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and NFL in pass completions for first downs (45) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in percentage of first down pass plays gaining 4+ yards (60.0%) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in average yards to go on second down (7.52) »» Ranks fifth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in average receiving yards at catch (9.1) »» Ranks fifth in the NFC and tied for sixth in the NFL in 3rd-and-long conversion percentage (40.0%) »» Ranks tied for fifth in the NFC and tied for eighth in the NFL in plays for 10+ yards (44) »» Ranks sixth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in passing yards per play (7.63) »» Ranks sixth in the NFC in percentage of receptions for first downs (56.3%) »» Ranks seventh in the NFC in percentage of rushing plays for 10+ yards (10.2%) »» Ranks seventh in the NFC and eighth in the NFL in percentage of second down plays converted for first downs (36.1%) »» Ranks eighth in the NFC in pass completion percentage (64.0%) Redskins Defense »» Ranks first in the NFC and second in the NFL in total tackles (213) »» Ranks first in the NFC and third in the NFL in passes defensed (19) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in fumbles forced (6) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in assisted tackles (81) »» Ranks tied for fourth in the NFC and eighth in the NFL in QB sacks (5) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in average yards after catch allowed per reception (5.9) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in yards after catch allowed (273) »» Ranks tied for fifth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in sacks per pass attempt (7.46) »» Ranks tied for sixth in the NFC in sacks (7) »» Ranks sixth in the NFC in interception yards (28) »» Ranks sixth in the NFC in average interception yards (9.3) »» Ranks sixth in the NFC in longest interception return (26) »» Ranks sixth in the NFC in interception rate (2.86%) »» Ranks seventh in the NFC in sack yards (37) »» Ranks eighth in the NFC and tied for 10th in the NFL in solo tackles (132) Redskins Special Teams »» Ranks tied for first in the NFC and NFL in field goal percentage (100.0%) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in field goals made (11) »» Ranks first in the NFC and NFL in field goal attempts (11) »» Ranks first in the NFC and tied for first in the NFL in kickoffs for touchbacks (15) »» Ranks tied for first in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL in special teams assisted tackles (4) »» Ranks tied for first in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL in percentage of opponent kickoff returns of 20+ yards (25.0%) »» Ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in average starting field position following kickoffs (26.4) »» Ranks tied for second in the NFC and tied for third in the NFL in percentage of kickoff returns for 20+ yards (75.0%) »» Ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in average starting field position (32.5) »» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in kickoff yards (1221) »» Ranks third in the NFC and fifth in the NFL in percentage of kickoffs for touchbacks (78.9%) »» Ranks third in the NFC and NFL in average punt return yards (17.5) »» Ranks third in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in average starting line position after kickoff (22.8) »» Ranks third in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in total punt return yards (105) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and NFL for longest punt return (50) »» Ranks fourth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in total kick return yards (201) »» Ranks tied for fifth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL in average kickoff return yards (24.0) Redskins Players »» Bashaud Breeland ranks sixth in the NFC in interception yards (26) »» Will Compton ranks first in the NFC and third in the NFL in assisted tackles (15) »» Kirk Cousins ranks first in the NFC and NFL for 25+ yard passes (10) »» Cousins second in the NFC and first in the NFL in passing yards (989) »» Cousins ranks second in the NFC and tied for third in the NFL in pass attempts (124) »» Cousins ranks second in the NFC and NFL in passing yards per game (329.7) »» Cousins ranks second in the NFC and second in the NFL in passing yards at catch (564) »» Cousins ranks second in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in yards after catch by a QB (425) »» Cousins ranks third in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL in pass attempts per game (41.3) »» Cousins ranks fourth in the NFC in average yards after catch per reception by a QB (3.7) »» Cousins ranks tied for fourth in the NFC and NFL in pass completions per game (26.3) »» Cousins ranks fourth in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL in pass completions (79) »» Cousins ranks fourth in the NFC and eighth in the NFL in yards after catch by a QB (289) »» Cousins ranks fifth in the NFC and NFL in passing yards per completion (12.52) »» Cousins ranks fifth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in yards per attempt (7.98) »» Cousins ranks sixth in the NFC and tied for sixth in the NFL for passing first-downs (45) »» Cousins ranks sixth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in average passing yards at catch per reception (8.9) »» Cousins ranks ninth in the NFC in second-down passer rating (91.8) »» Cousins ranks ninth in the NFC for longest pass (57) »» Jamison Crowder ranks second in the NFC and NFL in punt returns (5) »» Crowder ranks fourth in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in punt return yards (47) »» Crowder ranks tied for sixth in the NFL in receptions on 3rd-andshort (1) »» Vernon Davis ranks first in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in average yards after catch amongst tight ends (7.3) »» Davis ranks eighth in the NFC in yards after catch amongst tight ends (44) »» Davis ranks seventh in the NFC in longest reception amongst tight ends (32) »» Davis ranks eighth in the NFC in average receiving yards amongst tight ends (11.8) »» Josh Doctson ranks ninth in the NFC in longest reception (57) »» Mason Foster ranks tied for fifth in the NFC in total tackles (24) »» Foster ranks tied for fifth in the NFC in assisted tackles (11) »» Foster ranks tied for eighth in the NFC in solo tackles (18) »» Dustin Hopkins ranks tied for first in the NFC and NFL in field goal percentage (100.0%) »» Hopkins ranks first in the NFC and NFL in field goals made (11) »» Hopkins ranks first in the NFC and NFL in field goals attempted (11) »» Hopkins ranks first in the NFC and NFL in field goals made in a single game (5) »» Hopkins ranks first in the NFC and in the NFL in points scored by kickers (38) »» Hopkins ranks second in the NFC and tied for second in the NFL in touchbacks on kickoffs (15) »» Hopkins ranks first in the NFC in points scored in a single game by any player (17) »» DeSean Jackson ranks second in the NFC and tied for second in the NFL in 25+ yard receptions (5) »» Jackson ranks eighth in the NFC in receiving yards (238) »» Jackson ranks eighth in the NFC in average receiving yards (17.0) »» Jackson ranks eighth in the NFC in receiving yards per game (79.3) »» Matt Jones ranks ninth in the NFC for total rushing yards (150) »» Jones ranks eighth in the NFC in rushing attempts (37) »» Jones ranks eighth in the NFC in rush attempts per game (12.3) »» Jones ranks ninth in the NFC in rushing yards per game (50.0) »» Trent Murphy ranks tied for fourth in the NFC and tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks (3) »» Josh Norman ranks first in the NFC and tied for first in the NFL in passes defensed (7) »» Jordan Reed ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in receiving yards amongst tight ends (190) »» Reed ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in receiving yards per game amongst tight ends (63.3) »» Reed ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in receptions amongst tight ends (16) »» Reed ranks third in the NFC and NFL in targets amongst tight ends (25) »» Reed ranks tied for third in the NFC and tied for fourth in the NFL for receptions resulting in a first down amongst tight ends (10) »» Reed ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in receptions per game amongst tight ends (5.3) »» Reed ranks third in the NFC and NFL in targets per game amongst tight ends (8.3) »» Reed ranks tied for third in the NFC and NFL in first-down receptions amongst tight ends (7) »» Reed ranks tied for third in the NFC and tied for 7th in the NFL in yards after catch amongst tight ends (65) »» Reed ranks fourth in the NFC and NFL in yards at catch amongst tight ends (125) »» Reed ranks sixth in the NFC in average receiving yards amongst tight ends (11.9) »» Reed ranks sixth in the NFC in percentage of receptions resulting in first downs amongst tight ends (62.5%) »» Reed ranks seventh in the NFC for average yards at catch amongst tight ends (7.8) »» Reed ranks second in the NFC and NFL in yards at catch amongst tight ends (88) »» Reed ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in receiving yards amongst tight ends (134) »» Reed ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in receiving yards per game amongst tight ends (67.0) »» Reed ranks tied for second in the NFC in 25+ yards receptions amongst tight ends (1) »» Reed ranks tied for third in the NFC and NFL in first down receptions amongst tight ends (7) »» Reed ranks tied for fourth in the NFC and tied for sixth in the NFL in third-down receptions (5) »» Reed ranks fifth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in yards after catch amongst tight ends (46) »» Reed ranks tied for eighth in the NFC in receptions (12) »» Reed ranks eighth in the NFC in yards per catch amongst tight ends (11.2)
  45. 2 points
