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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Redskins-Jaguars: The good, the bad and the confusing

By Jason Woodmansee

The Good
The patched-together defense. There were a lot of unfamiliar faces out there, but the defense played its best game in weeks.

Graham Gano. Yes, the guy I call "Graham Ga-oh-no" won the game plus had a long field goal in the wind earlier in the game. Meanwhile, the Jag's kicker was a kick-missing mess. It felt good to not have the worst kicker on the field for once.

The screen plays. You know, I think Donovan McNabb should just retire and be an assistant offensive coach.

The Bad
The call on the end zone INT. I have not talked to or read anyone who thinks that the Jags DB got both feet in.

Chris Cooley's ability to catch the football. He's not the guy you expect to drop footballs. That drop in the end zone was positively Jackie Smith-ian.

The way they tarp off sections of the Gator Bowl. Actually, the stadium in Jacksonville is called something else now, but I can't for the life of me remember what it is. Anyway, the fact that they turn whole sections of the stadium into advertising for NFL games (and don't have to for college games) is lame. Jacksonville should be very nervous if L.A. ever gets its act together stadium-wise. 

The Confusing
Figuring out what to root for. It's that time of the year - time for family, holiday cheer, and the Redskins elimination from the playoffs. What do you root for? On one hand, my main goal for the Redskins this season was not to finish last in the division. The Cowboys have assured that they at least won't be there by themselves, but each win is pushing the Redskins farther down the draft board. This team needs as high of a draft pick as they can get. One could also argue that the best thing for this team is to have as dismal season as possible so the powers-that-be to realize that they aren't just one giant free agent signing away from a Super Bowl.

And what about rooting against other teams? Out of habit you want the Cowboys to lose, but if they get a few more wins, they'll probably keep Jason Garrett instead of getting Bill Cowher and they'll fall down the draft boards as well. It was fun watching the Giants get embarrassed, yet you wonder if the Redskins would prefer to face a team that had clinched the playoffs versus a desperate team backed into a corner.

But, in the end, habit is going to come out on top. I'll root for the Vikings on Tuesday, the Redskins on Sunday, and injuries at the Eagles-Cowboys game. And then I'll believe that the next big free agent signing is the final piece that will take the Redskins to the Super Bowl.

By Jason Woodmansee  | December 27, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

It was good to see kevin barnes do something outstanding. He was a great player at UMD and I hope he can stick with the 'Skins.

What's up with Cooley? He may challenge TO for most dropped passes.

Grossman is not the answer either. Everybody scores 30 on the Cowboys this year and jacksonville had a pretty bad "D" yet, we could only score 17 in regulation.

Too bad L Fletcher isn't about 25, I would love to have him around for the next 10 years

Posted by: jimbrooks99 | December 27, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I try not to get hung up on bad calls, but that call on the interception in the end zone was ridiculous. The defender was obviously airborne when he caught the ball, but got credit for having one foot down. How the refs could miss that call with a 3 minute review and 35 camera angles boggles the mind. What is the point of the reviews if they still blow important calls?

Posted by: unclelonghair | December 27, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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