Redskins vs. Packers recap

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Cindy Boren
Sunday, October 10, 2010; 4:00 PM

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Cindy Boren:

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3 Cheers: The Redskins are far from a dominant team this year, but lucky for us, through 5 weeks, it looks like so is everyone else! 3 Cheers for NFL parity! 3 boos for your favorite Vegas betting line!

Cindy Boren: You don't need for your team to be dominant the first month of the season. That's something that takes time to develop. Parity is your friend, remember that. Gambling is the devil's game, my friend. Avoid it at all costs. (I'd say that even if I hadn't bet the mortgage on the Chiefs to go 19-0.)

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Wide Receiver: Would you say we now have our second wide out? Armstrong - Go Skins

Cindy Boren: It would certainly appear to me that Anthony Armstrong won the job today. Nice, nice game...Kyle Shanahan may have other ideas, but no one showed more today than AA.

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Cardiac City: I am 26 years old. I run at least 70 miles a week. I am in impeccable physical condition. Yet I am convinced this team will give me a heart attack before I am 30.Should I stop following this team for my own health? My wife is worried about me.

Cindy Boren: Heck no. All you need is a little training in relaxation techniques: deep breathing, meditation, serenity now. They all work. (And check to make sure that no one has taken out any insurance policies on you...)

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Redskins Defense: I couldn't watch the game, how did the defense do today? How did Kareem Moore look? Thanks Cindy!

Cindy Boren: You couldn't watch? He had a solid game against a tough team. Lots of injuries to the Packers.

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Getting Better: When might we see the Skins play an entire game? Thus far, we've only really seen them play one half or another, but not both.

Cindy Boren: While I agree that it would be refreshing, but it isn't essential, is it? The Redskins take whatever comes at them, adjust, hang around and rarely are out of it. After a poor first half today, I was wondering if it could get worse and decided that, no, this team always turns it around, for better or worse. And getting Clay Matthews out of there was key.

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OLine: Doesn't Dockery become a starter next week if Hicks has to play tackle?

Cindy Boren: He wasn't even active today, for the first time in something like 116 games. The injuries to Brown and Williams were not catastrophic, but we'll see what the docs say. The Redskins are going to have to ad lib with the o line now, it would seem.

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REFS today: I hate to do this, but the REFS sure did miss some big calls today. What was the deal with that?

Cindy Boren: The officiating was poor (I'll be charitable). And there were a couple of head-scratchy calls there at the end. It just happens sometimes. I wouldn't think the refs would be graded too highly on this one.

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4th and 19 in OT: What happened on the Redskin's 4th and 19 in OT? I'm in Denver and all of the online outlets show Aaron Rodgers got picked off on the Redskins 4th down. Did they punt?

Cindy Boren:

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Yet we still won: 51 rushing yards, and 10 of those by McNabb?! C'mon!

Cindy Boren:

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It is hard enough to win in the NFL on any given Sunday: But having to play 11 on 18 is ridiculous!!! The Packers should have had at least 2 more holding calls 2 pass interference calls and those are the ones I can still remember.

Cindy Boren: True. Brian Orakpo is being held constantly...there was a hold on Cooley that wasn't called. Dreadful.

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Dockery/Lichtensteiger: I get that Dockery isn't a great fit, but he can at least pick up a linebacker. Kory Lichtensteiger blowing that assignment is one thing, but twice? Tell me that the position is at least still open to competition.

Cindy Boren: We'll know more tomorrow when Mike Shanahan tells us what shape Williams and Brown are in. Also, as I mentioned before, the linemen had help from Portis before on pass protection. Clearly, with the Colts and Bears up next (why look farther ahead than two weeks?), they need to address the line.

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Long snapper: CindyDoes the long snapper scare you? He really bothers me. What are the possibilities of bringing back the Red Snapper

Cindy Boren: You're referring to Ethan "The Red Snapper" Albright. He's hooked on with the Chargers, so you're going to have to do some further scouting for a snapper.

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O Line: I'm worried about the O-Line. Brown, Hicks don't appear to be as good as we hoped. Williams having trouble staying on the field. Back-ups are a step backward. This weakness needs to be addressed!

Cindy Boren: You have plenty of company. Cling to that small comfort.

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Hunter Smith: With 32 teams in the NFL, how in the world did Hunter the Punter go unsigned?? We were very lucky to sign him in this late in the season. Dare I say if Josh Bidwell was punting we very well could have lost!

Cindy Boren: Plus, best nickname ever for a punter. I don't want to rip Bidwell. It was pretty tough watching his reaction when he hurt his hip. Poor guy.

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Banks: Okay, we don't have a big bruising back so much, so how about we put Brandon Banks in the backfield once in awhile and do a little of that old Joe Washington stuff?

Cindy Boren: I had the same thought during the game. He's so fast maybe he can get past the line of scrimmage before the dike crumbles and the defenders come rushing through.

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Donovan: McNabb is just a beast -- he had no running game, he was knocked down all day, his receivers got open only about half the time, and still somehow he managed to will this average team into a victory. Do you think he will only be able to keep this team afloat for so long...or do you think it's a bumpy start that will get better as the team gels?

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gold pants?: Where are the gold pants? As we all know, it's a proven scientific fact that they are 1,000 times better than the white pants.

