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D-Hall Rates Brian Orakpo’s Interception

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 21, 2013 – 3:40 pm

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Leave it to one of the best of the modern era to grade the abilities of others at intercepting pigskins.

For the third time this season, the Washington Redskins returned an interception to the house. In Week 3 cornerback DeAngelo Hall jumped Lions All-Pro Calvin Johnson’s route and picked off Matthew Stafford for a 17-yard return for a touchdown.

Then in Week 4 against the Raiders rookie David Amerson, whose decision to enter the NFL Draft was cause for all ACC quarterbacks to have a little get together and celebrate his departure from the college ranks, sniffed out a Matt Flynn pass for a 45-yard pick-six.

On Sunday, from perhaps the most unsuspecting suspect, linebacker Brian Orakpo located a wobbling ball in the air for not only his first career interception but return for touchdown as well.

Not bad for a guy who has the worst hands in the linebacking corps.

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Coach’s Turn: Mike Shanahan At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 21, 2013 – 3:23 pm

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Monday afternoon press conferences are so much better when coming after a victory.

If you haven’t heard yet or just enjoy the music to your ears that still have a little bit of burgundy paint on them, the Washington Redskins rebounded from a late touchdown given up with a Roy Helu Jr. touchdown of their own with less than a minute. Touchdown numero tres for the thrid-year running back put the Bears away for good.

Now to change gears a little.

Not to deflate the positivity bubble but rather keep everything in perspective, the Redskins still have much to be accomplished to climb out of early season disappointment. That starts with a special teams unit that’s given up a punt return for touchdown in back-to-back games.

It’s not going to get any easier against the Denver Broncos and Trindon Holliday on Sunday. Holliday makes up for his height deficiency with video game moves and a determination to stand up for all the little guys out there. Already this season he has a punt and kickoff return for a touchdown.

Oh and there’s also this guy by the name of Peyton Manning (rumor is he has a connection to that guy in New York) and the Shanahan return to The Mile-High City. I’ve overheard he did some big things there back in the day.

Anyway, Shanahan addressed the media less than 24 hours removed from the final whistle. Here’s a Twitterized summary of Shanahan’s press conference courtesy of the Redskins’ Twitter (@Redskins):

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Papa John’s Helps You Deal With Win

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 21, 2013 – 2:09 pm

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Yesterday’s roller coaster thrill ride against the Bears probably toyed with your emotions.

Papa Johns logoThe Redskins were up, then down, then up, then… well you get the picture. All that change must have been hard to take. Even after exhaling a sigh of relief when Roy Helu Jr. put Washington up for good, you might be a little discombobulated today.

You could use some comfort food, and Papa John’s is here to help with a 12 FREE TOPPINGS special for Monday only.

A day after every Redskins game, fans can order a large cheese pizza for only $9.99, plus for each touchdown the Redskins score, fans get one free topping. After a win, fans can double their free toppings. So after six Redskins touchdowns against Chicago, you get 12 free toppings.

Here are the toppings I think represent each scorer best.

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Who Wants a Free Sub?

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 21, 2013 – 12:47 pm

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The lunch hour is here and you’re still sitting at your desk, paralyzed by one question. Where do I want to eat?

How does a free sub sound? Because the Redskins scored more than 20 points in yesterday’s game against the Chicago Bears, you can have a free six-inch sub from Subway, courtesy of the restaurant and the Washington Redskins.

To participate (you need to use it at participating Subway restaurants in the greater Washington, D.C., area), click on the photo above and print out the coupon, which gets you a free six-inch sub with the purchase of a 30 oz. drink and a bag of chips.

The offer is only good the day after home games in which the Redskins score 20 or more points — so escape from the office and grab some lunch on us.


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Pierre Garcon’s ‘Hi Mom’ Mouth Guard

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 21, 2013 – 12:31 pm

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[Note: The above photo is not the mouth guard I’m talking about. Scroll down to see.]

A few months back, SportsCenter ran a segment about the trend and evolution of professional and amateur athletes saying hello to their mothers in different ways (Sadly I couldn’t find the video otherwise I’d post it here).

