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Casey Rabach vs. Jay Ratliff promises to be key matchup

One of the most important players to watch Sunday plays nose tackle -- and not Albert Haynesworth.

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff has become a key part of the Cowboys' defense, eating up double teams in the middle of the line despite his lack of size and moving to defensive end on third downs.

Last season, the two-time Pro Bowl selection registered six sacks, bringing his total to 13.5 in the past two seasons.

Earlier this week, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan praised the Cowboys sixth-year veteran for his versatility.

"He's one of those guys with the speed and quickness to rush the passer, also has the strength at 300, 305 pounds to take double team blocks on and play quite well," Shanahan said. "That's one of the reasons why he was in the Pro Bowl."

Center Casey Rabach will be charged with stopping Ratliff, or at least slowing him down, on Sunday.

Rabach said playing against the lighter, athletic Ratliff, who is listed at 6-feet-4 and 303 pounds, brings a much different challenge than the usual hulking nose tackles, such as the Cleveland Browns' Shaun Rogers, listed at 6-4, 350.

Ratliff is among those "few guys that you pay attention to, that you [are] aware it's going to be a tough day for you," Rabach said. "Obviously it's a fun challenge, no doubt. Do it twice a year, a phenomenal football player, definitely an unconventional nose guard. [He is] a guy that I enjoy playing against just because he does play at a high level."

By Paul Tenorio  |  September 11, 2010; 8:45 AM ET
 
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This is scary matchup. I'm sure they'll give Rabach some help, but they need to keep this guy off McNabb.

Posted by: bostskin | September 11, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

This is scary matchup. I'm sure they'll give Rabach some help, but they need to keep this guy off McNabb.

Posted by: bostskin | September 11, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

This is scary matchup. I'm sure they'll give Rabach some help, but they need to keep this guy off McNabb.

Posted by: bostskin | September 11, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for the triple. The computer didn't look like it reacted to submit. Also, Dear God, can we get rid of this Brady ad? He looks like a reformed child molester.

Posted by: bostskin | September 11, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

We can only play with 11 players at a time...we can't help "Silverback", Brown and Rabach...somebody has to knuckle up and knock somebody their muthafuggin mouth!

HAIL!!!!! LET'S GO!!!!!

Posted by: rickyroge | September 11, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for the triple. The computer didn't look like it reacted to submit. Also, Dear God, can we get rid of this Brady ad? He looks like a reformed child molester.

Posted by: bostskin | September 11, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they can replace Brady's picture with Marilyn Manson so we can have some variety.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | September 11, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse


Sorry for the triple. The computer didn't look like it reacted to submit. Also, Dear God, can we get rid of this Brady ad? He looks like a reformed child molester.

Posted by: bostskin | September 11, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they can replace Brady's picture with Marilyn Manson so we can have some variety.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | September 11, 2010 9:14 AM |

Perhaps they can replace Brady with a Redskin player, in a Redskins market. Guarentee there's no Redskin players on a Pats board.

Posted by: hessone | September 11, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Nobody pays as much attention to Jay Ratliff as they do to me.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse


Nobody pays as much attention to Jay Ratliff as they do to me.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 9:19 AM |


Good morning Poopy.

Posted by: hessone | September 11, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Coach says I should wear my Albert Hayensworth jersey to the pep rally.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Jay Ratliff is gonna poop his pants Sunday night.

Zing Zang Zoom! Hail!

Posted by: buke | September 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Jay Ratliff is gonna poop his pants Sunday night.

Zing Zang Zoom! Hail!

Posted by: buke | September 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Did you mean "poop in his pants??" As written, this post is anatomically impossible.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | September 11, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

can we get rid of this Brady ad? He looks like a reformed child molester.
Posted by: bostskin"

Reformed?

Posted by: Samson151 | September 11, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see all my fans! No autographs please.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

He looks like a reformed child molester.

Posted by: bostskin | September 11, 2010 8:58 AM
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can those types be reformed?...I watched almost all of Law&Order SVU...and according Stabler and Benson..these skells are un-reformable...(duhn duhn)..that's suppose to be the sound effect from the show...i know it corny but i decided to join the party..

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 11, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"Casey Rabach vs. Jay Ratliff promises to be key matchup"


The cowboys have, in Ratliff, a guy who deserves the money AH was so freely shown.

Rabach, Dockery, Brown, and Hicks all have tough battles with the guy.

In last year's iggles v. 'boys playoff game, Ratliff played nt, de, and dt exceptionally well.

The 'boys lined him up inside with Ware to get pressure in McNabb's face (they run a 'twist' where Ratliff splits a c-g gap and Ware fills in behind him).

