*Project 11: Alex Smith

Man, was I moved by this ESPN documentary-style piece on Alex Smith. I had no idea how close he came to losing his leg and how a flesh-eating bacteria almost took his life.

I remember how excited I was for the 2018 season with Alex Smith as our starting Quarterback, and how well the team was playing with him during the first half of the season; The Redskins were on top of their division — The team seemed to be flowing well, and on their way to make a playoff run….. things looked extremely promising.

Then, Alex Smith suffered what appeared to be a career-ending injury, eerily similar to Joe Theismann’s career-ending leg injury back in 1985, which occurred on the same date as Smith’s injury (November 18). 

From that point on, everything fell apart for the 2018 Washington Redskins football team. However, most importantly than football, it almost ended the life of Alex Smith.

It was an incredibly revelatory experience watching this Project 11 piece. Learning how Smith’s unique predicament took the doctors by complete surprise. How unfamiliar they were with this infection, plus there wasn’t anyone with a similar experience that they could use as a reference point to lean into, especially an infection like this within the sports world.

Watching him in the hospital fighting for his life. How incoherent he seemed after the infection took over. The gruesome images of his leg, and then, 17 surgeries later attempting to reclaim his life. It was such a catastrophic ordeal for him and his family. 

His recovery has been remarkable, to say the least.

I was always an Alex Smith fan, and after watching this documentary piece, it is beyond evident that we should not count him out, and we definitely have not heard the last from him.

 I am rooting like hell for Alex Smith. 

*Redskins 2020 NFL Draft

Another NFL Draft has come and gone, and my dear beloved Redskins had a solid, thoughtful, and productive draft. 

We had the #2 overall pick…. and, well, we picked Chase Young, but more on him later.

This was not a normal draft — Roger Goddell called out the picks from his home — it was the strangest draft ever, I was not expecting much, but they pulled it off very well. Kudos to the NFL.

The Cincinnati Bengals did the right thing in drafting Joe Burrow with the #1 overall pick. 

The Miami Dolphins drafting Tua and using their other picks to build around him was smart. I think Miami has finally found the right coach in Brian Flores with whom to build something special for years to come. 

The Green Bay Packers drafting Jordan Love was the shocker of the first round. The story repeats itself; echoes of 2005 when the Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers, whose draft stock was plummeting from possibly being selected as one of the top overall picks — to end up getting drafted at #25 overall by Green Bay. Even though Bret Favre was still considered to be in his prime….drafting a quarterback that high sends a weird message. It is evident to me that a decision has been made to begin the process of replacing Rodgers. 

And for the Redskins….

We didn’t draft a quarterback this year, which doesn’t really mean much, and It seems that the coaching staff are all in on Haskins, or at least for the next season, but expect Kyle Allen to push him hard. 

This was not a good draft for Tight Ends, and we did not draft any this year to replace Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis, but we did end up signing Thaddeus Moss as an undrafted free agent TE from LSU, (Randy Moss is his father)….. Don’t know much about Moss — all I know is that he had some issues staying healthy, but all his coaches raved about him. So, we shall see how he fares. 

Trent Williams was finally traded to the 49ers for a 5th round pick this year and a 3rd in 2021 — Reuniting him with Kyle Shanahan. I wanted us to get two picks out of Trent for this 2020 draft. Maybe a 3rd and a 4th this year and a 3rd in 2021 — or a 4th and a 5th rounder this year and a 3rd next year. I felt like we gave up a Pro Bowl elite tackle for peanuts, but at least this whole trade drama is over, and it will not be looming around and clouding training camp (if there is one), or the season for that matter. 

All in all, we made thoughtful picks, and it seems the front-office, including Head Coach Ron Rivera and our unofficial GM Kyle Smith, were on the same page, which has not been the norm for many years around Redskins Park.

Here is a quick breakdown on the Redskins 2020 NFL Draft:

1st round

#2 overall-Chase Young DE Ohio State: The second year in a row that we took an Ohio state player in the first round, and they are both from the DC area. Young is considered to be an immediate impact player. For what is worth, we should be an elite defense, based on all the first-rounders and young talented players we currently have on our defense. 

2nd round: We had ZERO picks

3rd Round

#66 Overall-Antonio Gibson RB Memphis: Listed as a running back, but runs routes like a receiver — I heard Kyle Smith was hight on Gibson. This pick is very intriguing, especially knowing how Scott Turner used McCaffrey in Carolina, He is joining a crowded and very talented backfield with Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, JD Makkisic and Bryce Love

4th Round

#108 Overall-Saahdiq Charles OT LSU: It looks to be a depth pick and a developmental player. 

#142 Overall-Antonio Gandy-Golden WR Liberty: He was highly rated. He seems to physically fit what the Redskins were looking for in terms of receiver. TV talking heads were also high on him but thought he fell to the 4th round because this draft was loaded with receivers.  

5th Round

#156 Overall-Keith Ismael C San Diego State (Trent Williams pick): This is another depth and developmental pick. Offensive line depth issues have plagued us for multiple seasons, and it seems we are finally starting to address those issues in this draft. 

