Redskins v. Eagles – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

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  • I mentioned this last week, and … you know what? I’m going to actually go so far as to quote myself verbatim: “The spark of Santana Moss punt returns is seriously dampened when they’re all accompanied by penalties….” Today? It’s an illegal block by Kareem Moore negating a 31 yard return.
  • Watching Jason Campbell scramble, I always think to myself, “Hey, he’s actually pretty good at that — maybe he should do that more often.” And then, watching him try to end his scramble, whether in an awkward slide or a sort of headfirst burrow or just a brutal hit from the opposing safety, I think, “Or maybe not.”
  • Plack attack! Ryan Plackemeier pins his third punt inside the ten, and his second inside the five. Part of me is deeply frustrated that so many guys are showing up now that things don’t matter, but the more optimistic part of me is pleased to see that no one’s given up on the season just yet. He’s making a strong case for himself as Redskins special teams player of the week.
  • The defense forces the three-and-out, and this time putting Moss back to return the punt pays a dividends: Sav Rocca angles the ball so far away from him that it goes out of bounds after only 33 yards. Not quite as good as breaking one for a touchdown, but certainly less wear and tear on Moss than getting killed on a punt return only to see his efforts negated by a penalty.
  • Annnnnd the Eagles defense forces the Redskins to go three and out. Plackemeier, now angling to add game MVP to his hypothetical special teams player of the week award, pins the Eagles back at their 10. It’ll show as a 27 yard punt and bring down his average, but it was precisely correct in that situation.
  • I realize that it’s unusual to have one of these updates only be a recounting of punts, but … well, that’s what we’ve got. This time, the Skins put Antwaan Randle El back in his traditional punt returner spot, and he makes a lot of moves and starts and stops all to gain one yard on the return. The evidence in favor of trying someone else out in that spot is becoming overwhelming.
  • No! Not possible! After another Redskins three-and-out — the third in a row — Plackemeier’s streak finally runs out, and the ball goes into the end zone for a touchback. So much for NFL Player of the Week.
  • If Donovan McNabb’s receivers weren’t dropping as many of his passes as they have been — DeSean Jackson just had a 50 yard pass bounce off his hands — this would likely be a very different game. Instead, it’s ANOTHER three-and-out, and, as if to spite me for my criticism above, Randle El rips off his best return of the year, 36 yards. Two sacks and a forced fumble for Jason Taylor, and a big punt return for Randle El? What year is it, anyhow?
  • The Redskins decide to mix things up a little bit by going three and out. For those of you keeping track at home, that’s six consecutive three-and-outs and nine consecutive possessions ending with a punt. But Mighty Ryan Plackemeier yet again pins the Eagles inside the 10 to start their drive — and it only takes two plays to get the first earned first down of the fourth quarter. This one could take us down to the end of things.
  • Another DeSean Jackson drop, another savage LaRon Landry hit on a receiver in the middle of the field … and none of it matters for anything to the Redskins besides pride, as Minnesota has lost to Atlanta.
  • Still, though, that was a heck of a finish to the game. The Eagles receiver, nearing the end zone in the air, caught from the bottom by Fred Smoot</b. and pushed from the top by still another quality hit from Landry, and the Redskins have swept the Eagles this year, guaranteed that Coach Zorn will not have a losing record in his rookie season, and finally ended a dreadful three game skid. It’s a small victory, in some ways a disappointing victory, but a victory nonetheless.
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77 Responses

  1. HTTR! I’d still like to see more long term rhythm from the offense.

    Things seem bold on the page…

  2. Give this win to Placemeir

  3. Although the playoffs are no longer an option…I’m glad we won.

  4. i enjoy company of men ;)

  5. Landry played lights out today. I think he caught the spirit or ST21!

  6. Playoffs are out of the picture but WONDERFUL win!!!!! we defended our turf… we went all out on the last game at home and atleast we somewhat proved that we can do the damn thing!!!!

    HTTTR!!!

  7. I agree with Nisee. Offense stinks but defense did their job…. again, but almost lost it again in the 4th quarter.

    Ten points is not enough to win. My family thinks this was a good win but it would have been an easy loss if Eagles had not dropped these passes.

    The Redskins are just not getting the wins by doing “well enough”. They have to understand that they need to have wins where they have more than 20 points a game.

  8. whoopie , they won one for old dc.
    I’m sure they feel swell. ….so glad.
    all they did was transfer the monkey onto a different back.
    What about next year ?

  9. good job plack, definitely saved the game

  10. well guys thanks for the help, now u pulled the eagirls with yall out of the playoffs, we are still in it back into the 6th seed thanks to the eagirls losing,

    but dont worry, there will always be next season

    we got a tough eagles team next week but we need to win and we can win to stay in the playoffs

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!

