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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 17 vs NY Giants

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The Redskins Cheat Sheet takes its final voyage of the 2010 season in these first days of January. Thanks for sticking with us throughout the season, and hopefully we’ve made talking about the ‘skins just a little bit more bearable for your office conversations every Monday throughout the last few months.

I swear the above photo was tagged in our Flickr pool for the Redskins. Seriously.

With last night’s 17-14 loss to the Giants, the season came to its merciful end in potentially the most poetic moment ever: backup quarterback Rex Grossman setting back on 4th down, effing it, and going deep downfield – to a completely wide open patch of the RFK turf where no receiver was standing.

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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 16 at Jacksonville

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Ok, so the office is probably empty between the holidays and the quarter-inch of snow that is crippling the entire region (no, I’m not bitter at all at this reaction). Still, maybe you will have to have a conversation or two about the Redskins, so we offer the penultimate Cheat Sheet of the season to help you bluster your way through Sunday’s win over the Jaguars.

Things in the 80s and 90s were different. For one thing, the Redskins were respectable. For another thing, television was really predictable (not that the end of Lost took a mastermind to sleuth out). So much, so, that there were certain catchphrases and plots you could completely expect to fill in any campy sitcom. Given some of the text messages that were flying around on Sunday afternoon amongst friends, it seems like a perfect theme to recap yesterday’s win.

I’ll steal the two from the Scrubs clip above, but you’ll want to click through to see how I made them work. Honestly.

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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 15 vs Dallas

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Death, Taxes and Redskins Collapses. Other things you can rely on (at least this season)? The Redskins Cheat Sheet, here to get you through with a quick recap that has just enough ammunition for you to act like you cared come Monday’s morning meetings.

For yesterday’s games, I posted up at the new Buffalo Wild Wings down in Crystal City. Don’t get me wrong: I love a good chain sports bar, but there is an added fun dynamic to watching NFL down here in DC, and it has to do with the fact that there are enough transplants that just about every team seemed to have representation. I mean, it actually looked yesterday like there were more fans of each of the other NFC East rivals than locals wearing burgundy and gold.

Which is why it was weird when you started hearing pockets of excited fans yelling toward the end of the Redskins game, high fives replacing the impending sense of doom that ‘skins fans have risen to all season.

And then, as should have been expected, the Redskins blew it, coming back to tie the game at 30 before letting the Cowboys kick a field goal with little time left. Why did they earn their 9th loss of the season? Let’s find out after the jump.

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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 14 v. Tampa Bay

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There’s a moment when “There’s only three games left in the season?” turns into, “Phew, there’s only three games left in the season.” That may have happened yesterday, and so you get the intonation of that sentence right, we here at We Love DC are proud to provide you with the Cheat Sheet talking points for your office hot cocoa break this morning. It’s Monday, you shouldn’t put any “holiday cheer” into that cocoa, but given yesterday’s game, WLDC will not officially endorse that activity.

Dan Levy of Press Coverage put it into terms quite beautifully this morning: “Feeling bad for a Redskins fan after epic failures like Sunday is like feeling bad for a friend who keeps getting sick eating dairy but refuses to admit he’s lactose intolerant.” After loss number three in a row, holding a 5-8 record, I think we can officially say that the season is all over but for the bedtime stories.

Still, if you feel like you want to talk about it, read on for your bullets.

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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 13 @ New York Giants

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Last week’s Cheat Sheet ended on the note, “The Cheat Sheet will continue until morale improves.” After yesterday’s beatdown in the Meadowlands at the hands of the New York Football Giants, it looks like there is a much clearer end point for this season’s iteration of the Cheat Sheet – Week 17. Still, if your office is talking about the 5-7 Redskins this morning, you may need all the help you can get since that was pretty unwatchable. The Cheat Sheet is here to save you.

I mean, what do you even say about that game other than, “Damn, that sucked.” The 31-7 final looks just as ugly in the box score as it did on TV yesterday afternoon. Since winning in overtime in Nashville back before Thanksgiving, the ‘Skins have now posted two really poor performances en route to dropping both contests. What happened yesterday? Read on to find out your bullet points for conversation around the water cooler.

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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 12 vs. Minnesota

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The Redskins are in fact still playing, so the Cheat Sheet is business as usual. Of course, most people are likely to be talking turkey, today, with another loss in the books. Just in case, though, We Love DC has you prepped to look like you still care.

As it’s nearly December, the final month of the NFL season is coming quickly upon us. After yesterday’s loss, the Redskins are 5-6 and, for all intents and purposes, basically out of the playoff picture barring a miracle (it doesn’t help that the NFC is incredibly top heavy this year). While the 2010 Redskins slip silently into the final five games of the season, here’s a few points from Sunday’s defeat at the hands of the now 4-7 Minnesota Vikings to get you through water cooler chatter this morning.

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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 8 @ Detroit

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Trick or Treating, the Marathon and Recovering from Restoring Sanity probably went to the top of your list for Sunday, and not watching the Redskins/Lions stumblefest in Detroit. That’s why we have the Redskins Cheat Sheet.

