Redskins turn back hapless Giants, keep flickering playoff hopes alive

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Playing with backups at a half-dozen positions and backups to backups at others, the Washington Redskins looked like a squad that had just met during long stretches of Thursday night’s crucial game against the New York Giants.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins was sacked six times and twice called for delay of game. There were holding calls, an epidemic of drops and a tipped ball that Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins intercepted and ran back 53 yards for a tying score in the third quarter.

But at the end of this Thanksgiving night, the Redskins owed thanks that the flailing Giants were in even greater disarray, unable to mount much resistance as Washington overcame enough self-inflicted errors for a 20-10 victory.

Playing behind a patchwork offensive line that lacked three starters, Cousins was under duress much of the evening but completed 19 of 31 throws for 242 yards, two touchdowns and the one interception.

Rookie Samaje Perine supplied 100 yards toward the 122-yard rushing output that helped the Redskins outgain the Giants 323 yards to 170.

It was a miserable night for quarterback Eli Manning, whose thin receiving corps gave him little help. He was 13 of 27 for 113 yards and a late, game-sealing interception to cornerback Kendall Fuller.

With the victory, the Redskins snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 5-6 overall while getting their first victory in the division.

[Crowder, Perine among Washington’s few bright spots in ugly win]

With Dallas losing to the Los Angeles Chargers earlier in the day to fall to 5-6, as well, it raised the stakes of the Redskins’ visit to the Cowboys next Thursday, with second place in the NFC East on the line.

The victory over the Giants (2-9) was essential to keep the Redskins’ slim playoff hopes alive. It was sorely needed for morale, too, coming four days after their devastating overtime loss to New Orleans after leading by 15 points with less than six minutes remaining in regulation.

While the Redskins have played hurt and shorthanded for weeks, they took the field Thursday night a shadow of the roster that opened the season. After playing with a significant knee injury the last two weeks, left tackle Trent Williams sat out, leaving just two starters on the offensive line — right guard Brandon Scherff and right tackle Morgan Moses. And at center was a third-string lineman, Tony Bergstrom, signed just four weeks earlier.

Moreover, it was the fourth consecutive game without Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Reed and the first without versatile running back Chris Thompson, who had served throughout the season as an escape hatch for Cousins, ready to bail him out when plays broke down with a sure-handed catch or carry.

Things got off to an ugly start for both teams.

The Redskins punted on their first two drives, unable to muster a first down while being called for holding and a false start and dropping easy balls.

They turned the ball over on downs on a snake-bitten third series. Cousins tripped over the leg of his retreating third-string center, and somehow a Giants defender was credited with a sack. Coach Jay Gruden went for it on fourth and one, but the throw to Josh Doctson in stride fell incomplete.

The Giants took over on their own 41 but couldn’t do anything with the gift, as linebacker Ryan Kerrigan flew in for his second sack of the night.

[Best and worst moments from Redskins’ 20-10 win over Giants on Thanksgiving]

The Giants broke the deadlock midway through the second quarter, converting a fourth and one en route to a 16-play drive that resulted in a 30-yard field goal.

The Redskins replied with more drops than receptions. Doctson couldn’t reel in a shot in the end zone, and Crowder couldn’t handle short throws.

A pass interference on the Giants took the ball to New York’s 18. Cousins sacked for nine-yard loss. Took another shot in the end zone, but Ryan Grant couldn’t reel it in. With 13 seconds remaining in the half, Nick Rose tied it on a 28-yard field goal.

The Redskins got the ball to start the second half. The result was the same: some scattered positive yardage, followed by self-defeating mistakes. A holding call on Arie Kouandjio and a third sack left Cousins staring at a third and 27. They ended up punting a fifth time.

After forcing the same from the Giants, the Redskins got their first big play—a 33-yard catch and run by Crowder—that took them to field-goal range. But things went backward from there. Unable to find an open receiver, Cousins took off running and was sacked a fourth. A false start set them back further. On the run again, Cousins fired a bullet at Crowder in the end zone, for a 15 yard touchdown that put the Redskins up, 10-3.

