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30Dec

Cowboys win, but lose. Redskins lose, but win.

Regardless of what the NFL schedule said, the 2019 season ended long ago for the Washington Redskins.

Sure, the Redskins technically had one final game left to play out, but all eyes in our nation’s capital were already looking past a Week 17 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

Is this the year Redskins owner Daniel Snyder finally listens to the disgruntled fanbase and fires Bruce Allen? Who will the franchise hire as the next head coach? Which of the players on the current roster will still be wearing burgundy and gold this time next year? And, most pressing to ‘Skins fans, could the Redskins secure the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft?

A loss to the Cowboys in the season finale would lock up that highly valuable asset, which is why the franchise elected not to bring a single defensive back anyone has ever heard of to Dallas.

Without Landon Collins, Quinton Dunbar, Montae Nicholson, Fabian Moreau, Troy Apke or Jimmy Moreland, the Redskins literally trotted out a secondary comprised of practice squad players and guys signed as free agents over the last week or two.

In related news, the Cowboys racked up 517 yards of total offense and cruised to an easy 47-16 victory. But while Dallas might have won the day, their efforts weren’t enough to sneak into the playoffs.

And while Washington’s backups proved no match for the Cowboys, the franchise locked up a top two pick in April, which will absolutely help whoever is in charge next season.

22Dec

Giants victory gives Redskins fans plenty of cause for celebration

The Washington Redskins and New York Giants came into their Week 16 game with a combined six wins and 22 losses, so it’s safe to say both franchises are simply playing out the schedule and hoping to move on from a disappointing 2019 as quickly as possible.

While neither team was in any danger of qualifying for the postseason, there were huge ramifications attached to this contest — with the loser placing themselves in chief position to secure the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

That’s why Redskins fans were more than okay with watching the home team put together an entertaining effort, but ultimately falling short in a 41-35 overtime loss to the Giants.

Rookie Dwayne Haskins continued his strong play — completing 12 of 15 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns before he was forced out of the game due to a high-ankle sprain. His season is likely over, but the Ohio State product has shown more than enough promise down the stretch, giving the locals reasons to feel hopeful that he can be the long term answer at the game’s most important position.

And if the Redskins fall to the Cowboys in Dallas next week, then Washington will likely have the opportunity to select another highly-touted Buckeye — pass rushing phenom Chase Young — in a few short months.

09Dec

Packers represent everything the Redskins aspire to be

The Washington Redskins, in many ways, are the polar opposite of the Green Bay Packers.

While the Packers are one of the most consistent and stable franchises in football, the Redskins — to put it kindly — are not. The Packers have made the playoffs 13 times since 2000. The Redskins advanced to the postseason just four times during the same span.

Since 1992, Packers fans have enjoyed Hall of Fame quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. In the last two seasons alone, the Redskins have started six different quarterbacks.

And while Redskins fans remain hopeful that rookie Dwayne Haskins might finally provide stability at the game’s most important position, Washington is just 3-9, while the Packers remain one of the NFC’s elite at 9-3.

While the Redskins actually managed to limit Rodgers’ effectiveness in this Week 14 matchup, they had no answers for Green Bay’s “other” Aaron — allowing running back Aaron Jones to rush for a season-high 134 yards on just 16 carries as they dropped their 10th game of the season.

02Dec

Derrius Guice destroys Shaq Thompson. Redskins win.

The Washington Redskins, who seemingly went months without scoring an offensive touchdown earlier this season, scored 29 straight points en route to an impressive victory over the Carolina Panthers.

And yet, all anyone wants to talk about is the fact that Redskins running back Derrius Guice killed a man, just to watch him bleed. Metaphorically, of course.

The LSU standout only carried the ball 10 times on Sunday, but he absolutely made the most of them — rushing for 129 yards and touchdowns. But the 37-yarder Guice broke off in the fourth quarter, which featured the annihilation of Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson, was easily the highlight of the game for the burgundy and gold.

As an added bonus, even though the Redskins won and improved to 3-9 on the season, they inexplicably improved their projected pick in the 2020 NFL Draft — moving up from fourth to third after Miami and Atlanta also emerged victorious this weekend.

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.

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