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Trap Game? Kinda, Sorta, I Guess

As the week has played out, I've come around a little on the whole idea that this is a "trap game." I mean, every week up here is a trap game if you ask me, but with the Rams needing a win, losing a coach, and having some individual talent, I guess I've been swayed a bit.

My general thinking remains the same - the Skins will win by a healthy margin of 10-12 points - but won't cover that high Vegas opening line. And if they score a few times right away, then I see real blowout potential.

But Dante Hall could be a factor for the Rams on special teams, and I figure they might try to block a kick or punt as well. At this point, why the heck not?

Steven Jackson finally seems to have his legs back, was a force in his last outing and is coming off a bye. Marc Bulger was benched when he shouldn't have been, and he can be a highly accurate and dangerous QB. Torry Holt is still a scary receiver.

Defensively, the Rams are a mess. There's no other way to say it. If I were coaching them, I'd go all out on some Cover-0 stuff to try to force a turnover and get the offense off this amazing turnover-free run. Let Leonard Little get loose if at all possible. Bring a safety when it feels right.

If the Skins don't bother to show up, they could get their heads cracked. But that's any week. You could make the same case against Cleveland and Detroit the next two weeks - and I'm sure plenty of people will. The Rams do have some superior individuals on offense, and are a far greater threat running the ball than those other two teams - but they have also been downright awful for the most part.

According to Bodog, right now the Lions are 2/1 to be the last team to win a game this season. The Rams are 3/2 (Cincy is 9/4 and Houston is 6/1). They are what they're record says they are. I can't crown 'em. I just can't.

Skins might not cover, but even if they start slowly and play in a fog, I still think they can shake that off and get the W. Maybe they will fall through one of these three upcoming trap doors, but I don't think this will be the one.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 10, 2008; 9:30 AM ET
 
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First trap game of the season.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 10, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

F trap game, these dudes are enjoying playing and improving to much to lose focus! That is the zenbeauty of "stay medium"

Posted by: chrislarry | October 10, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Any game we are favored in can be a trap game it seems like

Posted by: SAK2 | October 10, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

They can win by one point and I will be happy.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 10, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Out of Detroit, Cleveland, and the Rams; the team that worries me the most is Cleveland.

Cleveland Brown, Sr.?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1d/ClevelandBrown.PNG

Posted by: RedDMV | October 10, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I will be rooting, fruitlessly I know, for the Lions to pick up a cheap victory before we play them. But we historically own the Lions.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 10, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Should we apply the "stay medium" mantra to our everyday lives as well?

I could see this conflicting with some facets of my life.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 10, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

No traps here, Zorny won't let it happen...nor will our vets.

Posted by: P00P | October 10, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

the only thing that's important is a win (by any margin) and to come out injury free.

does anyone know why zorn is so adamant about getting heyer back in there? i say why rock the boat when jansen is killing people on the right side.

hail

Posted by: rambo2000 | October 10, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Yes I agree CL. I hate the stat that always gets bring up about "Skins are 10092009-0 against the Lions since the beginning of time" You know the odds will catch up to us one of these days.

Posted by: Gweez | October 10, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Yes, stay medium is a wonderful mantra, I have adopted it.....

Posted by: chrislarry | October 10, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't remember if there was some reason we were saying this last year, but I'm going to say it again, especially given the fact that we're playinfg the lions:

Skins by 40. As in 47-7!

Posted by: RedDMV | October 10, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

While I was getting ready for work this morning,I was watching Fox 5 news and found out that Julie Wright(the traffic lady)is a Cowpuke fan(her and Tony Perkins were talking about betting on the game when they come to FedEx)Now she never admitted that she was a Cowgirl fan,but Tony is a huge Skins fan so it was obvious who she was rooting for.Now I knew about Dave Feldman being a Cowcrap fan,but never suspected the traffic lady(and I liked her too).So my question is this 1)How many other of our media folks in the DC area are reporting news to us while secretly living their lives as Cowslime fans,2)Does it make you feel a little betrayed that we have accepted these people into our homes and trust them to deliver our news all the while NOT knowing that they root for the enemy,3)Am I taking this rivalry way too serious?I for one don't think I am,I hate Dallas with a unrelentless passion.

Posted by: smittdiddy | October 10, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Isn't Chick Hernandez a Dallas fan?

Posted by: RedDMV | October 10, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Sometimes it's cool to be medium, but other times you must be large.

Very large.

If you can extra large.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 10, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Club320 | October 10, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Smitty,

One more reason not to watch any show with the words "Fox" and "News" in it.

F cowgirl fans. I think it's dawning on them that being on hard knocks and preseason hype don't count for much in the NFL.

Posted by: Gweez | October 10, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

If you can extra large.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 10, 2008 9:53 AM

Unfortunately Red, I normally run with the XXL or in some cases, gulp, XXXL!

Posted by: Club320 | October 10, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

You take that back Red,TAKE IT BACK I SAID!!!I love Chick,but if this is true,we have a problem.

