COMMENTARY | Continuing a frustrating trend established in Week 1, the Washington Redskins once again put themselves in a hole they were unable to climb out from in their Week 2 38-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
(Reuters) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers sliced up the Washington Redskins' defense while new dad Joe Flacco led the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to a hard-fought win against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Rodgers soared to a career-high 480 yards passing and four touchdowns and running back James Starks added 132 yards and a touchdown rushing as the Packers dominated the visiting Redskins 38-20, leading 31-0 at one point. "I didn't feel great before the game," Rodgers told reporters. ...
* Rodgers throws for career-high 480 yards * Chiefs surprise Cowboys to go to 2-0 * Texans outlast Titans in overtime (adds late games) Sept 15 (Reuters) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers sliced up the Washington Redskins' defense while new dad Joe Flacco led the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to a hard-fought win against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Rodgers soared to a career-high 480 yards passing and four touchdowns and running back James Starks added 132 yards and a touchdown rushing as the Packers dominated the visiting Redskins 38-20, leading 31-0 at one point. ...
Mailbag time! Here's where you get to hit us up with your letters on anything and everything football. Love, hate, it's all on the table. You can jump in on the action via email at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or by finding me on Twitter at @jaybusbee . Before we begin, a thought: Meteor Games are almost always fun. (Meteor Game: You hate both teams so much you're rooting for a meteor to hit the stadium. But not really, because that would be sad. Example A: Yankees-Red Sox.) Thursday night brought us our first Meteor Game of the season: Patriots versus Jets. I would love to see both these teams lose every one of their games, even the times when they play each other, but for vastly different reasons: the Jets because it would be great to watch the entire fanbase and media contingent combust, and the Patriots because they're the Patriots and therefore awful. The best kind of Meteor Game is one in which it appears neither team wants to win, and that's what we had Thursday night: a symphony of semi-competent suck. It was glorious. Anyway, what's your Meteor Game? Cowboys-Redskins? Packers-Bears? Let us know in the comments. And now, your letters: Can you tell me why in the world the Jags spray painted the front of their helmets? Looks really stupid and cheap . -Jerry Wayne The Jags painted their helmets because they wanted to look EXTREME, Jerry! Wait, check that: EXXXXTREEME!!!! Jacksonville's doing its best to distract the rest of us from the fact that their so-called "football team" is actually a horde of department-store mannequins dressed in full pads. Either that, or the helmets are actually all gold but the players have tried to drown themselves face-down in vats of tar. Which are readily available around NFL locker rooms, as you know. Anyway, where does the Jaguars helmet rank among the worst in NFL history? Let's consider some of the other candidates: Washington Redskins: Right off the bat we're going with controversy. Yes, the Redskins helmet is an established NFL classic. But considering the fact that the name of the team may not be here in 10 years, this helmet might well end up looking as horribly dated as those old racist cartoons (SFW, but think before you click) of the 1940s. Baltimore Ravens, early version. This is what the Ravens' helmet looked like in the early days. More wings than a Sunday afternoon sports bar. It looks like an escapee from an old prog-rock album cover, or the product of a design-challenged focus group: "We need wings! And the team name! And wings! And a logo! And wings! And the Maryland cross! Is there room for more wings?" Cincinnati Bengals, old school. We're eliminating all blank helmets from consideration here because they're uniformly (ha!) boring as hell. But the Bengals here at least made an attempt. A woeful, dull attempt. It's fitting that this fellow looks like he'll be quoting you insurance premiums in this helmet, because that's about the level of excitement this helmet provokes. Miami Dolphins, new school. Sometimes you can try a little too hard. This Dolphins logo replaces the old dolphin-wearing-a-helmet-of-a-dolphin-wearing-a-helmet beauty. It's dumb, and it deprives us of sublime time-wasters like this . New York Giants, 1970s. This weird, angular neon-esque font just screams "'70s." Shoot, you look at it and you can hear the trumpets of the old NFL Films themes. Also doubles as a roadmap of the Long Island Expressway. New England Patriots, early edition. Couple problems with this one: first, that's so painfully obviously a sticker that you wonder why Pat Patriot's toes aren't curling up. Second, it just looks like a colonial coloring book page, or an old Marvel Comics panel. Though Pat Patriot on the Avengers would be awesome, I grant you. That's our pick for the worst NFL helmets of all time. Got one of your own? Let us know. ____________________ @jaybusbee #DetroitLions Super Bowl lock, amirite? — DaveConlon (@DaveCC1109) September 11, 2013 Whoa there, slugger. Let's not get ahead of ourselves there. I'm assuming this was a bit of either irrational exuberance or sarcasm. Truth is, though, the Lions were a true surprise Week 1, and that's not just because we're amazed when the Lions can avoid actually eating their own cleats during the game. You'd think that a team with one of the greatest receivers in history and a Howitzer-armed quarterback might actually be able to win a few anyway; add Reggie Bush, who's now running like he's got a Kardashian after him again, and you've got the ingredients for a halfway decent team. In the NFC, "halfway decent" allows you to keep playoff hopes alive till maybe Week 12, but that's an improvement from predictions, which had the Lions eliminated from the playoffs in July. ____________________ Commercial break! 