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Ranking the 10 best Redskins plays from the win in Seattle from great to greatest


Ranking the 10 best Redskins plays from the win in Seattle from great to greatest

Trying to identify the play of the game from the Redskins' insane 17-14 win over the Seahawks is like trying to identify the best kind of puppy; the list is so long, it's almost impossible to limit it down to one.

So instead of doing that, let's instead rank them all from great to greatest. 

10) Rob Kelley's first touchdown

The running back's first one-yard score, in which he followed his fullback Ryan Anderson — this was a weird game, so of course the Redskins' rookie pass rusher was also working as a blocker — capped off a really impressive 13-play drive. 

9) Kendall Fuller's interception

The now-on-IR Mason Foster was tweeting a ton during the matchup, and he said in one tweet that Kendall Fuller studies a lot of film. The way he jumped this Russell Wilson pass definitely confirms that Kendall Fuller studies a lot of film:


8) DJ Swearinger's two-point conversion breakup 

Swearinger was everywhere Sunday — he was deflecting passes deep down the middle of the field, helping out in the short passing game and overall looked like the guy who was thriving earlier in the season. He was so active, it wouldn't be that surprising to find out he also visited the Space Needle during the game. 

But arguably his best highlight was the snag-and-run-and-lateral-and-then-have-the-ball-lateraled-back-to-him play he made when Seattle was looking to tie the game at 10 early in the fourth quarter. What a beautiful mess that sequence was.

7) Josh Norman's ridiculous tackle

Josh Norman had an uneven game — Doug Baldwin beat him on the Seahawks' second TD and Norman also had an ugly horsecollar tackle — but his takedown of Thomas Rawls that forced a three-and-out was simply terrific. Not many cornerbacks make that play.

6) Josh Doctson's catch with Richard Sherman draped all over him

On the second play of the 'Skins' second-to-last possession, 2014 Kirk Cousins showed up and decided to lob one up off of his back foot in the direction of Terrelle Pryor instead of chucking it away. The ball drifted over Pryor's hands, however, but luckily, Josh Doctson was there to haul it in.

Doctson caught it with Richard Sherman hanging on his back, mind you. This would've been his top catch of the contest, too, but he came up with a slightly larger one later on. You might have seen it by now.

5) Will Compton's pick

Will Compton had one INT vs. the Seahawks Sunday. He could've had three. But the one he did convert was huge, because it didn't allow the hosts to respond to Washington's third quarter field goal and kept Seattle at arm's length.

4) DeAngelo Hall's Hail Mary knockdown

Somehow, a 33-year-old DeAngelo Hall, suiting up for the first time since 2016's Week 3, was able to get up and knock WIlson's Hail Mary away from a much taller Tanner McEvoy to seal the win for the Redskins on the final play. Told you this was a weird game.

3) Brian Quick's 31-yard catch

Brian Quick, who had 11 snaps to his name before Week 9, is the one who got the game-winning drive going by holding on to a beautiful throw from Cousins and getting out of bounds. He adjusted to the ball like an outfielder and held on to it after getting popped, too.


2) Rob Kelley's second touchdown

Kelley rushed 14 times for 18 yards, which equates to a 1.28 yards per carry average. But he found the end zone twice on those 14 carries, which equates to a 7 carries per touchdown average. The first number's bad but the second one isn't, especially when the second one goes down as the deciding score.

1) Josh Doctson's sprawling snare

Remember Doctson's (sorta) late drop vs. the Chiefs? Of course you do. No. 18 is even now after completing this unbelievably graceful grab, though:

It doesn't get bigger than that. Really, it doesn't.

Had the Redskins gone into Seattle, hung with the NFC West power for 59 minutes but not taken advantage of a sloppy effort from Pete Carroll's squad by winning, it would've been an enormous blow to the team's season. But thanks to Cousins' touch and Doctson's athleticism, the Burgundy and Gold are now one of the happiest 4-4 teams in recent NFL history.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 17, 40 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Redskins and NFL free agency tracker—I started this a week ago today and it grew to 3,500 words. The problem was there wasn’t much to add by the time that free agency actually started at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The legal tampering period or, as I dubbed it to avoid an oxymoron being used, the “permitted tampering-like activities period” was when all of the news happened. By the time actual free agency opened on Wednesday afternoon it pretty much was all over. Thanks to those of you who followed along.

Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source—Since Kirk Cousins’ departure was a foregone conclusion, Brown was the Redskins’ most important free agent. His retention provides continuity in the defense and that will benefit both the team and Brown. His contract (preliminary numbers three years, $24 million) showed that the Redskins are willing to invest some money in the inside linebacker spot for the first time since Joe Gibbs brought in London Fletcher to play middle linebacker in 2007.

Report: Kirk Cousins to sign epic new deal with Vikings—We heard you, folks. The collective voice of the fans who visit NBC Sports Washington on a regular basis let us know that you were not interested in a lot of posts about the Cousins saga that was unfolding in Minnesota. So this was one of very few articles on Cousins that we posted even though Cousins posts have been popular, but with the vast majority of traffic coming from out of town. So, you’re welcome. It should be noted that we will write about Cousins in the future but infrequently.

Redskins officially announce 5-year deal with WR Richardson—He was the opening act for the Alex Smith press conference, and he handled himself very well. If Richardson is even moderately successful I think he will be a major fan favorite.  

Tweet of the week

Here is what fans need to know—a team can afford to do virtually anything it wants in free agency in a given year. If they wanted to the Redskins could restructure deals and sign all of their free agents to contracts that have very small first-year cap hits, creating room to sign the Honey Badger or Suh. The problems come in later years when the cap space you pushed back starts to pile up. The Redskins generally do squeeze free agent contracts into relatively small cap spaces. For example, Richardson’s deal average $8 million per year but the 2018 cap hit is just $4 million. But they don’t like to restructure deals to push money back into later years. That created problems during the Vinny Cerrato years.

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.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 30
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 132
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 176

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.