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Fourth Quarter Conclusions: WASH-PITT

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 19, 2013 – 10:23 pm

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(AP Image)

Three quarters down and this defense looks like it can compete with anyone on any given Sunday–and Monday–oh and Thursday too.

Anyway, well not exactly the fireworks for a matchup that some would have expected, this defensive affair has favored the burgundy and gold. With Pat White expected to come in at some point though, that could all change in a heartbeat. The guy has a way with the theatrics.

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Third Quarter Thoughts: WASH-PITT

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 19, 2013 – 9:42 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

The first half is in the books here at FedExField. What started as a sluggish battle quickly turned into a high speed shootout–for one team. Thanks to a Leonard Hankerson touchdown reception, the offense was finally able to move the ball into Steelers territory and cross the goal line. Plays like that will truly make this offense unstoppable.

Now the question is can the team not only hold onto the early lead, but get the most out of guys fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster. Nothing would show their determination more than playing through a 13 point lead. Don’t get complacent as the coaches always say.

Anyway, after a pretty bizarre sequence that included three fumbles in five plays let’s hope that things settle down here in the third quarter.

Due to the Steelers winning the opening coin flip and electing to receive, the Redskins will get the ball first this half.

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Second Quarter Summary: WASH-PITT

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 19, 2013 – 8:48 pm

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(AP Image)

The first quarter was a tale of two teams for the Washington Redskins. On one hand, Ryan Kerrigan showed why he is one of the best linebackers in the NFL after picking off Ben Roethlisberger for his third interception for touchdown in three years. But the offense has struggled to move the ball for the little amount of time they’ve held possession. The only first down was from Leonard Hankerson.

Let’s hope they come alive in the second quarter like the did against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

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First Quarter Happenings: WASH-PITT

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 19, 2013 – 7:54 pm

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(AP Image)

After 224 days FedExField is alive again and football is back in our Nation’s Capital. Give yourself a pat on the back for making it through the last seven months. I know, it wasn’t easy.

Anyway, despite the attempt by the fans from that black and gold team from the north with their rally towels, Redskins faithful are back at the stadium ready to watch the guys build on last season’s NFC East title.

Just like I did last game, I’ll be sure to keep a keen eye on rookie defensive backs David Amerson and Bacarri Rambo. While the third in their trio (Phillip Thomas) is now sidelined, some have moved 2011 college free agent Chase Minnifield into the “need to watch” category. Minnifield, who comes from a rich football background, wowed every single fan that crossed the gates at the Bon Secours Training Center.

Anyway, here’s how the first quarter went:

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It Feels Good To Be Home At FedExField

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 19, 2013 – 7:15 pm

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(AP Image)

Well Redskins fans, the wait is almost over. In a little less than an hour, the Washington Redskins will kick off their 2013 FedExField slate with a primetime Monday Night Football affair.

It doesn’t get any better than that. Whether or not they’ll receive first is still pending.

Anyway, just like every fan in attendance and at home in front of the big screen, the players are thrilled to be back at the 85,000 seat stadium.

As the trickled into the friendly Landover confines over the past few hours, they Twitterized their approval of a home game day.

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No Seat Wiping Necessary For Tonight

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 19, 2013 – 5:02 pm

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(AP Image)

It looks like for now Mother Nature is going to pump the breaks a little on keeping the Redskins wet.

Despite fairly ominous clouds the entire day that look like they could burst into a rain storm at any second, FedExField has remained dry all day. While you’d need a machete to cut through the humidity during a normal August day, this hasn’t been your normal August. In fact, there have been only two 90 degree days in the month so far. So basically expect it to be 42 degrees during kickoff against the Eagles on September 9th.

Anyway, at last check there’s only a 10 percent chance for rain during the game, but a 100 percent chance we’ll see Redskins fans rocking the house.

Here’s a lowdown of this evening’s forecast courtesy of Weather.com:

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Steelers WR Provides Tough Early Test

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 19, 2013 – 2:25 pm

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(AP Image)

For those of you who enjoy offensive fireworks, tonight’s affair should be a joyous one for you. At the beginning of training camp, veteran wide receiver Pierre Garcon made a boisterous claim that the Redskins could be the best offense ever. Period. End of discussion. See you in the record books.

No. 88, who spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts, has been blessed with the opportunity with not one, not two, but three great quarterbacks in Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. So if there’s anyone who knows what he’s talking about its Garcon.

He and the rest of the offense will be tested against an always great Steelers defense tonight. Over the past two seasons, the Steelers secondary has given up only 178.6 yards per game through the air; easily the stingiest defensive backfield in the NFL.

While I won’t go into detail about last year’s loss to the Steelers in Week 8 for obvious reasons, tonight is the perfect measuring stick to see how much the wide receiver corps has improved, especially third-year pros Aldrick Robinson and Leonard Hankerson.

If NFL on ESPN’s individual player rankings holds true, you’ll be seeing the scoreboard change faster than the weather for those other guys too.

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Lisfranc Injury Not What It Once Was

Posted by Evan Redmon on August 19, 2013 – 1:13 pm

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(AP Image)

Call it the worst sounding injury in the NFL. Not by what it does to a player per se, but the actual name.

Lisfranc (sounds like Liz Frank).

Based on the name alone, it sounds more like a mildly painful condition that a runway model might experience. But make no mistake: a Lisfranc injury is serious business. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that it was tagged as career threatening. With new medical advances, this is no longer the case, which is great news for rookie safety Phillip Thomas.

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First Home Pit Stop On Road To 53

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 19, 2013 – 12:05 pm

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(AP Image)

Now that the Washington Redskins are completely immersed in the preseason slate, the prelude to what is hopefully another division winning season, let this serve as a reminder that the next three games do carry some significance.

While it may not mean quite as much to guys like Santana Moss, who’s now playing in his 13th preseason and really has little to prove in his current role in the slot, Pat White’s performance against the Titans epitomizes the importance for guys fighting to make it onto the 53-man roster.

White, who played with the Dolphins in 2009 and the 2010 preseason, currently sits fourth on the team’s unofficial depth chart behind Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman. After going 5-for-8 with 64 combined yards and a late touchdown scamper and subsequent two-point conversion to rookie tight end Emmanuel Ogbuhei, he’s rightfully deserved some attention from the media and fans alike.

Last week, the Redskins Blog highlighted White and Chase Minnifield (three tackles and a pass defensed) as under-the-radar players to watch, and while I don’t want to make any claims of being a good rub, I do hope the trend continues tonight.

Of the many players to keep an eye on here are two that could make some noise:

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Madden 25 Ratings For Redskins Offense

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 19, 2013 – 9:00 am

(Screenshot From EA Sports’ YouTube Account)

(Screenshot From EA Sports’ YouTube Account)

The annual Madden holiday is nearly upon us. Will you be getting the game?

I must say on a personal note that I am really stoked for this year’s version. I’ve grown up my whole life spending countless hours each year building the perfect dynasty and making it impossible for anyone to stop me on 4th and 1 (hint: use quarterback draw—it works every time). Also, I miss the old training camp drills from the Madden 04 and 05 days. Just sayin’.

Anyway, it’s always nice to know what you’re getting into before you remove the shrink wrap. As is the case in real life, debates will rage for the next few months at how players were originally ranked on Madden. I’m not afraid to say I think this offense will easily make the Redskins the most played team on the game. The read-option should be really enjoyable to use, we all know the impact mobile quarterbacks have in the series and the wideouts offer up enough variety that your opponent will have to switch out of their basic Cover 2 package.  

Anyway, here is the overall rating for each Redskin on the offensive side of the pigskin with eight days until the game hits stores:  

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