July 28, 2017

Washington Redskins Wild Card Playoff Preview: vs. Green Bay Packers

The fourth-seeded Washington Redskins play host to the fifth-seeded Green Bay Packers in a Wild Card playoff match-up that few would have expected just a month ago. Washington, the NFC East champion, has now won four straight games on their way to a 9-7 record. Green Bay, on the other hand, stumbles in having lost their last two contests, resulting in a 10-6 record.

These two teams have taken very different trajectories this season. Washington has been playing their best ball as of late. After starting out the season at 2-4, fans could see the same old mediocre Redskins team starting to materialize. However, Washington has now gone 7-3 in their final 10 games, with 2 of those losses coming to teams that currently have first-round byes in the playoffs. The Redskins ended up clinching the East in Week 16 and having the luxury of resting key starters last week’s win vs. Dallas. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 17 Preview: at Dallas Cowboys

The NFC East champion Washington Redskins travel to face the rival Dallas Cowboys in an extremely rare meaningless game (from a standings perspective). Washington (8-7) has already locked up the division and a home playoff game by beating the Philadelphia Eagles last week, and will likely play their star players sparingly, if at all.

Dallas (4-11) is having the season that most Washington fans expected to have. They have had quarterback problems throughout the season due to the injured clavicle of Tony Romo, and have started 4 different players at the quarterback position this year. This week, they land on Kellen Moore, the lefty out of Boise St. The Cowboys have never been able to get it going offensively this year, and they will not be helped by the absence of Dez Bryant (injury) this week either. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 16 Preview: at Philadelphia Eagles

The Washington Redskins travel up to the “City of Brotherly Love” Saturday in a game for all the marbles against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Redskins, at 7-7, need to come away with a victory  to claim the NFC East for the first time since 2012, while the Eagles (6-8) are fighting to stay in contention for the crown themselves.

The Redskins are coming off of two big wins, taking a monkey off their back in both of them. Two weeks ago, they defeated the Chicago Bears for their first road win, and then came home to manhandle the Buffalo Bills the following week for their first consecutive wins of the year. The Eagles came back to Philly with their feathers ruffled last week, losing on primetime to the Arizona Cardinals, 40-17 in embarrassing fashion. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 15 Preview: vs. Buffalo Bills

The Washington Redskins return to home sweet FedEx Field on Sunday to take on the Buffalo Bills, looking to keep their slight lead in the NFC East intact. Washington won a very close contest in Chicago last week, eeking it out by a missed Robbie Gould field goal, 24-21. The Bills were not much help to the Redskins last week, losing at Philadelphia and allowing the Eagles to keep pace in the division.

Buffalo is 6-7 in its first year of the Rex Ryan era, and like the Redskins, they have experienced an up-and-down season. The Bills are the most penalized team in the league with 124 enforced penalties for 1,086 yards. That is a lot of lost yardage. However, they do (sometimes) have the talent to make up for it, with QB Tyrod Taylor, RB LeSean McCoy, and WR Sammy Watkins leading the offense. [Read more…]

Redskins Week 14 Preview: at Chicago Bears

Following a heartbreaking loss to the rival Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, the Washington Redskins travel to Soldier Field in Chicago to take on the Chicago Bears. Both teams sport mediocre 5-7 records, but Washington still has control of the NFC East division lead via tiebreak. Chicago is coming off of a disappointing loss last week to the lowly San Francisco 49ers.

The Bears are in a similar situation as the Redskins this year, with a new General Manager trying to go through a rebuilding process with a younger team, resulting in inconsistent (and many times ugly) play. Jay Cutler, the much-maligned franchise QB, has been relatively steady compared to years’ past, throwing for 14 TDs and 7 interceptions on the season. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 13 Preview: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Folks, this is the one we look forward to every year. The division-leading Washington Redskins host the rival Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field on Monday Night Football. The Redskins somehow find themselves leading the NFC East over the Giants and Eagles, who both sit at 5-7 after their week 13 games. The Dallas Cowboys have endured a tough season, sitting at 3-8 amid serious injury and off-the-field distractions.

For Redskin fans, this game is THE game, whether the division is on the line or not. FedEx will be loud and the atmosphere will be electric. The Redskins have not fared well on primetime in recent memory, with a 4-18 clip in their last 22 games under the lights. However, they hold a 5-1 record at home in 2015 and defeated the Cowboys on Monday Night Football last year in Dallas. Anything is possible when these rivals come together. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 12 Preview: vs. New York Giants

The Washington Redskins look to grab a share of the NFC East lead Sunday in a key divisional matchup vs. the New York Giants. The Redskins were thoroughly embarrassed in a 44-16 blowout at Carolina, while the Giants are coming off a bye week, Washington’s third opponent this year on two weeks’ rest.

The Giants, at 5-5, have a game lead on the abysmal NFC East, and beat the Redskins quite convincingly earlier this year, 32-21. The Giants have been Washington’s bugaboo the last few seasons, winning five straight meetings, all in pretty convincing fashion. The last game played at FedEx Field between these two teams ended in a 45-17 blowout, helped along by four interceptions thrown by Kirk Cousins. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 11 Preview: at Carolina Panthers

The Washington Redskins head to Charlotte, NC to face their second undefeated opponent in 3 weeks in the 9-0 Carolina Panthers. The Redskins are coming off their most complete performance of the season against the New Orleans Saints in a 43-14 rout, while the Panthers pulverized the Tennessee Titans, 27-10, in their Week 10 matchup.

The Panthers are led by the man who has been dominating headlines this year for his stellar play and creative celebrations, Mr. Cam Newton. Newton has been discussed as an MVP candidate this year, with his 15 passing TDs and 6 rushing TDs. He is a dynamic playmaker, especially around the red zone, where he loves to hit his big TE Greg Olsen. [Read more…]

Redskins Week 10 Game Preview: vs. New Orleans Saints

The Washington Redskins return home after a one-sided road loss to face the up-and-down roller coaster ride that is the New Orleans Saints. Washington put forth a feeble effort against the mighty Patriots last week, dropping 7 balls and committing costly turnovers, all while allowing LeGarrette Blount to run all over them and Tom Brady to slice them up in the passing game. The Saints are also coming off an embarrassing loss to the lowly Tennessee Titans at home, a game in which they allowed Titans rookie Marcus Mariota to throw for 371 yards and 4 TDs.

The Saints had won three straight games to move to 4-4 before that game behind their powerful offense, but now sit at 4-5 looking to sniff .500 again. The Redskins sit at 3-5 but are a stellar 3-1 this season at FedEx Field, and they look to make that mark 4-1 this week. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 9 Preview: at New England Patriots

The Washington Redskins are coming off a nice long bye week to their toughest road test of the season: the mighty Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. The Redskins hope to build off of the miracle 31-30 comeback win vs. Tampa Bay two weeks ago, and will be healthier than they have been for most of the season. However, they are running into the juggernaut that is Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

Not much needs to be said about the Patriots that has not been repeated ad nauseam. New England is a dynasty, with four Super Bowl Rings in six appearances in the past 15 seasons. They are the very antithesis of the Redskins during that time, and are now 7-0 for the first time since their historic 16-0 regular season in 2007. [Read more…]

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