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Redskins-Eagles, Best and Worst


(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)


Best and worst from Washington's 17-12 win over the Eagles.

Best Homecoming: Donovan McNabb's performance was up and down, and far from pretty, but you'll take a win every time.

Worst Trade: Maybe Mike Vick is more electric than McNabb, but a grandmother's wet flannel gown is more electric than Kevin Kolb. This was the succession plan? Mike Shanahan 1, Andy Reid 0.

Best Division: You'd be hard put to argue it's the NFC East. The supposed powerhouse is one of just two divisions in the NFL without a single team with a winning record.

Worst Hands: Eagles linebacker Stewart Bradley had a tipped ball flutter into his arms in the fourth quarter. An interception there and who knows. Bradley dropped it.

No, Really, Worst Hands: Haha, just kidding. Carlos Rogers still wins. Did you see his drop on the Eagles' last-ditch drive, when he had a chance to end the game? Sure you did.

Best Fans: There were at least 20 times I heard boos on Sunday. At least. That's not counting the boos directed at McNabb. Every time you claim Eagles fans boo a lot, you'll get the nut from Philly who says this is just perception. In my experience, it's not just perception. Philly fans boo a lot. Also, they left early.

Worst Injury: For all the violent chatter surrounding the NFL, you don't want to see the opponent's quarterback get hurt. You especially don't want to see him get on a play when everyone in the stadium has seen the flag for holding 30 yards behind the action. DeAngelo Hall and Kareem Moore indeed knocked Michael Vick out on a brilliant scramble that was obviously coming back due to holding. Someone needed to run up to him and tell him to quit running before he got hurt.

Best Redemption: Ok, not redemption, but Albert Haynesworth was a helpful player for the Redskins. He drew a holding call, batted down a pass and plowed forward on several occasions.

Worst Trend: The Redskins have had double-digit second-half leads in three games this season. They have yet to win a game by double digits. Xanax is a great drug, but fall Sundays shouldn't necessarily require its use.

Best Team on the Last Play: In both of the Skins' NFC East games, the opponent has thrown into the end zone on the game's final play with a chance to win. And the Redskins are 2-0 in those games. Domination, baby.

Worst Slide: Donovan McNabb's fourth-quarter third-down scramble was huge, but he's got to go down in bounds to keep the clock running. The Redskins slide when they shouldn't and don't when they should.

Best Meat and Potatoes: Love him or hate him, LaRon Landry sends opposing ball carriers airborne just about every week now. Sunday, the meat and potatoes came late in the second quarter, when LeSean McCoy was driving toward the goal line and Landry came flying toward the running back's legs. McCoy pinwheeled through the air, and was briefly shaken up. Landry, meantime, went to eat some goulash and Spaetzle.

Worst Game Management: After the longest replay review in NFL history, lasting some 28 hours, the Eagles found themselves unable to come up with a play on 4th-and-goal and were forced to call a timeout shortly before halftime. They decided to go for it, but failed to even come close to snapping the ball in time, and were then hit with a delay-of-game. The fans booed. It was well-deserved.

Best Roster Move: After starting the season with the same punt-returning philosophy that has characterized the past few years (i.e., do not attempt to gain any yards while punt returning), the Redskins finally switched things up, activating preseason hero Brandon Banks. His first punt return went for 53 yards, and was Washington's longest in 27 games. Fast, exciting, electric, and he plays for the Redskins. Go figure.

Worst Clock Management: The Redskins called two timeouts in the first 86 seconds of the third quarter, and still wound up without any points on the drive. That's Zorn stuff. It can't happen in close games like this.

Best First Half: On the road, following a horrid defeat, the Skins produced just about a perfect first half. They took a double-digit lead, they didn't punt in a first half for the first time since at least 1991, they scored on the ground and through the air, and the opposing team's most dangerous player got hurt.

Worst Second Half: Stephon Heyer. Next. (Oh, and get well soon, Trent!)

Best Celebrations: Since Clinton Portis is so often criticized for so many things, here's some of the good. When Chris Cooley caught his touchdown, Portis high-stepped in joy, by himself, yards and yards away from the cameras. And when Ryan Torain busted free for a 13-yard run, Portis gave him a huge high-five as they crossed paths on the field.

Worst First Quarter: Eagles safety Quintin Mikell had a five minutes to forget, horse collaring Santana Moss on a short run and then getting trucked by Torain on the Redskins' first touchdown.

