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Need to Know: The five most important plays from Redskins 17, Seahawks 14

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Need to Know: The five most important plays from Redskins 17, Seahawks 14

SEATTLE--Here is what you need to know on this Monday, November 6, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call, 3 p.m.

Days until:

—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 13
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 17
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 24

The five most important plays in the Redskins’ win

Wagner sack of Cousins for safety—This appeared to confirm the narrative for this game that everyone had coming in, that the Redskins wouldn’t be able to protect Kirk Cousins well enough for him to do anything. The two points played into the dynamic of the game the entire way, as it helped the Seahawks keep it a single-score game the entire way.

Third-down conversion on pass to Vernon Davis—Perhaps the three missed field goals by Blair Walsh should fit in here somewhere so let’s look at this play, which happened after the second miss. The Redskins were on the verge of going three and out but a good throw from Cousins and a nice grab by Davis got 10 yards and kept the drive alive. Davis also caught passes for 23 and 11 yards and Josh Doctson pitched in with a 10-yard catch. Terrelle Pryor also caught a pass that converted a third down and he may have finished off the drive a few plays later but he drew a pass interference flag in the end zone. Rob Kelley powered in for the TD soon after that to give the Redskins a lead they did not relinquish until very late in the game.

Cousins pass to Ryan Grant and roughing the passer sets up a first down at the 13—This was the Redskins’ first possession of the second half. Still up 7-2, Cousins went to Pryor for 12 yards and then he found Grant over the middle. Not known for picking up yards after the catch, Grant rolled for 23 yards. A roughing the passer penalty on that same play moved the Redskins to the 13. They didn’t score a touchdown but Nick Rose’s field goal forced the Seahawks to go for two points when they did eventually score. That certainly affected the dynamic of the game.

Russell Wilson’s TD pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:34 left to play—It looked like the Redskins’ good effort would be all for naught as the Seahawks, trailing 10-8, marched down the field to the Redskins’ 30 with relative ease. Baldwin got wide open on the right side and after gathering in the pass at the 12 he easily rolled into the end zone. The two-point conversion attempt was no good but Seattle and the 12’s believed that the game was over.

Cousins pass to Doctson down to the one—But it wasn’t over. After firing a pass to Brian Quick to get the Redskins into Seahawks territory, Cousins called an audible and had Doctson go downfield. Cousins unleased a pass that looked to be a little too long. But Doctson has that large catch radius and the made a diving grab. If the Redskins turn around their season and make a playoff run, that catch could be the key play for the entire season.

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Redskins fan in your life


Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Redskins fan in your life

Black Friday is nearly here, and in anticipation of the holiday, you're probably planning on buying that nice, new TV or laptop you've needed for a while. But in addition to those typical Black Friday items, it's also the perfect time to pick up something for that dedicated Redskins fan in your life.

Not sure what to get the Burgundy and Gold supporter, though? Look no further than the list of 10 things below.

We've done our part by creating this list for you, just like a quarterback who gives his receiver a chance with a great throw. Now it's up to you to finish the play.

1. Redskins PlayStation 4 Skin Set

Price: $14.99

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: As someone who just bought a PlayStation 4, I'd be thrilled to be able to personalize it with this 'Skins Skin set. The only thing better than taking down a Cowboys fan online in Madden is taking down a Cowboys fan online in Madden with Redskins-themed controllers.

2. Redskins NFL Krazy Kover

Price: $10.02

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: This is more than a koozie; it's a sweater for your beer. Why are you still reading and not buying?

3. Redskins infant bodysuit set

Price: $26.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: The other items on this list are all for the Redskins fan in your life. This one, on the other hand, is for the future Redskins fan in your life. Quick, give them this bodysuit set before your weird, Eagles-supporting aunt does the same.

4. Redskins light up sweater

Price: $79.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: It's just like the one you've seen in the commercials, except better, because it's Burgundy and Gold! There's one for men and one for women.

5. Redskins fidget spinner

Price: $3.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: The fidget spinner fad has died down a bit, but let's be honest: when you get one in your hand these days, you still spin the heck out of it. Give the gift of spinning to those you love most this Black Friday.

6. Redskins golf balls 

Price: $13.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: I'm addicted to golf and would cherish each of these Redskins balls right up to the moment I sliced them straight into the woods on the third tee.

7. Redskins lunch box/cooler

Price: $29.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: People have forgotten how important it is to have a useful lunch box in 2017. Remind them with this beautiful cooler, so they can then display their dedication to Washington's team inside of their office's overcrowded fridge.

8. Redskins platter

Price: $39.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: We're heading into the thick of the party-hosting section of the calendar. When you're serving up your guests your finest cheeses, do it on this Redskins platter.

9. Redskins full/queen comforter set

Price: $69.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: With a comforter this gorgeous, you may actually want to make your bed every morning.

10. Redskins license plate frame

Price: $19.99

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: Think of how many cars sit behind you on a daily basis. Then, think of how many of those people root for the other NFC East rivals. Buy this so you can taunt them without even knowing it.

11. fuboTV Subscription

Price: $19.99/month for 2 months

Where to buy:

Why they'll love it: What better gift than the games themselves? Perfect for the cord-cutting Redskins fan on your list, fuboTV offers 80 streaming channels from sports to news to movies and more. Watch on all of your favorite devices including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV and AndroidTV or take it anywhere with the fuboTV app, available for both Android and iOS. If you're on the go, take advantage of fuboTV's cloud-based DVR service to record your favorite programs and watch them wherever you'd like. Even better? There are no hidden fees or long-term contracts and you can cancel anytime. 

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

Jay Gruden said during the offseason that the thing that scared him most was not having a good center and a backup available. The coach probably is terrified now.

Spencer Long, who started the season at center, is headed to injured reserve. He has been battling tendonitis in his knees for several weeks and, apparently, an injured quad muscle. Gruden said that Long will have surgery to fix the quad.


Rookie Chase Roullier has been playing well in Long’s absence but he will be on the shelf at least this week. He broke a bone in his hand against the Saints and, according to a report, he has had surgery to repair it. While he has not been ruled out it seems likely that he will miss at least this game, if not more.

The Redskins’ third option is veteran journeyman Tony Bergstrom. It looks like he will start at center against the Giants on Thursday. The Redskins are Bergstrom’s fourth team in four seasons in the league. He has started four games, all for the Raiders in 2012 and 2015. Bergstrom signed with the Redskins about four weeks ago.

Bergstrom’s backup will be Demetrius Rhaney, who was just signed. He started one game for the Rams after they drafted him in the seventh round in 2014.

As expected, both Chris Thompson and Terrelle Pryor are headed to injured reserve. In addition to signing Rhaney, the team will promote LB Pete Robertson and RB LeShun Daniels from the practice squad. Earlier this week they re-signed DL A.J. Francis. They will have to drop one player from the 53-man roster before all of these moves are made official.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.