  11. The Redskins are not good for people with heart problems!

  12. Cowboy fan GET OUT OF HERE.

  13. awww chucks lol hahahahahaha

    yall are too funny, be a good sportman and let a fellow nfc east playoff/superbowl contender join in,

    oh wait a minute, i guess this forum is for nfc east dwellers hahahahaha

    tell the eagirls i said hi lol

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    lol

    hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Coach Blache said on the Redskins PostGame show that he want to keep Jason Taylor for another season.

  15. oh by the way, my favorite movie is Brokeback Mountain

    YEEHAW!!!!

  16. lol hahahahaha

    man my post are real funny and have me rotflmfao lol

    hahahahaha

    its good to be a skins fan for 4 quarters today,

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. A Cowboy on a Redskins Blog. Pretty Pathetic, but typical. Nice game last night!

  18. we didnt even have to play today and we still broke your backs and ended your season hahahahaha

    GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ALL HELL TO THE SKINS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    lol

  19. That’s right cowboy 4 life The redskins still and always will suck! We had a bad game yesterday but we still have a better team than those SORRY REDSKINS!

  20. hey CMILES, it was a good game last night, but more importantly, weve gone from the 5th seed to out of the playoffs to back to the 6th seed again, much more than what yall have got this season, back to last place in the nfc east,

    AND AT LEAST WE DIDNT LOSE TO THE BENGALS

    lol

    GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Game ball to the D. Some of those missed passes just might have had “footsteps” behind them. And of course a way to step up Plack

  22. oh yea! we lost yesterday
    ..my neck hurts from the redness…

    HEEAWW!!!!

  23. All these HATERS in here need to LEAVE.

  24. HATERS!!! DID YOU ME FANS OF THE PLAY MAKERS!! COWBOYS ARE #1 WE ARE AMERICAS TEAM BABY!

  25. even though theyve won today, it still feels like a loss on this site hahahaha im still waiting to hear the stadium play their song again u know the one that goes

    “hey you 5uck!!!!” hahahaha

    ALL HELL TO THE SKINS!!!!!!

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!

  26. As everone says the O needs some work. How many times did we have the ball mid-field and go 3 & out. But we have the W.

  27. oh! this is a redskins blog??
    i thought it was redneck blog =p

    YEEHAW!!!!

  28. AMEN SWEETK, ITS ALL GOOD IN THE NFL WHEN THE SKINS WIN AND I ROOT FOR THEM BUT THEY STILL GET KNOCKED OFF FROM THE PLAYOFF RACE LOL

    HAHAHAHAHA

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. IT IS A REDNECK BLOG, AS YALL GOT KNOCKED THE FCUK OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS HAHAHAHA

    ALL HELL TO THE SKINS

    OINK OINK BABY LOL

    HAHAHAHAHA

  30. I’MA BACKWOODS RETARD!

    HOW BOUT THEM RETARDS!!!!

  31. What an exciting finish to the game! Way to get the W!
    HAIL from Kauai!

  32. YEAH BUT EVEN YALL RETARDS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW YALL ARENT GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS HAHAHAHAHAHA

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ALL HELL TO THE SKINS!!!!

  33. good luck next week against the 49ers, id lose on purpose to get a better draft pick, yall need all the help u can get lol

  34. Great work , appreciate the effort men.

    Hey brokeback boys, Great way to say goodbye to your bunk-*ss stadium, I hear Mr. Burns{aka jerry jones} and Smithers {aka wade phillips} are off crying somewhere because the rest of the league forgot to listen to Peter King and ESPN this year, the Cowboys were in the superbowl before the season started, right?

  35. True Big O:

    Da’boys haven’t won a playoff game in FOREVER and then to lose/close Teaxas Stadium the way they did last night, it’s strange that C 4 L would even get off his boyfriend and come out of his tent today.

  36. hey big ho

    news flash, the cowboys ARE still in the playoffs even if the bears win, i want them to lose but even if they win we still hold a better record against them in strenght,

    cant say much for the skins except they are going home this year again, a loss is a loss, get over it, at least we are still in the playoff race, yall won today but it is still a LOSS for you hahahahaha

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. GO Skins! DALLAS SUCKS!!! —and so do their fans!! No playoffs for you either. YOu all are the biggest disappointment in the NFL I love it!!