#162 overall-Khaleesi Hudson OLB Michigan: This is another depth and developmental pick with special teams in mind. 

6th round:  We had ZERO picks

7th Round

#216 Overall-Kamrem Curl S Arkansas: Safety and special teams depth. 

#229 Overall-James Smith-Williams DE North Carolina State: This is another depth and developmental pick. We must have Defensive End depth in case we lose Ryan Kerrigan next season. 

*NFL Divisional Playoffs & Redskins Coaching Moves

The Washington Panskins.

The changes continue at Redskins Park. They let Eric Shaffer go after 17 years with the Redskins. He is highly regarded when it comes to the salary cap, but a changing of the guard was needed. Coach Rivera has brought in his own guy Rob Rogers from the Panthers who also served at Carolina in a similar role managing the salary cap as Shaffer. Doug Williams was retained but under a new title of Senior Vice President of Player Development. Ken Zampese has also been hired as the new Quarterbacks coach to work under new Offensive Coordinator Scott Turner. Zampese has an impressive resume working and developing young Quarterbacks, so we’ll see what kind of impact he has on young Dwayne Haskins on this upcoming season. Special Teams Coordinator Nate Kaczor was retained, which was a no brainer since his unit was the most consistent and best-performing unit this past 2019 season. 

Kyle Smith has been promoted to Vice President of player personnel. This is a pretty big deal; Kyle will work closely with Coach Rivera as they approach the 2020 NFL Draft. It is important to note that Kyle Smith is the son of A.J. Smith, who was the San Diego Chargers General Manager during the time Rivera worked there as the defensive coordinator under Head Coach Norv Turner. All these connections are essential to get a sense of what this new regime is trying to accomplish.

And now some Divisional Playoff action:

Titans28-Ravens 12: Lamar Jackson came crashing down. The Titans and Derrick Henry took over this game and never looked back. It was the most surprising win, and nobody expected Tennessee to beat the number 1 scoring offense. Next, the Titans take on Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs, and I think the Titans playoff Cinderella run will come to an end. 

49ers 27-Vikings 10: Total domination by San Francisco. Kirk Cousins got blitz to death in this game, Cousins had better stats than Jimmy G, but they were both pretty mediocre. Next, the 49ers should be favorites against the Packers. I would love to see the 49ers vs. the Chiefs in the Superbowl. 

Chiefs 51-Texans 31: This was the most exciting game of the weekend. Houston was 21 to nothing in the first quarter, Kansas City scored seven straight Touchdowns to turn this game upside down on Houston. Patrick Mahomes‘ playmaking abilities reminded the entire world who the most dynamic young quarterback in the NFL is. Next, the Chiefs should be the favorites against the Titans to reach the SuperBowl representing the AFC. 

Packers 28-Seahawks 23: Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers looked sharp against a Seattle team that seemed to arrive at this game pretty banged up. The Packers take on the 49ers next week. A battle of former Redskins assistant coaches Kyle Shanahan and Matt LaFleur. San Francisco is a hell of a lot more dangerous and more dynamic than the Seahawks. I pick the 49ers here to end up in the Superbowl representing the NFC. 

*NFL Playoffs: Wildcard Round and Redskins Shaking Things Up.

The Redskins are in the process of cleaning house; we have already hired a new Head Athletic trainer in Ryan Vermillion, who worked for Ron Rivera in Carolina for many years. We also hired LB coach Steve Russ, reuniting him with coach Rivera from their time with the Panthers. It was announced that Scott Turner (Norv Turner’s son), is moving back to DC as the new offensive coordinator for the Redskins. Scott Turner worked under Rivera in Carolina as a Quarterbacks coach and is still unclear what is going to happen with Kevin O’Connell, his name is being thrown around for potential offensive coordinator jobs in multiple places. Will they keep O’Connell as Quarterbacks coach and Scott Turner as the Offensive Coordinator? I really hope they don’t mess this up. Haskins’s development under O’Connell was remarkable, so bringing Turner to the Redskins means a new system for Haskins to learn. I did like what they did in Carolina with Christian McCaffrey, so maybe there is a bigger picture here with Turner running the offense, and perhaps that is why they are allowing Kevin O’Connell to walk away. Figuring out the Trent Williams situation should be our top priority. Things are moving pretty fast around Redskins park.

And now for some Wildcard Playoff action:

Titans 20- Patriots 13: The Belicheaters got exposed yet again. Brady looked done, and it might be the end of the Brady-Belichick era. I think one or the other will be out of New England next season. Derrick Henry is probably the best running back in the playoffs. Next, Tennessee plays Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.

Texans 22-Bills 19: Buffalo made some insane decisions in this game, which cost them the game. The Bills seem to be very close to getting this team over the hump. Next, Houston takes on Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs. Deshaun Watson vs. Pat Mahomes equals must-watch TV.

Vikings 26-Saints 20: It took overtime play for Kirk Cousins to finally win his first playoff game. Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph showed up big time for this game. Drew Brees was under fire for most of the game, and his mobility was limited. It was a solid game. Next, Minnesota takes on the 49ers; this will be the most exciting game of the divisional round. Kyle Shanahan knows Kirk Cousins very well from their time with the Redskins. I am looking forward to this game.

