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Redskins-Seahawks Live Blog: Scores, Stats, Highlights, Updates, Analysis

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Redskins-Seahawks Live Blog: Scores, Stats, Highlights, Updates, Analysis

The Redskins and Seahawks don't play often, but it's always a big game when the two teams get together.

On Sunday, the Redskins head west to take on the Seahawks in a pivotal Week 9 matchup. 

The Redskins enter Week 9 having lost two straight games, and with a bevy of players injured and inactive, the matchup against Seattle's vaunted "12th Man" is not an easy proposition.

The Seahawks enter the game having won four straight, including a highly entertaining 41-38 win over the Texans in Week 8. Russell Wilson is a bona fide MVP contender and although the Seahawks' run game has been suspect at best, their defense is still as tough as ever.

The Week 9 game" between the Redskins and the Chiefs takes place at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wa.

Redskins Kickoff with Chick Hernandez, Brian Mitchell and Trevor Matich airs live at 3:00 p.m. The trio returns on NBC Sports Washington Plus at 7:00 p.m. ET for Redskins Extra, followed by Redskins Overtime. (Channel Finder)

Redskins vs. Seahawks Live Blog:

SECOND QUARTER:

5:13 PM: Rob Kelley plows in to the end zone after a brilliant drive and the Redskins lead 7-2. 13 plays, 71 yards. That was nice.

5:10 PM: The Redskins are driving. Vernon Davis is leading the way. A slight about-face from the first quarter.

4:59 PM: Blair Walsh misses the FG and somehow, it's still just 2-0 Seahawks. This is a weird game.

4:55 PM: Ryan Kerrigan is back on the field, but Ryan Anderson is now getting taped up.

4:50 PM: Ryan Kerrigan tried to stop the run from Thomas Rawls, and got blasted in the shoulder. Looks like Kerrigan is in pain. Again: Not great.

FIRST QUARTER:

4:43 PM: Redskins CB Kendall Fuller has had a strong season through seven weeks, and it continues today with an interception. The Seahawks had good field position, and Fuller finally provided the Redskins with a bright spot.

4:35 PM: Another sack on Kirk Cousins. Two plays later, the Redskins are flagged for having 12 men in the huddle. This is the worst quarter of football the Redskins have played all season.

4:30 PM: The Seahawks are getting it going on the ground. That is not great, because as we discussed, the Seahawks don't have a running game worth anything.

4:28 PM: The good news: The Seahwks can't block the punt. The bad new, Redskins trailed 2-0.

4:27 PM: Kirk Cousins sacked in the end zone. Safety for the Seahawks. 

4:25 PM: The Redskins get the ball back, albeit backed up on their goal line after another Seahawks punt.

4:22 PM: That was the 10th fumble of the season for the Redskins. Not Great, Bob.

4:21 PM: The Redskins fumble. DID THEY NOT READ WHAT I SAID AT 4:15 PM?!?!

4:17 PM: DeAngelo Hall is back on the field for the first time this season and is returning a punt for the first time since 2012.

4:15 PM: The Redskins force the Seahawks to punt. The Seahawks don't have a running game to speak of and their passing attack is not exactly dynamic. If the Redskins execute on offense and limit mistakes and turnovers, they can stay in this thing.

4:12 PM: Russell Wilson scampers for a long first-down run. Containing Wilson is going to be the biggest key to the game.

4:10 PM: The Redskins' first drive is done. Three-and-out. That is less than ideal.

4:05 PM: The Redskins will get the ball first.

PREGAME:

4:00 PM: If you'd like to take a look at the inactives list for today, here it is. But be warned. It's not pretty. 

3:55 PM: In case you didn't read the message below, let JP Finlay know that I should be on the #RedskinsTalk podcast. #GETTROYONTHEPOD.

3:45 PM: It's me, Troy Machir again. I'm back for another Redskins Live Blog. It's an important week because the Redskins really need to avoid a three-game losing streak to keep themselves in the hunt for a wild card spot. If you'd like, you can follow JP Finlay and Rich Tandler on social media. . JP and Rich are out in Seattle and JP is getting soaked by the rain. I don't feel bad because he still hasn't had me on the #RedskinsTalk Podcast.

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 23, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff 7:30 NBC Sports Washington; Redskins vs. Giants, NBC, 8:30  

Days until:

—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 7
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 17
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 24

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Giants

Look out for Eli—There are many reasons why the Giants are 2-8 but Eli Manning is not one of them. He isn’t nearly the turnover machine he has been for much of his career. His interception percentage this year is 1.6; he hasn’t been under 2.3 percent interceptions this decade. Manning only has 14 touchdown passes but considering that Odell Beckham, who went out in the fourth game of the season, still leads Giants wide receivers in touchdown receptions, that’s not bad.

Running game stuck—What makes Manning’s performance even more impressive is the fact that he doesn’t get much support from a running game. The Giants are 26th in the league with 920 yards. They have gained some traction lately after installing Orleans Darkwa as the starting running back; he is averaging 4.8 yards per carry for the season and 71 yards per game over the last three games. The Redskins certainly don’t want to let him get going tonight.

Reverting to reality—The Giants ranked 32nd in total defense in 2015. They dropped millions on free agents such as Janoris Jenkins, David Harrison, and Olivier Vernon and jumped to 10th. Now, this year they are 31st and equally bad against the pass (29th) and the run (30th). Health hasn’t been a huge issue, although Vernon has missed a few games and Jenkins was suspended. Redskins fans know full well that spending sprees don’t necessarily make for permanent improvements and Giants fans are learning it this year.

Keys to winning

  • Run the ballThe Redskins are 4-2 this year when rushing for 90 yards or more.
  • Continue to protect the ball—The Redskins have turned the ball over just twice in their last three games.
  • Don’t give them hope—The Chiefs let the Giants hang around last week and New York stole a win. The Redskins need to get on top early and mash down on the gas pedal.

Prediction—It’s hard to see a scenario where the Redskins lose this one. Even in their injury-depleted state they are battling every game and the same can’t be said for their opponents today. The weather forecast is for cold temperatures but not much wind, ideal conditions for Cousins to throw for 300 yards. For once, the Redskins get up early and keep going.

Redskins 31, Giants 13

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Everybody thinks the intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was wrong, except Troy Aikman

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Everybody thinks the intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was wrong, except Troy Aikman

The referees made a fairly obvious mistake last week in the Redskins loss to the Saints when they flagged Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins for intentional grounding late in the game. 

Let's be honest: the call was terrible.

Cousins never felt a pass rush on the play, and was very obviously throwing the ball away. Jay Gruden talked about the play on Monday, and could not figure out how a flag came out in that situation. 

We had two receivers in the area. Quarterbacks throws it away all the time that are uncatchable balls whether they are in the pocket or not. As long as there is a receiver in the area, you can throw it whether they are looking or not. Guys run bad routes – one guy runs a hitch and he’s supposed to run a go and the quarterback throws the go ball, it’s not grounding. So I don’t know why the confusion.

The NFL even reached out and apologized to Redskins team president Bruce Allen for the blown call, a hollow gesture that did not generate much excitement from Cousins (via 106.7 the Fan). 

Whatever they do to say, ‘we’re sorry, wrong call,’ it’s tough because there’s nobody bringing that up in February or March when we're making decisions about which direction to go with the organization. We appreciate the clarification but you know it really doesn’t do much.

If you're keeping score, the NFL, the Redskins head coach and the Redskins quarterback all know the call was wrong. 

You know who doesn't think the call was wrong? Fox analyst, and former Cowboys Hall of Fame QB, Troy Aikman.

Grounding? Free rusher? Decide for yourself below.