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GameBlog Pregame Redskins vs. Giants

GameBlog Pregame Redskins vs. Giants

Among the push back received here in response to the (Truly) Bold Prediction piece forecasting an easy Redskin win was, not so fast, the Giants “create a lot of turnovers”. On the face of it, that’s true. They lead the NFC with 19 takeaways, getting nine interceptions and 10 fumbles. Let’s take a closer look, however, and see just how significant these numbers are.

Of the nine interceptions the Giants have, six have come off of the arms of Aaron Brooks and Mark Bulger (three each). Among qualifying passers in the NFL Brooks is 30th in the NFL with nine picks thrown on the season, Bulger is 25th with eight. To be sure, their performances against the Giants did contribute to their high numbers of interceptions, but the Giants have been far from along in receiving the largesse of Mr. Bulger and Mr. Brooks.

Their other three interceptions came off of Kurt Warner, Josh McCown, and Drew Bledsoe. Warner is not among the qualifiers as he has been out hurt much of the year. McCown and Bledsoe has each thrown six INT’s on the year. Those are not turnover ATM performances like Brooks and Bulger have put on, but 14 qualifying QB’s have thrown fewer.
One of those is Mark Brunell, who has a total of two interceptions this year, none in the past three games. If the Giants are hoping to make a living off of interceptions, they should reconsider their plans.

Of the 10 fumbles they have recovered, half came against New Orleans (3) and St. Louis (2). They rank 1-2 in number of lost fumbles in the NFC on the season.
To the Giants’ credit, three more of their recoveries of opponents’ fumbles came against Dallas and that’s pretty impressive since that represents half of the Cowboys’ total of lost fumbles for the season.

Washington has coughed it up seven times this year, putting them about in the middle of the NFC pack when it comes to fumbles lost.

Certainly, you always have to protect that ball when it’s in your arms, but that will be doubly important this week. It will be extremely difficult for the Giants to stay close to the Redskins if Washington doesn’t put the ball on the ground.

Mike Sellers

For a number of years, my impression of this guy was that he was not the core Redskin type, certainly not as would be defined by Joe Gibbs. It started when he bolted for Cleveland after the Redskins gave him a shot after went to Walla Walla Community College and then the Canadian Football League. He then proceeded to badmouth the organization and get busted for cocaine possession. That cost him his job with the Browns, even though the charges were later dropped. I was much less than thrilled when the Redskins brought him back prior to the 2004 season and my lack of enthusiasm seemed justified as he drew a number of personal foul penalties. One of my first thoughts going into the offseason was that they’ve got to get rid of this thug.

Then along comes the ’05 season and all of a sudden the guy is catching touchdown passes and hasn’t even so much as glared at an opponent after the whistle. After last week’s game I went and talked to him in the locker room and he’s a sharp, engaging guy. And the I hear Gibbs talking about him saying that when the team needed someone to play running back in practice last week, Sellers jumped right in there and did the chore with great enthusiasm.

Then it occurred to me. Whether it’s Mark Brunell at the glamour position or Mike Sellers as a special teams/blocking grunt, we should just believe—make that just know—that Joe Gibbs knows who should be on this team and who should be playing much better than any of us do. (image placeholder)(image placeholder)

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

Madden 19 won't be released to the public until August 10, but the player ratings for the top players on each NFL team have been released.

The video reaches the Redskins a little after four minutes in. The top nine players on the Redskins, according to their Madden 19 overall ratings are as follows:

  1. LT Trent Williams, 91
  2. RG Brandon Scherff, 88
  3. FS D.J. Swearinger, 86
  4. MLB Zach Brown, 85
  5. CB Josh Norman, 84
  6. RB Chris Thompson, 83
  7. WR Paul Richardson, 83
  8. QB Alex Smith, 81
  9. WR Jamison Crowder, 81

The list has Washington's two best linemen up top followed by its best skill position players and Zach Brown. Beyond Williams and Sherff, there's some debate to be had. Both Richardson and Crowder can make a serious case to be the team's best receiver. Crowder had 22 more receptions and 86 more yards than Richardson in 2017, but Richardson had six touchdowns to Crowder's three.

