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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.


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.


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.


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.


A case for keeping the Redskins far away from Monday Night Football

The Washington Redskins jumped out to an early lead against Philadelphia and Dallas before letting off the gas and ultimately faltering to a division rival.


They didn’t really have to worry about blowing a lead against the Chicago Bears in Week 3 because this one was over long before the Redskins ever found the endzone.

Chicago’s defense feasted on the Redskins, thanks to five Case Keenum turnovers, and cruised to a 31-15 victory that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score might suggest.

With the loss, the Redskins are now 1-9 on Monday Night Football under head coach Jay Gruden and at 0-3 on the season, hold the worst record in the NFC. 

Also worth noting: the Redskins have lost seven straight home games on Monday Night Football, which is the second-longest streak in the show’s lengthy history. 

Sadly, they also own the longest streak, having lost 10 straight home Monday Night Football games between 1998-2010. 

So yes, the Washington Redskins are officially the two worst teams at home in Monday Night Football history and are an unfathomable 1-17 in their last 18 home games on Monday Night Football.


Redskins defense remains missing in action versus Dallas

It’s nearly impossible to win games when your defense can’t play defense.

During the season opener, the Washington Redskins pressured Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on just 11 of his 41 drop-backs. And when Wentz did face pressure, it wasn’t effective. Wentz calmly completed 9 of 10 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns in those situations, taking just one sack.

In Week 2, Washington’s defense pressured Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott a mere six time out of 33 drop-backs.  Prescott responded by completing his final 18 passes and threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns.

When opposing quarterbacks have all the time in the world, they tend to pick apart defenses with relative ease. On this day, the Cowboys converted 7 of 11 third downs and, through two games, the Redskins have allowed opponents to convert 18 of 28 (64 percent).

Bigger picture, the Redskins’ defense has given up 63 points and 918 yards through two games, which is ridiculously pitiful.


Redskins start strong. Eagles finish stronger.

NFL schedule makers did the Washington Redskins a huge favor, assigning them a measuring stick matchup to kick off the 2019 season.

That’s because there’s zero pressure taking on the Philadelphia Eagles, the presumptive favorite in the NFC East, in their hostile stadium when no one outside of Redskins Park gave them much of a chance to avoid embarrassment.

And while most of the football-loving world expected a blowout, Washington refused to follow conventional wisdom. Instead, the Redskins’ offense, which features way more question marks than sure things, came out firing on all cylinders — jumping out to a 17-0 lead that stunned the Philly faithful, who could barely muster up the energy to boo their hometown team.

Unfortunately for the burgundy and gold, they were unable to hold on to their 17-point lead. Like a veteran boxer, the Eagles were able to weather the early storm and then methodically worked their way back into the contest before overpowering their opponent.

The knockout blow on this day, was delivered by wideout DeSean Jackson, who torched his former team as he returned to his other former team — with eight receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

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