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Redskins vs. Cowboys Week 8 Live Updates: score, stats, highlights, analysis

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Redskins vs. Cowboys Week 8 Live Updates: score, stats, highlights, analysis

Week 8 of the NFL season means it's time for Redskins vs. Cowboys.

The Redskins and Cowboys both enter the Sunday afternoon game with 3-3 records, but with the Redskins playing without Trent Williams and Brandon Scherff, the home team will have a much bigger hill to climb.

The Week 8 "America's Game of the Week" between the Redskins and the Chiefs takes place at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

Redskins Kickoff with Chick Hernandez, Brian Mitchell and Trevor Matich airs live at 3:30 p.m. The trio returns on NBC Sports Washington Plus at 7:30 p.m. ET for Redskins Extra, followed by Redskins Overtime. (Channel Finder)
 

Redskins vs. Cowboys Week 8 Live Blog:

FOURTH QUARTER:

7:00 PM: If another Redskins player gets injured, we might have to cancel this live blog so I can suit up as a replacement. SO. MANY. INJURIES.

6:55 PM: The World Series has been great, but am I the only one who is kinda sick of all the World Series promotion during this game? I get that FOX has to do it, but I feel like they've crossed the threshhold of what a tolerable ammount of promotion is. I dunno. 

6:50 PM: As a reminder, Redskins Extra and Redskins Overtime will be on NBC Sports Washington Plus tonight due to the Wizards game on our main channel.

6:45 PM: Our internet is not working and it is raining. Also, this game is not very much fun.

SECOND QUARTER:

5:35 PM -  Well, not ideal. Redskins FG attempt is blocked, the Cowboys run it back and like, two plays later score a TD. It's 14-13 now. Life comes at you fast.

5:20 PM - Ryan Kerrigan is back in the game! That's why live blogs rule. You never know when you write that he's questionable to return only to have him return like 3 minutes later. The thrills don't stop. 

5:15 PM - Ryan Kerrigan is questionable to return to the game with a groin injury. Who needs starters anyways. 

FIRST QUARTER:

4:50 PM: Niles Paul took a nasty hit to the head on that TD. Stayed down after the play and eventually walked off into the locker room:

4:44 PM: TOUCHDOWN SKINS. Rob Kelley runs it in after a big completion from Cousins to Crowder. It's 10-7 now. Also it's still raining.  

4:25 PM: OH MY GAWD! Ezekiel Elliott fumbles on the veryfirst play of the game. Josh Norman picks up the ball and the Redskins have it.

4:20 PM: The Redskins will kick off, the Cowboys will start with the ball.

PREGAME:

3:50 PM: The Redskins are rocking the throwback uniforms, consisting of tan pants and dark burgundy jerseys. Personally, I don't like 'em. Go with the white pants and red tops. But I get it, it's alumni weekend. But frankly, these are not good uniforms. Sure, they're better than the yellow pants, but it's not hard to top that. 

3:40 PM: Speaking of injuries, Mason Foster won't be on the field for the Redskins to keep Ezekiel Elliott in check. Foster was placed on the IR this week, and it became a bit of a controversy. But on Sunday, Foster shared a moment with Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams. Awwwww.

3:30 PM: To make matters worse, the Redskins defense will have to keep Ezekiel Elliott in check. Zeke is capable of dismantling defenses all by himself, but teams have shown that he can be contained. Will Elliott rush for more than 90 yards today? That what our experts debated this week. 

3:20 PM: On the other side of the ball, the Redskins get back Josh Norman, which is huge. Norman will be flanking Dez Bryant all day, so get your popcorn ready. But Norman won't have Bashaud Breeland to help him out. Breeland was a suprise addition to the inactive list.

3:15 PM: The Redskins have a tall task ahead of them, on bnoth sides of the ball. With Brandon Scherff and Trent Williams out of action today, Kirk Cousins is going to have to be extra sharp, and extra quick. Can he and Terrelle Pryor finally get on the same page? I hope that's the case, but with the nasty weather at FedEx Field, I don't think this will be Pryor's breakout game.

3:05 PM: Since it's #DallasWeek, we put together a good list of the most hated Cowboys players of all time. We thought about just writing "ALL OF THEM," but thought a top ten list would be a better fit. 

3:00 PM: To get us started, here is JP Finlay's comprehensive Redskins-Cowboys game preview. It's a good one, even though JP still hasn't invited me on the #RedskinsTalk Podcast. 

2:55 PM: It's time for the first #DallasWeek of the season to come to an end. Welcome to NBC Sports Washington's Week 8 live blog. It's me, Troy Machir again. You can follow JP Finlay and Rich Tandler too if you'd like. JP and Rich are out at FedEx Field, but lets be real. This live blog is the place to be. Plus, JP has yet to invite me on the #RedskinsTalk Podcast. Yes, I am holding a grudge.

 

 

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 

RELATED: WHAT SHOULD THE REDSKINS DO AT RUNNING BACK?

The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, however, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players, too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. That's yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.

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Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 20, 22 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.

Galette to be a valued free agent

Originally published 12/13/17

Like the Redskins, the Broncos are no longer relevant in 2017. Both teams’ fan bases have started to look towards the coming offseason.

To give their readers what they want, the Denver Post published an article by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus that discussed some of the top pending free agents who have done the most to increase their values in the past year. There were two Redskins named, one you would expect to see on such a list and one that might surprise some people.

Kirk Cousins is at the top of the list. “The Washington signal-caller is grading as a top-10 quarterback (82.8), and soon he’ll have the long-term contract of one,” Renner wrote. “Only this time its value will be exponentially higher than any one he would have signed back when he first became a free agent in 2016.”

But the surprising name is that of Junior Galette. After missing the last two seasons with two torn Achilles tendons, he played this year on a one-year, $800,000 deal. And while he hasn’t been on fire in the sack department with just two on the year, he has been getting pressure on the passer.

“He’s accumulated the 27th-highest pass-rushing grade of any edge defender this season, but in only 264 snaps,” wrote Renner. “At 29 years of age, it’s doubtful he ever gets back to the level of the contract that he once had on the table with New Orleans. With how he’s played this season though, some pass-rush-needy team will pay handsomely for his services.”

One team that could be considered to be pass rush needy is the Redskins. Preston Smith is the starter and supposedly one of the Redskins’ top pass rushers. But in 100 fewer pass rush snaps this year, Galette has only three fewer quarterback hits than Smith and six more hurries.

And after missing those two seasons, Galette has remained healthy. Although he was limited with a hamstring during much of the preseason, he has not missed a practice or appeared on an injury report this year.

But would the Redskins be willing to pay him “handsomely”? Perhaps a good comp would be Connor Barwin, who moved from the Eagles to the Rams this past offseason at the age of 31. He had five sacks in Philly in 2016. That got him a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Barwin likely will have more sacks on his ledger going into free agency so let’s say Galette could command around $3 million. Perhaps he could offer Washington a bit of a hometown discount and agree to something in the $2.75 million range. If that is the case, the Redskins would be smart to keep him around for another year.

Plenty of things could alter the equation. If Galette gets hot in the last three games and posts a few more sacks his price could rise. With Smith and Ryan Kerrigan both back next year, perhaps Galette will want to go somewhere that he might get more playing time.

The details need to be sorted out but don’t be surprised if Galette gets a lot of attention in free agency, as much as teams need pass rush, and if the Redskins have to make a very tough decision about how much he is worth.

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) 9
—NFL Draft (4/26) 65
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 201