Your week one Redskins verbs: faltered, sputtered, faltered, spoiled, flop (used as a verb), stifled, subdued, nickled and dimed, hampered. Plus some nouns: a serious setback, and a general sense of concern. In Minnesota, the win is termed decidedly uncharacteristic and "a solid performance that featured no devastating mistakes."
And the columnists said: "Perhaps Gibbs...sensed this team isn't close to being all it's hyped to be" (Michael Wilbon); "a buzz kill of the highest order" (Dave Fairbank); "a stunning...loss to a Minnesota team rebuilding around a rookie coach and castoff quarterback" (John Markon); "Redskins fans may be well advised to hide sharp objects and stay off bridges" (Thomas Boswell); "imagination had been replaced by same old same old" (Tom Robinson); "...what was supposed to be the official unveiling of Washington's high-powered offense" (Michael Smith); "We saw everything, alas, but Your Heroes actually beating somebody" (Dan Daly).
Elsewhere, Ovechkin is on the cover of NHL 07, Ralph Friedgen says he screwed up in not nabbing Steve Slaton (scroll down), the 'Eers might have issues in the secondary, the teams don't like each other, Virginia gets a kicker and Hokies basketball adds Seton Hall to the schedule. Plus, this. And this.