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The Redskins tried hard for 30 minutes and still got blown out by New England

The Redskins tried hard for 30 minutes and still got blown out by New England

The Redskins lost to New England in convincing fashion, just like everybody expected, but for 30 minutes Washington had the Patriots in a real dog fight. 

Sadly, there are no moral victories in the NFL, especially in a 33-7 loss. And certainly no moral first-half victories. 

The Redskins lost for lots of reasons, here are some, and honestly there are probably many more. 

  1. Offensively the Redskins did not do close to enough to keep up with Tom Brady and the Patriots. With 10 minutes left to play in the game, Colt McCoy had 108 yards passing and an interception. Undrafted rookie Steven Sims pulled off a very impressive 65-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but beyond that, the Redskins could barely get any run game going either. 
     
  2. The Redskins defense was actually pretty good, especially in the first half. Greg Manusky's unit sacked Brady three times and held the Patriots to just 12 points, including two red-zone trips that finished in field goals instead of touchdowns. In the second half, things opened up for the Patriots. At halftime, New England rushed for only 19 yards. By the end of the game, the Patriots had 130 yards on the ground. 
     
  3. Who knows what happens next for the Redskins, as intense speculation will ramp up about the job security of Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky and really the entire Washington coaching staff. This team is 0-5 for the first time since 2001, and the only formality seems to be when the staff will get blown out, not if. Next week the Redskins face the 0-4 Dolphins and that looks like the team's absolute best chance to get their first victory.
     
  4. FedEx Field normally hosts a lot of visiting fans, but Sunday's game against the Patriots looked like an invasion. There were more Brady jerseys in the stands than there any two Redskins jerseys combined. Without a precise count, there might have been more Brady jerseys in the crowd than Redskins jerseys total. It makes sense, New England is probably the greatest sports franchise in modern times, and Brady is the greatest quarterback ever. 


Want a silver lining? It was bad, but not nearly as bad as it could have been. 

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Michael Irvin compares Cowboys drafting CeeDee Lamb to Kevin Durant signing with Warriors

Michael Irvin compares Cowboys drafting CeeDee Lamb to Kevin Durant signing with Warriors

The Cowboys, on paper, got one of the biggest steals in this past April's NFL Draft when standout Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb fell to Dallas at 17th overall. Lamb was one of the best pass-catchers in the country during his time with the Sooners and was predicted to be a top 15 pick by almost every draft expert.

Lamb will wear the No. 88 in Dallas, the same number that Hall of Fame wideout Michael Irvin sported for the Cowboys years earlier. And Irvin believes the addition of the rookie wideout will turn Dallas' offense to the league's best.

In fact, Irvin is so confident in what Lamb will bring to the table for the Cowboys that he compared the addition of the rookie wide receiver to one of the NBA's most controversial and talent-shifting free agent signings ever.

"What the Cowboys did in the 2020 NFL Draft, by adding CeeDee Lamb to the No. 1 offense in the National Football League — what Will McClay did, what Jerry Jones those guys, what Mike McCarthy did by adding this guy CeeDee Lamb, is akin, or almost tantamount to Kevin Durant being added to a 73-win Warriors team," Irvin said.

Woah, woah, woah.

Yes, Irvin just directly compared the addition of Lamb in Dallas to Kevin Durant -- a top 3 basketball player in the world (!!) -- joining a previously 73-win Warriors team.

There are a few things that immediately stand out when comparing the two that make Irvin's claim seem quite outlandish.

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For one, there's a significant talent gap between Lamb and Durant within their respective sports.

Lamb -- while an incredible collegiate wide receiver -- is still a rookie. On top of that, the coronavirus pandemic eliminated all in-person offseason activities, meaning the rookie adjustment period for everyone will be a lot tougher in 2020.

Durant, on the other hand, was one of the three best basketball players on the planet when he made the move to Golden State in 2016. That's why everyone was so upset by KD's decision to join the already stacked Warriors, who had made the NBA Finals the two seasons prior and just came off an NBA record 73-win season.

On top of that, Durant had just been eliminated by Golden State in the playoffs after his Thunder blew a 3-1 series lead. While Golden State was the better team during that season, Durant's Thunder team had the talent to win the NBA championship that season. So, his move to the Warriors was deemed the easy way out to win a championship.

Secondly, Durant's move to Golden State turned an already title contender into an enormous title favorite. In Dallas, Lamb will almost certainly improve an already explosive Cowboys offense, but no one is saying the addition of the rookie wide receiver is the sole move that will turn Big D into a Super Bowl favorite.

"They were already great offensively and they got one of the best players and one of the best young talents, at WR in the National Football League," Irvin said. "It is crazy what the Dallas Cowboys have an opportunity to do."

Irvin is right in that aspect. With the addition of Lamb, the Cowboys have one of the best wide receiver corps in the NFL. Dallas re-signed four-time Pro Bowler Amari Cooper to a lucrative five-year deal during free agency and still has promising third-year pass-catcher Michael Gallup in the fold, too.

But even if Lamb turns into the star wide receiver many expect him to be, putting him in the same category as Durant's move to Golden State is just preposterous. Few things, if any, will ever compare to that. 

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Washington Football Team posts video of locker room logo change

Washington Football Team posts video of locker room logo change

The Washington Football team continues to showcase its name and logo change publicly with the team posting videos of its rebranding on social media.

Most recently, Washington shared a video on Twitter of the locker room floor being redone. The old mat featuring the former ‘Redskins’ logo has now been replaced with the updated Washington Football logo.

The team posted a similar video last week of its facilities being stripped of previous names, logos and slogans. Now, Washington has made its way to redo the locker room with the season a month out.

Washington is in the midst of a number of changes for its franchise. In addition to the ongoing rebranding efforts, the team will also now play a season at FedEx field without fans, which was officially announced on Wednesday.

The Washington Football Team is scheduled to begin its season at home against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 13. 

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