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      Good afternoon Redskins fans!  I have once again been invited to sit in the relative comfort of the press box and shout my thoughts into the void via this blog.  As you watch the game today and see the rain  pour relentlessly from the heavens, know that I am safe and dry.  Know also that @Spaceman Spiff is out there somewhere, cold and unappreciated, rolling around in the muck trying to capture that perfect picture.  Maybe say a little prayer for his health (or laugh, whatever, I’m not judging you).  Also, be sure not to miss the pictures he posts on this site after each game.     
       
      Before we get into today's Redskins game, I want give some thanks for more positive occurrences in DC sports.  Congrats to the Washington Mystics for winning their first championship.  Congrats go out to the Washington Nationals as well for reaching the world series.  These two teams (along with the Caps) are working hard to change the sports related mood around this town, and we're all happier for it. 
       
      Lets move now into less cheerful topics, namely your Washington Redskins!  Yow know things are going bad, and I mean really dang bad, when your team has gone through three quarterbacks and two coaches and your not even half way through the season.  Today's fresh hell comes in the form of a specter of the our recent past coming to smirk at our misfortune.  Im talking of course of Kyle.  Kyle's spent the week assuring everyone that he isn’t holding a grudge, while very obviously holding a grudge.  “Everything else.”  You know what I’m talking about. 
       
      If all he brought to town were his hurt feelings we wouldn’t have a problem.  Sadly, he’s arrived with an undefeated football team that the NFL says we have to play this week.  This feels entirely unfair. 
       
      My generic key to the game:  Run the ball and stop the run.  The team (spoiler alert: 49ers) that does this today will win.   
       
      Redskins Inactives  
      QB Colt McCoy  
      S Deshazor Everett  
      CB Josh Norman  
      RB Chris THompson  
      LB Josh Harvey-Clemons 
      G Wes Martin  
      TE Vernon Davis  
       
      49ers inactives  
      QB CJ Beathard 
      WR Deebo Samuel  
      CB Ahkello Witherspoon  
      FB Kyle Juszczyk 
      T Mike McGLinchey 
      T Joe Staley 
      DL DJ Jones 
       
      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins 0 – 0 49ers
       
      Callahan wasn’t playing around when he said he wanted to run the ball.  That first drive was all runs, and looked great... right up until they tried to pass the ball.  Hopkins missed the relatively short fied goal, because of course he did.     

      Maybe Quinn isn’t a good choice to be returning punts?  Consider it.    
       
      That second Redskins drive looked more like what we’ve come to expect from this offense.  Run for negative yards, pass dropped, and an unsuccessful screen pass.  A quintessential Redskins three and out. 

      Passing yards this quarter:  Redskins 3. 49ers 9.  Are you not entertained?! 
       
      Half Time Update
      Redskins 0 – 0 49ers 
       
      How happy are you to spend your Sunday afternoon watching this game?  Consider that some people paid money, to sit in a poncho, in the rain, to watch this game. 
       
      It’s now time for those half time adjustments that our beloved skins do so well.  It’s unlikely the second half mirrors the first. 
       
      3rd Quarter Update 
      Redskins 0 – 3 49ers  
       
      Good news, this game will not end in a 0-0 tie.  Those half time adjustments have kicked in as expected and the 49ers have found a way onto the scoreboard in this messy throwback game.  The Redskins have decided to spend the second half collecting holding penalties and sadness.  Mercifully, only one quarter remains. 
       
      End of Game Update 
      Redskins 0 – 9 49ers 
       
      Callahan hasn’t spent much time as the head coach of the Washington Redskins, but he’s already proven that his team can waste 2nd half timeouts like a veteran.  It makes little sense to adopt a strategy that shortens the game when your team is losing, and it makes even less sense when your team is short on time outs.  I’m not really sure what the thinking as late in this game.    
       
      Next week Kirk Cousins!   
       
       
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Couldn't disagree more, vis. And listening to Lauren talk about the character's developmental arc to date just confirms my take. :)

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To me Andrea's storyline this season has been ridiculously drawn out and repetitive.

