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Predictions Analysis: Nailing It!

Predictions Analysis: Nailing It!

Rich Tandler is the author of Gut Check, The Complete History of Coach Joe Gibbs’ Washington Redskins. Get details and order at <a href="


First, before I get into this, I need to let you know something if you’re not a regular reader of this blog. Every week, I make predictions about what will happen during the upcoming game. In the day or two after the game, I always come back and put my predictions up against what really happened (except when I correctly predict a Redskins loss, since that’s no fun). I’ve been very off base sometimes and I’ve been kind of close sometimes, but I always come back to face the music one way or the other. It’s important that you know that because:

I really nailed this game!

and I want to make sure everyone knows that I’m not one who comes out and takes the bows when I’m right and forgets everything that was said when I’m wrong.

I see how well my predictions held water and then give them a number of buckets from one to five to indicate how accurate they were. Sometimes, I give each prediction a number; today, baby, they’re all

Five Buckets!

Tiki Barber, just like in the first meeting, won’t find much running room. He ran for just 42 yards, one of his lowest outputs of a season in which he’s averaging over 100 yards per game. Put him down for another 42 yards and a (rare for this season) fumble.

Barber ran for 38 yards and fumbled (the Giants recovered).

That will make it tough going for Manning, but even though Gregg Williams will bring the house at him and pressure and confuse him, I don’t think that the rookie will fold. He won’t lead them to a win, but he won’t be the reason that they lose.

This is somewhat subjective, but Manning didn’t turn the ball over and took just one sack. I don’t think he’s the reason they lost. If you have an opinion to the contrary, please pass it on to me.

Ramsey will have one of his best games. He’ll have time to throw and will be able to connect on one or two bombs, assuming that the receivers can gather in balls that are in their hands. If things go well, he won’t have to pass that often so he won’t have a big yardage total. Let’s say he passes about 20 times for right around 200 yards and two TD’s.

While he didn’t connect on any bombs, he passed 22 times for 174 yards and three TD’s. Close enough in my book.

Portis will not be complaining about a lack of work after this one. Thirty carries, 125 yards. Portis had 31 carries for 148.

This time, the Redskins will do it right. The first time they get the ball they will march in for a touchdown. Then they will keep that lead for the rest of the day.

Redskins 24, Giants 10 First Redskin drive was 13 plays, 93 yards, 7:15 for a touchdown and a lead they never relinquished. Final 31-7.

Like the Redskins, good performance this week. The key is consistency and that’s been an issue, again both here at the blog and at Redskins Park. We’ll see next week.

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).


Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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