Eagles Week 1 Preview

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The Philadelphia Eagles have finished the preseason with a 2-2 record. They will play their first regular season game on September 10 against the Redskins in an away game. As usual, they will be playing a total of 16 games this season, not including playoffs/postseason. This article will give an in-depth view on the first game, player comparisons, and many other things that may determine an outcome.

 

Week 1: @ Washington

In Week 1, the new Eagles’ squad will travel to the nation’s capital to face the Washington Redskins. In the offseason, the Redskins lost their two star wide receivers, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. However, they managed to sign former Cleveland Brown star Terrelle Pryor Sr. Quarterback Kirk Cousins will have Pryor, Jamison Crowder, and star tight end Jordan Reed, a Pro Bowler last season. The Redskins’ running game is not the best but second-year Rob Kelley shows promise. Their offensive line is great, with Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, and Trent Williams and will be a great match for the Eagles’ number one defensive line (yes, they are number one, in my opinion. Sure the other teams have the superstars, but the Eagles are the only team that have a defensive line composed of ALL good players and not just one or two extremely good ones).

The Redskins’ defense is improving but has a solid team. They have Josh Norman, one of the top corners in the league. The also have a strong safety (strong as in the adjective, opposite of weak, not the position of strong safety) tandem of Su’a Cravens and DJ Swearinger. More defensive players include linebacker Will Compton and Ryan Kerrigan.

Positional Comparison:

Boldface signifies player who has advantage in Week 1

                                             Redskins                                                                           Eagles

QB:                                  Kirk Cousins                                                                  Carson Wentz

There’s no denying that Cousins is a better quarterback than Wentz and even though the defensive line is tough, Cousins still has the slight advantage over Wentz. Wentz does not have any of his receivers from last year to throw to (unless Agholor starts, which I doubt) other than Zach Ertz. I don’t think chemistry is a problem, but you never know until game day.

RB:                                     Rob Kelley                                                                  LeGarette Blount

Blount is a trucking machine leading the NFL in touchdowns, while Rob Kelley was still warming the bench. The thing is Fat Rob is good and had a (late) breakout but he can’t beat Blount, who’s established himself as a great running back that can break tackle and get the extra yard.

WR 1:                         Terrelle Pryor Sr.                                                           Alshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery is a better receiver than Terrelle Pryor, so why is Pryor boldfaced? The Eagles may have improved their secondary, but it is still not solid. Pryor may not be better than Jeffery, but he is still an explosive and good receiver, most likely needing double coverage. Ronald Darby is up to the job, the question is whether the other cornerbacks are. Although Jeffery is better, Pryor gets the edge because of the Eagles’ sucky secondary.

WR 2:                            Jamison Crowder                                                            Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith is extremely underrated. After being a part of bring the 2012 Ravens’ to the Super Bowl (and winning), Smith had another great season before flying under the radar after going to the San Francisco 49ers. With the 49ers quarterback drama (*cough* Colin Kaepernick *cough*) going on, the team was constantly switching and Smith was never really able to show any of his talent there. The Eagles are taking a risk in signing Smith, as he hasn’t shown good seasons for the past two years. Smith has looked great in practice, though and I will give him the advantage over Crowder, who is talented, but mostly a special teams player.

WR 3 (slot):                Josh Doctson                                                                      Mack Hollins

We’re going to assume that Mack Hollins is going to be in the slot. Agholor provided a lot of hype during practice and training camp, but didn’t live up to it in the games. Hollins, however, did live up to his (not) hype (??? Is it still hype if you never got any ???) catching a touchdown pass in his very first preseason game. Doctson has not proven anything yet, so he’s not much to be worried about…although he IS only in his second year.

TE:                             Jordan Reed                                                                        Zach Ertz

Man, I love Zach Ertz and everything but there’s also no denying that Jordan Reed is better. Reed is 243 lbs and moves that he’s half that. Hell, he could pass for a wide receiver. The only disadvantage Reed has are his injuries. He’s gotten so many concussions that Sports Illustrated wrote an entire 4 or 5 page article about it. But if healthy, Reed definitely has Ertz beat.

