Sunday, September 20, 2009

Week 2: Redskins 9, Rams 7 - Knee Jerk Reactions

Football season is under way! The hair pulling, TV-screaming, remote control throwing and furious cigarette smoking has returned in full force. Before I let rationality cloud my judgment, here are my knee-jerk reactions from the second game of the season:

-This was a win that felt like a loss. The Rams are horrendous, and thanks be to God for that. It's disconcerting to say that, because I don't know how you'd have been able to tell the teams apart today without the different uniforms. Small and steady gains on offense, bend-but-don't-break defense, stalled scoring drives...can you tell who I'm describing?

-Football Outsiders' theory is that blowing out a bad team is a better indicator of future success than barely beating a good team. So, yeah.

-What a boring game.

-Zorn's play-calling was pretty bad. On the goal line in the 3rd quarter, he gave Campbell zero chances to throw it. The kid basically already threw two TD passes, which were dropped (Thomas and Sellers). Let him get his stats! And Jimmy baby, don't call a sweep to the weak side with Betts (STAY IN BOUNDS) when all you need to do is bleed the clock. And don't go for it on 4th and 1 at the end there, that's just asinine. Take the field goal.

-Landry missed Jackson big-time on his long run.

-What's with the fumble-itis? Every other play the ball is squirting loose "after" we're down. Twice in two weeks (Cooley last week, Santana this week), we've been saved by the refs missing actual fumbles. Not to mention the actual, real, documented fumbles.

-Santana Moss is screwing my fantasy team.

-The Three Stooges: Malcolm Kelly (4 rec., 41 yards); Devin Thomas (1 dropped TD); Fred Davis (1 rec. -2 yards). I hate you Vinny Cerrato.

-Randle El is our most consistent wideout to this point.

-Cooley is our best offensive player to this point.

-It's time for television to embrace the video game view. I am aching to know what Campbell is seeing down the field. Is that vaunted Rams secondary shutting everything down or does he just not see open guys? Unless we're at these games, we'll just never know.

-The stats don't lie, to an extent: Campbell was efficient and had his castmembers held on to the ball, he'd have two TDs to show for it.

-More shotgun please.

-A big play please.

-A touchdown please.

-Rogers was charged with shutting down Donnie Avery, their best wideout, because Rogers is our best cornerback, by far. And he succeeded. Meanwhile, big $$ Deangelo Hall got burned again for 7 catches and a touchdown to some guy named Robinson.

-Carrot Top

-Dear Fellow Fans: You boo for bad efforts, not bad execution. I didn't see bad efforts. Dear Fellow Fan sitting by me at bar: Colt Brennan is on IR, and cannot possibly replace Campbell, not to mention how stupid it would be to replace your starting QB while he is having a decent game.

-At the end of the day, the 'Skins are what the scoreboard says. We "almost" had some touchdowns, but good teams don't bother with "almost." They hold on to the ball and punch it in after long drives. They don't let the friggin' Rams convert 50% of their third downs. *sigh* 1-1 heading to Detroit, let's make it an easy one for once, huh?


  1. Randy Thomas likely out for season. Ugh. what a terrible game

  2. On the bright side. Our kicker looked good.

  3. A wise man known as Plotty once told me:

    "Last year we lost that game. This year we won it. That's the difference between 8-8 and 9-7, and ultimately a shot at the Wild Card."

    So I guess that's one way to look at it...

  4. Other positives:

    Horton is flyin' around out there and Rocky looks healthy. I thought they were standouts on D today.


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