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GameBlog vs. Jets--Final

GameBlog vs. Jets--Final


Pregame

It’s sort of like RFK now in that they seem to have settled in to a pregame routine here at FedEx Field. You get a number from the cheerleaders, then the Redskins Marching Band performs, then the player introductions (as a team, no individuals) complete with the waving flags and the infernal fireworks. After years of trying a bunch of different things, you can set your watch by it now.

No major physical changes at FedEx either. They did something with the luxury suites, the windows are gone, probably to return when the cold weather does. I can’t see the very top level from here in the press box, so perhaps Daniel Snyder put some seats on top of that wind fence up there (hey, they’re not obstructed view).

Brandon Lloyd’s gametime decision was to wear his hat with the bill facing frontward.

First Quarter

David Frost is kicking off for the Redskins. Tyler Jones did last week, which made little sense because he is unlikely to be on the team. Frost got a decent kick and made a TD-saving tackle at midfield.

A blitz and sack on Patrick Ramsey’s first snap. You think that they knew that he doesn’t react well under pass rush pressure?

As one of our contributors here dubbed him, “Frostee the Rollman” is true to his name as he gets about 15 yards of roll off of a good bounce on a punt that will go in the books as a 56-yard boomer with no return. He’ll take it any way he can get it. Three minutes in he’s the star of the game.

Nice open field tackle by Pierson Prioleau on a quick out. Give Carlos Rogers an assist as he forced the receiver back into the middle of the field, giving Prioleau the opportunity.

Another key Redskin down long enough to cause a TV timeout, but Cornelius Griffin ran off the field so it didn’t seem to be anything serious.

Kenny Wright is playing like someone who has a chance to start on opening day. He got the sack on Ramsey on the first play, made the tackle on the second play, and just did a nice job of batting away a first-down pass attempt.

Marcus Washington looked like a bull-rushing defensive tackle as he pushed back an interior lineman and got to Ramsey just as he was releasing the ball. He havoc just waiting to happen to the other team’s offense.

If you want to see a receiver going deep in this offense, look at the numbers on the field. That’s where the one that Lloyd made a good catch on last week went and that’s where Brunell’s 28-yarder to Antwaan Randle El just went. They’re staying out of the traffic in the middle of the field and not pushing Brunell’s arm strength by going to far out to the sideline.

Danny Smith is getting plenty to get annoyed with on special teams. There was the opening kickoff that nearly went all the way, a personal foul that turned a Jet 15-yard punt into a 30-yard net and a holding call on another punt that cost some 25 yards in field position after a nice return by Mike Espy.

Everyone is talking about Betts filling in should Portis miss any regaulr-season action, but Rock Cartwright will play a key role as well. Betts hasn’t shown that he can carry a 25-30 carry load, so Cartwright will have to get some significant carries to give him a rest.

Second Quarter

Just like with the flea flicker last week, the Redskins were made to pay for their aggressive nature as the Jets got a TD on a 61-yard reverse. It was well-executed by the Jets, but someone didn’t stay home.

Jason Campbell is in the game with the first-team offense. A little bit of nerves apparent as an easy toss to Cartwright was high.

More nerves as his second pass is picked off. He tried to force it in to Thrash and it ended up right in the bread basket of a Jet. A sideline lecture by Bill Lazor on what went awry there ensued. That was a rare opportunity for Campbell, being in with the starters, he needs to take advantage of those.

The Jets are pulling out all the stops here. The reverse, an onside kick, and then a fake punt, sort of, where the punter made the decision to kick the ball after it was apparent that he wouldn’t make the first down. A three-yard net punt was the result. They should save some of this for the regular season.

A couple of solid Campbell passes lead to the Redskins’ first touchdown of 2006. With a rusher in his face after a bootleg he stopped and fired to David Patten for 15 and then he went to James Thrash for 20 as he was being getting knocked down. He was operating with the Redskins’ second-team offense against the second and third string Jet defenders.

More reason for Smith to be steamed as the Jets take back a kickoff for a touchdown. Actually, he’s looking more befuddled than angry at the moment. There will be plenty of time to dish out tirades in the film room on Monday.

Sellers was the lone back on one snap and got eight yards straight up the middle. From the same formation (with Nemo Broughton lined up at wide receiver), he carried twice more for 12 and six yards. He’ll be a fantasy stud, I tell ya.

Sean Taylor’s recognition skills are improving. On a first-down pass he closed quickly and made the tackle to keep the gain to three yards. The next play was a run up the middle and he stayed back instead of flying up to make a play that was already being made by the middle of the line.

Brooks Bollinger is running for his life and making the most of it. He ran for nine to convert a third and seven, picked up 15 more with a late hit flag and then ran for 25 more. Those things happen, but you’d like to see more out of the defensive line, which is playing with a mix of starters and backups.

Third Quarter

Maybe Al Saunders won’t run the same play twice in the same month when the season starts, but he sure isn’t hesitant to call the same thing a few times in a row tonight. We had Sellers’ three blasts earlier and then the same play to Broughton three times in succession.

It looks like the Redskins coached up Mike Rumph’s tackling skills in a hurry. He made a couple of solid open-field stops, although he’s hitting a bit high. Of course, it would be nice if his coverage would improve so that he wouldn’t have to make those tackles to begin with.

