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‘Skins Take Over Bethesda Ruth’s Chris

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 4, 2012 – 5:00 pm

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(Photos courtesy of Megan Llewellyn)

Area Washington Redskins fans on Monday night got their second chance to head to Ruth’s Chris Steak House and chill with members of their favorite team.

The meet and greet at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Bethesda, Md., was the second of four such events planned throughout the season.

Joining the fans Monday night were defensive lineman Chris Baker, offensive lineman Adam Gettis, wide receivers Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson and defensive lineman Doug Worthington.

Two of the more husky players were also happy to enjoy a delicious dinner at the restaurant that night, as evidenced by their tweets:

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Who Exactly Is Rapper T.I. Rooting For?

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 4, 2012 – 2:40 pm

Is rapper T.I. switching allegiances and instead rooting for the Washington Redskins against his hometown Atlanta Falcons on Sunday?

The photo above certainly would give that impression.

T.I. is the most recent celebrity to dawn the Redskins cap — New Orleans Hornets forward Anthony Davis, a Chicago native, was also seen wearing the burgundy and gold on the Team U.S.A. plane (thanks to a Kevin Love tweet).

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NFL’s Offensive Rookie Of The Month Is…

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 4, 2012 – 10:59 am

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month, the league announced this morning.

He’s the first Redskins rookie to win the award since offensive tackle Chris Samuels in October, 2000. Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month last September.

Through four weeks of the 2012 regular season, it’s the most notable of Griffin III’s building list of accolades that also include NFC Offensive Player of the Week, FedExAir Player of the Week and Pepsi Max NFL Rookie of the Week (Griffin III is a candidate for Rookie of the Week again this week; those results will be released Friday). Griffin III is also already considered by some to be an early-season MVP candidate.

Through the first four games of his professional career, Griffin III has completed 86-of-124 passes (69.4 percent) for 1,070 yards with four touchdowns and a passer rating of 103.2. Last Sunday, he became one of three players in NFL history to pass for more than 1,000 yards in the first four weeks of a rookie season, joining Carolina’s Cam Newton (2011) and Miami’s Ryan Tannehill (2012). Griffin III leads all rookies in passing yardage, completion percentage and passer rating.

With 180 passing yards on Sunday, Griffin III can join Newton as only the second player in history to throw for 1,250 yards in the first five games of his rookie season.

Today’s announcement gives us a chance to reflect on one of the — if not the — best rookie debuts in Redskins history (stats courtesy of Redskins Public Relations):

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Series History: Redskins-Falcons

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 4, 2012 – 9:50 am

(Atlanta Falcons quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver gets pulled down by Washington Redskins defensive end Fred Stokes on Nov. 11, 1991, at RFK stadium. The Redskins won game 56-17 to remain undefeated on the year. [AP Photo])

The Redskins have played the Falcons on 22 occasions in the regular season and the postseason combined, beginning in 1966. The 2012 matchup is the first time the Redskins have hosted the Falcons since the 2006 season.

The Falcons have played in Atlanta since their inaugural season as an NFL franchise in 1966. The Falcons’ Georgia Dome is located about 45 miles from the team’s headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga., in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.

The Redskins won the first-ever matchup between the two teams, 33-20, on Oct. 9, 1966, in Washington, D.C. In that game, the Redskins led 20-17 at halftime before going on a 13-3 run the rest of the way to secure the victory.

Washington was led by quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, who completed 17-of-26 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Charley Taylor had three receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 58 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. The Redskins’ Brig Owens and John Reger each had interceptions for the defense.

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Griffin III Appears On ‘MVP Watch’ List

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 4, 2012 – 9:35 am

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He’s already among the select few being considered as the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year through four games of the 2012 season, but now there’s consideration for another postseason award floating Robert Griffin III’s way:

The league’s Most Valuable Player.

Griffin III this week made his first appearance on ESPN.com Mike Sando’s weekly “MVP Watch” piece, which lists Sando’s 10 most valuable players in the NFL.

Griffin III is one of two NFC East quarterbacks to make the list.

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