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VIDEO: Redskins-Panthers Weather Update

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 1, 2012 – 4:34 pm

Redskins fans, break out the jackets. Sunday’s going to be a chilly one.

Fortunately, however, it looks like the rain will stay away — something that hasn’t exactly been a theme here lately on the East Coast.

You’ll be looking at about 38 degrees at 10 a.m. at FedExField as the Homecoming festivities — such as the parade — start to get underway. That temperature will rise to about 45 degrees by kickoff at 1 p.m., and we’ll all be sweating by the game’s end, when temperatures are expected to approach 50 degrees.

Here’s a video with the weather update for Sunday’s Redskins-Panthers game, courtesy of AccuWeather.com and NFL.com:

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Darrell Green’s Son Gives NFL A Shot

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 15, 2012 – 2:12 pm

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For Redskins fans looking for added incentive to catch the Nov. 4 game against the Carolina Panthers, you might just be in luck.

That’s because an all-time great Redskins’ son could be suited up for the opposing team.

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In Loss, Redskins Add All-Division Honors

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 26, 2011 – 12:31 pm

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Despite playing below their expectations in a loss to the Panthers, the Redskins added members to Dan Graziano’s ESPN NFC East All-Division Team this week.

The value of the All-Division Team is to highlight individual effort–which is not as important as winning–but provides another degree of global perspective.

The Redskins were bestowed with seven of the divisions 27 possible honors.  The first-place Giants received nine, the Cowboys eight, and the Eagles three: Read more »

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Fourth Quarter Frustrations

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 23, 2011 – 5:05 pm

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Despite a bright-sunny day today, the Panthers rained on the John Beck parade as the Redskins fell short in Charlotte.

Like last week, the injury bug took it’s toll once again, with Tim Hightower, Santana Moss and London Fletcher all leaving the game with injuries.  But unlike last week, the story of the day wasn’t turnovers or lost opportunities.

This game didn’t boil down to a particular turning point, as the Redskins never led in the game.  As I’ve been saying all year, this team wins as a team and loses as a team, and today, they just didn’t have enough, as a team.

On offense: The running game was red-hot for the first two quarters, but stalled with the absence of Hightower.  Rookie receiver Niles Paul recorded his first two receptions of his career, both on acrobatic catches in the fourth quarter.  Moss, a Washington quarterback’s best friend, was lost in the first quarter to a hand injury, and did not return.  John Beck recorded the highest quarterback rating (80.8) since the first game of the season (110.5, Grossman), but a late interception deflated the comeback. Read more »

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Who is your MVR(edskin)?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 23, 2011 – 4:16 pm

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It’s been a tough afternoon so far for the Redskins, but there have been a few good performances on both sides of the ball.

It’s the 2-minute warning, and this game isn’t over yet.

If the coach had one player to pull aside after the game, who deserves that pat on the back?

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Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 23, 2011 – 3:32 pm

Imitation is said to be the greatest form of flattery.

The Panthers took their first drive of the half, the length of the field for a touchdown.  The drive was capped off by a quarterback-keeper run up the middle for a touchdown.

The Redskins responded by marching the length of the field for a–you guessed it–quarterback-keeper up the middle for a touchdown.

Redskins fans heard all week (and throughout training camp), that Beck was a mobile quarterback.  He has now proven that with back-to-back weeks with a rushing touchdown.  Trailing by 10, the Redskins really needed to put points on the board, and when the play broke down, Beck did it himself.

This was a gritty finish to the best drive of the day.  The Redskins turned to their tight ends on the drive, tallying 81 yards through the air.  Fred Davis finally got involved on offense, with two catches for 33 yards.  Logan Paulsen had a career-drive, with a pair of 24-yard catches, the longest of his career.  It is also a career-high two catches in a single game.

Not bad for a ‘blocking tight end.’

The drive did come at a price, however, as running back Tim Hightower planted on a cutback, and crumpled holding his knee.  Teammates Mike Sellers and Donte Stallworth assisted him off the field, as he seemed very uncomfortable putting weight on it.