Seahawks 17-Eagles 9: Carson Wentz got concussed and replaced by 40-year-old Josh McCown, who played pretty well, keeping the “Beagles” within range of catching up to Seattle. There must be a curse on Carson Wentz because he cannot stay healthy, and something always seems to happen. DK Metcalf looked unstoppable, Marshawn Lynch scored two TDs and looked great. Next, Seattle takes on the Packers, which has the making of an excellent game.

*Welcome to Redskins Nation Ron Rivera HTTR!!!

The 2019 NFL football season is finally over, and we finished at a disgraceful 3-13 for the season—It was an agonizing and miserable season, one of the worst that I can remember in my close to 30 years as a Redskins fan.

Throughout the whole season, there was a massive outcry for Snyder to fire Bruce Allen, and to make drastic changes to the power structure at Redskins Park. Our wishes became a reality on Monday morning when Snyder issued a statement announcing the firing of Bruce Allen. This decision was at least eight years overdue, but I’m glad that it is finally a reality, and we can begin the process of rebooting this historic franchise.

Within hours of announcing the removal of Bruce Allen, sports media was buzzing about the arrival of Ron Rivera in the DC area to meet with Dan Snyder. There was plenty of speculation regarding a fast-moving hiring process to secure Ron Rivera as our new Head Coach, and as of today, right at the start of the new year, Ron Rivera is the new Head Coach of the Washington Redskins. This hire is a very bold and exciting move. Rivera is also the first minority Head Coach in the history of the Redskins, and the first Latino Head Coach to be precise, which is refreshing and remarkable considering the demographics of the DC area. We finally have a coach that will reflect our community. Ron Rivera is a defensive-minded coach and a no-nonsense type of coach. Discipline and accountability will be emphasized under his leadership. He is someone who can immediately create a culture of change at Redskins Park. An entire overhaul of the coaching staff is in order, starting with the defensive staff. Hiring Jack Del Rio as a Defensive Coordinator is a terrific move. Greg Manusky had no clue how to best maximize the skills of our vast pool of high drafted and talented players on this roster. His defensive schemes were terrible and, at most times, predictable. Offensively, I hope they keep Kevin O’Connell as our offensive coordinator; he has been instrumental in the development of Dwayne Haskins. It was sad that we could not keep Bill Callahan around as the offensive Line coach, but I heard he would like to coach next to his son, who is currently the offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals. I wish him the best, he is a great coach.

After listening to Rivera doing media rounds and shedding some light into the process that got him this job, you get the sense that Snyder had his eyes on Rivera for a while. The discreet meetings between Rivera and Joe Gibbs are particularly insightful. It shows how much emphasis and care went into this process. I feel great about this hire and the possibilities ahead for our relatively young football team. Reaching out to Trent Williams is a priority, especially since the Head trainer Larry Hess has also been fired. There have been multiple complaints about Hess and the training staff in the last few years. Trent Williams sat out the whole 2019 season due to his grievances with the training staff. Players took longer to recover from injuries that would typically take less time to come back.

The work ahead for the new regime in Redskins park will be tough; they have ten years of Bruce Allen to undo. But, it seems Rivera has a clear picture of the road ahead, and he is up to the task of rebuilding not only the team and the culture, but also the excitement of the entire fan base.

And now lets get ready for some NFL playoffs……

*NFL WEEK 16 (2019 Season)

This game went into overtime, all tied up at 35-35, but we could not stop the Giants from moving the ball down the field on their first possession in overtime to score the game-winning TD. It was a fitting end for two Irrelevant teams playing for nothing in December. Both fan bases should feel hopeful by all the flashes of talent and potential greatness these two teams have shown off in the last few weeks, including this game. I get the sense that next season the balance of power in the NFC East will shift from Cowboys-Eagles to Giants-Redskins, based on what I have seen this whole season. Some football pundits were calling this game the “Chase Young bowl,” meaning that one of these two teams could end up with a better draft spot to select the highest rated defensive end coming out of college.

NY Giants 41-Redskins 35

Adrian Peterson passed another record and is now fourth in the all-time rushing touchdown list. Haskins was playing very well before getting banged up and taken out of the game. He looked strong and decisive, completing his first nine passes. Steve Sims has emerged as another downfield threat to complement McLaurin, who is closing into 1,000 yards receiving for the season. This core of young offensive weapons is something to feel hopeful going into next season. Our defense is what I’m mostly concerned about. There is way too much talent, loaded with first and second-rounders to be this ineffective. Massive changes are coming to the defense, including a change in defensive coordinator. Next Sunday is our final game of the season against our blood rival Dallas. Nothing would be more gratifying than to finish the season with a victory over the Cowboys and put an end to their playoff hopes.

My overall disposition regarding my Redskins: BEAT DALLAS!!