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So let's focus on that other perennial doormat. Like the Lions above, it's way too early to say that the Raiders will be anything other than "the team you pick against every week in your Suicide pool." Still, if Terrelle Pryor can keep it going this week, he'll be tremendous fun to watch. All he needs is to play an incompetent team, a team that doesn't have its feet under it, a team that won't be able to make adjustments on the fly and will give him the latitude to make a mistake or two. So let's check the schedule. In Week 2, Oakland plays... Jacksonville. Of course. Well, that's just perfect, ain't it? ____________________ @jaybusbee Does Jeff George still have "it"? — Geoffrey Miller (@GeoffreyMiller) September 12, 2013 Without a doubt, sir. Though he's privately seething that Jim Harbaugh is hogging all that "absurdly angry '90s QB" spotlight these days. Funny thing: you sometimes wonder if your memories play tricks on you, if someone like Jeff George was more (or less) than the halfway decent, serviceable, enough-big-plays-to-hang-around quarterback that you remember he was. And then you go look at Football Reference's list of comparable quarterbacks for George's career — Bernie Kosar, Tommy Kramer, Steve Bartkowski, Bobby Hebert, Jon Kitna — and you realize your memories are absolutely correct. ____________________ Before we make yet another Jacksonville joke, we're out. Remember, you can always join in the festivities via email at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or on Twitter at @jaybusbee . Also check us out on the Shutdown Corner Podcast , your twice-weekly audio dose of football goodness. Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!
Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s offense received a lot of hype heading into his NFL debut against the Washington Redskins last night. Kelly’s offense is supposed to reshape the NFL. Defensive coordinators are going to lay awake at night figuring out what to do. And if you listened to the Monday Night Football broadcast, it appeared nobody has ever seen an NFL offense this good. Let’s pump the brakes and avoid getting out of control. [ Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football is open for business ] Kelly’s offense was definitely entertaining during Philadelphia’s 33-27 win, but it was not the best offensive performance by an NFL team in Week 1. That does not mean Philadelphia’s offense is not good, or Kelly should go back to college. It just means there are other teams which put up great numbers this weekend, but without the hype. Philadelphia ran 77 offensive plays, which is actually tied for third after the first week (hat tip to Lions reporter Tim Twentyman). New England ran 89 offensive plays during a win against Buffalo; Baltimore ran 87 plays – mostly because it had to – during a loss against Denver, while Detroit ran 77 plays in its win against Minnesota. The Eagles offense produced 433 yards, but that did number did not crack the top five in Week 1. Denver led the way with 510 yards, followed by San Francisco (494), New York Giants (478), Detroit Lions (469) and Houston Texans (449). Philadelphia was ranked sixth offensively, ahead of New England (431) and New Orleans (419). Calm down, Eagles fans. Kelly definitely has a good offense, and Washington struggled early to figure it out. The Redskins eventually had more success, but if Kelly’s team can consistently score, Philadelphia will be a hard team to beat. At least Kelly's offense was successful and not a flop, which would have been an even bigger story. However, before we crown Kelly as the inventor of offense, just know some teams already have a patent. - - - Hit us up on Twitter @YShutdownCorner , email us at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com and "Like" Shutdown Corner on Facebook for NFL conversation 365 days a year, the way it should be.
Sept 2 (The Sports Xchange) - Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Robert Griffin III will start the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Griffin, who has been held out of preseason action, was cleared to play last week by Dr. James Andrews. However, Shanahan said Andrews still had concerns. Shanahan spoke to Andrews to find out what those concerns were, but declined to provide details. "You'll have to trust us," he said. Andrews performed reconstructive knee surgery on Griffin in January, days after he was injured in a playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. ...
Robert Griffin III will be the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins in their Monday Night Football season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9, ESPN reported Wednesday.
Aug 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Robert Griffin III will be the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins in their Monday Night Football season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9, ESPN reported Wednesday. That appeared to be a foregone conclusion after Griffin practiced without any problems with his surgically repaired knee the past two weeks. - - Aaron Hernandez was a heavy drug user during his days with the New England Patriots and his behavior angered head coach Bill Belichick to the point that his job was in jeopardy, according to Rolling Stone magazine. ...
Donte' Stallworth's NFL comeback from a hot air balloon accident might have ended Monday when he was released by the Washington Redskins.
New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski was activated from the physically unable to perform list three months to the day he was injured in offseason team activities. Hynoski is on schedule to make his 28th career start in the regular-season opener against the Washington Redskins.

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