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Enemy Intel: Tandler looks around the NFL—What’s up with Dez?

Oct 1, 2016, 11:30 AM EDT


Here is this week’s Redskins-centric look around the NFL, Week 4:

—For the first time this year there are no intradivisional games. The Eagles are on a bye so perhaps coach Doug Pederson can use the extra time to find the brake pedal to slow down the Carson Wentz hype train. Comparisons to Peyton Manning and Bret Favre, made by Pederson himself, can’t be good for a player who was slated to sit on the bench all year until about a week before the season started.

—The Cowboys get their first schedule break from finishing last in the NFC East last year as they travel to San Francisco. They are visiting the 49ers because they both finished in fourth place in their respective divisions. The Cowboys a two-point road favorites. I’m not sure how good the Cowboys are. Their first two games, against the Giants and Redskins, could have gone either way. They impressively took care of the Bears, who are one of the worst teams in the league. We probably won’t know a whole lot about the Cowboys until after this week, when they host the Bengals and visit the Packers before their Week 7 bye.

—The Dez Bryant situation in Dallas is just bizarre. He hurt his knee against the Bears on Sunday but he didn’t show up for an MRI, treatment and meetings on Monday. It turns out he was afraid that he was seriously injured. So, somehow, staying at home was going to make it better. This is a professional football player, and a presumed adult who will turn 28 next month, mind you. And Jason Garrett, his professional football coach, wrote it off to Bryant being a “very, very passionate person.” The problem is there are a lot of passionate players on the Cowboys. Can they simply do whatever they want to when they are afraid that they’ve been injured? Can they blow off treatment and meetings with impunity? In any case, it doesn’t look like Bryant will be able to play against the 49ers. After that he’s day to day, assuming he shows up.

—On Monday night the Giants are at the Vikings. Minnesota is undefeated despite losing their quarterback, running back and left tackle to injuries. They owe their record to their defense and their plus-eight net takeaway margin. The Giants are at minus-six in turnovers, an indication that maybe they are fortunate to be 2-1. New York is a highly flawed team but they have Eli Manning and three legit weapons at wide receiver so they can score enough to stay in any game. The Vikings are favored by five. If the favorites prevail the Redskins (favored by 7.5) would be tied with the Giants for third in the NFC East.

—The Ravens, Washington’s Week 5 opponent, are 3.5-point favorites to remain undefeated as they host the Raiders. Baltimore is getting some players back from injury including pass rushing linebacker Elvis Dumervil and RB Kenneth Dixon. Oakland is 2-1 with an impressive road win against the Saints and a puzzling home loss to the Falcons on the ledger.

—This week I like three underdogs with the Bucs +3 at home over the Broncos, another home dog with the Jets +3.5 over the Seahawks, and the Raiders +3.5 at Baltimore. I posted an 0-2-1 mark in Week 3, getting a push with the Packers, who won be exactly seven over the Lions, and losing with the Jaguars (what was I thinking?) and Steelers (what were they thinking?).

  1. Trey Gregory - Oct 1, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    My wife was in Vegas last weekend and put down a bet for me. I told her to take he points in 3 games. I would have lost, bad, but she got confused and just bet the over for all 3. And we won. That’s how my first ever sports bet went. I think ill end it there.

  2. Trey Gregory - Oct 1, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Dez is going to be out at least a month but probably more. Unless they’re exaggerating his injury. Just the risk of fracturing it worse by being out there should be enough to keep him sidelined.

    Didn’t Peterson compare Wentz to Favre while talking to Favre? I mean, that’s bold. There’s overreacting to 3 games and then there’s telling a HOFer that a rookie will be the next you after 3 games. And it will work out too. Because the Peterson led Eagles are the luckiest team ever.

    • COSSkinsFan - Oct 2, 2016 at 12:10 AM

      Their luck really angers me. The browns trading with them because of their franchise qb named ??? The dolphins actually trading for Maxwell who had a huge contract that grossly overpaid his production and trading for kiki who has been good so far for the fish. The Bradford trade was crazy though I understand the Vikings need for it. It just seems like they always luck out on trades that take their bad, pricey free agent signings off their books. I thought they would tank this year but they look legit, beating Pittsburgh was impressive, dominating them was even more impressive. I still think we matchup well with them so can’t wait tIL Philly week, hopefully our red zone issues are fixed by then.

      • Trey Gregory - Oct 2, 2016 at 3:38 AM

        Oh that makes you mad? How about the fact that Jerry Jones was salivating for Paxton Lynch, but Elway scooped him, so they reluctantly take Dak in the 4th. Not to mention Dak’s DUI. He probably would have gone in the second long after Dallas picked Smith if not for that.

        Then we can address that Dallas should have been around an 8-9 win team last year but because they criminally neglected their backup QB position for years they get the 4th overall pick and take Elliott .

