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Size Matters

Will be interesting to see how the Skins handle the largess of the Jags receivers, corners and D Line. This is going to be a real war at the line of scrimmage, and I think we'll continue to see more pulling plays to get Portis outside the tackles.

Running inside on Jacksonville has been something close to impossible for any team, and Casey Rabach is no behemoth at center. Seems like Randy Thomas has gotten his legs under him after so much time away with that broken leg, and I think getting Sellers wide in front of Portis, and stuffing both of them in Thomas's hip pocket might open some things up elsewhere.

Portis might set a career record for receptions in this one, too. I think the quick dump-off in the flat might be necessary with Brunell bracing for lots of pressure. The Jags can also keep their heavy-hitting safeties back - as so many of Washington's opponents have - to take away the deep stuff, needing only 6 or 7 committed to the run. It's a nasty scheme to breakdown, with the perfect personnel in place to execute it. Don't be fooled by their loss to Indy - they were all over Manning, harassed him into an awful

On the Jags offensive side, I think Matt Jones, and his ability to essentially post up smaller corners, will be something to watch. Reggie Williams is a handful, too, and former Jag Kenny Wright - Washington's biggest corner - might have to spend a lot of time on him. If the Skins D Line does not come up with a legit pass rush Sunday, and DC's own Byron Leftwich can do that drop-back-and-wait-for-somebody to get-open-thing, then the game could get out of hand.

It looks like a tough, tough chore for the Skins. I'm not saying they can't win or anything like that, but I think it's going to take four-quarters of precision execution to get a W. And if they do lose, I still think they are very much in the NFC East race. Yeah, 1-3 is tough, but the Giants are reeling now, too, and the Skins should be able to take care of Tenn. at home. And if they can't, well, then they probably don't deserve to be a playoff team.

Either way, I can see them at 3-3 even with a loss Sunday. I truly think the Jags are one of the three best teams in the NFL after seeing almost every snap of their games thus far.


Pet Peeves: Ever have a crack-of-dawn flight and end up sitting next to the one whack job with his overhead reading light on, or that wannabe cool bozo blaring his headphones? I almost strangled this guy coming back from Dallas who was jamming out to some lame Ringo Starr stuff. He gave me this look like I was the nut when I tapped him on the shoulder from the row behind him to ask if he would mind keeping his questionable music selection to himself ...

The guy who does the Nats reports on The Snyder's XXX radio is killing me with his sign-off. He actually says "Diamond Clarity with the Nats," at the end of his report then gives his name. Someone has to put a stop to that. Every time I hear it I think of Stuart Scott sitting at his desk in Bristol writing this stuff in a notebook and then selling it to other radio-TV guys, like a hack comedian peddling old jokes outside a comedy club. The worst has to be the guy who gives the scores and highlights in the national broadcasts of Sunday night NFL games on Westwood One. He weaves the most horrible puns into his recaps, playing off the most obvious names and places. Like, after the Skins-Houston game he'd come up with something like, "Even without TJ, the Redskins didn't have to Duckett the Texans, as they cruised to a 31-15 win." He produces some such nonsense for every game, and you can just picture him with his headphones on, basking in the afterglow of it all and you just want to reach through the radio and slap him silly ...

Going out on a limb here, but Jesse The Body Ventura has to be the only former governor shamelessly plugging illegal offshore gambling website in radio ads. Anyone else heard them? He's actually bragging about it ... Vivica Foxx was dancing to the Eastern Motors song on ABC last night. I kid you not. It was a like a karaoke version of the tune, being performed live on Dancing With the Stars. That's what I get for channel surfing ... Oh, and before I go, I'd like to punt my Jetta over a bridge like Jack Black getting Medieval on Baxter. I hate VW. Okay, better run before I come off as an angry little man ... or is it already too late?

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 27, 2006; 9:00 AM ET
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