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Who Is Your MVR(edskin)?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 11:09 pm

There were top performers on every unit, but only you can decide who was the best of the best:

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Third Quarter Pontifications

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 10:34 pm

The third quarter got off to a rocky start for the Redskins, as they allowed an opening drive for a touchdown, followed by an interception on offense.

While neither of these plays are good, they must be considered in the context that the Ravens had their first-string offense and defense in the game against the Redskins second-stringers.  For a game that was as even as it was in the first half, this makes a substantial difference.

The Redskins put together a solid drive behind quarterback John Beck at the end of the quarter.  Terrence Austin had three grabs for 56 yards, including the touchdown.  Beck went 5-for-6, raising his overall numbers to 6-for-10.  The Redskins offense looks to be back in sync.

Running back Roy Helu has entered the game in place of starter Tim Hightower, and has resumed his workhorse role from last week.  On the touchdown drive, he had five rushes for 19 yards, and kept the drive from stalling several times.

Lost in the stat line for the drive, was an 11-yard fingertips grab by Leonard Hankerson on the sidelines, for a first down.  Hankerson talked about his need to be perfect after last weeke’s game, and this was a great start to his involvement in the game tonight.

Going into the fourth and final frame, the Redskins are back on top in what is turning into a shootout, 28-21.

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First Half Recap

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 9:46 pm

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The Redskins are up 21-14, with the lead and momentum going into the second half.  This has been a back-and-forth battle throughout the game, but the Redskins currently have the upper hand.

The interesting difference between the two teams is that the Redskins have been extremely physical on offense and defense, compared to the Ravens’ finesse style.

The Redskins out-rushed the Ravens in yardage, 56-to-48.  The Ravens used three backs, but the Redskins did it completely on the legs of running back Tim Hightower, who continues to silence his critics.

The Redskins starting units have now out-physical’ed two of the league’s most physical teams in the Steelers and Ravens.  They have certainly taken some bumps and bruises, but have delivered far more punishment than they have received.

If this is the preseason game that matters, then Redskins Nation should be smiling.  Good things can be said for each facet of the game. Read more »

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First Quarter Musings

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 8:49 pm

The first quarter got off to a fast–and fiesty–start.  DeAngelo Hall looks to be continuing his role as a terror in the secondary, picking off Joe Flacco and weaving his way through traffic for a touchdown.  Graham Gano nailed the extra point, and a pretty substantial fight broke out in the middle of the field that involved most of both teams.

The euphoria was short-lived, however, as rookie defensive end Jarvis Jenkins went down clutching his right knee.  It’s been announced as a sprained knee, but we’ll know more after the game.

This could potentially be the dreaded injury that any team wants to avoid in the preseason.  Jenkins is behind Adam Carriker and Stephen Bowen on the depth chart, but figures to see lots of playing time with the way he’s played so far.

Here’s hoping that this is not that injury.

Reed Doughty had a smart play late in the quarter to sniff out an end-around by speedy receiver Torrey Smith.  Dropped him for a seven-yard loss, which stalled the Ravens drive.

The Redskins switched quarterbacks from Rex Grossman to John Beck after two series on offense.  On the first play, Beck slung the ball down the sidelines for Anthony Armstrong.  This is Armstrong’s biggest involvement in the preseason thus far, and it’s good to see him get up to speed.  Two plays later, Tim “Highlight Reel” Hightower reeled off a 37-yard touchdown scamper.

He has 50 yards in the first frame.

I’m not sure which was more impressive: the fact that he maneuvered his way through a traffic snarl at the line of scrimmage, or that he put the pedal to the metal and outran safeties and corners on his way to the endzone.  Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski had the angle on Hightower to knock him out of bounds, but simply could not cut him off once Hightower got in the open field.

Keyaron Fox has three quick tackles in a start for London Fletcher, and rookie Ryan Kerrigan has added another sack to his resume.

Redskins are up with momentum, 14-0.

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 8:04 pm

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The band has taken the field and the players are descending into the tunnels for pre-game intros.

As a follow-up to the earlier poll about rivalry or not, the results were split almost exactly 50/50.  Incredible.  The separation between the two options was four votes.

I’ll be interested to see what the vote says after the game.

As we get set for kickoff, who needs to, and has, a big night tonight?

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Brian Orakpo Gets His Big TV Spot Tonight

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 7:42 pm

In the latest iteration of Washington, D.C. sports stars in Geico insurance commercials, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo will make his commercial debut tonight:

I confess that I don’t really understand the caveman shtick, but the commercial is pretty funny.  Keep an eye open for it while you’re refilling your chips and salsa.

A tip of the ol’ cap to Dan Steinberg, who was all over this one.

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Rain Descends On Warm Up

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 7:30 pm

The skies have opened up in Charm City, and the few fans that had already gone to their seats, retreated for cover.

Earthquakes this week, thunderstorms today, hurricanes in the forecast; what’s next?

Keep your eyes open for a cloud of locust.

Long snapper Nick Sundberg and Sav Rocca are wisely out practicing punts and snaps in the downpour.  Sorry baseball fans, no rain delay for the NFL.  It takes lightning for that.

The last time that the Redskins had a game called in the preseason due to a thunderstorm was in 2007 against the Ravens on August 25, 2007.  The Redskins won that game 13-7 on a Dallas Sartz (linebacker) touchdown and two Shaun Suisham field goals before the game was called early in the third quarter.  That’s the last time the Redskins beat the Ravens in the preseason or regular season.

Rain the forecast seems like a good thing.

Here are some sights and scenes from outside of the stadium before the game: Read more »

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Vince Lombardi Is In the Building

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 6:58 pm

The man who looks strikingly like former Redskins head coach Vince Lombardi is in the building for tonight’s ESPN “Monday Night Football” coverage.

That trench coat (especially in the 80 degree heat) was unmistakable from afar.

Here’s his pump-up video from before the playoffs last year.  It’s oddly fitting for tonight, given that I think “it’s ready for”the Redskins too: Read more »

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Game Time Approaches In Baltimore

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 6:36 pm

As the shadows are starting to get long in M&T Bank Stadium, both teams have taken the field to warm up.

Given the connections between the two teams (10 former Ravens on the Redskins roster tonight), there were mixed groups of players huddled all over the field.  Now that we’re 90 minutes from kickoff, those players are returning to their respective sidelines and halves of the field:
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Tim Hightower In The Land Of Opportunity

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 12:46 pm

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Redskins running back Tim Hightower has been a homerun threat so far this preseason, gaining 114 yards over the first two games, on just 16 carries.  He has also tacked on another two catches for 15 yards, showing his ability to be productive in all facets of the offense.

Tonight should be the first opportunity for extended playing time for the back, and it will be interesting to see how he carries the load.  One thing that’s certain, however, is his approach and commitment to improve.

Hightower had a phone interview earlier this week with Gregg Rosenthal of PFT Live to explain his road to Washington and how he’s embraced the opportunity.

In his first conversations with the coaching staff and front office, they told him that he would have an opportunity to start and play a lot: Read more »

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