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Griffin III Open To Slide Help From National

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 25, 2013 – 5:00 pm

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In recent years, the DC sports community has been blessed with some of the brightest talent across the board in the four major sports.

First, it was the Capitals and Russian snipper Alexander Ovechkin, then it was the Wizards who won the NBA Draft lottery in 2010 and nabbed John Wall. Next were the Nationals who got both Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper in back-to-back drafts.

Finally, and most importantly for Redskins fans, the Redskins traded up four spots in the 2012 NFL Draft and acquired Robert Griffin III.

No. 10 captivated the region last season through play that even this writer can use enough adjectives to describe how amazing it was. If there was ever a facet of his game that needs just the slightest of tinkering though, it’s sliding.

With the Redskins playing in multipurpose O. Coliseum this weekend and after his head-first slide against the Lions, Griffin III was explicitly asked at his weekly press conference if he works on sliding at practice and if he’d be opening to taking tips from one of the Nationals.

Most notably Harper.

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Division Struggle Doesn’t Change Attitude

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 25, 2013 – 3:55 pm

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If there was such thing as a normal season in the National Football League, then it’d probably include multiple NFC East teams, with winning records, jockeying for a playoff berth and a division title. We all know there is no norm for the NFL though, and each season will be as unpredictable as the last.

While the 2013 season is young, the NFC East has been anything but the strongest division—at least record-wise. Going into Sunday’s slate of action, the four teams are a combined 3-9 with the Redskins and Giants both being 0-3 for the first time in history.

The natural ebb and flow of football will naturally create memorable moments filled with euphoria that are quickly washed away with a strong undercurrent of disappointment and frustration.

With the Bye Week looming there is a realistic chance that the Redskins will enter Cowboys Stadium in Week 6 fighting for a share of the division lead.

While that might be on the minds of the media community, veterans like Pierre Garcon and Barry Cofield, who have both been down this road before, say that division watching doesn’t surpass what happens for the Redskins on game days.

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Player’s Turn: Robert Griffin III At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 25, 2013 – 3:42 pm

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If any other quarterback connected on 88 of his passes for nearly 1,000 yards in the first three games of the season, the team’s brass would be ecstatic. After all it’d perfectly fit the mold of today’s ever-changing game that favors pass-heavy attacks.

While the Washington Redskins have thoroughly enjoyed seeing Robert Griffin III’s progress in the passing game in year two, a chunk of those yards have come when the score led the offense to have no choice but resort to throwing on every down.

He ran more last week (a season-high 37 rushing yards) but due to a ‘sucky rule’, his longest run of the season finished with a turnover forced by the ground.

Griffin III opened his weekly press conference talking about turning the corner on disappointing start, working on his sliding, getting Alfred Morris more carries, moving out of the pocket with fluidity more often, advice from his father,

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Coach’s Turn: Mike Shanahan At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 25, 2013 – 3:25 pm

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan hasn’t been on the opposite sideline of the Oakland Raiders since Week 12 of the 2008 season, but he’ll thoroughly enjoy going against them once again.

Coach of the Denver Broncos for 14 years, Shanahan has beaten the Raiders 21 times. The most success he has against any team.

Now in Washington, D.C., Shanahan is cooking up a great game plan that he’s hoping will springboard the team into the Bye Week with some confidence before the next three games against the division leading Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and the Broncos—Shanahan’s first game there since leaving.

Anyway, Shanahan addressed the media this afternoon and gave updates on who practiced and who didn’t, preparing for both Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn with Pryor’s status unknown, footing adjustment when playing on a field used for baseball, the kicking game, rookie David Amerson and much more.

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Week 4 Fantasy Rankings: Sea Of Change

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 25, 2013 – 1:52 pm

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If there were ever a week for the Washington Redskins’ offense to get on track and replicate last season’s highlight play churning attack, Week 4 is it.

The Oakland Raiders defense has actually remained pretty stout through the first three weeks (these days Peyton Manning is just an exception) and rank near the middle of the league in total, passing and rush defense.

But they have yet to break an offense’s will through the air, failing to record an interception and giving up six touchdowns.

Not only could this help Robert Griffin III and Co. before heading into the Bye Week, but it will serve as pleasant point booster in fantasy football.

So without further ado, here is Week 4’s fantasy football rankings roundup:

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Redskins Salute To Play 60 Social Wrap

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 25, 2013 – 12:40 pm

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[Editor’s Note: One of the biggest misunderstandings of the NFL calendar is the Tuesday off day. Teams are required to give players one day off from football activities each week, and Tuesday is the standard day (except for the Dolphins, who inexplicably chose Thursday).

On Tuesdays, there is nothing mandatory, unless it is coming in to get treatment, or whatever the case may be. It is very quiet around Redskins Park and players are permitted to do whatever they need to do in order to prepare themselves for the week ahead.

That is also the day that many players choose to devote time to the community, working closely with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation to enrich the lives of their fans. Players do not choose to do things in the community vs. going to practice or unit meetings, they choose to give back vs. anything else they might like to do on their day off.

So just keep that in mind when it comes to off day activities. Everyone wants the Redskins to get on a winning streak, but there is something admirable about spending the one day off per week giving it back to the fans that make the NFL possible.]

Yesterday, the Washington Redskins took a short beak from preparing for the Oakland Raiders to give back to a very special cause, the kickoff event for the “Salute To Service Play 60 Military Challenge.”

Here’s a recap of the social media surrounding the event, complete with @Redskins coverage, Redskins players, Cheerleaders and media. Check it out:

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Will Team Trump History With Big Score?

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 25, 2013 – 11:13 am

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Dating back to the days of Sonny Jurgensen and his perfect spiral, the Oakland Raiders have been anything but known for aerial attacks and gadget plays.

The Raiders along with a few other franchises such as the Pittsburgh Steelers embodied the smash mouth style of play well past its “prime” in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

In 12 games against one another, the Raiders have held the Redskins to 21 points or less seven times.

Can the Redskins offense put the early struggles in the past this Sunday or will the Raiders put the clamps down on Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Santana Moss and Pierre Garcon?

It’s that time of the week where Redskins Blog and Redskins.com ask for your thoughts on the upcoming game. This week’s question is how many points will the Washington Redskins score against the Oakland Raiders?

Before clicking on your choice, you’ll want to check out these notes starting with Morris vs. the Raiders defense:

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Series History: Redskins-Raiders

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 25, 2013 – 9:30 am

[Santana Moss runs past Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt during the fourth quarter of the Redskins 34-20 victory in 2009 (AP Image)]

[Santana Moss runs past Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt during the fourth quarter of the Redskins 34-20 victory in 2009 (AP Image)]

While they may not be traditional rivals with the likes of the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants of the world, Washington Redskins-Oakland Raiders matchups always packs quite a punch.

Including postseason play, the Redskins and Raiders have played on 12 separate occasions dating back to 1970 when  the Raiders won the first meeting 34-20. This Sunday’s game will be at the O. Coliseum (4:25 kickoff). As visitors, the Redskins are 2-3, with the two wins coming in the last two meetings.

In 2009, the Redskins defeated their AFC counterparts 34-20. Heading into the fourth quarter, the burgundy and gold led 17-13, but behind two Quinton Ganther touchdown runs and Graham Gano nailing a 41-yard field goal with less than three minutes remaining, the Redskins sent the Raiders to their lockers with their ninth loss of the season and an easy victory.

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