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So the Skins won in preseason.  Again.  Yes, that’s eight straight August triumphs for the Burgundy and Gold…as they force an incomplete pass on Cleveland’s potential game-winning two point conversion attempt to hold off the Browns 24-23.  Kudos to Cleveland for not kicking the extra point and potentially sending a Monday night preseason game into overtime.  The big question is in mid-August, what can you really put your finger on in the second of four dress rehearsals?  Outside of Johnny Manziel’s digital extension, that is. 

 

Johnny might not be able read…but he can certainly SIGN– and we’re not talking about autographs for cash.  Cleveland’s latest first round draft pick quarterback completed less than half of his passes–but did connect in his only attempt to hurl an obscene gesture at the Redskins bench.  Naturally just about every camera was on Mr. Manziel, so now in addition to bad decisions in the pocket the face of their franchise (who can’t start at his position) has that to answer for.  Which may be easier than answering why he’s not going to win the starting job from a journeyman.

 

RG3VER– the face of the franchise completes 6 of 8 passes for 112 yards…but his first drive ended with a fumble, the second ended with an interception in the red zone, and the third possession ended with an unsuccessful attempt at 4th and goal from the one.  Zero points over three chances against a Browns defense not scheming for you is less than ideal.

 

C & C Factory– after shining against New England in week one, the Cousins and Colt Combination looked a little shakier against the Browns– each tossing an interception.  Cousins’ INT could have easily been run back for a score as well… but he looked much better than Colt who needed a 30-yard touchdown strike to stay in the conversation.  The biggest backup disappointment?  No Rex Grossman on the field in Turnoverasaurus Rex’s return to Fed Ex.

 

For Alfred, it’s only August;  for Lache it’s August Only– Mr. Morris ran the ball 11 times for 29 yards… and got stuffed on 3rd and 4th down on the goal line in the 2nd quarter.  But it’s only August…and the man who’s gained over 2,800 yards over his first two seasons should be ready to go September 7th.  Lache Seastrunk once again led the team in rushing and is making a case for a spot on a roster here or elsewhere (if he doesn’t wind up on the Skins practice squad).

 

The Rare Rookie Receiver– while everybody was looking forward to and pleased with Desean Jackson’s play (2 receptions for 34 yards) but Ryan Grant was the wideout who stood out– tallying 4 catches for 44 yards and a touchdown.  Two other receivers made in-game cases for sticking– Rashad Ross made a 43-yard catch while Nick Williams caught a 30-yard touchdown pass.

 

Third and a Work in Progress– the team went 5-11 in moving the chains:  Robert Griffin III went 0-3, Kirk Cousins 3-5, Colt McCoy 2-3.  Play selection: 9 runs and 3 passes.  Distance breakdown:  3-4 on third and short (1-3 yards needed), 1-2 on third and 4-6, 1-5 on third and long (7+ yards).  Let’s see how they fare after a short work-week preparing for the Ravens.

 

Defensive Differences–  Ryan Kerrigan shined with 2 sacks…while Will Compton made his case with 6 stops (1 for loss) and Bashaud Breeland added something to his file over and above his marijuana bust by notching 5 tackles and 2 passes defensed.  Yes, the D gave up 23 points–but had held the Browns to 3 and out on five of their first six possessions.

 

Flying Flags– another night with a heavy laundry load…11 penalties for 100 yards is not ideal…even though the last four infractions were made by players on the roster bubble.  Five penalties were against the offense–including two false starts against Robert Griffin III.  Two holds came against lineman likely squeezed out (Maurice Hurt and Josh LeRibeus) of the regular rotation…and Andre Roberts’ pass interference was negated by a Browns defensive hold on the next play.  Defensive flags came against Perry Riley (facemask after 4 yard Browns gain), EJ Biggers (holding), Trent Murphy (roughing the passer after a 3-yard run), Chase Minnifield (defensive holding after 2 flags the previous week) and Rob Jackson (illegal use of the hands–led to a late Browns TD).  The costliest penalty?  While Jackson’s illegal use of the hands contributed to a Browns touchdown drive (turning a Cleveland 3rd & 12 at the Washington 43 into a 1st &  10 on the 38), Hurt’s hold pushed the team back from 1st and 10 at the 22 to 1st and 20 at the 12– and on the next play Colt McCoy threw a pick six.

 

Cobra Kai-Zach Attack Round II– minimal opportunities for separation this week:  Kai Forbath nailing the lone field goal attempt (from 26 yards out) and both kickers converting all of their extra point attempts.  On the kickoff front:  Zach Hocker was 3 for 3 in reaching the endzone while Forbath was 1/2 in getting the ball past the goal line.  A far cry from getting the bodybag…

As the college football season kicks off the seamier side gets another day in the sun…as Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s signature saga wraps up as only a college football scandal can. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner feels the heavy hammer of the NCAA as the school benches him in Saturday’s season opener. For the first half. They’re playing RICE. Odds are he was only going to play one half anyway…again, this is RICE. Did they decide on one half because he only signed his first name? And does he use a bubble to dot the I?

Conference Calamity– the American Athletic Conference (of America) opened their existence with UConn losing to Towson 33-18. Ouch. So glad Syracuse left for the ACC.

Alma Mater Update– the Orange meet Penn State at Met Life Stadium as the Scott Shafer era begins. Will Schafer take the program to the next level or is this a five year period of realizing the school made the wrong hire? Some schools can reload after a hiring misfire…private schools in the northeast don’t have as much wiggle room. Today won’t mean everything in that eventual evaluation…but it’d be nice to kick off a new coaching regime by beating a former Eastern Independent foe. Wings at Sign of the Whale will have to wait as I’ll be in College Park for the Terps season opener…

Maryland entertains FIU– for whatever reason the Terps make things interesting Labor Day weekend– winning the last three season openers by a combined 12 points. CJ Brown is back after a year off…how soon can he shake the rust off? And can a team with a young nucleus (2 redshirt freshmen and 8 sophomores getting starts) respond to opening day jitters? Terps triumph 16-12.

Virginia hosts BYU– redshirt freshman David Watkins replaces last year’s two-headed monster at quarterback…but the Cavaliers try to catch up with an Cougars offense that put 40+ points on the board 5 times last year. A long afternoon for Kippy and Buffy in Charlottesville (as it’s only Labor Day Weekend, my Cavalier tailgating buddies won’t begin their wine and cheese run until next Saturday). Cavs come up short, 34-16.

Virginia Tech tangles with #1 Alabama– somebody had to do it. Someone had to begin the season by facing the two-time defending National Champ and preseason #1. The Hokies are coming off their first six loss season in 20 years… and have two true freshman in pressure positions: cornerback Kendall Fuller and left tackle Jonathan McLaughlin. That’s not ideal when facing the Crimson Tide…Hokies fall 37-14.

Georgetown tops Wagner, Howard loses at Eastern Michigan, James Madison gets by Central Connecticut State, William & Mary loses to West Virginia.

Last Season: 68-32. That’s better than LBJ v. Goldwater numbers…