The Redskins played some very banged up teams during their 7 game win streak down the stretch last season

The Redskins’ road to the division title last season was fueled by an improbable, yet impressive 7 game win streak to close the season. I don’t want to take anything away from what the Redskins accomplished during that run. However, with the exception of the Giants and Browns games, it should be noted that the Skins were playing teams that were absolutely devastated by injuries (noteworthy absences listed below).

The Redskins themselves played most of the season without Brian Orakpo, a large chunk of it without Fred Davis, and if you want to consider Adam Carriker and Brandon Meriweather significant losses (I don’t with Carriker, Meriweather is debatable), then that is your prerogative. RG3 of course missed Week 15 against a bad Browns team, and 7 snaps vs the Ravens.

The Skins weren’t completely devoid of injuries themselves, but those above losses pale in comparison to what some of the teams they faced had to deal with on the injury front:

Eagles Week 11:

  • Michael Vick
  • Jason Peters
  • Jason Kelce
  • Todd Herremans
  • Jason Avant

Cowboys Week 12:

  • DeMarco Murray
  • Tyron Smith
  • Phil Costa
  • Miles Austin (only played 11 snaps)
  • Jay Ratliff
  • Sean Lee
  • Barry Church

Giants Week 13:

  • Kenny Phillips
  • David Diehl
  • Jason Pierre-Paul (played, did not start, back)

Ravens Week 14:

  • Ray Lewis
  • Terrell Suggs
  • Lardarius Webb
  • Dannell Ellerbe

Browns Week 15

  • Nobody of significance.

Eagles Week 16:

  • Michael Vick
  • Jason Peters
  • Jason Kelce
  • Todd Herremans
  • DeSean Jackson

Cowboys Week 17:

  • Phil Costa
  • Miles Austin (only played 18 snaps)
  • Jay Ratliff
  • DeMarcus Ware (only played 34 snaps)
  • Sean Lee
  • Bruce Carter
  • Ernie Sims
  • Orlando Scandrick
  • Barry Church

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  25. deg0ey says:

    I think this is an interesting piece when playing The What-If Game. Whether you want to argue that the Redskins were injured too or pretend that Jimmy is trying to dismiss their 10 wins last season is up to you, but I think he’s done a good job of creating a discussion point.

    Hypothetically speaking, if all of these teams (including the Skins) were 100% healthy and had something left to play for until the end, how many of those games would you expect Washington to win? I’d say 5 would be a generous estimate, which would leave them on 8 wins.

    Overall it’s really difficult to project the coming season from last year:

    WAS were comfortably the best team but, arguably, have had an inflated win total from playing teams with a bunch of injuries.

    NYG are basically impossible to predict, what with their habit of being pretty terrible for a season or two and then winning the Super Bowl.

    DAL had a ludicrous number of injuries if Jimmy’s chart above is accurate, but based on the age of their players does anyone really expect that not to be a factor next season too?

    PHI are the most interesting case. Looking at their 4 win season, one would tend to assume they won’t contend next year, but they were pretty much crippled by all of their injuries coming on the OL and a defensive coaching staff that didn’t have a clue. Moving forward, though, they’re about as stacked as it’s possible to be on offense without having a franchise QB (and, who knows, maybe Foles or Barkley will turn out to be one of those) and their D surely can’t get any worse.

    It’s gonna be a really fun season because, regardless of what happened last year, I think the NFCE is going to be a legitimate 4-way battle, at least for the first half of the season.

    1. Horatius says:

      Disagree. If the skins weren’t the second most injured team in the league, they would have had at least 2 more wins.

      1. Alex says:

        The skins got by with the 22nd ranked defense, thats not going to cut it against the NFC north, the Falcons and the 49ers. They will be quite lucky to repeat 10 wins more likely going to 8 or 9.

        2 more wins. Your losses were to the Rams, Bengals, Falcons, Giants, Steelers, Panthers. I see a possible win against the rams, possibly the panthers not much else. Heres why

        1. The Bengals were healthy and had a very good defensive team
        2. The Falcons were red hot and no one could slow their offense down.
        3. You Played a healthy giants team that just came off an obliteration of San Fran by 26-3. No chance.
        4. The Steelers at home, good luck with that one. I would not want to play in that stadium if I were the opposition too often.
        5. The panthers had just narrowly lost to the Bears and was right when they started to figure their stuff out. That one could have gone either way but your d let you down and stopping cam newton is a chore. He’s RGIII with 5 inches and 40+ lbs

        Also, the 2nd most injured team after your bye (which is when your 7 game win streak occurred), I would have to beg to differ.

