August 21, 2018

Washington Redskins pound Cowboys with multiple record-breaking performances

The Washington Redskins arrived at Jerry World with nothing to gain in the standings with a victory. That being said, Jay Gruden had the “intent” of winning a football game with the healthy bodies he had available. Facing off against the Dallas Cowboys and their fourth quarterback of the year, the Redskins got everything they wanted out of the game as a great tuneup before the playoffs. Washington continued momentum and Kirk Cousins broke some records on the way to a 9-7 record via a 34-23 win against the archrival Cowboys.

Dallas started the game off with a three-and-out thanks to a drop on third down even though Will Blackmon fell down in coverage against Cole Beasley. Washington punted after a single first down picked up but saw Jordan Reed break Chris Cooley’s franchise record (83) for most receptions in a single season by a tight end. Kirk Cousins also joined Jay Schroeder and Brad Johnson as the only people to throw for over 4,000 yards in a single-season. The Redskins offense got the ball back after Kellen Moore went three-and-out again because of hurried throws from a strong pass rush.

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Washington Redskins: Dominant early, gutty performance late equals Skins first road win of season against Bears

Even with a disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins and Jay Gruden know that everything they want to achieve is still obtainable. The Redskins still control their own destiny in the playoff hunt, but they know that there was no longer room for error. Against the Chicago Bears on the road, it looked like Washington might run away with things early by jumping out to a 14-0 lead, but an inability to capitalize on turnovers allowed Chicago right back into the things. Thanks to another great game from Jordan Reed and the heavy foot of Bears’ kicker Robbie Gould, Washington escaped Soldier Field with their first road victory of the season, 24-21, and move to 6-7 on the year.

Usually things do not go well for Washington when they are forced to start with the football instead of deferring to the second half; that changed today. Kirk Cousins was a perfect 5 of 5 for 60 yards on the drive including a strong throw to Rashad Ross outside the numbers for a third-and-12 conversion. Jordan Reed came up huge with two first down thanks to extra effort and yards after the catch. Alfred Morris scored from one yard out for his first touchdown of the year to give Washington the early 7-0 lead.

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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: 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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Washington Redskins give up walk off Pick-6 to Falcons after coming back to force OT

Although the Washington Redskins were just 2-2 on the season, they were tied for first place of the weakened NFC East and looking to keep pace when they traveled to the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. With the defense playing their hearts out while the offense gave them little to work with, it looked like it would be a classic Washington blown lead. After losing the lead twice, quarterback Kirk Cousins orchestrated two drives to regain the lead and then tie the game to force overtime. On the ensuing series, bad luck haunted the Redskins as a slip and early throw resulted in a walk off pick-6 touchdown, dropping Washington to 2-3 with a 25-19 loss.

Penalties have been an Achilles heel of the team throughout the season so far. The flags reared their ugly head again as the Redskins went three-and-out on the opening possession following a holding penalty on left tackle Trent Williams. Right when things were looking bad for a beat up secondary, Washington was bailed out by a drop and overthrow to Julio Jones. The latter resulted in the Redskins first interception of the year by Trenton Robinson who was stepping up to make a possible tackle.

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Washington Redskins: Week 5 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

After an exciting comeback performance against the Philadelphia Eagles to bring the Washington Redskins record back to 0.500, the club hopes to continue keeping pace as a co-leader of the NFC East. A small dose of the game plan against the Atlanta Falcons was revealed on Wednesday when head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins met with the media.

With the injuries to opening day starters Chris Culliver and DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins will have a tough challenge in defending Julio Jones who Gruden called “a different human being”. If Culliver is unable to go, expect lots of safety help for Bashaud Breeland and the reliance that the pass rush can get home before Matt Ryan has enough time to make a big play. On a quick point dealing with safety Trenton Robinson, the league DID clear him of any wrong doing when penalized twice for a targeting personal foul last week. Robinson has been a lift to the team after the season ending wrist injury to Duke Ihenacho and will be relied on to help contain the explosive Julio Jones on Sunday.

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Washington Redskins avoid another disappointing blown lead with late comeback over Eagles

COUSINS, GARCON, MORRIS LEADS 90-YARD TOUCHDOWN DRIVE TO WIN THE GAME

In just the fourth game of the regular season, the Washington Redskins were already in a must-win situation if they wished to stay relevant in the weakened NFC East. With their second straight divisional opponent in the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington knew the magnitude of the game.

The Redskins got off to another hot start in the first half, before having a let down in the third quarter possibly due to injuries to Chris Culliver and Ryan Kerrigan. Before it was too late, the Redskins did something they rarely have done lately: they came back to win the football game after losing all momentum. Washington is 2-2 and looking for a possibility to be tied for first place in the NFC East after a 23-20 victory over the Eagles.

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Washington Redskins: Week 4 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

After the last practice before the Washington Redskins take on the Philadelphia Eagles on what is expected to be a wet Sunday, Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay took questions from the media.

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Washington Redskins: With hope of relevance in weakened division, Skins fall flat against Giants

Going into this season, there was probably less hope for the Washington Redskins than ever before in recent history. Robert Griffin III did not look the greatest, suffered a concussion, and was subsequently benched. Two weeks into the season, the Eagles and Giants were both 0-2 and the Cowboys were without their three best offensive players from last season (Romo, Bryant, and Murray). The Redskins had a chance to build momentum after an impressive 24-10 win over the St. Louis Rams, but instead came out slow and never recovered on their way to a 32-21 loss to the New York Giants.

After getting off to solid starts the first two weeks of the season with 10-0 leads, the Redskins decided to flip the script early. On the first drive of the game, Jordan Reed was penalized for pass interference, which Jay Gruden did not agree with, that not only negated a big play but stalled the drive into a punt attempt. I say attempt because the Redskins poor special teams reared its ugly head again as practice squad addition Terrance Plummer got blown up by running back Rashad Jennings leading to a block and safety.

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Washington Redskins: Week 3 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

On the last day of media availability from the Washington Redskins, 48 hours removed from their second game of the regular season against the St. Louis Rams, head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay. For a complete recap of all the injuries the Redskins are dealing with this week click here.

Ever since the departure of special teams coach Danny Smith, the Redskins have had a horrible special teams coverage unit. It was evident last week when Jarvis Landry won the game for Dolphins with a back breaking punt return touchdown. Things do not get any easier for the Redskins this week as the electric Tavon Austin has already burned Washington in the past. Gruden said that the team has discussed limiting Tavon Austin’s quality touches on punt returns and punter Tress Way understands this game plan.

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