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Brian Orakpo Is Tired Of Being Held

Posted by Matt Terl on October 3, 2010 – 8:54 pm

Back when Brian Orakpo sealed the Redskins’ LAST heart-stopping down-to-the-final-play NFC East win, I talked to him about how his offensive lineman drawing a holding penalty on that play was just about as good as a sack, and he mostly agreed. Now it’s becoming a habit — there were at least two more penalties for guys holding Orakpo — and Orakpo’s getting a little less sanguine about the whole thing.
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LaRon Landry Inspires Fear

Posted by Matt Terl on October 3, 2010 – 8:36 pm

The picture above is from the final, miraculous play of the game — Jason Avant is going to be seeing the breast cancer awareness ribbon floating in front of his eyes for a long time — and, as you can see, LaRon Landry is involved. But possibly his most important contribution came two plays earlier, on third and 10. Kevin Kolb threw a pass deep to DeSean Jackson; one of the reasons that Jackson didn’t make the catch certainly appeared to be that he saw Landry bearing in on him like a bullet train.

I asked Landry about the play in the postgame locker room, and he laughed. “I don’t know,” he said, “you gotta go ask that guy. But it looked like he was tiptoeing, and after I passed him he ducked like he was hurt and I didn’t even really touch him.”

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Donovan McNabb Gets A Game Ball

Posted by Matt Terl on October 3, 2010 – 8:20 pm

Despite a week spent explaining how this was “just another game,” it was pretty obviously not just another game for Donovan McNabb. He didn’t have his best statistical performance 8-for-19, 125 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception — a quarterback rating of 60.2 — but he received a game ball in the locker room, for reasons that are pretty readily apparent.

And Fox Sports had their cameras there, to capture the fact that, hey, maybe this wasn’t just another game after all.

The transcription of McNabb’s speech, after the jump: Read more »

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Redskins @ Eagles – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on October 3, 2010 – 7:20 pm

My one thought: if all the NFC East games are going to be like that, I don’t know that I’m going to survive them. Rough win, but a HUGE one. And the Redskins are 2-0 in the division a year after going 0-6.

Because I drove up to cover that charity event, I’m able to go down and do some postgame interviews at a road game. Back in a bit with more. Read more »

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Redskins @ Eagles – Third Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 3, 2010 – 6:32 pm

That third quarter was, frankly, not a particularly good one for the Redskins offense. Donovan McNabb didn’t complete a single pass to anyone wearing a burgundy jersey, although he did throw one interception preceded by one near-interception. And the running game wasn’t nearly as impressive as it started out either — the third quarter added 41 rushing yards, but not when they were needed the most.

The Redskins have gotten breaks — a fumble here, a crucial Eagles penalty there — but have done nothing with them, and have just as often returned the favor — the aforementioned interception, another drive-killing penalty by Stephon Heyer. Keeping a team like the Eagles hanging around is never a good idea, but that’s what the Redskins are doing here.

And since I mentioned that the game was moving quickly, it has started taking FOREVER — things just look much less crisp and precise than they did in the first quarter. Not an entirely encouraging performance coming out of the locker room here. Read more »

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Redskins @ Eagles – Second Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 3, 2010 – 5:42 pm

The second quarter was a bit more worrisome than the first — but for a slightly counterintuitive reason: I’m not sure that the switch from Michael Vick to Kevin Kolb actually benefits the Redskins. The team has spent the entire week preparing for Vick, a lefty QB who is a constant threat to make plays on the run. Now they’re facing Kolb, who has just about the exact opposite skillset.

And the results seem to back up my concern, to a certain extent. With Vick in, the Eagles were having real trouble converting third downs and staying on the field, and they had scored no points. With Kolb in, the Eagles have converted their last few third downs and have scored six points. It’s not like Kolb came out and set the scoreboard ablaze or anything like that, but the defense was looking a little more like they did at their low points last week than they did in the first quarter.

Still, a good job to hold the Eagles — after a bizarre sequence of events that included me jinxing the entire concept of time and a 23 minute final two minutes — to a second field goal and go into the half leading by 11.

One thing that makes me happy about Kolb being in the game, though: it makes this picture I took yesterday at least marginally more relevant: Read more »

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Redskins @ Eagles – First Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 3, 2010 – 4:53 pm

If you had told me that the picture on top of the first-quarter was going to be of anyone — ANYONE ON EARTH — besides Donovan McNabb, I would’ve called you insane. That’s been the story all week, right? McNabb’s return to Philly, would he get booed, etc.?

And make no mistake, it certainly could be a picture of McNabb up there. He was given a nice ovation at introductions, then roundly booed when he came in on offense. The fans jeered when a pass to a wide-open Fred Davis went incomplete (although I thought it looked like Davis had misplayed the ball in the air), and were completely silenced when he hit Chris Cooley on a seam route for the team’s second touchdown.

But the bigger story — and MUCH bigger surprise — from the first quarter was the Redskins running game. After a strange week, Clinton Portis came out running hard, cutting quicker than he has been in some time. He finished with 4 carries for 22 yards. And Ryan Torain looked even better, lowering his shoulder to truck Quentin Mikell on a touchdown run, and displaying some real quickness.

Also looking good: the defense, Albert Haynesworth, and … everything, really. That was a strong quarter of football from the Redskins. Now the question is if they can keep it up for three more. Read more »

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Redskins Wives @ Eagles Wives – Post Game Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on October 3, 2010 – 8:52 am

It seems categorically ridiculous to say this about a charity basketball game, but I said it on Twitter yesterday and the feeling hasn’t diminished after a good night’s sleep: if the football game this afternoon has even half of the intensity and fire of the wives’ charity basketball game, it will be one heck of a show.

Also, if the finish is comparable to the Women Of Washington’s 50-38 vanquishing of the Eagles Survivors, D.C. will be a happy town indeed. But let’s get back to the intensity: much of it — and many of Washington’s points — came from Annabelle Williams (wife of Roydell) and Shaunarey Walker (significant other of Carlos Rogers). Both of them were engaged in some heated back-and-forth with the defenders guarding them; Williams got a technical foul near the end of the first half and Walker was nearly involved in an on-court brawl.

Comcast SportsNet had head coach Mike WIlliams mic’ed up for the game (yes, really), and put together a package that’s genuinely worth watching. Check it out.


There’s a lot to love about this video and the event in general, including but not limited to the following: Read more »

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