Manning could do nothing in the passing game, and it looked as if the Redskins would go ahead by two scores on their drive. But in leaping for a short throw from Cousins, running back Byron Marshall tipped it into the hands of Jenkins, who ran it back 53 yards for a touchdown, streaking past a swipe from Cousins and plowing through a last-gasp effort from linemen Kouandjio and Moses.

With it, the Giants tied at 10, and Moses suffered a knee injury but after a quick sideline evaluation played on.

Trying to break the deadlock, Gruden went for it on fourth and one, but Cousins couldn’t get the play called in time, drawing a second delay-of-game penalty and a cascade of boos from the stands.

The Giants’ offense stalled again, however, and the Redskins moved inside the New York 20 when Doctson out-jumped Jenkins in the corner of the end zone for a 14-yard strike from Cousins to make it 17-10 with 3:31 remaining. Rose hit from 33 yards to extend the lead, and Fuller ended it by intercepting Manning.

More on the NFL: Dak Prescott has been ineffective without Ezekiel Elliott, and the Cowboys are floundering The Vikings (led by Case Keenum!?) could be the first team to play in the SuperBowl at home When the Redskins called, Demetrius Rhaney’s Thanksgiving plans quickly changed

Jetboil Flash Lite Personal Cooking System Review

Jetboil Flash Lite PCS Stove
Jetboil Flash Lite PCS Stove (gas canister not included)

The Jetboil FlashLite Personal Cook System is the lightest weight Jetboil cook system available today, weighing 12.3 ounces (10 oz. minimum). It’s basically the same as the 1.0 Jetboil Flash Personal Cook System but with a smaller volume and lighter weight 0.8L pot. Designed for non-winter use, it’s ideal for rapidly boiling water to make things like coffee, soup, pasta, or rehydrating freeze-dried backpacking meals. You can further reduce the weight of the system to 10 ounces by leaving the included pot stabilizer and plastic cup home and just eating and drinking out of the pot. If all you need to do is to boil water, the Flash Lite will work admirably for your needs.

Specs at a Glance

  • Boil time: 2 min 30 sec for 500 ml (2 cups) of water
  • Max Number of boils per 100g canister: 24
  • Total weight: 12.3 oz
  • Minimum weight: 10 oz without folding stabilizer stand and plastic cup
    • Pot and cozy: 5.5 ounces
    • Stove with integrated pot stand: 3.9 ounces
    • Lid: 0.6 ounces
    • Plastic cup/fin protector: 1.3 ounces
    • Folding stabilizer stand 1.0
When you buy a Jetboil you're paying for the convenience of an integrated unit
When you buy a Jetboil you’re paying for the convenience of an integrated unit

The Jetboil Personal Cooking System

The Jetboil Flash Lite isn’t just a backpacking stove, but a complete cooking system, an important distinction when comparing backpacking stoves to one another. It consists of the following components:

  • self-igniting stove mounted in a plastic bracket
  • 0.8 liter cook pot with embossed liquid measurements
  • insulating pot sleeve and flexible cloth handle
  • fold out stand (that most people leave at home – but is actually quite useful)
  • plastic lid with sipper and strainer
  • plastic cup which fits over bottom of pot

When you buy a Jetboil, you’re paying for the convenience of an integrated unit that’s easy to pack and fairly idiot-proof to use, which can be a good thing. The components themselves work well together and well enough for their intended purpose, but I wouldn’t call them best of breed. While you can assemble your own cook system from scratch using better or lighter weight components, it’s hard to beat the convenience and degree of integration provided by Jetboil’s stove systems.

The Jetboil pot has heat retention coils that help boost the stove's efficiency when the two are coupled together
The bottom of the Jetboil pot has heat retention coils that help boost the stove’s efficiency when the two are coupled together

The stove provided with the Jetboil Flash Lite is fairly unremarkable as backpacking stoves go. It has a push button piezo igniter which eliminates the need for matches or a lighter to light the stove. While these do break and stop functioning eventually, they can be replaced and are quite convenient when they work. The pot is small but has heat retention coils on the bottom which help improve the overall efficiency of the system and provide the stove with some wind protection. A small 110g gas canister will fit inside the pot with the stove, and the lid holds all of the components inside for easy transport.

