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Where are we? The Redskins after nine games


Where are we? The Redskins after nine games

Here is how the Redskins stand after nine games:

Record: 3-6
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 3-4
Home: 1-3
Away: 2-3

Opposition cumulative record: 44-38-1
Cumulative of teams beaten: 15-13
Cumulative of teams lost to: 29-25-1
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 29-35

Offensive MVP (season to date) We will see if the Panthers and Steelers have found the key to stopping Robert Griffin III or whether a combination of a lot of dropped passes (vs. Pittsburgh) and being a little bit off in his accuracy (vs. Carolina) have contributed more to him coming back to earth. Still, he has been the man on offense all year and the main reason that they have a chance to win week after week.

Defensive MVP: I am going to have to leave this one vacant this week. Even though the defense was better against the Panthers—if you allow only 21 points your team should at least be competitive in the game—the unit’s record speaks for itself. While there have been some good individual performances in individual games, nobody has distinguished himself week in and week out.

Top three storylines:

Playoffs start now: If the Redskins want to make the postseason and avoid going into true “evaluation” mode, they can’t afford to lose another game. Running the table would be a very tall task when you consider the fact that they haven’t won more than two games in a row since 2008. But they are taking it one game at a time and they will see what they can do starting Sunday.

Kicking them while they’re down: The Eagles were in turmoil going into both of the games against Washington last year and both times the Redskins let them off the hook. But maybe those Eagles teams weren’t as bad as their record indicated. This time they aren’t facing Michael Vick and the Eagles have been outscored by 65 points this year, the worst scoring margin in the league. If the Redskins don’t win this one you have to wonder if they can ever be competitive in the division.

Rookie QB blues: The Redskins have lost their last eight games against rookie quarterbacks, a skid that goes back to 2006. They need to stop that streak this Sunday.

Next three games

Sunday vs. Eagles (3-6, tied for 3rd in NFC East)—The loser of this game has the NFC East basement all to itself.

Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving) @ Cowboys (4-5, second in NFC East)—The Redskins face a quick turnaround to face a team that may be putting it together at just the right time. Or, maybe the Cowboys are just setting up their fans for the crash and disappointment that seems to come every year.

Dec. 3 (Monday night) vs. Giants (6-4, first in NFC East)—The defending champs have been very beatable lately and they face a tough schedule down the stretch.

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A tribute to a fallen hero: CSNMA's top ten Vines of all time

A tribute to a fallen hero: CSNMA's top ten Vines of all time

There are 14,400 six-second increments in every day, which means a single six-second increment is usually not all that important. That all changed in January 2013, however, when Vine launched and turned any six second window into a place of endless possibilities. 

Sadly, on Thursday, Twitter announced that it was going to discontinue Vine, and the app was going to fade away in the near future. Vine's website will be kept online, but that shouldn't be taken as any sort of good news; once the app goes away, so, too, does the chance to create new material.

As our form of tribute to what's become a social media staple, here are the 10 best Vines CSNMA has captured in the past few years. Feel free to play this song as you begin watching to truly enhance the somber mood. 

10) If every state had an official Vine, like they do flags and mottos and birds, this would be Pennsylvania's state Vine:

9) When you have a goal, you have to give 110 percent to accomplish that goal. You have to fight for it, sacrifice for it and do anything to complete it. It should be all that you think about, from the second you wake up in the morning to the moment you close your eyes at night.

But, if you get tired after a few seconds, it's OK to move on:

8) Most bosses would terminate you the instant you gave them a purple nurple. Jay Gruden isn't most bosses.

7) Vine became really relevant about four years ago and lived a bright and intense life, but it looks like it's going to disappear far too soon.

Sounds a lot like this former Redskins quarterback:

6) Stephen A. Smith would disagree with the inclusion of this Vine:

5) When the Running Man phenomenon swept the nation a few months ago, a lot of people did the dance really well. Then you have these two:

4) Is it too late to get Alex Ovechkin on the presidential ticket? 

3) It takes a special person to essentially turn Bryce Harper into a muscular medal rack:

2) It should be a law that anyone who wants to play hockey must first view this Vine before deciding whether to actually pursue the sport:

1) CSNMA's Vine account has roughly 65 million views. This clip, which is the living embodiment of the phrase, "Right place, right time," has 45 million of those views. Kirk Cousins is to CSNMA's Vine views what Justin Bieber is to YouTube's video views:

Farewell, old friend.


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No promise on playing, but Jordan Reed, Josh Norman traveling to London with Redskins

No promise on playing, but Jordan Reed, Josh Norman traveling to London with Redskins

LONDON - Working their way through the NFL concussion protocol, the Redskins announced Thursday that tight end Jordan Reed and cornerback Josh Norman will travel with the team to London.

Cleared to practice and cleared to play are two different things, but it's certainly a good sign that Reed and Norman can fly over the Atlantic with the team.

Arguably the team's best two players, Reed hasn't played since sustaining a concussion in the win against Baltimore, though the tight end finished that game. Norman also suffered a concussion, but it came last week against the Lions.

It's interesting that Reed's concussion forced him to miss two games, where Norman might be able to play this week without missing any games. Keep in mind Reed's extensive concussions history could be a factor. 

On the season, Reed has 33 catches for 316 yards and two touchdowns, all numbers that led the team when he was injured. Norman has one interception and one forced fumble on the season.

Both players would be big help for Washington, especially Norman. The Bengals prominently feature A.J. Green, perhaps the best receiver in the NFL. Jay Gruden made clear he'd like Norman to cover Green, and with Thursday's news, perhaps the $75 million man will do just that.

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