L.A. 30 Washington 13 (Skins 5-8)


Kimberley A. Martin on Twitter

D.J. Swearinger repeatedly said #Redskins didn’t prepare well and the outcome of the game wasn’t a shock to him. “We out here practicing blah… It’s not surprising at all to me.” https://t.co/49H3sMzZgg

The front office needs to make that a team issued hat.

PFF Top 5:

  1. Edge Ryan Kerrigan, 81.0 overall grade
  2. Edge Junior Galette, 81.0 overall grade
  3. T Trent Williams, 80.7 overall grade
  4. CB Kendall Fuller, 79.5 overall grade
  5. RB Samaje Perine, 77.6 overall grade
It was a rough game for Norman, who gave up over 100 yards into his coverage for the first time in his career.

Looking ahead to next week, Washington will half-ass their way into FedEx Field to take on Arizona.

Dallas 38, Washington 14 (Skins 5-7, 3rd NFC East)


Washington Redskins on Twitter

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden live at the podium after #WASvsDAL. https://t.co/XhNGbvz9Bx

Q:  After Crowder fumbles that [punt return], you’ve said multiple times this year ‘that’s his last one’…do you consider making a change their?

We don't have anybody to put back there right now, ok.  We just don't.  Mo Harris is in a concussion protocol, I don't have anybody else to return a punt.

Looking ahead, the Skins travel to Los Angeles with what remains of their roster.  Washington is currently tied at fifth for most players on IR with seventeen.

PFF Top 5:

  1. G Brandon Scherff, 82.8 overall grade
  2. LB Zach Vigil, 80.1 overall grade
  3. DI Stacy McGee, 79.4 overall grade
  4. T Trent Williams, 78.5 overall grade
  5. S D.J. Swearinger, 78.1 overall grade

Your Moment of Zen:

It’s Fun Again

All week it looked as if Mason Foster wouldn’t start Sunday, and an unproven bench was tasked with replacing the seven year veteran; I didn’t want to say it, but I was a little scurred.  If Pennywise had a warm body to replace Will Compton, I would’ve crawled into that sewer head first.  I thought maybe we could still get the W with enough turnovers, but the part of me that has hardened over the last 18 years was prepared for the worst.  I mean, this was prime time after all, and you know what we do in prime time…

So, even with a 21-0 lead, after a missed field goal was followed by a muffed punt in the red zone I readied myself to accept what was coming our way.  With 3:52 left in the third quarter their was more than enough time for the universe to correct itself; FedEx Field, once again half-filled with visiting fans in a prime time game, would send our offense into a silent count and I would go to bed before the clock hit triple zeroes.

Continue reading “It’s Fun Again”

They Are Who We Thought They Were

Post game press conference:

Washington Redskins on Twitter

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks to media after game vs. Rams. https://t.co/KQo2lzyhrb

Video highlights:

Washington Redskins on Twitter

The game-winning TD, the game-sealing INT & every other BIG play from #WASvsLAR ⬇️ https://t.co/0i5tcdtQB5

Cousins threw for just 156 yards and 5.8 yards per attempt, yet it was enough to overcome a Rams team who seemed to be in the process of slipping from last years 16th ranked rush defense.  Just under 6 YPA turned out to be enough thanks to an offensive line that played like the line we saw last year moreso than the line we saw last week.  When asked in the post game presser about what made the offensive staff feel like they could run it today against the Rams front 7, Gruden replied:

well, you know, we played the Rams before…we felt like we could run the ball

And run they did for 229 yards on 39 attempts for a whopping 5.9 ypc–a full yard per carry better than the 2015 game Jay was referring too, in which they plowed through a similarly undersized front to the tune of 37 carries for 182 yards.

But as with most games that involve men clanging heads for 60 minutes, stats didn’t tell the whole story: toughness helped us in the end as Norman (forced fumble) played through an AC joint sprain, and Foster overcame a separated shoulder to seal the game with an interception.

If a yawn of an off-season and 2 decades of a Danny Snyder led regime have led some fans to become complacent, today’s game may have started to turn the tide, restore the fire, and give a few reasons to root for this blue-collar squad.


PFF Top 5:

T Morgan Moses, 85.4 overall grade

DI Matt Ioannidis, 81.5 overall grade

CB Josh Norman, 78.7 overall grade

T Trent Williams, 78.2 overall grade

TE Vernon Davis, 78.2 overall grade