Best Hit: Redskins do-everything superstar Lorenzo Alexander had yet another memorable special teams play when he attempted to break the body of Jorrick Calvin early in the first quarter. It was the play directly following Torain's blast. You won't get two consecutive hits by one team's offense and special teams like that very often.

Worst Pre-game Hug: Third-year wide receivers Devin Thomas and DeSean Jackson gave each other a nice greeting before the game. They were taken right around each other in the 2008 draft. One of them has had a pretty great career so far. The other is still waiting for playing time.

Best Coincidence: Rookie safety Nate Allen intercepted McNabb when the Redskins were threatening early in the second half. Allen was drafted with the second-round pick Washington sent to Philadelphia for McNabb.

Worst Connection: Fred Davis broke free midway through the first quarter and was more uncovered than Ines Sainz at the Super Bowl. He turned awkwardly, and manhandled McNabb's overthrown ball. It was the ugliest possible execution you will ever see when an NFL receiver is open by 20 yards. 'Course, the drive ended in that touchdown pass to Cooley, anyhow.

Best Throw: On first down early in the second quarter, McNabb was pressured and underthrew Joey Galloway. Some large number of Eagles fans stood and jeered. Two plays later, McNabb hosed a 57-yard strike down the right sideline to Anthony Armstrong. The Eagles fans did not stand and jeer.

Worst Balance: Of course, Armstrong didn't manage to keep his feet and fell out of bounds. The Redskins wound up with a field goal.

Best Bet: The Vegas sharps were on the Redskins +6.5 all week. The line got down to +6 or +5.5 by Sunday. The Vegas sharps know what they're doing.

Best Team in the NFC East: Well, the standings say it's Washington, anyhow. As with everything else from this game, you'll take it.

By Dan Steinberg  | October 3, 2010; 7:31 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Comments

domination baby!

now lets go get a punter

Posted by: dbuggs | October 3, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Taking Vick out early was the best possible thing for the 'Skins' chances today. They were thoroughly mediocre on offense, defense, special teams, and coaching decisions. I'll take it I guess for now, but I don't come away from this game any more optimistic about the Redskins, or McNabb. 8 wins in the last 28...

Posted by: ThisGuy | October 3, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually Dan, when the opponent's quarterback is a bad person like Michael Vick, then it is ok to root for him to get hurt.

Posted by: sebastiandriver1 | October 3, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Is it ok to root for Stephon Heyer to get shipped to a Siberian prison camp?

Good, send that fat chump packing.

Posted by: JDP_ | October 3, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

LOLS. great. skins got a lotta room for improvement. apparently we do have the pieces if we focus, the east is up for grabs. an albeit a cowboys run, then division is non sense. giants boutta lose!

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | October 3, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

without the total luck on the last play of this game and dallas skins are 0-4. would love to see them finish off an opponent before the last play. besides that hats off the beat the eagles and lead the east!

Posted by: jacksonalex | October 3, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Did Heyer really have three false start
penalties against him? Gad! I hope Trent's
toe gets healed fast. Did our Offense run out of gas by the 3rd quarter? Can our Defense stop the short and medium pass attack? Lots of work to do, but we're top of the NFC East, so that's not too bad.

Posted by: DeployedFan | October 3, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Does lil' Kyle Shanahan go take a nap after every first half? Why does the offense completely disappear in the 3rd quarter?

Posted by: tristesse27 | October 3, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

And hey, we're Nr1 in the Division based
on head-to-head competion, not "tied" for
first place. True?

Posted by: DeployedFan | October 3, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Redskin fans got a taste of Donovan McNabb today. His 2nd half was deja vu for any Philly fan. Doesn't complete a big pass, misses his receivers. His red zone touchdown percentage stinks. He is the most frustrating quarterback to root for. The 'Skins won despite him today - if not for their running game, the Eagles' ineptitude, Reid's brain fart, and Vick's injury, there's no way they win today.

I see the frustration in the Washington fans - no different in Philly. Still glad to be rid of Donnie Mac.

Posted by: eugkim | October 3, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

It's never ok to root for anyone to get hurt. Ever!

Posted by: Misty630 | October 3, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

it's never ok to root for someone to get hurt. Ever!

Posted by: Misty630 | October 3, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't rooting for Vick to get hurt. But I'll feel every bit as sorry for him as he did for all those dogs he killed.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | October 3, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't either. But that doesn't mean rooting for him to get hurt is wrong. He doesn't deserve that type of respect, he's a terrible person.

Posted by: sebastiandriver1 | October 3, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Rooting for him to get hurt is wrong! Knock it off and get over it!!!

