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Cowboys, Redskins to butt heads on SNF


The Dallas Cowboys have huge expectations going into this season and start 2010 off against their bitter rival Washington Redskins on Sunday Night Football.

Most media members aren’t giving the Redskins much of a chance in a game they need no motivation for. Are people underestimating Mike Shanahan and his made-over Redskins? Maybe.

If we analyzed the individual matchups in this game piece-by-piece, the talent level of the Cowboys does look to a bit higher but looks can be deceiving. The fact is, the Redskins have a great chance to win if they play aggressive defense and win the following match-ups.

The Redskins must be aggressive on D and blitz Romo, and blitz him hard if they want to win. Coming in to this season, the Cowboys aging offensive line was considered one of the few weaknesses of the team. This week matters got worse when they lost veteran tackles Marc Columbo and Kyle Kosier for Sunday’s game.

The ‘Boys are expected to start Kyle Barron, a former first round draft pick from the St. Louis Rams, in Columbo’s place and Montrae Holland, a player who was inactive in all 16 regular season games last year for the Cowboys, in Kosier’s spot. You have to think Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is salivating going into this game.

The Redskins are expected to attack this weakness and shrug off the drama between Albert Haynesworth and Coach Mike Shanahan. Although Haynesworth is not expected to start, he is the perfect man to clog up the middle and force players like Holland and Barron to make adjustments.

If Haynesworth draws enough attention, that allows Redskins linebacker London Fletcher to use his speed in an open lane to Romo.

Expect the Cowboys to respond to the blitz with their wide collection of weapons including speedy wide receiver Miles Austin and Roy Williams, tight end Jason Witten and underrated Martellus Bennett.

Another huge factor is the match-up between OL Trent Williams and DeMarcus Ware. This is the most important individual matchup in this game with Ware being a certified quarterback killer who racked up 11 sacks last season and 20 sacks in 2008.

The Redskins may also use the Cowboys aggression against them. Cowboys’ defensive lineman Marcus Spears and linebackers DeMarcus Ware, Bradie James and Anthony Spencer can swarm through even the smallest gaps in an offensive line. Once the ball is snapped; these four go zero-to-sixty as fast as any tandem in the NFL. But maybe the Redskins can use that to their advantage.

As a writer at Cowboys Nation pointed out, the aggressive Cowboys defense has also so far been very susceptible to misdirection plays, as they over pursue where they expect the ball to go, many times leaving the backside wide open. 

Cowboys/Redskins series record: 59-39-2 Cowboys
Streak: Cowboys have won the last 3.

Redskins 2009 Leaders

  • Receiving-Santana Moss. 70 receptions for 902 yds, 3td
  • Rushing Clinton Portis.124 rushes for 494 yards, 1 td
  • Tackles-London Fletcher 142 tackles. 95 solo. 2 sacks.
  • Sacks- Andre Carter and Brian Orakpo tied with 11.
  • Interceptions-DeAngelo Hall 4
     

2009 Cowboys Leaders

  • Passing-Tony Romo. 347/550 4483 YDS. 26TD. 9 INT.
  • Receiving-Miles Austin. 81 receptions for 1320 yds, 11TD.
  • Rushing- Marion Barber. 214 rushes for 932 yards, 7TD.
  • Tackles- Bradie James. 113 tackles. 80 solo. 2 sacks.
  • Sacks- DeMarcus Ware. 11.
  • Interceptions- Mike Jenkins. 5.

Another version of this article can be found on Mike’s Redskins’ Examiner column here.

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Based in Washington, Michael Hoffman has covered D.C. sports for numerous publications. In addition to contributing to Sports Climax, he is currently the Washington Capitals and Washington Redskins columnist for Examiner.com

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McNabb feels ‘young’, wants extended contract


At the age of 33, Donovan McNabb arrived at the Washington Redskins camp and told reporters he feels young, saying he has plenty of football left in him. If the veteran quarterback is right, that would be a very good thing for the Redskins.

