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2012 - Week 15 @ Cleveland Browns

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Blognosticator - Henry

Ok, Ive known Id be doing the Cleveland game for a couple months now. I didnt give it much thought early on. I saw this as a pretty low-pressure gig. Cleveland was going to be one of the four or five games wed win this year, and by the time we actually played the game no one would really care what I wrote. Wed be a crappy team playing a crappy team at the end of the season. Ho hum.

But a funny thing happened on the way to December. The Redskins became relevant. Weve won four straight. We pasted the Eagles so badly I almost felt bad for them (almost.) We marched into Dallas on Thanksgiving and handed the Cowboys their only loss since week 9. We beat the Giants during their Wait, we actually have to start playing now? stretch, right after they demolished the Packers and right before they demolished the Saints. We beat the Ravens, handing them their first loss-following-a-loss in three years. Were not just on a roll. This isnt just some winning streak. Were in uncharted territory here. We keep winning games that historically we just dont win. Like, ever.

Again, this should be an easy gig, right? After the Murderers Row we just went through, Cleveland should be little more than a speed bump for us at this point.

Except for one small detail: Our quarterback, our rookie phenom, the catalyst for all this unprecedented amazingness well, he might not play. As of this moment we dont know, and I now have to explain why I think we are going to win or lose this game.

Let me get the easy part out of the way right now. If Griffin plays (and by mean plays I mean plays at or close to full speed) we win this game. I like the Browns. They play hard and make most teams work for it. Theyve played the NFC tough this year. They lost to the Eagles by one point, and this was before Philly had fallen apart. They jumped up 17-7 on the Giants before New York started paying attention. The Cowboys needed overtime to beat them. They have won three straight and are tough at home. They arent going to roll over on us. That said, with Griffin at the helm we win this game by two scores.

But what if he doesnt play?

This is where I break stuff down. I mention the Browns have legitimate weapons in Richardson and Josh Gordon, that Brandon Wheedon has put together a solid rookie season which has gone unnoticed simply because of who he was drafted with. Id note the Redskins will probably still give up yards through the air and that Morris will need to have a banner day to keep the pressure off Cousins. That Trent Williams is still limping and our offensive line is going to be a problem for a quarterback who is less mobile than the Most Mobile Quarterback in the History of the NFL. There are a lot of things I could talk about, but Im going to do something else. Im going to put it out there something I havent done in a couple years now. Im going with my gut. I think were going to win this one. I have no logical reason for suggesting we can win with a rookie QB starting his first game as a pro on the road against a team riding a three game winning streak. Its just something about this Redskin team is different. Almost as if Griffin turned the crank on its back and now it can go even if hes not playing. I think with Cousins starting, this is a trap game for the Browns. I think were going to win it. In fact, Im almost looking forward to it.

For years Ive been on this teams case. Ive called out the flaws in the coach, the owner, the players, the owner and personnel people. Ive pulled my hair out and expected the worst at every turn.

But a funny thing happened on the way to December.

Im calling it. So help me, Im calling it Redskins. I dont care whos playing. This team will not accept losing. We win this game.

Hail to the Redskins, and may the football gods have mercy on my soul.


  1. Om's Avatar
    Can I get a AMEN?
  2. Lovethebeer's Avatar
  3. Burgundy Burner's Avatar
    Amen and pass the ammuntion. Or pass the football - after running it a bunch of times.


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