Sunday Night Football Live-Blog: Redskins at Vikings Pregame/1st Half

Sunday, December 23, 2007


Good evening folks. S2N and I decided to switch up our live-blogging duties for this weekend, so I hope you're not mad that you get me (AA) tonight. As it turns out we'll both be covering our favorite teams, but I'll try not to be too much of a homer tonight.

See you after the Dolphins-Pats game around 7:30ish for a night of Holiday Cheer and a celebration of a game with playoff implications (I think this is the first one I've got this year).

Drop what you're doing right now! The finale of Duel is on!!! Just kidding. The highlight of the pregame was a hilarious look at an old Chris Collinsworth commercial where he tries to pick up a girl with his Super Bowl ring. From the one the Bengals lost. That'll be up tomorrow.

Can somebody please explain to me the reason for the existence of that stripe on Peter King's head? (Via Anon)

I'm not entirely too sure. It's like Rasheed Wallace's white spot. There's our girl Queen Latifah in her Skins jersey it's time to do this thing.....
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Hi Al! Umm, NBC....you can get rid of the letterbox and go widescreen anytime now.

"I like Joe Gibbs in these situations."- John Madden

That makes one of us. Skins get the ball first and we're underway....Cartwright gets it out just past the 20, and ARE does his best Ron Burgundy impression. Incomplete pass on first down to Moss. Play action to Sellers only gets a few and it's 3rd and long....Incomplete....Skins punt and that was not a good series.....

Fair catch by Moore at the Vikings 37. Skins load the box with 8 defenders and Purple Jesus doesn't get much. Play action.....

PICKED OFF!!!!!! SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! And he returns it all the way to the Vikings 10 yard line. Al also give us our first Sex Boat mention of the day as well.

False start penalty takes it back to the 13. Shovel pass to Portis and he almost gets in....2nd and Goal from the 2. A pitch to Portis looses yards and that's a killer. 3rd and Goal from the 6....Pass to Moss and he is just outside of the endzone....good call by the refs. Skins go for it on 4th and an inch.....

TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS!!!! Mike Sellers up the gut for six.....

7-0. WiathBrad Childress is challenging the call....Overturned and it appears to be a good call. There wasn't a whole lot to overturn it.

AND THERE'S A SAFETY! Whole crap...

2-0 SKINS!


"They could challenge this as well."- Al Michaels on the Safety

Umm actually I don't think they can. Don't you only one challenge a half?

"And Childress won't challenge this."- Al Michaels

He can't dammit! Can someone please tell him that.

Free kick to ARE gets it out past the 30. Portis gets a few on the pitch and that Vikings run defense is huge. Turnovers are going to win this thing. Portis again for 4 and it's 3rd and short.....Caught.....first down on the hook to Caldwell.

Portis cuts back for seven yards and takes it into Vikings territory. EJ Henderson is down and that's a timeout. 2nd and 3 and the Skins try to run it at Pat Williams. Nothing. 3rd and 4.....Collins to Caldwell again. Great route there...Caldwell just turned Griffin inside out.

TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS!!! Collins to Cooley and he was WIDE open. No one near him......

9-0 Skins.


Todd Collins floats every single pass but somehow he's completing them.

"The return of Reche Caldwell's crazy eyes this game has everything" (Via Anon)

"When you and I went kayaking earlier we never knew it would turn into a day like this."- Al Michaels

Man Dates! Nice. FUUMMMMMMMMMBLE! Allison drops the kickoff after he got it out to the 40. Vikings somehow recover. First down Minnesota.

Flex Game is Tenn-Indy for Week 17. Peterson nowhere on first down and the Skins snuff out a screen on 2nd down to AP as well. 3rd and 11....Williamson with the catch but that's a yard short. Vikings punt....

ARE goes nowhere and it'll be the Skins ball at their own 8 yard line. Portis for 3 on first down and Sellers gets a yard on 2nd down. Both runs up the middle for nothing. Pat Williams lumbers to the sidelines for 3rd and 6......FUMBLE! Collins recovers it though. Skins to punt....

Moore with a nice return on the play but there's a flag down. Illegal block in the back will give the Vikes the ball at the Skins 48. Jackson to Ferguson and that goes for about 9. Or a first down.....Peterson gets about a yard on first down from the 37. Chester Taylor picks up 5 or 6 on 2nd down and it'll be 3rd and 4.....False start on Herrera and that moves it to 3rd and 8.....Caught by Williamson.....NO! It bounced in there. Long FG attempt from Longwell.....

NO GOOD!

Collins dumps to Portis and he pulls off a nice run and a first down. That's the end of the first quarter.

