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Redskins @ Lions – Fourth Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 31, 2010 – 4:36 pm

I’d like to say that this loss doesn’t feel nearly as gutting as last year’s — that it makes a difference that the Lions are a bit better, that they’re not coming off a thirty year winless streak, etc. etc. etc.

But it wasn’t true even when things just looked plain BAD — with the Redskins were just trailing by 6 with 1:50 left on the clock and no timeouts. Even at that point, this loss was looking bad. Instead of heading into the bye week 5-3, near the division lead and seemingly coming together as a team, the Redskins were already looking like they would be heading into the bye 4-4 and still unable to win must-win games.

Then Rex Grossman came into the game, and everything got even worse. Read more »

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Redskins @ Lions – Third Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 31, 2010 – 3:28 pm

Here’s how you score -10 points in an NFL football game — and, yes, that’s negative ten points:

First you hold the Lions to a field goal attempt deep in their own territory. Next, get called for encroachment, giving them a new set of downs and turning (a likely) three points into seven. That’s -4.

Next, have your explosive kickoff returner take the ball back 95 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff, but be sure to commit a penalty on the return. That negates the touchdown for an additional -6.

This sparked some debate on Twitter as to if the Redskins should be credited with -11, but I’m saying that the extra point never happened and therefore wasn’t taken off the board. Of course, the field goal was never attempted either, which would seem to undermine that logic, but attempting to think about this logically kind of defeats the point, which is this:

This game is going so poorly that I’m attempting to argue how many NEGATIVE points the Redskins scored in the third quarter. That’s … not very good. Read more »

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Redskins @ Lions – Second Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 31, 2010 – 2:36 pm

As a very wise man just said to me, the score of this game is actually Brandon Banks 10, Stefan Logan 7. The punt/kick returners for each team have been instrumental in helping out the anemic offenses, and Banks’ two major returns are trumping Logan’s one.

Here’s the sequence: Read more »

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Redskins @ Lions – First Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 31, 2010 – 1:45 pm

It’s been one week since the Redskins played in what was widely regarded as one of the ugliest games in NFL history. During today’s first quarter here in Detroit, Larry Weisman said — without a hint of irony — that this might be the worst game he’s ever seen. That’s one way you know it’s going poorly.

Another, arguably easier way? Statistics. The Redskins finished the quarter with 19 total yards of offense, and I was honestly surprised to find out it was that high. They’ve also given up crucial penalties to prolong drives, Donovan McNabb’s been falling down on his own and throwing the ball to places completely devoid of receivers, and Trent Williams is having possibly the roughest game of his young career.

The good news? I can come up with three things: Read more »

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Redskins @ Lions: Redskins Inactives

Posted by Matt Terl on October 31, 2010 – 12:02 pm

Kevin Barnes is inactive today, thus depriving him of the chance to replicate his legendary vomit-inducing hit on Lions running back Jahvid Best when the two were in college. Admittedly, Barnes hasn’t had many hits like that at the pro level yet, but today would’ve been an appropriately dramatic day to start. Barnes told me he doesn’t even particularly expect to speak to Best at the game, and that the two have never even formally met. So, really, disappointments all around as far as this story goes.

Here’s the hit anyhow — skip the ending if you have a weak stomach.

The only other real surprise on the list is RB Chad Simpson. Mike Shanahan said all week that he hoped Simpson would be able to go today, and his inactive status means the Redskins go into today’s game with just two running backs up.

Here’s the full inactive list: Read more »

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Tanya Snyder And Christy Cooley Head To Indianapolis For A Walk

Posted by Matt Terl on October 30, 2010 – 4:21 pm

The Fit For You 5K in D.C. is still a couple of weeks away, and you should sign up now. But the 5K walk/run, which supports the NFL Play 60 Challenge, is also part of the NFL’s new women’s initiative. And since Tanya Snyder and Christy Cooley are two of the official spokepeople for that initiative, they found themselves on an early morning flight to Indianapolis today to take part in the first such event.

I’ll have much more on the event on Monday, but wanted to at least share some pictures today. The day wound up gorgeous, and the walk was well-attended by women, men, kids, dogs, and even mascots — both official:

— and unofficial (think Chief Zee, only Coltsier):

Then there was an appearance by Lazytown‘s Sportacus, which was … surreal. Read more »

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A Beat Detroit Shirt, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on October 29, 2010 – 5:19 pm

The employees at Redskins Park are still wearing weekly shirts for each opponent. No word on if we’ll receive BEAT THE BYE shirts next Friday. But if you believe Fanhouse’s David Elfin, the Redskins need all the help they can get heading into Ford Field.

A grim excerpt:

The more troublesome history for the Redskins is how they have struggled against the lowly Lions in Detroit lately. After beating Detroit 18 straight times from 1968-97, Washington is just 4-3 since. Of course, the most egregious defeat came in Week 3 last year as the Lions ended a 19-game losing streak by beating the Redskins 19-14. But Zorn’s 2008 team needed a punt return touchdown by Santana Moss to get past the winless Lions 25-17. And Gibbs’ guys needed a touchdown by Walt Harris on a blocked punt to win 17-10 at Ford Field in 2004.

There’s even more of that kind of excitement in the article. I don’t know if a few black T-shirts can help with any of that, but they certainly can’t hurt.

After the jump, a few more links and things to read. Read more »

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Sonny Jurgensen Sees 'Lombardi'

Posted by Matt Terl on October 29, 2010 – 2:57 pm

On Bruce Allen’s birthday, he went to see the new Broadway play LOMBARDI along with a group that included Daniel Snyder, Sam Huff, and Sonny Jurgensen. When I asked Allen about the evening, he said that he loved the show but recommended that I talk to Jurgensen if I wanted more details.

Which makes sense, I suppose. It’s not everyone on the planet who can say they saw a Broadway show about the guy they posed with for a Sports Illustrated cover — an observation that Jurgensen himself was quick to make. “It was very special for me to see a play where you actually knew the person,” Jurgensen told me today. “You knew him. You had played for him. That was very unusual — I don’t think very many people get have that experience.”

And that makes Jurgensen’s favorable review of the performances carry even more weight. “Dan Lauria was very good” as Lombardi, Jurgensen said. “Judith Light as Marie Lombardi was outstanding.”

Jurgensen has actually been at least tangentially involved with the production for awhile now. Read more »

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A Few More Honors For DeAngelo Hall

Posted by Matt Terl on October 29, 2010 – 10:27 am

Talking to the media after his four-interception day last Sunday, DeAngelo Hall said, “I had my mom, my aunt, and my two cousins in the stands. The first ball went to my mom. Second ball went to my aunt. Next thing you know, everybody had a ball.”

It was a great line, all the better because it was completely true: Judy Porta, who describes herself as “a jealous Bears fan but happy for [Hall’s] mom,” snapped the picture above of Joan Hall after the game and was kind enough to share it with us. (Actually, all of the Bears fans I encountered were generous — much like their quarterback, but vastly more polite about it.)

Since then, Hall has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, done eleven thousand interviews, and had his jersey shipped off to the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in Canton, Ohio. And today, he got a couple more honors.

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Happy Halloween From Hail!

Posted by Matt Terl on October 29, 2010 – 8:03 am

Not much of an introduction needed to this one, as Hail! writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli is just getting into the holiday spirit. (Although I should probably also mention that this Captain Chaos T-shirt is available for purchase right here. Other than that … enjoy, and hopefully this is the start of a happy Halloween weekend.

(As always, click the first panel or the Read More link for the rest of the strip.)

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