TWIT: The Week in Tweets, Dec. 28

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At Lincoln Financial Field for the biannual #Redskins#Eagles bloodletting. Will it be more physical on the field or in the stands today?

Michael Vick is inactive today. So the #Redskins won’t have to worry about any late-game, off-the-bench theatrics from No. 7. #Eagles #NFL

If Nick Foles doesn’t go the distance, the #Eagles‘ Plan B at QB will be Trent Edwards, who beat #Redskins as a rookie with #Bills in ‘07.

Philadelphia: City of Kings. In the ‘60s, it was QB King Hill. Today, it’s LT King Dunlap. Those are the last two Kings in the #NFL#Eagles

Most 100-yard rushing games in #Redskins#Eagles series (since ‘60): Riggo 4; Larry Brown, Montgomery, Watters, Garner, Portis 3 each. #NFL

Most 100-yard receiving games in #Redskins#Eagles series (since ‘60): Ben Hawkins 5; B. Mitchell, Clark, Pete Retzlaff, Carmichael 4 each.

Who’s the only receiver since ‘60 to have a 100-yard game on both sides of the #Redskins#Eagles rivalry? #NFL

Answer: James Thrash. 121 in 2000 vs. #Eagles and 107 in ‘02 vs. #Redskins#NFL

Looks like the #Redskins want to do this the hard way. Give up 76-yard TD drive to start, then begin first series at own 9. #Eagles #NFL

That’s two end-arounds for the #Redskins in 9 snaps. Trying to discourage the #Eagles from flying so much to the ball? #NFL

After consecutive gains of 16, 15, 12 and 12, #Redskins defense buckles down … and holds ‘em to 6. #Eagles at Washington 24.

These kneeldowns are just killing #RG3‘s per-carry average. #Redskins, 13-10 at the half. #Eagles #NFL

#RG3 has gone over 3,000 passing yards for the season. #Redskins QBs who never reached 3,000: Sammy Baugh, Billy Kilmer, Doug Williams. #NFL

Of course, Baugh’s longest season was 12 games, Kilmer played in the defense-heavy ‘70s and Williams never had more than 10 starts. #Redskins

#Redskins getting a lot of bang for the buck from Moss: 39 catches, 8 TD. 27-13, Washington #Eagles #NFL

The last #Redskins receiver with fewer than 40 catches and 8+ TDs in a season: Charlie Brown, 1982 (32/8). #Eagles #NFL

Cooley, who just made his 1st grab of the year, is the last #Redskins receiver to have a 100-yard game vs. the Eagles. 

The #Redskins gave the #Eagles a chance to be stupid and jump offside there. The #Eagles declined the offer. Delay of game. #NFL

Mike Shanahan is now 2-0 as #Redskins coach when there’s a 10-second runoff at the end of the game.(See #Cowboys opener, 2010.) 27-20 final.

FYI: This is the 5th Shanahan team that has won 6 in a row. His #Broncos also did it in ‘96 (9), ‘97 (6), ‘98 (13) + ‘00 (6). #Redskins #NFL

Only 2 kickers have been more perfect in a season than Forbath (17 for 17): Vanderjagt in ‘03 (37/37) + G. Anderson in ‘98 (35/35). #Redskins

FYI: Tony Zendejas (formerly with the #Redskins) finished 17 for 17 with the ‘91 #Rams#NFL

Tuesday (Yes, even on Christmas, the Tweeter never rests.)

My Christmas present to you, tweeps. SI’s Curry Kirkpatrick at the top of his game, lo those many years ago:  #WAC #CBB

And since I’m in a giving mood, I’ll always be grateful to SI’s Bruce Newman for this classic on #UCLA‘s Song Girls:

#Christmas 1964 was the day I saw Bob Hayes play football for the first time. Caught passes from Roger Staubach in the North-South game. #NFL

Hayes ran 39 yards for a TD. It took him about 2 seconds. His South team rallied from a 30-6 deficit to tie it, only to lose 37-30. #NFL

And while we’re reminiscing about #Christmas football, there’ll never be a better Christmas game than this one:  #NFL

I keep waiting for C.J. Spiller to get an endorsement deal with Bounty paper towels. #Bills #NFL

Only 4 modern-era #NFL LBs have had 5 INTs in a season at age of 35+. London Fletcher, who got No. 5 Sunday, is the oldest (37). #Redskins

The other 3 35-and-older LBs with 5 INTs in a season: Sam Mills ‘95 (36), Chuck Howley ‘71 (35) and the #Redskins‘ Jack Pardee ‘71 (35). #NFL


5 of the #NFL’s top 10 rushers were taken in the 3rd round or later (3-Charles, 6-Morris, undrafted-Foster, 3-Ridley, 3-Gore). #Redskins

Compare that to the top 10 in receiving yards, where you have 7 No. 1s, 1 No. 2, Brandon Marshall (4th) and Wes Welker (undrafted). #NFL

#RG3 has a chance to lead #NFL QBs in YPA (8.3, 1st) and INT % (1.3, 2nd by .002). Rare double. Last to do it: Jim Harbaugh ‘95. #Redskins

In fact, only 2 QBs have accomplished the feat since the merger. The other: Steve Young ‘92. #NFL #Redskins #49ers

Only 6 players in #NFL history have been voted to more Pro Bowls than Champ Bailey (12) (who used to play for the #Redskins, I think).

Here are the 6: Merlin Olsen (14), Bruce Matthews (14), Reggie White (13), Jerry Rice (13), Ray Lewis (13) and Tony Gonzalez (13). #Redskins

As the #Redskins are showing in these #ProBowl selections, to the winners go the spoils. Next year, even more of them will make it. #NFL

Lorenzo Alexander deserves to be in #ProBowl. He leads #NFL in Most Times Needing To Be Surgically Removed From A Kick Returner. #Redskins.

It’s so hard to make the #ProBowl as a special teamer, the way Alexander did. Many, many aspire to it, but only one is chosen. #Redskins

Maybe the way to revive the #ProBowl is to have the Preseason Pro Bowl Picks play the End-of-the-Season Picks. #NFL

A decade from now, Nov. 28, 2012 (W), Dec. 4, 2012 (W) and Dec. 11, 2012 (W) are going to be considered Great Days in #Wizards History. #NBA

Sure, #RG3 is 1st rookie QB voted to Pro Bowl since Marino. But … he’s same age Vick was when Michael was voted to 1st (22). #Redskins


The #Redskins‘ passer rating during their six-game winning streak is 122.1 (152-105-1,380-15-3) — with two rookie quarterbacks. #NFL

Also, the #Redskins‘ passer rating has topped 100 six games in a row, a franchise first. #NFL

Before this, the #Redskins came closest to doing it in 1991. Mark Rypien had a 100+ passer rating in five of six games (Weeks 11-16). #NFL


Highest team passer ratings in #Redskins history: 1. 1991 98.0; 2. ‘83 97.0; 3. ‘70 90.5, 4. ‘74 90.0. 2012: 103.6 with a game to go. #NFL

The #Redskins‘ team passer rating has improved from 73.3 last year to 103.6 this year — 30+ points. Huge jump. Wonder how rare. #NFL

Top rushing teams in modern #Redskins history: 1. 1951 179.3 YPG; 2. ‘55 166.7; 3. ‘58 164.8; 4. ‘83 164.1; 5. ‘59 163.7; 6. 2012 162.3.


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Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at

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