Early Impressions from the Capitals’ First 20 games of the Season

It’s been just 20 games into the 2019-20 NHL season, but the Capitals are already shaping up to be a serious Stanley Cup contender after starting their season with a league-best 14–2–4 record. 

The team has been on a serious hot streak as of late, securing at least a point in their last 13 contests; their last loss in regulation came against the Avalanche on Oct. 14. Continue reading “Early Impressions from the Capitals’ First 20 games of the Season”

Evaluating Dwayne Haskins’ starting debut against Buffalo

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Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins looks to throw during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)

With Washington sitting at 1–8 heading into its Week 10 bye week, head coach Bill Callahan gave rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins a shot under center for his first career start in Week 9 after Case Keenum went down with a concussion against the Vikings.

In a season most would agree to be almost completely miserable, it was a rare occurrence for there to be any semblance of excitement heading into a game this late in the season. Haskins has that effect on the fanbase. The Ohio State-product hasn’t exactly had the most exciting rookie campaign, but who would when you’ve thrown four interceptions in just 22 career passing attempts before your first NFL start. 

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Revisiting Kirk Cousins’ tenure in Washington before Thursday’s matchup

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With the Redskins traveling to Minnesota for a primetime matchup on Thursday night with the Vikings, it feels only right to look back at the bizarre roller coaster ride that was the Kirk Cousins-era in Washington. 

His six seasons with the team were what could be considered the epicenter of the Dan Snyder circus that began in 1999, and though Cousins’ on-field performance was generally pretty strong once he took the starting job in 2015, it was the storylines off the field that took over the Washington media until he bolted for Minnesota in the 2018 offseason.  Continue reading “Revisiting Kirk Cousins’ tenure in Washington before Thursday’s matchup”

Kempny’s return from injury gives Capitals defense a much-needed boost

There weren’t many expectations for Michal Kempny’s first game back to Washington’s lineup for its game against the Rangers on Friday night. After six months of rehabbing, it was assumed he’d be eased back into play and placed with Radko Gudas on the third-pairing for the defense. After spending the summer rehabbing and the last few weeks getting back into shape, it would have been understandable for him to show a little rust in his first game back. Continue reading “Kempny’s return from injury gives Capitals defense a much-needed boost”

Backstrom and Holtby’s contract situation hangs over Capitals’ season

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The Capitals may be five games into the 2019-20 season, but the expiring contracts of goaltender Braden Holtby and center Nicklas Backstrom have loomed large over the team since the offseason, and for good reason. The two have been part of the Capitals’ core that includes John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin since the Caps drafted Holtby and Carlson in the 2008 NHL Draft. Continue reading “Backstrom and Holtby’s contract situation hangs over Capitals’ season”

Potential coaching candidates to replace Jay Gruden

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In what ended up being just the latest chapter in the time that is Dan Snyder’s disastrous tenure as owner, head coach Jay Gruden was relieved of his duties last Monday after five-plus seasons with the team. 

Gruden’s dismissal was expected and for the most part necessary, but the move won’t simply fix the myriad of problems this team has faced this season. With Bill Callahan now taking over as head coach for the remainder of the season, we can expect a more disciplined team, but whether that results in better results on the field is up for debate. Continue reading “Potential coaching candidates to replace Jay Gruden”

What happens now with the Redskins?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 29: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Washington Redskins walks on the field in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 29, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

There’s really no way to sugarcoat just how disastrous the start of this season has been for the Redskins. An 0–4 start in which three of those loses were against a division rival is just about as lowly as it gets for a franchise that has specialized in reaching new lows since the 2000s. With this in mind, it’s time to adjust any expectations you may have had going into the year.

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The good, the bad, and the ugly from the Redskins’ Week 2 loss to Dallas

Washington fell to 0–2 after they lost to Dallas 31–21 at FedEx Field in another disappointing outing for Greg Manusky’s defense, who couldn’t stop the tandem of Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott. After some thought, here are what I believe to be the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of the Redskins’ performance on Sunday. Continue reading “The good, the bad, and the ugly from the Redskins’ Week 2 loss to Dallas”

Key questions going into Washington’s Week 2 matchup with Dallas

The Redskins have another tough divisional foe in the Dallas Cowboys this week after last week’s 32–27 loss to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. This week’s matchup will be at home for the Redskins, who are looking to avoid an 0–2 hole to start the season. Here are the team’s biggest questions going into their matchup with the Cowboys. Continue reading “Key questions going into Washington’s Week 2 matchup with Dallas”