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Chris Wilson Twitterjacks Kareem Moore

Posted by Matt Terl on October 24, 2010 – 6:38 pm

Getting ready to go fly out of here, but I didn’t want to pass up a chance to write about the first Redskins intra-squad Twitterjacking that I can remember. Basically, it broke down like this: if you were reading Kareem Moore’s Twitter feed shortly after the team bus departed for the airport, you saw this:

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A Pretty Good Weekend For Phillip Daniels

Posted by Matt Terl on October 24, 2010 – 6:30 pm

This was a good weekend for all the Redskins, obviously. A big win in a hotly-contested game — if “hotly-contested” is an accurate descriptor for what London Fletcher called “one of the sloppiest football games I’ve ever seen” — that put them back up above .500 for the season … yeah, I’ll call that a good weekend.

But it seems safe to say that none of the Redskins had quite as good a weekend as Phillip Daniels. First of all, this win made Daniels 4-0 against his former team, which is a gratifying stat for a guy (no matter how much they try to deny it). But more importantly: Daniels, you’ll remember, was allowed to come up to Chicago a day early to watch his son DaVaris play high school football on Senior Night.

Well, it turns out that wasn’t the only game Daniels was able to attend. “I’m 4-0 with my family this weekend,” Daniels said in the locker room after today’s game, exulting as only a proud father can.

Here’s how the Daniels family success breaks down: Read more »

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Redskins Attempt To Describe DeAngelo Hall's Day

Posted by Matt Terl on October 24, 2010 – 5:38 pm

It was an undeniably big day for DeAngelo Hall — he tied an NFL record with four interceptions in a single game, and he did it in one enormous half of football. Without Hall’s picks, the Redskins literally don’t win — the four-point margin of victory came from Hall’s touchdown. Sometimes, though, these kinds of things only impress media and fans, and other players chalk it up as the way things go on the field.

This was not one of those times. Here’s what the four other cornerbacks on the Redskins roster had to say when I asked if they had ever seen a four-interception performance before:

Carlos Rogers: “Never in my life. Never in my life. It’s just unbelievable. Four picks? Some guys have four picks in the season, let alone in one game. That’s amazing.”

Kevin Barnes: “Only in a video game, but not outside of Madden. I’ve done it in a videogame before, and THAT’S still hard. To do it in a real game is unbelievable.”

(“I don’t play Madden, so I haven’t seen it,” Rogers added, later.)

Phillip Buchanon: “Not since high school. I saw a guy in high school do it, but that’s it. And I just SAW that one. I’ve never had a teammate do it. And he had all those picks in the second half, right? Now that’s different. I never saw that. To have all your picks in the second half? That’s ridiculous. I can’t even get ONE right now. Man.”

Byron Westbrook: “I’ve never seen a guy have a four picks. In college, maybe. But as a pro in person or on TV? No, never. DHall is a worker. He studies hard in the meeting rooms, studies a lot on his own at home. So him having four picks doesn’t surprise me, because he does study a lot.”

Westbrook was the only one who claimed not to be surprised. But there were plenty of other players willing to express their admiration. Read more »

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Redskins @ Bears – Fourth Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 24, 2010 – 4:10 pm

I’m heading down to the locker room to get some reactions to the most bizarre win in recent memory, but this picture of DeAngelo Hall — he of the four interceptions and one touchdown — says pretty much everything. And, hey, “bizarreness of wins” isn’t judged when it comes to tiebreakers. As of 0:00, this is just a W, regardless of how strange.

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Redskins @ Bears – Third Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 24, 2010 – 3:22 pm

Twitpic of the catch via @ChrisMottram

Well, I certainly can’t accuse the defense of not delivering exactly what I ask for. I ended my second quarter wrap-up by noting that the Redskins would probably need a defensive touchdown to have any chance of winning this game, and DeAngelo Hall obliged, a 92-yard interception return for a TD that came off Jay Cutler’s third turnover of the quarter.