  38. Texas….not Teaxas……MY BAD

  39. ok girls, ive gotta go, its been fun, but my times up here, i cant stay this long on this site because i might catch loseritus as yall are known to always have this as well as spread it too easily lol hahhahaha

    ALL HELL TO THE SKINS

    AND BE COWBOYS FANS CAUSE THE COWBOYS DONT DIE, THEY JUST MULTIPLY,

    DONT HATE, CONGRATULATE

    PLAIN AND SIMPLE

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS
    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS

    GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. COWBOYS=YANKEES=COWBOYS FANS=LOSERS

  41. How can Cowboys fans multiply when it’s all male on male action going on in their tent?

  42. All the cowboys do is pride themselves on being in the playoff race but they cant win a playoff game obviously you need some help to so you can win something instead of gloating about being in the race when your not in the playoffs yet and the eagles will probably beat you next week so your not going to the playoffs

  43. u dont know that matt, i dont know that either, but if the eagles play like they did today with yall, we have a good chance to win, and if our guys get better we can win, i dont think we will play another bad game like this past saturday, and we havent really clicked but i think we will do when it matters,

    here we come with the playoff race

    go cowboys!!!!!!!!

  44. You keep promising to leave…..so leave….don’t go away mad, just GO AWAY.

  45. i aint mad ray, im leaving as im tired as its late but its been fun seeing yalls team FAIL again and again, this is something i have gotten used to for alot of years, bring out the keg girls, yall are in for a long nite and season lol

    hahahahaha

    GO COWBOYS!!!!!

  46. Is that all you do, cowboys 4 life? sit on your computer and go on Redskins blogs and type idiotic comments?? By the way, that was a GREAT game by the Cowboys last night, giving up runs of 82 and 77 yards!! LOL!! Cowboys always play their best football in December! :D (sarcastic!) TONY ROMO ALWAYS CHOKES IN THE BIG GAMES! Even if Cowboys were to somehow make the playoffs they aren’t going ANYWHERE. Cowboys never play well in big, important games. (Seattle game where Romo can’t hold (still cracks me up!) and last year vs the Giants. COWBOYS SUCK! So much talent on the team, just can’t seem to put it together, what a shame! NOT! :D

  47. Seriously, is this all Cowboys fans have to do with themselves but harass other teams? Its pathetic on every level.

    Good luck in the playoffs, but it seems more likely that you’ll lose again and Jerry Jones will lose what little moisture he has left crying after the game.

  48. Well put Rachel – can’t say it any better than that! I wonder if C4life has purchased his LAST GAME AT TEXAS STADIUM CELEBRATION DVD?? I know I’m going to buy one and play it over and over again….that was so much fun to watch last night wasn’t it?!

  49. Ignore the low lifes. We have the W for today and I am hopeful for our future.

    I know a lot of fans are down on Jason Taylor; but he had a VERY significant injury and continued to play. Actually hope he is back next year.

  50. The D must have been reading these blogs, Portis too!!!!

  51. It is 9:00- p.m. EST—-and Dallas still sucks!!!

    Hail to the Redskins!!!

  52. Has everyone noticed this last month and a half of football the refs have actually let the players play football; and by that I mean when someone gets hit hard I don’t have to see a penalty flag. I was really getting sad at what Roger Goodell was doing to the league. I like to see people get there asses kicked. Troy was right when he said it was turning into a pansy league. It has gotten better thank god.

  53. The D didn’t need to read the blog they’ve been sick. The offense just moved the ball a little and kept them off the field for a change. I’ve said this all season. It’s ravens syndrome.

  54. but its been fun seeing yalls team FAIL again and again, this is something i have gotten used to for alot of years
    -cowboys 4 life

    doesn’t that apply to the cowboys?? :)

  55. It does he’s just a moron.

  56. Cowboys haven’t won a playoff game in ten years and he has the balls to get on here and say that s***. That’s how u truly know someones a goon.

  57. Skins baby, skins, it’s weird when the fair weather skins fans arent here, other team fans read the blog.

    MATT your blog truly is a success and i congradulate the fact that everyone who loves football spends time on this blog, HERES TO YOUR SUCCESS!

    HAIL! HAIL! HAIL! (or HIP! HIP!….you know…)

  58. someone else needs to call the plays, cause jim zorn is the worst playcaller, thats the only reason why the offense sucks he cant call the right plays, and plus we have to many good receivers for the passing game to be that bad!!!
    SANTANA MOSS IS A BEAST

  59. cosign on this being a great blog, thanks matt! i definitely appreciate.

    also, how bout them cowboys – choking massively by giving up 2 of the top 5 biggest runs against their team EVER.. on the day they closed texas stadium.. with a playoff berth at stake.. against a team jerry jones hand-picked to play on that day of their schedule figuring on an easy win. it was pretty sad

  60. It about time FRED DAVIS AND MALCHOLM KELLY GET A CATCH OR TWO.

    ITS SUCKS WE DIDN”T MAKE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS,BUT IS NICE TO DESTROY OTHER TEAMS HOPES.