    DEFEAT Cowboys 27 - 23 Redskins The word of the day is; "URGENT." Hello everybody, JimmiJo here and I am joined by Spaceman Spiff. And our mission is to bring you the sites, sounds, and smells of today's Washington Redskins - Dallas Cowboys game. The Washington Redskins used a prime time Monday Night opportunity to lay a spectacular egg. They were beating in most every significant area and suffered yet another national embarrassment. Ok, so that one's over. But while I am usually all for the 24-hour rule; the one where you celebrate a win or bemoan a loss for 24-hours and then move on either way - today's game must be viewed in the context of last week's loss: - The Redskins were horrible running the ball last week. All eyes are watching to see if the rush attack exists, let alone improves. - The run defense was very poor. Dallas is known for having a poor line. They have a rookie is Ezekiel Elliot who wants to prove he merited the low draft pick (5th overall). Then there's this guy named Alfred Morris who would love to show Washington what they let get away. - Is our best guy gonna cover their best guy? Yea, I heard all the rationalization how both Redskins corners are good and they have this scheme-thing they do...Sounded like a bunch of crapola to me. We paid a mountain of money for Josh Norman. Time for him to show us why they did. - 0-2 at home to start the season could be really, really bad. The teeth of the schedule is later this year. You cannot give away two home games. Yes, this is must win. Let me say that again; YES, this is MUST-WIN. The difference between 1-1 and 0-2 is profound. Dallas features a quarterback starting just his second game in the league. This is one of the marquee rivalries in the NFL. If the Redskins can't use all of the above as motivation to go out and start whoopin' monkey ass, I'm not sure what they can use. Prediction: They better win. ANNOUNCEMENT OF INACTIVES LANDOVER, Md. – The Washington Redskins have announced the following inactives and lineup changes for today’s game against the Dallas Cowboys: The Redskins declared the following players as inactive: o No. 2 QB Nate Sudfeld o No. 19 WR Rashad Ross o No. 38 CB Kendall Fuller o No. 50 LB Martrell Spaight o No. 72 DE Anthony Lanier II o No. 74 G Arie Kouandjio o No. 97 DE Kendall Reyes The Cowboys declared the following players as inactive: o No. 9 QB Tony Romo o No. 34 RB Darius Jackson o No. 35 S Kavon Frazier o No. 53 LB Mark Nzeocha o No. 65 G Ronald Leary o No. 75 DE Ryan Davis o No. 99 DE Charles Tapper Keys to Victory - Run the (freaking) ball - Pressure the youngster - BE BOLD (play-to-win)! Check me out in-game on Twitter @skinscast BTW Way too many Dallas fans here today. Way more than Steelers' fans last week. Please send these chuckle-heads home butthurt. Half Dumpster-fire to start on defense. Kirk Cousins is apparently allergic to throwing touchdowns. And Joe Barry finally started switching Norman back and forth. Audio May be found here 2016 Week 2 Cowboys at Redskins Post Game Photo Album - 2016 Week 2: Cowboys at Redskins JimmiJo It is hard to articulate my frustrations with this team. On the one hand it is maddening the extent of missed opportunities. On the other, it is more than just that. Here's the bottom-line: the better team lost. But they lost because they did not take advantage of opportunities. They lost because they let a rookie quarterback outplay them. They lost because of the stubbornness of head coaches and coordinators who place system ahead of staff capability. But this is more than just missed chances and dumb-luck. As of right now this team is profoundly worse than the team that won the division last season. I plan to do a more-extensive article, but here are three areas that are killing this team right now: 1. Third Down Offense - This is an area Washington excelled in last year. In fact, it was one of the areas where they were most improved from the season prior. The Redskins ended the 2015 regular season ranked 5th overall in 3rd down conversions. This year? They currently rank 25th. Today they went 5-for-12 for 42%*. 2. Third Down Defense - This is another area where a profound drop in production has occurred. The Redskins finished last year ranked 8th in this stat. They currently rest at a dismal 27th*. Washington's drop in effectiveness in this area was noticeable week 1 versus Pittsburgh, and the trend continued against Dallas. They cannot seem to get off the field on third down, especially on third-and-long; where most teams succeed. 3. Quarterback - Kirk Cousins is having problems. In his case, it's all in his head. Cousins finished 2015 with an overall QB rating of 101.6, 10th among quarterbacks. Following two games in 2016 Cousins is rocking a 72.7 and 32nd in the league. Beyond the numbers, his accuracy is way off. On Sunday he overthrew two wide open receivers, both of whom would have run into the end zone untouched. He also tried to force a throw into the end zone to a receiver covered by multiple defenders. The result was an interception. The subsequent Dallas drive resulted in the game-winning touchdown run from Alfred Morris. If the Redskins would have fixed two of these today they would have won. Unfortunately, the real list of problems are longer than the above. There is an ineffectual rushing attack. Poor personnel groupings on key plays.Poor defensive scheme, especially in the secondary, and of course; penalties. This team has a lot if issues. And now they get to travel to New York and play the Giants. Anyone remember what happened last year when they went? Can you say 0-and-3? I wonder if succession planning has already begun. A loss next week and I have to believe it will begin. * According to teamrankings.com
  46. 2 points