One of the jokes last year that came after the Redskins helped the Lions get one of their few wins on the season was the easy crutch policy line: “Oh, of course Washington is bailing out Detroit.” This year, I’m not sure what the excuse was, but boy was it painful to watch the ending of that one. While an NFC playoff spot isn’t ruled out at 4-4 halfway through the season (mainly because I’m convinced that everyone is going 8-8 this year), going into the bye week, there are probably more questions than answers for Shanahan’s maiden voyage.

To help you talk through as yesterday’s loss gets dissected in the office, read on beyond the jump.

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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 7 @ Chicago

It’s Monday morning, so you know what that means: chatter about the Redskins’ recent win will likely be the talk of the office. To help you fake your way through it, We Love DC makes your life a little easier than actually watching four hours of football on Sundays by providing the Redskins Cheat Sheet for every game.

The funny looking stats for the 2010 Redskins are everywhere. For example, in every one of the four wins the Redskins have chalked up this year, the team has not scored more than 17 points, and at 4-3, they have actually been outscored by a total of 3 points on the season between the seven opponents. As a stat mentioned during yesterday’s Fox telecast noted, there have only been nine such games (with the victor scoring under that threshold) in this entire season. And the Redskins have half of them.

Naturally, that includes yesterday’s 17-14 win against the Bears in Chicago. But, a win’s a win, and after the jump, here’re a few points for you to bring up during the discussion of the game.

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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 6 vs. Indianapolis

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Sunday Night Football here in the District against the defending AFC champions? Sounds exciting. But also sounds like something that goes way past bedtime at the end of the weekend. Before you face the football chatter head on, here’s the Redskins Cheat Sheet to make it look like you managed to stay awake.

Here’s the clear thing with the 2010 ‘Skins: Mike Shanahan and his crew seem completely intent on keeping things interesting. Take last night’s loss to one of the top tier AFC teams, the Indianapolis Colts. Even though Peyton Manning was able to throw the ball all the live long day, the Colts only triumphed by 3 points mainly because the defense stepped up in the second half to bend, but not break, against Indy’s offense.

A few quick points to throw around the water cooler today after the jump.

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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 5 vs. Green Bay

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Even with the Caps finally starting again, you probably can’t escape the fact that a Redskins team that’s winning – even if it’s creatively – is going to be the team people talk about come Monday morning. If you’re stuck in the office on the holiday and need a way to get through those water cooler conversations, turn to the Redskins Cheat Sheet.

If you’re a Redskins fan, you may be spending your Monday morning recovering from yet another heart attack win. And if you aren’t, but work in an office full of fans who have a better sense of their cholesterol as to not be moved to pain by stressful sporting events, the emotional win over Green Bay certainly could get the sense of Washington pride stirring this morning.

For the second time this season, the Skins went to overtime. However, as compared to the Houston game, the home team was victorious this time around, moving the Redskins 3-2 and clubhouse leader in the NFC East thanks to victories over division foes Philly and Dallas. A few conversation points for you after the jump.

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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 4 @ Philly

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Throughout the fall, we want to make your water cooler chatter on Monday mornings a little less painless if the topic turns to football and the Redskins. While we can’t do anything about the team, we can at least do our best to prepare you to make it look like you care.

The ‘skins were not supposed to win this game. The first three weeks include a close win/escape in Dallas, a heartbreaking choke of a loss to Houston and then the metaphoric-egg-laying in St. Louis last week. Heck, every single one of the 19* analysts on Fox even picked the Eagles to beat up on Donovan McNabb in his first return to Philadelphia in something other than green.

*Please note, there are less than 19 football analysts in this photo. It was hyperbole.

There’s a reason games are played on the field and not on paper/behind analysts’ desks. As you chat about the Redskins 17-12 win, here are a few quick points to keep in mind this morning, after the jump. Continue reading

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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 3 @ St. Louis

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All fall long – or at least until the Caps get going again – the Redskins tend to dominate Monday morning chatter in the offices around the District. Win or lose, the Cheat Sheet is here to help you fake your way through any awkward water cooler conversations that come up today.

So. That actually just happened. The Rams had lost 14 straight at home, were breaking in a rookie quarterback and hadn’t won in September since 2006. In come the Redskins, and the Rams shake off the cobwebs behind rookie QB Sam Bradford to pull down a W.

Instead of a bullet point guide this week, it may be easier to decide what kind of fan you want to be this Monday. Your guide, after the jump. Continue reading

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Redskins Cheat Sheet: Week 2 vs. Houston

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Welcome to a new weekly series here at We Love DC, the Redskins Cheat Sheet. Whether celebrating triumphs or swearing profusely over frustrating defeats, the Redskins take up a lot of the Monday Morning water cooler chatter in offices around town. Of course, lots of people have better things to do on Sundays, but if you want to follow along to those, here’s your quick guide to ‘Skins Banter.

A much bigger recap is coming later on today, so I will not steal all the thunder on writing up a gamer on yesterday’s overtime loss to the Houston Texans. Here’s three quick points to keep in mind to fake your way through any conversations that may come up.
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