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Cheers to JP for predicting the Redskins would lose a close one in San Francisco. Now he gets to guest post!

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

Matt Terl: Colts, 28-27


Chris Mottram: Colts, 28-24

Benching RGIII is the right “football move,” giving them the best chance to win, but it won’t matter.

JP Finlay: Colts, 36-21

It’s the right move for Gruden trying to win games this season, and maybe have a career as a head coach. Right move for the Skins? Debatable.

Where last week I was confident, I got nothing here. Skins lose, I think big. Secondary can’t keep up with Luck.

Jamie Mottram: Colts, 27-17

McCoy probably does give them the best chance to win right now, which is saying a lot.

But you’ve got to let it ride with RGIII for these final five games and see what you’ve got, even if you think you already know.

Unless you’re Jay Gruden, a rookie coach staring at a 4-12 season, and you’re trying to save your job.

Andy Peden: Colts, 27-17

The Skins are an embarrassment. If Gruden is making decisions in an attempt to keep his job then either he’s not fit to be a HC or the organization is such a mess that it doesn’t matter who the HC is. I think I know the answer to my own question. We are fucked.

My prediction is the same as last week with a side of 37 references to the 2012 draft. It’s scary to think that Irsay is a “better” owner than Danny.

Todd Davis: Colts, 38-10

I just hate this franchise so much. And now I hate myself even more for ever caring. That stupid tiny piece of shit man. I’m done T-Perk style. Never again till Snyder’s gone.

Jack Kogod: Colts, 35-13

You all still care too much. Fire everyone. Burn down the park. Damn the man, save the Empire.

Composite prediction: Colts, 31-18

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. filthylaugh

    November 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Colts – 42
    Colt – 10

    The only thing I’m investing in for the rest of this season are these predictions.

  2. deepvalue

    November 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Colts 30
    Washington 27

    Long lines at the DMV for replacement vanity tags.

  3. RL

    November 26, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Colts 31
    Redskins 17

    I’d try to come up with some sort of morbid analogy about this entire ordeal, but nothing would do it justice. Only this franchise could take a shining star and reduce it to a black hole of sadness and misery in under three years. I am actually pining for the Zorn era. Being a fan of this team is like some sort of sick masochistic trance that I cant escape, because I’ll be there like the sucker that I am passively watching this game and letting it ruin my holiday.

    I threw away my redskins calendar today, couldnt even stomach a year of looking at it.

  4. Derpley

    November 26, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Even Colt McCoy’s mojo can’t overcome a horrific O-line. Hard to throw 60-yard bombs to D-Jax when he’s running for his life on every play.

    Colts 42
    Skins 19

  5. Mike Bradley

    November 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Team with a drunkard owner who rolls with sacks of cash and prescription meds whose family stole the team from Baltimore: 38

    Team with a midget dumbass owner who rolls with paid friends and whose family killed football for all the Redskins fans: 29

  6. Sean

    November 26, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Redskins win 24-17. (i’m drunk)

  7. SiPhi

    November 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Colts – 34
    Skins – 35

    Colt McCoy gets hurt in the 4th quarter from Tom Compton and Chris Chester both getting flown past, Griffin comes in and leads 2 minute drill touchdown drive to win by 1.

    Because I can’t think of anything more obscure.

    • d$

      November 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      I want to believe this could happen

  8. Illformula

    November 26, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Legit 1st Rd QB – 28
    The bad investments – 16

  9. jamiri

    November 27, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Just wrote a lengthy post but I don´t think it went through. Apologies if this comes up twice…

    I have no prediction about this game, but I wanted to hear opinions on what everyone is thinking about RGIII.

