November 29, 2015

Washington Redskins Week 12 Preview: vs. New York Giants

The Washington Redskins look to grab a share of the NFC East lead Sunday in a key divisional matchup vs. the New York Giants. The Redskins were thoroughly embarrassed in a 44-16 blowout at Carolina, while the Giants are coming off a bye week, Washington’s third opponent this year on two weeks’ rest.

The Giants, at 5-5, have a game lead on the abysmal NFC East, and beat the Redskins quite convincingly earlier this year, 32-21. The Giants have been Washington’s bugaboo the last few seasons, winning five straight meetings, all in pretty convincing fashion. The last game played at FedEx Field between these two teams ended in a 45-17 blowout, helped along by four interceptions thrown by Kirk Cousins. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 12 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

With first place on the line Sunday against the New York Giants, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden called it a “one-game season” for Kirk Cousins and company to stay alive in the playoff hunt. Gruden and Cousins addressed the media on Wednesday after practice.

On Wednesday morning, the National Football League announced the teams that will be playing across the Atlantic Ocean in London next year in what is now becoming a tradition. Washington will the road team in a Week 8 matchup with the AFC North power house Cincinnati Bengals in Gruden’s first matchup against his former co-workers. The Redskins could be the first team in the NFL to play back-to-back games in London should they finish in the same place within their respective divisions as the St. Louis Rams. With their dreaded performance recently at opposing team’s stadiums, fans should welcome the idea of having two road games come at the expense of the Redskins opponents.

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Washington Redskins Game 10 Review: Turnovers, penalties, and missed tackles doom Skins against Panthers


Even though this might not have been a “must-win” for the Washington Redskins against the undefeated Carolina Panthers, it would have been huge for the DC franchise to keep pace in the muddled NFC East. After an early shootout similar to the Saints game last year, Washington had a pick-6 interception get called back on a controversial and questionable personal foul penalty. Not only was the 14-point swing a big deal in the final score, but the Redskins had no swagger about them on their way to a mistake-filled blowout. The Redskins fell to a record of 4-6 after a 44-16 thrashing to the 10-0 Carolina Panthers.

One of the main keys for the Redskins on defense was to stop the running game and put pressure on Cam Newton in the passing game. In the first three plays they did exactly that by dropping Jonathan Stewart for no gain before forcing back-to-back incompletions from Newton thanks to pressure from Trent Murphy and Ryan Kerrigan. Unfortunately for Washington, on a third down for Kirk Cousins felt the pressure and delivered way to high for an open DeSean Jackson for an interception.

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Washington Redskins: Week 11 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

Before the Washington Redskins departed for Carolina after completing a week of practice that “was a good one” according to head coach Jay Gruden, he and offensive coordinator Sean McVay addressed the media.

After addressing injuries headed into Sunday, Gruden began to discuss the coaching matchup between himself and Ron Rivera. Rivera had grown a reputation of being a risk taker. Gruden attempted to chalk it up to just playing situational football and saying his team would be “aware” of any tricks up the Panthers sleeves. On a similar note about how Gruden believes he has grown as a coach since last year, the Redskins second year man says that a lot of it has to do with the people around you as you continuously grow to adapt to the game. Gruden said the team is “making strides” in developing, coaching, and getting the best out of the players which is “what it’s all about”.

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Washington Redskins Week 11 Preview: at Carolina Panthers

The Washington Redskins head to Charlotte, NC to face their second undefeated opponent in 3 weeks in the 9-0 Carolina Panthers. The Redskins are coming off their most complete performance of the season against the New Orleans Saints in a 43-14 rout, while the Panthers pulverized the Tennessee Titans, 27-10, in their Week 10 matchup.

The Panthers are led by the man who has been dominating headlines this year for his stellar play and creative celebrations, Mr. Cam Newton. Newton has been discussed as an MVP candidate this year, with his 15 passing TDs and 6 rushing TDs. He is a dynamic playmaker, especially around the red zone, where he loves to hit his big TE Greg Olsen. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 11 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

The Washington Redskins are a half-game back of the NFC East divisional lead. At 4-5, the franchise is hoping to keep pace with a tough task of the undefeated Carolina Panthers on the road. On Wednesday, head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins addressed the media on the obstacle ahead.

Gruden believes the biggest challenge in facing Panthers quarterback Cam Newton are his legs not only on zone reads, but also running “between the tackles on the power” reads. Gruden kidded that by simply falling down, Newton could pick up two yards. Gruden knows the “simple math equation” with offenses being afforded an extra blocker when the quarterback is able to run the ball. As a result, the Redskins will have to be “really gap-secure” in their defense.

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Washington Redskins: Week 10 Monday Wrap-Up after Impressive Beatdown of Saints

In a “must-win” situation for the Washington Redskins to stay relevant in the NFC playoff picture, Kirk Cousins and company came up large. The New Orleans Saints might not be as dominant as they once were when winning the Super Bowl in 2009, but Drew Brees is still an elite opponent. After getting to 4-5 and having a day to reflect, head coach Jay Gruden addressed the media to recap the victory.

As all involved have preached from Week 1, “it is a process”. Gruden stands by that “you definitely see progress every week” of Cousins and enjoyed that he “answered the challenge”. The injury bug that Cousins seemingly could not shake earlier in his career seems to be gone *knocks on wood*. Gruden believes Cousins is “making good decisions and letting those around him make plays for him”. It certainly helps when the running game is effective and your receivers combine for a season-high 260 yards after the catch. Gruden knows that going forward if the offense “can get the ball out in space, good things will happen”.

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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 10 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

Chances might be slim that the Redskins have post-season viability, but if there is to be any hope, it starts with a must-win game against the New Orleans Saints. Before getting ready to host WhoDat nation, head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator  Sean McVay spoke to the media.

With the team becoming healthier as a whole, Jay Gruden likes that DeSean Jackson is returning to his pre-injury form. Mainly, Jackson is gaining confidence because his returning speed which Gruden was impressed with during this week’s practice. McVay concurred with the head man by announcing that he believes Jackson is back at 100 percent and fully recovered from his hamstring injury.

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Redskins Week 10 Game Preview: vs. New Orleans Saints

The Washington Redskins return home after a one-sided road loss to face the up-and-down roller coaster ride that is the New Orleans Saints. Washington put forth a feeble effort against the mighty Patriots last week, dropping 7 balls and committing costly turnovers, all while allowing LeGarrette Blount to run all over them and Tom Brady to slice them up in the passing game. The Saints are also coming off an embarrassing loss to the lowly Tennessee Titans at home, a game in which they allowed Titans rookie Marcus Mariota to throw for 371 yards and 4 TDs.

The Saints had won three straight games to move to 4-4 before that game behind their powerful offense, but now sit at 4-5 looking to sniff .500 again. The Redskins sit at 3-5 but are a stellar 3-1 this season at FedEx Field, and they look to make that mark 4-1 this week. [Read more…]

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