Posted by: smittdiddy | October 10, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Rams will come out and put points on the board with their first drive, as has been the case with our defense. The redskins will then reel off 4-5 scoring drives in a row. Todd Collins/Rock Cart Time by the 4th quarter.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 10, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Club320, I'm not sure what you mean by "run", but if it's women you're talking about then I beleive you must "get in where you fit in".

Posted by: RedDMV | October 10, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Just wondering...

Has anyone listened to Colin Cowherd this week? What does he have to say about the Redskins now? He said he'll re-evaluate what he thinks of this team after their trips to Dallas and Philly.

Just curious...

Posted by: Skins1 | October 10, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Club320, I'm not sure what you mean by "run", but if it's women you're talking about then I beleive you must "get in where you fit in".

Posted by: RedDMV | October 10, 2008 9:58 AM

I meant shirt size, I guess RUN is kinda southern. Oh, and I aint afraid of the big ladies neither...

Posted by: Club320 | October 10, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Hello Redskins Nation.

We are very excited to have the team come home after winning two NFC East road games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. HAIL!

This week we have the St. Louis Rams, and this will not be an easy game, especially if we want to maintain our growth and standing the NFC East, the NFC conference, and the league.

We are the only team in the NFL with a battle cry (Hail to the Redskins!). And now we are the only team in the NFL with a post-game celebrate chant thanks to our new Head Coach Jim Zorn (Hip-Hip Hooray!).

After beating the Dallas Cowboys, the supposedly best team in the NFL, Jim Zorn in the locker led the team in a celebration chat of Hip-Hip Hooray. It would be exciting to have the entire stadium, and the Redskins Nation, join the team in the celebration chant before they head to the locker room.

My brother and I are organizing the first Hip-Hip Hooray celebration chant this Sunday after our team beats the St. Louis Rams at the stadium. If it is clear at the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter that the Washington Redskins will win the game we ask that all Redskins fans in the stadium (we will be at the game in Section 424---Row 12---Seats 7, 8 & 9) to join us in a celebration chant of Hip-Hip Hooray!

If it is not clear by the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter that we will win the game then we will start the chant 30 seconds later at 1:30 minute mark. If not then, then 30 second later at the 1:00 minute mark. If not then, then 30 seconds later at the 30 second mark.

You get the pattern. At some point at the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter or after we want to do the chant if it is clear we will win the game. We do not want to do the chant before the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter!

To make it easy for everyone to participate for the first time we asking that the entire stadium join together in the Hip-Hip Hooray chant in unison. And yes brings to celebrate.

If we are successful in getting fans to join in after the game this week, then we will organize the second chant with sections of the stadium doing the call (Hip-Hip) and the other sections doing the response (Hooray!).

We hope this celebration chant will become a tradition for Redskins fans attending the game after each victory.

Please join us this Sunday for a big Hip-Hip Hooray, after we win the game.

Thanks,

Derek Silver and Marvin Silver
Washington Redskins Fans 4 Life

PS, Check us out on Facebook at Hip-Hip Hooray (Washington Redskin's Coach Jim Zorn's Celebration Cry) and help Spread the Word. silver_marvinm@msn.com

Posted by: silvermarvin | October 10, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Would love to see Collins, Reinhardt, Rock, Kelly and some of the youngsters by the start of the 4th quarter.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 10, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and I aint afraid of the big ladies neither...

Posted by: Club320

LMAO! I know I am wrong.
JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 10, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I posted that I thought this was a trap game on Monday or Tuesday. The Rams have top-flight talent on the offensive side of the ball. A big RB (remember how we fared against Brandon Jacobs?). A bye week to stew over things, and they are out to prove that Linehan was the problem - not them.

Say what you want about defensive stats, but those guys are pros who also get paid. It's not like this game is USC against the Citadel...in this league (as the saying goes) on any give Sunday...

Posted by: p1funk | October 10, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins are undefeated against the Lions in Washington but we have lost in Detroit.

as an aside, we are also undefeated at home against the Patriots.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | October 10, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

10-12 points? No way. Can you say "offensive explosion"? The Rams have a JV defense and our O is primed for some big plays and Tuddies. The spread should be 28. It's going to be a massacre. I might pick up Sellers for my fantasy team. Seriously, stop overanalyzing J. LaCa

Posted by: ThisGuy | October 10, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

beep beep peeps

Posted by: -swb | October 10, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Dr. Zzzzzz of SI wrote the following:

"Here's my theory about coaching changes during the season. The game immediately following one of those changes generally is upscale. Everyone's concentration is a bit sharper. Thus, I'll take the Rams and their new coach, Jim Haslett, getting 13 1/2 in Washington."

Obviously anything can happen, but I don't see Zorn and the coaching staff taking them lightly. I think the players are going to go after them big time this week. There seems to be a mental edge that the team possesses that they lacked in previous seasons...this will help I think to prevent a letdown against an inferior team.

Go Skins!

Posted by: humen8r | October 10, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Dr. Z is a turd burglar

Posted by: drewkinnear | October 10, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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