    I´m still having a hard time believing the end is nigh for RGIII in burgundy and gold. I understand, in fact, that his time is finished in DC but I don´t understand how it came to this. I´ve seen the stat lines and heard the commentary but I really thought a lot of it was just negative press from the media that is dumping on the best player on a shitty, and underperforming team (like they enjoy doing to Ovi). Now I´m still here defending RGIII and hoping McCoy fails on Sunday just so I can say ¨I told you so.¨

    The thing is, my internet is so unreliable in S. America that I haven´t had the opportunity to watch any games this year as most of you have. I´ve seen the highlights and read about each game, but I know that´s not the same thing. My question is: how bad is it? How bad are his mechanics? Is this something that can be fixed? I saw that Cooley recently voiced his opinion saying that this could be the yips. You can´t just lose this kind of talent in a matter of two years, can you? Since I haven´t had the chance to watch, I really can´t say.

    I can say I hated the Jay Gruden signing from Day 1 and I can´t see things getting much better from here. I can see Gruden coaching four years for the Redskins some pretty mediocre (at best) football, and then him and his coaching
    staff getting the boot. At that point, we would likely still have no quarterback with the talent RGIII has/had and would be back to square one. What do people think of the coaching staff? I would rather make something work with RGIII rather than have this guy dipping on the sidelines for us next year.

    I´d love to hear some thoughts from people who have actually been watching the games live this year. Happy Thanksgiving, all. I´m really not thankful for much Redskins wise though.

    • deepvalue

      November 28, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      RG3 converting to a pocket passer is like Michael Jordan switching from basketball to baseball. Even if RG3 is the best athlete in the world, changing his game is not going to happen overnight – if at all.

  10. Danny K

    November 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    This is an email I sent to Bill Simmons. Thought it applied here, too.

    Colts: 37
    Redskins: 17

    A few weeks ago you talked about how the best sports generation to grow up in would be Boston fans that were 9 years old in 2001. I agree wholeheartedly. I am currently a college student in Maine, where everyone is from 20 minutes outside of Boston, and they love to tell me about how great their childhood sports teams were… as if I wasn’t there to witness the entire fucking thing. (For the record, I root so hard against the Patriots every year, I am so sick of the constant success… I recognize the brilliance and I hate every last drop of it).

    Well, what about the worst generation to grow up in? I know that we have Cleveland as the most tortured sports city, which I’m totally on board for. But I think I have an even worse generation of sports fan to throw out there… and depressingly I am right in the middle of it: Washington DC sports fans that were 8/9 years old in 2001. Let’s review:

    Last Washington championship: The ’91-‘92 Washington Football Club (WFC) won the Super Bowl about one year before I was born in February ’93.

    Last Washington championship appearance: ’98 Capitals, who were swept by the massively superior Red Wings.

    Last Washington conference championship appearance: also the ’98 Capitals

    Here’s a more comprehensive list of the most depressing things that have happened to diehard DC sports fans of this age, in some random sort of reverse order:

    10) Even in the one WFC playoff win I have seen (’05 against the Bucs who were quarterbacked by the immortal Chris Simms) the WFC set the record for least amount of offensive yards in a playoff victory (something like 125 total… good god).

    9) The QB by committee of Rex Grossman and John Beck

    8) Giving Albert Haynesworth $100 MILLION

    7) Everything about the Alex Ovechkin Capitals in the playoffs

    6) Pulling Jordan Zimmermann for Drew Storen after 8 and 2/3 innings of SHUTOUT PITCHING in game 3 against the Giants, only to lose in 18 innings without scoring another run. I watched every painstaking inning. Why.

    5) Drew Storen’s complete meltdown in the ’12 playoffs against the Cardinals (one strike away…)

    4) The Jim Zorn hiring debacle. People forget about this, but it might have been Dan Snyder’s worst screw up: he hired his two coordinators (Greg Blatche and Zorn) BEFORE HIRING A HEAD COACH! He couldn’t get anyone to even LOOK at the WFC coaching job after that, so he promoted Jim Zorn, who then proceeded to do shit like the swinging gate against the Giants down 24-0 just before halftime. No, seriously, just watch this.

