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Redskins-Eagles, Best and Worst

By Dan Steinberg


Best and worst from the Redskins' 59-28 loss to the Eagles.

Worst Start, Part I: Ryan Torain was injured in warmups, leaving the Redskins with just Keiland Williams (and I guess Darrel Young) in the backfield. Then LaRon Landry got into a pre-game skirmish with DeSean Jackson.

Worst Start, Part II: The Eagles completed an 88-yard touchdown pass, to Jackson, over Landry, on their first offensive play. "Boy, that is a knife in the heart," Larry Michael said, and if he's feeling bloodied, you know it's bad.

Worst Start, Part III: Then the Redskins went three-and-out, with three Williams carries.

Worst Start, Part IV: And then the Eagles got the ball and needed just five plays to score another touchdown.

Worst Start, Part V: And then Donovan McNabb threw an interception.

Worst Start, Part VI: And by the end of the first quarter, the Eagles had a franchise-record 28 points. The Redskins had less than that. It was also the most points any team scored in the first quarter of a Monday night game. It was also the most yards the Redskins had ever allowed in a first quarter. It was also the biggest lead by a road team after one quarter in NFL history. Basically, it was the most, biggest, worst, and awfulest of everything in the history of everything.

Best Dance: Ordinarily, I'd be inclined to praise any NFL player for performing the John Wall Dance, but in the case of LeSean McCoy in the Redskins' end zone, it wasn't that much fun. See above.

Worst Challenges: Both of Mike Shanahan's failed challenges were close. Very, very close. I might have agreed with him on the second one, the out-of-bounds pass to Jeremy Maclin. Still, the scoresheet shows he lost twice, meaning the third-down touchdown pass to Jason Avant in the third quarter couldn't be challenged. Not like that necessarily mattered much.

Best One-Liner, Part I: "By halftime, the Redskins will probably have re-signed LaRon Landry to a five-year, $78 million contract." -- Dan Daly.

Best One-Liner, Part II: "If Shanahan wants to send a wake-up call to the defense, he could bench them in favor of Rex Grossman." -- Rick Maese.

Best One-Liner, Part III: "This is the most vicious beating I've ever witnessed in all my life.'' - Antonio Margarito. (David Steele)

Best One-Liner, Part IV: "Thanks, we'll get through this [game break] quick before the Eagles score again." -- Trey Wingo.





Best One-Liner, Part V:

The above, sent by @kerrymobrien to some obnoxious Eagles fans at a bar.

Best One-Liner, Part VI: "If you're not watching the game, Michael Vick just took a knee for a gain of 18 yards." -- Down Goes Brown By Brown.

Worst Former Teammate: "How do u justify a 78 million dollar contract w/this type of performance?" T.O. wrote on Twitter.

Worst Day in Redskins History: Yahoo! sports columnist Dan Wetzel suggested on Twitter that this was one of them. Not close. Seriously, maybe I'm again on an island here, but I just don't sense the despair of even last year, much less the Petitbon year or the Spurrier disaster, just in recent memory.

Best Stat, Part I: Donovan McNabb threw two touchdowns in the second quarter on Monday. That's more than he had thrown in any game this season. That's via @AndyBehrens.

Best Stat, Part II: The Eagles ended the first half with 45 points. The Redskins have scored more than 40 points in an entire game just once since Norv Turner was fired.

Best Stat, Part III: After the first 20 seconds of the game, DeSean Jackson had 88 yards receiving. Before getting cut earlier this year, the receiver the Redskins chose ahead of Jackson in 2008 -- Devin Thomas -- had surpassed that total in just one game.

Best Stat, Part IV: The Eagles set the all-time Monday Night Football scoring record. With more than 5 minutes left in the third quarter. They also scored more than had any Redskins opponent since 1954. With 5 minutes left in the third quarter.

Best Play: On the Redskins' ledger, I'll give the award to Lorenzo Alexander, who blew up Eagles kick returner Jorrick Calvin for the second time this season. For such a large man, Alexander is just an incredible asset on special teams. ESPN showed four angles of the hit -- which was clean -- and from every side, it was brutal.

Best Metaphorical Sign: You'll claim I'm grasping, but the Redskins kept coming. Not always very effectively, but they were coming. I was in Foxboro in 2007 when the Skins lost 52-7 to the Patriots. While this first quarter was far more dramatically awful, and that Patriots team was much more of a juggernaut, that Skins team appeared to be far more beaten-down and helpless during the rout. They would go on to make the playoffs. In the rain, with a third-string running back and empty stands and injuries everywhere, down 35-0, the Redskins kept fighting. I'm serious.





Best Actual Sign:

Well, this one got a lot of screen time, anyhow.





Worst Actual Sign: Eh, at least you got on the wires, via the AP's Nick Wass.

Worst Realization: After 14 days of quarterback angst and overheated drama, we all just wanted another gameday to arrive, so all nonsense could end. Well, the nonsense ain't ending after that game.