    »» The Redskins kicking off their 85th season in franchise history, dating back to their debut as the Boston Braves in 1932. »» The Redskins representing Washington, D.C., for an 80th straight season, dating back to the team’s move to the District prior to the team’s 1937 championship season. »» The Redskins repeating as NFC East champions for the first time since winning the division in three consecutive seasons from 1982-84. The Redskins would be the first team to repeat as NFC East champions since the 2001-04 Philadelphia Eagles. »» The Redskins making the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since doing it in three straight seasons from 1990-92. »» The Redskins posting consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1996-97. »» The Redskins winning four home games to reach 350 home wins all-time, including postseason play. Washington’s all-time home record is 346-254-11. »» Head Coach Jay Gruden becoming the first Redskins coach to guide the team to consecutive postseason berths since Joe Gibbs (1990-92). »» Gruden joining Pro Football Hall of Famers George Allen and Joe Gibbs as the only head coaches to guide the Redskins to the postseason in two of their first three seasons with the team. »» The Redskins exceeding 5,000 offensive yards for a 12th straight season. Only five other NFL teams have an active streak of 11 or more seasons with 5,000 yards (Green Bay, New Orleans, New England, Philadephia and Dallas). »» The Redskins leading the NFL in team completion percentage again to become the first team to lead the league in consecutive seasons since the New Orleans Saints across the 2010-11 campaigns. »» The Redskins amassing 4,000 passing yards in three consecutive seasons for the first time in team history. »» The Redskins throwing 30 touchdown passes as a team in consecutive seasons for the first time in team history. »» The Redskins allowing 30 or fewer sacks in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2006-07. »» The Redskins ranking in the Top 10 in the NFL in points per game in consecutive seasons for the first time since a three-year stretch across the 1989-91 seasons. Washington was 10th in the NFL in points per game in 2015 (24.3). »» The Redskins finishing in the Top 10 in the NFL in average kickoff return yardage allowed for the ninth time in the last 12 seasons. The Redskins finished fourth in kickoff return average against last season (20.1) and ranked in the Top 10 in the category for seven consecutive seasons from 2005-11. »» The Redskins posting consecutive seasons with a positive turnover differential for the first time since the 1995-97 seasons. The Redskins finished plus-five in turnover differential in 2015. »» The following players appearing in enough contests to reach 100 career regular season games played: center Kory Lichtensteiger (10) and defensive end Ricky Jean Francois (seven). »» Cornerback Bashaud Breeland recording multiple interceptions to become the first member of the Redskins since Sean Taylor (2004-05) to open a career with multiple picks in each of his first three NFL seasons. »» Quarterback Kirk Cousins chasing Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen’s team record of 23 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Cousins’ active streak stands at 17 games, including 16 in the regular season. All 23 of Jurgensen’s qualifying games came in regular season play. »» Cousins (69.8 in 2015) leading the NFL in completion percentage again to become the first NFL quarterback to lead the league in consecutive years since Drew Brees in 2010-11. »» Cousins becoming the first Redskins quarterback to lead the NFL in completion percentage in consecutive seasons since Sonny Jurgensen in 1969-70. »» Cousins (12) chasing No. 2 Joe Theismann (14) and No. 1 Sonny Jurgensen (15) for the most career 300-yard passing games in team history. »» Cousins (950) throwing 114 passes to move past No. 10 Robert Griffin III (1,063) on the team’s Top 10 list for career pass attempts. »» Cousins (619) chasing No. 8 Robert Griffin III (679), No. 7 Gus Frerotte (744) and No. 6 Billy Kilmer (953) on the team’s all-time pass completions list. »» Cousins (7,196) chasing No. 11 Jay Schroeder (7,445), No. 10 Eddie LeBaron (8,068), No. 9 Robert Griffin III (8,097), No. 8 Norm Snead (8,306) and No. 7 Gus Frerotte (9,769) on the team’s all-time passing yardage list. »» Cousins (7,196) passing for 2,804 yards to become the seventh player in team history to reach 10,000 career passing yards with the Redskins (Joe Theismann, Sonny Jurgensen, Sammy Baugh, Mark Rypien, Billy Kilmer and Jason Campbell). »» Cousins (47) chasing No. 8 Gus Frerotte (48), No. 7 Jason Campbell (55) and No. 6 Eddie LeBaron (59) on the team’s all-time passing touchdowns list. »» Cousins repeating his 4,000-yard passing performance from a season ago to become the first player in team history with multiple 4,000-yard passing seasons. »» Cousins entering the season having 232 consecutive pass attempts at home without an interception dating back to Week 1 vs. Miami, the longest such home streak in team history according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also threw an additional 46 passes without an interception in the NFC Wild Card Round last year. »» Cousins posting a 100.0 or better passer rating to become the first Redskins quarterback to post multiple 100-rating seasons (min. 100 attempts). »» Cousins adding to his active streak