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U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi

January 9, 2006

Ok, so most of you don’t want to hear this. That’s ok, I am doing it for me. My tiny, little, girl-brain needs to decipher some of the mess that was Wild-Card weekend. Mainly, the win the Redskins stumbled upon, for they surely didn’t actively do anything to garner it themselves (save for the defensive TD). So, here lies my pitiful analysis…

To gain perspective on the Offense That Was Not Present (The Skins), I present a comparison between them and The Other Offense That Was Not Present (The Giants)

The New York Giants were defeated at home and put up a big, fat goose egg against the Carolina Panthers. The Giants, offensively absent (um, obviously) managed to accumulate the following stats:

TOTAL YARDS: 132
That is specifically, 41 rushing yards and 113 passing yards
With 10 for 18 passes completed and 3 interceptions
FIRST DOWNS: 9

PENALTIES: 2 for a loss of 15 yards

TURNOVERS: -3

TIME OF POSSESSION: 17:15

Measly numbers by any comparison, but it’s fairly obvious that turnovers cost them even being able to compete in this game.

Now look at the same stats for the Redskins win over the Buccaneers:

TOTAL YARDS: 120 (I must mention that this is a play-off record)
That is specifically, 95 rushing yards and 25 passing yards
With 7 for 16 passes completed and 1 interception
FIRST DOWNS: 9

PENALTIES: 4 for a loss of 30 yards

TURNOVERS: +2 (they made 2 interceptions and recovered a TB fumble, but Brunell was intercepted once himself)

TIME OF POSSESSION: 25:31

Measlier numbers (I don’t care if that is not word), these are not the stats of a winning team. So maybe I picked the stats that would highlight my point, you all know that this W was practically an accident. And while I get that a win is win, no matter how ugly it is, and I will cheer and cherish those kinds of wins myself – this just doesn’t seem right. So don’t hate me that I am kinda hoping they get crushed in Seattle. Sure Seattle had the benefit of a cushy schedule to get to the top, but MVP Shaun Alexander! Matt Hasselbeck! They don’t do turnovers and they win at home! Go Seahawks!

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2006 12:36 pm

    You’re right on a number of things. The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers boast 2 of the finest defenses in the league, and the difference between the Skins and Giants is that the Skins D created turnovers and the Giants didn’t, and Eli Manning crapped the bed and Mark Brunnel didn’t (though that late INT almost did it).

    I can’t agree that this win was an accident. I’ll be one of the first to admit that it was far from pretty, but remember that the Redskins calling card is not their offense but their defense. The 2 teams knocked the crap out of eachother on Saturday and neither played well offensvely. The Skins did what they came there to do, shut down the Bucs offensively and score enough to win. There’s no accident about the fact that they did it.

    Those may not seem like the stats of a winning team, but I know you know that stats do not a winning team make.

  2. January 9, 2006 1:39 pm

    Yeah but…Matt Hasselbeck’s not the lucky one married the the View hottie.

    Really though, it should be The Entire Team That Was Not Present (G-Men). And I won’t say that the Redskins particularly deserved to win, but neither did the Bucs either. They should have both forfeit and let the coach-less Vikings back in the playoffs instead. 🙂

  3. January 9, 2006 1:48 pm

    Before the first quarter was over the Redskins were up 14 to nothing against the best defense in the league. Now, perhaps at this point Marci would break out the four WR set and start taking shots down the field so that we could have respectable stats by the end of the game, but if it were me, I’d take as few risks as humanly possible, which is just what they did. Throwing very few passes, giving their QB lots of protection at the expense of potential receivers, and letting their star running back take it easy on his injuries.

    Joe Salave’a batting of the passes was not an accident. Arrington’s interception was not an accident.

    There were accidents here, like a starting defensive end breaking his arm and leaving the game, Sean Taylor being ejected for a phantom loogie and leaving the game, not having our starting cornerbacks in due to injury. Clinton Portis not taking as many snaps because he was hurt, but those accidents don’t speak to the team’s luck, only to their perserverance.

    I can tell you are worried about them winning next week too.

    Just one more win and their in the Championship. ONE MORE WIN.

  4. January 9, 2006 1:50 pm

    oops, that should have read

    “they’re in the championship”

    sorry.

  5. January 9, 2006 2:20 pm

    I KNEW I liked you Nicole! But we are coachless no longer…drum roll please…We are now headed by Brad Childress. What can I say, we like to give coordinators a chance. Not really good ones that were already on our payroll, that leave and go on to be really, really great *coughdungycough*, but we’ll see. My jury is still out on this one.

    Annnyway. Rich, that was not a “take as few risks as humanly possible” tactic. Otherwise, they would have amassed more on-the-ground yardage and Brunell would have completed more than 44% of his passes. No, that was offensive ineptitude. And don’t even tell me you are going to blame Taylor’s punk-ass act as bad officiating…c’mon!

    i-66 – I know ugly wins still count and the numbers at the end of the day don’t mean crap unless it’s the number of points to put you up over your opponent, but I didn’t like what I saw (I mean not even the D looked clean to me. Capable, but not clean) and I had to air it out here, to make ME feel better. And it’s funny, I figured you’d be the three to come a callin’ 🙂

  6. January 9, 2006 2:30 pm

    What can I say, as a sports fan I am nothing if I don’t support my team through thick and thin. I expect you’d have something to say had I been detracting in some written form of the Vikings (which I would have if Tice had not gotten the gate, by the way). I’d expect The Captain to say something but he hasn’t been too present in the blog world of late.

