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First Look: Washington Vs Detroit – Head To Head, Odds And More

Washington played their very first game as the Commanders on Sunday – and won. They beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-22 on the strength of four Carson Wentz touchdown passes in Week 1 of the 2022 season.

Washington will now face the Detroit Lions – who lost 38-35 to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Lions scored 14 points in the 4th quarter but fell short of completing the comeback. They will be out for their first win of the season in their home opener at Ford Field.

Washington have struggled with the Lions “lately”.

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Smith Peels Back The Curtain, Just Days After His Retirement

Washington issued a lovely good luck in your retirement to Alex Smith in a press release last week. They probably thought it would be the last time that they had to issue a press release on the retiring former player. It seemed almost metallic to read at the time. Perhaps it felt that way to the quarterback as well.

Not only did Smith not go gently into that good night, he is the subject of many-to-most of the Washington headlines in the last 24 hours.

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Washington Football Team 2021 Free Agent Subtractions

It’s been a busy offseason in the NFL. Here’s a breakdown of all of Washington’s 2021 NFL free-agent losses, including players that are as of yet, unsigned. Updated with each free agency transaction.

Updated: May 20th, 2021

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Will Alex Smith Be The Key To Success For Washington?

“Alex Smith hands off” by Victor Araiza (CC BY-NC 2.0)

When the Washington Redskins finally resolved the Kirk Cousins quarterback situation, it was surprising to some, that it ended up with Alex Smith being the starting quarterback of the team. And while it is definitely a positive that the game of chicken between Cousins and the organization is finally over, it remains to be seen wether or not Smith can be the solution for the Redskins.

First Stop

Alex Smith has had an interesting career arc. He started as a number one overall pick with the San Francisco 49ers and at first didn’t look like he was up to the pick. As he matured, he bounced back, and became a very able, and competent quarterback with a Niners defense there to support him.

Second Stop

He was ultimately supplanted by Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco, and Smith then landed in Kansas City. There, his relationship with Andy Reid helped turn him into the Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback that the Niners drafted.

Still, despite winning games and making the Pro Bowl, how “good” Alex Smith still seems to be debated. He has thrown for 4,000 yards only once in his career, in an NFL where quarterbacks regularly throw for that kind of yardage. Smith says that he would prefer to stack up wins over stats , which detractors like to say is somehow shirking accountability.

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Can Alex Smith Improve the Washington Redskins in 2018?

The Washington Redskins have ended the Kirk Cousins era and they have a new one to start in 2018; this one will be under former Kansas City Chief quarterback Alex Smith. Smith may not the best quarterback in the league, but he is solid enough to build on. Smith was quietly effective for the Chiefs, and there is no reason to think he can’t do the same for the Redskins. Washington are hoping what will help Smith is a solid triumvirate of running backs.

Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine form an exciting trio and, on their day, they are as good as most running back committees in the league. They have the ability to gain important yards, make themselves available for catches from the backfield and score touchdowns.

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How Do The Washington Redskins Bounce Back Next Season?

There’s no sugar coating it, a 7-9 season and a second consecutive failure to make the playoffs is not good enough for the Washington faithful. Add to that, the final effort of the campaign was a tame 18-10 loss to the woeful Giants. Yes, the season was over, but a good performance in that game would have been a much better way to sign off.

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Interview with Doc Walker: Part 1

The University of Maryland hosted a sports injury symposium at Knight Hall Wednesday night titled “Sports Injuries: the Risks of Playing the Game from Kids to the Pros.” Among those in attendance were Dr. Stephen Haas, a retired physician for the Wizards, Capitals and Nationals, Sean Sansiveri, NFL Players Association Staff Council; Scott Hallenbeck, Executive Director of USA Football; Katie O’Donnell, 2009 National Field Hockey player of the Year from the University of Maryland; Mark Hyman, author of “Until it Hurts” and adjunct professor at George Washington University; and former Washington Redskins tight end and current ESPN 980 and Comcast SportsNet media personality, Rick “Doc” Walker.

Following the event, I had the chance to speak with Doc about a wide range of topics. In the first of a three-part interview series, Doc talks about his post-career injuries, the Catch-22 that NFL players face with concussions and job security, expanding NFL rosters, his dislike of the Scouting Combine, and whether the 49ers should trade for Darelle Revis.

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