    3) The Gilbert Arenas gun debacle… this is actually #3.

    2) Everything about the Robert Griffin III situation. (I’ll always love him for 2012… always, I don’t care if he goes to play for the Eagles, Giants, and Cowboys and wins them all Super Bowls, I will always love him for that season).

    1) This one isn’t even close. It’s by far the most depressing thing that’s happened to DC sports fans in the last 20 years: Sean Taylor’s murder. R.I.P. #21.

    I didn’t even mention everything about the WFC name situation… I have no hope.

  11. WGR

    November 27, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    RG brought has brought back the glory of the Beck era , no question.
    He looks like a young giraffe being chased by lions , with those pencil legs swirling every which way .
    Meanwhile he’s looking desperately for a four yard dump off to Roy Hello that ends up on his shoe laces.
    Dan Snyder made is money selling phone cards and operating with mass marketing sweat shops.
    He brought to DC the esteem team of the Milstein brothers.
    When the NFL rejected them , it was like being asked to
    leave a 7/11.

    Dan then copped the Credit Lyonnaise , Paris
    good ole Boyz banking connection , and every retirement
    fund in Europe found themselves owners of a Eurobond issue
    of Six hundred million dollars worth of something called like
    The Redskins Sinking Fund….
    John Cook folded and hiked off to Bermuda to tee it up and forget his daddy Jack and that Last Will and Testament . The RalJohn era ended , and the fabulous Snyder Epoch began.

    The high point for me was Haynesworth lovein and his 40 ft cigar powerboats.
    …I think he’ll sell…(and soon) ….just too many empty red seats as the smoke bomb team race out the blown up plastic helmet and the PG County National Guard flyovers are getting very old…

    • PBR

      November 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      Hey pops! Didn’t know you were a reader of this site!

  12. Carlos

    November 27, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Colts 38
    Dannys 17

  13. Z

    November 28, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Redskins – 27
    Colts – 24

  14. drewtabaga

    November 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Colts- 31
    Skins- 21

    I actually think winning this game would be worse for my psyche (worse draft pick/support for McCoy as a long-term answer at QB).

  15. Boo Rod Gardner

    November 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    If we win, RG3’s value plummets. So naturally we win.


  16. WGR

    November 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Your Hogs Night Out essay was so good, I became a reader.
    Today we could be standing on the brink of the Neo-Colt era.

    If this guy comes even close Sunday, he’ll be in the discussion for a re-up . I visualize a 4th rounder for Cousins , and maybe even a 3 or 4 for RG.

    Housecleaning in Fairfax is long overdue , and Jay likely has a big broom with a green light attached
    There is deep desperation in the eyes of Snyder when he looks down at those empty seats.

    It looks like a Dunbar versus DeMatha mid season game out there.
    RG will end up in a video with J-zzzzzzz. He doesn’t have the frame for playing that much Demolition Derby.
    When he missed a wide open DJ (twice)I saw Jay shake his head and make a reminder to himself to deal this wannabe rock star in the offseason…bank on that…no $16m of Snyder’s money for a Subway Shop spokesperson, no matter how large the oven baked roll

  17. Homeslice McTurkeyjerky

    November 29, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    McCoy has season ending injury, RG plays as well as Luck, and we lose.


  18. Colt McDecoy

    November 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Redskins lose 38-31. Colt throws for 350 yds and 3 td 1 int. Redskins fans will start wondering out loud if they can get a 1st round pick for Cousins and a 2nd for Griffin.

  19. Robear262

    November 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Colts 20- Skins 10 Defense looks just good enough to save Haz his job (damnit) and Colt proves he is a solid third string QB, but hey, at least we don’t move down the draft board! Poor Alfred Morris.

  20. Will Bacaj

    November 30, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    34-24 Colts with envy for all as we watch Andrew Luck obliterate our pisspoor safeties.

  21. JP

    November 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Horses – 56
    Horses asses – 17

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