Archive for the 'Washington Redskins' Category

07
Jan
08

Seahawks QB Hasselbeck’s Leg Must Hurt

I can’t remember who it was that laid the hit on Matt Hasselbeck on Saturday, as he was running with the ball, but I do remember that the helmet of the Redskins defender hit Matt’s right quad, directly in the meaty part of the leg, hard enough to spin the quarterback around in mid air. In slow-mo, you could see all the flesh move from the front of Matt’s leg, around the femur and almost spurt out the back of his leg before the combination of skin and uniform held everything intact so it could reverse back around the femur and settle in front of his leg once more.

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At the time, Cris Collinsworth remarked that he’d been hit like that before and, although he’d come back to play the rest of that game, the bruising on his leg got so bad in the days to come that he ended up in the hospital. Collinsworth says some silly things, but don’t be surprised if Hasselbeck at least misses a day or two of practice this week, football fans.

The early Yardstick for the Seahawks at Green Bay game is calling for a six-point win for the home team Packers, but that could grow substantially if Hasselbeck is indeed hurt in any way. A deep tissue bruise is nothing to shake a stick at, but the cold weather might actually help keep the swelling down. Of course, any associated muscle stiffness would be worsened, I would think. Then again, I’m no mathamocologist.

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05
Jan
08

Saturday Wild Card NFL Playoff Weather

The weather report for game time in Pittsburgh and in Seattle is almost the same report. The temperature at Heinz Field will be hovering somewhere just above freezing, while it should be a few degrees warmer in the Emerald City. Winds will be around 8-9 mph and it will be blowing SSW in both Wild Card games.

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According to meteorologists, there will be light rain showers for both games today, which should make for some interesting plays, especially on that thing they call a field in Pittsburgh.

The Yardsticks for today’s NFL Wild Card playoffs call for a slim Redskins road win and a field goal victory for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

04
Jan
08

NFL Playoff Predictions: Redskins at Seahawks

The Yardstick for the Redskins at Seahawks Wild Card playoff game favors the visiting team by two points at the time of writing this. To me, that points to the excellent knowledge of football that FanYard users possess. While both of these teams are good teams – meaning, better than average – neither is truly a great team by any stretch of the imagination and, while either team could win what should be a pretty close game, the Redskins are a slightly better overall team right now and should pull off the victory.

The Seahawks struggled to get to 10-6 in the weakest division in football with the weakest schedule in the NFL. The Redskins battled against all odds and one of the toughest schedules of the 2007 NFL season to get to the playoffs and are playing with a ton of confidence right now. Led by their desire to win for Sean Taylor – their slain friend and cornerback – and by Todd Collins, the veteran quarterback with zero starts in the previous ten years until a few weeks ago, Washington is making Fame coach Joe Gibbs look good again in the first time for a while.

While the Seahawks defense is getting tons of accolades these days, the Redskins defense is not too shabby itself and anyone can see that the Washington offense is better balanced than what Seattle is putting on the field. (I’m sure Seahawks ticket-buyer feels they deserve a free beer on Alexander’s tab for every game they attend, due to the lack of effort he has put into the season. Hell, I do just whenever I’mforced to watch one just on TV. Yes, I’m forced.) In general, the Seahawks offense just ain’t pretty. Prettier, perhaps, than the Chinese Olympic swimsuits, but that isn’t saying much.

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The x-factor, of course, is the weather and the Seattle fans, who are the loudest fans in the NFL when they want to be, and they will want to be on Saturday morning. The weather is calling for temperatures hovering near freezing and a chance of light rain. Any weather that negatively affects the passing game has to favor the Skins.

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16
Dec
07

More NFL Week 15 Upsets

As I mentioned earlier, there were a ton of upsets this week. The early week games, the early Sunday games, and then the late afternoon and evening games today kept the dogs howling. There were just three afternoon games today, but the one that will have everyone talking is the Eagles at Cowboys game, where the Eagles walked into Texas Stadium and handed Dallas just their second loss of the season, beating the home team 10-6. Tony Romo had an awful day, most likely due to the fact that the Jumbotron kept showing his new girlfriend, Jessica Simpson, in her white and pink Cowboys jersey. I’ve never wanted one so bad.

The Packers are now tied at 12-2 with Dallas for the NFC lead. Dallas owns the tiebreaker, but need to maintain their placement or else the NFC Championship game could go through Green Bay. Not a friendly place in late January.

In the evening game, it was the Washington Redskins at the Giants. With Todd Collins starting for the first time in 10 years and 2 days – the longest time between starts for a quarterback in NFL history – Joe Gibbs and his team weathered a horrible day for the G-men and came away with an 18-point win, 22-10, keeping them in the NFC playoff berth hunt. Eli Manning threw 34 completions, the most since Joe Namath threw 36 in 1967. To be fair, his receivers looked like high school first-timers most of the night, dropping at least eight, if not ten, passes that should definitely have been caught. Jeremy Shockey went down with a broken leg in the game.

As one might expect, the FanYard crew had the Yardstick for each of these games favoring the losing squad. A rare bad day / week.