OT:            Trent Williams/Morgan Moses                                    Lane Johnson/Jason Peters

Lane and Jason Peters are one of the (if not, the) best offensive tackle duos in the league. They are both on a higher level than Williams and Moses. A big factor in Carson Wentz doing poorly last season was the absence of Lane Johnson due to a suspension. Wentz drastically changed when Lane was playing.

OG:         Brandon Scherff/Shawn Lauvao                            Isaac Seumalo/Brandon Brooks

Brandon Scherff is young and on the rise, making a Pro Bowl last year, in only his second year. Sorry, but the Redskins get the edge on this one.

C:                          Spencer Long                                                                  Jason Kelce

Jason Kelce is one of the elite centers in the league today. Spencer Long had been fluctuating from guard to tackle and then to center. And then there’s the deal with the defensive line.    

Defense

Defensive Line:  Redskins                                                                           Eagles

The Eagles have one of the best front sevens in the league and a huge part of it is their defensive line. They have Pro Bowler Fletcher Cox and former Raven Timmy Jernigan at defensive tackle. At the end, they have Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry, a great duo. With huge names like Chris Long, Derek Barnett, and Beau Allen. Their defensive line is virtually unstoppable. The Redskins have only three defensive linemen, as a result of their 3-4 defense, but no matter what, the Eagles still have the advantage. The ‘Skins have some decent talent as well as a very talented rookie in Jonathan Allen, but you can’t call any of them elite, which is the opposite of what you can say for the Eagles.

Linebackers:   Redskins                                                                               Eagles

The Redskins have the better linebackers with rising second-year Preston Smith; Mason Foster, who accumulated 124 tackles last season; Zach Brown, a free agent pickup who was a Pro Bowler last season; and star Ryan Kerrigan, who has had 2 Pro Bowl appearances. They have a decent backup squad led by Will Compton. The Eagles have stars Jordan Hicks and Mychal Kendricks, who only really started showing up this preseason. They also have a solid, hard-working Nigel Bradham. The trio is improving this offseason but does not have an edge over the Redskins.

Cornerbacks:  Redskins                                                                               Eagles

It’s a well-known fact across the NFL that the Eagles have terrible cornerbacks. A trade that landed Ronald Darby in Philly may have improved the position, but the other corners still need to play well. Darby’s counterpart, Jalen Mills, is steadily improving but still cannot be relied on fully. The Eagles also have rookie Rasul Douglas and Patrick Robinson. The Redskins have star Josh Norman, one of the elite cornerbacks, who was a big part of the Carolina Panthers’ 15-1 season defense. His sidekick, Bashaud Breeland, is heading into his third season and already has 7 interceptions and 7 forced fumbles.

Safeties:             Redskins                                                                                Eagles

The Eagles have Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod compared to the Redskins’ DJ Swearinger and Deshazor Everett. Jenkins is an elite safety and is considered as a “hybrid”, one who can effectively make tackles while at the same time stick tight coverage and defend passes. McLeod is an average safety and can play effectively if called upon. On the Redskins, Swearinger is also a top notch safety and could be compared to Jenkins, as they are on similar levels. Everett is the weak link in the Redskins’ safety tandem. He has not proven anything of worth yet, only having 27 tackles in 2 years.

 

Special Teams

Kicker:               Dustin Hopkins                                                             Caleb Sturgis

In the 2016 season, Sturgis made 35 field goals out of 41 attempts, giving him an 85.4% accuracy, while Hopkins only had 81%, with 34 made out of 42 attempts. Sturgis had a long of 55 yards compared to Hopkins’ 53 yards. The former also converted 11/17 40+ yarders with 4/6 of those being 50+. Hopkins, however, went 10/16 in 40+ yarders with only 3/7 of those being 50+. Sturgis also had a 96.8% extra point percentage (30/31), also better, compared to Hopkins’ 92.3% (36/39). Sturgis leads Hopkins in almost every stats necessary for a kicker.