One has to go back to 2000 to when Brad Johnson was the field general to find the last time the Redskins had such consistency at their quarterback position. When the clinically brain-dead Jeff George took over for Johnson in 2000, the wheels would be set in motion for ten years of near futility at the position.

Tony Banks, Danny Wuerffel and Shane Matthews join George on the list of the many names we badly want to forget as starting quarterbacks for this historically proud franchise. Certainly no one will be telling our grandkids about the fine job Patrick Ramsey, Mark Brunell or Jason Campbell did in D.C. either. 

That said, it makes re-signing McNabb, who has one year left on his 12-year, $115 million contract he signed in 2002 with the Eagles, a bit of a priority. We have seen the desert and we don’t want to go back!

The Redskins can bounce back in a short time with a guy like Mike Shanahan at the helm and McNabb may believe that.

The ‘Skins organization says they are working hard at getting a contract done prior to Week One which is the weekend of Sept. 12th and what is really heartening to Redskins fans is the fact he wants to be here.

In a recent interview, McNabb told NBC:

 “I want to be a Redskin. Just like I was an Eagle for years, I want to be a Redskin. I want to finish my career here. There’s a lot of exciting things that are ahead of us here, there’s a lot of talent here, and I think good things can happen here in Washington.”

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Based in Washington, D.C. Michael Hoffman has covered D.C. sports for numerous publications and is the Washington Capitals columnist for Examiner.com. Hoffman is also an NHL and NFL contributor to Sports Climax. 

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NFL camp news, Favre says he’ll retire


Across our nation, teams and media outlets are buzzing with what has turned out to be eventful NFL training camps thus far. The most recent news coming out of the camps was Brett Favre allegedly telling Chilly and Zygi he is retiring and not to expect him in camp but more on that later.    

The preseason will officially begin for the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys this Sunday night and follows shortly thereafter for the remaining 30 NFL teams.  Many are left wondering if the issues and problems in camps can be conquered prior to game time.

The main news out of the Cowboys camp surrounds first round pick Dez Bryant. The rookie signed quick, was the first to show on the field the first day of training, then refused to carry veteran Roy William’s pads. The following week, Jon Kitna threw a pass behind the wide receiver and after getting hit on the play, Bryant is expected out with an injury that occurred on the play. Is the Lions’ curse hitting the ‘Boys in Dallas?

For the Detroit Lions after revamping the roster with several trades and FA signings, the primary obstacle remains signing Ndamukong Suh.  As the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Suh is likely to request quite a payday.  Last season, the Lions were faced with a similar obstacle as they worked out a record contract with University of Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford but that was signed the evening before drafting the No. 1 overall pick. 

Presumably, Suh or his agents were waiting on Sam Bradford to sign with the St. Louis Rams in order to gauge and asking price.  With Bradford recently signing for $78 million – $50 million of which is guaranteed – it seems likely that the Lions will have to show Suh the money.  Much of the speculation has been that Suh will ask for more than Bradford.  Suh’s agents claim this is not the case but continue to pursue what they believe to be market value for what many still consider the best player to come out of the draft.

The training camp season has been one of injury struggles thus far for the Philadelphia Eagles.  As of Monday, six starters were on the shelf during training camp with the most notable being DeSean Jackson.  Jackson went down on Saturday with a lower back injury and was carted off the field.  As of Tuesday morning, Coach Andy Reid has commented that Jackson is steadily improving. 

For the Washington Redskins, the primary issue has been Albert Haynesworth.  Haynesworth has been unable to complete the team conditioning test satisfactorily.  After initially failing the test twice, Haynesworth sit out due to knee soreness on Saturday and Sunday.  Haynesworth began the test on Monday but was unable to continue due to the knee issue.

The team conditioning test mandates that certain running drills are completed within an allowed amount of time.  While Haynesworth has been unable to successfully complete the drills, 47-year-old Mike Golic 16 years retired out of the NFL completed the drill on the ESPN network Monday. 

The Redskins – Haynesworth drama began in early June when Haynesworth failed to show up for a mandatory mini-camp due to his objections of the new defensive scheme. He later pocketed a $21 million bonus and demanded a trade.