06
Dec
07

Bears Bad News

Lots of injuries in the Bears at Redskins Thursday night game on the NFL Network that only 43 people across America get to watch. As one of the lucky – and I use that word lightly – few, let me tell you that if the Bears pull off a comeback win in this game…well, the football gods must have a sense of humor. They have been embarrassing. They had six false start and delay of game penalties in one drive alone. And they scored a field goal! The Yardstick favors the ‘Skins by two and they now have an 11-point lead with under three minutes remaining. Grossman and Campbell are both out with injuries.

05
Dec
07

Kings Beat Jazz

Sure enough, the Kings are actually good at home. They are now 0-7 away from their domain and 7-3 in their house. Last night, the favored Jazz dropped a 117-107 decision to the Kings in Sacramento. I thought something like that might happen.

Tomorrow, the Bears at Redskins will kick off Week 14 in the NFL. The Yardstick is currently favoring the Skins by three.

24
Oct
07

Week 7 NFL Recap: FanYard vs. Pyle of List

These were some kinda crazy games, and we both made a couple very nice calls here. Read more to find out who between us made the better picks in NFL Week 7. Remember, like the Yardstick, we have to pick the correct NFL team and we want to be as close as possible to the amount of points that team wins by, without going over with our pick. Jon from Pyle of List is our fellow combatant. See what he thinks of Chris Berman.

BB: Patriots by 14 over Dolphins:

JP: Pats by 11 over Dolphins:

The Pats could only manage a 21-point victory over the finless Dolphins even after Ronnie Brown went down for the season? I can only imagine that Belichick has not been able to sleep a wink over his decision to sit Brady for a while in the second half. Unconscionable. One more notch on the Yardstick.

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BB: Saints by 3 over Falcons:

JP: Saints by 7 over Falcons:

Juuusst a little bit over by Jon here, as the Saints marched over the backs of the Falcons by six points, not seven. So close, but still, I know he’s smilin’ at the fact that Joey’s back. BB up by two.

BB: Cowboys by 6 over Vikings:

JP: ‘Boys by 10 over Vikings:

Can you say, “Right on the money!” I knew you could. Jon gets two for a direct hit and we’re tied up, just like that.

BB: Giants by 7 over 49ers:

JP: Giants by 1 over 49ers:

Apparently Jon has more faith in the Niners than the FanYard players who help us find the Yardstick. But no one thought it would go this badly. Giants get an 18 point win, and I get one more point.

BB: Ravens by 3 over Bills:

JP: Bills by 4 over Ravens:

Color me impressed with this pick. Jon was almost bang-on again, as the Bills beat the Ravens by five at home. Tied up again.

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BB: Steelers by 5 over Broncos:

JP: Steelers by 14 over Broncos:

No winners here, as the Broncos surprised the Yardstick, me, Jon and even themselves, with their third last-second field goal victory; it is the only type of win they have had all year.

BB: Eagles by 3 over Bears:

JP: Bears by 1 over Eagles:

Another nice pick here by JP, as the Bears won on an amazing final drive by Brian Griese, who called his own plays.

BB: Titans by 2 over Texans:

JP: Titans by 4 over Texans:

Yes, there was a ton of field goals in this game. Normally that is boring, right? Right. Except that this is the exception that proves the rule, at least in the fourth quarter.

BB: Bengals by 6 over Jets:

JP: Bengals by 3 over the Jets:

Almost bang on again, but the seven-point win by the Bengals is still good for one more precious point.

BB: Redskins by 6 over Cardinals:

JP: Cardinals by 6 over ‘Skins:

The two-point win by the Skins was not enough for points here, as they almost gave the game away in the second half.

BB: Seahawks by 7 over Rams:

JP: Rams by 3 over Seahawks:

I am not sure about the Rams making the playoffs anymore, man. They’ll have to play a little bit better if they want to save this season, that’s for sure. Meanwhile, the 27-point win in Seattle was overshadowed by a huge sale at Nordstrom’s and you can notch another point for Blake and the Yardstick.

BB: Lions by 2 over the Buccaneers:

JP: Lions by 6 over Bucs:

Jon’s call almost brought him within a point here, but I’m sure he’s gonna be happy with the one point he gets for almost exactly predicting this touchdown victory for the squad of miracles.

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BB: Chiefs by 2 over Raiders:

JP: Raiders by 2 over Chiefs:

Now this, friends, was a nice, exact call to make, going against the favorite and taking a road dog while hitting the margin of victory right on. The Chiefs’ two-point win has them sitting in sole possession of first place in the AFC West. I am fine with being proven wrong about old Coach Hermie and I’ll take the two points, but I am pretty sure he is just elevating me enough to bring me down.

BB: Colts by 4 over Jags:

JP: Colts by 13 over Jags:

Nice call, JP, thinking the Colts would want to prove something. Well, they proved something all right. That they can play football very good and that Del Rio’s job was in jeopardy at the start of the season for good reason. Why is it that coaches seem to relish in making the worst decisions possible when playing the Colts? I guess Peyton really does screw with people’s minds. Maybe I should be giving the credit to Manning for the idiotic play-calling of Herm Edwards and Bill Billick for the lack of logic in their game plans against the Colts in last year’s playoffs, too.

Week 7 Points –

BB: 9
JP: 6

Total points –

BB: 30.5
JP: 23

Week 7 Record –

BB: 10-4
JP: 10-4

Overall Record –

BB: 46-25
JP: 42-29




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