Does going 4-0 in the preseason get you anything from the NFL Office? Will there be a parade? Is there a banner to be hanged at Fed Ex Field? Bring on the regular season, already…

Precarious Precedent– The first unbeaten August since 1985 makes one look at what happened in the aftermath of that powerhouse preseason. Opening night saw the Skins come apart against Dallas… Joe Theismann throwing 5 interceptions on his 36th birthday in a 44-14 loss to the Cowboys. Theismann’s leg would come into play twice later in the season: his 1-yard punt the lowlight of a 45-10 loss at Chicago…and Lawrence Taylor breaking ending his career on Monday Night Football with the break. Jay Schroeder would wind up leading the Skins to a 10-6 finish but miss the playoffs thanks to tiebreakers with Dallas, the NY Giants and San Francisco. So we’ll shelve the August Advantage…

RGFree– #10 has been cleared to play the regular season opener against Philadelphia by Dr. James Andrews…although coach Mike Shanahan says he has a few concerns he’ll address with his #1 quarterback this weekend. Whatever that means.

Standing Pat with the Postmaster– last in the quarterback line of succession, first in our preseason hearts. Mr. White completed 13 of 22 passes for 181 yards while running for a touchdown…while tossing an interception (perhaps to honor an idle Turnoveraurus Rex). White’s ineligible for the practice squad…so it’ll be interesting to see where he’ll land after Saturday.

Reshuffling the Running Game with Royster– Alfred Morris and Roy Helu Jr. had the night off in Tampa Bay…and Evan Royster goes a long way to wrapping up a roster spot with 59 yards and a touchdown rushing.

Many Happy Returns– Chris Thompson went a long way to locking up the 4th runningback spot…returning a punt 69 yards for a touchdown while handling the kickoff duties as well. Just as important–no fumbles.

Third and Irrelevant– Pat White probably won’t be around…as is the case with more than a few players involved on these “pivotal” preseason plays. The Skins converted 3 of 11 chances to move the chains… going 0-1 on 3rd and short (1-3 yards), 2-6 on midrange (3rd & 4-6) and 1-4 on 3rd on long. White completed 5 of 7 third down passes…the good was a 66 yard strike to Dezmon Briscoe, the bad/ugly a pick six to Najee Goode that resulted in the Buccaneers only touchdown. Play-calling breakdown: seven passes, three runs and a scramble.

Flags Flying– wrapping up the preseason with 8 penalties for 99 yards just isn’t an ideal way to wrap up August. But made by a big chunk of players who won’t be on the Fed Ex Field this fall.

Dominating Defense– 12 points and no offensive touchdowns allowed. Just 146 yards surrendered (2.8 yards per play). Two takeaways and a sack. Getting off the field on third down (Buccaneers were 3-11). One thinks even if this won’t turn out to be a top ten defense this fall…at least it won’t be a bottom five unit like last year.

Tracking the Triumvirate– David Amerson’s interception was impressive…Bacarri Rambo’s 4 tackles was solid…and Chase Minnifield’s 3 tackles were nice while his pass interference penalty will be educational. This trio’s ready to go.

Cobra Kai– Mr. Forbath waved goodbye to training camp competition John Potter like Johnny Lawrence dancing with Ali at the country club for Daniel LaRusso’s benefit (seriously, who wears a red jacket with white pants?). Then the star pupil took a victory lap by connecting on 30, 37 and 47 yard field goal attempts…while making all three extra point attempts. Bring on the Valley Tournament.

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