​*NFL WEEK 3 (2019 Season)

Ugh! The torturous, agonizing, miserable experience of being a Redskins fan. We got our arses handed to us by the Bears (31-15). It was a pathetic experience, the first 2 quarters, Case Keenum looked helpless against the Bears defense. Our defense looked unsteady and anemic. Our offense was nonexistent, and by halftime, the score was already 28-3. The annoying talking heads over at Monday Night Football were talking about firing Gruden, firing Manusky and benching Keenum over Haskins. First of all, somebody will be fired soon if we do not turn this thing around immediately. Manusky might be the first casualty, and Rob Ryan will be elevated to defensive coordinator, which I am not sure that would be the best solution for our defensive woes.

img_2867The second half was a different tale. The defense kept the Bears from scoring any more touchdowns and limited them to only one field goal in the 4th. That made the game a lot more exciting to watch. Our offense begun to move the ball around better, we put together some drives, but Keenum still seemed shaky, and made one of the dumbest 4th & 1  plays I have ever seen!! We only managed to score 2 touchdowns and failed twice to score on a 2 point conversion. They got away from the run in the first half; they were unable to utilize Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson effectively throughout the whole game. The only positive from our offense is the emergence of Terry McLaurin and Paul Richardson as our best offensive targets. This team is in complete disarray, and I feel for the fan base living in the DC area who have to endure this misery week after week. Plus, the unpleasant experience of actually attending Redskins games at FedEx Field, which is another thing that sucks about being a Redskins fan. 

My current overall disposition regarding the state of my Redskins: DISTURBED!!

And now for the rest of the league:

49ers 24-Steelers 20: The 49ers are beginning to make some noise in the NFC West, their defense is solid, and they have a well-balanced running game. They are 3-0, and their future looks promising. The Steelers are winless, and Mike Tomlin’s seat will be getting hotter and hotter if they fall to 0-4 after next week. Although they did play well enough under Mason Rudolph to keep the game competitive.

Panthers 30-Cardinals 20: Kyle Allen showed up big time for the Panthers replacing Cam Newton; throwing multiple touchdowns with zero interceptions. McCaffrey was on fire again, and old man Olsen did his thing when it mattered. They finally got it done, although against a struggling team like the Cardinals, but a win is still a win and the NFC South is entirely up for grabs. Kyler Murray continues to struggle.

Lions 27-Eagles 24: This Lions team is better than I expected; their defense is pretty good and can keep their offense in games. The Eagles losing brought much joy into my Sunday afternoon, they are now 1-2, which gives my Redskins a chance to make a run at this division still.

Cowboys 31-Dolphins 6: I said it before and I will repeat it, the Dolphins are playing for the future and the #1 overall pick in next year’s draft. The Cowboys are nothing but smoke and mirrors. They are currently 3-0, but it is all just a mirage, their record is fool’s gold, and they will collapse soon enough.

Vikings 31-Raiders 14: Dalvin cook is making a case for the best running back in the league. Kirk Cousins did minimal work and did not turned the ball over, which is a significant factor for the Vikings to have a chance to make some noise in the NFC North. Minnesota’s defense is elite and will keep them in games. The Raiders are getting better quarterback play from Derek Carr, and I still feel they are a much-improved team from last season.

Giants 32-Buccaneers 31: The Daniel Jones era has begun, and I am not impressed. He can run that is for sure, he is more of a mobile quarterback than Eli Manning ever was, and he seems to have a strong arm, but this victory is more about Tampa Bay blowing this game than NY wining it. Sure, NY did what they were supposed to do to win the game, but the Bucs defense allowed way too many big plays in the 4th quarter. Both these teams are now 1-2, but the Buccaneers have a better chance to make it to the playoffs than the Giants.

Chiefs 33-Ravens 28: Lamar Jackson woke up in the 4th quarter and tried to make it interesting, but to no avail. Mark Ingram scored 3 touchdowns, and that was the main highlight for now 2-1 Ravens. Kansas City is 3-0, and Patrick Mahomes continues to dazzle, he made big plays and had no interceptions. Picking up LeSean McCoy was the right move, partnering him with Darrel Williams in the running game adds an extra dose of firepower for this very explosive Chiefs offense.

Texans 27-Chargers 20: The running game was nonexistent in this game, both Phillip Rivers and Deshaun Watson turned this game into an aerial affair with each QB throwing for over 300 yards, but the Chargers ran out of ammunition by the second half, and the Texans came on top. The Chargers need to resolve the Melvin Gordon contract situation soon; their season is hanging by a thin thread.