        I think 10 wins was very good but I do not see them reaching that this year.

      2. Redskins definitely weren’t the 2nd most injured team. Not even close. They had the 3rd most players start all 16 games.

  26. WeGotLinemen says:

    Carriker isn’t a star, but I think you underestimate his value. He certainly isn’t just another guy to the Redskins, because there was a significant drop-off to his replacement. His replacement Jenkins just didn’t have a first step last year, although he looked to be improving towards the end of the year. He just didn’t have enough experience or confidence in his surgically repaired knee.

    Losing Carriker was a big blow to the defense. He may not do anying spectacular, he may not be a great pass-rusher but he does a lot of things well and does a lot to keep blockers off the linebackers.

  27. Joe D says:

    a better argument is that they faced weak competition aside from the Ravens who had their flubs during the season despite winning the sb…

  28. Horatius says:

    Every team plays injured second half of the season Jimmy.

    This is not one of your better works.

    1. Daveball says:

      And some obviously play a lot more injured than others. How can you discount that? Can you provide a link to where it says the Redskins were the 2nd most injured team? I couldn’t find that info anywhere. I saw plenty of charts that has them somewhere in the middle of the league.

  29. Imp says:

    Not to mention the teams the Redskins beat in that span were a combined 48-64 on the year…

  30. Luke says:

    Merriweather was a huge loss and should certainly not be considered “extremely replaceable.” His replacement, M. Williams, was one of the worst safeties in the league; he is no longer in the league because he was so bad last year. The one game Merriweather played last year, he was a significant contributor (1 int, 2 forced fumbles).

    1. No, don’t tell Jimmy that. It ruins his whole article if he has to acknowledge Carriker and Merriweather were significant losses. DOH!

    2. I did a film breakdown of Meriweather during the season. He was great in the half a game he played.

      http://bloggingthebeast.com/2013/02/19/film-breakdown-brandon-meriweather-only-played-44-snaps-last-season-but-they-were-awesome/

      Not sure where you’re getting 2 FFs though. That didn’t happen. Half a game means jack. We’re talking about a guy here who had two teams give up on him, who hasn’t been a good player since 2009. He has proven absolutely zero in DC. Just because the rest of the Redskins safeties were terrible doesn’t mean that Meriweather is some sort player to be coveted.

  31. ggeagle21 says:

    I really don’t understand how this article caused more butthurt than Ron Jeremey on an anal rampage. This isn’t an indictment on the redskins future. It’s factual information about the 2013 season. no one is saying the redskins can’t be a good team in 2013, and luck always plays a role in teams going on a run and getting into the playoffs..the redskins finally get a good player and all of the sudden, they don’t know how to act…..The “world Beater” redskins lol, we’re abut to have their playoff hopes ruined by Nick Foles in his 6th game playing with quitters and practice squad players hahahahah. make no mistake about it, Foles had the skins players on the ropes. they didn’t know wtf was going on. Would have loved to see how it would have played out if he didn’t break his throwing hand, and was able to get the ball far enough to a wide open Maclin deep….After a decade plus of being an absolute Joke, who’s owner rivals that Moron Jerry Jones, redskin fans have a smidget of success, and all of the sudden they think they are the new dream team…Cam Newton and his fans sounded a lot like you guys this time last year lol

    1. Ankpsu12 says:

      Last sentence says it all. Good point.

    2. “Foles had the skins players on the ropes. they didn’t know wtf was going on.” aaaaaahahahahaha

  32. Bob says:

    Would be nice if you could do something similar for the rest of the NFC East…

  33. This story is smells like someone looking for excuses why a team in their own division hopefully might be not as good as they played to end the season.

    Seriously, the Skins dealt with awful injury luck all season. You seem to want to down play the two season ending injuries of Merriweather and Carriker. Thats rediculous.

    “If they’re counting Jammal Brown, Brandon Meriweather, and Adam Carriker as starters, those numbers are beefed up by extremely replaceable players”

    Uhh, yes we would count those three players Jimmy. Replaceable? So you are arguing that Madoodoo Williams, Jarvis Jenkins, and Tyler Polumbus are on the same level as those three? Give me a break man.

    The Skins had just as many if not more key contributors missing when they smoked 7 straight teams on their winning streak.

    This article comes off as petty and attempting to find any excuse possible to not fear the Skins next year. Sorry man….get used to it.

