Not ready to give up on the Skins just yet


I consider myself lucky. A new bar/restaurant opened crawling distance from our house in Illinois. And those folks like sports. So all I have to do on Sundays is to go over there and ask them to put on the Redskins game. Yes, this is Bears country but they can put on any game you want.

To be honest, I haven’t had much time to think about the Redskins as the Orioles are running away with the pennant. So the Redskins lose to Houston on the road, 17-6. I say that if we didn’t fumble twice in the red zone and get a simple punt blocked, we could have won this game going away.

Two terrible plays spelled doom for the Skins. The defense was playing well and tossing a shutout heading into the second quarter.  In fact the Skins jumped up in front after some strong runs from Alfred Morris (14-91). Darrel Young got the ball at the goal line for the go-ahead touchdowns. And then the strangest thing happened. Our extra point (a gimme) was blocked by the stud, JJ Watt. No excuse for that.

And Robert Griffin? He was doing OK. He wasn’t making all the right calls but his throws were on target. Yes, I would like to see him use his great speed to run more but i get that.

Still the lead was ours on the road and that’s saying something.

And then what happened? Out of the blue, the Texans hit on a big pass. That poor safety, Bacarri Rambo,was lit up. He was trashed. Not only did he not defend the pass he got burned by one DeAndre Hopkins. Mr. Rambo, you are a safety. That means don”t allow anyone to get past you. The 76-yard TD pass put us behind for good.

And two minutes later, we were further down. Tress Way, a punter out of Oklahoma,  got ready for a routine punt. Except for this Alfred Blue fellow from Houston wasn’t blocked. So he decided to swat away Way’s punt and take it back for a touchdown. Yes, that’s special teams. Those same non-special teams like we had last year.

So down eight points in the second half, we had some threats. And then a few hurtful fumbles further derailed us. Here was tight end, Niles Paul, seemingly on the way to a touchdown when he gets stripped deep in Arizona territory. Hold on to the ball, Niles.

The Redskins were the lone team in the NFL that didn’t score in double figures. That can be fixed. Griffin still has some very good weapons. Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Andre Watson all looked good in this loss. Defensively, DeAngelo Hall led the way with 7 tackles. David Amerson and Keenan Robinson all had 5 tackles.

So go back to Washington and score some points against Jacksonville.

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Brian Hradsky

The owner of MSB, I created this website while in college and it has never died.

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