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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 12/27/2010

Down for the count but still breathing

By Evan Bliss

Well done, good show, and a splendid effort by the Washington Redskins! No one was cooler than Jacksonville Head Coach Jack Del Rio, sporting his shades and black leather jacket on the sidelines, but no one was hotter than Rex Grossman and his Florida Gator chomp after his 1st quarter touchdown pass to Fred Davis. The Redskins might be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but at least they’re not rolling over and playing dead.

A sincere congratulations to Santana Moss for going over 1,000 yards for the fourth time in his career. Santana made it clear that he’d gladly trade in his personal accolades for a long playoff run, but in the now we’ll take anything we can celebrate.

A sincere, but mildly somber, congratulations to cornerback-turned-strong safety Kevin Barnes for intercepting David Garrard and setting up the winning overtime field goal. Barnes played well at safety, but don’t expect to see him if Landry’s healthy. Plus, Barnes isn’t fast enough for free safety so you won’t see him back there either next year, but at least the Redskins have a good backup cornerback that can play some safety if necessary.

A completely sarcastic congratulations to Graham Gano for kicking that pressure-cooking 31-yard overtime game winner. Gano has the lowest field goal percentage in the NFL, yet he’s the only Redskin that’s virtually safe from being benched or cut. Being rewarded for mediocrity: elementary school all over again. Yet no one else could bring Gano’s bursts of energy and excitement after kicking an extra point, and that’s why there’s no slicker kicker.

That being said, the Redskins could’ve easily rolled over and played dead against a Jaguars team fighting for playoff contention. At times the lowest-ranked Redskins defense looked like Swiss cheese with giant holes for Jaguars to run through, but the crippled reserves still managed to play well enough for the victory.

Grossman had another successful outing as the numero uno, and his toss to Moss, ruled an interception after official review was arguably the worst call of the game. Rex has been able to do what has eluded most Redskins quarterbacks in recent history: score red zone touchdowns. It's good to see the receivers were giving him the same treatment McNabb received: dropping passes.

One more game left until Shanny’s first year as head coach is a small burp in Redskins history, but it’s a big game. In fact, a win against the Giants is all I want for Christmas. A record of 7-9 is so much better than 6-10, and beating a division foe with playoff aspirations at home does several things. First, a two-game win streak headed into next season. Second, undefeated in 2011. Third, a nice head start to next year’s playoffs.  

By Evan Bliss  | December 27, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Evan Bliss, Redskins  
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In response to Evan Bliss article, by winning Sundays game, the Redskins dropped from the 5th to probably the 16th in next yrs. draft. Guess what? Where are they going to find a franchise quarterback now? I know you don't play to lose the game, but, by winning, your losing... Go Skins!

Posted by: eztiger44 | December 28, 2010 6:08 AM | Report abuse

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