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Chris Baker And Eli Manning Made Up

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 21, 2014 – 10:34 am

The Redskins defensive end and the Giants quarterback found common ground below the Rocky Mountains.

Chris Baker has been in Denver rooting on his childhood pal, Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. Eli Manning was of course at Sunday’s AFC Championship to support his older brother, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.

Baker rolled up on Eli Manning’s ankle in December, causing an injury that would eventually knock him out of the regular season finale in New York. On Instagram all appeared to be well between the two professionals over the weekend.

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Perry Fewell Fuels Takeaways

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 6, 2014 – 4:30 pm



Eight days ago, Perry Fewell paced the field at MetLife Stadium and called defensive plays for a Giants unit that held the Redskins to six points and zero touchdowns in the 2013 season finale.

On Monday, he interviewed to become the head coach of the team he helped stop.

In the late December game in New York, Fewell’s defense forced four Redskins turnovers.  In eight years as an NFL defensive coordinator, Fewell’s defenses have ranked in the top 5 in takeaways four times and in the top 10 for each of the past five years.

Fewell has 16 years of NFL experience but lacks a full season of head coaching under his belt.

After the Bills relieved Dick Jauron of head coaching duties in 2009, Fewell finished out the season as the interim head coach. Buffalo won three games under both head coaches that year, but Fewell had two less contests than Jauron in the lead role.

Players in Buffalo felt the impact of the change as soon as the first team meeting. Read more »

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What Went Right / Wrong: Redskins Giants

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 31, 2013 – 1:26 pm

The last game of the 2013 season was a wet and miserable 20-6 loss to the New York Giants. The Redskins defense limited an offense playing without it’s starting quarterback and top two receivers in the second half, but the offense could not score a touchdown.

Let’s take a look back at what went right and wrong at New York.


Highlight: Reed Doughty intercepts Curtis Painter in the end zone.

What went right: The captain in coverage.

-The Giants line up in a shotgun set with a running back in protection, a tight end and an H-back on the left and a wide receiver on the right.
-The Redskins show their base 3-4 alignment and initially rush four defenders.
-Three linebackers are singled up in man coverage. Rob Jackson shadows Bear Pascoe , and Perry Riley Jr. eyes Peyton Hillis before adding pressure.
-London Fletcher, in the last game of a 16-year career, covers tight end Brandon Myers.
-Barry Cofield splits a double team and pressures Painter into throwing. Read more »

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London Fletcher’s Last Game

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 29, 2013 – 10:00 pm

London Fletcher waited in the hallway and hooked his hands into the collar of his shoulder pads.

He assumed a distant expression and listened to Darryl Tapp lead a prayer for health.

Light from outside the visitors’ tunnel at MetLife stadium flooded the right side of the linebacker’s 38-year old face, pointing out the spots where gray stubble pokes through if Fletcher doesn’t shave.

Rain drops seeped through the fissures in the metal ceiling and fell next to cleats inscribed with No. 59, “Iron Man,” and “256.” After the Giants beat the Redskins, Fletcher would sign each cleat and entrust them to teammates.

Brian Orakpo had one packed in his overnight bag. DeAngelo Hall made plans to showcase one above the bar in his home.

Linebackers trickled into the group wearing gold pants and white jerseys. The praying stopped, and the captain began his performance. Read more »

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What Went Right And What Went Awry: Redskins Giants

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 2, 2013 – 12:36 pm

The Redskins were eliminated from playoff contention in a 24-17 loss to the Giants on Sunday night composed of a hot start, a second-half collapse and a controversial spot at FedExField .

Through most of the first half, the Redskins dictated the game. Let’s take a look at what went right on a few big plays and what went awry for Washington.

Highlight: Alfred Morris plunges into the end zone from one yard out to score the Redskins’ first opening drive touchdown of the season.

What went right: In football parlance, this is called putting a hat on a hat. Washington lines up in a power running formation with an extra tackle, a tight end, an H-back and a fullback. Right guard Chris Chester pulls to his left, and the left side of the line blocks down right to compensate. Trent Williams moves Cullen Jenkins out of position. Logan Paulsen occupies Mathias Kiwanuka, and Chester comes across the line to chip in. Tom Compton gets to the next level, taking out linebacker Jon Beason. Morris cuts into the gap created by Williams,  Chester and Paulsen and dives across the goal line. Read more »

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First Quarter Happenings: #NYGvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 1, 2013 – 8:14 pm



The Redskins need to force the worst out of this guy.

(.gif via International Business Times)

Heading into Sunday, only one man had thrown more interceptions than Eli Manning in 2013, and he was benched in favor of an undrafted rookie with a famous last name. The Jets sat down Geno Smith (18 interceptions prior to Sunday) and trotted out Matt Simms in a loss to the Dolphins. I can’t imagine a scenario in which Tom Coughlin pulls Manning (17 picks) against the Redskins.  Read more »

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Weather: Frosty Forecast At FedExField

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 1, 2013 – 7:00 pm



New York City is a cold, cold place.

I’m talking literally. I’m not referring to the struggle to make it as a starving artist or denim blogger. The Giants shouldn’t be fazed by it, but cold temperatures will prevail at FedExField tonight.

Check out the full forecast below.

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Redskins Vs. Giants: Experts Pick ‘Em

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 1, 2013 – 4:37 pm

This one could be a tortoise race.

Nobody’s exceptionally fast (or good at football), but somebody has to win. New York has one more win than Washington, but the teams have not met in 2013. They square off twice in the final five weeks of the season. At least one expert thinks the Redskins are better than the Giants.

Over at NFL.com, Elliot Harrison acknowledges the Redskins slump, but thinks the Giants are just a little bit worse.

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Week 13 Infographic: Redskins Giants

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 1, 2013 – 11:56 am


Residing at the bottom of the NFC East, the Giants and the Redskins have suffered similarly disappointing seasons thus far. The Giants started their season 0-6, while the Redskins have suffered two separate three-game losing streaks.

To see just how similar the teams are and get all the information you need leading into Sunday Night Football, read the infographic below. Read more »

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Gallery: Redskins Giants History

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 30, 2013 – 2:31 pm



We’ve got 83 years worth of images from this rivalry. Have a look at five of my favorites before diving into the entire gallery below.

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