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13 years later and Santana Moss' 'Monday Night Miracle' still brings up the best memories

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13 years later and Santana Moss' 'Monday Night Miracle' still brings up the best memories

Santana Moss was disgusted.

The 2005 Redskins had gone seven-plus quarters to start the season without a touchdown and the team's explosive new receiver couldn't believe it.

He was also confused as to why he had practiced a certain route plenty before Week 2's Monday night showdown with the Cowboys but hadn't been asked to run that route once during the contest.

So, No. 89 was down — and Clinton Portis could tell. That's when Portis went over to let Joe Gibbs know about Moss' gripe, which led to Gibbs meeting with Moss and telling him to be ready to run a "dino," otherwise known as a post-corner-post.

That turned out to be a smart decision for all involved.

Moss ended up burning the Cowboys secondary twice with the same pattern — one for 39 yards and the other for 70 — in a span of three minutes and 55 seconds. Behind those Mark Brunell-Moss connections, the 'Skins stunned their rivals 14-13 in what is known in D.C. as the "Monday Night Miracle." 

Sept. 19, 2018, marks the 13-year anniversary of the Miracle, which is one of the few moments from the 2000s that Burgundy and Gold fans can proudly look back on. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find a sequence from this century that conjures up nostalgia quicker than that two-touchdown flurry.

What's interesting is the parallel you can draw from that Washington team to this one that's 1-1 to start in 2018.

The current group is stalling on offense, too; sure, they've had more success putting up points than Gibbs' 2005 bunch, but Alex Smith and his receivers have yet to really find that spark.

Look back at 2005, though, and you'll understand how quickly that can all change. Perhaps Smith and Co. will find that connection all of the sudden, too.

Regardless, while every Redskins supporter is rightly concerned with how their squad will handle the upcoming matchup with the Packers, there's nothing wrong with taking a few minutes to reflect on the past.

In fact, it's the perfect time to reflect on all that can happen in just a few minutes.


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Despite early results, Alex Smith is confident in the progress with his wide receivers

Despite early results, Alex Smith is confident in the progress with his wide receivers

The Redskins signed two new wide receivers this week in Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman, and while that might generate attention, those two players will not solve Washington's offensive funk. 

For the Redskins pass game to improve, Alex Smith needs to increase his connections with Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson. Despite poor statistics through two games, Smith sees the chemistry with his wideouts growing. 

"I think it's hard looking at the numbers with these first two weeks just the defenses we played, the style that they've played necessarily hasn’t dictated a lot of balls going outside to those guys," Smith said Wednesday. 

Smith is right that it's hard looking at the numbers.

Through two games, the Redskins top three receivers have combined for 18 catches and 173 yards. There are 11 players around the league with more than 200 yards receiving. Not teams, individual players. 

It's definitely too early to discount the Redskins wideout crew, and Smith believes in his receivers. 

"I feel really good about it. Those guys all work extremely hard. They're all crazy talented."

Talented or not, injuries could play a big role, too.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden revealed Wednesday that Richardson underwent an MRI but that everything came back clear. The speedy wideout injured his AC joint on a diving catch attempt in Week 1, and Gruden suggested he might have tweaked his knee in the Week 2 loss to the Colts. Even with modest numbers of eight catches for 85 yards, Richardson is the team's leading receiver, and losing him for any game action would be a big blow to the offense.

Richardson did not practice on Wednesday but said in the locker room that his knee is fine, though the shoulder injury has continued to bother him. 

Assuming Richardson can play Sunday, the top three wideouts need more production, and more opportunities. 

"In hindsight, you're always kicking yourself," Smith said. "We could’ve done this, could’ve done that, I could’ve done this, things like that. What's tough in that game, it felt like you also wanted to tell yourself to stay patient."

The Redskins offense lacked big plays against Indianapolis, though had Doctson or Richardson been able to haul in two different passes it might have made a difference. 

Going forward, the good news is Smith believes he can get things working well with the starting wideouts. The Redskins need that to happen. 

"It's a process that never ends. You're constantly working at that. You don't know when that opportunity is going to present itself. I think all those things, it comes in bunches. You keep working. You never stop, no matter what," Smith said. 

In Week 2, the 'Skins offense struggled to move the ball and did not score a single touchdown. That needs to be better.

"You just keep firing and you keep taking your shots when they're there and you don't think or dwell on the rest. I think you just kind of keep staying in the moment and focusing on what you have to do."


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Maroon 5 to perform at Super Bowl LIII halftime show

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Maroon 5 to perform at Super Bowl LIII halftime show

Super Bowl LIII will be played in the brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., but the halftime musical performance will not be headlined by anyone from the A-T-L. 

Maroon 5 will take the stage in Atlanta on Feb. 3, according to Variety

The seven-man pop group will follow in the footsteps of Justin Timberlake, who performed during last year's halftime show in Minnesota. Notable recent performers include Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and the Black Eyed Peas.

Many expected the halftime performance to be an artist or group with Atlanta roots -- a city full of musical talent -- particulalry in hip-hop. Acts such as Usher, the Migos, Future, and Ludacris all come from the 'Big A.' But the NFL opted to go with the Los Angeles-based group instead. The NFL has not released a statement yet regarding the performer.

Maroon 5 has produced hits with many of today's musical stars, including a 2017 track with Future, as well as Cardi B and SZA. Should Maroon 5 want to bring out a suprise guest, they will have plenty of artists to choose from.

The NFL has seen several spectacular halftime performances, so it will be interesting to see where Maroon 5 will rank.