(By John McDonnell - TWP)

By Dan Steinberg  | November 15, 2010; 11:59 PM ET
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Comments

Have y'all seen two girls, one cup? You know that internet video where the one chick takes a steamer in a cup, and then feeds it to her friend with a spoon, and then her friend hurls into the cup, and then she takes a spoonful of steamer and hurl and feeds it back to the chick who laid the steamer in the first place, who then sort of rolls it around on her tongue before hurling back into the cup herself?

This football game was like that in just about every respect, except unlike Laron Landry, I have it on good authority that the second chick can tackle.

Posted by: wahoo2x | November 16, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Granted this is a bad team that is just one year removed from the unmitigated disaster that was 2009, but tonight was still a disgrace. Yes, there have been worse games in our lowly recent history (the Gus Ferrotte head butt game), but this was still really really low. Thank you, Redskins, for giving the media and all opposing fans more ammunition.

Posted by: Andymr | November 16, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Hold me.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 16, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

So how much does Danny pay you to write such junk rather than the obvious fact that this team will always be dysfunctional as long as he is the owner?
I bet a lot less than he pays those two ghouls on Redskins Report and Head Cheerleader Lindsay Czarniak.

Posted by: jos587 | November 16, 2010 3:19 AM | Report abuse

Things for the Skins to do tomorrow morning:

1) Cut Joey Galloway. Replace him with someone from the practice squad. Or maybe even someone from Stadium Security.

2) It's officially time to end the 3-4 experiment. We've gone from a statistically good defense that can't stop good teams to being a statistically bad defense that can't stop any team. "The Scheme" is nothing more than ... a dream.

3) Make Laron Landry run wind sprints until he literally collapses. He loves to make big hits but he's still essentially a knuckle-head. New rule: if you start crap with the other team during warm ups and then get nuked for six on the first play of the game, you run wind sprints until you collapse during the next practice.

4) Get a new play caller. Sorry, but Kyle Shanahan just sucks. Sure, let Junior keep his job working with dad, but, isn't it time to think about bringing back an "Offensive Consultant?" We're last in third downs - but first in the Number Of Coaches Named Shanahan. Can someone go send out Redskins One to go grab Sherm Lewis?

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | November 16, 2010 5:22 AM | Report abuse

To all the McNabb haters out there who have yet to post, I would like to make one point here: McNabb's statline from last night should have only 1 INT. That first one was ALL Moss; he pulled up slow on his route at the same time that McNabb released the ball. At the last minute, he realizes what he's done, and tries to speed up, but just barely manages to get his fingertips on the ball. McNabb made the right throw (leading Moss to the left); Moss f'd up his route.

That being said...D@MN. Could the Skins offensive line be any worse? I'm pretty sure I saw one of the Eagles' waterboys get through for half a sack last night.

Posted by: RCBJr | November 16, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

This game sorta reminds me of the last election.... Tea Party VS the admin, and Washington keeps coming and coming and.....

Posted by: erodrik | November 16, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

that was not "two girls one cup" that was 11 men and a tea bag! the skins are a disgrace to the game. now get rid of that glass eyed weasel, fire brother of macaca, ditch the racist bob marley logo, and burn those puke uni's.... the whole thing is to be shut down. worst team in any sport, on any continent, including antarctica. 2HWTR

Posted by: doyouktt | November 16, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Worst Signing- Donnavan Mcnabb to a 5 year extension !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | November 16, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I hadn't seen this weeks lorenzo hit, so at least that put a smile to my face.

Here it is from last night http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guZ3dPKrAiw

Posted by: trousers | November 16, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

The Skins were completely exposed last night. An epic a$$kicking -- and at home! Landry is a knucklehead. And how about Haynesworth laying down on the Avant td?

Posted by: dbunkr | November 16, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Is Fred Davis slooooooow or what? Getting
caught from behind like he did was bad enough, but then self-congratulating
himself after his failed attempt to get in the end zone was beyond the pale. His self
congrats last year cost us a penalty. He needs to be benched as does Joey Galloway.
Both of these guys have a false sense of self that needs to be corrected. Also, Kyle called a rotten game once again!

Posted by: DeployedFan | November 16, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Hey Dan, you have any pictures of how empty Fed-Ex looked during the second half, can't imagine many stayed in the rain and the blowout

Posted by: minerdude | November 16, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

At least they wore the gold pants. ;)

Posted by: worldweary11 | November 16, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

When they were showing the scuffle on the CSN DC pre-game show, I had a very strong feeling that one of these two teams were going to sh*t the bed. There was just too much garbage swirling around the game. At the time I felt like it was a coin flip as to which team it would be.

14 seconds into the game, it was clear which way that coin landed.

Posted by: Goat_74 | November 16, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Lets add:

WORST OF THE WORST: Fat Albert pausing for a nap while Vick ran around in the backfield for 8 seconds.

