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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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Official 2018 Flex Scheduling and Playoff Tracker Thread

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Two things:

 

1. I love making random, arbitrary threads “official.”

 

2. Starting this type of thread probably deserves banishment for jinx purposes so I understand if I get locked out for this. But let me make clear this is only to discuss POSSIBILITIES. Not making any predictions or counting any chickens. 

 

Every year people get confused in this thread. We can literally lose our next four games and the thread would still be relevant. Again, this thread only exists to discuss and outline the mathematical probabilities and possibilities. So even if at some point we begin to perform like a total pretender, the thread lives until the math says it dies. 

 

Including FLEX scheduling news in here as well in case any of that crops up (more on that in a minute). 

 

First let’s talk playoffs: 

 

—It is way too early to truly dissect the landscape or even know who to really root for or against, but one thing this year does appear to be taking shape— the NFC playoff race might be “softer” this year. Last year, 9-7 wouldn’t cut it; this year I’m predicting at least one 9-7 team makes it in as a wild card (and maybe one as a division winner too). You have to look at the potential 2nd and 3rd Place teams in each division to figure that out. I will be VERY surprised if the second place team in the East or West wins 10 games. I do think the south second place team could finish with 10; I think the North also looks shaky, meaning this year things are primed for a 9-7 wild card. So while the division should 100% be our goal right now, I’d say as long as 9-7 is still within reach your team will be very much alive in the NFC this year. 

 

—No brainer obviously to root against the East teams. If you are already counting the Giants out then they become potentially helpful both against the Eagles and Boys and any other potential NFC contenders. Beyond that just always root for AFC teams to beat NFC teams and for bottom teams like the Cardinals and 49ers to pull as many upsets as possible. As the season goes along, it will become more clear who the real enemies and threats might be. 

 

—Right now, the Redskins are in very good position with an early two game lead in loss column. Consider this: even if we lose to both the Giants and Falcons the next two weeks we are GUARANTEED at least to still be in a tie for first place. The Eagles and Cowboys are both 3-4 and both have BYE weeks in the next two weeks... meaning even if we go 0-2 and they both go 1-0, we would find ourselves in a three way tie at the “top” all at 4-4. While the goal should be to maintain or widen the lead, the truth is we have margin for error. 

 

Flex Scheduling:

 

—Reminder for those that don’t know...league must decide 12 days in advance on schedule changes with the exception of week 17.... Thursday and Monday games cannot be moved.

 

—Our week 16 game vs Titans is one of 4 designated as a possible Saturday game that week. It’s our game, Giants/Colts, Ravens/Chargers, and Dolphins/Jaguars. Two of those games will be Sat and two will be Sunday. It won’t necessarily be the two best games as it’s possible the NFL could “save” one for a better spot on the Sunday schedule. The league will decide this by week 8 or 9 I believe. 

 

—Week 17 is a total crapshoot. The league just waits until after week 16 to place games appropriately for week 17. No doubt if Eagles-Redskins means a lot it would be a potential SNF game or 4:25 start. If it means little to nothing it is likely noon. Nothing will be decided on that until after week 16 though. 

 

—For the other weeks, there really aren’t many possibilities. There are two weeks that are shaping up as potential big flex weeks for the league, but those are the two weeks we play on Thanksgiving and the following Monday at Philly— and those can’t move. 

 

—Our game with the Texans could be fairly attractive but that game is on CBS and it’s a FOX double header day and the Sunday Night game is good... so there really isn’t anywhere for it to go. I see a slim chance of that one moving. Always possible our game with the Bucs could move time, but also highly unlikely— and if it did it would be to just do some network shuffling, not necessarily to get it into a more prime spot. 

 

—In summary, I don’t think there is much to discuss in terms of Redskins and flex scheduling beyond the obvious in weeks 16 and 17. The Texans game is the only other one that even has a slim chance in my mind. 

 

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5 minutes ago, bakedtater1 said:

I prefer our games stay in the 1:00 time frame.

Yeah and on like c span or something smaller. 

Big stages dont work out too well for us.

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2 minutes ago, redskinss said:

Yeah and on like c span or something smaller. 

Big stages dont work out too well for us.

Bingo lol c span..nice haha

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I'm at the point where, other than the weeks where we play them, I don't care what the other teams in our division do.

 

I'm so past the "oooh, lets try to eke in at 9-7 mindset." Its time to go for the gold and that 11-win mark that has eluded the Redskins since 19-friggin-91. That will take 7-3 the rest of the way and will be a tall order, but I'm now hopeful of it as a decent possibility. 

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10 minutes ago, bakedtater1 said:

I prefer our games stay in the 1:00 time frame.

 

SNF is my favorite slot, followed by 4:25. Those are the big boy slots. More fun, usually bigger stakes. Also guarantees a more enjoyable day when they can’t ruin it early. 

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Thanks! Always enjoy this thread popping up around this time :) 

 

the decision on our game Vs the titans is supposed to be made on the 29th, so after our upcoming game against the giants. I’m trying to head to Nashville for that game cause my brother lives there and it would be much easier to do that if the game is Saturday instead of Sunday (due to holiday traveling stuff). REALLY hoping we have the Saturday game. 

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1 minute ago, hail2skins said:

I'm at the point where, other than the weeks where we play them, I don't care what the other teams in our division do.

 

I'm so past the "oooh, lets try to eke in at 9-7 mindset." Its time to go for the gold and that 11-win mark that has eluded the Redskins since 19-friggin-91. That will take 7-3 the rest of the way and will be a tall order, but I'm now hopeful of it as a decent possibility. 

 

I don’t think this is the year for that... I do think 10-6 is fairly realistic though. I’m torn right now on if I think they will finish 9-7 or 10-6. 

