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      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. 

       
       

       
       
       
       
       
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I think you are letting a fantastic last 30 cloud your vision of what occurred in the previous 60. During the first half we could barely crack their defensive third. They easily controlled play and are definately a better team.
You do realize that this was the plan. Klinsmann was not about to commit early lapses so he kept 9 back. The 2nd half he let them go. Neither team had their best 11 on the field so I would not concede that the Mexican team on the field was better than the American team on the field. In fact the Americans had many more quality chances and the Mexicans were lucky to leave with draw.

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US was impressive and could have won. I do wonder if we will stay a 4-5-1 though.

There's three teams I play attention to

Manchester United- I love them for the pride and style of play

Bayern- fast paced, talented team, and awesome fans

DC United- Local, great fans, and usually a good team.

US- well duh. obvious.

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You do realize that this was the plan. Klinsmann was not about to commit early lapses so he kept 9 back. The 2nd half he let them go. Neither team had their best 11 on the field so I would not concede that the Mexican team on the field was better than the American team on the field. In fact the Americans had many more quality chances and the Mexicans were lucky to leave with draw.

It goes beyond the lack of offensive productivity. Our back line looked horrible and Mexico had there way during the 45. The possession had to be 65-35 during the first half.

I realize that it was the first game of a new tenure, and I WAS satisfied with the outcome. I just think some of the talk about how great we looked should be a little tempured.

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Antyone getting FIFA 12 today? Looks like they they changed a lot this year. Demo played great. I'm on the 360. Up for 1-1s and/or team play with created player.

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US was impressive and could have won. I do wonder if we will stay a 4-5-1 though.

There's three teams I play attention to

Manchester United- I love them for the pride and style of play

Bayern- fast paced, talented team, and awesome fans

DC United- Local, great fans, and usually a good team.

US- well duh. obvious.

i can count to 4.

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Wow wheres the NY USA fans? Half the place is Ecuador.

Always like that. There were Ecuadorians from Raleigh traveling up to NY to see their home nation play.

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i can count to 4.

The US should have been implied lol

---------- Post added October-11th-2011 at 07:15 PM ----------

Tuesday night friendly.

If we had a USA friendly around here(and I could afford it) I'd be there whether its Wednesday or Saturday.

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If we had a USA friendly around here(and I could afford it) I'd be there whether its Wednesday or Saturday.

I hate fair weather fans that refuse to go to games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, or Sunday.

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If we had a USA friendly around here(and I could afford it) I'd be there whether its Wednesday or Saturday.

I never liked the US playing in New York/Jersey.

---------- Post added October-11th-2011 at 07:20 PM ----------

Really interested in seeing how Williams does tonight.

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I hate fair weather fans that refuse to go to games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, or Sunday.

My point is that if we want Jurgen to build the US soccer team back up its up to our fans to be there to believe in it. Talent is not the only thing that separates the US from the great soccer countries.

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It's not always so cut and dry that because we're the host they'll play where WE want. Contracts have to be signed and there are many motivations on both sides. The US wants to play decent (read: above CONCACAF quality) teams and decent teams will come with demands. Home and homes. They want to play in front of their fans, especially in an expat magnet like the US. If we play where Ecuador wants then we can take some off their appearance fee. Or sometimes, the president of Ecuador's FA just wants a free vacation in NY.

Face it, these friendlies are meaningless in the grand scheme of things. We can pad wins or we can get used to playing in "hostile" environments. All the games that matter (read: WC) will not be USA friendly. It'll be liked this, mixed crowds.

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Much like the Redskins last year, this year is NOT the year to judge JK effectiveness.

He's experimenting and testing guys.

Wins are great fun, but not the goal right now.

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Much like the Redskins last year, this year is NOT the year to judge JK effectiveness.

He's experimenting and testing guys.

Wins are great fun, but not the goal right now.

I don't care about wins or losses but it's obvious Ream isn't working out.

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I trust JK to realize that too. But Im also fine with him playing him in meaningless games to know for sure.

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Much like the Redskins last year, this year is NOT the year to judge JK effectiveness.

He's experimenting and testing guys.

Wins are great fun, but not the goal right now.

No wins aren't but a goal would be nice. 3 out of our last 5 games the US hasn't scored. Thats a problem.

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So after x games ... was there someone Bob wasn't playing that is such a difference maker? Has the formation change made that much of a difference? Has the styptic play made a meaningful change in the end product?

Again we can't score and can't defend. No Tim Howard and we'd be getting crushed.you need to look at this as a coach and see he has no difference makers out there. Donovan is a non factors because he'll be pretty old by the next wc.

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Much like the Redskins last year, this year is NOT the year to judge JK effectiveness.
Actually I'll judge it right now. We threw a lesser squad and on the field and moved the ball as well as I have seen in years. It would have been great to see someone step up and score without Donovan in the lineup. Gave up a cheapie because the defense was asleep. Jurgen has the team playing, he really needs to find a goal scorer.

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dc united plays tonight too. do they have a chance in hell at the playoffs at this point? 3 in a row or we don't go!

They have some good 3 game ticket deals for the "Drive for the playoffs"

---------- Post added October-12th-2011 at 12:47 PM ----------

Actually I'll judge it right now. We threw a lesser squad and on the field and moved the ball as well as I have seen in years. It would have been great to see someone step up and score without Donovan in the lineup. Gave up a cheapie because the defense was asleep. Jurgen has the team playing, he really needs to find a goal scorer.

Eventually Donovan will be gone. We need to know we can score.

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