of six consecutive regular season games with a passer rating of 100.0 or better, the longest streak by a Redskins quarterback in records available back to 1960. »» Tight end Vernon Davis (461) catching 39 passes to become the 12th tight end in NFL history to record 500 career receptions. »» Davis (5,841) gaining 467 receiving yards to pass No. 10 Steve Jordan (6,307) and enter the Top 10 in career receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history. »» Davis (55) chasing Nos. 5 Jason Witten and Jerry Smith (60), No. 4 Shannon Sharpe (62) and No. 3 Rob Gronkowski (65) on the NFL’s receiving touchdowns list among tight ends. »» Davis (148) playing in two games to reach 150 career regular season games played. Davis (140) also can reach 150 career regular season starts with 10 more starts. »» Wide receiver Pierre Garçon catching 65 or more passes for a fourth consecutive season, which would tie the longest streak in team history (Art Monk, 1988-91). »» Garçon (485) catching 15 passes to reach 500 career receptions. »» Garçon (297) making three catches to become the ninth player to record 300 career receptions with the Redskins (Art Monk, Charley Taylor, Santana Moss, Gary Clark, Chris Cooley, Jerry Smith, Ricky Sanders and Bobby Mitchell). »» Garçon (3,508) gaining 773 receiving yards to pass No. 10 Michael Westbrook (4,280) and enter the Top 10 in career receiving yards in team history. »» Garçon reaching 100 career regular season starts with his next start. »» Defensive lineman Kedric Golston (140) playing in 10 games to reach 150 career regular season games played. »» Safety DeAngelo Hall (five) returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jason Taylor (six) for the most career fumble return touchdowns in NFL history. »» Hall improving upon his 43 career interceptions, most among active NFL players. »» Hall (23) chasing No. 9 Ken Houston (24), Nos. 7 Pat Fischer and Mark Murphy (27), No. 6 Paul Krause (28) and others on the Redskins’ all-time interception list. »» Kicker Dustin Hopkins (114 in 2015) scoring 100 or more points to become the first member of the Redskins to post back-to-back 100-point campaigns since Graham Gano in 2010-11. »» Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (7,814) gaining 186 receiving yards to become the eighth active player to reach 8,000 career receiving yards (Andre Johnson, Steve Smith Sr., Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson). »» Jackson (42) recording eight receiving touchdowns to reach 50 career receiving touchdowns. »» Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan reaching 7.5 sacks for a sixth consecutive season to become the fifth player in NFL history to post at least 7.5 sacks in the first six seasons of a career. Only Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, DeMarcus Ware and Reggie White have accomplished the feat since the NFL made sacks an official statistic in 1982. »» Kerrigan (47.5) recording 2.5 sacks to become the third player in team history to reach 50 career sacks since 1982 (Dexter Manley and Charles Mann). »» Kerrigan (five) joining Manley (seven) as the only players in franchise history to record at least six seasons with 7.5 or more sacks. »» Kerrigan adding to his streak of five consecutive seasons with 16 starts. From 2011-15, Kerrigan became one of only three players in team history to open his career with 16 games played in each of his first five seasons (Jon Jansen and Champ Bailey). »» Tight end Jordan Reed (11 receiving touchdowns in 2015) recording 10 or more receiving touchdowns to join Bobby Mitchell (two) as the only players in Redskins history to post multiple 10-touchdown receiving seasons. »» Reed catching 10 or more touchdowns to become the first player in franchise history to record double-digit receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons. »» Reed leading the team in receptions to become the first Redskins tight end to do so in consecutive seasons since Chris Cooley (2006-08). »» Reed leading the team in receiving yards to become the first Redskins tight end to do so in consecutive seasons since Bill Anderson (1959-60). »» Reed leading the team in receiving touchdowns to become the first Redskins tight end to do so in consecutive seasons since Jean Fugett (1976-78). »» Reed (182) catching 18 passes to join Chris Cooley (429), Jerry Smith (421) and Don Warren (244) as the only tight ends in team history to reach 200 career receptions with the team. »» Reed (14) chasing No. 4 Clint Didier (19) and No. 3 Jean Fugett (21) on the team’s all-time receiving touchdowns list among tight ends. »» Guard Brandon Scherff starting all 16 games to become the third offensive lineman in team history to open a career with consecutive 16-start seasons (Jon Jansen in 1999-2000 and Chris Samuels in 2000-01). »» Linebacker Preston Smith repeating his 8.0-sack campaign from 2015 to join Brian Orakpo (2009-10) as the only players in franchise history to begin their careers with at least eight sacks in each of their first two NFL seasons. »» Returner Rashad Ross recording his second career kickoff return touchdown to tie the team record for career kickoff return touchdowns. Andy Farkas (1938-44), Eddie Saenz (1946-51), Bobby Mitchell (1962-68) and Brian Mitchell (1990-99) are