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6 minutes ago, kleese said:

 

SNF is my favorite slot, followed by 4:25. Those are the big boy slots. More fun, usually bigger stakes. Also guarantees a more enjoyable day when they can’t ruin it early. 

Ughh with the typical outcome of us not winning?..that's jus crazy haha

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20 minutes ago, kleese said:

 

I don’t think this is the year for that... I do think 10-6 is fairly realistic though. I’m torn right now on if I think they will finish 9-7 or 10-6. 

10-6 is acceptable...….9-7 is for pansies ?

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27 minutes ago, hail2skins said:

10-6 is acceptable...….9-7 is for pansies ?

 

For me, the bigger thing would be winning that game. We haven’t advanced in the playoffs since 2005. In 2007, 2012, and 2015 we were one and done, the most recent two coming at home as division winners. So if we were to win the division afain, regardless if it was 9-7 or 10-6 the more important thing to me would be advancing to the divisional round. 

 

I’ll put it this way, I see two possibilities for me to call this a CLEARLY successful season and everyone comes back no doubt next year:

 

1. We win 11+ games. Even if we lost in first round I’d consider this a significant development and something to build on. 

 

2. We advance to divisional round— regardless of what record we achieved to make playoffs. 

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59 minutes ago, kleese said:

 

SNF is my favorite slot, followed by 4:25. Those are the big boy slots. More fun, usually bigger stakes. Also guarantees a more enjoyable day when they can’t ruin it early. 

Just don't flex any home games to SNF. For those of us who go to games, that's brutal.

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9 minutes ago, Skinsfan1311 said:

Just don't flex any home games to SNF. For those of us who go to games, that's brutal.

 

Of the 4 remaining home games the only one you need to be concerned with is week 17. 

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1 hour ago, redskinss said:

Yeah and on like c span or something smaller. 

Big stages dont work out too well for us.

 

You have to think even smaller... PBS where only kids will watch the game. 

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12 hours ago, kleese said:

 

Of the 4 remaining home games the only one you need to be concerned with is week 17. 

True.

I should have looked at the schedule a little more carefully before I posted that.

SNF would work on the 30th, because we're off that Monday.

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12 hours ago, kleese said:

 

Of the 4 remaining home games the only one you need to be concerned with is week 17. 

 

18 minutes ago, Skinsfan1311 said:

True.

I should have looked at the schedule a little more carefully before I posted that.

SNF would work on the 30th, because we're off that Monday.

 

I'm not off that Monday, I hope to be taking that day off.   :) 

If SNF week 17 flex comes to be, then the atmosphere for that one could be comparable to the 2012 SNF game with Dallas....just hope they REALLY staff up the police.

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29 minutes ago, MarkB452 said:

 

 

I'm not off that Monday, I hope to be taking that day off.   :) 

If SNF week 17 flex comes to be, then the atmosphere for that one could be comparable to the 2012 SNF game with Dallas....just hope they REALLY staff up the police.

You don’t get New Year’s Eve off of work? Da **** kinda job do you have??

 

yeah that would be an intense game if it were to be the SNF game. FedEx would be deafening i bet 

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The week we play Houston the SNF game is Steelers @ Jags. That game looks shaky to me even with the Steelers who are always a draw. But the decision has to be made after the games played the weekend of Nov. 4th. The Jags play Eagles in London this week and then have a bye. IF the Jags lose to Philly I think there is a slim chance that game gets flexed out of SNF and Texans-Redskins would likely get consideration. Again, I think this is all a long shot, but something to note. 

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RE playoff futures, we should all be rooting for NO to beat everyone.  9-7 might be enough to win the east, but might no be enough to win a WC spot without a a collection of wins and other team losses.

 

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13 hours ago, zskins said:

 

You have to think even smaller... PBS where only kids will watch the game. 

 

Big potatoes.

 

We need to think small. I mean, REALLY small.

 

Public Access Television.

 

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1 hour ago, Kilmer17 said:

RE playoff futures, we should all be rooting for NO to beat everyone.  9-7 might be enough to win the east, but might no be enough to win a WC spot without a a collection of wins and other team losses.

 

 

STRONGLY disagree with this.... we are in the 3-slot right now, and the only realistic chance to get to #2 (and the first round bye) is to pass NO.  They already have the tiebreak on us, so every loss they get moving forward will help the Skins...

 

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17 hours ago, kleese said:

The week we play Houston the SNF game is Steelers @ Jags. That game looks shaky to me even with the Steelers who are always a draw. But the decision has to be made after the games played the weekend of Nov. 4th. The Jags play Eagles in London this week and then have a bye. IF the Jags lose to Philly I think there is a slim chance that game gets flexed out of SNF and Texans-Redskins would likely get consideration. Again, I think this is all a long shot, but something to note. 

I hope not I have tickets to the game and was going to take my daughter but she would have school on Monday 

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20 minutes ago, c slag said:

I hope not I have tickets to the game and was going to take my daughter but she would have school on Monday 

Yeah I’m sure the league will take that into affect :D it’s one home night game, if we still have a good record by then, you can definitely afford to let your daughter go to a night game on a school night :P 

 

just messin with ya though, i didn’t go to most night games on a school night back when i had tickets. Hoping for your sake it stays a 1 pm start :) 

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3 hours ago, c slag said:

I hope not I have tickets to the game and was going to take my daughter but she would have school on Monday 

 

It’s unlikely because the league needs to make the decision by a week from Tuesday. Even if the Jags lose they’d be 3-5 at decision time and the Steelers are one of the most popular/watched teams in the league. I doubt that is enough to get that game bumped. And even if it is bumped there is certainly no guarantee our game would replace it. 

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