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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.

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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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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199