Punter:                  Tress Way                                                                     Donnie Jones

In total, Donnie Jones punted 64 times while Tress Way only 49 times. Jones had an average of 45.8 yards per punt while Way had an average of 45.1 yards per punt. That may not seem like a big difference but if you look at the net punting average. Net punting average is pretty confusing, but basically, it is the average amount of yards a punt goes with the return factored in. It the most accurate way to measure how effective a punt was in changing the field position. Anyways, Jones had a net punting average of 42.6 yards while Way only had 40.6 yards. Jones had 21 punts that landed inside the 20 yard line, while Way only 15, the least in the entire league. Jones also had 6 punts that resulted in touchbacks; Way had only 4.  Jones is obviously better in every statistical aspect, so he will get the edge.

 

Prediction for Week 1: Philadelphia Eagles defeat Washington Redskins

Eagles Leaders:                                                                    Redskins Leaders:

Passing: Carson Wentz                                                      Passing: Kirk Cousins

Rushing: LeGarette Blount                                              Rushing: Rob Kelley

Receiving: Alshon Jeffery                                                 Receiving: Jordan Reed

 

Thank you for reading this article on the prediction for the Week 1 game between the Eagles and the Redskins. The game will kickoff on Sunday, September 10 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. It will take place in Washington D.C. at FedEx Field. You can watch the game live on FOX (29 in Philly; 5 in DC). There will be a kickoff show 30 minutes prior to the game starting. Be sure the catch it. I will give my next analysis in Week 2, when the Eagles play against the Chiefs. Until then, I’m Jacky Chen and thank you for reading, Eagles Nation!

 

 

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Kirk Cousins: Is he worth what it will take to get him

kirk-cousins-112016-getty-ftr-usjpg_18lb9v64c7nvr1rxwgob83qkmzBy Niner Faithful

Monday at 1pm PST was the deadline for Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins to come to terms on a long-term deal. That deadline has come and gone so he’ll play out the 2017 season under the franchise tag and make $23.9 million doing so.

Now what about next year? Well Washington could use the franchise tag again for the third year in a row, but is Washington going to pay him the $34,478,784 doing so would cost? They could use the transition tag that would only cost $28,732,320. Unlike the exclusive franchise tag Cousins could negotiate with other teams but Washington would have 7 days to match any offer from any team and then could keep him at the term the other team negotiated with Cousins. If they refuse the offer then Kirk Cousins would become a free agent and Washington gets nothing for him (unlike the nonexclusive franchise tag where the team that signs him would have to give up 2 first round picks).

They could trade him either before this season or after, but the problem with that is Washington has no leverage teams know that Washington won’t pay use the franchise tag again so, they can just wait to see if Washington uses the transition tag or if Washington just lets him walk next year. And that brings his trade value down. Both sides have said they are both open to a long-term deal but it has been 3 years and they are still so far apart and Cousins has come out and said he wants to reunite with Kyle Shanahan. But is he worth what it would cost to get him to play in red and gold?

Kirk Cousins is entering his 6th season and has been Washington’s full time starter for the last two seasons posting a 17-14-1 record and a 0-1 record in the playoffs. He’s completed 785 out of 1149 passes (68.3 completion percentage) for 9083 yards, 54 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Not bad numbers I think Niner fans would take those numbers over what we got the last 2 years.

The story with Kirk Cousins goes beyond the numbers Washington was underperformed the last 2 seasons. Football is a team came but franchise quarterbacks (at least ours) overcome that and find a way to get it done. I’m not saying that he wouldn’t be a welcomed improvement, but if you look at what we would have to pay him (look at Derek Carr’s contract) that’s a lot of money for a quarterback that has only made it to the playoffs once despite having loads of offensive talent on his team.

