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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 head coach, 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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1 minute ago, Destino said:

Foles magic was happening again, the pieces were all falling into place.  Jeffrey killed it.  

 

Wentz better send Jeffrey a gift basket or something, Philly was real damn close to a QB controversy.

I still think they might have one.

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3 minutes ago, Rex Tomb said:

I still think they might have one.

Maybe, but I doubt it. Foles hasn't played even a full season's worth with the Eagles yet. It would be a big gamble to spend so much time hyping up Wentz and then ship him out in favor of a journeyman, even if the journeyman has a ring.

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Well atleast all eagles fans can now look forward to the Flyers. LOL SIKE

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15 minutes ago, Rdskns2000 said:

I hope I am wrong, but I have this feeling Pats end up getting Lombardi #6.

 

 

I think its wide open this year.  No real team of destiny.   Prior to this weekend I kind of though the Chargers might have been that team. 

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40 minutes ago, Rex Tomb said:

I still think they might have one.

 

Wentz has a couple years left on his rookie deal, and that might be a factor.

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Interesting footnote, on that 18-play 11 minute and change drive that put the Saints up 17-14 in the third, they had to gain 112 yards due to penalties 🙂

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46 minutes ago, DCSaints_fan said:

Interesting footnote, on that 18-play 11 minute and change drive that put the Saints up 17-14 in the third, they had to gain 112 yards due to penalties 🙂

 

And that's what winning teams do. They overcome penalties, legit or questionable, and win the game. It's why I always hate it when I hear fans blame officiating for an outcome. If you are good enough to win, those calls won't make a difference. The Saints proved that today. 

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Strange how the first Eagles INT got them going early on, and it was the first Saints INT that got them going to finish it off.

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So an ex-Eagle ended the Bears' season with a stupid mistake and an ex-Bear ended the Eagles' season with a stupid mistake? That almost sounds scripted lol
 

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On January 12, 2019 at 10:20 PM, Jumbo said:

they still had too good a year to suit me....i couldn't have stomached a win and i love seeing them lose every game but i fear their fans really aren't going to suffer enough over this...they need more suffering....for years and years....generations....but i digress....

 

On January 12, 2019 at 10:29 PM, Gibbit said:

garrett extension

 

 

I can't speak for other Cowboys fans, but I thought this was a pretty good year.  They pulled off another division crown, after it looked like they were dead in the water.  Their first round pick was voted 2nd team all pro, and was a dominant force.  They started the season with one of the worst WR corps in the NFL, and ended the season with a clear #1 wr in Cooper, and solid # 2/3 WRs in Gallop and Beasly.  Dak looked like a lost cause at QB early, but played his best football once he had a #1 wr.  If he plays a full season like he did the 2nd half of this year, Dallas has at least an average to above average QB.

 

I know a lot of people think a Garrett extension dooms Dallas.  On the other hand, I have seen a lot of Redskins fans say that it isn't fair to fault the Skins coaching staff because they lost their first and second string QBs at mid season.  Well, the last time Garrett lost his first and second string QBs it happened in the preseason.  He went 13-3 and earned the #1 seed in the NFC with his rookie 3rd string QB.  So, I think they could do worse than extending Garrett.  But, I tend to be a glass half full kind of guy.

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I am going with experience.

 

I think Bill and Tom will eek out a narrow win over Andy and Pat.

 

Andy is 1-4 in championship games. Patty will get a nice welcome from Bill.

 

Pats 34

Chiefs 33

 

I think playing at home and the experience of Drew and Sean P , trumps Jared and Sean M.

 

Saints 30

Rams 28.

 

Both games should be close and good games.

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Wait...a 1 point loss is considered “getting a nice welcome from Bill”? I think that’s what a blowout loss would do instead. 

 

Anyway, I’m going for rams and chiefs today. I want a MNF rematch to see if they can replicate it. But if the saints win, i wont be mad. In the 2nd game though? Chiefs no matter what for me. 

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I hope the saints win by 100 solely because of how much I hate Marcus Peters. Dude is such a POS

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Either I get 2 that I don't want, or it's a split. So, unfortunately it'll probably be the Saints vs. Pats (boo), or maybe the Rams vs. Pats (meh).

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cowboys in the playoffs anytime is an ugly thing, but very grateful today that if i have to listen to buck and aikman at least it's not their yapping about dallas

 

(i used to be ok with aikman) 

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2 minutes ago, Jumbo said:

cowboys in the playoffs anytime is an ugly thing, but very grateful today that if i have to listen to buck and aikman at least it's not their yapping about dallas

 

(i used to be ok with aikman) 

 

Quite frankly color commentary in the NFL has gone way down hill over the past 10 years. What amazes me is how many “B” and lower level commentators are better than the “A” teams. Aikman, Witten, and especially Collinsworth are some of the worst. They put no effort into understanding modern NFL concepts.

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