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How a missed chance at three points actually cost the Redskins much more vs. the Cowboys


How a missed chance at three points actually cost the Redskins much more vs. the Cowboys

Through more than a quarter and a half in their Week 8 matchup Sunday against the Cowboys, the Redskins were surviving.

Thriving? No. But Washington was up 13-7 on a superior (and healthier) Dallas squad, and sending out their kicker to add to that lead just before the break.

But it was that 36-yard field goal attempt that caused the Redskins' fragile house of cards to collapse. Nick Rose's kick was blocked after a shaky but ultimately OK hold by Tress Way in some nasty rain, scooped up by Orlando Scandrick, returned 86 yards the other way and quickly converted into a Cowboys touchdown by Ezekiel Elliott two plays later.

What happened after? Oh, the visitors went on to score 12 more unanswered points while the hosts fumbled the next two times they touched the ball and what could've been a galvanizing upset turned into another disheartening loss for the now 3-4 Redskins.

Besides that, though, it didn't matter too much.


"That was a big one," Jay Gruden said after watching his team drop the 33-17 rivalry game at FedEx Field. "Usually those guys [Nick Sundberg and Way] are pretty solid with their hold and snap, so maybe it was just a low kick. I don't know."

"Man," Josh Norman answered when asked about the enormous swing. "Shoot. The wind just went out of our sails. It really did. And we couldn't get the mojo back."

The corner is right with that assessment. Before the special teams miscue, Gruden's players, many of whom were hurt or filling in for starters who were hurt, were handling their business. And if the hold been a bit smoother and the kick a little higher, the Redskins would've gone up nine.

Yet Tyrone Crawford's block and Scandrick's run back didn't just flip the field, they also flipped the contest's vibe. From then on, it was all Cowboys, as the Redskins only scored one more time late.

"That blocked field goal definitely threw a wrench in our plans," Trent Williams, who didn't play because he was — get this — dinged up, said.

The wrench Williams mentioned is also throwing off the entire 2017 season in D.C. The Redskins stand at a paltry 0-3 in divisional games, own a record that's under .500 and are heading to Seattle next week. 

At the very least, whenever a kicker's field goal doesn't split the uprights, it costs his team three on the scoreboard. In this particular instance, however, the way the Redskins talked about the botched attempt made it clear they lost a lot more than that.

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Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

In some circles of modern culture, producing shocking commentary or content seems like the top goal. Being shocking gets clicks, gets attention, and in turn, gets dollars. 

On NFL Draft night, nothing should be shocking. Remember, last season there was no way Jonathan Allen would fall to the Redskins at 17. There was no way Kansas City would trade up for QB Patrick Maholmes. There was no way Chicago would trade up for Mitchell Trubisky. But all those things happened.

Sure, for months draft experts have expounded about what will happen, but the truth is, once the Browns are on the clock, nobody actually knows anything. 

With that in mind, let's look at a bunch of options that should not shock Redskins fans. 

  • Don't be shocked if Washington takes Minkah Fitzpatrick. They want him.
  • Don't be shocked if the Redskins draft Da'Ron Payne over Vita Vea. Washington loves Payne's potential to be a disruptor in the pass game and his incredible strength. 
  • Then again, don't be shocked if the 'Skins take Vita. Plenty of folks like him too. 
  • Don't be shocked if a team makes a move for Louisville QB Lamar Jackson. That could happen after the Redskins pick at 13, but Washington's pick could also prove important in the race for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
  • Derwin James will be on the 'Skins list, but don't be shocked if he goes off the board before the Redskins pick. 
  • Don't be shocked with a trade back, but remember that isn't the goal. With four QBs expected in the Top 10, an elite talent should make it to Washington at 13. If that happens, the Redskins should take advantage of adding a blue chip to their squad. 
  • Don't be shocked if Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds ends up wearing the Redskins draft hat. Also, don't be shocked if he plays some outside linebacker in the Washington 3-4 scheme, not just the inside LB role most project for Edmunds. 
  • Don't be shocked if a seemingly sure thing slips all the way to 13. Perhaps that's Quenton Nelson? Or Denzel Ward? Remember, there was no way Jon Allen was supposed to fall to 17 last year.

There are some things Redskins fans should be shocked by. 

  • Washington should not trade up. 
  • Washington should not draft a running back at 13 unless Saquon Barley is available. He won't be.
  • Washington should not draft a wide receiver at 13. 
  • If one of the top four QBs is available at 13, Washington should vigorously work the phones to move the pick. Move down a few spots and get Payne should be the exact plan in that scenario. Arizona at 15 needs a QB. 


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2018 NFL Draft Predictions: Where will the Edmunds brothers go?

2018 NFL Draft Predictions: Where will the Edmunds brothers go?

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the fourth episode above and more here.

After this weekend's NFL Draft, the Edmunds family will go from having one son in the league to three. 

Trey is already on the Saints, but Tremaine and Terrell aren't pros just yet. So, when will they be taken? Here's a collection of predictions from NBC Sports Washington's NFL crew regarding the middle and youngest Edmunds brothers.


JP Finlay: The Niners at nine. John Lynch won't be able to get past Edmunds' combination of size and speed, and the elite potential of the just 19-year-old. Remember, too, San Francisco might not have Reuben Foster this fall.

Rich Tandler:  Eighth to the Bears. Physically, he is a double for Brian Urlacher and he worked out well enough for the Bears that he is headed for the Hall of Fame this year.

Mitch Tischler: No. 9 to the San Francisco 49ers.  We all know Kyle Shannahan loves him some offensive threats but getting an edge rusher that could tally double digit sacks and play both inside and out is going to be too tough to pass up at nine.

Pete Hailey: No. 10 and the Raiders. Jon Gruden won't let the dynamic Edmunds fall any further.


JP Finlay: Kansas City in Round 3. They could use additional depth in the secondary and that franchise knows value when they see it.

Mitch Tischler: The Steelers in Round 3. He fits their scheme, has an nfl body and measured very well at the Combine.

Pete Hailey: Round 3 to the Cardinals. Terrell can learn from Antoine Bethea then fill in for him once Bethea moves on.