As the quarter wound down, the Panthers had found the end zone again to extend their lead back to 10.  The Panthers are driving again, and the Redskins need a big play and a defensive hold in the fourth quarter.

Redskins trail after three, 13-23.

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Second Quarter Sequiturs

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 23, 2011 – 2:47 pm

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Whatever Adam Carriker eats before games (and we now know) is clearly working, as he has a career-high 1.5 sacks for the game, in only one half of football.  The Redskins are dialing up some tremendous pressure on Newton, and the Panthers have yet to find consistent protection.

When they keep their tight ends in to block Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins get pressure up the middle.  When they made the mistake of giving Orakpo a running start at Newton…ouch.

As a product of the pressure, the Panthers have been able to complete screen passes to the flats, but the defense has limited the damage.  The Panthers still look primarily downfield to Steve Smith and the tight ends, and the Redskins have done a good job at covering these receivers.

On offense, the running game provided the necessary shot in the arm.  Over the first four games, there has been growing consternation about sticking with the run.  So far, the Redskins have run the ball 18 times, compared to just 12 passing attempts.

That’s dedication to the run.

Hightower’s 75 first half yards are second best in the NFL so far, only to Chicago’s Matt Forte (108).

The line is protecting the quarterback and opening holes in the running game, so it’s *theoretically* only a matter of time until the opportunities present themselves.

Redskins trail in a barn-burner at the half: Washington 6, Carolina 9.

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First Quarter Impressions

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 23, 2011 – 1:48 pm

The Redskins defense didn’t really take the field until three minutes into the game, as the Panthers marched the length of the field to the doorstep of the Redskins end zone.

And then they barred the doors and raised the drawbridge.

That was textbook bend-but-don’t-break defense, and the Redskins red zone defense once again kept their opponents out of the end zone on the opening drive.  Credit linebacker London Fletcher and defensive end Stephen Bowen for the goal line stand.

We’ve all heard of batted balls, but batting a quarterback out of the air has to be even more satisfying.

No points would be the best result, but giving up three compared to seven is a good way to start.

On the ensuing offensive drive, Leonard Hankerson was on the field for the first play, a credit to the progress that he’s made since training camp.  The drive stalled at mid-field when pass protection broke down, but the Redskins already look more comfortable on both sides of the ball than they did last week.

Tim Hightower has looked better in the first quarter than he has at any point this season.   This is likely a product of a healthy Hightower and fullback Darrel Young, but he’s finding great blocks from this allegedly patchwork offensive line.  The Redskins are going to lean on the running-game-by-committee approach, but the executive members are imposing their will today.

Hightower finished the quarter with 67 yards, a career-high for the first quarter (64, against the Rams in 2009).

For those of you not able to watch the game, yes, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is “that good.”  But he is not unbeatable.  When the play breaks down, he’s able to move, and Redskins defenders will need to take better angles to him, in order to stop him.

The way to beat him is to force him to make mistakes.  Newton comes into this week leading the league in interceptions, so force him to be a quarterback and the Redskins can be more opportunistic.

Redskins are rolling, but trail in a defensive battle, 0-3.

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Your On-The-Field Pregame Pass

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 23, 2011 – 12:42 pm

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Given the predominantly “Burgundy sprinkles” on this “blue raspberry sherbet” stadium, this game might qualify as the ninth home game for the Redskins this season.

I’m hungry.

As Redskins players trotted out on the field, they were met with raucous applause and cheering.  The hometown Panthers came out under a chorus of boos.

Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson earned his first activation today, which could potentially lead to his first NFL action.  There are seven active receivers today for the Redskins, but this could be a big spot for him to excel.

Here’s video of him warming up with receivers coach Keenan McCardell, who has invested a lot of time in preparing Hankerson for this day: Read more »

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Redskins’ Twitter-iffic Pregame Thoughts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 23, 2011 – 12:29 pm

As per usual, there’s a lot of pregame excitement from the Redskins players, as they realize that this is a golden opportunity to right the ship.

And that will be my last nautical term for the week.

Here are players’ thoughts as kickoff approaches.  Each of these four players is active, and all will have a role in today’s game:

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