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Need to Know: Pryor reduces Redskins’ margin for error

Sep 29, 2013, 6:36 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 29, the day the Redskins visit the Raiders.

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1. The Redskins still should be able to beat the Raiders even if Terrelle Pryor plays quarterback for Oakland. But having Pryor in the lineup takes away most, if not all, of the Redskins’ margin for error. If they commit the same types of mental mistakes they did against the Lions, they could well be going into the bye staring at 0-4.

2. I have never seen so much attention paid to eight snaps but I guess it is news if Iron Man London Fletcher sits out even a few snaps without being injured even if he is 38 years old. He took eight plays off against Detroit with Nick Barnett filling in for him. Mike Shanahan was asked bout it twice, Fletcher was asked about it as were Jim Haslett and Barnett himself.

3. Something tells me that Robert Griffin III isn’t going to learn how to slide properly any time soon. I’m not sure you want him to lead with the repaired knee, anyway. As long as he gets down without getting hurt or losing the ball it doesn’t have to look pretty. And it probably won’t.

4. Although he is listed as questionable, it would be surprising if Jordan Reed is active today. He didn’t look very good in the portion of practice that reporters could see on Friday and it seems likely that he will sit out a week after taking a helmet to his thigh against the Lions. It will be a big game for Fred Davis if he can play (questionable, ankle). After playing just 16 snaps against the Packers and missing last week’s game with that ankle, this could be Davis’ opportunity to make a case that he should get more playing time. A six-catch effort for 75 yards and a touchdown would do his stock a world of good.

5. It’s hard to see the Redskins all of a sudden busting out and playing a great game today although you never know. They played pretty well the game after they fell to 3-6 last year. They beat the Eagles 31-6, posting by far their largest margin of victory of the season. Griffin had just one incomplete pass and he posted a perfect quarterback rating. The Redskins’ defense sacked Nick Foles four times and picked him off twice. LeSean McCoy rushed for 45 yards on 15 carries before being knocked out of the game with a concussion. The Redskins will glad accept a similar result today.

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  1. weneedanewcoach - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    I love Fletch but clearly he is not the same player and we really do not have a replacement in sight , just another position I have to shake my head about. How can such an elite athlete like RG3 not learn to baseball slide? I could teach a group of 7 year olds in about an hour tops, Robert it would be in your best interest to learn to slide little hint for you beings you have that brace …left cheek down and right leg up! I just hope and pray RG3 does not ruin his career playing when he clearly is not 100% ready, yes Rich we have discussed this issue and I know your stance on it just don’t see how anyone in their right mind would want to risk our 4 pick franchise QB who has had 2 major knee surgeries and clearly Garcon said his QB was not 100 % healthy just last week!

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      Hey, here’s an idea, let’s just put Griffin in a glass case and never play him. That way he never gets hurt and he never has any struggles on the field. If you do this, fans who don’t know what they’re talking about won’t be able to say that he shouldn’t be playing.

      Just put a plaque under the case, “Here is the Redskins’ Franchise QB”. I mean, he might not like it but we must keep a certain segment of the fan base happy, right?

      • hailyeah1 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        Rich that’s funny lol!! i guess trying just to get down with 5 defenders ready to hit you doesn’t qualify as effort .
        granted it was head first and the ball came loose but it seemed he didn’t have enough time to swing his legs around. weighing what he did against what could have happened( a hit on the knee ) or( another concussion)
        i would take what happened so he could play on the next play instead being hauled of the field .
        I’m with you we have to let the players play !!!

      • weneedanewcoach - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        LMAO!! sounds great I bet many wish they had such a case last season, and many ex players and coaches have the same take as me in these first few weeks this season! Like I said even Garcon admitted his QB was not 100 % healthy!

        • hailyeah1 - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:22 AM

          Griffin sure looked like he was 100 % healthy in the game sunday ,so your point is moot ..
          it was never Griffins health it still is the defense not stopping them giving griffin time to get started early even with Amersons int .

  2. hailyeah1 - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    well if Pryor plays its going to change the way we play them but still it may come down to a fg 30-27 redskins we can’t held to under 30 points too much longer with all the weapons we have.Griffin is starting to look like his old self and when that happens ,the Redskin freight train will start running over teams again!!!

  3. weneedanewcoach - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Rich are you in Oakland reporting on the game today? Lets hope for an injury free WIN, wonder if Rambo plays this week?

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      No, I don’t go on the longer road trips. Reporting from Ashburn in contact with the CSN folks in Oakland. Archives

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