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18Nov

Redskins offense finally scores a touchdown. Redskins defense gets blown out by mediocre Jets.

The New York Jets aren’t actually any good this season. In fact, a case can be made pretty easily that they’re hot garbage.

Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell interim coach Bill Callahan and the Washington Redskins, who trailed the Jets by 31 points before scoring a few meaningless touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make the game appear closer than it actually was.

Sam Darnold, who was mocked earlier this season for saying he saw ghosts while mic’d up during a game, threw for 293 yards and a career-high four touchdowns as New York feasted on the Redskins’ nonexistent defense. Seriously, did no one in Ashburn realize the Jets came into this game with the NFL’s worst offense?

Washington’s best play of the day didn’t technically happen, which seems perfectly fitting. Rookie Dwayne Haskins rolled out and completed a beautiful 67-yard bomb to rookie wideout Terry McLaurin … only to have it called back because of a holding penalty on guard Brandon Scherff.

Silver lining: after 16 pitiful quarters without an offensive touchdown, the Redskins finally — and mercifully — found the endzone when running back Derrius Guice caught a pass and took it 45 yards for a consolation score in the fourth quarter.

25Oct

Vikings pillage Redskins in routine victory over hapless opponent

Thursday Night Football is almost always trash. The games are usually bad matchups littered with sloppy play because of the short week. That said, this particular affair had been circled on the calendar as soon as the schedule came out.

Thanks to numerous interesting and exciting subplots, fans of both franchises were excited and hopefully heading into this midweek battle.

You had Kirk Cousins in a revenge match with the Washington Redskins franchise that drafted him, but never really learned how to properly pronounce his first name.

Case Keenum returned to Minnesota to take on the Vikings, who he nearly guided to a Super Bowl birth … and was then promptly replaced by Cousins. And Adrian Peterson returned to the city where he began his stellar Hall of Fame career.

And yet, this was a complete snoozefest. The Vikings won without really having to break a sweat and the trio of Cousins, Keenum and Peterson all had fairly quiet evenings.

In fact, Keenum left the game early due to injury, and even his replacement — rookie Dwayne Haskins — failed to impress during this primetime bout. Regardless of who plays at quarterback for the team, the Redskins have now gone nine-consecutive quarters without scoring a touchdown. Which is less than ideal.

21Oct

Mother Nature, 49ers cruise to easy win over Redskins

Before the season began, the Washington Redskins had grand plans for Week 7.

The entire weekend was coined a “Fantennial Weekend,” as the organization acknowledged the National Football League’s 100th season with a series of fan-friendly events. That was also when the team’s annual homecoming game was set to take place, as some of the biggest names in franchise history stop by the stadium to remind ‘Skins fans of the good old days.

That’s also when the franchise planned to recognize former standout tackle Chris Samuels by adding his name to the Ring of Honor at FedEx Field during a halftime ceremony. With any luck, the entire ordeal would be a nonstop party for anyone and everyone wearing burgundy and gold. Or so they hoped.

Instead, the San Francisco 49ers (the NFC’s top team) and Mother Nature (who remains undefeated) had other ideas and any cause for celebration was quickly thwarted as the visiting team and the monsoon they rode in on left town with a couple of quick and easy wins.

14Oct

Moveable object battles stoppable force to a near draw

Contrary to what the final boxscore might suggest, there were no winners when the Miami Dolphins “battled” the Washington Redskins. That’s because these franchises came into this contest widely considered the two worst teams in the National Football League this season.

While the Dolphins have been historically awful to start the 2019 season, they’re in the early stages of tearing it down and building it back up — trading away serviceable players for draft picks and otherwise stockpiling assets for the future rather than worrying about the pitiful present.

And then there are the Redskins, who are convinced they’re a bad break or two from competing for a division title, even though reality (and anyone tuning into their games on a weekly basis) screams otherwise.

The Redskins held off a late comeback attempt by Ryan Fitzpatrick and friends to emerge victorious, 17-16. But the real winner was linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, who intercepted Miami quarterback Josh Rosen, and then kindly brought the entire defense over to pose for a celebratory photo directly in front of me.

Sadly, they were just a few yards away and I only had my big 400mm lens, so the group photo ended up being more of a headshot instead. Like I said, there were no real winners on this day. But thanks for thinking of me, Shaun.

07Oct

Patriots act like Super Bowl champs. Redskins do not.

The winless Washington Redskins host the undefeated New England Patriots. And it went about as well as anyone would have predicted.

The defending Super Bowl champions allowed the rudderless Redskins to jump out to an early lead — thanks to a 65-yard touchdown run by rookie wideout Steven Sims Jr. — and then reeled off 33 straight points to dispatch of their would-be competitor. While some took solace in the Redskins becoming the first team to hold a lead over New England this season, it was definitely short-lived.

And if the Redskins were hoping for a boost from veteran quarterback Colt McCoy, starting for the first time since he broke his leg last season, it never materialized. The former Texas Longhorn threw for just 122 yards and an interception while being sacked six times against the league’s top defense.

Mercifully, head coach Jay Gruden was fired after his team fell to 0-5 on the season. He will continue to earn a paycheck for another year and a half without having to actually be held accountable for this dumpster fire, which has to come as a great relief to Gruden.

03Oct

Is it officially Dwayne Haskins time?

Roughly a month into the 2019 season, the Washington Redskins have yet to pick up a victory. Rumors run rampant about the fate of head coach Jay Gruden during a campaign that prominently features an abundance of mental mistakes, injuries and routine breakdowns in coverage.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, turnover machine Case Keenum has been so bad the last two weeks that he forced Gruden to do the one thing he was adamantly against — play rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Without the benefit of Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff, Chase Roullier, Jordan Reed, Terry McLaurin or any semblance of a running game, the Redskins turned to their first-year signal caller … and he responded about how you’d expect — throwing three interceptions while completing just 52 percent of his passes.

Now the question becomes: should the Redskins continue to play Haskins with an eye towards the future or should they keep him far, far away from the field of play until the Ohio State standout shows definitely that he’s ready for action?

Tune in to episode three of Skinscast, hosted by the Washington Redskins, as Pappas, Reffkin and Murf dive into the quarterback debate and more.

26Sep

Redskins remain stuck in neutral in 2019

Once upon a time, the Washington Redskins stood tall at 6-3 and looked poised to make a triumphant return to the postseason.

And then quarterback Alex Smith broke his leg in horrific fashion and the entire franchise has been traumatized ever since — going just 1-9 since Smith’s gruesome injury while being outscored by a whopping 102 points.

Optimists in the Redskins fanbase looked at the anemic Chicago Bears offense as an opportunity for a struggling Redskins defense to get right. Instead, the reverse happened as Mitchell Trubisky channeled his inner Aaron Rodgers in leading Chicago to a 28-0 first half lead. With that, the game was over before the Redskins even decided to start playing.

Tune in to episode two of Skinscast, hosted by the Washington Redskins, as Pappas, Reffkin and Murf breakdown the Monday night breakdown and more.

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