Though the New York Jets believe they are Super Bowl contenders with or without Darrelle Revis many would argue that Revis will significantly increase those chances.  Revis has yet to show up for the Jets training camp and though various reports exist on the reasons for the holdout many agree that the main issue is total compensation. 

With 54 tackles and 6 interceptions last year with perhaps the largest coming during the Wild Card game that lifted the team over the Bengals, Revis is said to want either a short term deal with a large signing bonus or a long-term deal believed to be in the range of $30 million.

The running back position is now the area of concern for the Denver Broncos as starter Knowshon Moreno was recently carted off the field with what wound up being diagnosed as a “slight tear” in his right hamstring.  The Broncos remain convinced that Moreno will be back in 2 – 3 weeks but that seems like a best case scenario.  The team remains hopeful that Moreno will not miss any carries as the talent behind Moreno on the depth chart is unproven.

In Chicago, the Bears are learning a new offensive system and are getting newly acquired pass rusher Julius Peppers accustomed to the defensive system.  At this point in time, hope is high but the Bears will need to execute in all areas in a division as competitive as the NFC North.  After a dismal 2009 season, Bears fans are hopeful that the Martz offensive system will work to Cutler’s strengths. 

In Minnesota, the Vikings have learned that Brett Favre will retire for a third time.  However, many inside the NFL and owner Zygi Wilf are convinced Favre will return before all is said and done.  Regardless, the Vikings will need to look at the possibility of moving forward with Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels and Joe Webb as signal callers.  Behind Favre, the quarterback position in Minnesota is still unproven and training camp play has given no firm indication of who might be the projected starter should Favre stay true to his word.

Expectations are higher than ever for the Houston Texans.  Coming off of their first winning season in franchise history, the Texans are looking to make their first playoff appearance in the history of the team.  Many around the NFL point to the possibility that they may do it in impressive fashion – clinching the AFC South ahead of the Indianapolis Colts.  If quarterback Matt Schaub can continue to pass as he did last year only bright things should be expected for this team as the young talent continues to gain experience.

Competition in Arizona has led to many on-field fights as the team begins to adjust to life without Kurt Warner.  The expectation in Arizona is that Matt Leinart will be the signal caller for the start of the season.  When the Cardinals drafted Leinart the expectations were that he would someday carry the weight of the organization on his shoulders.  In the NFL, he has had mixed results with moments of despair and flashes of brilliance.  In any event, the success of the team likely hinges on how the team adjusts without Kurt Warner.

When the preseason begins this Sunday night, teams will have four weeks to adjust their roster to the best possible.  If the past few seasons have shown us anything expect new faces in the playoffs and a high level of competition across the league.

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Cade Caldwell is an Atlanta-based sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax.

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Bitch-Slap goes to ‘Fat’ Albert Haynesworth


With a recession lingering throughout our country and some families struggling to survive a month at a time, Washington Redskins Albert Haynesworth thinks it’s okay to bank a $21 million work paycheck then not go to work simply because he doesn’t approve of his new boss Mike Shanahan’s defensive game plan.

SLAP! Can you say Bitch-Slap-of-the-Week™.

The ‘Skins have had enough of this player and asked Haynesworth to return the $21 million check and go his own way but of course ‘Fat’ Albert has refused to do that. He believes it is okay to take $32 million of his $100 million contract for the one year he played limited amounts of minutes and produced just four sacks.

Haynesworth is a man of questionable character and the Redskins knew that when they signed him.

Prior to inking the $100 million deal, his resume on and off the field included cheapshot assaults on opposing players, like stomping on and spiking a defenseless Cowboys lineman in the face (YouTube vid here) then later getting indicted for reckless driving when he seriously injured another driver.

Showing less than a spec of class with this recent move, Haynesworth has a half of a thimble of football knowledge compared to the warehouse full of comprehension Shanahan has about football although ‘Fat’ Albert could tell his coach in detail what the procedure is for getting booked and charged with a crime or what the procedure is for getting suspended by the league for intentionally trying to severely injure a player’s face.