And now for the rest of the league:

Eagles 17- Cowboys 9: All Dallas had to do in this game was win and the NFC East division was theirs, but the overrated Cowboys once again fell short as they usually do. And now the Eagles have a shot at winning the division next week against the Giants.

Packers 23-Vikings 10: Green Bay won the NFC North title, and the Vikings clinched a playoff spot due to the Rams’ loss to the 49ers. Minnesota needs Dalvin cook to be a 100% for the Vikings to be a real threat in the post-season.

49ers 34-Rams 31: This game was huge for both teams, the Rams losing eliminated them from playoff contention and the 49ers are now set up for a monster game against the Seahawks next week to determine playoff home-field advantage and a first-round bye. The Rams were at the Super Bowl last season and now, they are not even a wildcard team, significant adjustments coming next season for the Rams.

Ravens 31-Browns 15: Baltimore clinches the top seed in the AFC with this victory over the over-hyped Browns, which means the road to the Super Bowl will go through the Ravens. The Browns will need to clean house next season, starting with the Head Coach.

Patriots 24-Bills 17: Tom Brady is officially a game manager now, while New England’s defense does all the heavy lifting. Patriots are now the AFC East champions, but they have to win next week against Miami to clinch a first-round bye. The Bills have secured a wildcard playoff spot.

Jets 16-Steelers 10: The Jets had a statement game against Pittsburgh, where they show what kind of team they could be next season. I think they are only a few pieces away from contending in the AFC East. The Steelers have a tough road ahead next week against the Ravens, who are resting their starters. They have to beat Baltimore and hope for the Texans to beat the Titans to make the playoffs.

Raiders 24-Chargers 17: Surprisingly, the Raiders are still alive for the playoffs by beating the Chargers, but it won’t be easy, first they need to beat Denver next week and hope for the Titans, Steelers, and Jaguars to lose. Very unlikely that all those things will come together.

Texans 23-Buccaneers 20: Houston clinches the AFC South division title, while the Bucs have a lot of questions to answer regarding the future of James Winston.

Saints 38-Titans 28: New Orleans is rolling into the playoffs with lots of momentum and are still chasing a first-round bye and home-field advantage through out the playoffs. The Titans have to beat the Texans next week to get into the playoffs. Regardless of what happens, Ryan Tannehill has secured himself as the long-term answer at quarterback for Tennessee.

Falcons 24- Jaguars 12: Atlanta is finishing strong after a 1-7 start this season, they are trying to save Dan Quinn’s job, but it might be a little too late for that. The Jaguars are a hot mess and coaching changes and maybe even drafting a QB is in the future for Jacksonville,

Cardinals 27-Seahawks 13: Kyler Murray is a legit threat for years to come in the NFC West. The Seahawks look depleted going into the playoffs. They just re-signed Marshawn Lynch out of semi-retirement to boost their running game.

Dolphins 38-Bengals 35: This game went into overtime, and it was a wild game for two teams who are in the middle of a rebuilding process. The Bengals secured the number one pick in next year’s draft.

Broncos 27-Lions 17: Drew Lock played great against a pretty good and underrated Lions defense, but Denver might need to look into next year’s draft to hopefully find the franchise QB they’ve been searching since Payton Manning retired.

Chiefs 26-Bears 3: Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are getting into a steady rhythm heading into the playoffs, while the Bears will need to make some drastic adjustments during the offseason.

Colts 38-Panthers 6: Firing Ron Rivera has not translated into victories for Carolina. They are in actuality a lot worse without him, and next season will be very interesting to see what happens with Cam Newton and the direction this Panthers team heads into, especially with a new coaching staff. The Colts need to figure out a way to lure Andrew Luck out of retirement next season.

*NFL WEEK 15 (2019 Season)

Eagles 37-Redskins 27

Haskins had his best game of the season. His pocket presence is strong. The stats of this game show the gradual progress that we expected to see from him, and the chemistry between McLaurin and Haskins is something special. Steven Sims is getting more involved in the offense, which is a good thing. I can only imagine how things could’ve been if we had Trent Williams at left tackle, a healthy offensive line, Derrius Guice, Cris Thompson, both healthy for the whole season. Plus Jordan Reed or Vernon Davis as offensive weapons, then we are talking about a completely different offense, a more explosive offense. Adrian Peterson is a freak of nature, and at 34 years old, he still is running hard and breaking records. We need to keep him for next season. Losing this game sucked, but it was definitely a moral victory for this team struggling to establish some type of momentum going into the offseason. 

Urban Meyer was at the owner’s box for this game seating and chatting up with Alex Smith, who was his former QB at Utah. Meyer also coached Haskins and McLaurin at Ohio State, so his presence at the game raised a lot of questions from all the talking heads in sports media. Meyer made a comment a few weeks ago saying that the Cowboys Head Coaching job would be a ‘no brainer’ if it became available. I get the sense Urban Meyer is setting himself up for a bidding war for his coaching services. I’ve never been high on hiring college coaches regardless of their credentials. The NFL is an entirely different animal than the college game. College coaches struggle in the pros, names like Chip Kelly, Nick Saban, and Bobby Petrino, to name a few. And let us not forget about the Steve Spurrier experiment, which left such a nasty taste in my mouth that I would prefer to never ever go back into the college ranks for a coach. But Snyder has a thing for trying to lure big-name celebrity coaches. Hopefully, this would not be the case. First, we need to address our GM situation and give Bruce Allen his walking papers. No coach will find success with the Redskins as long as Bruce Allen remains around. 