The Shanahans will run 'bootleg' and 'roll out' action to counter this tactic.

Ratliff is good.

But the Shanahans are better.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 11, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I earned my money!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Jay Ratliff is gonna poop his pants Sunday night.

Zing Zang Zoom! Hail!

Posted by: buke | September 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Did you mean "poop in his pants??" As written, this post is anatomically impossible.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | September 11, 2010 9:32 AM
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it may be possible redskinjim..i hear these mafia type here in the BK,NYC..say "I sh!t my pants" all the time..

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 11, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for the triple. The computer didn't look like it reacted to submit. Also, Dear God, can we get rid of this Brady ad? He looks like a reformed child molester.

Posted by: bostskin | September 11, 2010 8:58 AM


Doesn't look reformed to me.

Posted by: wireman65 | September 11, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I agree, all of the O line have formidable match-ups. Gotta man up and get it done, can't help everybody at once. CP26 has to be ready to clean up any leaks in the passing game. We will prevail. F dallas.

Posted by: wireman65 | September 11, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

My agent says I shouldn't listen to mean people because they are jealous.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

players saying the right things. a sign of a well coached team...

Posted by: kidcarbon | September 11, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

If it comes down to coaching, and it always does, Redskins win big.

Posted by: wireman65 | September 11, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

No wonder AH was playing on the scout team AGAINST Rabach. AH's skillset mirrors Ratliff's more than any other DL on the team.....and remember that Rabach got killed by Ratliff in both games last year.

Posted by: PCinOz | September 11, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I think Dallas is more worried about their offensive line blocking Hayney, Orakpo, Carter and Wilson. Alex barron and Doug Free...really?

It's going to be a good ol' fashioned prison raping of Tony Homo.

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 11, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Will there be corn dogs at the pep rally? Hail to ketchup and mustard!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

agreed. but, of course, we're not going to say that...

Posted by: kidcarbon | September 11, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

But the Shanahans are better.


Posted by: MistaMoe | September 11, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I love the Shanahans. In a non-gay way

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 11, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

...it's a fun challenge...do it twice a year, a phenomenal football team...

Posted by: kidcarbon | September 11, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Condiments will be the key matchup.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Another big game for Santana Moss. It will be interesting to see how AA plays.

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 11, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps they can replace Brady with a Redskin player, in a Redskins market. Guarentee there's no Redskin players on a Pats board.

Posted by: hessone | September 11, 2010 9:19 AM

Are you a child? Do you really think the world works this way? It's a national ad with a paid celebrity endorser who happens to be Tom Brady. No one at the Post or the company running the ad is taking a shot at you or the skins. And likewise no one is "replacing" Brady with a skin because the ad bothers some random guy looking at page the ad happens to be running on.

Posted by: mack1 | September 11, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

That pickle relish stuff is yucky.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Rabach enjoys this matchup? The way Ratcliffe has eaten his lunch the last few times they played, I couldn't tell.

Posted by: keino83 | September 11, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Coach said no corn dogs until after practice. I am sad again.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Are you a child? Do you really think the world works this way? It's a national ad with a paid celebrity endorser who happens to be Tom Brady. No one at the Post or the company running the ad is taking a shot at you or the skins. And likewise no one is "replacing" Brady with a skin because the ad bothers some random guy looking at page the ad happens to be running on.

Posted by: mack1 | September 11, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse
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Someone works in advertising and is feeling a little under appreciated. It's gonna be alright bud.

Posted by: murphyz703 | September 11, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Hail to ketchup and mustard!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 10:17 AM

Amazing! A burgundy and gold that Fat Albert is motivated to play for!

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 11, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Amazing! A burgundy and gold that Fat Albert is motivated to play for!

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 11, 2010 10:40 AM
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unless its deli mustard..which is brown

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 11, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

All right folks, I, and a lot of other posters, post up here quite a bit. But the amount of time that this A_H guy must have zerp life, I mean he's the last one on here at night and the first I see in the morning. He trolls here constantly. We all make jokes about how other posters must live in their mommies basement and have no girlfriend or job. Usually those are just jokes but in this case I feel it is the truth. I fear there is serious mental illness at work here and it is to the point of shut in loserdom. Hey Albert, give it a rest once in a while. When your sole purpose in life is to be as annoying as possible on an internet chat board then you have redefined the depths of loser.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 11, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse


Zing Zang Zoom! Hail!

Posted by: buke | September 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse
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Kids got you watching Pinky Dinky Doo on Nick Jr. eh?