    1. ggeagle21 says:

      fear the skins? Lol…Skins fans have been so bad for so long that they are delusional. you have a QB who has yet to make it past his second progression During the course of a game. Settle down. this isn’t a petty article, it provides factual information. It’s petty to you because you chose to get butthurt over it. The redskins have about 3 good players, two of which are limping back from injuries, and the 3rd, alfred is destined to miss some games this year the way he gets pounded like Ricky Williams in his prime. 95% of QBs who look great their first year, regress in their 2nd year. RG3 is going to be a great QB, but settle down with the hype. He has a long ways to go. it took sure shot franchise Qbs like Flacco and Ryan 3-4 years of GAME experience before they were ready to compete for the Super Bowl. Yet fans are getting butthurt if everyone just doesn’t bow down and kiss the RG3 ring in year two? Worry about winning the division, which is far from a lock!!! Then worry about your QB not racking up more concussions and knee injuries hahahah. let’s see how puffy your chest is when Rg3 goes through the natural progression of young QBs and struggles in year two…btw, you will always be limited until you find a coach…
      Redskins have:
      Alfred
      orakpo
      Rg3
      Trent Williams (who I admit is one of my fav NFL players)

      You guys have a long way to go!!!!! The parity in this division is going to make for such an entertaining year

      1. Jimmy, I thought you had a 13 years old and over rule for posting here? Only someone under 13 would continuously use the word “butthurt” to try and convey their feelings. I am not disputing the facts of this article kid…simply that he is ignoring the facts about the Skins own injury issues. Essentially, this article is completely pointless. The Skins and all the teams they played to close out the year were dealing with major injury problems….thats like writing an article titled “they sky is blue”.

        I shouldn’t even respond to your ridiculous claims above such as:
        1) Alfred Morris takes too many shots….Did you even watch any of the Redskins games last year other than the two beat downs they laid down on the Eagles? The best attribute of Alfred Morris is his body lean and his ability to initiate contact while also shedding the big hits through the use of his forward body lean. He takes glancing blows, not big hits. Watch the tape.
        2) “95% of QBs who look great their first year, regress in their 2nd year. ” Did you really just pull this out of your ass? Wow. Great stats buddy.
        3) You keep mentioning to “settle down” and you talk about “hype” about RG3 yet I never even mentioned RG3 in my post. Pay attention.
        4) “Worry about winning the division,” – Check. Mission Accomplished with two rookies and “only 3 good players” on our whole team. Thats really not an encouraging sign for your Eagles.
        5) “you will always be limited until you find a coach” – Wow…so your college coach and now your fanbase thinks his milkshakes will take him to the promised land? You must not have been born yet, but Shanny has two Superbowl rings…two more than your entire franchise has in its history. I can’t wait until week 4 when your fanbase is gouging its own eyes out and screaming for them to use more traditional NFL schemes after starting 0-4.

        Enjoy the cellar. The Skins spent their time there…now its your turn.

        1. OlSkool1972 says:

          Nice job completely owning a Beagles fan. I just respond with “Dream Team” anytime one of them trolls my comments..

          1. Scott says:

            Haha funny since thats a pretty trollish way to respond

        2. Daveball says:

          Wow, guy. Welcome to the world of winning a division.

          It’s your 2nd divisional win in 21 years. Stop acting like you are an absolute shoe-in because you finally won it after 14 years. Your team has a history of being sub par. There’s a very good chance your fans were saying the exact same thing in 1999 after the 7 year drought and before the 14 year drought. Scary, right?

          Enjoy your win, your team deserved it, but please walk back through that door into reality where your team is not an automatic shoe-in.

  34. Mandmeisterx says:

    Great article, Jimmy!

  35. urip84 says:

    So when the Cowboys played these teams they were all 100%? Is every starter you listed for the teams the Redskins played a key player? Phil Costa? Barry Church? Ernie Sims? Also since you’re cherry picking and aren’t professional enough to hide your agenda, how about Will Montgomery, Tyler Polombus and Kory Lichtensteiger missing some time, or RG3 playing injured the last two games (and still beating the Cowboys). Maybe journalism isn’t for you.

    1. urip84 says:

      Forgot to mention Trent Williams missing most of the Cincinnati game

      1. urip84 says:

        Add Pierre Garcon (big disparity in the Skins record with and without him) and Fred Davis to that list. You’re a clown.

    2. Phil Costa and Barry Church were starters. They may not be good players, but they were starters. It’s not like I didn’t note Carriker and Meriweather, who are in a similar boat.

      Meanwhile, Sims is absolutely noteworthy. While he’s not an ideal starter, he was still the best of what they had left after they lost Sean Lee.