tied for the franchise lead with two each. »» Punter Tress Way (two) averaging at least 45.0 yards per punt to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh (eight) as the only players in team history to record three or more seasons with a punting average of 45.0 or more yards. »» Tackle Trent Williams appearing in 15 games to reach 100 career regular season games played and starting 16 games to reach 100 career regular season starts. »» Williams earning a fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection to join Ken Houston (7, 1973-79), Len Hauss (6, 1967-72) and Chris Hanburger (5, 1972-76) as the only players in franchise history to record the honor in five consecutive years. »» Williams making the Pro Bowl to become only the eighth player in Redskins history to record at least five career Pro Bowl selections (Chris Hanburger, 9; Charley Taylor, 8; Darrell Green, 7; Ken Houston, 7; Chris Samuels, 6; Len Hauss, 6; Gene Brito, 5). »» The Redskins opening the season on Monday Night Football for the 11th time since the introduction of the broadcast package in 1970. »» The Redskins seeking their first season-opening Monday night win since defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 35-16, in Week 1 of 1993. »» The Redskins improving upon their 40-40-4 all-time record in season openers, including a 24-22 record in openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. »» The Redskins opening the season against an AFC opponent for the third straight year for the first time since the formation of conferences following the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Redskins opened against the Houston Texans in 2014 and Miami Dolphins in 2015. »» The Redskins opening a season at home for a second straight year, marking the first time the franchise has played consecutive season openers at FedExField since 2010-11. »» The Redskins improving upon their 17-12 record in Week 1 home games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Washington is 8-4 all-time at FedExField on Kickoff Weekend. »» The Redskins adding to their 30-16 record in home openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Redskins have won 11 of their last 16 home openers, including most recently in 2014 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. »» The Redskins attempting to snap a current five-game losing streak against the Steelers and earn their first victory against Pittsburgh since 1991. »» The Redskins scoring 30 or more points in a fourth consecutive regular season game (dating back to last season) for the first time since Weeks 1-4 of the 1991 season. »» The Redskins setting a team record with a fourth consecutive regular season game with 400 yards of offense (dating back to last season), surpassing three-game streaks in 1949, 1981-82, 1983 and 2013. »» The Redskins recording four or more sacks in a fourth consecutive regular season game (dating back to last season) for the first time since Weeks 5-8 of the 1992 season. »» The Redskins posting zero turnovers in a third consecutive regular season game (dating back to last season) for the first time since Weeks 8-11 of the 2012 season. »» Quarterback Kirk Cousins adding to his streak of 17 consecutive games (including 16 regular season games) with a touchdown pass. The streak is already the second-longest in team history (23, Sonny Jurgensen). »» Cousins entering the game having 232 consecutive regular season pass attempts at home without an interception dating back to Week 1 last year vs. Miami, the longest such home streak in team history according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also threw an additional 46 passes without an interception in the NFC Wild Card Round last year. »» Cousins recording his 13th career 300-yard passing game, including postseason. Cousins is two 300-yard passing games shy of tying Joe Theismann (14) for second-most in team history. »» Cousins continuing his active six-game streak of consecutive regular season games with a passer rating of 100.0 or better (dating back to last season). »» Cousins (950) attempting 50 passes to become the 12th quarterback to attempt 1,000 career passes with the Redskins. »» Cousins (7,196) throwing for 250 yards to pass Jay Schroeder (7,445) for 11th-most career passing yards in Redskins history. »» Cousins (47) throwing one touchdown to tie or two touchdowns to pass Gus Frerotte (48) for eighth-most career touchdown passes in Redskins histiory. »» Cousins (47) throwing three touchdown passes to join Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen, Joe Theismann, Billy Kilmer, Mark Rypien, Eddie LeBaron and Jason Campbell as the only quarterbacks in team history to throw 50 career touchdown passes. »» Wide receiver Pierre Garçon starting his 100th career NFL regular season game. »» Garçon catching a touchdown pass in a fourth consecutive regular season game (dating back to last season) for the first time in his career. It would be the first such streak by a member of the Redskins since Fred Davis in 2009. »» Safety DeAngelo Hall (five) returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jason Taylor (six) for the most career fumble return touchdowns in NFL history. »» Hall (three with Washington) returning another fumble for a