My overall disposition regarding my Redskins: FIRE BRUCE ALLEN!!

And now for the rest of the league….. 

Cowboys 44-Rams 21: This was one of the biggest choke jobs of the season. The Rams made Dallas look like the Ravens or Chiefs. The Rams’ playoff chances are now slipping away. 

Giants 36-Dolphins 20: Eli won big on his final home game for the Giants, and proved my point that he can still start in this league. Hopefully, he’ll go play for a contender next season. 

Ravens 42-Jets 21: Lamar Jackson broke Michael Vick’s record. Baltimore is now 12-2, making them the most dangerous team in the league. The Jets have to put this whole season under review and make some drastic changes, they have way too much talent to be this ineffective. 

Patriots 34-Bengals 13: New England was supposed to win this game, but this game was overshadowed by the controversy regarding the videotaping of the Bengals sideline the previous week. The Belicheaters is the only team regularly accused of shady tactics. This controversy will go on into the offseason. 

Cardinals 38-Browns 24: The hype machine surrounding Cleveland has imploded right before our eyes. They sold fool’s gold to the public. The issues plaguing the Browns go beyond the coaching staff. Arizona and Kyler Murray are showing flashes of their potential. Next season is going to be very interesting to see how this team progresses. 

Bills 17-Steelers 10: Buffalo has clinched a playoff spot. This team is a very dangerous team for any opponent they face on the playoffs. The Steelers will need to win out and get some help to claim a wild card spot. 

Falcons 29-49ers 22: Jimmy G goes from terrific one week to mediocre the following week. The Falcons are playing hard for their coach, but it might be a little too late to save his job. 

Vikings 39-Chargers 10: Minnesota is still one game behind Green Bay for the Division. Monday night’s game against the packers will be huge for both teams. 

Jaguars 20-Raiders 16: Gardner Minshew pulled two TDs out his hat of tricks to take the lead and win this game. This was the final game in Oakland for the Raiders before moving to Vegas next season. 

Saints 34-Colts 7: New Orleans and Drew Brees are rolling into the playoffs red hot. The Colts started the season at 5-2, and they have only one single victory since then. Andrew Luck’s name started trending high during Monday Night’s game. 

Chiefs 23-Broncos 3: Travis Kelce was the standout player of this game-breaking Tight End records. The Broncos are a disaster, and perhaps Drew Lock is not the QB answer that Denver was hoping for. 

Texans 24-Titans 21: This was a very close game, and although the Titans lost, they are still within reach of the playoffs, while the Texans are getting closer to clinch the AFC South. 

Seahawks 30-Panthers 24: Carolina looks worse without Ron Rivera. It’s safe to say that the entire coaching staff will probably be gone after this season. The Seahawks have officially clinched a playoff spot and are the number one seed currently in the NFC. 

Packers 21-Bears 13: Huge win for Green Bay setting up the stage for Monday Night Football showdown against the Vikings. The Bears are now officially eliminated from playoff contention. 

Buccaneers 38-Lions 17: James Winston threw 4 TDs and had over 400 yards passing in back to back games. He leads the league in interceptions, but he is fun to watch. The Lions got behind early and could never get back into traction.

*NFL WEEK 14 (2019 Season)

My Redskins chance to run the table and win out ended on a failed two-point conversion play with about a minute left in the fourth quarter. All in all, I like how this team is showing guts and is playing better to finish up the season strong. Bill Callahan has gotten this roster playing tough. Dwayne Haskins got banged up but ended up finishing up the game. Terry McLaurin had a one-handed highlight TD catch in the fourth quarter. Derrius Guice was hit in the knee at the end of a run and got pulled out of the game (looks like he will be out for the rest of the season), this sucks, because he seemed to be getting on rhythm before getting hurt. 

Redskins 15-Packers 20.

We are fortunate to have Adrian Peterson in our line up. He has been the most dependable and consistent running back for the last two seasons. Cris Thompson, Bryce Love, and Guice have not been healthy, and Smallwood is not explosive enough to be a constant running threat. Peterson fits our offense, fits what Callahan likes to run. It is a no brainer that we need to bring him back next season. The foundation of our running game starts with AP, and Guice is the future of it. There are a bunch of online rumors circulating about the potential firing of Bruce Allen soon, and I hope those rumors turn into reality, and it is not just wishful thinking. There is also lots of potential Head Coaching rumors flying around online, linking some names to the Redskins, names like Ron Rivera (former Panthers HC), David Shaw (current HC at Stanford University), Eric Bieniemy (current Chiefs Offensive coordinator), Mike Tomlin (current Steelers HC), to name a few. I am not overly excited about any of those names, although Ron Rivera would be an interesting proposition, but more on him and this possibility when the season ends. 