Bottom line the guy has been given more breaks than he deserves by the NFL and is considered a loser by many and now is being referred to as “selfish” by his players. In hindsight you have to wonder if the league wishes they would have given him a lifetime ban for the face-stomping incident years ago.

The Redskins have had enough and are expected to go through legal channels to try to get their $21 million back and this should be a great lesson to owners out there. When a player like Haynesworth has shown his true colors and lack of respect for the game and opposing players in such a blatant way, stay clear and don’t take any chance on him, let alone the $100million gamble Owner Dan Snyder took, because you may lose.

‘Fat’ Albert, you get our Bitch-Slap-of-the-Week™ for your selfish greed, lack of class and disruptive behavior that you continue to show towards the NFL, your teammates and fans who pay your over-inflated salary.

It’s time to put an end to this loser’s career that has been blemished with classless acts and egocentric motives. No NFL team will be hard-up enough to sign him after this latest move so hopefully, for the fans, players and NFL’s sake, we have all seen the last of ‘Fat’ Albert.

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NFL 2010 Schedule


Week 1
Thu. Sep. 09
Vikings at Saints, 8:30 PMnfl logo

Sun. Sep. 12
Dolphins at Bills, 1:00 PM
Colts at Texans, 1:00 PM
Lions at Bears, 1:00 PM
Falcons at Steelers, 1:00 PM
Browns at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Bengals at Patriots, 1:00 PM
Broncos at Jaguars, 1:00 PM
Raiders at Titans, 1:00 PM
Panthers at Giants, 1:00 PM
49ers at Seahawks, 4:15 PM
Cardinals at Rams, 4:15 PM
Packers at Eagles, 4:15 PM
Cowboys at Redskins, 8:20 PM

Mon. Sep. 13
Ravens at Jets, 7:00 PM
Chargers at Chiefs, 10:15 PM

Week 2
Sun. Sep. 19
Ravens at Bengals, 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Bills at Packers, 1:00 PM
Dolphins at Vikings, 1:00 PM
Bears at Cowboys, 1:00 PM
Eagles at Lions, 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Falcons, 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Browns, 1:00 PM
Steelers at Titans, 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Broncos, 4:05 PM
Rams at Raiders, 4:05 PM
Patriots at Jets, 4:15 PM
Texans at Redskins, 4:15 PM
Jaguars at Chargers, 4:15 PM
Giants at Colts, 8:20 PM

Mon. Sep. 20
Saints at 49ers, 8:30 PM

Week 3
Sun. Sep. 26
Bills at Patriots, 1:00 PM
Falcons at Saints, 1:00 PM
Lions at Vikings, 1:00 PM
Browns at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Cowboys at Texans, 1:00 PM
49ers at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Titans at Giants, 1:00 PM
Steelers at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Bengals at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Eagles at Jaguars, 4:05 PM
Redskins at Rams, 4:05 PM
Raiders at Cardinals, 4:15 PM
Chargers at Seahawks, 4:15 PM
Colts at Broncos, 4:15 PM
Jets at Dolphins, 8:20 PM

Mon. Sep. 27
Packers at Bears, 8:30 PM

Week 4cheesehead
Sun. Oct. 03
Jets at Bills, 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Rams, 1:00 PM
Panthers at Saints, 1:00 PM
Lions at Packers, 1:00 PM
Bengals at Browns, 1:00 PM
Ravens at Steelers, 1:00 PM
Broncos at Titans, 1:00 PM
49ers at Falcons, 1:00 PM
Colts at Jaguars, 4:05 PM
Texans at Raiders, 4:05 PM
Redskins at Eagles, 4:15 PM
Cardinals at Chargers, 4:15 PM
Bears at Giants, 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 04
Patriots at Dolphins, 8:30 PM
Byes: DAL, KC, MIN, TB

Week 5
Sun. Oct. 10
Buccaneers at Bengals, 1:00 PM
Falcons at Browns, 1:00 PM
Giants at Texans, 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Colts, 1:00 PM
Packers at Redskins, 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Bills, 1:00 PM
Broncos at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Bears at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Rams at Lions, 1:00 PM
Saints at Cardinals, 4:05 PM
Chargers at Raiders, 4:15 PM
Titans at Cowboys, 4:15 PM
Eagles at 49ers, 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 11
Vikings at Jets, 8:30 PM
Byes: MIA, NE, PIT, SEA

