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Redskins @ Cowboys – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 22, 2009 – 4:15 pm

I’m already hearing from people who want to pin the whole loss on Shaun Suisham, which is a pretty solid capsule for the life of an NFL kicker. Suisham came into the game a perfect 12-12 on the season, and continued his hot streak in the second quarter from 45 yards out. Then he missed from 39 after the end-of-the-half debacle, hit from 31 in the third, and — the big one, to a lot of people — missed from 50 in the fourth. And just like that, 12-12 turns into 14-16 — and, more importantly, 2-4. Read more »

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Redskins @ Cowboys – Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 22, 2009 – 3:28 pm

There are three things I really didn’t like about that quarter:

First, the way it ended: Tony Romo hitting his first wide receiver of the day — Miles Austin, in this case — for a nice gain. I don’t like the momentum it gives, I don’t like the gain, I don’t like the idea of Romo coming alive. Say what you want about Romo: he may be streaky, he may not have it in the clutch, he may date pop stars and just generally seem kinda like a jerk … but I don’t particularly like the idea of facing him with a six point lead if he gets hot.

Second, I didn’t like seeing Chad Rinehart go down with an injury. Rinehart’s abilities are still very much in question — we haven’t had chance to even see what he can do — but watching him get hurt on the gigantic TV here was incredibly disturbing, as was watching them linger on him as he was loaded grimly onto the cart.

The last thing I didn’t like was the Redskins being unable to get the ball into the endzone. See also my final point above: a six point lead is better than trailing, obviously, but the team is really going to need to get into the end zone at some point.

But there were things I did like, too: Read more »

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Redskins @ Cowboys – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 22, 2009 – 2:38 pm

What do you think Rock Cartwright is thinking in this AP photo?

I’m guessing it’s probably something along the lines of Hey, I’ve been telling them to give me more work at running back. Or maybe, Hey, why didn’t we take an end zone shot there after all the penalty ridiculousness.

The first thought would certainly be reasonable: Cartwright finishes the first half with 56 yards on 5 carries and 25 more on 4 receptions, and has largely waved away some of the doom and gloom that accompanied Ladell Betts to the sidelines for the game.

And the second thought is DEFINITELY reasonable, especially since thirty people have asked me that on Twitter since the half actually ended. For those of you who missed it — or fell asleep — the sequence went something like this: Jason Campbell was flushed out of the pocket and threw the ball just as he got to the sidelines. The initial call was that he stepped out first, loss of five. Then the team took a delay-of-game penalty. The Redskins lined up for the field goal, at third-and-20-ish. And only THEN did the officials decide to take a look at the Campbell play.

Twelve years passed.

The call was reversed; then the officials needed to figure out what to do with the delay of game call.

Another seven years passed.

The call was reversed.

Then the Redskins — with it now at third-and-10, fifteen seconds left, and one no timeouts — elected to kick the field goal anyhow, and missed it.

No, it doesn’t make sense to me, either, and it’s something that I imagine the coaches will be asked about after the game.

Any other suggestions for what Rock is thinking?

Other second-quarter notes: Read more »

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Redskins @ Cowboys – First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 22, 2009 – 1:43 pm


That’s the view of the walk to the field from the visitor’s locker room in the new Cowboys Stadium. You pass through what I can only describe as a “bar”, because it is, in fact, a bar. The whole field level of the stadium is ringed with field suites and club level bars; one of those bars is bisected by the walkway from the lockers to the field. Glass partitions and very vigilant security guards keep the fans away from the players.

And that, in a nutshell, is the problem with this first visit to Dallas Cowboys stadium: I’m spending more time staring at the dumb bells and whistles than I am at the actual game. I would say I’ve watched roughly 80% of the game on the enormous video screen rather than on the field (which is, of course, just below the enormous video screen).

Anyhow, here are the lessons to take away from the first quarter of this game: Read more »

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Follow Redskins @ Cowboys On Twitter

Posted by Matt Terl on November 22, 2009 – 12:50 pm

Here, in case you haven’t heard, are your Redskins inactives:

  • 25 Kevin Barnes
  • 26 Clinton Portis
  • 36 Eddie Williams
  • 47 Chris Cooley
  • 51 Robert Henson
  • 71 Mike Williams
  • 92 Albert Haynesworth
  • 97 Renaldo Wynn

Haynesworth is obviously the big scratch there; that’s a bad loss. Kedric Golston starts in his place, and Fred Smoot will be starting in place of Carlos Rogers.

The team is rocking the burgundy-on-burgundy uniforms for the first time since the Pittsburgh game last year. Not sure that I like that decision.

The stadium reminds me a lot of Ford Field on steroids, everything even bigger and newer than there. And the stupid oversized jumbotron is just as impressive as the breathless reports would have you believe. I don’t see any chance of Hunter Smith hitting the thing, though.

Meanwhile, as always, follow on Twitter — or on the Twackle module after the jump — for updates from me (@redskinsblog), Gary Fitzgerald (@redskinsdotcom), and Larry Weisman (@LarryWeisman). Read more »

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Sunday, November 22: The Second-Place Sign At The Pep Rally

Posted by Matt Terl on November 22, 2009 – 8:57 am

This is not the winning sign from the sign contest during Friday night’s ESPN980 We Want Dallas pep rally. The winning sign belonged to a group of seven kids from Rockville — Clayton, 11, Anthony, 7, Nicholas, 11, Zack, 12, Katie, 9, George, 12, along with, oddly, Dallas fan Cole, 13 — and focused on a number of weeping Dallas Cowboys. It was an impressive piece of work, and if anyone got a good picture of it, please send it to me, because mine didn’t come out at all.

What’s pictured above is actually two-thirds of the SECOND-place sign, along with its creator, Ben McMurry.

This was a three step sign; steps two and three are pictured above. The first step was two pictures of Jessica Simpson, one from her waif-life early days, and the other from the infamously voluptuous appearance at a chili cook off earlier this year, along with the question “What happened to Jessica?”

The results, as seen above: “She got fat on Tony’s endless supply of Butterfingers,” plus five pictures of Cowboys quarterback (and Simpson’s ex-) Tony Romo fumbling or otherwise dropping the ball.

“It’s amazing what Google searches can do,” McMurry said. “Just tony romo fumble gave me everything I needed, and then Staples printed ’em for 39 cents. That’s all it was.”

As the coup de grace to his elaborate sign/performance art piece, McMurry handed emcee Larry Michael an actual Butterfingers bar. “I knew that cute kids or good looking girls would take the prize no matter what I did,” McMurry explained, laughing, “so I went with the props. I went with the complicated three-step sign, because I thought that my only chance was to completely outdo myself, so that’s what I did.”

McMurry, a graduate of Towson University, lives in Frederick, Md., where he was born and raised. He works in Rockville, writes about the Wizards for isportsweb.com, admits to feeling bad about falling back on a fat joke for his signs, and has been a Redskins fan “since the day I was born,” he says. He reminisces about wearing out the family VHS tape of Super Bowl XXII against the Broncos, and watching Super Bowl XXVI against the Bills at a neighborhood bonfire with a big group of Redskins fans and one hapless Bills fan.

But it’s his story about his grandfather’s Redskins fandom that’s REALLY impressive. Read more »

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