If there’s a limitation with the stove, it’s that it is nearly impossible to simmer with, which is a common fault of cooking systems like this which are mainly intended to boil water and not intended for heating anything up except hot drinks or thin soups. Part of the problem is that you simply can’t see the flame when the pot is locked into the pot stand that surrounds the stove and the other is that it goes out if you turn the stove down too low. If you want to cook pasta, like ramen noodles, your best bet is to boil your water and then let the noodles soak in the pot (see Forget Boiling: How to Cook Dried Pasta and Stretch Your Stove Fuel).

While you can lock the pot to the stove, it can be difficult to disengaged when it's finished cooking.
While you can lock the pot to the stove, it can be difficult to disengage it when your water has finished boiling and you want to separate the two.

Eating from the Pot

If minimizing gear weight is a priority, you can discard the plastic cup and eat and drink from the cook pot itself. In my experience, the plastic cup is  easy to crack, so you’ll end up eating and drinking from the pot sooner or later anyway. It’s also one less thing to wash and keep clean.

The insulated cozy surrounding the pot has a fabric handle which is strong enough to hold the pot when contains hot liquid or food. However, it can also be a little tricky to disengage the hot pot from the stove/pot stand if you use the twist lock mechanism provided to lock the two together while cooking. I usually leave the pot deliberately unlocked, if a bit titled, so I can lift it off the combo stove/pot stand when my water has finished boiling.

Likes

  • Complete cook system including stove, pot, lid and optional cup
  • Heats water really fast
  • Fuel efficient
  • Packs up small in your backpack together with a small canister
  • Very lightweight at 10 ounces, without fuel and optional components

Dislikes

  • Difficult to use for cooking more substantive meals than soups
  • Limited liquid capacity

Recommendation

The Jetboil Flash Lite Personal Cook System (PCS) boils water quickly and efficiently for making hot drinks or rehydrating pre-packaged backpacking meals. It’s very compact, ultralight, and self-contained when packed with a small fuel canister, ideal for multi-day or weeklong backpacking trips. If you need to boil water for multiple people or want to be able to simmer more complex 1-pot meals, you’d be better off getting the 1.8L JetBoil Sumo or the 1.0L Jetboil Minimo.

Disclosure: The author purchased this product with his own funds.
Written 2017.

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New Single Player Mode Coming to GT Sport in December

Free new cars arrive next week, new career mode arrives next month.

Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi has revealed some of the new content set to come to Gran Turismo Sport over the next few weeks.

Patch 1.06, available on November 27, will roll out with three free new cars, including a Vision GT model from Italian design house Zagato, Audi’s last LMP1 racer, and the Shelby Cobra 427. According to Yamauchi the patch will also disable the online-only requirement for the livery editor, photo mode, and campaign mode, but he notes “you will still require internet access to save your progress.”

GT Sport’s free December update will include a new single player mode called the “GT League.” GT League is based on the classic GT Mode of previous Gran Turismo games and will include a variety of familiar cup competitions, championships, and endurance races for players to progress through.

The December update will also come with 12 new cars, several of which will bring a much-needed injection of retro content into the game. Those cars include:

  • Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A (FD)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (R32)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II Nür (R34)
  • Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
  • Lamborghini Countach LP400
  • Ferrari F40
  • Ferrari Enzo Ferrari
  • KTM X-BOW R
  • Suzuki Swift Sport
  • Volkswagen Sambabus Type 2 (T1)
  • Chris Holstrom Concepts 1967 Chevy Nova
  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible (C3)

According to Yamauchi, Polyphony is planning to add approximately 50 cars to the game before March 2018. He also stressed the “updates will continue beyond March” and that players can look forward to the addition of new tracks.

Now, this looks a little more familiar...

Now, this looks a little more familiar…

As discussed in IGN’s review of GT Sport, the significant lack of car and track content compared to competitors like Project CARS 2 was one of the game’s major weaknesses.

Luke is Games Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. You can find him on Twitter every few days @MrLukeReilly.

November 24, 1859: Origin of Species is published

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, a groundbreaking scientific work by British naturalist Charles Darwin, is published in England. Darwin’s theory argued that organisms gradually evolve through a process he called “natural selection.” In natural selection, organisms with genetic variations that suit their environment tend to propagate more descendants than organisms of the same species that lack the variation, thus influencing the overall genetic makeup of the species.