Week 6
Sun. Oct. 17
Browns at Steelers, 1:00 PM
Saints at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Dolphins at Packers, 1:00 PM
Chargers at Rams, 1:00 PM
Ravens at Patriots, 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Texans, 1:00 PM
Lions at Giants, 1:00 PM
Falcons at Eagles, 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Bears, 1:00 PM
Raiders at 49ers, 4:05 PM
Jets at Broncos, 4:05 PM
Cowboys at Vikings, 4:15 PM
Colts at Redskins, 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 18
Titans at Jaguars, 8:30 PM
Byes: ARI, BUF, CAR, CIN

Week 7
Sun. Oct. 24
Eagles at Titans, 1:00 PM
Bengals at Falcons, 1:00 PM
Browns at Saints, 1:00 PM
Steelers at Dolphins, 1:00 PM
Rams at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
49ers at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Redskins at Bears, 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Bills at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Seahawks, 4:05 PM
Raiders at Broncos, 4:15 PM
Patriots at Chargers, 4:15 PM
Vikings at Packers, 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 25
Giants at Cowboys, 8:30 PM
Byes: DET, HOU, IND, NYJ

Week 8
Sun. Oct. 31
Packers at Jets, 1:00 PM
Broncos at 49ers, 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Cowboys, 1:00 PM
Dolphins at Bengals, 1:00 PM
Panthers at Rams, 1:00 PM
Redskins at Lions, 1:00 PM
Bills at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Titans at Chargers, 4:05 PM
Vikings at Patriots, 4:15 PM
Seahawks at Raiders, 4:15 PM
Buccaneers at Cardinals, 4:15 PM
Steelers at Saints, 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 01
Texans at Colts, 8:30 PM
Byes: ATL, BAL, CHI, CLE, NYG, PHI

Week 9
Sun. Nov. 07
Buccaneers at Falcons, 1:00 PM
Saints at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Bears at Bills, 1:00 PM
Jets at Lions, 1:00 PM
Dolphins at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Patriots at Browns, 1:00 PM
Chargers at Texans, 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Vikings, 1:00 PM
Giants at Seahawks, 4:05 PM
Chiefs at Raiders, 4:15 PM
Colts at Eagles, 4:15 PM
Cowboys at Packers, 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 08
Steelers at Bengals, 8:30 PM
Byes: DEN, JAC, SF, STL, TEN, WAS

Week 10
Thu. Nov. 11
Ravens at Falcons, 8:20 PM

Sun. Nov. 14
Texans at Jaguars, 1:00 PM
Vikings at Bears, 1:00 PM
Panthers at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Lions at Bills, 1:00 PM
Jets at Browns, 1:00 PM
Titans at Dolphins, 1:00 PM
Bengals at Colts, 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Broncos, 4:05 PM
Cowboys at Giants, 4:15 PM
Seahawks at Cardinals, 4:15 PM
Rams at 49ers, 4:15 PM
Patriots at Steelers, 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 15
Eagles at Redskins, 8:30 PM
Byes: GB, NO, OAK, SD

Week 11
Thu. Nov. 18
Bears at Dolphins, 8:20 PM

Sun. Nov. 21
Packers at Vikings, 1:00 PM
Redskins at Titans, 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Ravens at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Bills at Bengals, 1:00 PM
Lions at Cowboys, 1:00 PM
Texans at Jets, 1:00 PM
Raiders at Steelers, 1:00 PM
Browns at Jaguars, 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Saints, 4:05 PM
Falcons at Rams, 4:05 PM
Buccaneers at 49ers, 4:05 PM
Colts at Patriots, 4:15 PM
Giants at Eagles, 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 22
Broncos at Chargers, 8:30 PM

Week 12
Thu. Nov. 25
Patriots at Lions, 12:30 PMLions
Saints at Cowboys, 4:15 PM
Bengals at Jets, 8:20 PM