  61. Hey brokeback4life, cowpokers will not win a playoff game if they do make it, shananana, goodbye

  62. With The Redskins Defense this season, if Brennan had started, they would be in The Playoffs right now…

  63. Is anybody else tired of seeing Campbell hold on to the ball way to long and pump and move around like a idiot then get saced or check it down and then listen to him and Zorn talk after the game makes me puke We need a qb and a coach with some balls Jason Camble sux ass he is an idiot and not smart enough or talented enough to even be a backup qb much less a starter if everybody else can see how bad he is how can Snyder, cerrato Zorn and the other coaches keep him in there evrey week i hope he breaks his leg and cant play again He sux and makes me SICK

  64. Thank God for defense, cause we have absolutely no offense. We won the game, but not because of Campbell. Hopefully we have something to look forward to for next year & I hope it’s not JC. The good news, I fell asleep only twice watching today’s game on TV.

  65. Cowgirl4life…get a life loser!

  66. AHHAHAHA, Fail? Redskins fail? We’ve won a playoff game in the past 10 years, the cowboys have not. Not only that, but we have never been 13-3 and the front runners for the superbowl, and then LOST in our first game in the playoffs. thats ridiculous, I’m sorry. Piss poor showcase of a team. Look in awe of how bad your team really is, lose to philly next week after they were manhandled by jason taylor. I’ll be so glad when dallas craps the bed and refuses to make the playoffs. Better yet if they somehow make the playoffs and lose in the first round AGAIN. THATS something you should be used to seeing, not the redskins missing the playoffs.

  67. hahahahaha im back and its funny to read all the pathetic replys after im gone

    the boys are going to the playoffs and the skins are going home, i can understand if your upset, its a long, long season, and next week to u it doesnt mean nothing, but thats not going to stop the niners kicking the crap outta yall,

    go to your closet and take out the wig as yall are going to be needing it next week, yall bunch of drag queens lol

    hahahahahaha

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    youve got to be in it to win it and unfortunately for the skins AGAIN they aint in it,

    as for my boys, LONG LIVE THE DALLAS COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AMERICAS TEAM

    AMERICAS TEAM

    THE TITLE OF TRUE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 TIME SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS

    LETS MAKE IT 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. “also, how bout them cowboys – choking massively by giving up 2 of the top 5 biggest runs against their team EVER.. ”

    Posted By: a.l. in dc

    All in the same quarter, same game, in the span of less than 2 minutes! COWBOYS SUCK!

  69. COWGIRLS 4 LIFE!!!! COWGIRLS SUCKS!!!!

    NICE WAY TO END THE GAME AT TEXAS STADIUM UHHHHH……

    LOSING AND THEN GIVING UP THE 2 OF THE BIGGEST RUNS THERE EVER!!!! LOSERS!!!!!!!

    IF YOU EVER GET TO THE PLAYOFFS STOP HOPING BECAUSE THEY’LL LOSE AGAIN HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    YOU SUCK!!!!

  70. Vincent should draft all punters and receivers next year. Talent ,depth and youth on the lines is overrated anyway

  71. Jason Campbell= GARBAGE
    biggest waste of a first round pick EVER
    I dont know about you all but Im gettin sick of scoring 10 points every week
    COLT BRENNAN please help this sorry @$$ offense

  72. If you want a good laugh, check out what I found!!!

    Posted in comments of Mcnabb blog 12/22

  73. COWBOYS IN THE PLAYOFFS

    HEADLINES SKINS FAIL TO REACH THE PLAYOFFS FOR ANOTHER SEASON

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    SWIN IN IT, AS YALL NEEDED A BIG SHOVEL TO GET OUTTA THE 5HIT BUT YALL DUG YOUR HOLE AFTER WE KICKED THE CR@P OUTTA YALL HAHAHAHA

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. hey criminals 4 life…you are not in the playoffs get a clue

  75. cowboys 4 life:
    “HEADLINES SKINS FAIL TO REACH THE PLAYOFFS
    FOR ANOTHER SEASON”

    you’re a freakin stupid person, learn how to grammatically write it the correct way , we made the playoffs last season, well…… no need you’re a dumbass anyway!!! LOSERS 4 LIFE, NO PLAYOFFS 4LIFE!!! LOL!!!!!!

    this Sunday glue you’re loser ass face to your TV and weep and watch how you’re beloved Cowgays CHOKE like you they always do!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!

    GO SKINS!!!!

  76. wow! hey cowboys 4 life. you got laid off work or something or just a bum?? what a pathetic fan you are blogging on another teams site all this time. You got sick of reading your comrades blogs because they’re still crying how the ravens whoop your sorry ass team. Cowboys don’t know how to win “real” games when it counts, wade looks like he’s always lost somewhere, plus there’s no more TO and Romo connection, time for you guys to fall apart hahahaha COWBOYS 4 LIFE, GET A LIFE!!!

    hail Skins Nation!!!!

  77. jason campbell still looked suspect. His job is up for grabs this offseason. i just hope we dont pick up anyone i like todd collins i thought he should of started the season but anyway colt brennan might and will be the future soon

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