Smith is coming off arguably the best season of his career with Kansas City. He put up over 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career, posted career bests in quarterback rating, touchdown passes, interception percentage and completions. His rating as the fifth-best offensive player behind two other skill position players seems off.

These rankings will change throughout the season as more updates become available, but this is what there is to work with right now.


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Redskins schedule preview: Week 15 vs. Jaguars

Redskins schedule preview: Week 15 vs. Jaguars

We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, it’s the game against the Jaguars. 

Week 15 December 16, TIAA Bank Field

2017 Jaguars: 10-6, First in AFC South, lost AFC championship game 

Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 9

Early line: Redskins +8

Key additions: G Andrew Norwell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, WR Donte Moncrief, 

Key losses:WR Allen Hurns, WR Allen Robinson

Biggest questions: 

  • QB Blake Bortles was very inconsistent during the season and there was talk of the team looking for a replacement for him prior to their run in the playoffs. Does he have what it takes to get the team back into serious contention. 
  • The team also got an inconsistent season out of RB Leonard Fournette, the No. 4 pick in the draft. Can he put together the monster season that would justify his draft status and help elevate the Jaguars to elite status. 
  • The Jaguars went from 25thin scoring defense in 2016 to second last year. Will they fall back to the pack this year?

Series history

The Redskins lead the all-time series 5-1. The Jaguars only win against them came in 2002.

Series notables

The first time: September 28, 1997, Jack Kent Cooke Stadium—In the second game ever played at the Redskins’ new stadium, Jacksonville took a 9-0 lead in the second quarter, but then-Jags QB Mark Brunell threw a pair of interceptions that set up two Washington touchdowns and the Redskins won 24-12. Gus Frerotte threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns and Terry Allen gained 122 yards on 36 carries. 

The last time: November 14, 2012, FedEx Field—Jay Gruden got his first win as the Redskins’ head coach in this one. Robert Griffin III went out of this game early with an injury and Kirk Cousins passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his place. It was the defense that dominated this game, racking up 10 sacks, tying the team record set in 1977. Ryan Kerrigan got four of those sacks, tying the team individual record for sacks in a game. The Redskins won 41-10.

The best time: October 1, 2006, FedEx Field—A taught, exciting game came to an explosive end when Santana Moss snared a pass that Mark Brunell perhaps should not have thrown and streaked to the end zone, giving the Redskins a 36-30 overtime win over Jacksonville.

The reason the throw was risky was that two defenders were near Moss as Brunell fired it to the speedy receiver. Somehow both of them missed it. Moss grabbed it, spun around and bolted the rest of the way to complete the 68-yard game winner.

It was Moss’ third touchdown reception of the day. In the first quarter, he caught a long pass from Brunell and executed a nifty spin move near the goal line to complete the 55-yard touchdown play. An eight-yard Moss TD catch early in the third quarter put the Redskins up by 10 but the Jags battled back to tie it with six seconds left. That set up Moss’ overtime heroics. 

The worst time: November 10, 2002, Alltel Stadium—The Redskins came into the game riding a two-game winning streak and at 4-4 they were squarely in playoff contention. A strong running game had been their best asset during their surge to .500 and, with the Jaguars sporting the worst run defense in the NFL, there was every reason to believe that the Redskins would take the land route to another win.

But coach Steve Spurrier had different ideas. "I was dumb enough to think we could throw it up and down the field," Spurrier said. "We ran a little bit here and there. We had a little success there early, and I got away from it too much. The second quarter, I kept thinking at midfield, we could throw the ball from there. But we didn't do it very well. So, looking back, I called a lousy game."

His defense didn’t play very well either. The Redskins scored first but the Jaguars scored 26 unanswered points and came out with a 26-7 win.

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