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The Post Sports Live crew took a crack at this question, but we might as well ask you too. If I had to simplify it, having seen all four teams play, I?d say bad defense. The Giants, at 26th in the league, are the best of the bunch. The ...
The Post Sports Live crew took a crack at this question, but we might as well ask you too. If I had to simplify it, having seen all four teams play, I?d say bad defense. The Giants, at 26th in the league, are the best of the bunch. The Cowboys, by yards allowed per game, check in at 30th, the Eagles 31st and the Redskins dead last. Dallas and Philadelphia have had the misfortune of facing the Broncos, and Washington played the Packers. Still, the defenses aren?t so hot. Any guess as to why? Read full article >> More...
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Last season there was no place like Dallas for University of Baylor product Robert Griffin III. Despite holding opponents to under 28 points from Weeks 8-11, the Dallas secondary looked lost, confused and downright befuddled by the duel-...
Last season there was no place like Dallas for University of Baylor product Robert Griffin III. Despite holding opponents to under 28 points from Weeks 8-11, the Dallas secondary looked lost, confused and downright befuddled by the duel-threat quarterback. Perhaps they served a little too much turkey into their pregame Thanksgiving meal because they looked […] More...
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Whether it was the offense making their defense look like a bunch of college kids or the defense forcing Tony Romo into an unsurprising late interception, the Washington Redskins controlled the Dallas Cowboys like a puppet last season. W...
Whether it was the offense making their defense look like a bunch of college kids or the defense forcing Tony Romo into an unsurprising late interception, the Washington Redskins controlled the Dallas Cowboys like a puppet last season. With the NFC East title on the line, the Redskins had their way with Dallas behind the […] More...
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The Washington Redskins on Sunday will face a Dallas Cowboys defense that last week surrendered 517 yards and 51 points to the Denver Broncos. But the Redskins wide receivers insist they aren't licking their chops, so to speak, over the...
The Washington Redskins on Sunday will face a Dallas Cowboys defense that last week surrendered 517 yards and 51 points to the Denver Broncos. But the Redskins wide receivers insist they aren't licking their chops, so to speak, over the prospects of facing such a defense. Read full article >> More...
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No one needs to tell DeAngelo Hall how large a task awaits him this Sunday as the Redskins resume play following their bye. The cornerback already knows that in all likelihood, he will frequently find himself matched up with explosive Da...
No one needs to tell DeAngelo Hall how large a task awaits him this Sunday as the Redskins resume play following their bye. The cornerback already knows that in all likelihood, he will frequently find himself matched up with explosive Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. Read full article >> More...
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Plenty of Washington football news, but*focus: It’s Dallas Week. [ESPN]Dez Bryant has bigger name, but is Pierre Gar?on as good? [RR]D-Hall, Skins have much to play for this week, 1 game out. [CSNW]Cold blooded headline for Nats se...
Plenty of Washington football news, but*focus: It’s Dallas Week. [ESPN]Dez Bryant has bigger name, but is Pierre Gar?on as good? [RR]D-Hall, Skins have much to play for this week, 1 game out. [CSNW]Cold blooded headline for Nats season: World Series or Bust. [NE]Braden Holtby has been out and about signing a baby. Yep. [RMNB]Good sign [...] More...
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With the lockout and the firesale at the trade deadline last year, this feature kind of became a little ridiculous to keep up with. Not so this year, as I've got a whole season (hooray!) and I'm anticipating a bit more stability personne...
With the lockout and the firesale at the trade deadline last year, this feature kind of became a little ridiculous to keep up with. Not so this year, as I've got a whole season (hooray!) and I'm anticipating a bit more stability personnel-wise this year. So without further ado, our first Ups and Downs for the 2013-2014 Dallas Stars season. I look at where individuals are trending to in this handy-dandy table format. The analysis of each person is done solely by me and my observations -- sometimes I do it by committee with other writers, but I've got the ultimate say. So if you disagree on any of these, feel free to tell me in the comments! Who doesn't like a good ol' hockey debate? Jamie BENN2gp, 0-1-1, Even Comments: Jamie Benn's debut as captain of the Dallas Stars didn't look like what most expected in the preseason, but his line rebounded nicely against the Washington Capitals. Jordie BENN2gp, 0-1-1, Even Comments: Jordie Benn had quite possibly his best game to date in a Stars uniform on Saturday after a forgettable first outing. He's trending up on his high confidence look. Alex CHIASSON2gp, 2-0-2, -1 Comments: I often wonder if Alex Chiasson walks around with the song "All I Do Is Win" in his head...except all he seems to do is score goals. Eight goals in nine NHL games and a point per game pace. It's not sustainable, and his stats will come back down to earth eventually, but what a ride so far for the young rookie. Erik COLE2gp, 1-0-1, Even Comments: Erik Cole has continued to show some chemistry on that top line of Benn and Tyler Seguin. That line will need to really get rolling if the Stars hope to keep winning games, though. Kevin CONNAUTON0gp Comments: Kevin Connauton has yet to crack the lineup in the first two games of the season. Will we see him play in the back-to-back set this weekend? Trevor DALEY2gp, 0-0-0, Even Comments: Just to shove it in Josh's face, Trevor Daley did NOT score the first goal of the season as an own goal on Kari Lehtonen. Otherwise, he's been solid back on the blue line -- which as a defenseman, isn't a bad thing. Brenden DILLON2gp, 1-1-2, +2 Comments: Brenden Dillon is leading the D in scoring, and is averaging nearly 20 minutes a night. He's picked up right where he left off last season it seems. Maybe he'll avoid the dreaded "sophomore slump" -- which is one of the keys to success for the Stars' blue line this year. Cody EAKIN2gp, 0-1-1, Even Comments: Cody Eakin centered a line that got torched defensively against the Florida Panthers, but he rebounded for a pretty good game against the Caps. Dan ELLIS0gp Comments: Dan Ellis didn't see any action in the first two games of the year. It's not surprising since Kari Lehtonen likes to get a lot of game action in at the beginning of the season. It will be interesting to see if he gets a start over the weekend -- logic says to me that he should -- but the question is which game does he play in? I'll go ahead and guess they play him against the Minnesota Wild on the second half of the back-to-back. Maybe he can start the trend of turning around that terrible record the Stars have had lately in those situations... Vernon FIDDLER2gp, 0-1-1, Even Comments: Vernon Fiddler is one of the key cogs leading the Stars' top ten penalty kill right now. He's also killing it on the faceoff dot: 60.7% through two games, good for 10th in the league so far. Ryan GARBUTT2gp, 0-0-0, Even Comments: Ryan Garbutt didn't last that long in the home opener loss to the Panthers before he was ejected from the game. He made it through the entire game against the Caps, however, and that game ended differently. One reason for it was giving Lindy Ruff the ability t
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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC Stadium: AT&T Stadium Weather: High 86, Low 66 Line: Dallas (-5.5) Coming off a devastating loss to the Denver Broncos in week five at home, the Dallas Cowbo...