Posted by: Misty630 | October 3, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

You get over it. You're defending a guy who murdered innocent animals.

Posted by: sebastiandriver1 | October 3, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

you have it backwards. If skins were -5.5, then you should compliment vegas

Posted by: bakerd1 | October 3, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

those are the two worst football teams i have ever seen in my life. the minute the dog whisperer went down it digressed into a bad H.S. game. neither team wins another game until 2013 and the next time these bums play it will be a 5-5 tie that is how pathetic that mess was.

Posted by: doyouktt | October 3, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

What is an innocent animal? Are the chickens and cows used for are meats innocent? Vick committed a crime (the illegal gambling being the major issue), lost his fortune, convicted, served time, and released. This is how the justice system works. Let the man play football and good win for the 'Skins.

Posted by: bigceedee | October 3, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bigceedee | October 3, 2010 10:15 PM:
..."Vick committed a crime (the illegal gambling being the major issue)"...

If you really think the illegal gambling was the major issue, you might be about as sick as Vick is. Fortunately, most Americans and our judicial system see it differently, which is why the man did some good time in prison. I certainly hope he can be rehabilitated and make something of himself, and I don't mean as a QB, I mean as a human being.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | October 3, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Eugkim and that's great lol. Redskins also have seen great things from McNabb. He had a bad 2nd half and that will need to improve, but you just pointed to one important fact...A running game. Did McNabb have that in Philly? Must have felt good to McNabb to not have everything rest on his shoulders

I'll be looking forward to McNabb getting more in sync with the offense. If our running game also keeps up we can do great things. But at the end of the day Redskins won....and quite frankly it should have been a 38-6 blowout. Skins need to stop keeping the opposing teams in games. By the way EugKim...good luck when you visit us at FedEx field. 2-0 in the division baby!!

Posted by: smooth700 | October 4, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Surprised you didn't pose the question as to what in the hell Shanahan was thinkin after the Armstrong catch with those 2 consecutive play calls for Banks!!!!!!????

Posted by: skins91r | October 4, 2010 3:28 AM | Report abuse

Redskin fans got a taste of Donovan McNabb today. His 2nd half was deja vu for any Philly fan. Doesn't complete a big pass, misses his receivers. His red zone touchdown percentage stinks. He is the most frustrating quarterback to root for. The 'Skins won despite him today - if not for their running game, the Eagles' ineptitude, Reid's brain fart, and Vick's injury, there's no way they win today.

I see the frustration in the Washington fans - no different in Philly. Still glad to be rid of Donnie Mac.

Posted by: eugkim | October 3, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

________________________________________

Truly spoken like a fan who has zero clue how important the QB position is, as well as someone who didn't suffer 5yrs with Jason Campbell at said position.

Posted by: skins91r | October 4, 2010 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Carlos Rogers is like Roberto Duran, "Manos de Piedra"... (hands of stone)

Posted by: mdnativ2000 | October 4, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse

Rogers grabs that interception....game over

The Philly receiver grabs the Hail Mary (and he had a good shot at it).....game over

Still too many ifs (if the Eaglets score that TD at the end of the 1st half, if the Skins don't get that fumble call), then we are looking at 1-3 and teh wagons are really circled this week at Redskins Park.

Posted by: bbmcoachk | October 4, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

"Worst Hands: Eagles linebacker Stewart Bradley had a tipped ball flutter into his arms in the fourth quarter. An interception there and who knows. Bradley dropped it."

When I saw this I was like "NOOOOOOOOOO that's Carlos Rogers!"

But then I saw the second part. Nice, Dan.

Posted by: rachel216 | October 4, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

eugkim: again, thanks for McNabb!! We love him!! I don't think Kolb will ever accomplish half the things that McNabb has done for your team!!

No, that was not McNabb's best game, but Kevin Kolb sure didn't look much better... Mr. Checkdown! I was very surprised he looked that bad. I thought he was a lot better than that. That's why you don't give the guy the job after 4 games. But Philly fans need to stop b!tching about Vick getting hurt and how Kolb sucks. You guys wanted Kolb, now you got him! So be happy!!

Posted by: rachel216 | October 4, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I know it's a league wide issue but watching Philip Buchanon attempts at tackling someone is painful. Also if Kareem Moore were a baseball player he would led the league in whiffs.

