Just sharing a little statistical oddity that I noticed. From the division-winning 2012 season to the ****-stained ’13 and now into ’14, the one constant, the one Redskin who has played at a high and steady level through the ups and downs, is Alfred Morris:
2012: 16 G, 1,613 YD, 4.8 AVG, 13 TD, 4 FUM
2013: 16 G, 1,275 YS, 4.6 AVG, 7 TD, 5 FUM
2014 (projected), 16 G, 1,408 YDS...
I think most of us are a little high on Kirk Cousins coming off of his pinch-hit performance against Jacksonville. Maybe pump the brakes on that, though (via Bill Barnwell):
Of the 47 quarterbacks who threw 200 passes or more in the regular season and playoffs between 2012 and 2013, Cousins was 43rd in completion percentage and yards per attempt, 44th in passer rating, and 46th in...
Handing out labels following every Washington game. This time, a 41-10 win over Jacksonville.
Kirk Cousins. Made sports talk radio callers the happiest people in the D.C. area this morning. Completed 66 percent of his passes for 250 yards and a pair of TDs with no turnovers. This happened against the Jaguars. This Sunday against Philly will be an actual test.
Washington is favored by six, and our composite staff prediction agrees with the spread. What is wrong with people?
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Line: Redskins -6 (O/U 43.5)
Our prediction: Redskins, 22-16
So Week 1 was fun … not! (That was a not joke.)
Congrats to ODA for correctly picking that the Texans would ruin our opening game. Now he gets a guest post!
Moving on, here are our crackerjack staff’s completely scientific predictions for Sunday. Make yours down in the comments. Whichever reader is closest to the actual outcome gets to be a published author on this here weblog...
Handing out labels following Skins games. This time, a miserable 17-6 loss at Houston to fall to 0-1.
That kind of day… #HTTR pic.twitter.com/nBDI7JxYxM
— Ryan Kelly (@RyanJKelly) September 8, 2014
Alfred Morris — Typical FroMo. 14 carries, 91 yards.
Pierre Garcon — Still a beast. 10 catches, 77 yards.
Ryan Kerrigan — Stripping Arian Foster inside the 10 was a...
What’s an RGIII-infused Jay Gruden offense/Jay Gruden offense-infused RGIII going to look like? How will Trent Williams handle Jadeveon Clowney? How many offensive lineman does it take to stop JJ Watt? Will DeSean Jackson break a big one? Is it possible that Jim Haslett isn’t ****** after all? Is special teams going to be the same old crippling handicap? Can this season possibly...
And we’re back! Here are our crackerjack staff’s completely scientific predictions for Sunday’s season opener. Make yours down in the comments. Whichever reader is closest to the actual outcome wins a guest post on this here weblog.
Jack Kogod: Redskins, 27-24
Just enough hope to get us through to the next week.
Matt Terl: Texans, 27-17
The Houston defense annihilates the right...
On Thursday, we published our NFL season preview over at SB Nation. It’s neat, you should check it out. So neat, in fact, that I decided to tweet about it. And with that tweet, I decided to point out that we didn’t use “Redskins,” a word we haven’t used on SB Nation for a couple of months now.
Our big, beautiful NFL season preview is here, including a page for the Washington...
Handing out labels after Skins games, this time a game against the Buccaneers that existed, but really who’s going to quote the score or brag about a fourth preseason game.
Then get out of the kitchen. Is that the saying? #HTTR RT @TBBuccaneers: If you can't take the heat… RT "@Redskins: It's hot."
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 29, 2014
Here’s a guest post from Eric Fingerhut, published with love for the Washington Post, Neil Greenberg and statistical analysis.
“Stats show that Redskins’ Robert Griffin III will never be as good as his rookie season,” screamed the headline on the Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog Monday afternoon. The third sentence of the blog post was less emphatic but still pretty...
This is one of the better baseball players I’ve ever seen.
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Jones, by the way, is on pace for yet another 30-HR season.
Handing out labels after Skins games, this time a oh god I don’t know what am I doing with my life 23-17 loss to the Ravens.
Keenan Robinson – Was all over the field, living up to the generally favorable reports he’s been getting all preseason. Notable plays included a 4th & 1 stop on the Ravens first drive and shutting down an end-around on the next drive. Looks...
