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Another brilliant move by the NFL for keeping Giants/Redskins on SNF.
Why Roger, Why?I'll get to the 49ers/Redskins game in a minute, you didn't miss much last night or at least nothing you haven't seen all season long. But right now, I think I'll start off this week's GBU with some questions for the NFL. My first question is who's the genius who decided to keep the Giants/Redskins game on Sunday Night Football? My only guess is that Sunday Night Football didn't want to go up against The Walking Dead's mid-season finale or the post Thanksgiving weekend. That would be the only reasons in my opinion, because nobody cares about RGIII and Justin Tuck selling sandwiches for Subway or Eli advertising Citizen Eco-Drive watches.
So instead of watching a good game against two potential playoff teams in the Cardinals/Eagles, we're stuck watching a prime time game against two inept squads that have little to no hope in reaching the post-season.
The Redskins are done. Period. At this point if the Redskins can find a way to beat the Giants at home and the Falcons on the road, I would be ecstatic. I don't even like the odds of them winning those two games at this point. Meanwhile, the Giants are almost equally sad. Eli has become a walking turnover machine and this team finds the most interesting ways to lose (see the Victor Cruz fumble for TD vs. Dallas). So again, why is this crown jewel of failure being kept on prime time television? Wasn't the flex game option made to keep garbage like this game off of NBC? I sure would like to know.
Fun Times To Be Had At FedEx During Prime Time Games (Unless You Root For The Redskins)
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Not another night game at FedEx!!! At least they won this game (vs. Cowboys 2010).
Speaking of prime time games, I hate prime time games at FedEx Field. First and foremost is that the Redskins are generally lousy when they play nationwide on prime time television. They're just as bad if not worse when they play these games at home. I learned last night that the Redskins are 2-12 on Monday Night Football since they've been playing at FedEx. I think the records are slightly better when it comes to Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football but I still don't think they are that terrific (anybody wanting to do the research can leave those stats in the comments below).
I can go on about driving home at 2 in the morning, dealing with more drunks than you normally see during daytime games and all the fun things that can happen when you can't see in the dark (porta-johns as an example) but the Redskins inability to win at night is the main reason. So back to back prime time games at home haven't made me that jolly during the start of the holiday season and unfortunately I'm not sure it's going to get much better come Sunday night.
What We Learned From Last Night's Game?It's not good. Let me first compliment the 49ers on their defense. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what a 3-4 scheme should look like and be played. You saw the following things that you don't see in the Redskins 3-4: DEs make tackles despite being blocked, OLBs actually getting to the QB in order to hit and or sack him, players making tackles and coverage. Yes, actual coverage. There was a DB in the vicinity of the WR/RB/TE trying to catch the ball. In most cases the DB actually made a play on said receiver and if he didn't break up the play, he made the tackle.
Second, is that the journeyman patchwork that we call an offensive line in DC has got to go. We already knew that they're not very good at pass blocking but against a good defense, they're not that great in the run game either. Multiple times LBs came in untouched and the O-line had difficultly stopping the DEs and NT from penetrating the backfield. The Redskins O-line is one of the lightest in the league and they have difficulty against bigger defensive linemen. There's more to be said, but I'll save it for this week's The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.