It's made it incredibly hard to watch her stupidly falling for the Governor's crap all season and then waffle back and forth about which side to trust.

Now when she decides to leave, she makes it to the prison but is captured again anyway. Ridiculous and pretty annoying.

Andrea really wants to make peace between the prison and Woodbury. She was giving the Governor leeway, because she's more concerned with the real enemy (walkers) than the battle between the groups. Until she saw that he really didn't care about anyone else and was really a psychopath, she was working toward that end.

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Couldn't disagree more, vis. And listening to Lauren talk about the character's developmental arc to date just confirms my take. :)

I completely agree Jumbo. After listening to Laurie (not Lauren) on Talking Dead, it shines a light on it.

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I'd been thinking of Laurie's (thanks for the correction) description of Andrea's journey to date earlier this season, because I too was initially annoyed by some things, but then when I reviewed the matter as a whole it came together pretty solid, IMV.

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Not sure if this is pertinent or not, but that tune the Governor was whistling might have been something that he whistled to his daughter (like a goodnight song or something)...

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Andrea really wants to make peace between the prison and Woodbury. She was giving the Governor leeway, because she's more concerned with the real enemy (walkers) than the battle between the groups. Until she saw that he really didn't care about anyone else and was really a psychopath, she was working toward that end.

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I completely agree Jumbo. After listening to Laurie (not Lauren) on Talking Dead, it shines a light on it.

I didn't watch Talking Dead, but I can't imagine she said anything that would make up for how badly her character has been handled this season.

I understand her trying to work for peace between the two places, and she had definitely become much more tolerable of late,

Still, far too much time was wasted this season making her look like an idiot.

And when she finally wises up, to have her almost make it to the prison and then get captured like that was a pretty big slap in the face to the viewers in my opinion.

And it seems like they're trying to do something similar with Tyrese.

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Didn't see Talking Dead, did they explain how the governor beat off the hoard of zombies (I counted more zombies than ammo that gun holds) and still have time to catch up to Andrea at the prison? Did she take the scenic route again?

As much as I love this show, this is starting to get frustrating. Just kill him already and move on!

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As much as I love this show, this is starting to get frustrating. Just kill him already and move on!

couldn't agree more.

Love this show. I get the "build up" and everything. But its starting to feel like season 2 at the farmhouse all over again. Each episode has less and less substance and actual plot advancement, and more and more filler/bullcrap.

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Didn't see Talking Dead, did they explain how the governor beat off the hoard of zombies (I counted more zombies than ammo that gun holds) and still have time to catch up to Andrea at the prison? Did she take the scenic route again?

As much as I love this show, this is starting to get frustrating. Just kill him already and move on!

I watched a little of it, but it didn't explain in the part I saw. I would assume that he used the shovel he had to beat off what he couldn't shoot, then drove most of the way back to the prison to catch up to Andrea. Of course, why she approached through the trees and not out in the open so Rick and the group could clear a path for her I can't figure out.

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Of course, why she approached through the trees and not out in the open so Rick and the group could clear a path for her I can't figure out.

because she's Andrea lol. seriously though, a lot of decisions she makes leave me thinking "wtf"

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Sounds like some of you guys need to stop watching serialized dramas and switch back over to Law and Order. Or a movie....

That said, Andrea is pretty ****ing stupid. Who thinks it's an acceptable idea to leave Woodbury and run all the way to the prison with nothing but a pocket knife?

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He took the keys to the truck, I'd imagine. ;)

Also (and this is not a spoiler) Lauren Holden says (on Talking Dead) Andrea never gave up the info about Shane/Rick/Laurie triangle and any question of the who was baby's father. She listed other ways the Gov could have known and even just speculated as a cunning sociopath form what basics she did give him about her former group during their initial closeness.

Thought it was a fine episode. The scenes in the dark building during the Andrea/Gov chase were great and a solid ending. I think they're doing a great job of working up to a finale so far.