Patriots 30-Jets 14: I still stand firm with the belief that the Patriots are way overrated, they are 3-0, but they have not played anyone dangerous as of yet. The Bills should make things interesting next week. The Jets cannot get anything going on offense. They cannot get their wide receivers involved in the passing game, and they do not stay committed to the run, even though they have Leveon Bell who is one of the most talented running backs in entire the game of football. Their 0-3 record reflects how terrible and disappointing this team is.

Bills 21-Bengals 17: The Bills defense is one of the best in the league right now, they kept the Bengals scoreless until the 3rd quarter. Nobody expected the Bills to be 3-0 at the start of the season; Josh Allen is a dual-threat, it seems Buffalo has something special here, but their big test comes next week in the form of Belicheater and his overrated Patriots. The Bengals are a mess, and Andy Dalton seems to have regressed.

Saints 33-Seahawks 27: Russell Wilson and the Seahawks came crashing down at home against Terry Bridgewater, Alvin Kamara, and company. This victory was huge for the Saints without Drew Brees. It proves that the Saints can win games away from New Orleans without their star QB. The Seahawks took over the game in the 4th quarter and came close to taking this game into overtime. Both teams are 2-1, and there is much football left to play this season.

Jaguars 20-Titans 7: Gardner Minshew won his first game as a starting QB in the NFL, and apparently he is somewhat of a celebrity due to his very eccentric personality. I had no idea who he was until this past Thursday night game. He played a great game and protected the ball well with zero turnovers. The Jaguars might be on to something with this kid. The Titans are struggling to put points on the board, Mariota moved the ball around well but failed to score any TD’s. Both teams are 1-2, and it is still very early in the season, so write them entirely off.

Rams 20-Browns 13: Wade Phillips and his defense made things tough for Baker Mayfield. They stopped the Browns from making a late-game run, and they are now 1-2. The AFC North is a mess right now; the Ravens-Browns game will be an interesting one. This game was way too close for a Rams team that has Superbowl aspirations; they need to get Todd Gurley going soon.

Colts 27-Falcons 24: Jacoby Brissett is slowly but surely becoming an exciting quarterback to watch. Marlon Mack and TY Hilton are the Colts top offensive weapons. The AFC South is wide open for the Colts. The Falcons got completely shut out from scoring until the 3rd quarter, and they turned it on in the 4th, but you cannot expect to win games in this league getting way behind in the score like Atlanta did. I find it interesting that the Falcons have not been the same team since Kyle Shanahan left.

Packers 27-Broncos 16: Flacco is apparently not the answer at quarterback for Denver, and the Broncos find themselves at 0-3. Will Vic Fangio get a second season? We shall see how this season unfolds for the Broncos. The Packers are 3-0 and 2 games ahead in their division, but the Vikings, the Bears, and even the Lions will make things tough for Green Bay as the season progresses.

 

*NFL WEEK 2 (2019 Season)

Well, it was another miserable Sunday witnessing my beloved Redskins lose to the Cowboys 31-21. Though there were some good moments in the game, mainly in the 1st quarter when our defense was holding off Dak, Zeke, and company from scoring. We ended up scoring first to take a 7-0 lead in the 2nd quarter, but the Cowboys responded with back to back scores to take a 14-7 lead at halftime. Things were still manageable, and the game wasn’t out of hand yet, I was feeling very optimistic in our chances to pull off a victory. In the 3rd quarter, we scored 7 points, as did Dallas, so by the end of the 3rd quarter the score was 21-14 (still very manageable), but the 4th quarter is where we let things get completely out of hand. We score 7 points, and the Cowboys scored 10, bringing the final score to 31-21. This brings us to 0-2 in the division, which complicates our chances to win the division. We got 4 games left within the division, games that we MUST win to have a shot to make it into the playoffs.

IMG_8169Look, our defense has to play better, I know they are banged up, and depth continues to be an issue, but for us to have a shot at making the playoffs, we need to win divisional games. Our defensive schemes have to be designed to stop players like Zeke, Dak, Cooper, Wentz, Barkley, to name a few. Not having Jonathan Allen, Quinton Dumbar and Fabian Moreau hurts, but Manusky (Defensive Coordinator) has to figure out ways to get this defense to step up and play up to their potential, which is high. Our offense is showing flashes of greatness. This kid McLaurin is the real deal; Paul Richardson is currently our best wide receiver. Adrian Peterson was more effective with his running than Derrius Guice was in week 1 against the Eagles, and now that Guice is injured and gone for a few weeks we need Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson to continue to alternate, and we need to stay committed to the run no matter what. Jordan Reed is needed desperately. It would be tremendous if we could get both Reed and Vernon Davis together on the field and healthy. Next week we have the Chicago Bears with their strong defense waiting for us, and to make things worse, playing on Monday Night Football hasn’t brought us any fortune as of late. We can’t be 0-3 by the end of week 3.