The Jets are just chewing up the third quarter. They’re converting third downs and a fourth down, getting key scrambles by Bollinger, and generally putting on a classic display of ball control. That field goal drive ran 23 plays, 76 yards, 11:58 elapsed. The Funky Four had to wait until just 20 seconds remained in the third quarter to do their thing.

Last week’s game was sloppy but it wasn’t because there were a lot of penalties. This week, the laundry is flying. There were eight accepted penalties in the first half and I think that there were at least five more on that long Jets drive. And we haven’t even gotten into the true garbage time yet.

Mike Espy isn’t doing much to strengthen the case he made for a roster spot last week. He’s dropped a couple of catchable balls and hasn’t done much on returns even though he’s been back on every New York kick.

Fourth Quarter

The night’s attendance is around 65,000. That sounds impressive until you realize that the stadium is only 2/3 full with a crowd that size.

Christian Morton seems to have played his way down the depth chart. He didn’t go in until after two players acquired just this week, Mike Rumph and Julian Battle, were deemed to be done for the night.

The Jets have now fumbled five times and lost none of them.

John Eubanks is another corner who is playing himself out of a job. He left his man as Kellen Clemens was scrambling out of the pocket and Clemens found Reggie Newhouse for six points.

Todd Collins now gets a chance to remove that bad taste that must be lingering in his mouth from last week. Campbell was inconsistent tonight and a good show by Collins will put some more zing into the battle for the #2 QB job.

After Robert Johnson left the game with a sprained ankle, Buck Ortega got his opportunity and he made the most of it, catching a 30-yard touchdown pass on fourth and ten. It helped that the linebacker attempting to cover him had no clue as to how to do so, but Ortega made the catch and run. You have to wonder if a 227-lb tight end has a place on the team, but you never know.

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Need to Know: Betting on the Redskins' playoff race outcomes

Need to Know: Betting on the Redskins' playoff race outcomes

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, December 3, one day before the Washington Redskins play the Arizona Cardinals.

Timeline

Today's schedule: No availability

Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 8; Panthers @ Redskins 16; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 21

Injuries of note:
Out:
TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), DE Anthony Lanier (leg)
Questionable: G Brandon Scherff (ankle), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), Bashaud Breeland (ankle), LS Nick Sundberg (back)
Final injury report

Redskins vs. Cardinals
FOX, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Dick Stockton and Chris Spielman
Line: Cardinals -2.5

Resetting the playoff odds

The Redskins start their stretch drive to the playoffs tomorrow. The will play five games in 29 days. After that, they will have either earned the right to keep playing or will they go home.

Let’s get out the imaginary $100 in casino chips and look at the various possibilities of the finish to the season and spread out the chips based on how likely each scenario is. As always, you are welcome to jump into the comments if you agree or disagree.

Win NFC East, $0—This might be worth a buck or two but this place doesn’t have any chips smaller than $5 and it’s not worth investing even that much in the chance of this happening. The scenario would have to be the Redskins winning out, the Cowboys losing out, and the Giants losing at least two more games. I’d put something on the first scenario and a few chips on the last one but no way is Dallas going 0-4. Keeping my chips in my pocket on this one.

Wild card as No. 5 seed, $40—To do this the Redskins would have to stay ahead of the wild card contenders behind them (see next scenario) and make up a game and a half on the Giants. They play New York in Week 17 so the Redskins would have to make up one game between now and then and they could then determine their status on January 1 at FedEx Field. The Giants go to Pittsburgh on Sunday and host Dallas a week after that so we will see how that looks in a couple of weeks. As of now, the No. 6 seed would go to Detroit for the first round of the playoffs while the No. 5 would play the Falcons in Atlanta. That, of course, is subject to change.

Wild card as No. 6 seed, $35—I think getting the five seed is slightly more likely than getting the six since I think the Giants are a mirage. But even if New York keeps it going, the Redskins can clinch a spot by running the table in their last five games. That would make them 11-4-1 and no other wild card contender could catch them. If they win four of five, only the Bucs can catch them and it would take a 5-0 finish for Tampa Bay. Winning three of five still gives them a good shot at getting in although at that point you are also opening the door for the Vikings, Saints, Packers, and Eagles to catch fire and jump ahead of them.

Out of playoffs, $25—I might be putting a little too much here but it’s the NFL and it’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility that the Redskins could finish 2-3 and miss out altogether. Their margin for error is slim and an injury here and a bad break there could have them on the outside looking in.

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When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon just filled out his ballot for the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.

Let's just say it's pretty one-dimensional. 

Straight like that

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As you can see, the form asks guys to rank who they consider the top 20 players in the league. But instead of naming 20 different players, Garcon voted for the same player 20 times. Talk about stuffing the ballot box. 

No surprise, but he's hyping his quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

Cousins is having a career year with the Redskins. His stock has soared over the last three weeks especially. Take a look at his numbers in that span: 84 completions on 116 attempts for 1,086 yards (72 percent), eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

Those efforts earned the Michigan State product NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors. And more importantly, Cousins has the Redskins in favorable position to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

So far this season, Garcon has caught 52 passes from Cousins for 636 yards and two scores. 

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