Grade vs. Giants: B
Comment: First-year player Kai Forbath has made folks quickly forget about the Redskins’ early season kicking struggles.
Forbath connected on field goals from 20, 43 and 45 yards. Add to that his 50-yarder against the Vikings and the 25-year-old is a perfect 4 for 4 in his young NFL career.
Forbath seems to have quickly discovered the chemistry and timing with his holder and snapper that eluded Billy Cundiff during his brief tenure in Washington.
On kickoffs Sunday, Forbath put five of six in the end zone but only two resulted in touchbacks. The Giants returned four of Forbath’s kicks for a total of 106 yards (26.5 yards per return). Thirty-two of those yards came on the opening kickoff after an offsides infraction on Chris Wilson forced the Redskins to re-kick.
A major concern entering the game was the health of punter Sav Rocca, who had injured his right knee while jogging on Thursday. It never became a factor because the Redskins went for it on fourth down three times (and converted each of them), leaving Rocca with just one opportunity to punt – a unimpressive 33-yarder in the third quarter. Good coverage, however, forced Rueben Randall to call for a fair catch.
The big story line on special teams has been Forbath’s accuracy. He may not produce touchbacks as often as Cundiff, but as long as he puts the ball between the uprights, he’s a big-time upgrade at an often undervalued position.
Something to monitor: Long snapper Nick Sundberg (broken arm) has been cleared to resume practice and will do so Wednesday. He cannot, however, suit up for a game until Week 11 per NFL rules.
The Redskins and Buccaneers are going to wrap up their preseason earlier than the other 30 teams in the NFL, thanks to some inclement weather that's heading toward Tampa Bay.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the matchup between the two NFC squads has been bumped up a day to try and avoid what looks like a lot of precipitation and winds in Florida, courtesy of Tropical Depression Nine:
Washington sent out this tweet in response to the news:
"It has become apparent that the most severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine will likely make landfall on Thursday," said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford, according to the Bucs' website. "This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff."
Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Get ready for some Hump Day Football.
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Earlier this month at training camp, Nick Sundberg complimented Dustin Hopkins' "huge vert" and admired his "great hand-eye coordination" in an effort to publicize that the Redskins kicker is as athletic as they come. Unfortunately, it appears that Sundberg forgot at least one key skill in Hopkins' repertoire: The ability to hit mammoth taters off of helpless little kids.
Check out this gem of a video that the 25-year-old tweeted out on Monday night:
That poor whippersnapper served that pitch up on a platter along with a note that said, "Please annihilate me." Hopkins obliged. That ball is probably still going.
Next time, the youngsters should skip over baseball and propose a game of hide and seek instead. And the pitcher should spearhead that proposal.
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Forget JoJo and Jordan from The Bachelorette. Don't aspire to be Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. And, as tremendous as they were, stop obsessing over Jim and Pam from The Office.
The couple that you should want to emulate, the pairing that is perfect, and the duo that is absolutely, certifiably #GOALS, is Redskins rookie T.J. Thorpe and his girlfriend Kayla Cason. And they have the footage to prove why they're everything you and your significant other should strive to be.
The now viral video, which was filmed on Friday before Washington's 21-16 victory against the Bills, captures a pregame ritual that Thorpe and Cason have participated in since their college days, according to Redskins.com. Prepare to swoon:
"For me it’s something that’s just regular, since I care about her," Thorpe told Jake Kring-Schreifels of the team's website. “For it to do what it did, I was like, 'We can’t be the only people in the world with a handshake.'"
Judging by that moment, despite what he hopes to be a long future at wideout in the NFL, in Cason, Thorpe may have already made his best catch.
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