Posted by: JoelV | September 11, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Another big game for Santana Moss. It will be interesting to see how AA plays.


Indeed.

But I'm most interested in how F Davis gets used.

If he's 'flexed,' he takes a safety out of the box, and thus, this should open up the running game.

With his speed, you can send him and Moss deep underneath to attack the 'boys' safety play.

I think AA and J Galloway will run routes that simply clear space for Davis, Cooley, and Moss underneath.

And of course, we must attack the Dallas secondary as much as possible.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 11, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see Orakpo puy a Lavar style "I ache man" on Romo. Bring on Kitna!!

Posted by: wireman65 | September 11, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

All right folks, I, and a lot of other posters, post up here quite a bit. But the amount of time that this A_H guy must have zerp life, I mean he's the last one on here at night and the first I see in the morning. He trolls here constantly. We all make jokes about how other posters must live in their mommies basement and have no girlfriend or job. Usually those are just jokes but in this case I feel it is the truth. I fear there is serious mental illness at work here and it is to the point of shut in loserdom. Hey Albert, give it a rest once in a while. When your sole purpose in life is to be as annoying as possible on an internet chat board then you have redefined the depths of loser.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 11, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if this guy knows that YouPorn exists? Maybe he could get off of RI...for 45 seconds or so.

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 11, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Someone works in advertising and is feeling a little under appreciated. It's gonna be alright bud.

Posted by: murphyz703 | September 11, 2010 10:39 AM

How do you read that murph?

Posted by: mack1 | September 11, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see Orakpo put a Lavar style "I ache man" on Romo. Bring on Kitna!!

Posted by: wireman65 | September 11, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

But I'm most interested in how F Davis gets used.

If he's 'flexed,' he takes a safety out of the box, and thus, this should open up the running game.

With his speed, you can send him and Moss deep underneath to attack the 'boys' safety play.

I think AA and J Galloway will run routes that simply clear space for Davis, Cooley, and Moss underneath.

And of course, we must attack the Dallas secondary as much as possible.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 11, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

That secondary is their biggest weakness. Go at it early and often.

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 11, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I like to eat early and often.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The Cowpukes are going to struggle to sustain drives behind their O-line. They will under perform in the running game. Romo will spend a lot of time running for his life or lying on the turf. Possibly throwing up a few picks in the process. They will constantly be facing third and long. Our defense will get them off the field quickly on a regular basis.

Consequently, the Cowpukes defense will be on the field a lot. This will be the doom of them, since wearing out the defence is a major focus of Shanahan's scheme. By the time the 4th quarter comes around, our offense will be unstopable.

We have seen this scenario far too many times in the last couple of years, and unfortunately it's been us strugling behind the weak O-line. This time the tables are turned. I have more confidence in this game against Dalass than in any of our matchups with them for a long time. I'm predicting a big win for our Redskins.

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 11, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Kicking Game chatta?

Let's throw out some names:

Rock Cartwright, Ladell Betts, Quinton Ganther, Antawn Randle El, Santana Moss, and Devin Thomas.

And then, let's throw out the players.

We all know how bad the redskin return game was last year.

But what really illustrates the badness is that not a one of the listed redskins returner for '09 is listed in the top 50 if you consider guys who had multiple returns.

In other words, our kicking/punting return game kicked us in the azz.

And you have to hope that B Banks makes the pain go away with 15 to 20.0 average returns on kicks and 8 to 13 yards average return on punt returns.

He doesn't have to 'take it to the house' as much as get the occasional short field on a long return.

(And he must not fumble away his chance to make a name for himself as the antidote to Antawn Randle El.)

Too, given the depth, it would be nice to see everyone from D Hall to P Buchanan to S Moss be given the chance to secure a field position advantage for the offense.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 11, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm predicting a big win for our Redskins.


Posted by: kaasmaster | September 11, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Me too. 28-17 Skins.

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 11, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

But I'm most interested in how F Davis gets used.

If he's 'flexed,' he takes a safety out of the box, and thus, this should open up the running game.

With his speed, you can send him and Moss deep underneath to attack the 'boys' safety play.

I think AA and J Galloway will run routes that simply clear space for Davis, Cooley, and Moss underneath.

And of course, we must attack the Dallas secondary as much as possible.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 11, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

That secondary is their biggest weakness. Go at it early and often.

