April 24, 2017

Washington Redskins fall apart after good first quarter once Aaron Rodgers and Packers return to form

REDSKINS TAKE SECOND-HALF LEAD, BUT PACKERS PROVE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE

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The Washington Redskins were looking for their first playoff victory in a decade when Sean Taylor helped Joe Gibbs and company knock of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, their demise was foreshadowed by points left on the field in the first quarter as the Redskins were up only 11-0 instead of 16-0.

From that point on, Aaron Rodgers returned to his reigning MVP form and shredded the Redskins defense with an assist from his run game. Green Bay finished the game outscoring the Redskins 35-7. Washington dropped their fourth straight playoff game, 35-18, and will head into the offseason. Though disappointing now, the franchise is in good hands with General Manager Scot McCloughan.

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Washington Redskins: List of records and achievements during the 2015 regular season

When Robert Griffin III was benched just weeks before the start of the regular season, I was with the rest of the power rankings not expecting much from the Washington Redskins. Now four months removed from dysfunction, Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden are rewriting franchise history and it has been a pleasure to watch. Once Gruden decided that keeping momentum going outweighed the risk of injury, the Cowboys game turned into a trip down memory lane.

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Washington Redskins: Skins clinch NFC East with impressive victory over Eagles in primetime

When the season started, the Washington Redskins were easily the laughing stock of the NFL. Robert Griffin III was benched and Kirk Cousins was given the keys to the team. With Tony Romo hurt, Chip Kelly’s player personnel thinking not panning out, and the Giants defense out of sorts, the NFC East was up for grabs.

Things might not have looked pretty early in the year, or even near halftime of today’s game, but in the end Kirk Cousins is showing why he is a starter in the National Football League. Behind 365 yards passing, four touchdowns, and poise after making an ultimate blunder from Cousins, the Washington Redskins steamrolled the Philadelphia Eagles 38-24. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 13 Tuesday Wrap Up following division letdown against Cowboys

Even though the Washington Redskins still control their destiny in the NFC East and have everything “still available” to them, according to head coach Jay Gruden, they made their lives a whole lot harder on Monday Night Football. The Redskins had an opportunity to be a full game lead in the division and put Dallas out of their misery with an early offseason. Unfortunately, poor offense against the blitz, miscues from DeSean Jackson and Dustin Hopkins, and another ineffective ground attack foreshadowed a heartbreaking loss. On Tuesday, Gruden addressed the local media over a conference call as Washington now turns their attention to a road matchup with the Chicago Bears.

Despite Alfred Morris playing just eight snaps on offense, including no action after the first quarter, Gruden maintains that he is the team’s first string back. Gruden chalked things up, running back coach Randy Jordan‘s decision to utilize Matt Jones more, as how the game played out. Matt Jones averaged 2.7 yards a rush for 49 yards while Morris, on a third of the carries, finished at just two yards per attempt. “We didn’t get anything we wanted out of any [offensive] package” according to Gruden, clear from the total of three points on three turnovers forced by the defense.

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Washington Redskins continue trend of primetime nightmares by fumbling away division against Cowboys

DESEAN JACKSON BUNGLES LATE PUNT RETURN, SCORES MINUTES LATER — ALL TO NO AVAIL

Mark Tenally/Associated Press

Mark Tenally/Associated Press

Last week’s victory over the New York Giants to take control of the NFC East showed that the Washington Redskins are indeed contenders, not just pretenders. However, with the Philadelphia Eagles returning to form with the return of Sam Bradford, the magnitude of a prime time matchup against the archrival Dallas Cowboys grew.

In their last 22 games in night games, Washington is a dismal 4-18, though they were victorious last year in Dallas under the lights. After the team’s traded  field goals, an action-packed final two minutes ended in the Redskins doom.

Dan Bailey hit a 54-yard field goal with 9 seconds to go and the Cowboys further muddled the mess that is the NFC East with a 19-16 win over the Redskins.  [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Cousins takes advantage of bad Saints defense and score most points since 2005

In a “must-win” game for both the Washington Redskins and the New Orleans Saints, both sides faced off on a beautiful fall day at FedEx Field. Although Drew Brees still can orchestrate one of the most elite offenses in the league, Washington knew they would have their chances to put up points as well against a bad Saints defense. After an early shootout that resulted in a tie game, 14-14, the Washington Redskins scored 33 unanswered points

Things got off to a rocky start to say the least for Washington. Kick returner Rashad Ross made the cardinal sin of reversing his field, multiple times, and ended up running about 60 yards to get out to the eight yard line before a penalty moved the ball back to the four. Then after a big run by Alfred Morris was called back for a hold on Morgan Moses, Washington might have been looking to simply give Tress Way room to punt.