      And now my favorite point of yours:

      Also since you’re cherry picking and aren’t professional enough to hide your agenda, how about Will Montgomery, Tyler Polombus and Kory Lichtensteiger missing some time

      There were 3 teams in the NFL last season who had 5 offensive linemen play at least 1000 snaps each. The Redskins were one of the 3. They had one of the healthiest OLs in the NFL.

      There’s no agenda here. Frankly, I’ve been very bullish on the Skins since last August. I kinda forgot how whiny their fan base can be when you point out a few facts they don’t like.

      1. urip84 says:

        Tends to happen when you cherry pick your facts. Why no response to my mentioning of Garcon, Davis and Williams? The fact is every team deals with injuries and unless the Redskins were unusually lucky with their health and other teams lack of health (Only you think they were) than this is completely pointless.

        1. Scott says:

          do you bitch like this every time people point out negatives about your team?

          1. urip84 says:

            So the response feature is just for those who agree with the article?

            1. deg0ey says:

              No, it’s just for those that are able to respond to the article like a grownup.

        2. Lol… OK, I’ll entertain your ridiculousness:

          - Davis was mentioned in the post, was he not?

          - Williams started all 16 games and was part of the offensive line who all played at least 1000 snaps. Remember? That was when I noted that only 3 teams in the NFL could make that claim, meaning that the Redskins had one of the healthiest offense lines in the league. Remember?

          - And sure, Garcon was a significant loss. No doubt. Good player. Like him a lot. He wasn’t mentioned in the post because I was isolating their 7 game win streak. But beyond that, he missed 6 games, 4 of which they still had Davis. Not to mention, that happened to be a positional group where they were deep.

          Like it or not, 5 of their last 7 opponents were far more banged up than the Redskins. I’m sorry that makes you angry.

          1. urip84 says:

            So I’m angry because I disagree? I still have no idea what the point of that article was. Are you trying to say there should be an asterisk by their 7 game winning streak? EVERYONE has to deal with injuries every year and it’s part of the game.

            1. So I’m angry because I disagree?

              I don’t know why you’re angry.

              I still have no idea what the point of that article was. Are you trying to say there should be an asterisk by their 7 game winning streak?

              I don’t see where it says that. I’m merely posting factual information of what key players did not play against the Skins last year, and letting the reader decide what they want to make of those facts.

              EVERYONE has to deal with injuries every year and it’s part of the game.

              Agreed. Every team deals with injuries, especially the the teams the Skins played at the end of the season last year.

              1. urip84 says:

                Then they should have done a better job dealing with those injuries.

              2. All initial arguments… Abandoned!

                Success!

              3. NYG_Slater says:

                Bench-marking! Aversion! Amukamara’s green! ;D

              4. The Skins were more banged up than all of the teams you mention, with the exception probably being week 17 against Dallas. You just can’t admit it and discounted a few injuries to key starters by scoffing that they are “easily replaceable”. I thought you were decent at evaluating football…but if you look at Reed Doughty and Madoodoo Williams as worthy replacements in the secondary….you are smoking crack. Jarvis Jenkins was essentially a rookie last year replacing Carriker who had 5.5 sacks the year before. That production was never replicated….yet you scoff at his injury too. Makes your entire article pointless.

              5. Carriker is a JAG. Nothing more. His “5.5 sacks” in 2011:

                - Giants: Meaningless sack on the last play of the game with the Skins up 14.

                - Cowboys: Romo sacked by Kerrigan, fumbles, picks up the ball and Carriker tackles. Somehow, Carriker got credited for a full sack on that.

                - Rams: Bradford has plenty of time, gets flushed from the pocket, Carriker barely gets a hand on him, and he goes down on his own.

                - Panthers: Half sack legit. And really, they could have just given him the full sack. On his full sack, he was completely unblocked.

                - Cowboys: Credit for half sack. Romo was already going down, and Carriker jumped on top of him. Sack should have gone solely to Chris Neild. Carriker had nothing to do with Romo going down.

                - Vikings: Carriker loses his 1-on-1 matchup vs the guard, but winds up getting in on Ponder after some other Redskins had already collapsed the pocket.

                That’s one sack on the season in which HE made the play.

            2. Jimmy if you want to claim Merriweather and Carriker are JAGs then excuse me for pointing out that you list multiple JAGs for the other teams (Herremans, Church, Sims, Scandrick, etc.). Call it both ways bub…

              1. I don’t disagree that some of those guys are JAGs (couldn’t disagree more on Herremans, just FYI). They’re all noteworthy though, just as Carriker and Meriweather were noted.

                I’m really having difficulty seeing why this post is getting everyone all uptight. The Redskins catching various wounded teams at very favorable times late in the season is just an observation, and a fairly obvious one.

