Ok all you bandwagon fans and media hype moguls, admit it. The Washington Redskins are making believers out of you. After yesterday's come-from-behind win, in Philadelphia, against another NFC East divisional rival, the National Football League is on notice that the road to the Super Bowl, could go through the nation's capital.
The Skins are rolling after their fourth victory in a row, after dropping their season opener against last year's champion New York Giants. If the schedule makers wanted to pave the way for America's so-called team, Dallas Cowboys, to take the top prize, then they must be shaking their heads in disappointment.
Daniel Snyder is looking like a genius by choosing never before head coach, Jim Zorn, to lead his beloved Redskins from the hollowed halls of loserville to the strong shores of a potential dynasty. I think he's got his man, and by god so do the players. Witness the evidence of Sundays' tussle with the Filthadelphia Eagles (a moniker given by husband).
The game started out awful if you are a Skins fanatic. The score was 14-0, and Jason Campbell couldn't get their offense going (of course when things go bad, who do we all blame? But the only guy who matters, the QB). They settled for three first half field goals of 48,41, and 50 yards by burgeoning boy wonder K Shaun Suisham. Without his field goal late in the Cowboy game, then we lose 24-23.
He is settling in nicely, and providing a major key in keeping the winning train a chugging along. As any well-known football historian would say "Great defense and special teams win championships." Insert the smug smirk of a woman in a complete state of bliss now.
Still, after two quarters, it was the Eagles hanging on to a 14-9 lead. Then, the tides began to turn in the Skins favor. Midway through the third quarter, the Redskins needed the help of a trick play to rev up the offense's engines. We have a weapon that I bet the Pittsburgh Steelers wish they didn't let get away three years ago.
WR Antwaan Randle El finished off another effective, time-consuming drive with a redzone strike to Captain Chaos and fan favorite, TE Chris Cooley to seal the win. In his career, No. 82 is 19 for 23 on passing attempts, for seven touchdowns. Booyah! On a day in which Santana Moss didn't register a catch, we received a big-time play from one of our go-to guys.
We weren't done piling on the pain. A long 80-yard fourth quarter drive ended with RB Clinton Portis' scamper into the end zone, to make it 23-14. We jersey clad crazies, lept up spewing greasy chicken wing sauce everywhere in delight, as the credit goes to the offensive line (missing starter Stephon Heyer for the second straight game) for controlling the line of scrimmage from start to finish.
Note: CP has rushed for two straight 100-yard games against the leagues top's run defenses. He finished the tangle in Texas with 21 carries for 121 yards, and yesterday his final line was a mighty 29 rushes for 145 yards. If the West Coast Offense continues to produce results like these, I say JZ show us the money.
After five games, it's not smart of us diehards to start the Super Bowl Party planning so far in advance. But it's nice to feel good about our chances. The next three opponents are a combined 1-10 and will be watching the playoffs from home. To go into our bye week with a possible record of 7-2 (giving the win to the aforementioned Steelers) is beyond our wildest dreams.
So media gents and gentle ladies who like to talk smack about Snyder and his "buying" championships. What do you say now that he has more than likely stolen one for such a cheap price? Channeling Mr. Hunting as I quip " Do you like apples?" Well, we've got your number." How about them apples?"
Notes: Jason Campbell set a Redskins record for the most pass attempts (175) without an interception. Congrats JC.
The defense allowed a measley 58 yards rushing. We goin' sizzler.
The Skins finished 11 for 19 on third downs, and held the ball for 34:45 minutes of the game. That's more than half of the time for all you non-mathematically inclined cowboys fans, I mean people.
The offense once again has no turnovers. Randle El we love you anyway, but you have the lone fumble of the season in Week Three against the Cardinals. Still won, most excellent dude.