    The defense looked a little dodgy late, letting the same freakin reciever that beat us in Tampa before get find holes in the defense on consecutive plays (though I disagree with Peter King’s suggestion that had the dropped catch been ruled a catch on the field that Mike Grier would not have overturned it). But still, they forced turnovers and kept the Bucs to 10 points. That’s clean enough to me… the only thing that WASN’T clean was the line of sight for Mike Grier on the Marcus Washington fumble recovery/Taylor touchown. THAT was one tough one to call, and I’m still not sure he wasn’t touched.

  7. January 9, 2006 2:43 pm

    I-66, you stop kissing her ass right now. All the Bucs were standing around staring at the ball when no whistle had been blown. They have no one to blame but themselves on that call.

    And Marci, they didn’t get huge gains on the ground because the Bucs KNEW they were always going to run because they didn’t need to pass because they had a 14 point lead in the first quarter. I reiterate, they were going against the number one defense in the league.

    Joe Gibbs ….. genius.

  8. January 9, 2006 2:50 pm

    No no, the Bucs are to blame just the same. The mantra is “Play. To. The Whistle.” and everyone with the exception of Carnell Williams was guilty of standing around. I’m not exonerating the Bucs in any way, I’m not even sure how that could be so construed.

  9. January 9, 2006 3:00 pm

    You SAID it was a tough call, your loyalty is obviously suspect!

    (I’m just giving you the Razz)

  10. January 9, 2006 3:11 pm

    I like how Rich doesn’t mention anything other than the 1st quarter score…and not the part where the Bucs get a TD and a FG.

  11. January 9, 2006 3:33 pm

    well the 2nd TD was the game winner… which, coincidentally, happened in the first quarter.

  12. January 9, 2006 3:40 pm

    Who cares about Simms’ jumping unimpressive jumping-out-of-bounds-into-the-infinite-end-zone touchdown? They need to change that rule!

    But ok;

    The final score was Redskins-17 Other Team-10

    There were also two field goals in this game. One that Joe Theisman kept yammering about being out of range. I can’t stand him. Which reminds me, Joe also kept yammering that he thought it was smart of Gruden to go for it on 4 and 1 rather than kick a field goal, even after they didn’t make it he kept yammering that it didn’t hurt them.

  13. January 9, 2006 3:40 pm

    Ooooh, good point I-66.

  14. January 9, 2006 8:59 pm

    Nice analysis! Fred and I were unfortunately stuck watching the game with my Redskins-crazy relatives. How does the phrase go- even a blind bear shits in the woods sometimes?

    It will be VERY interesting to see how the Skins do in Seattle, given that they are all banged up and Seattle’s had plenty of rest.

    Oh, and “phantom loogie” my ass. Even Brian Mitchell agreed that Taylor clearly spit on the other dude!

  15. January 10, 2006 9:44 am

    You know why I-66 saves his analysis and debate and pro-Redskins propaganda for your comment section instead if his own blog(s)?

    BECAUSE HE’S SCARED!

    The Seahawks are gonna beat on the Redskins like Ike beat on Tina and I-66 knows it, so he’s just trying to cover himself early.

    HE’S YELLOW!!!

    (Which is okay if you’re a banana, but not okay if you’re an interstate.)

    In conclusion allow me to say three words. Those words are “bok bok bok!”

  16. January 10, 2006 11:45 am

    Did the Redskins play the Seahawks already this year? What happened then. The Redskins aren’t scared. They’ll have Springs back, and will be even more dominant than last week.

    MARK

    MY

    WORDS.

    :-p

  17. January 10, 2006 1:42 pm

    [raises hand]

    I’m a banana!

    Let’s go Seahawks, let’s go!
    Let’s go Seahawks, let’s go!

  18. January 10, 2006 2:01 pm

    I’ve adequately addressed the blog-silence already in the appropriate forum.

    DCSC: As much as I like Brian Mitchell, he wasn’t on the field. I can say from replays that there at least was no visible spit but you do have 2 people contending that he did it: Ref Grier and Pittman. If he did it then ejection was warranted, but the NFL certainly didn’t treat it that way fining him only $17K. I have a problem with Grier only penalizing Taylor on that play when Pittman clearly committed a personal foul as well right in front of him. As a referee you can’t pick and choose what personal fouls you call and what fouls you don’t.

  19. January 10, 2006 3:31 pm

    Oh brother, I know about self-imposed gag orders. If you remember correctly, there was one here (as well as over at Throwing Hammers) earlier this season. I am all for the antijinx 🙂

  20. January 10, 2006 3:54 pm

    I do recall. It’s killing me, but I must hold fast.

  21. January 10, 2006 5:36 pm

    What about Taylor’s past history? It’s not like this is the first time he’s being accused of spitting on an opponent.

    I watched the clip ad nauseum (as did everyone else) and it looked to me like Taylor’s head went back and he spit on the dude. After the dude smacked him, Taylor wiped his face.

  22. January 11, 2006 9:29 am

    Maybe it was one of those “Say it, don’t spray it” Accidents. Have you never spit on someone accidentally?

    You probably just hate him because he’s black. That’s right. Everyone who is not rooting for the Redskins is, in fact, RACIST!

  23. January 11, 2006 10:45 am

    Redskins will be beat this weekend, because I’m going to the game!!!

    I probably won’t single handedly cause the false start avalanche that will surely commence, but I’ll be there to help! GO SEAHAWKS!

  24. January 13, 2006 10:37 pm

    Oooh, me like The Mayor

    🙂

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