A CRAZY AND COSTLY WEEKEND!
An incredibly controversial call on Monday night was just the cherry on top of a weekend full of ineptitude from all sides for Redskins fans. Our Defense didn’t need any help from the Replacement Refs in throwing the Bengals game in to the Loss column, with the Defense - - or lack thereof - - doing a fine job of losing the game all by themselves. Unfortunately the Refs piled on - - at the most inopportune time - - with a horrible non-call on pass interference, and then the total chaos at the end of the game when RG III got the Burgundy & Gold in position to tie deep in Bengal territory, only to be kicked back by garbage penalties and lack of knowledge of the rules of the game that the Refs are in charge of officiating. The tumultuous ending masked what was in all respects a horrible showing by the defense . . . absolutely horrible . . . allowing the previously lackluster Bengals offense to look like The Greatest Show on Turf, with 3 long touchdown bombs. Our offense, however, kept responding, keeping us in the game until they finally ran out of time.
This week we travel to our own particular House of Horrors, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, where weird things just always seem to happen to us. The Buccaneers did not have a good showing last week during stop # 2 on their NFC East tour, losing to the Cowgirls 16-7, but they do have weapons . . . with rookie RB Doug Martin leading the way, and newly acquired WR Vincent Jackson a threat on every play.
Our Running Back corps has taken an early season hit with Roy Helu Jr. going on IR, and Evan Royster working through some turf toe issues, but newly-signed veteran Ryan Grant should be able to spell workhorse Rookie Alfred Morris against a Bucs defense that seemed to wear down last week against Demarco Murray.
If we can stay away from the weird experiences that happen to us in Tampa, we have enough horses to beat that team, and we are due for a little luck . . . so I am going to go against my preseason predictions and say we will pull one out this weekend in the Big Sombrero II.
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From the “It's Almost Over” Department . . . . . .
Sources claim that the lockout should end soon and the officials will be back sooner than anyone expected.
The NFL said they thought it would take a week to get the real referees ready to return to the field, but the union said the refs have already learned the new rule changes, have passed a physical and would pass them again to get back on the field this weekend.
That would be wonderful for NFL fans . . .
Two days after a controversial call cost the Green Bay Packers a win, the NFL and the referees' union are reportedly nearing an end to a lockout that put replacement officials on the field since the start of the season.
According to several reports, the NFL and the union are close to a new deal that would allow the league's regular officials to return to work, possibly as early as this weekend. ESPN reported Wednesday that "an agreement in principle is at hand," and The New York Times reported that the sides "were closing in" on a way to end the impasse.