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Redskins steal a big win, preparing for a rough road ahead

September 21, 2017 |

By RYAN BRAUCH

Sports Editor

The Washington Redskins avoided their usual 0-2 record start this season, with a big 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Following their brutal loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at home, Redskins fans were relieved to see them get a big win. Even though Washington will be coming home with a victory, they struggled to get it. Although rookie, Samaje Perine got most of the touches on offense, running back Chris Thompson carried the team early in the game by setting the bar at two rushing touchdowns along with 77 yards on only three carries.Read More

NFL week 1 predictions and analysis

September 7, 2017 |

By ZACHARY WOHLEKING

Staff Writer

After much anticipation, the NFL has returned and fans everywhere are ready to celebrate by holding down a spot on the couch all Sunday long. Read More

Kirk Cousins: the franchise quarterback nobody wants

February 9, 2017 |

By WILL BRORSEN

The Washington Redskins finished the 2016-17 regular season with a record of 8-7- 1 and failed to make the NFL playoffs, yet again. The Redskins have not made a playoff appearance since 2015.

To make things worse … Read More

Midseason NFL Report: is the MVP front-runner a surprise at all?

November 10, 2016 |

By ROBERT TATA

As the National Football League hits its midway point going into Week 9, it is time to discuss midseason awards to come out. The league’s TV ratings have been down because of a multitude of reasons: NFL Redzone, the presidential election, players kneeling during the National Anthem, and the overall crackdown on players having fun and being creative with their celebrations.

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Sam Bradford to Minnesota’s rescue…maybe

September 14, 2016 |

By YOUSEF NASSER

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings for a first round draft pick in 2017 and a conditional fourth round draft pick in 2018.

The Vikings lost their starting quarterback, Teddy … Read More

Grab your gear- the NFL is here-

September 8, 2016 |

By AMIR KOREHI

The National Football League is a name known throughout every American household. With the 2016-2017 regular season fast approaching, fans are ready to throw on the jersey of their favorite player and watch as many games they possibly can every … Read More

NFL expands its empire to include UK

November 5, 2015 |

By HOGAN LEPORE

The National Football League is not a formal business. If it were, it could arguably be the largest business in America. The NFL’s revenue is estimated at about $9.5 billion. As for all the 32 teams, the overall market value is near $46 billion.
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Injuries spark debate over length of NFL preseason

September 10, 2015 |

By HOGAN LEPORE

The game of football is very brutal on the human body. Therefore, National Football League teams have been playing exhibition, preseason, games since 1939 in order to prepare players for the long regular season. Previously, these exhibition games were prevalent in order to give players reps so that they could be prepared both mentally and physically.Read More

Patriots caught cheating the system, opens the door to skepticism

January 27, 2015 | 1

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

The New England Patriots and their head coach, Bill Belichick, are no strangers to cheating or the subsequent scandals that arise from their rule breaking. For instance, Spygate, the filming of the Jets’ defensive signals during a regular season game in September 2007, resulted in the loss of draft picks and fines for stealing the signs, a highly egregious and impactful offense.Read More

Letter to the Editor: Requesting The Blue & Gray Press not use the name or logo of the Washington NFL team

September 24, 2014 | 1

To the Editors of The Blue & Gray Press:

We are writing to ask that the newspaper cease using the team name and logo for the Washington NFL team in its coverage of professional sports.Read More

Redskins fall in season opener

September 10, 2014 |

By SEAN KINSLOW

Coming off a disastrous 2013 season, the Washington Redskins looked to right the ship in their season opener against the Houston Texans. Instead, the Redskins lost the game 17-6, continuing a league worst nine-game losing streak.Read More

NFL Player Ray Rice Skates By Reprecussions

September 3, 2014 |

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

A video surfaced last February of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in an Atlantic City, N.J. casino repeatedly beating his girlfriend, Janay Palmer, and dragging her out of the casino by her hair.Read More

In the endzone: Seattle Seahawks secure in playoffs at home

December 4, 2013 |

Once the postseason is here, the Hawks could have Wilson turn and handoff to Lynch 30 plus times a game and punish the opposing defense. There is not much an opposing defense can do, especially not once the Seahawks’ Pro Bowl littered offensive line heals up.Read More

In the endzone: high cost hits

November 20, 2013 | 1

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the NFL fined San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks $15,750 for his hit on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.Read More

In the endzone: NFL postseason predictions for playoffs

November 13, 2013 |

Week 10 is in the books, and we now have a better sense of who is for real and who is not. The 2013-2014 season is past the halfway point, and we are now at that mark where every week becomes a must win for playoff hopefuls.Read More

