November 30, 2015

Washington Redskins Game 11: New York Giants Five Takeaways

The Washington Redskins entered Sunday’s game with the New York Giants with several issues on the line. First and foremost, a win would lift the Redskins into first place in the NFC East, tied with the Giants at 5-6 but ahead on tiebreakers. The Skins also came in winners of four straight in the friendly confines of FedEx Field. However, the Redskins have had trouble with the Giants in particular in recent years, having not won against their division foe since Dec. 3, 2012.

Kirk Cousins threw for 302 yards, hooking up with DeSean Jackson for a 63-yard touchdown, Alfred Morris enjoyed his best day in a while with 78 yards on 23 carries and the Redskins knocked off the Giants 20-14 to vault into the lead of the moribund NFC East in the process.

The Redskins defense gave up 321 yards passing to Eli Manning, and Odell Beckham Jr. had 142 yards on nine catches, including a spectacular one-handed diving catch to make it a one-score game late, but limited the G-Men to 33 yards rushing and picked off Manning thrice as they bounced back from the thrashing they took at the hands of Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers last week to insinuate themselves into playoff talk in the NFC.

With that, here are five more takeaways from the Redskins win over the Giants:  [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Opportunistic defense helps Skins down Giants to take control of NFC East


(Photo by: @Redskins)

(Photo by: @Redskins)

Although much has been made about all games being important by both Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins, the Washington Redskins were faced with a true must-win situation when they hosted the New York Giants on Sunday at FedEx Field. A win and Washington would be in first place in the NFC East and firmly control their own destiny; a loss would set them looking toward the offseason and three games back of division contention. The Giants streak of five consecutive victories over Washington was snapped as the Redskins will go into December as the NFC East leader after a 20-14 win.

The Redskins led all day, but Odell Beckham, Jr.’s diving, one-handed touchdown catch from Eli Manning with 4:57 left drew the Giants within a touchdown, prompting nerves from all in attendance. But the Redskins were able to churn out a couple of first downs — via Alfred Morris — and when the Giants got the ball back with just 19 seconds left, there was little they could do — though a hook-and-lateral on the last play at least made the final play fun to watch. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 12 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

The Washington Redskins have a chance to take the NFC East divisional lead on Sunday with a win at home against the New York Giants. In a “one-game season”, according to head coach Jay Gruden, a loss would mean a three game deficit for Washington and a possible early offseason. On an extended Friday practice to account for the shortened Thanksgiving day effort, Gruden addressed the media before getting ready to host the rival Giants.

Gruden expressed his hatred to losing a “good player” in Chris Culliver yesterday in another “unfortunate” and “fluke” injury that seem to be striking the Redskins the most recently. With Bashaud Breeland ill, while Washington hopes it is “just a 24-hour bug”, the team will be forced to rely on the likes of converted receiver Quinton Dunbar and recently promoted corner Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad. Gruden hopes that defensive backs coach Perry Fewell‘s “schooling” of the Redskins depth will pay off while DeAngelo Hall and Kyshoen Jarrett can both return to the majority of their playing time coming at corner.

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Washington Redskins: Week 12 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

On Thanksgiving Thursday, the Washington Redskins moved an expedited practice up in the day in order to get players and coaches home earlier to be with their families. Jay Gruden explained that they will have more emphasis on Friday meetings and more post-practice.

 Prior to Chris Culliver‘s right knee injury during Thursday’s practice, Washington essentially had seven defensive backs that warranted playing time but only five spots, including nickle corner, to play them in. Gruden believes the hardest part about all of that is their pieces have had to play multiple positions in order to get playing time. “A lot of people think it [playing multiple positions] is easy, but it’s not” because of all the formations and pre-snap checks Gruden said Thursday. Thankfully for the Redskins veteran leadership in Will BlackmonDeAngelo Hall, and DaShon Goldson, the secondary has been able to “help the process along.”

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Washington Redskins: Highest Paid FA, CB Chris Culliver Tears ACL/MCL to End Injury Filled Season

During Thanksgiving Thursday’s shortened practice, Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver landed on his right knee, not his left in which he was sidelined four games with inflammation, and “tweaked” it according to Jay Gruden. The Washington Post’s Liz Clarke first reported the Redskins fear of a torn ACL for their prized free agent and now after the MRI was completed, Ian Rapoport reports that Culliver is done for the year with a torn MCL and ACL.

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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: Week 12 Injury Report

With first place in the weakened NFC East on the line, the Washington Redskins are hoping to be completely healthy when they take on the New York Giants at FedEx Field.

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Washington Redskins Week 12 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

After a blowout loss at the hands of the undefeated Carolina Panthers, the Washington Redskins are now looking to rebound in a division race that they still aren’t out of.

Despite the a handful of blown calls by the officiating crew, I have a hard time not pinning this loss on the Redskins. As head coach Jay Gruden put it, when you lose by 28 points, there’s a much larger problem than a couple of blown. To say that the referees have it out for the team because of the name is shedding light on the wrong topic, and reopens a discussion that the franchise has been working hard to put away.

Take a look at wear the Burgundy and Gold rank among the major weekly power rankings. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 11 Monday Wrap Up After Another Mistake Filled Road Letdown

After Andre Roberts returned a kickoff for a touchdown to tie the game at 14, the Washington Redskins gave up 30 points unanswered on their way to an embarrassing loss to the undefeated Carolina Panthers. On Monday, head coach Jay Gruden addressed some of the many points of concerns about the loss.

A recap of the injuries suffered on Sunday are headlined by a left knee patella contusion for Trent Williams and reaggravation of Alfred Morris‘s rib injury from the Saints game. Both are considered day-to-day and Gruden hopes both to be available in a divisional matchup against the Giants on Sunday. Jordan Reed also was dealing with an MCL sprain, but returned to the game. CB DeShazor Everett suffered a hamstring sprain and would be a loss for the team on special teams as a gunner.

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Washington Redskins Game 10: Carolina Panthers – Five Takeaways

Against undefeated teams this season, the Washington Redskins have not fared well.

In North Carolina to take on the now 10-0 Carolina Panthers, the Redskins fell well short of their own expectations, losing 44-16. Of their final total, 14 of those points came in an entertaining first quarter.

Washington started off well. They stuffed the Panthers’ on the game’s opening drive and the Redskins came out swinging on offense with Kirk Cousins finding Desean Jackson for a 56-yard touchdown pass. After Carolina answered on their next drive, Andre Roberts took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a game-tying touchdown. [Read more…]

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