Redskins-Titans Predictions

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Congrats to Mikeyvanilli for knowing the Redskins would come up short in Arizona. Now he gets to make a guest post!

Here are our crackerjack staff’s completely scientific predictions for this week’s game. Make yours down in the comments. Whichever reader comes closest becomes a published author on this here weblog.

JP Finlay: Redskins, 27-22

It’s Homecoming. You gotta win homecoming right?

Chris Mottram: Redskins, 31-27

Wait, is Redskins Homecoming a real thing? Please tell me that’s a real thing.

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Ranking All 40 of the 2014 Washington Nationals

We were going to do a Winners & Losers-style post for the NL East champs, but I think this is a little more inclusive. There’s not much rhyme or reason to it, other than ranking the players based on who made the most positive impact this year. Enjoy.

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40. Taylor Jordan — Was a member of the Opening Day rotation (filling in for Doug Fister), then went 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA in five starts before going down to the minors and then getting shut down because of an elbow injury. Also gave up Albert Pujols’ 500th HR. Tough year.

39. Jeff Kobernus — Didn’t hit much in the minors and went hitless in six at-bats for the Nats. Not sure what he was doing up there.

38. Greg Dobbs — I’ll be honest, I do not remember Greg Dobbs. Apparently he was a pinch-hitter in May and June.

37. Taylor Hill — Again, I don’t recall the Taylor Hill experience. Looks like he pitched well at AAA, though.

36. Xavier Cedeno — September call-up saw some middle-relief action. Was somewhat dominant at AAA Syracuse (13 K/nine innings).

35. Sandy Leon — This was his third year as a backup/third-string catcher for the Nats, and he’s only 25 years old. I would’ve guessed 35.

34. Nate McLouth — After two decent years in Baltimore, batted .173 without power in 139 at-bats. The Nats owe him another $5 million in 2015. Ouch.

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Redskins-Cardinals Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games, this time a 30-20 loss at Arizona to fall to 1-5.

Winners

DeSean Jackson — Three catches for 115 yards and a TD. You’d think that making big plays and playing for the Washington Football Club would be mutually exclusive.

Jordan Reed — Eight catches on 11 targets for 92 yards. And more importantly, back on the field!

Kai Forbath — Touchbacks! No blocked kicks! It’s the little things.

Losers

Dan Snyder — Just look at him up there, like some kind of nerd-villain.

Jay Gruden — Off to a 1-5 start, which is worse than Mike Shanahan or Jim Zorn ever were.

Kirk Cousins — INT hat trick! Three today, seven in the past three weeks, 18 for his 13-game career.

Brian OrakpoThat drop was brutal. Shutout in the sack column too; now has 0.5 on the season.

Andre Roberts — Fumbling at your homecoming has to hurt.

Alfred Morris — Thirteen carries, 3.2 per. Second straight bad game.

Chris ChesterManaged to tackle D-Jax while blocking for him, which is very Redskins.

E.J. BiggersThe attempted tackled on Larry Fitzgerald’s TD was not great.

Bradley BealOut 6-8 weeks with a broken wrist. Hold me.

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Pierre Garcon — Scored a TD, but it was his third straight game with 31 yards or less. These are not good times.

Redskins-Cardinals Predictions

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Congrats to jake for knowing precisely how much Washington was overmatched against Seattle. Now he gets to make a guest post!

Here are our crackerjack staff’s completely scientific predictions for today’s game. Make yours down in the comments. Whichever reader comes closest gets to be a published author on this here weblog.

Chris Mottram: Cardinals, 20-17

The Skins have been outscored 109-65 in their last three games. I don’t see them doing much to narrow that gap on the road against Arizona’s defense. Logan Thomas quarterbacking would help, but Cardinals fans have the right attitude about his first NFL start: “They are playing as bad a team as you can find in the NFC in Washington.” Yep.

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Mr. Irrelevant Classic: The Nats’ Opening Night In D.C.

Sometimes we republish stuff on this blog from the first iteration of Mr. Irrelevant, which was hosted by AOL Journals and is no longer available on the Internet. This is one of those cases, as I don’t feel like writing about the Nats’ NLDS loss to the Giants. Instead, let’s remember their first night in D.C. This was originally published April 15, 2005.

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My family has lived in northern Virginia a long time, and my grandfather used to take my dad and his brother to RFK to watch the Senators in the ’60s. They’d sit in the leftfield cheap seats, where Hondo Howard hit ‘em. Those trips to the ballpark almost certainly instilled in them a love for the game that runs through me today. But of course, the only pro baseball I’ve ever known is an hour north in Baltimore. Until last night.

In what (I hope) will become commonplace, I left work early, hopped on the Metro and emerged 15 minutes later outside RFK, just as we had a decade ago for Redskins games. The atmosphere was palpable: protesters shouting, fireworks exploding and fighter jets overhead. People were generally smiling, talking to strangers and happy to be back in the business of baseball.