Darwin, who was influenced by the work of French naturalist Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck and the English economist Thomas Mathus, acquired most of the evidence for his theory during a five-year surveying expedition aboard the HMS Beagle in the 1830s. Visiting such diverse places as the Galapagos Islands and New Zealand, Darwin acquired an intimate knowledge of the flora, fauna, and geology of many lands. This information, along with his studies in variation and interbreeding after returning to England, proved invaluable in the development of his theory of organic evolution.

The idea of organic evolution was not new. It had been suggested earlier by, among others, Darwin’s grandfather Erasmus Darwin, a distinguished English scientist, and Lamarck, who in the early 19th century drew the first evolutionary diagram—a ladder leading from one-celled organisms to man. However, it was not until Darwin that science presented a practical explanation for the phenomenon of evolution.

Darwin had formulated his theory of natural selection by 1844, but he was wary to reveal his thesis to the public because it so obviously contradicted the biblical account of creation. In 1858, with Darwin still remaining silent about his findings, the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace independently published a paper that essentially summarized his theory. Darwin and Wallace gave a joint lecture on evolution before the Linnean Society of London in July 1858, and Darwin prepared On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection for publication.

Published on November 24, 1859, Origin of Species sold out immediately. Most scientists quickly embraced the theory that solved so many puzzles of biological science, but orthodox Christians condemned the work as heresy. Controversy over Darwin’s ideas deepened with the publication of The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871), in which he presented evidence of man’s evolution from apes.

By the time of Darwin’s death in 1882, his theory of evolution was generally accepted. In honor of his scientific work, he was buried in Westminster Abbey beside kings, queens, and other illustrious figures from British history. Subsequent developments in genetics and molecular biology led to modifications in accepted evolutionary theory, but Darwin’s ideas remain central to the field.

This Trend Will Take You From 2017 to 2018 Seamlessly

The fabric we’re predicting to flood our social feeds at the start of the New Year? Easy: sleek, shiny satin in all shapes and colors, from heavy duchess satin to its thinner, more delicate sibling, charmeuse. We love the luxe fabric for its undeniable ’70s vibe—after all, the era has dominated the runways and the street style scene all year long. And let’s not even talk about the way it feels against our skin.

Clearly you can’t blame a girl for wanting to wear satin from sunup to sundown, and luckily for us, Victoria’s Secret understands completely. Sure, the retailer has us covered in the pajama department, but it’s also inspiring the rest of our wardrobes, especially with the holiday season looming large in our minds. From elegant dresses to some of the coolest third pieces we’ve come across, these luxe picks are perfectly party-ready (though to be perfectly honest, we’d be happy to wear them any old day of the week).

Keep reading to see the satin pieces we’re picking up right now.

Ready for more satin? Check out the selection from Victoria’s Secret here.

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Will Return To Netflix For A Second Season

In the not-too-distant past, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return came back with new mads, a new host, and the same great comedy stylings laid over some of the worst movies ever made. It was wonderful, as if the show had never left. And it’ll be like the show has never left for a while yet, since Netflix has renewed it for a second season.

For those who might be unfamiliar, the premise is simple: A kind man, in this case Jonah (Jonah Ray) is trapped aboard the Satellite of Love courtesy of Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and her henchman Max (Patton Oswalt). Kinga is continuing her father’s experiment where kind men are shown some of the worst movies in the history of the medium, in an attempt to drive the subject mad, but mostly just annoying him and giving robot sidekicks Crow T. Robot (Hampton Yount) and Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn) fodder for highly educated smart-aleck remarks.

As those following the annual Turkey Day marathon run by Shout! Factory have just discovered, the show will be returning, with everyone (mostly) intact, provided Kinga hasn’t gotten up to anything between seasons. It’s also a nice payoff for fans who kicked in for the ambitious Kickstarter that Netflix ultimately picked up, and were hoping we’d see a bit more. Mostly we’ll be curious to see if they broaden their taste in eras of bad movies, since while there are many anti-classics from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, the modern era has more than a few nominees itself.

(via Shout! Factory)