The rest of the league:

Eagles 20- Falcons 24: Atlanta took care of business! Any team that beats any of my Redskins division rivals gets kudos from me.

Browns 23-Jets 3: Baker Mayfield and company rebounded nicely after last week’s debacle. Sam Darnold’s absence has affected the Jets more than I expected, or maybe they were always this bad?. They shouldn’t be this bad, especially, with offensive weapons like Leveon Bell, Jamison Crowder, Robby Anderson, and Demaryius Thomas. They need to figure out their QB situation pronto! They have Belicheater and the Patriots heading their way next week.

Giants 14-Bills 28: Eli Manning played well considering the lack of talent, but the Daniel Jones whispering had already begun midway through the game, and as I finished this post the Giants announced Jones as their new starting QB, benching Eli. I think this decision was too premature; this is only week 2. They might end up regretting benching Manning this soon in the season. Saquon Barkley is their one and only bright shining light. The Bills are 2-0 and seem to be a solid team; we’ll see once they play Tom Brady and the rest of the Belicheaters.

Chiefs 28-Raiders 10: Patrick Mahomes is magical; this team is my SuperBowl pick (for now). Derek Carr struggled, but I give Jon Gruden and company a hard pass since their opponent is playing at a very high level. The Raiders will be better than last year.

Saints 9-Rams 27: Sean McVay’s Rams continue to do their thing–they put up plenty of points and have a balanced offense. Drew Brees will be gone for a few weeks due to a thumb injury, which means Terry Bridgewater will be taking over starting QB duties for a few weeks. Curious to see how things play out here. The NFC South is up for grabs.

49ers 41-Bengals 17: As I said before, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch are building something very special in San Francisco, tune in, they will make a lot of noise in weeks to come. The Bengals are an enigma, they played well on week 1 against the Seahawks but got completely dominated on week 2. Is their rookie head coach Zac Taylor over his head? We’ll see how things play out.

Chargers 10-Lions 13: Detroit’s defense is looking good, and it may be better than I thought. Phillip rivers moved the ball around on the Lions but struggled to put up points. It’s obvious to me that they miss not having Melvin Gordon.

Steelers 26-Seahawks 28: Russel Wilson was on fire and Seattle is 2-0 to get the season started. Big Ben got injured and will be gone for the rest of the season, so is now the Mason Rudolph show in Pittsburgh. If this kid plays well and shows promise, there will be talks regarding Big Ben’s future next season.

Panthers 14-Buccaneers 20: Something is not right physically with Cam; he doesn’t seem like himself. I was stunned by how much they struggled offensively. McCaffrey barely got 37 yards in the entire game, after putting up great stats in week 1 against the Rams. Old men, Greg Olsen, put up solid numbers and was their best offensive weapon. The Bucs needed this victory badly, Bruce Arians is an excellent coach, and he will make things tough for their opponents. We’ll see if he can turn Jameis Winston into a better QB. Carolina is now 0-2, and Tampa is 1-1. The potential loss of Drew Brees will make this division very interesting.

Patriots 43-Dolphins 0: The Belicheaters made the Dolphins look like an amateur football team. The Dolphins are playing for the future, stockpiling draft picks for next year’s draft. Don’t expect much from Miami this season.

Vikings 16-Packers 21: Gary Kubiak is bringing his zone scheme into Minnesota, something Kirk Cousin is very familiar with since he ran an almost identical scheme with my Redskins back when Mike Shanahan coached him in Washington. The game was close, but Kirk needs to get going fast, he has way too many weapons to only score 16 points, and the expectations are high for the Vikings. The Packers defense showed up again and kept them in the game. It was a big division win for Aaron Rodgers and company.

Colts 19-Titans 17: No Andrew luck? No problem. The Colts are trucking along with Jacoby Brissett and managed to upset the Titans.

Cardinals 17-Ravens 23: Lamar Jackson is one of the most dynamic players I’ve ever seen. The Ravens struck gold with this kid. Kyler Murray played better than week 1, he is a work in progress and so are the Cardinals.

