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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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