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The fans help predict Giants vs. Redskins

The fans help predict Giants vs. Redskins

Redskins (3-10) @ Giants (4-9)
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, 1:00 p.m.

We’re changing up the format of the prediction post here. I’m going to give my take and then turn it over to the fans who sent me their predictions via Twitter (@Rich_TandlerCSN) and on the Real Redskins Facebook page.

So what will happen?

If you’re reading this I don’t have to tell you that the Redskins haven’t been playing well lately. They last won a game on October 27. The Giants were on a similar skid, racking up seven straight losses before they got well against the Titans last week.

Back when the Giants were playing well—they were 3-2 at one point—Eli Manning was in rhythm. He had one of his best games of the season against Washington, throwing for 300 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately for the Redskins, his big weakness is throwing interceptions (13 on the season) but Washington can’t pick off passes to save its life (4).

It’s hard to see the Redskins winning this one. Yes, the Redskins face long odds in a game against a 4-9 team that has been floundering since the beginning of October. In the words of Pierre Garçon, “This is where we’ve come?”

Giants 27, Redskins 10

(predictions record this year 8-5)

Here are some of the better fan predictions that came my way on Twitter and Facebook:
@Rich_TandlerCSN first half 0-17, RG3 put in, Redskins win 24-20.

— Krystal (@klansdow123) December 12, 2014

Some positive posts from the Redskins point of view. Hey, it's the NFL, any given Sunday and all that. Many of the Redskins win predictions had RG3 coming in to save the day.
@Rich_TandlerCSN 33-17 Giants, McCoy gets sacked 5 times — Matt Boyer (@mattwboyer) December 12, 2014

Very little faith in the Redskins' pass protection is certainly understandable given that they have given up 29 sacks on the last five games.

@Rich_TandlerCSN Oh. Uh...NYG 24 Skins 17, then. Skins O doesnt look quite as hopeless as last week, but still not enough.

— Randy (@StrickSkin) December 12, 2014
We had some close loss predictions. Again, anything is possible.

@Rich_TandlerCSN Odell Beckham 28, Redskins 3.

— Steve Wilson (@stevewilsonap) December 12, 2014
@its_carolxo @Rich_TandlerCSN Odell Beckham- 42 Redskins- 3 I'll give us 3 this week. Improvement

— Johnny Obeid (@JohnnyObeid) December 12, 2014
Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants' sensational rookie wide receiver, was not playing for the Giants when they beat the Redskins 45-14 in Week 4. Things could get ugly is he has a big game.

Here are a few more of the better contributions. Thanks for all of them.

@Rich_TandlerCSN I predict that my love for the game of football and my will to live will be sapped in equal measure. 41-6 NYG #RedskinsTalk

— Greg Gateley (@GregGateley) December 12, 2014
@Rich_TandlerCSN Pain. #clubberlang

— Pliz C. (@pliz88) December 12, 2014

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Adrian Peterson continues surprising run in Redskins' win over Cowboys

Adrian Peterson continues surprising run in Redskins' win over Cowboys

LANDOVER, Md. -- With 22 starters comprising offensive and defensive players, plus another faction handling special teams, football is the ultimate team sport.

Now imagine where the 2018 Washington Redskins find themselves if the front office never brings in Adrian Peterson for that mid-preseason workout. Even Jamie Lee Curtis finds that frightening.

Peterson’s return to football glory continued with 99 rushing yards on 24 carries in Washington’s 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday evening.

“I won’t say we wouldn’t be as good in the run game, but, yeah,” left tackle Trent Williams said of his former University of Oklahoma teammate.

“Obviously having [Adrian], I won’t say it’s everything, but it’s almost everything,” Williams continued. His eyes widened as the Pro Bowl lineman pondered the potential downside of this offense without the future Hall of Famer. That’s a dark timeline.

Peterson’s Redskins career now spans six regular-season games. Sunday’s display of power in tight spaces and speed when daylight exists wasn’t a one-off. In those six games, Peterson rushed for at least 96 yards four times including the last two games despite playing with a painful shoulder.

“I’m feeling good, man, we just got a W,” the smiling running back said from behind the podium inside the media room at his newish home stadium. “That makes everything feel a lot better. I feel better than I did last week, I’ll say that.”

Washington felt concerned enough about its running attack following the second preseason game to scour the free agent market. Peterson arriving at Redskins Park in August generated the expected “Whoa” from the casual NFL fans, who picture the player hammering silly defenders daring to tackle him. That player no longer existed. At least that’s what many assumed.

Peterson last topped 1,000 yards or 4.0 yards per rush in 2015. Injuries and inefficiency headlined his 2017 stops in New Orleans and Arizona. Running backs capable of carrying an offense aren’t just lying around for the taking like a rogue penny on a sidewalk. Yet, there was Peterson, waiting for a team to show interest. After losing Derrius Guice with a season-ending knee injury and recognizing the in-house options were not enough, the Redskins called.

 “We didn’t have many expectations,” Jay Gruden said after the Redskins improved to 4-2 and took a 1 ½ game lead in the NFC East. “We weren’t expecting him to be on our football team until we had a couple of injuries. Then we got him. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I know he looked great in that workout.”

That workout led to a signing and almost simultaneously, the starting gig. Now it’s hard contemplating anyone else in those early down and short yardage scenarios. Peterson had runs of 23 and 20 yards against the Cowboys. The latter help set up one of two Dustin Hopkins field goals. His overall production helped move the chains in yet another game where the Alex Smith-led passing game lacked oomph.

This random road to Redskins Park is why Peterson’s renaissance feels shocking to many with one significant exception.

“No, not at all. I think everyone else around is surprised. I’m not,” Peterson said. “I expect greatness from myself. That’s why I put the work in. God has blessed with me this talent. A lot of people see, and a lot of people don’t. … Just keep confidence in myself. When I’m presented with my opportunity, I’m going to take advantage of it every Sunday.”

Peterson is taking advantage of this opportunity with the Redskins because necessity is the mother of invention. It turns out Washington’s running attack needed a reboot more than the running back required a makeover.

“There are not many guys like [Adrian] walking around the street,” Williams said, “and luckily, we found a diamond in the rough.”

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Josh Norman rocks Bobby Boucher jersey following Redskins' win over Cowboys

Josh Norman rocks Bobby Boucher jersey following Redskins' win over Cowboys

Josh Norman just took the jersey game to a whole new level.

Prior to the Redskins' gutsy 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Norman showed up to FedEx Field repping a Bobby Boucher Bourbon Bowl jersey from the iconic Adam Sandler movie "The Waterboy." 

He also repped the jersey following the win in the locker room with the media.

Many believed it was a shot at Giants' Odell Beckham Jr., who made comments this week about disliking water. But according to Norman, he just really likes the South Central Louisiana Mud Dogs.

Norman is known for repping a soccer jersey or two following a game, but he has everyone else beat this week.