I’m the type of person that judges a quarterback on when it counts the most and you have the ball in your hands with a chance to win the game do you come through.  He does not he seems to shrink in the big light most of the time. I’d like to see what he does this year with far less talent and the pressure of knowing that he might be show casing for a new team. With all the Niners have to get him. They have given Kyle Shanahan a 6-year contract. They are invested in the long-term future of the team has a lot to do with him. He believes in Kirk Cousins he wants him so like Bill got Joe and Steve you must give Kyle Shanahan he guy.

The Niners are in a good position they have Brain Hoyer under contract for this year and next year plenty of draft picks in next year’s draft and plenty of cap space. They were smart not to give away the farm to get him this year. Not when they can play Hoyer this year draft someone next year and try and get him next year with no draft compensation attached. My guess is the Niners Sign him to a contract next year Washington decides that it’s not worth the headache anymore and let him walk because he has little trade value. Or worse case Washington matches the offer Hoyer is our quarterback one more year and he becomes a Niner in 2019 but I don’t see that happening. I just hope Kyle Shanahan is right. How he’s looked on as a Niners coach will depend on it.

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Big win for the Redskins as Jonathan Allen Drops to #17

By John Moore


Jonathan Allen Drops to #17, Big win for the Redskins

As a die-hard Redskins fan, I never thought (prayed) that Jonathan Allen would fall as far back in the draft like he did. I wanted him last year when he declared for the 2016 draft but later went back to finish college.  The arrival of Allen is a sweet homecoming for the former Crimson Tide who grew up playing High School football just five miles from Redskins Park in Ashburn, and was also a Redskins fan. He admitted that when the Redskins appeared on the board to pick, he was hoping that Washington would be the one to get him on the stage with a No. 1 jersey.

Allen isn’t the rusher who screams off the edge, but he is a pass rush threat due to his powerful hands, giving himself opportunities while reading the ball. The Alabama starter played in a 3-4 base defense and lined up all over the line. Playing mainly as a base end before pushing inside on passing downs. He turns speed to power with body control and contact stability while also showing the ability to cut through gaps and beat blockers. Similar to how the Seattle Seahawks use Michael Bennett. Allen is one of the most talented prospects in the 2017 draft class and deserved a top-three overall consideration.

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The Redskins dealt with defensive struggles that last two seasons. The unit ranked 28th in 2016, allowing 378 yards per game. It struggled against the run (24th) and the pass (25th). Allen’s selection represents a concrete step forward within the team. They have taken a step in the right direction with this pick. Allen will be paired with the two free agent defensive tackles the Redskins signed during free agency, Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee, which was a total overhaul of the defensive line, don’t forget Zach Brown as well. To be able to see Allen line up with Kerrigan, Brown, McClain and, if healthy, Galette on the line and Breeland, Norman, Cravens and Swearinger in the backfield, I believe this is a big improvement on defense that fans have been asking for, for years.

Now that he’s in the NFL, Allen hopes to create his own legacy, but he’ll closely watch some of the top players to see how they attack opponents. Notably Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. “For me, my motivation is to prove why the Redskins were right and smart for drafting me,” Allen said. “That’s going to be my motivation. So, I mean, it’s definitely going to sit in the back of my mind, but I have a job and I have a business to do, and that’s what I’m going to do.” Jonathan Allen will be wearing the #95 this coming season.

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Tag Or No Tag

The Washington Redskins are faced with a hard decision this offseason. They have ample of cap space because they don’t have any one player taking up a lot of their room except for Josh Norman who will count for almost $18 million against the cap this season. The cap killers are usually the quarterback and the linemen but the Redskins don’t have their quarterback locked up for the long-term.

Last season Kirk Cousins played on the franchise tag after wanting to sign a long-term deal but the team was not convinced that he was the man to lead the team so they wanted him to prove it. He played on the tag and he lead the team to finish 3rd in the NFC East and a winning record for the second seasons. They had a chance to get into the playoffs but in the usual fashion, Kirk Cousins didn’t show up in the big game and threw an interception at the end that sealed the deal of the Redskins going fishing for the summer.