Okay what am I missing? What does the governor know that we are speculating whether or not andrea gave up info about the Shane/Rick/Lori love triangle? I must have missed that part in the episode last night

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Okay what am I missing? What does the governor know that we are speculating whether or not andrea gave up info about the Shane/Rick/Lori love triangle? I must have missed that part in the episode last night

Not last night, but two episodes ago, when Rick and the Governor met in the shed (barn?). Governor mentioned to Rick something about "saving his people, his son, his baby girl".

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Not last night, but two episodes ago, when Rick and the Governor met in the shed (barn?). Governor mentioned to Rick something about "saving his people, his son, his baby girl".

Good call, that totally went over my head

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Who thinks it's an acceptable idea to leave Woodbury and run all the way to the prison with nothing but a pocket knife?

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Sounds like some of you guys need to stop watching serialized dramas and switch back over to Law and Order. Or a movie....

That said, Andrea is pretty ****ing stupid. Who thinks it's an acceptable idea to leave Woodbury and run all the way to the prison with nothing but a pocket knife?

What choice did she have? They took her gun. She decided to risk her life to warn the prison instead of sitting idly by and waiting for the Governor to slaughter them. Geographically, the prison is only a couple miles from Woodbury. Its not like she was going very far.

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She's an idiot if she didnt steal the truck/slash the gov's tires.

Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

Even if she couldn't steal the truck (and dammit, hotwiring cars should be a basic survival skill at this point) she was pretty simple to just assume he croaked. Slash the tires, yank the wiring out under the hood, something.

Of course when the script demands she get to try out Michonne's chair first these kind of things are irrelevant. Wonder what little Milton Muffin does when he peeks thru that window and sees her strapped in. He already showed me more cojones than I thought he had just torchin' the pit.

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She's an idiot if she didnt steal the truck/slash the gov's tires.

If youre going to call Andrea an idiot for what she did, dont propose alternatives which are even more idiotic.

How could she steal a truck? the only way vehicles can get in and out of woodbury is through the main gate, which is heavily guarded. Similarly, the vehicles are by the gate and heavily guarded. Even if she could have slashed a few tires, it wouldnt have stopped anything. Theyd kill Andrea, repair the tires and be on their way to massacre the prison. Andrea did the only thing she could do - she went to a potential exit that was only guarded by two of the newbies, who would be the least suspicious of her and most inclined to let her go. She asked them to come with her. They didnt.

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If youre going to call Andrea an idiot for what she did, dont propose alternatives which are even more idiotic.

How could she steal a truck? the only way vehicles can get in and out of woodbury is through the main gate, which is heavily guarded. Similarly, the vehicles are by the gate and heavily guarded. Even if she could have slashed a few tires, it wouldnt have stopped anything. Theyd kill Andrea, repair the tires and be on their way to massacre the prison. Andrea did the only thing she could do - she went to a potential exit that was only guarded by two of the newbies, who would be the least suspicious of her and most inclined to let her go. She asked them to come with her. They didnt.

I think he is talking about the Gov's truck that he parked outside the abandoned warehouse. Even then, she couldn't steal it if he had the keys. Why slash the tires if she thinks he's dead?

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Also, how about not wanting to even take time to try to slash those big mudder tires with her medium-sized knife and risk the SOB getting out past the walkers in time to take a shot? Of course, parsing all the plot details like this so obsessively is more the territory of we rabid viewers more than writers. :)

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I think the governor just found his way of obtaining M from Rick.

He'll use Andrea as trade bait. And if Rick doesn't do it, Andrea dies. If Rick gives up M, then M pretty much dies.

Ultimately, I think Rick will end up deciding which one will die by the end of the next episode. Might make him lose it, who knows.

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I think the governor just found his way of obtaining M from Rick.

He'll use Andrea as trade bait. And if Rick doesn't do it, Andrea dies. If Rick gives up M, then M pretty much dies.

Ultimately, I think Rick will end up deciding which one will die by the end of the next episode. Might make him lose it, who knows.

I could see this happening

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