Redskins Getting The Edge By NFL Experts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 1, 2011 – 5:25 pm

The Redskins-Rams clash tomorrow at 1 p.m., and the parade of NFL media predictions have already begun.  Here’s what the talking heads are saying about the matchup:

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“Rex Grossman vs. St. Louis’ secondary” was listed as one of the Five ‘Eye in the Sky’ matchups for Week 4:

Torrey Smith reminded everyone why he was projected to be a first-round pick last April (picked in the second by the Ravens) against the Rams, grabbing his first five balls for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

This week, we’ll see how serious the Rams’ secondary issues are against the Redskins.

Washington’s offense still revolves around the running game, but QB Rex Grossman is still averaging career-highs in passing yards per game (282), yards per attempt (7.4) and completion percentage (59.6) through three games this season. While Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong commonly run intermediate routes to move the chains, they both have the deep speed to burn the Rams.

St. Louis had played the pass relatively well until Week 3 — giving up an average of 185.5 passing yards per game in the first two weeks — but the 385 yards the Rams allowed versus the Ravens exposed some weaknesses. Their safeties didn’t rotate well and their corners lost in man-to-man situations.

But let’s see how this matchup unfolds before passing any judgment.


ESPN Analysts: Six-of-eight select the Redskins. Read more »

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Fletcher Leads Changed Team To St. Louis

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 1, 2011 – 9:30 am

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Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher has been on great teams in St. Louis.

He happens to think that the one he’s taking there this weekend, is one of them.

Always positive and motivated, Fletcher has made no bones about the fact that he didn’t like the composition of the Redskins in recent years.  Not only was it hard to play with, but it also led to unexpected losses.

“I think a lot of it was just the make-up of our football team,” he said.  “Y’know, the character–or lack of it–that we had in the past, the locker room that we had in the past.”

As the Redskins get set to take on the Rams on the road for the second time in as many years, Fletcher has a different feeling about the crowd of Burgundy and Gold players around him.

“Now it’s just a totally different vibe, different feeling, different approach to the ball game–to every ball game,” he explained.  “I think our mindset is of a totally different football team this year.  Getting some great guys in here has definitely changed the culture.”

Watch the rest of his Fletcher-isms below: Read more »

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Redskins Hold Steady In All-Division Team

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 30, 2011 – 4:24 pm

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For Week 4 of the regular season, ESPN’s NFC East blogger Dan Graziano compiled his all-division team.

It’s difficult to pick up accolades in a loss, but Redskins fans should find consolation in the fact that they didn’t lose any spots this week either.

Once again securing eight of the 27 awards, Graziano didn’t have a knee-jerk reaction to a down week for the team, basing his rankings on the overall season picture.

Here are the Redskins recognized in this week’s addition:

Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Young) 

Left guard: Kory Lichtensteiger, Redskins (Lichtensteiger)

Outside linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys; Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins (Ware, Kerrigan)

Inside linebacker: Sean Lee, Cowboys; London Fletcher, Redskins (Lee, Fletcher)

Safety: Kenny Phillips, Giants; O.J. Atogwe, Redskins (Phillips, Atogwe)

Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Rocca)

Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

It’s interesting that Darrel Young didn’t play last week (deactivated, hamstring), and still held onto his spot as the division’s top fullback.  That shows that, when healthy, he’s the undisputed top lead back.

As far as punters, Sav Rocca brings the Down Under Thunder, leading the league in precision punting inside the 20.  Distance per punt is overrated, and Rocca is giving the defense a big boost by pinning the other team back deep.

Graziano was complimentary of the Redskins line, which has held their own so far against three tough front-sevens:

No changes on the offensive line, though I took a long look at Washington center Will Montgomery and Eagles left guard Evan Mathis. The Redskins’ offensive line really is playing well, and I thought it held strong for most of the night under very difficult circumstances against Ware and his buddies in Dallas.

Graziano also mentioned cornerback Josh Wilson as a possibility, after he had a great week in Dallas.  I suspect that if safety LaRon Landry continues to return to form over the next few weeks, he’ll be a consideration for a top safety spot as well.

Lots to look forward to for Redskins fans, as long as players stay healthy and play up to their potential.

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Redskins Park On Spirit Friday

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 30, 2011 – 3:27 pm

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It is Friday, and in the NFL, that means the last business day before gameday.  It also means that everyone at Redskins Park is wearing the shirts (shown above), which say “Beat St. Louis,” and “Fight For Old DC” on the back.

Once again, intern Christopher Mudd does a tremendous job of modelling the shirt; so much so that he can have tomorrow off.

Hopefully you’re sporting something Burgundy and Gold in your at-work attire on this most casual of Fridays.

The Redskins players were greeted by the Redskins staff, once again cheering them on to victory in St. Louis.  The locker room was really buzzing after practice, and the players seem ready for the Rams:

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Week 4 Power Ranking Roundup

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 27, 2011 – 3:53 pm

What’s that in the air?  Why, it’s the gentle breeze of legitimacy blowing around Redskins Park.

Despite being dealt their first loss last night, the bottom didn’t fall out for the Redskins respect among NFL analysts, insiders and experts.  As a matter of fact, playing the Cowboys close last night gained some respect for the team, even if the numbers didn’t reflect it.

If the Redskins fell, they only fell a little, and in one curious case, they actually gained two spots. held the Redskins at No. 13, same as last week: gave the Redskins No. 13, up from 15:

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NFC East blogger for, Dan Graziano, had commentary to go along with the speed bump:

 Think what a win Monday night could have done. It would have made the Redskins 3-0 and possibly vaulted them into the top six along with undefeated surprises Buffalo and Detroit. But they couldn’t hold on, so they sink back toward the middle. Clayton’s the biggest Skins booster among the voters, as he has them 11th, while Ashley has them 18th. I might have slid them ahead of any or all of the four teams in front of them, including the Giants, whom they beat Week 1. But I can understand the lingering skepticism.

Close losses probably hurt the worst, but they show that a team is respectable and capable of winning if a few plays go the other way.  No shame in being in first place for the third consecutive week either.  If the Redskins can fix the problems that plagued them last night, then they should find themselves in the win column and further up the power rankings.

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