"In case you forgot, Eli Manning is unstoppable."- S2N

How could we ever forget? Portis with a nice run on first down for 8 and he follows it up with another yard up the middle. Pat Williams is there again. 3rd and 1.....Collins sneaks....first down at the Minny 32.

Blitz on first down and Collins goes down. EJ Henderson on the sack. A screen goes to Portis and he gets the yardage back. 3rd and 10.....Draw to Betts and that goes nowhere. Suisham to attempt at a 51 yarder......

Botched snap and Frost just dropped the spot. 1st Down Vikings.....I didn't think he was making that anyway. Don't know why you don't punt there. Peterson goes for a yard on first down, and the Skins middle is holding as good as the Vikings so far. 2nd and 9. Jackson throws behind Ferguson but he makes a nice catch in Skins territory at the 45. First down.

FUMBLE!!!!!! Shiancoe drops it while trying to make a move and Gholston falls on it for the Skins. 1st down Washington.

Whoa there's a new Knight Rider coming out? That's awesome.

Collins to Cooley is batted down by Darren Sharper. 2nd and 10.....Vikes blitz but Collins gets the ball to ARE for about 4. 3rd and 6 from the 45....another blitz and it's incomplete to Cooley again. The Skins get nothing from the turnover and punt it away.....

Touchback. Williamson goes nowhere on first, and.....ANOTHER JACKSON INTERCEPTION! Shawn Springs picks off the floater at the Vikings 32. Collins to Moss is incomplete on first down......

TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS!!! Collins to Moss on a fade to the corner. McCauley played great D but didn't finish and Moss just took it away from him......

16-0 Skins. 7:43 left.


Allison drops back in his endzone to field the kick and boots it out into the field of play. He grabs it and is taken down at the 11 yard line. First down Minnesota.

Peterson goes nowhere as Reed Doughty comes up to the line and takes him down. Put everyone in the box Skins.....they're not throwing anymore. And right on cue Jackson hits Shiancoe for 4 yards. 3rd and 6....Slant to Williamson and that's good for the first down.

Tavaris Jackson throws deep to nobody on first down and that pass falls incomplete. Peterson gets a yard on second down and it'll be 3rd and long.....Jackson tries to run for it, but he's a yard short. Vikings punt again.

Great punt and ARE runs around for no good reason. Skins ball at the 20. Collins to Randle El on first down. Portis gets the call on first and second on a run and a screen and it'll be 3rd and 1....Sellers up the middle and that's a first down. 2 minute warning.

Does one of these teams HAVE to make the playoffs? Really? Given how much the 5 and 6 seeds will suck, can't we just call off the first round of the NFC playoffs? (Via S2N)

Even as a Skins fan I'd have to agree. I really don't want to see them play the Bucs again. Collins to Moss for a huge gain but Moss went out of bounds and then caught the ball. 1st and 15 back at the Redskins' 40. Screen to Betts and he'll get a few of the penalty yards back. The Skins run the same exact play with Portis this time and he picks up the first down.

Collins calls timeout and I think this is the first time all season the Skins have had all three timeouts with a minute left. Collins to ARE picks up 13 or so and another first down at the Vikings 30. A screen to Sellers is incomplete and it's 2nd and 10. Wow....great run there by Portis on the draw and he takes it all the way down to the 15 for another first down. Timeout Washington.....40 secs left.

PORTIS ON THE PITCH......THROWS IT! TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS!!!!! Randle-El gets it! They are using McCauley tonight......

Washington takes a timeout and will go for two. Cooley drops it over the middle.....

22-0.


Draw to Chester Taylor and that should be the half and here come the boos.......See you in a new thread.

32 Comments:

Awesome, just an update. After watching the Ravens/Seahawks game, Steve Buerlein announced he was heading for the Sun Bowl. So essentially....

Sun Bowl: Craig Bolerjack and Steve Buerlein

Gator Bowl: Verne Lundquist and the Pammy Winner.

Mookie said...
Dec 23, 2007, 7:28:00 PM  

Fred Smoot's Smack Energy Bar huh? Insert boat joke here.

Mookie said...
Dec 23, 2007, 7:32:00 PM  

Can somebody please explain to me the reason for the existence of that stripe on Peter King's head?

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:04:00 PM  

I guess NBC reads Deadspin. When they had their ad for the outdoor game, they delay pronounced it exactly as "Hoc-key?"

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:10:00 PM  

Rasheed's spot probably where he scratches himself relentlessly when he needs a fix.

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:14:00 PM  

Ugh...Faith Hill....mute button time.