Posted by: iH8dallas

i was talking about this the other day. We have receiving threats in Davis and Cooley who can also open the running game. I mean, it is hard to expect a lb to reliably cover them as receivers, and get off of blocks by their blocks effectively on run plays; sort of like gibbs' h-back heavy offense.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 11, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm in agreement in thinking that our TE's are the key to exposing the Dallas D. Of course, in order to push the ball down the field we need protection. Luckily this isn't J. Campbell back there. McNabb can move and throw on the run and has a quick release. If we can get him just a couple of seconds of protection he could shred the middle of the field with the TE's.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 11, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Coach says he is mad that fans are talking to the media and giving away our game plan.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Cosign the whole two TE discussion. One top notch TE can be enough of a problem for a defense. Two will be giving D coordinators nightmares trying to figure out how to cover the TEs without leaving openings for the WRs or RBs to make plays. If the LBs and Safetys are forced to focus on Cooley and Davis, that should open things up for the other facets of the offense. Somewhere there will be a mismatch in our favor.

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 11, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Dalass should be particularly worried about our TEs. They have no clue as to how Shanahan will use them. I can't remember a single instance in the pre-season games where Cooley and Davis were on the field at the same time. Isn't it nice having coaches that don't show any of their bag of tricks untill the games actually matter?

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 11, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 11, 2010 10:45 AM |
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agreed..this posters is annoying...and the sad fact is he probably thinks he being funny or profound..he's just pathetic

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 11, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"They have no clue as to how Shanahan will use them. I can't remember a single instance in the pre-season games where Cooley and Davis were on the field at the same time."


Even if we haven't seen both Cooley and FD on the field at the same time, we can predict what might be the best ways to use them:

CC: lined in at h-back, tight-slot, in motion, alongside either tackle, flexed.

FD: tight-slot, flexed, as flanker, as 'X', h-back, tripps set

Crossing routes against the flow of the 'stretch' will be an excellent pass play.

I'd play Sellars as blocking support alongside T Williams instead of either FD or CC.

Quick screens where either tight end is a lead blocker is smart.

Davis deep one-on-one against a safety/'backer should get big yards, too.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 11, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!
Run or pass and score -- we want a lot more!
Beat 'em, Swamp 'em,
Touchdown! -- Let the points soar!
Fight on, fight on 'Til you have won
Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!

Posted by: abxinc | September 11, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 11, 2010 12:18 PM
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Moe..if lil Shanny fcuks up you should be O-coordinator or at least in the game planning meetings..very good stuff..you have much better play ideas than that sh!t Richard Nixon tried to get George Allen to back in the day.

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 11, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 11, 2010 12:18 PM

Those are all certainly good guesses, but untill it actually happens, there will always be that doubt.

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 11, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: abxinc | September 11, 2010 12:19 PM
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thank you adxinc I never knew the words that came after "Fight for old DC"...

did you know that that ling was changed from
"Fight for old Dixie"?...I think that why Bobby Mitchell had an issue singing it...he said he was made to sing along with his other team mates by the owner back..I think it was G. Preston Marshall or some other redneck...

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 11, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

This time the tables are turned.

Posted by: kaasmaster

There's no crying in baseball. There's no re-arranging of furniture in football.

Posted by: SMACK1 | September 11, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

There's no re-arranging of furniture in football.

Posted by: SMACK1 | September 11, 2010 12:43 PM

Are you sure? I remember a Chicago team that used to more their Fridge around quite a bit.

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 11, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, meant to type "move their Fridge"

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 11, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

woo-hoo, lets kick some cowboy ass

Posted by: FOURWATTS | September 11, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"Their back-ups pretty good; they all right," cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "Like Coach said, they plan to us we got to play our defense, what we do. Whoever is in there, we still gonna run our blitz [and] make their line move. They got a lot of big guys so we do a lot of stunting, a lot of different things on the line where they have to move their feet. We think that's an advantage to us no matter who is in there."


I remember the good ol' days when reporters would add the appropriate verbiage to quotes when necessary to turn them into proper English.

Quotes seem to be getting harder and harder to read. Is it that journalistic practices have changed (for the lazier), or are we so badly losing the language, or is it a combination of the two?

Entropy's a beeyotch, I guess.

I blame the Cowboys. F Dallas.

Posted by: freakzilla | September 11, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Coach said, they plan to us we got to play our defense, what we do. No wonder I'm so confused!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

More of an appliance than furniture, but I like your thinking, kaas. I'd put my fridge in my shower if I could figure out the ice-maker.

The KFC Double-Down changed everything.

Posted by: SMACK1 | September 11, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

This pep rally is boring.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Coach said, they plan to us we got to play our defense, what we do. No wonder I'm so confused!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 1:02 PM

You are slowly becoming a nuisance.