My Current overall disposition regarding my Redskins: Waiting for Bruce Allen to be Fired. 

And now for the rest of the league…

Cowboys 24-Bears 31: Mitch Trubisky had himself his best game ever. He made some fantastic plays against this overrated Dallas team and kept their playoff hopes alive. All the talk about moving on from Trubisky has been silenced for at least a week until this Sunday when they play the Packers, which I believe they can win. For the Cowboys to win the division and make the playoffs, they have to win out and hope for the Eagles to lose along the way. Nothing will bring me more joy than seeing the Cowboys eliminated from playoff contention and having another miserable offseason. 

Eagles 23-Giants 17: Zach Ertz caught the game-winning game TD in overtime to save the Eagles season. The Giants looked more competitive with Eli Manning at QB, which reinforces my idea that Eli will be starting elsewhere for a contender next season. 

Ravens 24-Bills 17: Second straight week Lamar Jackson has faced two excellent defenses (49ers last week, Buffalo this week), and although his numbers do not show much, he still managed to defeat two pretty good teams. It is important to note that Baltimore has only two losses, and they came early in the season (week 3 against the Chiefs and week 4 against the Browns), they have not lost since week 4. All of a sudden, the Ravens appear to be the most dangerous team in the NFL. The Bills lost another close game, bringing their record to 9-4, and just one game behind the Belicheaters. Hopefully, they will get on a winning roll and take division title from the Patriots. 

Chiefs 23-Patriots 16: Kansas City needed this win badly. They have three winnable games at the tail end of the regular season schedule to get into a winning streak heading into the playoffs. New England continues to struggle against dual-threat Quarterbacks; they have lost to Lamar Jackson, Deseaun Watson, and now Pat Mahomes. They struggled early in the season against Josh Allen, and they still have to play him again in a few weeks, which could potentially determine the Division winner. Brady is in dire need of more talented receivers; all he is got is Edelman, and it is not enough. 

Titans 42-Raiders 21: Ryan Tannehill has led the Titans out of the abyss into playoff contention while the Raiders’ playoff run is essentially over. Nevertheless, the Raiders should feel encouraged going into the off-season. Nobody expected them to be contending this late in the season, and they surprise all the sports media talking heads.

Rams 28-Seahawks 12: Sean McVay started rerunning Gurley, and all of a sudden, the Rams are back in the mix of things and looking like a dangerous offense. Seattle’s impressive five-game winning streak came to an end, but the next two games appear to be winnable, leading up to their final game of the season against the 49ers. This NFC West division is red hot. 

Vikings 20-Lions 7: Bounce back victory for the Vikings, which puts them at one game behind from the Packers. I have a feeling the Vikings will win out and host a Playoff game. The Lions show some promise earlier in the season, but they have now lost six games in a row. Matt Patricia’s seat is getting hot.

49ers 48-Saints 46: Best game of the football weekend and maybe the whole season. San Francisco won the game by a field goal with only a few seconds left in the game. It was Jimmy G’s best performance this year, and George Kittle had a monster highlight catch. I have a feeling these two teams will meet again in the playoffs. 

Jets 22-Dolphins 20: This was a field goal game, about 9 field goals between both teams. The jets scored a couple of TDs to make the difference in this game. 

Chargers 45-Jaguars 10: Nick Foles has been benched for the remainder of the season in favor of Gardner Minshew and it has made no difference, the Jaguars are awful, and it has nothing to do with the QB. The Chargers ended their three-game losing streak, but the playoffs are no longer a possibility. They need to finish up the season strong. 

Falcons 40-Panthers 20: Ron Rivera was fired last week. Panther’s new owner wants to get a head start on finding a new Head coach. This new owner did not hire Rivera and reportedly wants to hire his own “type” of coach (whatever that means). Apparently, Rivera being the winningest coach in Panthers history, a two-time NFL coach of the year, plus three NFC South titles and a Super Bowl appearance. All of that was not what this new owner deemed acceptable. Atlanta is trying to finish the season on a positive note and save Dan Quinn’s job. 

Browns 27-Bengals 19: The Browns are trying to finish up the season winning out but with no chance at the playoffs, making them the biggest disappointment of the season. Baker Mayfield is not what the hype machine told us he was supposed to be. The Bengals have only 1 victory for the whole season, and as of this week, they are officially the worst team in the NFL. 

Buccaneers 38- Colts 35: This was a back and forth entertaining game. James Winston is an interception machine, but he also throws lots of TDs, which makes Tampa Bay fun to watch. The Colts have lost two in a row and are self-destructing, putting themselves out of the playoff race. 

Steelers 23-Cardinals 17: The Steelers’ playoff hopes are still alive, and the next few weeks will be crucial for their playoff chances. Kyler Murray has made me a believer, and I like the progress this Arizona team is making under first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury. 

Broncos 38-Texans 24: Drew Lock might be the answer at QB Denver has been looking for since Payton Manning retired. The Texans got caught napping and got blown out early in the game — lousy loss for Houston. 

