Yeah, we know you know that Robert Griffin III gets it. And we also know that you dont get tired of reading about more evidence of that fact. So here is some more on the subject.First, Mr. Irrelevant has an exclusive interview with Griffin out today. Its quality stuff, you should go check it out. But lets go towards the end of the interview when RG3 is asked if he plans on going to Nationals Park to throw out the first pitch. Here is his reply:No, I would hate to do that before I play. I would hate to do something like that before I play. Let Fletch go throw out the first pitch, Fletch has been here for a long time. Hes done the football thing for a while, hes proven. Not that Im not proven, according to most guys Im not proven, but in my own mind I am and now I just need to go out and prove it. But I would hate to throw out that first pitch and I still havent taken a snap.Now, according to CSN Washingtons Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chris Cooley has thrown out the first pitch at the ballpark, so perhaps the longest-tenured Redskin could say that the trail already has been blazed for Griffin. Otherwise, I would suggest that the Nationals get an invite out to Fletcher ASAP to clear the way for an RG3 first pitch at some point in the future.In any case, he does not seem to be caught up in his own celebrity and that is a very good sign.And its also a good sign that his teammates are willing to follow him to hell and backor, to Waco, Texas and back, anyway.Griffin told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that some of his receivers are coming to Waco, the home of Baylor University and where Griffin still has an apartment, to work out sometime between now and training camp.Griffin wouldnt say whose idea it was but its doubtful that the pass catchers who are cominghe ticked off the names of Santana Moss,Pierre Garcon, Anthony Armstrong, Aldrick Robinson, Fred Davis, and Brandon Bankslooked at a map and picked Waco as the place to go in July.Whoever did it must have had a heck of a sales pitch. If you look at the 10-day forecast there youll see that the comparison of Waco to hell is not that far off in terms of the weather. Between now and July 8, the lowest high temperature will be 95 degrees. Starting July 3, the high will be 100 or more five out of six days. I don't know that's a dry heat but that's still pretty damn hot.Griffin said that next year they might go someplace more vacation-like such as Los Angeles but for this year, its Waco.Its great that were already starting off on the right foot, Griffin said. All those guys are coming down to throw. For those guys to show that theyre willing to come to Waco, Texas to workout with me lets me know they believe in me.Everyone else is starting to believe, too.
Five wins in a row – it’s almost hard to fathom considering how dire the Redskins season looked after losing to the Dallas Cowboys in September dropped Washington to an 0-2 record. Now, after winning four straight, the ‘Skins are firmly back in the NFC playoff picture and have the chance to tack on another win Sunday in Detroit. The game is indoors at Ford Field so weather won’t be an issue, kickoff is set for 1 p.m., but all the coverage starts on Redskins Kickoff at noon on CSN. These are the storylines we will be watching most:
- Hit the gas – In wins over the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins got out to early 14-0 leads. Only the team then coughed up those leads, allowing both squads back into games that instead should have been blowouts. If Washington can build an early lead on the road will be a big advantage, but they need to continue to pile up points and not let the Lions hang around.
- Cage the Lions – Detroit’s offense is quite effective, in fact the Lions rank No. 12 in the NFL in points-per-game, three spots ahead of the Redskins. QB Matt Stafford is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes and has thrown 14 TDs through six games. The Redskins defense, however, has been nearly dominant in their last two games and hasn’t given up an offensive touchdown in the last seven quarters.
- No Reed option – Diagnosed with a concussion after the win in Baltimore, Redskins tight end Jordan Reed will miss the Lions game. He also missed the Eagles game, which saw the ‘Skins roll up nearly 500 yards of offense. Reed is a dynamic threat at tight end, but without him, veteran Vernon Davis stepped in against Philly and had two catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Losing Reed is a blow for the ‘Skins, but they should be able to continue to pile up yards and points without him.
- Statistically speaking – There is an interesting disparity looking at the Lions and Redskins offensive stats. Detroit is scoring more points than Washington, yet the Lions are gaining significantly less yards per game and yards per play. Jay Gruden’s squad ranks No. 2 in the NFL in yards per play, Detroit ranks 14th. Washington is tied for 5th in yards per game, the Lions are 18th. Obviously, Sean McVay’s offense is moving the ball better than Detroit, but red zone issues have been consistent for the Redskins. The numbers point to an explosion of touchdowns, could this be the week?
- No (big) mistakes – Last week against the Eagles, the Redskins defense stifled Carson Wentz and held Philly’s offense mostly in check. The sole reason that game was close were big plays – a pick-six touchdown by Malcolm Jenkins after intercepting a Cousins pass and a kick return touchdown. Defensively, the Redskins have significantly improved at eliminating big plays. Against Detroit, special teams and the offense must focus on not giving up big plays or turning the ball over.
Numbers & Notes:
- Opposing offenses have been able to run on the Redskins, but Detroit comes into the game with just the 26th best running attack in the NFL.
- Ryan Kerrigan will make his 87th consecutive start on Sunday – tied for third most among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has never missed a start in his career.
- Against Philadelphia, Matt Jones ran for 135 yards, a career high, and the most Redskins rush yards since Alfred Morris went for 139 against the Vikings in November 2013.
- Dustin Hopkins has made 15 field goals this season – 1st in the NFC and tied for first in the NFL.
- On punt returns, Jamison Crowder and the Redskins are averaging 18.8 yards-per-return, which ranks 1st in the NFL.
- The Redskins offense ranks 1st in the NFL with the fewest amount of 3 & Out drives.
- If Kirk Cousins passes for 300 yards on Sunday, that will mark his 15th game with 300 passing yards, and he will take second place in Redskins history for most 300-yard games, moving past Joe Theismann.
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The NFL has fined Redskins tight end Vernon Davis $12,154 for his jump shot touchdown celebration against the Eagles.
Source says Vernon Davis was fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct - the penalty for shooting the ball like a jumpshot after his TD.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) October 21, 2016
So, if you're keeping score… Shooting a J after touchdown ($12k) costs you more than shooting an arrow into the crowd ($9k).— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) October 21, 2016
The league had previously fined cornerback Josh Norman $9,115 for pantomiming shooting a bow and arrow after an interception. He said he'd try a beer drinking celebration this week.
On the day Davis was flagged excessive celebration, Jay Gruden told the media that he'd just gone over sample film of illegal celebrations with his players and didn't see anything resembling Davis' jump shot.
The Redskins have ruled Jordan Reed out again for Sunday's matchup with the Lions. Davis is expected to start in his place.
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