Posted by: abxinc | September 11, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

rabach + ratliff = donovan mcflatt

cowboys in a laugher, 35-3

no excuses, you whining jock-sniffers!

Posted by: 10peterbilt | September 11, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they can replace Brady's picture with Marilyn Manson so we can have some variety.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | September 11, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse
Absolute genius. Maybe Marilyn plays wide receiver, as well.

Posted by: bostskin | September 11, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The walk through was tough! But the corn dogs are good!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

You are slowly becoming a nuisance.

Posted by: abxinc | September 11, 2010 1:12 PM
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abxinc...this dude is way pass that..he's like roaches..i real fcuking pest! someone D-Con that mutha fcuker...

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 11, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The Skins are going to help Williams quite a bit early in this game and that could take away from what McNabb's able to accomplish with the talented tight end duo of Chris Cooley and Fred Davis. If the Redskins can give McNabb some time, I think Santana Moss will be a tough matchup for Terence Newman or Mike Jenkins. Kyle Shanahan wants to use Moss a lot like he used Houston's Andre Johnson and that's a scary thought for this secondary.
By Matt Mosley

Posted by: abxinc | September 11, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I want to be first out of the tunnel with fireworks and everything. My agent said the media exposure tomorrow will be fantastic!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 11, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The Skins are going to help Williams quite a bit early in this game and that could take away from what McNabb's able to accomplish...

abxinc

Much has been made of this matchup, I however believe that williams will do fine. He didn't do bad against suggs and I am sure he has made progress in leaps and bounds since a month ago, especially since he has been preparing for suggs for almost 3 wks now with amoung others samuels.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 11, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Just because the Cowboy's offense didn't do jack in the preseason doesn't mean it won't be good in the regular season. Remember last year's Zornskins did little in the preseason. Then the regular season arrived and they did even less. Here's hoping the same thing for the pukes.

Posted by: mack1 | September 11, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Much has been made of this matchup, I however believe that williams will do fine. He didn't do bad against suggs and I am sure he has made progress in leaps and bounds since a month ago, especially since he has been preparing for suggs for almost 3 wks now with amoung others samuels.

Agree. TW72 will be fine against Ware. I think they only send help that way if he struggles early. CP26 will keep his eye on it. Ware will get his pressures but Trent will hold his own. Doug Free on the other hand has a problem.

Posted by: wireman65 | September 11, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Agree. TW72 will be fine against Ware. I think they only send help that way if he struggles early. CP26 will keep his eye on it. Ware will get his pressures but Trent will hold his own. Doug Free on the other hand has a problem.

Posted by: wireman65 | September 11, 2010 2:15 PM
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agreed...but its TW71 now my brotha

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 11, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

@jcnjcnj,
hey there's a thirteen year old retard on the phone here claiming you stole his joke?? should i take a message?

anyways I think what most people are overlooking is the fact that mike shanahan has been commited to this project since before he became head coach. he toured both the nfl and the ncaa looking for ways to improve upon what was already better than most master plans. he has the support of the entire football team despite the Haynesworth shinanagans. his team has given him 100% since the first ota right around draft time. mike shanahan is not about to open his redskin debut unprepared. i got us going 3-2 our first five starting with the raping of the cowgirls. i've said it before i'll say it again Redskins 27 Dallas 10

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 11, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

like I said months ago rabach is the real problem on the line(heyer also but he is not a starter) williams will have a solid 1st game in the nfl..rabach can't block ratliff and he is directly in front of mcnabb, nick cole back-up center for the eagles blocked ratliff in their play-off game last year effectively because he is short and strong (eagles still got hammered in that game) sellars is not a reliable blocker anymore would like to see the young guy from villanova take his job. run the ball and keep cowboys offense off the field, make a couple of big plays(positive)on special teams and turnovers this will not be a blow out.

Posted by: wathu19 | September 11, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Why is Grossman not even getting a second thought? McNabb's injury aside, his heart is not with us. McNabb's confidants know that he wants a chance with the Vikes. Rice's inj would have derailed this years quest, even if he could have been released to Minny. Grossman has led his team just as far, and has more upside and heart with the skins.

Posted by: AaronDavistheLizardKing | September 11, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Lichetensteiger will be the starter before the season ends. The weakness of the O-Line last year was not just the OT's. Rabach is a problem. He's not athletic or strong enough. Lichtensteiger showed that he can get to the second level in preseason and make two blocks on the same play. Rabach cannot do that.

Posted by: tramellcanady | September 11, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Right about Sellers too. Run game would improve by replacing Rabach and Sellers.

Posted by: tramellcanady | September 11, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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