Random Thoughts Heading into Redskins Week

Random thoughts, every Thursday at theheadcheese.com:

For some reason, I can’t get “Another One Bites the Dust” out of my head this morning. The sobering news that LB Nick Barnett is lost for the season with a Brian Urlacher (wrist) injury hits a team that can’t afford too many more. Barnett is the third starter lost for the season after four games. With Nick Collins and Sam Shields hurting and unlikely to play Sunday, Dom Capers will be challenged to use a lot of new personnel as he prepares for Donovan McNabb and the Redskins.

On paper, the Redskins are one of the least dynamic offenses the Pack will face this season. The Skins are without RB Clinton Portis and will turn to Ryan Torain as featured back…As for the passing game, Joey Galloway starts. Seriously, how many teams would Galloway start for right now. He was great in his prime, but the dude is 38. Expect Pack to have Tramon Williams take Santana Moss out of the equation with Woodson keeping an eye on Chris Cooley.

Despite their lack of firepower, McNabb and the offense will make things difficult. Packers have never beaten Donovan on the road. He kills the Pack with his feet and after watching Shaun Hill run wild last Sunday, I shudder to think what McNabb will do. Since the Lions showed how effective screens can be against the Packers’ D, watch Cooley and Torain–they will be McNabb’s favorite targets.

Pack has won last four meetings against Washington…McCarthy coached under Skins DC Jim Haslett in New Orleans. Whenever Green Bay plays in Washington it reminds me of the game there in ’83: one of the most exciting (and the highest scoring) Monday Night Football games ever. I remember watching the game at my apartment in Bloomington, IN, my senior year at IU. Pack wins 48-47 when reliable kicker Mark Moseley missed a makeable FG. Packers president Mark Murphy played safety for the Skins that night.

One intangible working in the Pack’s favor is the timing of this game. Skins are coming off the emotional game in Philly, marking McNabb’s return. They won a big divisional road game and now need to get back up and get ready for Green Bay. Shanahan’s a great coach (though he didn’t deserve to win  Super Bowl XXXII–no, I’m still not over it) and will have the team ready. We’ll see if the players play with a sense of urgency: I have a feeling the Pack will feel like the more desperate team, after just avoiding a near catastrophe at home.

Did you know? The Packers’ first NFL championship was over the Redskins. 1936, Pack beats the Boston Redskins 21-6, at the Polo Grounds in NYC. It was played in the Big Apple because the team’s owner was fed up with the lack of fan support and was moving the team to Washington, so he didn’t want to play the game in Boston. It was Curly Lambeau’s first NFL championship, after winning three championships by league standing (1929, ’30, ’31).

Pack gets the #1 Fox team for the game: Buck, Aikman and Oliver.

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6 Responses to Random Thoughts Heading into Redskins Week

  1. Old South Side Guy says:

    Come on T/T you could have had Lynch for a #3. I know 36 of the 53 man roster are your draftees…..but sometimes 35 of 53 is OK !! If Moss for a #3 comes back to haunt us T/T might be in Winnepeg next year where he can draft 95% Canadians on his roster !! I wonder if one of those Ny Giant running backs are available ??

  2. Spencer says:

    If you look at our super bowl season in ’96, the pack had a stretch in the season where the receiving core was completely battered. They were a good enough team to overcome the lack of personnel and win football games, keeping the home-field advantage. It will be a great sign if the pack are able to come together and shut down some offenses despite the adversity (I am referencing the running back and the defensive injuries).
    *Also I wish Gus Johnson would announce all of the packer games..

  3. Smitty says:

    Geez, tough game to pick with so many defensive injuries for the GrnGold. Can the O with no running game muster enough to overcome a leaky D and Slocum-Pokem?

  4. Justin from Mpls says:

    Who are Packers’ safeties? Barnett = Out for season. Chillar = hurt. The middle of the defense looks TERRIBLE for the Packers right now. How are we going to stop ANY passing game?

    With all of these injuries, TT might be saying, “This isn’t our year, I don’t want to mortgage the future to get a guy for one year when we have so many holes everywhere. Bring on 2011…oh wait, it’s a lockout…” =^[

    I’m starting to get very pessimistic…

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