Sun. Nov. 28
Titans at Texans, 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Giants, 1:00 PM
Panthers at Browns, 1:00 PM
Steelers at Bills, 1:00 PM
Eagles at Bears, 1:00 PM
Vikings at Redskins, 1:00 PM
Packers at Falcons, 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Seahawks, 4:05 PM
Dolphins at Raiders, 4:05 PM
Rams at Broncos, 4:15 PM
Chargers at Colts, 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 29
49ers at Cardinals, 8:30 PM

Week 13
Thu. Dec. 02
Texans at Eagles, 8:20 PM

Sun. Dec. 05
Jaguars at Titans, 1:00 PM
Broncos at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Redskins at Giants, 1:00 PM
Bears at Lions 1:00 PM
Falcons at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Saints at Bengals, 1:00 PM
Bills at Vikings, 1:00 PM
Browns at Dolphins, 1:00 PM
49ers at Packers, 1:00 PM
Raiders at Chargers, 4:05 PM
Rams at Cardinals, 4:15 PM
Cowboys at Colts, 4:15 PM
Panthers at Seahawks, 4:15 PM
Steelers at Ravens, 8:20 PM

Mon. Dec. 06
Jets at Patriots, 8:30 PM

Week 14
Thu. Dec. 09
Colts at Titans, 8:20 PM

Sun. Dec. 12
Bengals at Steelers, 1:00 PM
Falcons at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Packers at Lions, 1:00 PM
Patriots at Bears, 1:00 PM
Browns at Bills, 1:00 PM
Giants at Vikings, 1:00 PM
Raiders at Jaguars, 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Redskins, 1:00 PM
Seahawks at 49ers, 4:05 PM
Rams at Saints, 4:05 PM
Dolphins at Jets, 4:15 PM
Chiefs at Chargers, 4:15 PM
Broncos at Cardinals, 4:15 PM
Eagles at Cowboys, 8:20 PM

Mon. Dec. 13
Ravens at Texans, 8:30 PM

Week 15
Thu. Dec. 16
49ers at Chargers, 8:20 PM

Sun. Dec. 19
Bills at Dolphins, 1:00 PM
Eagles at Giants, 1:00 PM
Redskins at Cowboys, 1:00 PM
Browns at Bengals, 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Colts, 1:00 PM
Texans at Titans, 1:00 PM
Saints at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Rams, 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Panthers, 1:00 PM
Lions at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Falcons at Seahawks, 4:05 PM
Broncos at Raiders, 4:15 PM
Jets at Steelers, 4:15 PM
Packers at Patriots, 8:20 PM

Mon. Dec. 20
Bears at Vikings, 8:30 PM

Week 16
Thu. Dec. 23
Panthers at Steelers, 8:20 PM

Sat. Dec. 25
Cowboys at Cardinals, 7:30 PM

Sun. Dec. 26
Patriots at Bills, 1:00 PM
49ers at Rams, 1:00 PM
Ravens at Browns, 1:00 PM
Lions at Dolphins, 1:00 PM
Jets at Bears, 1:00 PM
Redskins at Jaguars, 1:00 PM
Titans at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Buccaneers, 1:00 PM
Vikings at Eagles, 1:00 PM
Texans at Broncos, 4:05 PM
Colts at Raiders, 4:05 PM
Giants at Packers, 4:15 PM
Chargers at Bengals, 8:20 PM

Mon. Dec. 27
Saints at Falcons, 8:30 PM

Week 17
Sun. Jan. 02
Dolphins at Patriots, 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Saints, 1:00 PM
Panthers at Falcons, 1:00 PM
Cowboys at Eagles, 1:00 PM
Raiders at Chiefs, 1:00 PM
Titans at Colts, 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Texans, 1:00 PM
Bengals at Ravens, 1:00 PM
Bears at Packers, 1:00 PM
Vikings at Lions, 1:00 PM
Giants at Redskins, 1:00 PM
Steelers at Browns, 1:00 PM
Bills at Jets, 1:00 PM
Chargers at Broncos, 4:15 PM
Rams at Seahawks, 4:15 PM
Cardinals at 49ers, 4:15 PM

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Will McNabb Trade Come Back & Bite the Eagles?