Some would simply give words of thanks for the woman that raised them with a simple ‘Hi mom’ while others would do a little end zone dance from childhood that only mom would understand.

Football is a game marked by physicality and aggression, so it might seem odd that they’d dedicate their play to the same woman who continually preached against similar actions. But then again in a controlled environment and an understanding of their child’s love of the game, it passes.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon like many of his teammates sported a pink mouth guard in honor of the team’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. Leaving his menacing fanged mouth guard in his spotless locker that his mother would be proud of; he used his protector for a simple yet meaning message that was captured during his riveting pregame introduction.

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What Went Right: Redskins – Bears

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 21, 2013 – 12:01 pm

Highlight: Roy Helu Jr. scores from 3 yards out to give the Redskins the final lead.

What went right: Chalk this up to the runner’s vision and to extra effort from two receivers. From the flow of the offensive linemen, you can see this was play was called to the right side. The Bears’ defense flows hard in that direction, and Helu Jr. finds a cutback lane behind Trent Williams, who washes defensive end Corey Wootton inside. Give kudos to tight end Logan Paulsen for winning a matchup with an elite defensive end, Julius Peppers. Josh Morgan makes an excellent block on safety Major Wright, and Santana Moss locks up cornerback Isaiah Frey. Helu Jr. follows the precise path he should and as a result leaps into the end zone untouched. Read more »


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Coach’s Turn: Mike Shanahan At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 21, 2013 – 11:20 am

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In victory, you never want to get too high on yourself. Having said that, you should salivate the feeling of outplaying your opponent and notching another in the win column.

And boy is there a lot to enjoy from Sunday’s victory over the Bears–the team’s first home and NFC win of the season. To me, must-win is one of those ridiculous cliches in sport as every win is a must (Robert Griffin III doesn’t trot to the huddle saying ‘Alright guys if we don’t win this one it’s no big deal’). On Sunday they needed a win to remain within striking distance of the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys (4-3) and got it in the most thrilling of fashion.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is a man who goes into every situation with a fiery passion and intense stare that would make even Chuck Norris cower in fear. But even the two-time Super Bowl winning coach couldn’t help but show some emotion from an epic four-point victory.

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Player’s Turn: Robert Griffin III At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 21, 2013 – 10:59 am

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On Sunday, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III drew raving reviews from teammates, coaches and fans alike for not only his play (running included) early on, but his demeanor during one of the most intense moments of his young career.

Down three with less than four minutes to go in the game, No. 10 and Co. started on their own 20-yard line, needing at the very least a field goal. Sorry Kai you can look away for a moment, but who wants to go for the tie?

Okay you can look again Kai.

Driving 77 yards in only 10 plays, the Redskins had first-and-goal on Chicago’s three-yard line. Confused and battered, the Bears defense zoned in on Griffin III allowing Roy Helu Jr. to cap off a career day with his third touchdown.

Connecting with Aldrick Robinson and Jordan Reed (this is turning out to be the steal of the year) for touchdowns, Griffin III nearly threw for 300 yards once again. Whether you want to consider it as him rounding back into form or simply being able to stay in games, you can just see the magic of 2012 rearing its beautiful head once again.

Anyway, Griffin III talked about the emotion of the victory—one that keeps the Redskins in the thick of an already unpredictable NFC East.

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Players Tweet Victory

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 21, 2013 – 10:30 am

If that wasn’t a tweet-worthy win, I don’t know what is.

See what Jordan Reed and more players had to say on social media below.

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VOTE: Who Was MV(Redskin) vs. Chicago?

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 21, 2013 – 9:53 am

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Brian Orakpo said he never had an interception. Never. Not in peewee, not in high school, not at the University of Texas. Against the Bears Sunday, he registered his first pick in style, plucking the ball out of the air and returning it 29 yards for the first touchdown of his life.

Was it enough to earn him Most Valuable Redskin for the week?

Roy Helu Jr. made a strong case of his own, rushing 11 times for 41 yards and three touchdowns, including the final score of a 45-41 shootout.

Jordan Reed set a Redskins rookie record for tight ends with a career-high 134 receiving yards. He registered one touchdown on nine grabs.

Cast your vote at the bottom of the Redskins homepage, and tweet your opinion below.

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