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Posted at 4:49 PM ET, 11/22/2010

To kick, or not to kick...

By Evan Bliss

Expect the unexpected. Graham Gano went from goat to gloat when he knocked in the game-winning overtime field goal after chunking a terrible effort at the end of regulation. This only reaffirms my sentiment of loathing kickers. Except Mark Moseley.

A couple rules I’d like to see Roger Goodell bring to the discussion table. If players are fined for almost any sort of infraction, then why aren’t owners fined for field conditions? I’m no Carl Spackler, but I’m almost positive grass should remain in the dirt and not come up in clumps every time it’s touched. I’m all for the natural grass surface, but poor field conditions have been a repeat offender this season, Tennessee’s being a prime example. Sure players have options for deeper spikes, but even with deeper spikes a poorly managed field can potentially lead to injuries -- injuries the Redskins can’t spare.

The second rule I’d like to see added is that the kicker and punter must also play another position. Back-up safety, cornerback, wide receiver, defensive lineman, take your pick. They are the only one-trick ponies on the roster, with the exception of the long snapper, who only comes in the game for kicks and punts. I’d much rather have lower percentages for field goals and whacky looking punts than have so much at stake resting on guys who watch 95 percent of the game. Why not free up a couple roster spots for offensive lineman?

Instead we all had to watch Gano miss his kicks before halftime and regulation, only to hide our eyes at the possibility of a third crucial miss. But he made it, he’ll most likely keep his job for now, and we’ll be forced to hide our eyes again considering Gano has the fourth lowest field goal percentage in the league, but has attempted the third most! He’s left 21 points off the board, and when 40% of Washington's games have been decided by only three points, that’s not a comforting sign.

A couple nods. Big nod to Lorenzo Alexander for stripping Vince Young and stopping Tennessee from gaining some early momentum. That might have been the play of the game. Big nod to DeAngelo Hall for shutting down Randy Moss and playing through pain. Big nod to Keiland Williams for carrying the load. Big nod to Donovan McNabb who looked sharper, confident, and connected to his targets. Big nods to Santana and Cooley for solid performances.

Gold stars to the defense and offensive line. Both were make-shift and missing key contributors, but the defense didn’t allow an offensive touchdown and the offensive line only allowed three sacks, sadly a terrific improvement. I'm not sure why the Redskins played better when missing so many key contributors, but maybe that’s better left for the coaches to figure out….

If the key to these Redskin victories is playing teams that are more dysfunctional than they are, then I feel really good about going against Minnesota next Sunday. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving everyone, heal up fast Clinton Portis, and Hail to the Redskins!

By Evan Bliss  | November 22, 2010; 4:49 PM ET
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