touchdown to break the team record for career fumble return touchdowns (three by Chris Hanburger and Brad Dusek). »» Hall improving upon his 43 career interceptions, most among active NFL players. »» Hall intercepting a pass to tie Ken Houston (24) for ninthmost in team history. »» Hall maintaining his lead among active players in career nonoffensive touchdowns (10). »» Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (7,814) gaining 186 receiving yards to become the eighth active player to reach 8,000 career receiving yards (Andre Johnson, Steve Smith Sr., Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson). »» Jackson (24) recording a 50-plus-yard touchdown to tie Steve Smith, Sr. (25) for fourth in total touchdowns of 50 yards or more in the NFL since the 1970 merger. »» Jackson (20) recording a 60-plus-yard touchdown to tie Devin Hester (21) for second-most total touchdowns of 60 yards or more in NFL history. »» Jackson improving upon his 33 career regular season receptions of 50 yards or more, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008. »» Jackson maintaining his 19.7-yard average on receptions since joining the Redskins in 2014, the best among qualified NFL players in that time frame. »» Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan recording 2.5 sacks to become the third player in team history to reach 50 career sacks since 1982 (Dexter Manley and Charles Mann). »» Tight end Jordan Reed (1,916) gaining 84 receiving yards to become the sixth tight end in team history to record 2,000 career receiving yards with the team (Jerry Smith, Chris Cooley, Bill Anderson, Don Warren and Fred Davis). »» Returner Rashad Ross recording his second career kickoff return touchdown to tie the team record for career kickoff return touchdowns. Andy Farkas (1938-44), Eddie Saenz (1946-51), Bobby Mitchell (1962-68) and Brian Mitchell (1990-99) are tied for the franchise lead with two each. ... be the Redskins’ fifth consecutive regular season win, dating back to last season, the team’s longest streak since 2012 (seven). ... improve the Redskins to 43-32-3 all-time against the Steelers. ... make the Redskins 21-12-3 all-time at home against the Steelers. ... snap a five-game losing streak to the Steelers and give the Redskins’ their first victory against them since 1991. ... give the Redskins three consecutive wins against AFC North opponents dating back to 2012. ... push the Redskins to 41-40-4 all-time record in season openers and 25-22 record in openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. ... give Head Coach Jay Gruden his first career win on Kickoff Weekend.
  47. 1 point
    Greetings from yet another Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. Feels like this is starting to become an annual thing playing here in Dallas. Though last year the team stayed home & beat the Giants on Thanksgiving. Personally I wish the League would take off this schedule as it makes the holiday more enjoyable without having to worry about a game. And what a game this could be. The Redskins are still looking for their 600th franchise win. They also come into this one a game ahead in the Division with a chance to sweep the Cowturkeys. “Wait.” You’re saying to yourself. ‘Did he just use the word “Cowturkeys”?’ Yes. Yes I did. Think of it as a Turducken, but with red meat. Anywho, this game will also see Texas legend Colt McCoy take his first start in nearly two years due to Game Manager Alex Smith going down to injury last week & having his season ended after managing to help get the team to a 6-3 record. When McCoy took over last week, you instantly see a change in how the offense worked. They were faster. There was a sense of urgency. And McCoy gave more guys opportunities. He even gave Doctson three opportunities on go balls. While most will say McCoy just doesn’t have that canon arm that fans love to see fire off the deep ball, they’d be wrong. You see, McCoy has been building his arm back up again. He suffered a shoulder injury in the National Championship Game back in 2010 & a neck injury in 2014. During the last four seasons, he’s been following his shoulder exercises, but the team has also worked with him to compact his throwing motion. That said, with McCoy behind the wheel, the car will go faster, sound meaner, & take more off the line then the Smith driven to perfection luxury grandpa machine ever thought about doing. McCoy will get you pulled over once in a while, Smith is the guy in the right lane with the blinker on for the last five miles. Expect a ticket, maybe even a reckless driving charge from McCoy today as it’s all on the line. The franchise’s 600th win. First place in the Division. And a two game lead on that same First Place before heading into an ECW street fight in Philly next Monday night.
  48. 1 point
