Skins are early home dogs against Seattle


By Mark Pierce
Redskin respect? Not from Vegas, anyway. The betting line for Washington vs Seattle has been released, and Washington is a 3 point underdog to Seattle, despite the Seahawks inability to win a road playoff game in the last 30 years. Last road playoff win for the Seahawks was in 1983, over Miami. Seattle won every game at home this year, but outside the friendly confines of Century Link Stadium, they were just average, winning just 3 of 8. Seattle’s regular season record was one game better than the Redskins at 11-5. russellwilson-600x417

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Skins take NFC East Crown with 28-18 triumph over Dallas


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Playoffs, baby. Division winners. We haven’t heard those terms used in conjunction with a Washington Redskins team in too long.  They belong now, though. There were joyful tears being shed in the stands at Fed Ex last night, as Washington’s standout rookies, quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris led their team to the long awaited promised land. Even Chief Zee looked a little misty- eyed.

Morris in particular was unstoppable last night, chalking up 200 yards and three touchdown as he bulled his way down the field against would be Dallas defenders. Griffin added a rushing touchdown of his own from ten yards out.

Washington’s opportunistic defense was exactly that, coming up with three interceptions of Romo on the night.

All this leads to a wildcard playoff game at Fed Ex against Seattle at 425 on Sunday. The tailgating should be especially awesome. Hail!

 

 

 

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Saturday Skins Quote


rghugsBy Mark Pierce

Chris Cooley has played Tight End for a number of different quarterbacks during his long career as a Washington Redskin, but none have performed  anything Robert Griffin III. Here’s what the Redskins record holder for catches by a Tight End had to say about RG3 recently.

“He does so many things that incorporate an 11th player on offense that the defense has to account for,” Cooley said. “Defensive schemes have always accounted for 10, and that’s just not the case anymore. He’s changing it completely.”

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It’s Dallas week in prime time


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If there is a game that’s bigger in the NFL this week than Washington vs Dallas on SNF then name it. The NFC East crown, which the Redskins haven’t won this century, is at stake.  The football scheduling gods know a good thing when they see it, and they flexed this game into the money spot. I don’t know how I’ll get through the day on Sunday, other than to look to see if Minnesota and Chicago lose, which would get the Redskins at least a wildcard sitting at the playoff table.

No question about it, this is the most significant game in recent Redskins history. For it to be against Dallas is all the sweeter. When I saw this matchup on the schedule at the beginning of the year, I wondered whether it might ultimately mean something with RG3 here. I never could have dreamed the reality up.

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Skins grab 6 pack of wins and NFC East lead with 27-20 mastery of Eagles


WAS vs PHI gm2By Mark Pierce

A week after having to endure an injury forced benching, Robert Griffin III returned to week 16 NFL action today. Griffin’s response? Just casually lead the team to their sixth consecutive victory, a 27-20 two touchdown confidence maker over the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.

In a game which was perhaps most remarkable for the reigns placed on Griffin by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Redskins offense nonetheless appeared potent from the start of the matchup. Though the feared read option portion of the Redskins offense was not in evidence, Griffin tossed two touchdown passes on the day, one each to Josh Morgan and Santana Moss.

For the second consecutive game, the opponent’s defense appeared to focus on stopping the running of Alfred Morris, but the Redskin rookie was undaunted, galloping for 91 yards on the day.

Redskin rookie kicker Kai Forbath continued with his excellent kicking performances, setting the record on Sunday for consecutive successful field goals to begin an NFL career.

Though the Dallas Cowboys lost in overtime to New Orleans, the Redskins must still defeat the Cowboys next week in order to win the division. They could conceivably lose next week and still win a wild card berth, however they would need some help.

For this week however, they are in sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 9-6 record.

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Skins guaranteed winning season with victory over Eagles


By Mark Pierce

With a win at Lincoln Center in Philadelphia today, the Washington Redskins would boast a record of 9-6, and be assured of a winning season for the first time since their improbable playoff run in 2007.

Of note is that Tyler Polumbus, himself a replacement for Jammal Brown at RT tackle, is inactive for today’s game. Polumbus’s normal replacement would have been Jordan Black, however he is serving a four game suspension for violating the NFL performance enhancing drug policy.

 

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RG3 a game time go


32880_washington-redskins1By Mark Pierce

All signs including the magic eight ball and the revised Mayan Calendar point to Robert Griffin III playing starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins this weekend, but our ever cagey head football coach Mike Shanahan seems to feel it is necessary to cover all bets when making public statements. When asked whether Griffin would play, he said that the rookie sensation would start this Sunday’s joust against the Eagles ” unless something crazy happened”.

What would that include, coach? Like something falling from out of the sky and landing on his head, automatically instituting concussion protocols?  I guess he means Griffin’s knee, which as everyone knows, kept him out of last Sunday’s game against Cleveland.  Still, he could’ve said, yeah he’s playing. I’m quibbling, I know.

Anyway, look for RG3 to start.

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