In the endzone: quarterbacks on top

November 6, 2013 |

If you believe someone on my top ten NFL quarterback list is undeserving and should be replaced, I offer a suggestion: imagine my choice and your own on the opposite team. If you believe Alex Smith (No. 9) does not produce enough stats to be on the list, and Eli Manning and his two rings should be instead, try to imagine the Giants with Smith. Their record would probably be better now. Also, the Chiefs would be incapable of going unbeaten to this point if the turnover happy Eli was running the show. Now, to the top five!Read More

In the endzone: top ten quarterbacks in the NFL

October 30, 2013 |

Everyone knows the NFL is a passing league. Long gone are the days of a premiere running back toting the rock 25-30 times a game. Nowadays it is common for a team to pass on 50 or more plays and sprinkle in runs here and there amongst a committee of backs.Read More

In the endzone: NFL offense vs. defense debate

October 23, 2013 |

The Denver Broncos are the darlings of this NFL season, but elsewhere in the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs have begun to stir up their own buzz. The Chiefs are currently tied with the Broncos atop the division, leading with a perfect 6-0 season thus far.Read More

In the endzone: Numbers add up the season thus far

October 9, 2013 |

Numbers and statistics are important aspects of modern sports. They provide sports fanatics with ammunition for sports bar banter with buddies and give sports writers evidence for their arguments. This week’s column is all about presenting the numbers most relevant to each NFL team five weeks into the season.Read More

NFL in London breaks tradition

October 2, 2013 |

Following the NFL’s annual tradition of playing one game outside the U.S. in order to spread football across the globe, the Pittsburgh Steelers battled the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday, Sept. 29.Read More

In the endzone: giant disappointment for New York fans

September 26, 2013 |

A few weeks ago, this column discussed how Giants fans did not need to press the panic button. I now withdraw that statement. Some may have foreseen a Panthers victory Sunday, but not even the most brazen of black cat fans would bet on a 38-0 romp over the Giants.Read More

In the endzone: Fans debate brotherly battle on field

September 19, 2013 |

Darrell Green, former Washington Redskins’ cornerback and member of the NFL Hall of Fame, comes to the University of Mary Washington with plenty of goals as a special assistant for student athletes, and none of them are football related.Read More

In the endzone: Post kick off predictions for the season

September 12, 2013 |

The NFL is back! With week one in the books, we will briefly recap each team’s game and project how the season will unfold.Read More

In the end zone: Washington Redskins welcome back RGIII

September 5, 2013 |

The National Football League (NFL) kicks off its season tonight with defending champions, the Baltimore Ravens, taking on the Denver Broncos. The Ravens were the toast of the NFL last year, but that did not convert the Fredericksburg area. The local fans prove this is still Redskins country.Read More

Students stoked for Super Sunday

January 30, 2013 |

By KEVIN BOILARD
This Sunday, Feb. 3, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will meet in New Orleans, La. to square off in Super Bowl XLVII, a championship game that many consider the pinnacle of professional sports.Read More

Breaking Down Super Bowl XLVI

February 1, 2012 |

This past summer, with the NFL lockout still on in full force, it was unclear if this Sunday was going to actually be Super Bowl Sunday or just another ordinary Sabbath. Fortunately for the American public, the commissioner’s office and … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

November 30, 2011 |

Start ‘Em QB: Vince Young (Philadelphia) RB: LaGarrette Blount (Tampa Bay) WR: Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City) RB: C.J. Spiller (Buffalo) WR: Victor Cruz (New York Giants) TE: Vernon Davis (San Francisco) K: Conor Barth (Tampa Bay) DEF: Dallas Cowboys

Sit … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

November 10, 2011 |

Start ‘Em QB: Mark Sanchez (Jets) RB: Steven Jackson (Rams) WR: Dez Bryant (Cowboys) RB: Willis McGahee (Broncos) WR: Reggie Wayne (Colts) TE: Heath Miller (Steelers) K: Alex Henery (Eagles) DEF: Washington Redskins

Sit ‘Em QB: Tom Brady (Patriots) RB: Brandon … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

November 3, 2011 |

Start ‘Em

QB: Tim Tebow (DEN)- Let’s be clear, Tebow is an awful real life quarterback who appears completely overmatched at the moment. Fortunately for fantasy players, his real life value doesn’t matter. Tebow’s rushing  ability inflates his fantasy … Read More

Fantasy Football Corner

October 26, 2011 |

Start ’Em

QB: Matt Hasselbeck (TEN)- The longtime Seahawk and first year Titan was fantastic through the first four games of his 2011 campaign, but has tailed off in his last two contests. However, there’s no better way to … Read More