Once inside, I felt like the kid my dad probably was all those years ago. I had butterflies when Livan Hernandez split the strike zone with his first pitch. As twilight turned to moonlight, we were giddy when the Nats plated their first runs and the RFK box seats bounced like they used to. I even cried a little when Vinny Castilla launched a big fly over the leftfield wall.

My thoughts were with Grampsie, who passed yesterday. He went peacefully, which is not how baseball returned to D.C. Opening night was filled with excitement, good humor, great fortune. It didn’t matter that the stands ran out of ice and hot dogs; Grampsie would have loved it. I know I did. It felt like home.

Redskins-Seahawks Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games, this time a 27-17 MNF loss to Seattle.

Winners

Kirk Cousins — If you compare this to his last outing he looked like Joe Montana. Any way you cut it, 283 yards, two TDs and no picks against Seattle ain’t bad. That first bomb to DeSean Jackson (above) was like a ray of sunshine in monsoon season.

DeSean Jackson — His 157 receiving yards accounted for 51% of the Redskins’ total offense.

Ryan Kerrigan — Made a drive-stopping sack, blowing right by the guard. Is now tied for the NFL lead with six.

Tress Way — Averaged 49.9 yards per punt, and is now averaging 52.2 per for the season, which is best in the league by two yards. His net average (42.3) is good for seventh in the league, but I’m not yet ready to accept the Redskins having a good punter, especially one named Tress Way.

Losers

Jim Haslett — Were they unaware that Russell Wilson can run? Because Wilson ran for a MNF QB-record 122 yards, and it looked like he could’ve gotten 122 more. Overall, the defense was brutal in the first half and decent in the second. They really benefited from Seahawks miscues. Percy Harvin alone had three touchdowns called back.

Jay Gruden — Seattle’s tough, but his offense looked inept for long stretches. He’s also now 0-5 on challenges, but that may be Replay Booth Coordinator Bruce Allen’s fault.

Ben Kowitca — Of course Seattle’s fake field goal worked.

Alfred Morris — You know I love FroMo, but 2.2 yards/carry and a fumble is no way to go through life.

Pierre Garcon — Caught two balls for 23 yards, and was told by Richard Sherman that “he doesn’t matter in this league.” Rough night.

E.J. Biggers — I don’t have a complete picture of his performance, but two things stand out: 1) getting punked by Wilson in the open field, and 2) being called for holding in punt coverage on a kick that was clearly going to be either a touchback or a fair catch.

Morgan Moses — Came in at right tackle for an injured Tyler Polumbus, and then this happened.

Kai Forbath — He proved in the second half that he *can* kick the ball into the end zone. So why do they continue utilizing the strategy of pooching it high and short? Seattle started their opening drive on the 35 and had the field position advantage all night long.

Jon Gruden — It can’t be easy calling your kid brother’s game. But it seemed like he went out of his way to criticize Haslett at every turn, while also praising Wilson for things that seemed like veiled criticisms of RGIII. He also wouldn’t question Jay’s decisions, including electing to kick on 4th-and-1 from the 10 down 17-7 in the third and then following that up with a failed onside kick. C’mon, man.

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Robert Griffin III — New hair alert! It’s kinda Iverson-y.

Andre Roberts — Picked up a couple first downs and scored a TD, but had a bad drop on a 2nd-and-10 with momentum happening.

Perry Riley — Missed the tackle on Marshawn Lynch’s TD, but made 10 tackles on the night.

Orioles-Tigers ALDS Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Baltimore’s opening-round sweep of Detroit.

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Winners

Nelson Cruz — As if he wasn’t enough of a free-agent steal already after leading the league with 40 HRs, he hit two more against Detroit, including the series-winning blow. Now has 16 HRs in 37 career playoff games, and he slash lined .500/.500/1.000 for the series.

Buck Showalter – Pulled all the right strings. Example: With one out and a man on second in the ninth inning of Game 3, he intentionally walked Nick Castellanos to put the winning run on base. The next batter grounded into a series-ending DP.

Delmon Young — That bases-clearing triple in Game 2 was incredible, providing this Vine of the year candidate.

Bud Norris — Matched up against David Price, he threw six-plus innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits. Bud Norris!

Andrew Miller — High-level bullpen boss. Threw three-and-a-third innings in two appearances, giving up no runs or hits and walking one.

Kevin Gausman — Provided valuable long relief in Game 2. Dennis Eckersley said he’s “got some hair.” High praise.

Pretty much the entire lineup — Faced three Cy Young winners, scored 21 runs. Also committed just one error.

Losers

There are no losers here, not on Baltimore’s side at least.

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Chris DavisCrush could be back by the end of the ALCS.

Game 1 of the ALCS is Friday, time and opponent TBD.

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