Archive for October, 2010

Skins and Bears spin tale of turnovers; Caps thrash Thrashers; Wizards on the road; Jaime Moreno retires from DC United

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Equaling its win total of last year, the Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears Oct. 24 at Soldier Field 17-14. Even with the win, it was ugly. There were nine turnovers. The Redskins had three of those nine turnovers, while the Bears had six. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw four turnovers in the second half to Skins corner back DeAngelo Hall. This tied an NFL record with four interceptions in a game Hall returned one of those four interceptions 92 yards for a touchdown.Also, Redskins defense tackle Albert Haynesworth played in the game after sitting out last week due to various issues.

Next up, the Skins travel to Detroit’s Ford Field to face the Detroit Lions Halloween at 1:00 p.m. on Fox.

After losing two games to the Boston Bruins, the Washington Capitals defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3 in overtime Saturday night, Oct. 23, at the Verizon Center. Three of those four goals netted for the Caps came by Alexander Semin. That equals a hat trick. In overtime, Tomas Fleischmann lit the lamp when he deflected a Eric Fehr slap shot to give the Caps the victory. Another stat for the Caps: the Verizon Center’s 65th consecutive sell-out.

This week the Caps play back-to-back at the Carolina Hurricanes and the Minnesota Wild, Wednesday and Thursday.

Also this week, the Washington Wizards 2010/2011 season campaign starts Thursday night as the Wizards travel to Orlando to face the Orlando Magic with a 8:00 p.m. tip-off on nationally televised TNT.

Lastly, DC United’s season came to an end Saturday night as they fell 2-3 to Toronto FC. This marked DC United’s captain Jaime Moreno good-bye. Moreno played 14 seasons with DC United and is the only MLS player to score over 100 goals and 100 assists. Moreno was also, on every DC United team that won a championship. United ended the 2010 season in dead last of the Eastern Conference with a record of six wins, 20 losses, and four ties.

Colts and Manning refuse to be corralled by Skins, Caps penalty kill count reaches 25

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

After tying the game 7-7 in the first quarter, on NBC Sunday Night Football, the Washington Redskins fell to the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The Redskins defense gave up 469 yards and Colts quarter back Peyton Manning went 24/38 throwing 299 yards and had two touchdowns. The Redskins defense forced three fumbles on the night and two of those came at critical situations. The defense could have forced more turnovers if someone could capitalized on at least three clear interception opportunities. On a bright note, the Redskins were three out of four in the red-zone. Also, running back Ryan Torain rushed 100 yards on 20 carries.
Next up, the Redskins travel to Chicago as they play the Chicago Bears at 1:00 p.m. On Fox next Sunday.

Tuesday, Oct. 19, goalie Michal Neuvirth, the hero of Sunday’s game, left the game early due to the flu. The Caps lost the first of a home-and-home mini series with the Boston Bruins 3-1 at the Verizon Center. On the bright side, the Caps continued their penalty kills streak. It’s 25 of 25. After a travel day, the Caps play in Beantown at the TD Bank North Garden.
The Washington Capitals won an exciting overtime thriller 3-2 Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The Capitals stopped five Predators power plays as they scored two themselves. Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth kept the Caps in the game with 23 saves.
In overtime, the Caps got a penalty as the Preds Ryan Suter was called for tripping. The Caps had a four on three advantage in the overtime session and took advantage of it when Brooks Laich deflected a Alexander Ovechkin slap shot into the net to give the Caps the victory and a happy trip back to D.C.

After loss on the road, Caps dominate Devils in home opener; Skins play out another OT drama

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Friday, marked the first NHL game for the Washington Capitals this season. With all the hype of the first game, the Caps fell 4-2 in Atlanta. The Caps got on the board first with a Brooks Laich goal. It came after a scary moment just 2:25 seconds into the game as the Thrashers goalie Ondrei Pavelec collapsed to the ice. Medical crews taking him off the ice led to a 20-minute delay.

After the loss, the Caps looked to rebound as they took the ice at the Verizon Center in the home opener Saturday night. The Caps raised their Presidents Trophy banner and South East Division Championship banners to the rafters at the Verizon Center. After being down 2-1 in the second period against the New Jersey Devils, The Caps rallied with six unanswered goals to win it 7-2. There were four fights in the third period and three of those came in span of 30 seconds. The Caps have won nine straight in home openers at the Verizon Center. This week schedule includes two home games in 7 p.m. puck drops, Monday against the Ottawa Senators and Wednesday against the New York Islanders. The Caps are on the road Saturday to play the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Tennessee.

The Redskins look to continue their winning ways on Sunday, Oct. 17, as they welcome the Indianapolis Colts to FedEx field for Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. Oct. 10, the Skins defeated the highly favored Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field with an exciting 16-13 overtime win. With just over a minute left in the game, Graham Gano made a 45-yard field goal to tie the game at 13. In overtime, the Packers had the ball first, but LaRon Landry intercepted Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ pass. In overtime, Gano knocked in a 33-yard field goal to give the Skins the victory.

Some stat notables: Redskins won the turnover battle at 2-1, Redskins had four penalties for 28 yards; the Packers had nine for 63 yards. Donovan McNabb went 26/49 throwing 357 with one touchdown to Anthony Armstrong. Santana Moss led the Skins receivers with seven catches for 118 yards. On the defensive side, LaRon Landry had 13 tackles, one forced fumble and an interception.

Redskins win over Eagles, Nats end season with extra-inning victory, DC United scores on the road, Caps to launch season Oct. 8

Monday, October 4th, 2010

The game of the week turned out to be a great one for the Washington Redskins. They defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 17-12 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly. Quarterback Donovan McNabb made his first trip back to Philly in a Skins uniform. He was an Eagle 1999-2009. As he was announced before the game started, the Philly crowd gave him a standing ovation.

In the first quarter Eagles quarterback Michael Vick got smashed on the goal line by Redskins defenders DeAngelo Hall and Kareem Moore. Injured, he did not return to the game. Monday morning Philly.com/sports reported that he injured cartilage in his rib cage.

The key stat that led the Redskins to the victory was that they had their best rushing attack of the season. They rushed 169 yards. Running back Ryan Torain had 70 of those 169 yards. Another thing that stands out has to be the penalty differential. The Redskins had three penalties for 30
yards as the Eagles had eight for 80 yards.

Next up for the Burgundy and Gold is their first 1:00 p.m. kickoff of the season as they host the Green Bay Packers to FedEx Field next Sunday.

The Washington Nationals season ended Sunday in a thriller. The win in the 14th inning ended the season defeating the New York Mets in 2-1. The final record in the standings led the Nats to 69-93. They were above .500 at home this year going 41-40. The bulk of their losses came on the road as they went 28-53. One thing the Nats look to improve upon next season is their error stat. This season they were tied for first place with 126.

Some end of the season stat notables: Home Runs – Adam Dunn (38), Batting Average – Ryan Zimmerman (.307), RBI – Adam Dunn (103), Wins – Tyler Clippard (11), ERA – Livan Hernandez (3.73), strikeouts – Livan Hernandez (113).

In other D.C. sports news: D.C. United finally got another a road win as the defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0.

Also, the Washington Capitals pre-season concluded Sunday with a loss to the Nashville Predators 3-0. The Caps went 5-6 in the pre-season. The regular season starts this Friday as they travel to Atlanta with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop on Comcast SportsNet. The first regular season game at the Verizon Center will be this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. as they host the New Jersey Devils.