Handing out labels after Skins games, this time a 24-23 preseason THRILLER against Cleveland.
Ryan Kerrigan. Recorded a sack on the first play from scrimmage, added another later in the game on Johnny Manziel, which led to Brian Orakpo doing this.
Ryan Grant. He continues his impressive camp/preseason with four catches and a touchdown. Looking more and more like a lock to...
1) Redskins fans, and all NFL fans, really, tend to overreact to preseason games.
2) You don’t have to look very hard on Twitter to find people saying dumb things.
With that, let’s check out what the social media buzz was all about last night as Washington beat New England, 23-6, with third-string QB Colt McCoy leading the way …
Kinda Funny but Treading Lightly
START COLT MCCOY...
Handing out labels after Skins games, this time a 23-6 preseason win against the Patriots. Yayyyyy football! Booooooo preseason! Via @BurgundyBlog, let’s all yawn at preseason along with Santana Moss.
Redskins Running Backs — Originally I had them all listed separately, but that seems silly, for the most part. The RBs rushed the ball 42 times for 177 yards, a solid...
I tend to overlook ZNN because he’s been here, and he wasn’t a big draft pick or acquisition to begin with. He has just pitched his ass off ever since arriving for good four years ago.
Aiding the invisibility is the fact that he’s been remarkably consistent along the way …
*ERA 2010-13: 3.18, 2.94, 3.25, 3.00
*WHIP ’10-13: 1.15, 1.17, 1.09, 1.17
*K/BB ’10-13: 4.0, 3.6...
Shared months ago by Mr. Irrelevant Maryland sports correspondent Andy Peden and found in my inbox moments ago is this lovely gem. Here’s the quick backstory:
It was taken postgame of Super Bowl XXII in a bar in San Diego. The four guys in jackets were singers in the Redskins band. The dude in front was a local who was a Skins fan. This is what a Super Bowl victory celebration...
On Wednesday night, Manny Machado did this to Albert Pujols:
It was an amazing play, and one we’ve come to expect from Manny. But just to prove it was no fluke, he did it again last night. And again, it was against Albert Pujols:
Both were incredible, and both throws came from about 10 feet into foul territory:
But what really made the second one special was Manny doing this...
A quick post to share my thoughts and gather your own …
The Nats got 28-year-old shortstop/2B (and two-time All-Star!) Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians for middling infield prospect Zach Walters, who’s almost 25 himself. He’s a slight-but-clear upgrade over Espinosa at second until Zimmerman comes back, if Zim comes back. He’s also a rental, seeing as how he’ll hit free...
Going back to the Bill Barnwell:
Defensive Tackle: Jason Hatcher, Washington
Contract Flaw: Paying for the Outlier; System Guy Out of System
Hatcher had spent years as a backup 3-4 end in Dallas before 2013, in which two key things happened: The Cowboys moved to a 4-3 defense, and they hired defensive line guru Rod Marinelli to coach their linemen. Hatcher kicked inside to tackle...
Throwing behind the baserunner from left field after a routine single? Sure, why not.
Bryce did a good one https://t.co/aMBvKDhDg8
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) July 29, 2014
Of course, Adam LaRoche had to make a nice play to get the baserunner and keep him out of scoring position, but whatever: I like my Bryce wild and out of control, at least in July. Sports are fun.
It’s easy to forget, after the devastating knee injury and nightmarish sophomore season, just how valuable Robert Griffin III remains and how brilliant he can be. Here with a reminder, from his annual trade value column, is Grantland’s Bill Barnwell:
15. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington
This is the player with the biggest gap between his ceiling and floor, right? The floor...
Bryce Harper’s new “stack and jack” batting stance has been working. Since changing to it on July 18, he was 7-for-13 with one of his three home runs of the season coming into last night’s game. But then he decided to add a new wrinkle to it — some sort of batter’s box shuffle.
I have no idea what this is; I have never seen anyone do this.
It didn’t work, and resulted...
This happened Saturday, but I just saw it, and it’s so enjoyable. Watch as Vegas Summer League MVP Glen Rice Jr. hits a buzzer-beater to send the game into triple OT, right there in front of John Wall, Bradley Beal and everybody.