    Richmond -- Overcast rainy day here in Richmond, sprinkling right now. 75 degrees at 8am. Today's schedule is a walkthru at 10:45 am, Jay Gruden Presser at 2:45 and practice at 3pm. This is subject to change with the possibility of thunderstorms this afternoon. (and me forgetting to bring my poncho) If the weather does as forcast with heavy rain and lightning the Redskins will conduct practice at an off-site location and it will be closed to media. It is just sprinkling right now so I suspect that the walk thru will be here at the Bon Secours facility. This will be a short day for me I will be leaving before practice begins. One thing I noticed yesterday and forgot to mention was how low to the ground Junior Galette gets in his 4 point stance, his nose is almost hitting the ground. I'm not sure if this is why he gets such a fast jump at the snap but it was an odd stance to look at. Walkthru's: Yesterday Trent Williams suffered a bruise on his stomach and did not go the full practice, today at walkthru's he was there for a short period, then was replaced by Ty Nsekhe so the left side of the line was Lauvao at guard and Nsekhe at tackle. Not sure if his bruise was still bothering him or Nsekhe was getting some reps. Walk thru's must be really boring for linemen, they more or less just stand there after the snap. The receivers are walking thru their routes, and no passes get thrown. They do hand off to the running backs but its all in slow motion. It is really difficult to determine what type of of play it is because both the O and D line are standing up and you can't see what is going on behind the lines. A new record for Breeland, he was kicked out of walkthru's for fighting, actually not a real fight but he jammed Pryor really hard and it lead to some loud words and Gruden removed him from practice. I think this was the first time that has ever happened in a walkthru. Jamison Crowder's presser Asked how he was feeling Crowder says he is doing better, its day to day, it is frustrating not to go out and compete. He doesn't feel like he is behind, since they did a lot on OTA's. What he learned from recovering from his hamstring injury last year was just getting back healthy, just to try to be back and be ready for week 1. He did not feel any lingering effects from his injury after he returned. He is doing nothing different this year training for a move outside. Just daily workouts, weight room, field work, to prepare to be a better receiver He says as of now he is still the return guy and he hopes he can continue to do returns. The receivers have had a good camp so far. Doctson has made a lot of catches, Pryor made a lot of catches, Ryan Grant and pretty much everyone across the board has made plays. He was asked about the intensity level in one on ones between receivers and defensive backs, he stated that is just how it is in camp and it is what you want, the competition. You want to make each other better. He does not see his role changing in the red zone this year, he is going to be in the slot if I'm healthy and can go, with the addition of Pryor, and Docston and Quick they have height and with Jordan Reed it will help us out tremendously in the red zone He mentioned that Pryor with his size and speed for his size and his route running, he has really great routes, like a small guy. I look forward to playing alongside him. This is the end of my coverage for today, I need to get back to Northern VA to watch my grandson's football practice. I'll report on that tomorrow
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    2016 Regular Season Play Direction Report for Detroit Lions Rushing Offense Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End Plays: 19 Plays: 15 Plays: 7 Plays: 40 Plays: 10 Plays: 20 Plays: 25 NFL Rank: 11 NFL Rank: 18 NFL Rank: 29 NFL Rank: 15 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 8 NFL Rank: 5 Avg Gain: 3.89 Avg Gain: 5.07 Avg Gain: 3.86 Avg Gain: 4.35 Avg Gain: 1.10 Avg Gain: 3.80 Avg Gain: 5.16 NFL Rank: 24 NFL Rank: 15 NFL Rank: 18 NFL Rank: 14 NFL Rank: 31 NFL Rank: 15 NFL Rank: 12 Rushing Defense Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End Plays: 14 Plays: 30 Plays: 6 Plays: 36 Plays: 7 Plays: 14 Plays: 24 NFL Rank: 24 NFL Rank: 2 NFL Rank: 31 NFL Rank: 19 NFL Rank: 30 NFL Rank: 24 NFL Rank: 3 Avg Gain: 5.21 Avg Gain: 5.37 Avg Gain: 1.67 Avg Gain: 4.83 Avg Gain: 5.43 Avg Gain: 4.93 Avg Gain: 4.21 NFL Rank: 14 NFL Rank: 23 NFL Rank: 1 NFL Rank: 27 NFL Rank: 31 NFL Rank: 25 NFL Rank: 15 Passing Offense Short Left Short Middle Short Right Deep Left Deep Middle Deep Right Plays: 76 Plays: 35 Plays: 72 Plays: 9 Plays: 5 Plays: 15 NFL Rank: 2 NFL Rank: 18 NFL Rank: 10 NFL Rank: 29 NFL Rank: 27 NFL Rank: 13 Avg Gain: 6.46 Avg Gain: 8.51 Avg Gain: 6.11 Avg Gain: 12.78 Avg Gain: 13.60 Avg Gain: 15.80 NFL Rank: 14 NFL Rank: 8 NFL Rank: 12 NFL Rank: 12 NFL Rank: 17 NFL Rank: 8 Comp %: 73.68 Comp %: 80.00 Comp %: 68.06 Comp %: 33.33 Comp %: 60.00 Comp %: 46.67 NFL Rank: 9 NFL Rank: 4 NFL Rank: 16 NFL Rank: 19 NFL Rank: 14 NFL Rank: 8 Passing Defense Short Left Short Middle Short Right Deep Left Deep Middle Deep Right Plays: 53 Plays: 40 Plays: 72 Plays: 13 Plays: 11 Plays: 16 NFL Rank: 22 NFL Rank: 14 NFL Rank: 13 NFL Rank: 19 NFL Rank: 8 NFL Rank: 8 Avg Gain: 6.79 Avg Gain: 7.13 Avg Gain: 5.51 Avg Gain: 15.77 Avg Gain: 17.36 Avg Gain: 16.63 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 15 NFL Rank: 14 NFL Rank: 25 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 26 Comp %: 77.36 Comp %: 77.50 Comp %: 79.17 Comp %: 46.15 Comp %: 54.55 Comp %: 62.50 NFL Rank: 29 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 31 NFL Rank: 20 NFL Rank: 12 NFL Rank: 30
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