        There’s a possibility that two teams in our division found new franchise QBs out of dumb luck. It’s too early to anoint Wentz and Prescott. But all signes point to them developing into good players. Same with Elliott. And I personally feel Philly’s D is for real and it will be very hard for us to matchup with them. But I hope you’re right.

        I’m telling you guys. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Yeah, Bellichick could coach an acorn to a super bowl. But unless you have him, just wait for other GMs to make colossal mess ups and take what comes down the board. Washington was just a few picks away from getting RG3 and Russell Wilson in the same draft. But since the Browns were stupid and took Trent Richardson/Brandon Weeden and the Dolphins were stupid and took Tannihill, Wilson was available for Seattle to take in the 3rd and they just swooped him up. A few other bonehead decisions and Wilson starts for us in 2014 and Seattle doesn’t go to back to back Super Bowls. Better to be lucky than good.

        • sidepull - Oct 2, 2016 at 9:05 AM

          The law of unintended consequences. Our division rivals are stronger because of it. What I did enjoy watching, while Wentz and Prescott were riding a nice wave, is that the Redskins did walk out of NY with a win. I was just great to see that NY spent all that money and the Redskins got the win. That was awesome!

        • COSSkinsFan - Oct 2, 2016 at 9:34 AM

          Hopefully this is the beginning of our streak of luck. It seems like our division rivals have had good luck with their qb position. Who knows how many superb owls we would’ve won had Theisman not gotten hurt, we were still pretty dominant in the 80s without him. Then we go through a few guys and superbowls and get Schuler and wind up placing our hopes on Ferotte. Snyder turns Brad Johnson against us and we go with Tony Banks Cuz Jeff George is terrible. Then Spurrier and the chuck and duck ruin Ramsey. We then move on to Campbell who gets ruined by the media. Then turn to turnover machine sexy rexy, then John Beck. No wonder why we trade for McNabb who I was excited about. Then trade to draft he whose name cannot be spoke. Now we are on Cousins. I really hope he’s our franchise guy. I know you feel we are on track with our rebuild and so do I. This off season I think we will be active getting dline men and that will change a lot for us. Last year gave us hope for a quicker turnaround which seems to happen for other teams, but we have been horribly unlucky at the qb position. Its been especially bad because other teams in our division have had a couple franchise qbs in that time span. As much as I have been disappointed by Cousins play, he still leads the league in yards and has performed better than most of the guys I listed. Sorry for the rant, years of frustration. Lol

        • Trey Gregory - Oct 2, 2016 at 2:40 PM

          No apology necessary man. I get it. It’s really unbelievable when you take in the full picture. I could keep going with other teams and dumb luck but I’ll leave it be.

          To your point. If you look at teams who have successfully rebuilt in recent history. Generally the one common denominator is that they find a franchise QB. The Browns actually had a pretty damn good roster like 3 or 4 years ago but bad QB play and it clearly didn’t work out. I think you could say something similar about the Jets and Bills having good rosters. Then Fitz and Taylor come in and there’s hope. But Rex basically reversed the rebuild for Buffalo and Fitz clearly isn’t a franchise QB.

          Then look at Oakland, they found Carr. Seattle would still be good, but not a SB team without Wilson. The Broncos made it to that first SB because of Peyton. Carolina with Cam. Baltimore with Flacco. Even San Fran when Kap was playing well. And so on. You gotta find that QB. That’s what this season is all about for us. Do we have a QB?

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Oct 1, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    My favorite game is for the Vikings to cover the spread against the Giants. As long as Bradford is still in one piece, their defense can keep them in any game. I think Eli is in for it.

  4. redskins12thman - Oct 1, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    I’ve been impressed by the Broncos and Patriots of course but also the Vikings, especially their defense.

    Among 1-2 teams, I think the Jets can rebound if Fitzpatrick can be more consistent.

    The result that has surprised me are 1st Eagles over Steelers, 34-3 and 2nd Bills over Cardinals, 33-18.

    • Trey Gregory - Oct 2, 2016 at 3:44 AM

      Yeah I meant to beat Arizona over the Bills. But That Philly game worried me. Don’t get me wrong, I fully expected Pittsburg to win. But on the road in a place where they always have a tough time, I thought they may not cover the spread.

      The Vikings are a legit SB contender even without AP and Teddy. Another team built another crazy good defense. They’re probably the best defense in the league right now. And they have some pretty, pretty decent weapons on offense too.

      That’s Seattle, Denver, and now potentially Minnesota who have assembled what I would have thought would be once in a decade type defenses all within a couple years. Maybe I need to change my tune on how hard it is to build angood D. Maybe it’s because everyone else is so busy trying to stockpile offensive weapons? Archives

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