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YOU PICK: Who Will Lead In Rushing?

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 22, 2012 – 12:15 pm

A solid rushing attack is one of the most dangerous aspects of any offense in the National Football League.

This especially rings true this season for the Washington Redskins, who have a talented rookie quarterback that has been able to utilize the running game through their first two games to open up the passing game down the field.

In those two games, the Redskins have combined to rush for 329 yards and four touchdowns — two each from quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris.

Griffin III and Morris are half of a four-headed rushing monster that the Redskins could unleash at any time this season. Second-year running backs Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster are also very capable of picking up huge chunks of yardage on the ground at any point in the game.

That being said, it’s time to break out the crystal ball and predict the following:

Who do YOU think will lead the Redskins in rushing this season?

Here’s how you get involved:

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High School Coach Made Banks Grow Up

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 22, 2012 – 11:26 am

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Brandon Banks entered high school as a self-described “bad little kid getting into a lot of trouble.”

Then he met Nelson Smith.

Smith — Banks’ head football coach at Garner Magnet High School in North Carolina — inserted the discipline and structure his talented freshman needed to succeed, and it eventually parlayed into his unlikely NFL career with the Washington Redskins.

Smith, who entering this season had won 130 games and 10 conference championships in his 12 seasons as head coach at Garner, will be stepping down as head coach in December after accepting the athletic director job at the school.

Banks — the Redskins wide receiver and punt/kick returner — recently talked to Cary Magazine about the life lessons he learned from Smith.

“Coach Nelson definitely taught me a lot as in growing up and being a man, taking care of responsibilities, just learning things about being responsible and being on time to class and taking my work more seriously,” Banks said.

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Redskins-Bengals: Experts Pick ‘Em

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 22, 2012 – 10:40 am

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It’s finally upon us — the highly-anticipated home opener of the 2012 season for the Washington Redskins.

The Redskins (1-1) play host to the Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) at 1 p.m. tomorrow at FedExField in what many are projecting to be an all-around explosion of offense, as both teams have experienced their troubles defensively to this point.

The Redskins are coming off a frustrating 31-28 loss to the St. Louis Rams last Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome in the shadow of the Arch, a shape that was somewhat representative of Washington’s game that day. The Redskins led 21-6 with 6:19 remaining in the second quarter before being outscored 25-7 the rest of the way. Washington also lost two defensive starters to injury for the season in the game: defensive end Adam Carriker (quad-tendon tear) and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (torn pectoral muscle).

The Bengals, meanwhile, earned win No. 1 of the season last Sunday when they defeated the Cleveland Browns 34-27 at Paul Brown Stadium near the banks of the Ohio River. Despite being outgained 439-375 in total yardage, the Bengals utilized three touchdown passes from second-year quarterback Andy Dalton — as well as a punt return for a touchdown by Adam “Pacman” Jones — to get the victory.

A roundup of various national experts’ predictions of the Redskins-Bengals matchup indicates either team has a good shot at winning the game. Some point at the injuries to Carriker and Orakpo and feel the Redskins can’t overcome those losses; others look at a struggling Bengals defense and a rising rookie in Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and feel Cincinnati won’t be able to keep up.

Here’s the entire roundup of picks:

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