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC Stadium: AT&T Stadium Weather: High 86, Low 66 Line: Dallas (-5.5) Coming off a devastating loss to the Denver Broncos in week five at home, the Dallas Cowboys are trying to recover from what looked like the upset of the year. Well, any win over the Broncos this season will be considered an upset as they are clearly the top team in football. Tony Romo might get the most blame for the loss because of his late interception in the fourth quarter that led to the Broncos’ game-winning field goal. However, with over 500 passing yards and five touchdowns in the game, Romo was anything but the reason for the loss. He has 1,523 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season, proving that he is the correct starting quarterback for this team. Dez Bryant has shown up big-time this season with 29 catches for 423 yards and six scores while DeMarco Murray has boosted the run game with 399 yards and two scores. On the other side of the field, the Washington Redskins have been arguably the league’s biggest disappointment this season, beginning just 1-3 through five weeks behind the struggles of Robert Griffin III. The young quarterback is suffering from a little bit of a sophomore slump this year, but he is starting to get it together, leading the Redskins to their first win a couple weeks ago against the Oakland Raiders before a much-needed bye week. RG3 has passed for 1,202 yards and six touchdowns this season, but his scrambling ability has been hampered a bit due to his bum knee. Alfred Morris will need to step up in order to take the weight off of RG3′s shoulders. Morris has 296 yards and two touchdowns this season. Defensively, the Redskins are on pace to have one of the worst defenses in the history of the league. Allowing 440 yards per game is one reason why this team is just 1-3. The Cowboys are coming off a 51-points-allowed performance in week five against the Broncos and have struggled this season, giving up the second-most passing yards in the NFL. This game might turn into a shoot-out. PREDICTION: Redskins 31, Cowboys 35 Related: Jerry Jones Sees Dallas Cowboys’ Loss To Denver Broncos A Moral Victory Washington Redskins Must Take Advantage of Wide-Open Division Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.
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Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder continues to stand up in support of the franchise's nickname in the wake of the ongoing debate surrounding whether or not it's appropriate. In a letter to the team's fans and season-ticket holders, Sn...
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder continues to stand up in support of the franchise's nickname in the wake of the ongoing debate surrounding whether or not it's appropriate. In a letter to the team's fans and season-ticket holders, Snyder once again defended the Redskins nickname and stated that it represents "a symbol of everything we stand for" as well as "strength, courage, pride and respect," according to Fredericksburg.com's Zac Boyer. Snyder pointed to the franchise's tradition and pride as the main reasons why he believes the nickname is appropriate: Our franchise has a great history, tradition and legacy representing our proud alumni and literally tens of millions of loyal fans worldwide. We have participated in some of the greatest games in NFL history, and have won five World Championships. We are proud of our team and the passion of our loyal fans. Our fans sing ‘Hail to the Redskins’ in celebration at every Redskins game. They speak proudly of ‘Redskins Nation’ in honor of a sports team they love. So when I consider the Washington Redskins name, I think of what it stands for. I think of the Washington Redskins traditions and pride I want to share with my three children, just as my father shared with me – and just as you have shared with your family and friends. Snyder also acknowledged those who find the nickname offensive, proclaiming that he will continue to hear them out and "learn": I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn. But we cannot ignore our 81 year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country. After 81 years, the team name ‘Redskins’ continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come. We are Redskins Nation...and we owe it to our fans and coaches and players, past and present, to preserve that heritage. Snyder has clearly maintained his stance on keeping the nickname around. But the depth of his latest response suggests that he has given the issue much more thought over the past five months. Back in May, Snyder told USA Today that the team would "never" change the nickname. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended the Redskins nickname in a letter to Congress back in June, but changed his tune last month on 106.7 The Fan when asked about it and those who find it offensive. Goodell said that if even "one person is offended, we have to listen." Last week, President Barack Obama even weighed in on the controversy, admitting that he doesn't know "whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things." The President remained neutral on the issue but stated that the fans being attached to a particular nickname isn't good enough reason to keep it. In the end, Snyder has the final say on whether the Redskins undergo a name change as the team owner. And based on his unwavering support of the current name, it doesn't appear as if this issue is going away anytime soon. Redskins players won't have time to worry about the discussion this fall. The team is off to a sluggish 1-3 start in 2013 and will be on the road to take on the rival Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. The Redskins' defense ranks among the worst in the league this season, and second-year superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III has struggled to rediscover his rookie form under center. Follow Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Patrick Clarke on Twitter.
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