      2. Dre says:

        U mad? Last paragraph sounded lil angry. Whiny hahah. Good one.

    3. poolboy87 says:

      If you really want to argue that missing Jammal Brown for 16 games was as impactful as the Cowboys losing Jay Ratliff, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Barry Church then you’re an idiot.

      If you want to suggest that he’s got some agenda because he didn’t suggest that a line where the 4 players you mentioned all started at least 15 games (which, even if you take out Williams Cincinnati game, he STILL started and played in 15 games) then you’re an even bigger idiot. The Redskins had a very healthy OL. The injury that pushed them up so far on the missed games list was to a middling OL who isn’t even on the freaking team anymore. Their defense missed one primary contributor in Orakpo.

      Orakpo and Brown combined had nearly 1/2 of the entirety of the Redskins “missed games”.

      If you think that beating that Cowboys team in week 17 was some triumph of the human spirit, then you’re a MASSIVE idiot. You act as though an “injured” RG3 is in anyway comparable to a team missing 5 starters, an emergency starter, and 1/2 of another starter.

      1. poolboy87 says:

        Sorry, that’s 5 starters, an emergency starter, and 1/2 of another starter…ON DEFENSE!

      2. The accomplishment was going 5-1 in the NFCE and coming away with the crown. Lest you forget, those Cowboys just had the unfortunate task of being the last roadkill in our way to that crown. It wasn’t even close.

        1. wasn’t even close….

          you weren’t holding you’re breath on that last play before Washington scored their last TD?…where Hatcher got flagged for hitting poor little RG3 on the helmet even tho he was leveraged onto him by the offensive lineman?…

          down the stretch the Cowboys played far better teams than the Redskins and came away with victories 3 outta 5 times….last two games we were so beat up we had problems finding players just to line up….lose in OT on a play that the week before was called a different way, and even if we had won the game against the Redskins we would have been without Ware, Ratliff, Lee, Carter, Church, Costa, Bryant, Austin, Romo, Scandrick, and thats just for starters….then you could toss in Sims, Beasly and god knows who else…..

          so those injuries had nothing to do with the outcome right?….

          you guys better hope the 3 in RG3 doesn’t turn into the number of times that he’s blown out his knee….

    4. ImNotABlogger says:

      Sheesh, do I have to get out the checklist to see how much money I need to put in Jimmy’s donation bucket? I think you may have hit all the butthurt cowboy fan bullet points. On an article about the Redskins no less.

  36. Tim says:

    Didn’t the Redskins have the 2nd most injury time for starters all year? So yes they caught some breaks second half but had bad luck in the first half to be more injured than most teams they faced.

    1. Didn’t the Redskins have the 2nd most injury time for starters all year?

      That doesn’t sound right. If they did, whoever came up with that was including some very marginal starters.

      EDIT: Just found it.

      http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/databases/20130109-nfl-team-by-team-injuries-can-cowboys-use-health-as-an-excuse.ece

      Turns out they’re including guys like Jammal Brown. Also noteworthy is that they were tied for the 3rd most players who started all 16 games.

      1. Tim says:

        Just seems silly to address it only during the winning streak without acknowledging that the Redskins were more injured than many teams they played during the 3-6 start. Of course they had good fortune during the 7 game winning streak (most long NFL winning streaks require it) but they had pretty bad luck to be that deep in the hole before that stretch.

        1. Lol, “silly.” Enlighten me on the multitude of starters who missed big chunks of the beginning of the season. List them, please.

      2. HogHunter says:

        Football Outsiders had the Skins 4th in adjusted games lost.

        http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2013/2012-adjusted-games-lost

        Was Vick still injured Week 16, besides the fumbilitis?

        1. Yes, Vick was still hurt. He played Week 17.

          And again, it all depends on who they’re counting. The explanation of how they calculate those numbers is terrible. If they’re counting Jammal Brown, Brandon Meriweather, and Adam Carriker as starters, those numbers are beefed up by extremely replaceable players. FO’s numbers here mean squat without context.

          1. HogHunter says:

            I thought that Vick was medically cleared to play, but Reid was still playing Foles. Vick played Week 17 because Files broke his hand.

            1. Ah, you’re right. Still a situation where the season is over and done with and you want to see what the rookie can do.

              1. HogHunter says:

                Ok, so we agree Vick should be removed from the injury list for Week 16. I wouldn’t want people questioning your journalizm skillz.

              2. Dre says:

                Don’t backdown your point is still valid despite the error. Teams that beat injured teams suck!

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