Posted by: fr3dmars | November 16, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

This is comical! Dan Nerdberg has been reduced to babbling and whining after another Philadelphia team steamrolls D.C. in their own house (Philles clinching the N.L. East anyone?).

Per usual, the fake D.C. fans headed for the exits early, moaning all the way home. No matter how rainy or cloudy today is, it's metaphorically bright and sunny for us D.C.-based Philly fans! LMFAO

Posted by: jworrell03 | November 16, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I was just a little kid at the time, but the first Redskin game I ever saw was the title game against the Bears in 1940. The Skins took the opening kickoff and marched right down the field. However on a 4th down play, all pro end Charlie Malone dropped a pass in the end zone. From then on it was all Bears. Even though the Skins had won during the season 7 to 3, the Bears just put those 2 digits together. Final Bears 73 Skins 0. After the game, some idiot reporter asked Sammy Baugh if he thought it would have been different if Malone had caught the pass. In typical Sammy fashion he replied "yeah 73 to 6." Hail to the Redskins

Posted by: bucksix | November 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I was just a little kid at the time, but the first Redskin game I ever saw was the title game against the Bears in 1940. The Skins took the opening kickoff and marched right down the field. However on a 4th down play, all pro end Charlie Malone dropped a pass in the end zone. From then on it was all Bears. Even though the Skins had won during the season 7 to 3, the Bears just put those 2 digits together. Final Bears 73 Skins 0. After the game, some idiot reporter asked Sammy Baugh if he thought it would have been different if Malone had caught the pass. In typical Sammy fashion he replied "yeah 73 to 6." Hail to the Redskins

Posted by: bucksix | November 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Jim Hasslet who is this guy I know his background in the NFL maybe Albert Haynesworth is laughing right now the 3-4 defense.Since this guy has taking over and from what I see right now the redskins opponents are putting up well over 400 yards every game.If you redskins fans remember prior to Hasslets arrival the skins defense was always in the top 10 with a few top 5 in the last 8 years an than the team has this happen week in and week out.The couldnt even contain Sam Bradford from the Rams who is a rookie and had a extremely productive game.Its just that for the last 10 years the Skins real problem was the offense now its both sides of the ball.Hasslets job really needs to be evaluated after the skins season ends.Or has it allready.

Posted by: rckintz | November 16, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Well I took today off from work to stay up and watch Monady nights game but I really would have enjoyed the redskins showing up for this home game doea anyone know where they were.Tell you guys what I libe in Florida and I have Direc tv with the Sunday NFL ticket do you guys think i can get a refund and oh bye the way to all the Skins fans or haters by now I will look on the back of the milk cartons in my area for the redskins not showing up last night.Someone please help.

Posted by: rckintz | November 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Coming off a byeweek a team is supposed to be extra-ready for their opponent but this was not a normal byeweek. The Redskins spent the week in mental turmoil over the mindless benching of their "star" quarterback at the most crucial juncture of their last pre-byeweek game. That decision cost the Redskins their morale and focus and possibly that game. it certainly contributed to the play-dead lethargy of the skins in the first quarter of the Philly game. Much has been written about the benching but one must assume this was a decision by a too-inexperienced offensive coordinator being protected by his should-have-known-better dad. Speaks volumes on the perils of nepotism. The decision likely cost the Redskins one or two games and thereby, the season. The only bright spot was that this team showed moxy in staying in the game and, in fact, winning the game that took place after the first 16 minute debacle. This provides us at least with a glimmer of hope.

Posted by: Craigstone | November 16, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

We are getting like Dallas. To many mega pay checks being passed out before they prove they are worth the money. Shananhan and his boy need to go find some where else to coach. I wish I had a job they will pay me big bucks before I prove myself.

Posted by: redskinfanforever | November 16, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I had honestly gotten to the point where the Redskins didn't shock me anymore. Last night though was one of those definite, WTF!! This is less about the 3-4 defense (which is a collosal failure) than the defense putting forth one of the most pathetic individual efforts I can remember. DeAngelo Hall is quickly surpassing Deion Sanders in his effort to avoid tackling. On one play, he went down to block and Eagle, letting Vick run into the endzone. There is no pride in this team. Everybody is hoping somebody else makes a play. McNabb is simply getting little support from this team, even when he makes good decisions. Receivers running bad routes and dropping balls, offensive line leaking like a blown out tire, coaches making bad decisions. This is a train wreck. It is time for the Redskins to recognize that the players they think are good, are not very good. Blow this damn thing up and start over! I'd rather see young hungry players playing hard, than old, overpaid players putting in minimal effort and going to the bank. This is totally ridiculous.

Posted by: jfoster13 | November 16, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, one liner VI is actually by Toronto based hockey blogger Down Goes Brown.

Posted by: wmsheppa | November 16, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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