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Redskins @ Titans – Final Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 21, 2010 – 4:31 pm

This picture comes from one of Graham Gano’s earlier kicks, but it doesn’t matter. He celebrates them all the same way — “That’s just what I do,” he told me last December. “I’ve done it since the UFL season. It’s just my way of giving praise to God for giving me the ability to do it.” Sometimes, it seems like a little bit of overkill — like after an extra point, for example.

But when you hit a gamewinning 48 yarder in overtime after missing a potential gamewinning 47 yarder as time expires in regulation … well, then you can point and jump and do whatever you’d like, really.

And, although I don’t usually go in for this sort of thing, Gano’s story from this game has a little bit of a parallel to the Redskins season to date. Read more »

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Redskins @ Titans – Third Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on November 21, 2010 – 3:16 pm

The score increases incrementally again, and again stays tied, now at 13. And the Redskins continued to lose players at a frankly terrifying rate — Santana Moss missed some time with a hamstring (although he has since returned) and the quarter ended with Keiland Williams on the sideline and converted linebacker Darrel Young in at halfback. Which is great and all, but he was converted to fullback.

Meanwhile, the Titans lost Vince Young for a couple plays and a rookie named Rusty Smith threw what looked like a 40 yard fourth down touchdown to Randy Moss, except that Moss committed the most obvious push-off of all time and negated his own score.

So that’s what kind of game this is.

In the meantime, here are a few promising numbers for the Redskins: Williams has done solidly in relief of Portis at halfback, carrying the ball 17 times for 65 yards. Moss has five catches for 96 yards. The makeshift offensive line continues to impress. And — most importantly — the Redskins are 5-for-8 on third downs through three quarters. Read more »

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Redskins @ Titans – Second Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on November 21, 2010 – 2:27 pm

Well, the positive read to the end of the half is that the Redskins and Titans are still tied — although now at 10 instead of at 7 — despite the Redskins essentially fielding an entirely different team than they practiced with this week.

As parenthetically noted in the first quarter reactions, Derrick Dockery left the game with yet another Redskins injury, and Rocky McIntosh also got himself injured in the second. There are now — depending on how you count — something like eight starters missing from the Redskins roster. But the replacements are continuing to perform well; Keiland Williams is once again the only healthy tailback, and he’s once again doing a solid job of it. The reshuffled offensive line is doing well. The defense is stifling the Titans (with an assist to Vince Young, who got booed toward the end of the half and waved at the fans as if to encourage them to bring it on).

My only complaint, actually, is with Donovan McNabb, who threw a seriously ill-advised interception inside of two minutes. Chris Cooley was open for a short gain, but McNabb tried to force the ball in to Joey Galloway (who does have two catches today, somewhat surprisingly) and had it picked off. It was exactly the sort of mistake you’d hope that you’d avoid by having a veteran like McNabb at QB. The Redskins got away from that one thanks (again) to their defense and Vince Young, but McNabb has to avoid that kind of decision for the depleted Redskins to continue to hang with the Titans. Read more »

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Redskins @ Titans – First Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on November 21, 2010 – 1:45 pm

The story on the first quarter is injuries, although maybe I should be fair and say that the story is injuries and the Redskins managing to cope in spite of them.

Here’s the laundry list for the first quarter.

  • Chad Simpson went down in pregame warmups with a foot injury.
  • Anderson Russell and Lorenzo Alexander were both injured on Tennessee’s punt return for a touchdown.
  • Clinton Portis left the game with a groin injury.
  • Casey Rabach went down with a knee injury.

After all of that, Kory Lichtensteiger shifted to right guard, WIll Montgomery shifted to center, and Derrick Dockery came in to play at left guard (and — if I’m being honest — has managed to get himself injured as well while I was writing this update). Still: the score is tied at 7 after one. The Redskins have racked up 63 rushing yards, 85 passing yards, and even converted on 2-of-4 third downs in the first quarter, a constant problem area this season.

So … you know, knock on wood, because the on the field results weren’t nearly as bad as the off-the-field losses would’ve implied. Read more »

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Redskins @ Titans – Inactives

Posted by Matt Terl on November 21, 2010 – 12:00 pm

Usually the big deal at the announcement of pregame inactives is any surprise names on that list; today most of the big-name inactives had been reported in advance. But there were still plenty of surprises in the lineup changes. Undrafted rookie free agent Anderson Russell is expected to start at safety in place of LaRon Landry. Will Montgomery will start in place of Artis Hicks. Clinton Portis is nominally starting in place of Ryan Torain, although … well, he’s Clinton Portis. And Phillip Buchanon is starting in place of Carlos Rogers.

MOST importantly, though, the team is wearing the gold pants with white jerseys and the normal burgundy helmet for the first time ever, and it looks awesome:

Here’s the full list of Redskins inactives.

QB John Beck
CB Carlos Rogers
S LaRon Landry
RB Ryan Torain
LB Perry Riley
OL Artis Hicks
DL Anthony Bryant
DL Jarmon Jarmon

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