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the biggest news to come out of Washington since the Health Care Bill passed, the donovan mcnabbPhiladelphia Eagles traded Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb to their division rival Washington Redskins in a move that dropped the jaw of many NFL insiders around the league.

In return the Eagles will get this month’s Redskins 2nd round draft pick (37th overall) in the NFL Draft and another later round pick next year that will be determined later.

New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan signed Rex Grossman earlier in the year and with this move may be expected to move Jason Campbell who has been the starter for more than three seasons.

Shanahan takes over a team that underachieved last season and this move frees up the #4 overall pick to fill another hole on the team. Prior to this trade for McNabb, the Redskins were almost certain to take Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen with that selection.

When asked for an explanation for trading McNabb to a division rival they will be facing two times per year, Eagles’ coach Andy Reid said “You can’t say that we didn’t think about that. We did, but this was a decision that we thought was best for Donovan and, at the same time, the compensation was right for us. We certainly took into consideration Donovan’s feelings here, too.”

“I’m really excited about my future with the Washington Redskins,” said McNabb. “I’m eager to work with Coach Shanahan. He’s been a very successful coach with a couple of Super Bowl victories on his resume. While it’s been my goal to win a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, we came up short. I enjoyed my 11 years here and we shared a lot more good times than bad.”

In his 11 years donning green in the City of Brotherly Love, the 33-year-old McNabb is a 6-time Pro Bowler and guided the Eagles to one Super Bowl appearance and 5 NFC championship games. He holds most of the team’s records at his position including 32,873 yards passing, 2,801completions, a 59% completion percentage and 216 TD passes. On the ground the elusive slinger has rushed for 3,249 yards and 28 TDs.

Kevin Kolb is the new starter after only starting two games and Michael Vick goes into preseason expected to be the backup.

On paper it appears the Redskins got a steal in this move. Last season, McNabb had the 3rd highest QB rating in his career (92.9) and threw for 3,553 yards and 22 TDs.

Mike Shanahan is considered one of the elite minds in the NFL and may be able to convert the Redskins into a contender as soon as this upcoming season.

“Donovan is an accomplished quarterback who has been a proven winner in the National Football League,” said Shanahan. “I have long admired his competitiveness and feel he will be an outstanding addition to the Redskins and our community. He knows our division and the roadmap to success in the NFC East.”

Yes he does and that roadmap may also include a playoff match-up against his former Eagles and the fans in Philly who have long been screaming for his removal.

 

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Washington Redskins Sign Coach Mike Shanahan to Five-year Deal


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan signed a five-year contract worth approximatelyMike Shanahan $7 million per year to become head coach and executive VP of football operations for the Washington Redskins.Shanahan, who is the 7th coach in 11 years for owner Dan Snyder, is expected to hold ‘the ultimate authority on football decisions’ concerning player personnel while working closely with executive VP and general manager Bruce Allen.

Shanahan is bringing some family with him too. His son, former Houston Texans offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, will be the Redskins new offensive coordinator.

Shanahan replaces Jim Zorn who was fired shortly after the team’s final regular season game when they lost to the San Diego Chargers 23-20. The Redskins finished 4-12 (their worst record since 1994) and overall Zorn was 12-20 over two seasons, losing the last 18 of 24.

“The status quo has to end,” Allen said. “We have to change the way we’ve been doing some business. Last place two years in a row is not Redskins football.”

Snyder released a statement following the signing. “No one in the organization is satisfied with our record over the last two years and I am sure that Jim [Zorn] would concur with that statement. It has been painful for him, too. I certainly accept responsibility for mistakes that I have made.”

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NFL Week 3 – Match-ups and Upsets


Paula Duffy, Examiner.com sports writer does this week’s NFL preview. Below is her take on this weekend’s games and Redskins Cheerleader potential upsets for NFL Week 3.

