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Week 9 Matchup: TD Advantage D-Hall

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 30, 2013 – 10:27 am

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

Yesterday I did the Redskins Weekly Stat Ranking Update and despite the myriad of problems the Redskins face continually on Sundays is the fact that DeAngelo Hall leading the league in defensive touchdowns gained some positive traction.

In juxtaposition of great individual effort and a season marred by mistakes, Hall was blunt about preference of wins over touchdowns.

Never one to finish first in the silent game Hall told Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins, that he was speechless of what transpired in Mile High and with another disappointing finish he won’t gloss over any individual accomplishments with teammates and media alike.

“For the first time in my life I’m speechless,” Hall said.

If anyone else said that I’d just laugh in obvious denial of their claim, but with Hall–it’s believable.

But how good has Hall been this season?

Well three touchdowns it what it is—impressive. Two of those touchdowns have come against some of the league’s best in Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Broncos quarterback/NFL MVP frontrunner Peyton Manning.

The first touchdown of course was about as easy as it gets.

Even I could have scored on that one.

His three touchdowns are more than Antonio Gates (two), a living legend at his position, the Chargers go-to in the passing attack and a man who will cross paths with the defensive touchdowns leader on Sunday.

Entering the league as an undrafted college basketball player, Gates’ ascension to the starting lineup was similar to Jordan Reed’s now.  With at least seven touchdowns every year after his rookie season, Gates was voted second-team NFL-All Decade by the Hall of Fame Committee.

This season, Gates has thrived against the NFC East. The Eagles (124) and Cowboys (136) are the only two teams that Gates has crossed the century mark against.

This isn’t a slight against Gates at all and the media has already bombarded anyone with a burgundy practice jersey on in the locker this morning on everything down to the color of his shoe laces, but it isn’t very often that a cornerback can say he enters a Week 9 game against Gates with more touchdowns.

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