Jaguars 12-Texans 13: The Jaguars without Nick Foles made things tough for the Texans, but they pulled off the victory at the end. Jacksonville is showing signs of dysfunction within their ranks. I also do not expect much from the Jaguars this season.

Bears 18-Broncos 14: The Bears got it done. They have a strong defense, and they will keep their offense in games within a manageable chance to win games. Denver seems like they are rebuilding, they won’t make the playoffs, and they need to find a Quarterback soon, it seems Flacco is not the answer.

My overall disposition regarding the Redskins heading into week 3: Very concerned…HTTR!!!

 

*NFL WEEK 1 (2019 Season)

My Redskins lost to the Eagles. What a miserable way to start the season. Don’t really need to give you any specific details but we basically blew a 17-0 lead and ended up losing 27-32. Philly scored 25 unanswered points. It was pure misery watching the lead dissipate. Once we had the lead, we needed to control the clock, run the ball consistently, feed the Eagles a steady diet of Derrius Guice and Christ Thompson and wear their defense down, but we did no such thing. It was the other way around—our offense couldn’t stay on the field long enough to give our defense a breather, and we allowed Darren Sproles and Desean Jackson to look like elite players in their prime (which they are not).

802ca02d-d937-4fb5-9d41-81b0996d968dAdrian Peterson was a healthy scratch from the game. He needs to be active and play next week for us to have a chance to beat Dallas on week 2. But all in all, I saw flashes of great things ahead for our very young team. The offensive line played relatively well, Case Keenum had ZERO turnovers, no interceptions (this is huge!!). It’s obvious to me from what I saw that our young wide receivers will be special very soon. Our defense needs to stay healthy, there are tons of talented pieces in place.

The rest of the league had an exciting opening week:

Cowboys 35-NY Giants 17: Eli looked good, and Barkley is their best player. But the Giants are a bad team, and the Cowboys are overrated. Eli needs to leave NY and go play for a contender next season. 

Titans 43-Browns 13: Marcus Mariota and company spoiled Baker Mayfield’s coming out party, and all the hype surrounding them.

Ravens 59-Dolphins 10: Lamar Jackson is legit, oh and by the way, RGIII played and scored a touchdown. The Dolphins seem to be playing for the #1 pick in next year’s NFL draft. 

Falcons 12-Vikings 28: Kirk Cousins had a solid start of the season. They should be favorites to win the division. The Falcons had nothing on offense or defense.

Rams 30-Panthers 27:  Sean McVay and company picked up right from where they left off last season. Christian McCaffrey looks to be in excellent football shape. If Cam stays healthy, the combination of these two dynamic players will be something special. 

Chiefs 40-Jaguars 26: The jaguars were playing a good game and were competitive until Nick Foles broke his collarbone and there goes the Jaguars season…Tyreek Hill also got hurt. 

Bills 17-Jets 16: Former Redskin Jameson Crowder caught 14 passes!!. Looks like Sam Darnold has found a new favorite target. These two teams should make things difficult for the Patriots to win the division. 

49ers 31-Buccaneers 17: Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch are building a playoff team, and I can already see the improvement over last year’s team. The buccaneers are a work in progress, Jameis Winston struggled.

Steelers 3-Patriots 33: Are the patriots that good? Or, Are the Steelers that bad? My guess is the latter. They had nothing to offer defensively, and their offense seemed uninspired. I can’t stand the Patriots. Once Antonio Brown gets inserted into the team, I predict disaster by mid-season.

Lions 27-Cardinals 27: These two teams are mediocre, to say the least. Kyler Murray showed up in the fourth quarter and made things interesting. 

Bengals 20-Seahawks 21: Andy Dalton had one of his best career games, but one big play from Russell Wilson in the 4th quarter put the game away for the Seahawks. We’ll see how things play out week to week for these two teams.

Colts 21-Chargers 30: No Andrew Luck, so I don’t expect much from the Colts. Phillip Rivers has a lot of weapons to make life difficult for their opponents this season.

Packers 10-Bears 3: The Packers seem to finally have found a solid defense. Former Redskin Preston Smith looked great in his new team. The Bears don’t seem to have an offense, but their defense should keep them in close games.

Texans 28- Saints 30: This was a great game, a real nail bitter. These two should be playoff teams.

Broncos 16-Raiders 24: Jon Gruden is building something special. They will be contenders sooner than most people think. Flacco’s receivers dropped a bunch of balls, including a potential touchdown in the endzone. Broncos are an enigma, we’ll see what kind of team shows up next week.

My overall disposition: Still feeling hopeful…..HTTR!!!!