Once again, the franchise tag is available for the team to use on him but it will cost even more money this time. The tag will be $24 million for one year and Kirk Cousins has stated he will sign the franchise tag but he will not sign a long-term deal unless it’s the dollar figure that he wants. This man wants Aaron Rodgers type of money and he is not on Rodgers’ level of play. I love the Redskins but I don’t think they should tag this guy. He has shown he can’t get it done and he reminds me of a watered down Tony Romo.

Kirk Cousins had a bad defense this season and Tony Romo has had a bad defense for years and just over the last few years got an offensive line. Yes he choked in big games and only has two playoff wins but at least he has a playoff win. Kirk Cousins has only been to the playoffs once and they lost bad at home against the packers in 2015 season. This man can’t get it done and its time to move on and grow with someone else.

Written by Melvin Jackson III

Each NFC East Team’s Biggest Draft Need

By Leo Silbert

It is getting to the point of the year that fans are trying to figure out who their team needs to draft or what position needs the most help.  Some teams like the Patriots don’t have a glaring need so they are able to pick for desire and are allowed greater risks.  Other teams like the Browns have needs all over the map so they are best suited to just take the best available player.  I’m going to sort this out by division and within the divisions I’ll sort them by 2016 records.

Next up, the NFC East:

  1. ezekiel-elliotDallas Cowboys- The Cowboys put together a season that seemed to have come right outside of a movie script.  The veteran qb goes down with an injury and it is up to a couple of hotshot rookies to keep the team afloat until the star veteran could return.  Except, the veteran never returned and not because of his injury being too severe, the hotshot rookies were on a roll and looked unstoppable.  They seemed to be taking the team over in the same kind of way that Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk took over the Rams in their first years starting on the team, except Zeke and Dak were true rookies.  That was all until the team got to the playoffs and lost to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in their first playoff game.  Now it is time for them to find their flaws and the biggest one is their ability to rush the passer consistently on defense.  They might not be in this position where their biggest need is at this position if Randy Gregory didn’t end up becoming a head case, but it is where they are now.  And this draft, besides just being a deep edge rusher draft is also a draft where a late first round prospect at edge rusher plays for a Lovie Smith in college who runs the same defense as Rod Marinelli with a lot of the same terminology in Dawuane Smoot out of Illinois.  Dallas really is building something special here, and once they get a consistent pass rush, they can potentially advance to the next round of the playoffs.
  2. landon-collinsNew York Giants- Going into the season, most Giants fans expected the Giants to have the most explosive offense in the NFC East and one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL while their defense would be improved from the worst ranked defense in the league but not being anything special.  And that right there is why the games are played.  The Giants’ defense turned into one of the very best units in the NFL with all 3 of their big free agent acquisitions proving their worth, a 2nd year pro at safety going from looking lost in coverage into arguably the best safety in the NFL, and strong showings from multiple rookies.  So yea, for now the Giants’ biggest need isn’t on that side of the ball.  Their offense on the other hand looked like it was a Ferrari parked in a garage and not moving because no one knew where the keys were.  There wasn’t a 100 yard rushing effort by a running back until week 17, Victor Cruz couldn’t get separation on the outside, Eli Manning was missing some throws, the tight ends looked like they had anchors strapped to their feet after the catch, but most importantly was that the Giants had some of, if not the very worst offensive tackle play on both sides of offensive line in the NFL.  Eli Manning threw the ball sooner after the snap than any other quarterback in the league yet he was still constantly under pressure.  Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart are not good enough to be starting tackles in the NFL, and their inability effected how every other person on the offense struggled.  Now, I have said before that this draft is a weak offensive tackle draft, but late in the first round is where a team can actually get value at the position in this year’s draft.  If the Giants can fix their offensive tackle problems, they may be able to find the keys to the Odell Beckham Jr lead Ferrari.
  3. trent-williamsWashington Redskins- Coming off their first playoff appearance since 2012, the Redskins had high expectations for this past season.  On offense, they had some of the most yards in the league behind Kirk Cousins throwing for over 4900 yards and a receiving corps that ran deep with 2 great receiving threats at tight end.  They had a very good offensive line and they had a developing running back in Robert Kelly who can stand to have a change of pace backfield mate.  Their defense on the other hand needs some help.  They were the worst team in the NFL in 3rd down defense, allowing 46.63% of all third downs to become first downs.  By comparison, the Buccaneers who were first in the NFL in that category allowed just 34..36% of third downs to be converted.  That big of a difference is unacceptable and something needs to be done to fix that.  One thing that would help them greatly is an inside linebacker who can go out in coverage and stop the run equally well.  Mason Foster was adequate at that, but he doesn’t have sideline to sideline speed and none of the other linebackers on the roster have that kind of skill since Su’a Cravens will be moved to strong safety which will help that position.  If the Redskins get a speedy linebacker to compliment Foster, they will be a lot closer to having a competitive defense.
  4. NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia EaglesPhiladelphia Eagles- The Eagles came into the year with a rookie qb pegged as the starter after they traded away Sam Bradford with little time before the start of the season.  Carson Wentz started out fast but slowed down as the season went on.  They also switched to a new scheme on defense, switching to a 4-3 wide nine scheme from a 3-4 two gap system and for the front 7 it worked out wonderfully.  Brandon Graham had a career year, Fletcher Cox lived up to his contract, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham were great at linebacker, and in the secondary Malcolm Jenkins showed how he is a top 5 safety.  But both their offense and defense had an Achilles heel.  For the offense it was their wide receiving corps which was one of the worst in the league with only Jordan Matthews playing at a passable level on offense while on defense their best corner back  was Leodis McKelvin who isn’t good enough to be a top 2 corner on most teams in the NFL.  According to Pro Football Focus they had the lowest ranked receiver in the NFL in Nelson Agholar and the lowest ranked corner in the NFL in Jalen Mills.  Both of these positions are in dire need of help, but their receivers need to improve to help the development of Carson Wentz.  If they get a good wide receiver, they may be able to help Carson Wentz into not having a near 1:1 touchdown to interception ratio in his 2nd year and may make the Eagles’ offense into a more serious threat across the board.

