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YOU PICK: Who’s Your MVR(edskin)?

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 9, 2012 – 4:47 pm

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WAS-NO: Fourth Quarter Conclusions

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 9, 2012 – 4:45 pm

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Not many outside of those close to the Washington Redskins believed that with a rookie quarterback and a banged-up secondary, the Redskins could come into the Superdome and beat the New Orleans Saints and their high-powered offense.

It turns out that it doesn’t really matter what others believe.

The Redskins — with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III under center — opened the 2012 season with a 40-32 win over the Saints in front of 72,180 loud fans in New Orleans.

The Saints still made things interesting, getting a 33-yard pass and catch from Drew Brees to Lance Moore and a two-point conversion with 6:19 remaining in the game to narrow the Redskins’ lead to 33-25.

A three-and-out by Griffin III and the Redskins offense wasn’t much to milk enough time off the clock to hold back the Saints from a possible game-tying scenario.

The Saints began that drive on their own 27-yard line with 3:39 remaining and two timeouts at their disposal. But on the very first play of that drive, Brees overthrew his receiver (with a Redskins defender in his face), leading to an interception by safety DeJon Gomes, who returned it 49 yards to the Saints’ 3-yard line, leading to a touchdown run by rookie Alfred Morris — his second of the game.

I’ll keep this short, because I’m sure you’ll all read so much commentary about this game that you can’t keep your eyes open anymore.

But, in my mind, there’s a few main reasons why the Redskins won this game:

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WAS-NO: Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 9, 2012 – 3:40 pm

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Six plays. 77 yards. Touchdown.

That was the tale of the Washington Redskins’ first drive of the second half, which ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by rookie running back Alfred Morris — his first-career score.

And, again, it was Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III — with the help of his offensive line — who worked a little magic to get his team to paydirt.

This time, on 4th and 1 from the New Orleans’ 33-yard line, Griffin III was flushed out of the pocket and slung a ball to Aldrick Robinson, who was in single coverage in the end zone. The ball fell to the turf, but a pass interference call on the Saints moved the ball 32 yards to the 1-yard line, where Morris was able to do the rest on the next play.

The Saints, meanwhile, continued to struggle with mistakes in their season opener. On the drive following Morris’ touchdown run, they were called for holding on the first play, moving the ball to their own 10-yard line. On 3rd and 20, Drew Brees tried to throw through a tight window to wide receiver Devery Henderson, but three Redskins defenders were there to ensure that the pass was incomplete.

It was an ideal start to the second half in this raucous environment here in the Superdome, which is loud.

I mean, really, loud.

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WAS-NO: Halftime Recollections

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 9, 2012 – 2:32 pm

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Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III worked a little magic in his first quarter of action in the NFL.

He apparently had a little more up his sleeve.

On the first play of the second quarter, Griffin III looked dead in the water deep in the pocket, but he was able to squeeze out a pass to a wide-open Fred Davis 26-yards away on the sideline for the first down deep in the Saints’ territory.

A few plays later, on 3rd and 5 from the 5-yard line, Griffin III found receiver Aldrick Robinson wide open across the middle in the end zone for his second touchdown pass of the day. It was also Robinson’s first-career touchdown reception.

The Redskins’ defense, meanwhile, continued its strong play against the potent Saints offense. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall came up with a huge play on third down, sacking Saints quarterback Drew Brees and forcing the punt.

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WAS-NO: First Quarter Summations

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 9, 2012 – 1:43 pm

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Robert Griffin III came out for his first-ever drive in the National Football League with one of the loudest crowds in the league trying to do whatever it could to throw him off.

The Redskins rookie calmly responded by taking the offense 49 yards in 12 plays — taking 7:29 off the clock — in a drive that ended with a 37-yard field goal from Billy Cundiff, as Washington took an early 3-0 lead against the hometown New Orleans Saints Sunday at the Superdome.
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: ‘Skins Take The Field

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 9, 2012 – 12:36 pm

You want intensity?

How about a loud roar from Roy Helu Jr.?

How about a passionate pre-game speech from London Fletcher?

It’s all below: watch as the Redskins take the field for their 2012 season opener against the New Orleans Saints today at the Superdome in Louisiana:

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YOU PICK: Who Shines Vs. The Saints?

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 9, 2012 – 9:17 am

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I think I already know who’s going to win this poll. But I’ll ask anyway.

The Redskins open up the 2012 season today on the road against the New Orleans Saints. The game is the official debut of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, the second-overall pick in April’s NFL Draft.

Will Griffin III step up and have a solid debut? Or will someone else carry the workload for the rookie in his first game?

Well, you get the chance to pull out the crystal ball and make your predictions right now.

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YOU PICK: Who Starts at RB Today?

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 9, 2012 – 9:00 am

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Good morning, Redskins fans! I think we can all agree that we’ve been waiting to say this for a long, long time now: it’s finally Opening Day, 2012.

The Redskins open up the 2012 slate on the road today as they face off against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Louisiana. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET; noon CT.

There’s lots of sure-bets when looking at today’s game from the Redskins side of things. First off, a rookie — Robert Griffin III — is going to start at quarterback. Secondly, the defensive front seven is back from last season and is looking to lead the team to new heights this year.

But what seems to be on the minds of several people the last couple weeks is: who’s going to start at running back for the Redskins? Will it be one of the second-year guys like Evan Royster or Roy Helu Jr.? Or will the rookie, Alfred Morris, get the starting nod?

Luckily for you, the Redskins Blog is allowing you to step into head coach Mike Shanahan’s shoes this morning and pick which running back you’d start today against the Saints:

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