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Who Is Your MVR(edskin)?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 16, 2011 – 4:01 pm

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Alright, Coach Couch Potato, the 2-minute warning is here.  Once again the game is up for grabs, but who is your top Redskins performer (so far)?

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Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 16, 2011 – 3:33 pm

On three separate occasions, I began writing my third quarter review, only to delete it and start over.  This quarter had more swings than a playground, and the Redskins just haven’t quite made the most of it.

As the third quarter wound down, quarterback John Beck has been seen warming up on the sidelines.  Rex Grossman hasn’t been in sync with his receivers today, but his stats shouldn’t overshadow the rest of the team’s successes.  Despite throwing four interceptions in the game, the Redskins still have an opportunity to make this competitive.

On offense:

Tight end Fred Davis has been a big part of the gameplan today, seeing more targets than anyone else, and having more receptions than the rest of the team combined.  Clearly, Davis has reliable, big-play ability.  He needed some help as a defender today, but when the ball was put where only he could catch it, he caught it.

On defense:

Safety LaRon Landry nearly single-handedly swung the momentum of the game, first sacking Vick to knock him out of the game, and then terrorizing his replacement.  DeAngelo Hall was locked on Vince Young’s eyes through that entire play that ended in an interception, but it was Landry’s pressure that forced the errant pass.  Great play by the secondary in the second half, but it hasn’t quite broken through yet.

On special teams:

Punter Sav Rocca continues to amaze with his consistency, still yet to yield a touchback, and consistently putting the ball out of reach of returner DeSean Jackson.  After playing in Philadelphia for the last five years, Rocca knows this special teams well, and has completely silenced them in the return game.  Punting may not be the essence of NFL football, but he makes it as exciting as it can be, in a good way.

Beck is in the game at the start of the fourth quarter, and the Redskins are looking for two scores.  Still trailing after three frames, Eagles 6-20.

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Second Quarter Summary

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 16, 2011 – 2:47 pm

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The first half left much to be desired, as the Redskins came out a little flat after last week’s bye.  Even though the Redskins fixed their early penalty predicament, the important numbers speak for themselves:

Time of possession: 8:22 vs. 21:38

Penalties: 6-for-55

Turnovers: -2

On top of that, the Redskins offense is missing key players with Trent Williams, Chris Cooley, and Kory Lichtensteiger–all questionable to return.  Williams was seen coming out of the tunnel at the end of the first half, returning to the sidelines.  Cooley was seen standing on the sidelines without his pads or helmet.

Fred Davis, Erik Cook and Sean Locklear have all played well in their respective absences, but this is clearly venturing outside of the ideal.

The Cook to Rex Grossman exchange has gone reasonably well, save for one high snap out of the shotgun near the Redskins goal line.  Credit Grossman for not trying to do something with nothing, and getting rid of the ball out of bounds.

Other good performances in the first half:

  • Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has consistently been in the face and eyes of Michael Vick, getting a tackle and a pass defensed.
  • Kicker Graham Gano tied a career-long with a 50-yard field goal at the end of the half for the Redskins only points.
  • After Will Allen’s interception, he weaved his way upfield and had a chance for a much bigger play, if not for the saving tackle of running back Ryan Torain.  Tim Hightower has made some huge plays in this regard previously this year, and it’s good to see Torain continue the trend.
  • Cornerback Josh Wilson has four tackles, three unassisted, saving several big plays.

There is understandable frustration in Redskins Nation right now, but there are very important reasons to stay tuned in the second half.  The halftime score is 20-3, the exact same lead that the Eagles had over the 49er’s at halftime, two weeks ago.  They went on to lose that game 23-24, unable to stop the bleeding in the second half.  The Eagles have coughed up three fourth quarter leads this season, and that will remain in the back of their minds today.

Don’t despair, Redskins fans, this one isn’t over yet.  The Redskins have been a solid second half team, and the Eagles have disappeared late.  Redskins trail at the half, 3-20.

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As Kickoff Draws Near

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 16, 2011 – 1:02 pm

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As gametime approaches, here are some last minute observations:

  • Long snapper Nick Sundberg can out-punt practice squad quarterback Jonathan Crompton, with kicks of approximately 48 and 42 yards, respectively.
  • Actual punter, Sav Rocca, was greeted warmly by his former Eagles long snapper, Jon Dorenbos.
  • The Redskins cheerleaders are rocking the white uniforms today with the pink pom-poms.

The players have officially tweeted the last word before pregame, and their focus is reverberating throughout all the Twitterverse: Read more »

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Tanya & Dan Snyder Distribute Pink Ribbon

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 16, 2011 – 12:36 pm

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and his wife Tanya, along with hundreds of Zeta Tau Alpha members, helped to distribute thousands of THINK-PINK! ribbon pins to fans coming into the stadium today:

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The ribbons are being distributed in conjunction with the team’s health and wellness partners GlaxoSmithKline and CareFirst.  The GW Mammovan, in partnership with The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, will also be on-site through the first quarter to provide educational materials and tours for interested fans.

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Sound The Feasting Horns!

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 16, 2011 – 12:17 pm

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Two weeks ago, we found out what some players eat before the game, and that returner Brandon Banks shares his pregame diet with hummingbirds and honey bees.

And the ants on my kitchen counter.

This week, we’ve looked at three more players, to find out what they eat as the clock ticks down to kickoff.

“I really don’t like eating before the games,” said cornerback Kevin Barnes.  “Unless it’s a late game, I really can’t eat.  Nerves get me, I don’t want it to come up. I drink a lot but I really don’t eat too much.”

And each of his teammates are happy with his decision.

Fullback Darrel Young has no problem with nerves, but is concerned with controlling the free radicals in his body before gametime.

“A plate of spaghetti, two pieces of chicken, a little bit of broccoli for the antioxidants,” he said.  “Drink a ton of water, about two Gatorades, nothing too crazy.”

But if the game is a late game, then things do get crazy. Read more »

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Redskins-Eagles Primer: Adrenaline Shot

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 16, 2011 – 12:00 pm

In case you needed a reason to be reminded of the last time these two teams met at FedExField, check out this video from our friends at World War Films:

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FedExField Turns A Shade Of Pink

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 16, 2011 – 11:28 am

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Disciples of the Burgundy and Gold will be able to see their home stadium accented in pink today, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Povich Press Box was set up by the Redskins public relations staff with pink namecards, player flip cards, and pregame press releases:

The security personnel are wearing a very intimidating shade of pink polos for the game, and each member of the Redskins staff is wearing pink ribbons.  The first 60,000 fans will be given the same pink ribbon pins: Read more »

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Redskins Tailgate Track: “We Good”

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 16, 2011 – 11:00 am

Local vocal artist and Redskins enthusiast Black Boo of Mambo Sauce has done it again, dropping another great track about the state of the Redskins going into this afternoon’s matchup:

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