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What You Need to Know, in a Bunch of Words

For the Redskins, it was a "slide into oblivion," as Gibbs was a minus-one on a scale of 1-10. Brunell has a season-low passer rating, which is saying something. Archuleta is now getting paid to play special teams. The third-quarter damage is now 53-0 over the past five games. The Skins scored 16 points in their three NFC East road games. Portis could miss four weeks with a broken hand, or maybe the rest of the year. The guys from "the U" are disappearing. And the Moss Man was thinking about his hamstring. ("Oh well.")

Columnists: "The Redskins are as inept as they come." (Stephen A. Smith). "You have to wonder whether the Redskins shouldn't just blow it up and start over" (Dan Daly). The team has "once again found a way to turn all that 'talent' into an unintelligible mush" (David Aldridge). "The game film will run more like a horror film" (Rick Snider). "They've never known exactly what they are" (Les Carpenter). "They don't really have a Plan B" (John Markon). "Most of this rests at my feet" (Gibbs). Someone was singing in the shower (Boz).

The Maryland defense hasn't yielded a TD in eight straight "man zone" possessions, which helps cancel out mostly dismal statistical rankings. In good news, Donnie Woods is out of the hospital. Gary Williams enjoys another laugher and empties the bench against a MEAC team, while the Maryland women roll after a short Final Four celebration. Virginia gets a big win and players rave about their new digs. (So do recruits and fans.) (Plus, there was wine and cheese.)

The Nats praise Manny Acta as a players' manager who is friendly and outgoing, Felipe Lopez seems to be willing to play 2B, Zim could be named ROY today and here's more Soriano-to-Philly talk.

After the Nets reduce his offense "to a state of groveling obedience," Eddie Jordan says his players aren't robots and the team needs to lick its wounds. Although, Vince Carter says the Nets would have lost with the old basketball.

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2006; 8:57 AM ET
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