*NFL Week 13 (2019 Season)

Redskins 29- Panthers 21

My Redskins won their second straight game. They were down 14-0 in the first quarter and then, they woke up and ran through the Panther’s defense. The combination of Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson was too much for Carolina to handle. It was the two-punch running back combo I was hoping for at the start of the season. Haskins is showing signs of moderate improvement as a quarterback. He has a big arm which you can tell without a doubt by just watching those throws he makes. At 3-9 for the season, the Redskins have a chance to make things interesting in the NFC East. If they can pull off a 7-9 record for the season, then you can start making a serious argument for Bill Callahan to remain as the Head Coach for next season. Maybe he is the right coach for this particular group of players. However, only if we go on winning streak.

My current disposition regarding my Redskins: RUN THE TABLE!!

And now for the rest of the league……

Bills 26-Cowboys 15: Dallas is exactly what I said they were on week 1, and they are slowly coming apart week to week. However, they are still pretty much alive to win the division since the Eagles are just stinking it up and cannot seem to get anything going. The Bills are going to make things very interesting for the Patriots towards the end of the season, but next week they face Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, which will be one of those must-watch games this Sunday. 

Dolphins 37-Eagles 31: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Carson Wentz had almost identical stats in this game throwing for over 300 yards each, they both had 3 TDs and 1 interception. Notwithstanding, Miami was a lot more creative offensively than Philly, and it made a huge difference. The Eagles are imploding and losing a grip for the Division title. 

Packers 31-Giants 13: For weeks, I been saying that Danny Dimes is not the answer at QB for NY; Pat Shurmur is not the answer at Head Coach. They are not using Barkley effectively. Eli Manning will be starting for a contender next season, and the Giants will still be rebuilding. The Packers are still on top of the NFC North, but the Vikings are hot on their tails.

Bears 24-Lions 20: Trubisky had his best game this year or probably ever. Chicago is mathematically still alive for a playoff spot. The Lions were leading for most of the game, and they just let this game slipped away — another heartbreaking loss for Detroit. I am just hoping the Bears have another great game next week against the Cowboys.

Baltimore 20-49ers 17: These teams are by far the best two teams in the NFL. They are both Super Bowl favorites, although San Francisco’s path to the big game will be a lot tougher than Baltimore’s. 

Rams 34-Cardinals 7: The Rams put up 34 answered points going into the 4th quarter, and that tells you the whole story. Goff was pretty effective in one of his best games of this season. Todd Gurley ran like the old Todd Gurley of last season. If the Rams can sustain this momentum, then they will be able to make a run at the playoffs. 

Chiefs 40-Raiders 9: The stats show the Raiders being better than what the final score shows, but the Chiefs needed this win badly, and now they have something to build upon towards next week’s showdown with Tom Brady and the Patriots. Oakland is still chasing a wildcard spot, but things are getting complicated.

Texans 28-Patriots 22: Tom Brady looks like he is just about done as a capable quarterback. New England struggles against dual-threat quarterbacks and cannot figure out a way to contain them. They only have Edelman as a serious threat, and Ben Watson cannot stay healthy. The Texans are on top of their division, but the Colts and Titans are trying to close the gap with only three weeks left in the season. 

Seahawks 37-Vikings 30: Seattle capitalized on every single mistake the Vikings made. Losing Dalvin cook made a considerable difference for Minnesota’s offense. This win puts the Seahawks on top of the NFC West. The Vikings are still pretty much in the playoff hunt. 

Bengals 22-Jets 6: Cincinnati finally won their first game of the season on a huge upset. The jets got caught napping, and got beaten soundly. 

Steelers 20- Browns 13: Baker Mayfield and the overrated Browns will not make the playoffs, and they are now officially the most disappointing team of this NFL season, but not to me, I predicted their fall from grace back in week 1. The Steelers are making a run at a wildcard spot, and I do not think they will be able to catch up to the Ravens. 

Saints 26-Falcons 18: New Orleans has pretty much this division locked down, and they will be a tough team for anybody to play against them in the playoffs. The Falcons are going to start rebuilding next season with most likely a new Head Coach. 

Titans 31-Colts 17: Ryan Tannehill is cementing himself as Tennesse’s answer at Quarterback, and Marcus Mariota will get a chance to start over somewhere else. IT was a game the Colts could not afford to lose to have a shot at their division title, they are now two games behind Houston, and it will take something extraordinary for them to pull it off. 

Buccaneers 28-Jaguars 11: Nick Foles got benched in this game for Gardner Minshew and still did not make any difference. The Jaguars are having issues in both offense and defense, and I do not think the Quarterback is the actual problem here, but the QB is always an easy scapegoat. Tampa Bay’s season is almost over, and they are just trying to win enough games to build towards next season. James Winston’s future in Tampa is in question. 

Broncos 23-Chargers 20: Another last second heartbreaking loss for the Chargers. Phillip Rivers has a hall of fame career and needs to leave the Chargers and play for a contender next season. Denver may have something special with this young Quarterback Drew Lock. Next week Denver plays the Texans, which will be a good test for Lock. 

