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Bears-Redskins: The good, the bad and the really ugly

By Jason Woodmansee

The Good
It was a win. I don’t know how it was a win, but it was a win. I keep checking to see if the NFL stepped in and took it away. This Redskins team seems to find ways win games it shouldn’t. Also, big props to DeAngelo Hall. It’s hard to argue with four interceptions, even if they were thrown by Jay Cutler.

The Bad
Troy Aikman. I hate when Aikman does Redskins games -- it seems like his conflict of interest should preclude him from doing it. This week he took it to a new level by bizarrely demanding an excessive celebration penalty on Hall, who made an acrobatic leaping catch, ran 92 yards for a touchdown, and then slid on his knees in the end zone. Really? That’s excessive? After a play like that, Hall should have been allowed to jump on Jay Cutler’s back and ride him like a horse.

Donovan McNabb. Now, I’m a huge McNabb homer. I hate to see people saying he’s not worth the draft picks the Redskins gave up. But man, did he play poorly. That tipped interception in the first quarter was “weapons grade stupid” (via @jasoncollete). I’m going to try to forget this one, Donovan.

The Really Ugly
This game. It was some of the worst football I’ve ever seen -- and remember, I’ve been watching 5-7-year-olds play flag football the last few months. The Redskins in no way deserved to win, and kept getting bailed out by lucky play after lucky play. During one stretch of the third quarter, it went like this:

  • Cutler throws a long bomb that somehow is stopped at the one yard line. Chicago challenges the call, but the replay confirms that it was short.
  • But hey, the Bears have the ball at the one, that’s an automatic TD, right? Nope -- Cutler tries a QB sneak into the end zone and fumbles. Replays showed he probably got the TD and/or had his forward progress stopped, but the Bears don’t challenge.
  • On the second play of the ensuing Redskins drive, McNabb gets sacked and fumbles the ball - but recovers it.
  • Fresh off the lucky fumble recovery, McNabb throws a terrible pass that is picked off and returned for an easy Bears touchdown. But it is called back because the Redskins had actually let the play clock expire. Clock management problems FTW!
  • The Redskins are forced to punt, but Cutler immediately throws an INT.
That’s called leading a charmed life -- I hope the team all chipped in on a lottery ticket after the game. Let’s be honest, when I called Jay Cutler a “Jackwagon” on Friday that may have been too kind. He spent the first half looking like Patrick Ramsey ca. 2003 -- scared and tentative. Then he spent the second half throwing the ball to DeAngelo Hall. For all of McNabb’s problems Sunday -- and he had plenty -- let’s all say thanks that the Redskins didn’t make that trade for Cutler.

By Box Seats blogger  | October 25, 2010; 10:51 AM ET
Categories:  Jason Woodmansee, Redskins  | Tags:  Jason Woodmansee, Redskins  
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You know the weirdest part of that whole stupid diatribe by Troy Barkman was not when he argued that dropping to two knees was excessive. Bizzaro-world was really entered when he pontificated that ONE knee would have been acceptable but TWO knees, well THAT crossed a line.

I swear I keep hoping for a blimp to crash into the pressbox every time he calls a Redskins game. That or Maake Kemoeatu.

Posted by: innocentbystander | October 25, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Can Lavar do us a favor and knock him out one more time. Aikman is a pathetic.

Posted by: goskinsgo | October 25, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

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