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The Redskins know that to beat the 49ers, they must lock down Pierre Garcon

The Redskins know that to beat the 49ers, they must lock down Pierre Garcon

After successfully handling ex-offensive coordinator Sean McVay and his developing Rams team in Week 2, the Redskins will now look to defeat another old friend in Week 6.

Pierre Garçon is a 49er now, and while nis new team isn't producing, he certainly is. The 31-year-old has 28 catches for 379 yards through San Francisco's first five games, numbers that equate to a yards-per-catch average of 13.5. For comparison's sake, he only had one year out of five with the Redskins (2012) where he posted a better YPC average.

Jay Gruden, who used Garçon as a focal point in his offense from 2014 to 2016, listed many of the things the receiver does well on Monday. To him, Garçon still qualifies as a threat even though the Niners' offense as a whole isn't exactly dynamic. 


"He is still one of the top possession-type receivers there is in football," Gruden said as the Redskins returned from their bye. "He is really good after the catch. That’s the one thing we really have to make sure [that] we tackle well when he gets the ball in his hands out in space because he can really run after the catch. He runs very good, precise, crisp routes and has got strong hands." 

"He is definitely their best playmaker," the head coach concluded.

In his response, Gruden dropped one of the words that constantly find their way into descriptions of the 10-year vet. Along with strong, adjectives like aggressive and physical have practically become required vocabulary when assessing Garçon on the field.

Unfortunately for the Burgundy and Gold, they'll be without Josh Norman for Sunday's matchup. Norman is a corner who, like Garçon, is also aggressive and physical, and he would've been an excellent adversary for No. 15. 


Bashaud Breeland will likely see a good deal of Garçon as Norman sits with a rib injury, and like Gruden, he fully understands what the ex-Redskin is all about.

"He's an exceptional guy, he makes good plays on the ball and he runs his routes hard," Breeland said. "It's gonna be a good task for us, and I'm up for it."

Garçon will likely come into D.C. with two goals: 1) Win and 1a) Catch as many passes and break as many tackles as one man can in 60 minutes of football. If the Redskins can prevent the second one from happening, their odds of also stopping the first one will increase dramatically.

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Instant analysis: Eagles outclass Redskins as Carson Wentz continues stellar year


Instant analysis: Eagles outclass Redskins as Carson Wentz continues stellar year

Here are my observations made during the Redskins’ 34-24 loss to the Eagles.

First quarter

— The Redskins’ got into the red zone on their first drive with Kirk Cousins passes to Vernon Davis for 31 yards and Jamison Crowder for 20 keying the advance. But they had to settle for Nick Rose’s first NFL field goal.

—Defensively, the Redskins dominated in the first quarter. The Eagles had no official plays before having four penalties, leading to a first and 33. Quinton Dunbar ended that possession with his first interception of the year. The Eagles got their first third-down conversion of the day in the last minute of the quarter.

Second quarter

—The Redskins gifted the Eagles three points by committing consecutive facemask penalties during Carson Wentz runs. Three weeks ago against the Chiefs, a penalty-laden drive helped KC score a touchdown. Not as costly this time but the score is tied 3-3.

—Did you have a parlay bet on Vernon Davis getting two 31-yard receptions tonight? If so, you hit it. His second such catch was the key in the Redskins’ second scoring drive. This time, they got it in from the red zone when the Eagles forgot to cover Chris Thompson, giving him the easiest seven-yard TD reception you’ll see.

—After a sack, the Eagles got the equalizer with a 64-yard bomb from Wentz to Mack Hollins. The Redskins rushed only four for one of the few passing downs so far and Wentz had plenty of time to launch the long pass.

—In the first half, Cousins was 0-3 passing on third down with one or two yards to go. He was 12-13 for 167 yards in all other situations. 

—That third failure to convert on third and short eventually cost the Redskins. A few plays after taking the punt Wentz went to Zach Ertz for 41 yards to the Washington 18. That led to a four-yard touchdown pass to Ertz to put the Eagles up 17-10 at the half.

Third quarter

—Jason Peters, the Eagles’ former All-Pro tackle who is still playing well, was carted off the field early in the third quarter with a leg injury. Meanwhile, Wentz completed four passes and scrambled for 21 to set up first and goal at the six. On third and goal at the nine, Wentz escaped a heavy rush and pitched a touchdown pass to Cory Clement. The Redskins just can’t get off the field on defense and they are down 14 points.

—At that point, the Redskins had run six plays since they took a 10-3 lead. The Eagles had run 23.

—The Redskins cobbled together a drive after getting the Eagles to go three and out for the first time since the first quarter. Cousins scrambled for eight yards, and then he passed to Doctson for 17. It was goal to go after Jordan Reed went up and caught Cousins' pass for a gain of 20 to the five. On the next play, it was Cousins to Reed for the touchdown. It was Reed’s first score of the year and it made it a ballgame again at 24-17.

Fourth quarter

—The Redskins seemed to have the Eagles stopped with another three and out but somehow Carson Wentz got out of a crowd of several Redskins, avoided the sack, and converted a third and eight. That put the momentum back onto the side wearing the green jerseys and they completed the drive with a TD pass from Wentz to Nelson Agholor to restore Philly’s two-touchdown lead.

— The Redskins’ last chance at a miracle rally ended when Kirk Cousins threw a third and six pass right into the arms of Philly safety Corey Graham. Cousins was hit on the play but it still wasn’t a good pass. There was no Redskins receiver in the area. We will await an explanation from Cousins after the game.

—Washington got a cosmetic score with 3:17 on a 75-yard drive that ended with another Reed touchdown reception.

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

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Redskins fans go crazy after refs miss unnecessary roughness call involving Brandon Scherff


Redskins fans go crazy after refs miss unnecessary roughness call involving Brandon Scherff

Last week vs. the 49ers, Brandon Scherff was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness after the guard pushed a San Fran defender to the ground around the same time that the whistle blown.

A week later against the Eagles, Scherff was the one who was shoved. But this time, there was no penalty.

Derek Barnett played the role of aggressor in the Week 7 matchup. On a third-and-9, Kirk Cousins was hit as he threw, and players pursued the loose ball with some thinking it was a fumble. That's when Barnett came up and laid a late hit on Scherff, sending him to the turf.

Here's what it looked like:

The refs were chucking flags left and right in the early stages of the rivalry game. This one, though, somehow wasn't called.