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Washington Redskins: Week 7 Monday Wrap Up after Record Comeback to top Bucs

After the Washington Redskins set a franchise record for the largest comeback in team history (24 points), they are heading into the bye week on a positive note. Before taking off for a short vacation, Jay Gruden addressed the game, injuries, and more. Gruden is always in a better move after victories after he made all of the media laugh when he said he did “like that” when referencing Kirk Cousins comments to CSN’s Tarik El-Bashir postgame. You can expect more of this passion from Cousins now that he has “earned his respect” according to Gruden.

Gruden expressed his satisfaction with the teams “character and will to come back from something like that [24 point deficit]”. After taking Tampa Bay’s punches, the Redskins “came out swinging in the second half and made it a game” by performing best in when they historically played the worst this season, the third quarter.

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Washington Redskins: Reversing the script in the third quarter before a game-winning touchdown drive from Captain Kirk to beat the Bucs

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS COMPLETE BIGGEST COMEBACK IN FRANCHISE HISTORY AFTER GOING DOWN 24-0

In a “code red” game before the midseason bye week, the Washington Redskins were trying to gain “confidence” going into the bye week according to Kirk Cousins. In five of six games this season, the Redskins have “won” the first half only to see their demise in the second. Today the Redskins could barely stay competitive in the first half as the Buccaneers went up 24-0 just midway through the second quarter. All looked bleak as FedEx Field emptied quickly but in a continued script reversal, the Redskins were the better team in the third quarter. Not only did the Redskins get within a field goal in the third, but the defense gave the offense a chance at the end of the game where Captain Kirk delivered an 11-play 80 yard, game-winning touchdown drive to give Washington a 31-30 victory.

For the sixth time this season, the Washington Redskins lost the opening coin toss and opponents have consistently deferred until the second half. That to me is an underrated reason why the Redskins have struggled in the third quarter; however, today the struggle started from the opening kickoff. After immediately getting behind on the down and distance with a negative play on the opening running play, the Redskins went three and out. Tampa Bay also had just a three play drive, but there’s was a variety of quick strike offense. On the second play of the drive, Doug Martin gashed the Washington defense for a 23 yard gainer. One play later, Jameis Winston threw deep to Mike Evans who simply out ran veteran corner Will Blackmon on the route and caught a 40 yard touchdown.

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Washington Redskins: Week 7 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

It has finally come. Six games into the Washington Redskins season, head coach Jay Gruden has termed this week’s game a “code red”, must win situation. Gruden has continued to stick by his quarterback Kirk Cousins, through his continued struggles that are often associated with Redskins drama, but today both turned their attention to the task at hand, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After answering a blurry of injury related questions, Gruden then turned his attention to assessing the play of particular Redskins once having time to watch film tape. With regards to backup center Josh LeRibeus, per Gruden’s usual self, he pointed out that there were good and big sides to his performance. With the caveat that it was LeRibeus’ first start at the position, Gruden thinks he “did some good things” but notes that “nobody was graded as an A” on the offensive line because of the porous rushing attack.

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Washington Redskins: Same old tune as Skins implode during third quarter in order to lose to Jets

The Washington Redskins had six starters out for Sunday’s battle with the New York Jets, not including the additional three sitting on injured reserve. The injury situation was so bad that in order to fill the 46-man active roster, Robert Griffin III suited up for the first time in 2015. After an initially solid start in the first half that featured Bashaud Breeland recovering two fumbles (one that he forced) and having an incredible interception, the Redskins decided to do what they do best: fall flat in the third quarter. Whether it is poor coaching when halftime adjustments should be made or the team just losing focus, the Redskins gave up 24 straight points and fell to 2-4 after a 34-20 decision.

Things looked bad early. Kirk Cousins threw slightly behind Ryan Grant on a slant pattern to start of the game and getting behind in the down-and-distance led to a three-and-out. Luckily for the struggling offense, Kyshoen Jarrett came up with a big hit on Eric Decker and forced a fumble on the Jets first offensive snap. Being set up on a short field and scoring a touchdown was something the Redskins had not accomplished in their previous 28 opportunities. That changed, as Cousins completed passes for first downs to Jamison Crowder on a screen, Grant on a key third down, and Alfred Morris on a dump off. Two plays later, Pierre Garcon had a great hip fake on Darrelle Revis and hauled in the pass on a slant route to put the Redskins up 7-0.

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