In fact, if the Redskins manage to win this game, they’ll owe it almost entirely to a defense that has harassed the Bears at every turn, up to and including a remarkable, potentially-game-swinging takeaway from Cutler with the Bears offense at the Redskins half-yard line.

Which is really just a kind way of saying that the Redskins offense had yet another disappointing quarter, with Donovan McNabb throwing one interception that counted, one interception that was negated by penalty, and one fumble that he recovered himself. The interception that counted was particularly bizarre, as intended receiver Joey Galloway never turned his head, and, in fact, never even seemed aware that the pass might be coming his way.

But thanks to the attacking, opportunistic defense, the Redskins somehow lead this ugly, ugly football game 17-14. Fourth quarter may well be determined by which team makes the fewest egregious errors. Read more »

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Redskins @ Bears – Second Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 24, 2010 – 2:30 pm

This picture of Angry Mike Shanahan sums up the second quarter of this football game better than anything else I can think of. Despite starting drives at the 50-yard line twice and their own 44-yard line once, the Redskins managed just 3 points and 32 yards in the second quarter and now trail 14-10.

This is, in essence, the reverse of the Green Bay game, except that this time the Redskins are the ones letting the NFC North team hang around.

It’s also the reverse of the first quarter, in that the offense has looked anemic, the defense confused and somewhat mistake-prone — two penalties on Brian Orakpo were especially costly in the Bears final scoring drive of the half — and both sides of the ball failed to capitalize on their opportunities. In contrast, the Bears haven’t had a lot of opportunities, but they’ve made the most of them — it seems likely that the Redskins will need a matching defensive touchdown to have any hope of coming back and winning this game.

Other notes:

  • Reed Doughty has been playing free safety ahead of Kareem Moore for the entire first quarter. No reason given yet.
  • Albert Haynesworth has continued to look dominant, although whether that’s because he’s feeling comfortable in the defense or because the Bears offensive line is shaky remains to be determined.
  • Donovan McNabb has been struggling today; it seems like missing opportunities on his well-thrown passes (as Anthony Armstrong and Chris Cooley did in the first half) is especially costly given his sometimes erratic later throws.
  • Oh, and the Bears get the ball to start the second half. Terrific.

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Redskins @ Bears – First Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 24, 2010 – 1:42 pm

The score’s tied at 7 after one. Despite that, it’s not unusual at this point in a Redskins game, to look down and see that one team has already racked up a ton of yardage while the other is staying in the game mostly with defense and a prayer. What IS unusual is that this week the Redskins are the team with all the yardage.

Literally, ALL the yardage. At the end of one, they’ve got 144 yards; Chicago has minus-5. (They actually have minus-6 yards passing, but have rushed for one positive yard.)

The defense has two sacks — one one which Albert Haynesworth simply forced his man straight into Jay Cutler — and has looked like a dominant unit.

And the offense has put together their most complete quarter of the season, rushing for 33 yards and passing for 111. If it weren’t for a questionable decision by Donovan McNabb turning into seven points the other way, the Redskins would be dominating this game.

For the first time in what seems like forever, it’s actually disappointing to see that the stats not correlating with the score. Read more »

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Casey Rabach And Will Montgomery Review Some Chicago Pizza

Posted by Matt Terl on October 24, 2010 – 12:15 pm

Casey Rabach grew up in Wisconsin, with Chicago as his nearest big city, so he knows Chicago style deep dish pizza. “Very familiar with it,” Rabach says. “It’s a big hit throughout the Midwest. It’s a workingman’s pizza, not a flimsy New York style pizza — nothing against New York style pizza, but it’s not that.”

So when the team got to Chicago yesterday afternoon, Rabach and a few other Redskins players headed out — on a recommendation from former Bears quarterback Rex Grossman — to Giordano’s Famous Stuffed Pizza. What that is, for those who are unfamiliar, is a deep-dish pan lined with a buttery pizza crust, filled with cheese and inaccurately-named toppings, then sauced on top and baked. Forever. If you go to Giordano’s, be aware that a pizza takes upwards of 40 minutes to hit your table.

Anyhow, here’s their review:
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