Mookie said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:15:00 PM  

Forget playoff spots! These guys are battling for who gets to turn the lights off in the Metrodome!

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:17:00 PM  

Gibbs apparently may get a 2 year extension.

Mookie said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:24:00 PM  

I make a Smoot joke....and that's what happens.

Mookie said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:28:00 PM  

SMOOT

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:28:00 PM  

I just woke up to Al Michaels making a Sex Boat reference.

Tavaris Jackson must feel like he just got double-donged on that pick.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:29:00 PM  

smack!

and it's sex cruise not love boat!

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:29:00 PM  

That ball ahem... sailed... to Smoot.

hammer1 said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:30:00 PM  

Ask Madden usually says FB dive or QB sneak in this situation, I'd have to agree

Sam said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:33:00 PM  

How can you overturn that? Didn't look irrefutable to me, keep those 5 points in mind for later

Sam said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:37:00 PM  

Hate to burst your bubble AA but you get two challenges for the whole game, not 1 per half

Sam said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:41:00 PM  

That's the first I ever heard of the "one challenge a half" rule. Especially since they recently changed the rule to give you a third challenge after two successful ones...

Morgan Wick said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:42:00 PM  

Nope....

A challenge can only be made on certain reviewable calls before the two minute warning and only one in each half when the team has at least one time-out remaining in the half.

Dec 23, 2007, 8:43:00 PM  

the return of reche caldwell's crazy eyes

this game has everything

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:46:00 PM  

There is no way in hell any Yankee would be in a League of Clutch. And can they find someone besides Jeter, Manning, or Wade to market Gatorade?

RyanMcD29 said...
Dec 23, 2007, 8:52:00 PM  

In case you forgot, Eli Manning is unstoppable.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 23, 2007, 9:05:00 PM  

We now would like to take time to remind you that Eli Manning (7-15 2 picks) is...
UNSTOPPABLE

Sam said...
Dec 23, 2007, 9:06:00 PM  

We now would like to take time to remind you that Eli Manning (7-15 2 picks) is...
UNSTOPPABLE

Sam said...
Dec 23, 2007, 9:07:00 PM  

I know it's kinda off-topic, but I'll bring it up anyway.

We all know that the Giants have clinched a playoff spot with their win over the Bills today, but apparently the standings on ESPN.com disagree with that statement. Go ahead and look. No "x" listed in front of the NY Giants row.

What makes it funnier is that on the frontpage, there's a hyperlink that says "Giants win, are in". I guess the interweb peeps up in Bristol aren't doing their jobs.

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2007, 9:08:00 PM  

Ha...nice catch Anon.

Dec 23, 2007, 9:14:00 PM  

Does one of these teams HAVE to make the playoffs? Really? Given how much the 5 and 6 seeds will suck, can't we just call off the first round of the NFC playoffs?

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 23, 2007, 9:25:00 PM  

Todd Collins is an expensive veteran quarterback, John?

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 23, 2007, 9:34:00 PM  

From the 2006 NFL Rulebook, Rule 15, section 9:

Coaches’ Challenge. In each game, a team will be permitted two challenges that will initiate Referee Replay reviews. Each challenge will require the use of a team timeout. If a challenge is upheld, the time out will be restored to the challenging team. A challenge will only be restored if a team is successful on both of its challenges, in which case it shall be awarded a third challenge, but a fourth challenge will not be permitted under any circumstances. No challenges will be recognized from a team that has exhausted its time outs. A team that is out of time outs or has used all of its available challenges may not attempt to initiate an additional challenge.

There's nothing in there about limits per half, and the changes to the instant replay rule made before the 2007 season made it a 60-second time limit by the official, added some cases where it can be used, and made it permanent.

And now, to go off and fix the Wikipedia entry.

Mark said...
Dec 23, 2007, 9:38:00 PM  

"Sirius" is pronounced like "serious", Al

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2007, 9:42:00 PM  

Wait, since when is ARE on the receiving end of these gimmick plays? And FYI, the Skins could only play the Seahawks if they made the playoffs

Sam said...
Dec 23, 2007, 9:44:00 PM  

Hmmm.....I don't know why I've always thought that. Are we positive about this?

Dec 23, 2007, 9:45:00 PM  

Absolutely - two challenges in the first half of the Miami @ Buffalo game a few weeks back - here's the play-by-play.

They happen on the first play of the Bills drive starting with 10:57 left in the first quarter, and the second play of the Bills drive starting with 10:17 left in the second quarter.

Mark said...
Dec 23, 2007, 10:05:00 PM  

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