Previous articles in this series:

AFC East- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/each-afc-east-teams-biggest-draft-need/

AFC North- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/each-afc-north-teams-biggest-draft-need/

AFC South- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/each-afc-south-teams-biggest-draft-need/

AFC West- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/each-afc-south-teams-biggest-draft-need-2/

“West Coast is the best Coast and you have to be a Beast to live in the East”

By Lawrence Edwards

It’s already week 11 in the NFL season. Man! time has really flown by. It’s November and all the games from here on out have playoff implications for many teams, specifically in the NFL’s two best divisions, the AFC West and NFC East. The AFC West has 3 teams sitting at 7-2 after week 11, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos. One of these 3 teams will most likely be in the AFC Championship taking on New England.Kansas City Chiefs vs. Carolina Panthers - Week 10 Picks And ... Raiders run past Broncos to take hold of AFC West lead - Sportsnet.ca Kansas City is probably the strongest team out of the West based on the team being well rounded on both sides of the ball, but Oakland is a potential juggernaut offensively and the defense showed signs of living up to it’s potential before the bye. I still find it rather impressive how Kansas City can lose it’s franchise and pro bowl rusher and still have the talent to never miss a beat in the run game. Spencer Ware will the face of that backfield for some time. Denver is more of the   2016 AFC West NFL Betting Preview: Champion Broncos Still Headline the ... card here. The Broncos have a super bowl caliber defense that can win championships but the sub par play of the offense is a major achillies heel. Yes the defense is capable of stopping teams like New England, but what happens when Tom Brady has one of those games where the defense doesn’t matter? Trevor Seimian will not be even close to capable of matching Brady point for point. Still the Denver defense and offense have done just enough to be sitting at 7-2 with a shot to still take the division. The AFC West is the toughest division in the league right now and all three of these teams are probably dead set on knocking off the AFC favorites Patriots when the time comes.