Detroit Lions over the Washington Redskins: Like many others I look at this as a way to get Detroit over the 2 year slide and begin the Jim Zorn death watch. While the Redskins’ defense is solid, their offense is putrid. Detroit can score points as we’ve seen, even against Minnesota’s excellent defense.One caveat: if it’s close late in the 4th, momentum shifts to the Redskins. Detroit has no idea how to hold a lead.

Tennessee Titans over the New York Jets: The Titans lost in overtime to the Steelers and in a shoot-out to the Texans, both of which were close. Those games showed they’re vulnerable to the pass but can deal with the run. Sanchez is good but not that good. Don’t discount possible letdown by New York after the big win vs. Patriots.

San Francisco 49’ers over the Minnesota Vikings: Favre is due for an uncontrollable day and Adrian Peterson says he’s good to go but you think he’d admit he wasn’t? The 49’ers are tough, physical and can score in the red zone. When Vernon Davis says he’s a converted “me first” kind of guy you know they want this one for Samurai Mike.
The rest of the schedule:

Green Bay over St. Louis: No reason to think the Rams will turn the page this week.

New Orleans beat the Bills: What have you seen in Buffalo that can equal the league’s best offense? Nothing.

Texans over the Jaguars: I feel for Maurice Jones-Drew but they need an A-list QB or wide receiver to balance that attack

New York Giants over the Tampa Bay Bucs: The Bucs can’t stop good offenses and the Giants have one. But if too many Giants are banged up and can’t play, look for this to be close.

Eagles over the Chiefs: Two back-up QB’s for Philly can’t blow this opportunity can they? If Vick is misused or coughs up the ball, maybe.

Arizona bests Indianapolis: While I think this could be a close shoot-out, Indy’s defense makes this pick a reality.

Baltimore over Cleveland: The Ravens have one of the most balanced teams in the league. Awesome D and an offense that can run and throw. Cleveland’s got…?

Steelers beats the Bengals: I’m not all that sure about this. I’ve got to see more of a running game from the Steelers before I make them a lock each week. Until then, those Bengals should scare them.

Bears over the Seahawks: Seneca Wallace is a good back-up but their running game is iffy. The Bears can run against them if last week’s defensive failure vs. Gore is a measure.

Chargers best the Dolphins: But for bad play calling, the Bolts would have beaten Baltimore last weekend. I think they can take the Dolphins after that.

Denver over Oakland: JaMarcus Russell might be as big a bust as Ryan Leaf. Need I say more?

Dallas bests Carolina: Third week in a row for the Panthers to face a potent offense and the Cowboys are cranky after loss to the Giants.

Tired of the same old sports page? Then check out Paula Duffy’s insightful (and often humorous) take on the sports day at her Examiner.com page! The popular co-host for Sports Journey Radio is also a contributor to the Huffington Post and founder of the sports learning site Incidental Contact. In her spare time, Duffy practices law in Los Angeles. But don’t hold that against her.

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NFL Haynesworth indicted; ‘steps’ into trouble again


NASHVILLE – This week we are witnessing another self-implosion of an NFL player and this is not the first time (AP Photo/Joe Howell, File)Washington Redskins All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has ‘stepped’ into trouble.

Haynesworth who gained notoriety as a player for his infamous act of purposely stomping on Dallas Cowboy lineman Andre Gurode’s face with his cleats during a nationally televised game in 2006, was indicted on two misdemeanor traffic charges including reckless driving after being charged in an accident that seriously injured another driver in a December 13 accident.

While Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones, Matt Jones and Plaxico Burress are flirting with potential long suspensions by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, depending on how this latest fiasco turns out, Haynesworth may find himself in line to speak to the league as well.

According to sources, in this latest incident Haynesworth tried to pass the driver who then crashed into a concreted median causing serious injuries to the driver.

This is not an isolated incident since just last year, Haynesworth received another driving infraction when he was ticketed for driving 103 mph in a 70 mph area. He then served 30 day probation for that incident.

Haynesworth is scheduled to play in Washington this upcoming season after signing a seven-year, $100 million contract as a free agent.

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