Posted by: GoSkins55 | October 4, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Happy for win but if McNabb had stayed in bounds on their final drive instead of running out, Eagles never get a chance to win game from 30. Also, does Landry have to stand over receiver after every single tackle? Especially after they just burned us for 40 yds...punkish

Posted by: rschotta1 | October 4, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Worst announcers: Troy Aikman and Joe Buck. You couldn't have a pair more obviously rooting against the Redskins (at one point they said 92 was not a factor in the game!)even if you had a former Redskins arch rival in the booth. Oh wait...

Posted by: Hip2bSquare | October 4, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I love Xanax!

Posted by: pearlbullets | October 4, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

A dropped endzone pass from losing, poor tackling, poor 2nd half passing, Brickhands drops yet another pick, Heyer's false starts, etc. Then at least 4 holds that weren't called (Osackpo gets held every 3 plays).

An gritty win but no confidence in any of the phases except Torain and Cooley on O, Landry will light someone up (including his own team mate) on D, and Banks on ST.

Posted by: kahlua87 | October 4, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Just want to set the record straight. The Skins were not "lucky" that Vick left the game - we took him out via vicious hits by Kareem Moore and D. Hall - big difference. The defense came with attitude and took out the opposing team's best player - kudos to them. We also weren't "lucky" about the fumble call - Shanahan et al saw it was the wrong call and threw the flag - the right call, and kudos to them. Just trying to give credit where credit is due...

Posted by: fmcromwell | October 4, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Hip2bSquare | October 4, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Worst announcers: Troy Aikman and Joe Buck. You couldn't have a pair more obviously rooting against the Redskins (at one point they said 92 was not a factor in the game!)even if you had a former Redskins arch rival in the booth. Oh wait...

You're just as stupid as the Philly fans that think that Aikman still has it in for the Eagles. You think Aikman is rooting for Philly? He's trying to be impartial. Sometimes he isn't right. Sometimes he uses a superfluous "what" in his speech. But he certainly wasn't rooting for the Eagles yesterday.

Posted by: GeorgeTowner2 | October 4, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2010/10/cooley_75_percent_chance_skins.html#comments

To all the haters that mocked Cooley for believing we could beat the Eagles: Welcome back on the bandwagon

Posted by: Barno1 | October 4, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Best Bet: The Vegas sharps were on the Redskins +6.5 all week. The line got down to +6 or +5.5 by Sunday. The Vegas sharps know what they're doing.

Actually came down all the way to 4.5. A great, great bet indeed. Was a happy night in the Barno household. That 2 to 1 moneyline didn't hurt either...

Posted by: Barno1 | October 4, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

wait you left a Best Worst off your list

LEAST RELEVANT REPORTING:
This column
Nuff said

Posted by: Hank4 | October 4, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Luck! This describes in one word the two victories we've had so far this season. Does anyone feel like the Skins played a great defensive game? If so you need to have your head examined. We gave up a lot of yards, and essentially a gift from the Eagles on a dropped pass in the End Zone on the final Hail Mary. On a positive note I did enjoy seeing the bump-n-run play by the CBs. It made a HUGE difference on not giving up on the big pass plays. However, that soft cover 2 had holes all over the place! Why didn't we go blitz crazy when Vick got hurt? We should have eaten Kolb alive in there! I'll take the win for sure, but this team has a long way to go on both sides of the ball. McNabb played horrible! You can see exactly why he never won a Super Bowl - he can't pass on the move, he can't throw the short pass, and has NEVER been able to.

Posted by: dwilcox2 | October 4, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

How about this for a "second best coincidence." The Eagles kick returners were named Calvin and Hobbs (Hobbes). They play Calvinball every kickoff!

Posted by: johnson443 | October 4, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

RE: M.Vick: It is NEVER alright to “root for him to get hurt.” Sebastiandriver is a bad person and needs prayer.

Posted by: scsmith58 | October 4, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2010/10/cooley_75_percent_chance_skins.html#comments

To all the haters that mocked Cooley for believing we could beat the Eagles: Welcome back on the bandwagon

Posted by: Barno1 | October 4, 2010 11:29 AA
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Why is it that it seems like 95% of Barnos posts are attacking others and their fandom?

Does Barno love jerking his junk that much while trying to anonymously tell others on an internet blog just how "wrong" they are?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 4, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Does Pooopy love jerkin his junk that much while trying to anonymusly tell Barno on an itnernet blog just how "wrong" he is

Posted by: this_guy | October 4, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Hah! I'd say it's more like 5% than 95% Poopy. Good point though...maybe I should just pick one person to focus on and just attack them all the time on the blog--like you do--instead of spreading the commentary around a little.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 4, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

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