*NFL WEEK 9 (2019 Season)

Dwayne Haskins made his first NFL start, and it went kind of like I expected it to go. The current active offense is devoid of talent due to all the injuries. Jordan Reed has not played all season, Vernon Davis has been inactive for most of the season, but when he did play, he made substantial contributions in the passing game. Not having tight ends hurts badly. Not having Trent Williams has been crucial. Haskins could benefit from having the best-left tackle in the NFL playing, especially since the protection has been bad this whole season. Adrian Peterson is running wild under Callahan, I can only imagine how special our running game could be if Chris Thompson and Darius Guice were healthy enough to be part of Callahan’s run heavy schemes.

The good thing from this game was that Haskins was not awful at all; he played well, considering the lack of weapons. Colt McCoy can probably run the offense better than Haskins and Keenum, but it is time to let this kid play and get him some live NFL game experience. If the Redskins front-office wants to figure out a way to excite the fan base, or at least to pique their interest, then they should let Haskins be the starter for the rest of the season. He is a local product from the DC area, and they need to emphasize that fact as much as possible.

My current disposition regarding my Redskins: Let the kid play.

And now for the rest of the league….

WEEK 9:

Eagles 22-Bears 14: Trubisky needs to get benched, and the whole offense sucks. They have a good defense, but they are struggling as a team. The Eagles are bouncing back nicely heading into their bye week. Since my Redskins are pitiful this year, I am pulling for Philly to take the division away from Dallas.

Cowboys 37-Giants 18: The Cowboys are still smoke and mirrors, they only beat teams with losing records, rebuilding teams. They will lose next week against Kirk Cousins and the Vikings. Daniel Jones scrambles like a snake trying to make plays or extend them, he takes off running when he sees daylight, but it does not always work out in the Giant’s favor. It is excellent that he is more mobile than Eli, but his mobility has cost them interceptions, fumbles, and many lost opportunities to make plays. I am still not impressed with Danny Dimes.

Raiders 31-Lions 24: The young talent from this Raiders team is beginning to pay dividends; they are now 4-4 and making some noise in their division. The Lions lost another close-heartbreaking game, but they are also a rebuilding team, and they will be contending for the division next season.

Ravens 37-Patriots 20: Lamar Jackson is everything RGIII was supposed to be. He is obviously the future in Baltimore, and likely the most dynamic Quarterback the NFL has ever seen since Michael Vick. The overrated Patriots got their first loss of the year and silenced all the talking heads in sports media crowning them as the best defense in the league.

Panthers 30-Titans 20: McCaffrey ran wild all over the Titans picking some serious yards and scoring three TDs. Ryan Tannehill is an upgrade from Marcus Mariota, but it will take the off-season to improve this team.

Steelers 26-Colts 24: Jacoby Brissett got hurt in the 2nd quarter and replaced by Brian Hoyer, who struggled to get the offense going. If Brissett is going to miss time due to his injury, then Hoyer will start going forward, so we will see if this derails the Colts playoff chances. The Steelers are now 4-4 and have a chance to make a run at the playoffs, especially with the Browns and Bengals stinking up the division.

49ers 28-Cardinals 25: San Francisco is the only 8-0 team this season, and they are finally beginning to get everyone’s attention. I have been saying since pre-season how good this team is, and they should be SuperBowl favorites. Kyler Murray and the Cardinals were able to hang in there with probably the best team in the league, and it shows the potential this team has. Next season they will be making some noise.

Texans 26-Jaguars 3: This game was played in London, so I was up earlier than usual to watch this game, and it was a good one. Jacksonville could not catch any breaks, and Fournette was unable to get going. Houston’s defense without JJ Watt did not allow any TDs, only a field goal. Gardner Minshew mania seems to be coming to an end. This game was awful for the Jaguars, and it seems Nick Foles might be ready to return.

Chiefs 26-Vikings 23: Matt Moore was out of the league last year, and now he looks like a starter. The Chiefs defense stepped up and made crucial stops when needed. The Vikings play the overrated Cowboys next week in primetime, which is a game they should be able to win easily.

Dolphins 26-Jets 18: Miami won its first game at the expense of the disappointing Jets. I expected the Jets to be much better than what they have shown so far this season. If Sam Darnold does not show considerable signs of improvement, then Adam Gase will likely be let go by the end of the season.

Broncos 24-Browns 19: Baker Mayfield is overrated, and most of the sports media seems to be leaning that way now. They only had one good game (against the Ravens), they are now 2-6 for the season, and next week they play the Bills, which will probably be another loss for a team that seems to be falling apart week to week. Denver got it done with a third-string quarterback, which says a lot about both teams.

Chargers 26-Packers 11: Nobody expected the Chargers to win this game decisively as they did. They needed a victory, and they got it. The Packers got caught napping, and they could not get anything going.

Seahawks 40-Buccaneers 34: James Winston had a good game, but his defense could not stop Russell Wilson from throwing a party all over Tampa Bay’s secondary. The Bucs are building for the future, and it shows. Seattle plays the 49ers on Monday Night next week, which should be an awesome divisional game.