Cindy Boren: It would have been kinda confusing for both teams to have worn gold pants, no? I need to see the science behind the gold pants. Perhaps you could submit a paper.Shanahan update: In his presser, he said he didn't think there was any structural damage to the knee of either Jammal Brown or Trent Williams.

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Where should my expectations be?: Are we going to be playing close games like this all season? I understand we're just doing the best we can with the players we've got, but I'd sure like it if the team could get on the same page...maybe be more balanced b/w the run and the pass. Am I dreaming? Do I just have to wait for another draft/free agent class for the team to be better?

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Where was Fred Davis?: Great win, though.

Cindy Boren: He was out there...the part of "big-play tight end" is being played ably by Chris Cooley. They haven't had to mix it up and add Davis. Some of that may be by design, too. The offense is evolving and, with the injuries, the tight ends have to block as well.

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Don't want to sound ungrateful but : Can we have just one game that's not stressful to watch?

Cindy Boren: A blowout would be bracing. Maybe some day. Dare to hope.

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Points for the offense?: McNabb threw for tons of yards but the offense still can't score over 20 points. Without a running game McNabb has no chance to make it through the season without getting injured. What makes the Skins consistently bog down and settle for field goals instead of TD's ?

Cindy Boren: Agree with you on all counts. I fear for McNabb's long-range health.

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Big Win: What's the going rate for hotels in Dallas the first weekend in February?

Cindy Boren: Ridiculously exorbitant. So are airfares. You should drive and camp out.

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Osakpo!: Brian Orakpo is already better than LaVar Arrington ever was in D.C. Wha a freak. This kid is held every play and has QBs running for their life. Dare I say he's the best pash rusher in DC since Charles Mann?

Cindy Boren: Now, I'm not going to denigrate the talents of Washington Post writer LaVar Arrington, a three-time Pro Bowler. But I like Orakpo better and better every week. He's the guy I wanted 'em to take on draft day (if you were hanging out on Redskins Insider that day, you'll remember that) and he's even better than I thought he'd be. Best since Mann? I have to say not yet, but he's closing in. You can convince me otherwise on that and I'll be quite happy.

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The Defense: I have to say, I've been very critical of this defense so far this year, but you have to give them major props for their performance today. To go out there series after series after series and hold the Packers and give the offense enough opportunities to win, that was huge. So many times in the last few years the defense would have given up one too many first downs, to watch them come up each and every time they were called on was GREAT!

Cindy Boren: The defensive performance was terrific. I kept thinking they'd wear down--and I'll bet Aaron Rodgers did, too.

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Line: Did Heyer play today?

Cindy Boren: He was on the field.

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Running backs: Are the skins going to bring back LJ, are they going to find a back, or just go with what they got?

Cindy Boren: LJ, no. They seem likely to go with what they've got in Torain and Keiland Williams. Let's see what the week brings, whether there are any visitors at Redskins Park.

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Always a squeeker...: Why do these games always come down to the last second?? I REALLY would not mind a few definitive wins...even with Houston, up by 17 and lost at the very end... I don't think this is on purpose but doesn't get us any respect either!

Cindy Boren: Respect from whom? Announcers? Doesn't show in the standings. Respect from other teams? I think the Redskins have always had that. The offense is where it's been lacking, no?

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Game ball to...: LaRon Landry! Tackles-Assists 10-3 Passes Intercepted 1 Forced Fumbles 1. Hey Not only that he should be Defensive Player of the Week

Cindy Boren: Can't say it emphatically enough: he had a monster game.

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Aikman: Lavar needs to hit that guy again. Even when he's doing a Skins game, he reeks of Cowboy homerism. I kept telling him to shut up the whole broadcast.

Cindy Boren: Thanks to DirecTV, I only think of him as Troy Barkman now.

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Is it feasible?: Continuing with Fred Davis...since Moss and Cooley are the only reliable WRs we have so far, can we go more 2 TE sets and get Davis more involved in the passing game? Or do we need him more as a blocker?

Cindy Boren: I think one of the guys needs to be blocking, especially with Portis hurt.(Fans are singing happy birthday to LaRon Landry now.)

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Banks: With Armstrong coming on do you think we might see more of Banks? The thought of Banks speed in the slot seems like it would be a real problem for teams to cover.

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In the Past: When ever we play a team that is sorely deficient in running/passing defense they can't take advantage of that deficiency. The Colts cant stop the run. Can they nest week?

Cindy Boren: You would think the Redskins would focus on the running attack this week, wouldn't you? Depends on the line to a degree, doesn't it?

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The offensive line: The running game was once again non - existent today and this line is eerily reminiscent of last years in pass protection. Matthews was on the way to decapitating McNabb before getting injured. Is the line still having trouble adjusting to the zone blocking scheme or are they just that bad?

Cindy Boren: The Redskins were fortunate to have Matthews get injured....it changed the game entirely. And I think the answer to your question is both. I think they're still adjusting and there isn't a terrific amount of depth.With that, I am going to get moving. Tracee Hamilton will be chatting at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow (I think with JReid) and Dan Steinberg and I will be doing our new live DC Sports-o-Meter, so tweet us your candidates for best and worst performances (across all sports). Dan's @dcsportsbog and I'm @cindyboren. Thanks for joining me! See you here next week.


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