SportsNet - November 2012
RG3 and Alfred Morris Fire Washington Redskins Back Into Playoff Hunt After Outscoring Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving
Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris fired the Washington Redskins back into the playoff hunt, after outscoring the Cowboys in a wild shootout in Dallas.
The rookie pair dominated the Cowboys' defense and keyed an offensive explosion on Thanksgiving. They combined for 453 yards and 35 of the Redskins 38 points.
Griffin threw four scoring passes, three in the first half. Morris ran for another as the Redskins built a commanding 28-3 edge at half time.
Griffin exploited the Cowboys' aggressive defense with the play-action pass. He got big plays from receivers Aldrick Robinson, Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss.
As he has all season, Griffin also received stellar support from rookie running back Morris. The decisive zone-runner closed in on 1,000 yards after compiling 113 against a bewildered Dallas defense.
In fact, the Redskins had the edge in balance and play-calling on offense all game long. Morris surprised the Cowboys with some quick inside runs, instead of the familiar zone stretch plays to the outside.
For good reason, Jim Schwartz was trending on twitter. He became the victim of a rule the NFL put in place that has absolutely no business being in the book because of situations like today.
Justin Forsett was running up the field, got taken down, but no whistle was blown. Intelligently, Forsett bounced right up and ran down the field for a touchdown.
It became clear on replay at Ford Field that Forsetts' left forearm was on the ground which makes him down by contact.
Schwartz immediately threw the red challenge flag- which is a problem on a scoring play.
Starting this season, a new rule was made stating that any scoring play was automatically reviewed up in the booth.
Throwing a challenge flag in that situation would be penalized, and no challenge would occur.
There is no issue with giving the coach who throws the flag in that situation a delay of game five yard penalty. Or instead, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of fifteen yards on the ensuing kickoff.
There is a major issue with not reviewing the play all because a red flag was thrown to the ground by an angry coach in the heat of the moment.
With apologies to Notre Dame and its faithful followers, especially those who believe a bias exists against their beloved Irish, the reality heading into Week 13 of the college football season is that the top-ranked team in the nation’s game at four-loss Southern California isn’t all that enticing in the grand scheme of things.
At best, that contest ranks – at best – seventh on the “must see” list, considering five other matchups pit ranked squads against one another and unbeaten, but BCS-banned Ohio State takes on No. 19 Michigan.
Now, if the Irish should lose to the Trojans, that’s another story … to pick up on later.
For now, though, we look at the true No. 1 storyline entering the weekend, and while it isn’t crystal clear to most, it should be. Treated like the little brothers in the backyard trying to hang with the cool teenagers when it came to respect and rankings, Florida State and Clemson get cracks to show they belong, facing in-state “big brothers” Florida and South Carolina.
One of the most high-profile manager moves this summer was when Brendan Rodgers took the vacant Liverpool job, leaving Swansea, to replace sacked legend Kenny Dalglish. The game at the weekend will be the first time Rodgers returns to Swanseas Liberty Stadium, and it should definitely be an interesting encounter, especially as both teams strive to play good football and since ex-Barcelona ‘Dream Team’ star Michael Laudrup arrived at the Liberty, this hasn’t changed at all.
If reports are to be believed, English giants Chelsea and Arsenal are set to vie for Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar during the winter transfer window, as both the London clubs look to strengthen their respecting attacking force for the second half of the season.
Huntelaar has been in sublime club form over the past 15 months and with his contract running down in the next six months and the player unwilling to commit his long-term future to the club, Schalke are likely to sell the player to the highest bidder in January.
A fresh beginning beckons at the Stamford Bridge as Roberto Di Matteo has made way for Rafael Benitez for the Chelsea managerial post after a string of disappointing results over the past few weeks.
Benitez, although is likely to stick with his former Reds’ colleague Fernando Torres to spearhead the team’s attack, could make a much-needed attacking re-enforcement in the form of Huntelaar.