 

In the NFC East there is much less room for mistakes, because unlike the AFC West, not every team has the same amount of wins. The Dallas Cowboys sit atop the NFL with a record of 8-1 thanks to the stellar play of the offensive live and the two rookie sensations.... Pittsburgh This Weekend (11-11 through 11-13) | Pittsburgh Beautiful Coming in at #2 is the New York Giants and they are a game and half behind Dallas with a record of 6-3. The win in the season opener puts the Giants within striking distance of catching the Cowboys. Dallas would need to drop a game and lose to New York on December 11th for that to happen. The Redskins are 5-3 and the Philly brings up the rear at 5-4 but sit at 0-3 in the division. As it stands today and if they can keep pulling out wins, the NFC East would send 3 teams to the playoffs; The Cowboys, Giants, and Redskins. That’s right, in just one season the East has gone from least to beast. The division is made up of offenses who can light up a score board and relentless bend but don’t break defenses who may not always wow you with crazy amounts of sacks and flashy plays but will keep you out of the end zone at critical moments and step up to the plate when they’re called upon to give the offense another chance. The play calling of Ben McAdoo has been getting better and better since coming out of the bye week and the Giants offense is beginning to click and take shape. The run game however still needs work, they did however have one of their best ground performances against the Bengals on Sunday. Quick Notes November 14, 2016 Giants vs Bengals - Bleedbigblue.com tempRedskins-Vikings-HighlightsRedskins-Vikings-AlumniGC1_1019--nfl ... The Redskins are another team who’s offense is starting to play to its potential. Although the Vikings have been on the decline the Skins put up an impressive performance against one of the NFL’s best defenses and their defense really came to play making critical plays in key moments that helped them secure the victory. The room for mistakes for everyone besides Dallas is extremely scarce. A loss gives Dallas more separation and other teams more momentum to move up into your place. From here on out for the Giants, Redskins, and Eagles, every game is a must win game.

 

Ties in London

By Melvin Jackson

In London, the final regular season game was played this past Sunday and it was a contest between the Redskins and the Bengals. I didn’t like this game because we had some issues coming into it, like fumbling issues from Matt Jones, but he was sidelined with an injury this week and Robert Kelly was blessed with the start. Things seemed to looking up for the Skins but was it really?

This game was full of missed calls and missed chances by both teams. This was the worst game Josh Norman has had this season. He was flagged 5 times for hands to the face which set us back and he was constantly torched by AJ Green the whole game. The only thing that saved us from allowing Green to have even more yards was that Dalton was over throwing the ball most of the game. Breeland did not have a good game and the whole defense really was playing flat.

The offense looked OK but Kirk has to hit the open man. It was times when the defense did not account for one of our receivers and he still did not pass the guy the ball who was open. The refs missed a huge face mask on Crowder that could have took his head off but since he scored the touchdown I guess they believe they should keep the flag. Kirk needs to stop trying to force it to Reed and just take what the defense gives him. When you force the ball you are tap dancing with the chance of turning the ball over and that is an issue that Kirk has with his interceptions. I know Reed is the best tightend in the game but still you have the spread the ball around.

In overtime we had our chance to win the game but Hopkins missed the chip shot field goal and so did Mike Nugent for the Bengals. The game ended in a tie and I was not pleased with it. How can I be OK with just a tie? it is the same as a loss to me,  I am not OK with it and I wish we had won the game or just took a loss. The way things happened for my Skins I know this game will comeback to mess with us some type of way in the end. However I really hope it doesn’t, we don’t have good luck and I believe the league does not want to see us win because of our mascot name.

We have the bye week coming up and we need to get healthy and refocus on the task at hand. We are in last place right now and I’m tired of seeing my team in last place. We need to take a long look in the mirror and get ready for the second half of our season and finish strong. We need to stay out of the headlines and stay away from going at it in the media with Stephen A Smith. Just play football and play to win.