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Anthony Armstrong's Celebrations Are Improving

Posted by Matt Terl on October 10, 2010 – 7:09 pm

When Anthony Armstrong scored his first professional touchdown, it was during a preseason game, which is the sort of detail that would cause some people to downplay the accomplishment. Armstrong is not one of those people. He had worked hard to reach that point, and he wanted to enjoy it fully.

“It’s a HUGE step,” Armstrong told me at the time. “What are you sayin’?!? I mean, you do it in OTAs, and they say, ‘Okay, you can do it in your pajamas, let’s see if you can do it with your pads on.’ You do it in training camp, it’s ‘Okay, you’re doin’ it in training camp, let’s see if you can do it against another team, some live bullets or whatnot.'”

But his celebration of that first touchdown catch was a bit of a debacle — enough of one that it required the assistance of Chris Cooley — and he was determined that wasn’t going to happen today, busting out what I’m told is a version of Dallas rapper Lil Wil’s Dougie (not, apparently, to be confused with the California Swag District’s “Teach Me How To” Dougie).

UPDATE: Here it is, via Mister Irrelevant:

Whatever the case, Armstrong has been prepared for this for awhile. Read more »

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Brandon Banks Is Growing His Skillset

Posted by Matt Terl on October 10, 2010 – 6:21 pm

Brandon Banks may be the single most electrifying player the Redskins have had in years. Even in the relatively staid environment of the press box, there’s a noticeable buzz when he heads back to return a punt; today, when he added kickoff returns to his repertoire, those generated the same kind of excitement.

In fact, Banks is exciting enough that I was shocked by how unremarkable his final stats appeared: three punt returns for 47 yards, with a long of 30, and two kickoff returns for 33 yards. This completely fails to convey how much Banks appeared to tilt the field, and how valuable some of those yards were. (It also fails to convey the 62 yards he DIDN’T get on a kickoff return that was negated by a holding penalty, which may be part of what’s skewing my memories.)

And it wasn’t just the media and fans that noticed. Read more »

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Redskins v. Packers – Fourth Quarter (And Overtime) Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 10, 2010 – 4:38 pm

Well, how about that: the whole “only behind by 10” thing actually paid off, and the Redskins win 16-13 in overtime. My one reaction before I head down to the post-game locker room: this was not a game that the 2009 squad would’ve won. Read more »

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Redskins v. Packers – Third Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 10, 2010 – 3:23 pm

It’s one thing to say that the Redskins are “only” ten points back in this 13-3 game, but the way the offense (in general) and offensive line (in particular) are playing, it feels like a two point lead would be insurmountable. Donovan McNabb has apparently only been sacked four times, but the QB hits, QB hurries, and general QB harrasment numbers must be through the roof. McNabb’s numbers are not good, no — 15-of-29 for 176 yards — but much of that is the fault of the offensive line.

Losing Jammal Brown to a knee injury sounds like it would be part of the problem, but Clay Matthews has been giving him fits all day too. Artis Hicks and Will Montgomery have been doing some small timeshare at the right guard spot, for reasons that haven’t been made quite clear, which can’t be helping things, but it basically looks like the Redskins offense is flat-out overmatched by the Packers D.

But, in the end, it’s still on a ten point game. No matter how little it looks like it. Read more »

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Redskins v. Packers – Second Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 10, 2010 – 2:32 pm

Strangely, my only reaction to that half of football is relief.

The second quarter of football felt a lot like the first — i.e., the Redskins seemed to be outplayed, did not look good, struggled, and so on and so forth. The gap between the statistics has largely closed — Packers have 227 yards, Redskins have 148 — but it certainly didn’t feel that way. What it felt like, frankly, is that the Redskins should be thankful that they’re down just 7 points at the half.

Basically, it seems like a case of doing just enough to stay alive. Donovan McNabb completed just one long pass in the first half, but it came for 52 yards to Santana Moss on a crucial third-and-18. The defense didn’t get any takeaways, but they did hold Aaron Rodgers to 3-of-11 passing for 22 yards and the Packers as a whole to 0-for-4 on third down.

If the Redskins can eliminate the penalties at critical moments — like the block in the back that negated a long kick return for Brandon Banks — and the defense can maintain that level of play, this is still (somewhat unbelievably) anyone’s game. Read more »

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Redskins v. Packers – First Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 10, 2010 – 1:44 pm

Essentially two stories in a first quarter that saw the Packers take a 7-0 lead:

Donovan McNabb Picks Up Where He Left Off
And that’s not a good thing. McNabb went 2-for-11 in the second half against the Eagles last week, and has started this game 2-for-5 for 17 yards. And that statline doesn’t fully take into account McNabb’s biggest gaffe: a fumbled snap that took the cost the Redskins 22 yards and took them out of field goal range. He’s missed seeming open receivers, and has just generally not looked good this game.

This, needless to say, is a problem.

Opportunities Gone To Waste
The aforementioned fumbled snap came on the heels of the Packers turning the ball over on their first possession of the game, a nice forced fumble by LaRon Landry with a recovery by Kareem Moore. And the defense promptly gave up a 71 yard run to Brandon Jackson, which quickly turned into a Green Bay touchdown. So the fumbled snap amounts to an 11- or 14-point swing, against a high powered offense.

Oh, and there’s this yardage stat: Packers 209, Redskins 24.

So: on the whole, not a very good first quarter. One of those ones where all you can say is, well, the score could be much worse. Read more »

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Redskins v. Packers Inactives

Posted by Matt Terl on October 10, 2010 – 11:57 am

Reason you might think this picture is from today’s game against the Packers: the Redskins are wearing their burgundy jerseys over white pants.

Way you can tell that it is, in fact, not from today’s game: Derrick Dockery is wearing one of those uniforms.

Dockery is the biggest surprise on today’s Redskins inactive list — up until the Rams game, he had been a starter for 111 straight games. In St. Louis, Kory Lichtensteiger replaced him in the starting lineup; now, just three weeks later, he’s inactive. The likely reason is that Will Montgomery offers more versatility as an interior lineman, but that doesn’t make it any less odd to see Dockery walking around in jeans and a Redskins pullover before the game.

The rest of the list includes some big names, neither of which is a huge surprise: we knew that Clinton Portis‘ injury was likely to keep him out, and the sudden death of Albert Haynesworth‘s brother understandably has the big defensive lineman spending today with his family.

Here’s the list: Read more »

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