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Redskins vs. Seahawks: A timeline of notable events

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Redskins vs. Seahawks: A timeline of notable events

When you think of Redskins rivals, the three other NFC East teams come to mind immediately.

But after the Giants, Cowboys and Eagles, who else has been a thorn in the side of Washington? Recently, at least, the Seahawks are one such team.

So, before the 'Skins and the 'Hawks face off again this weekend, let's take a look back at their series history.

Timeline: Redskins vs. Seahawks

The First Time: Redskins 31, Seahawks 7, September 19, 1976, RFK Stadium—A Jake Scott interception set up a short Mike Thomas touchdown run to give the Redskins the early lead en route to thumping the first-year Seahawks. Seattle didn’t manage to get out of its own territory until midway through the third quarter.

The Last Time:  Seahawks 27, Redskins 17, October 6, 2014, FedEx Field—Seahawks QB Russell Wilson passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 122 and a TD. The Redskins had a late chance when a TD pass from Kirk Cousins to Andre Roberts cut the lead to 24-17 with three and a half minutes left. But the Seahawks ground out a clock-killing drive and kicked a clinching field goal.

The Best Time:  Redskins 29, Seahawks 0, December 23, 1989, Kingdome—With both the Redskins and Seahawks eliminated from playoff contention in the season finale, the headline for this game was that it would be the swan song for Seattle’s Steve Largent. At the time, Largent held the receivers’ career Triple Crown, the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown catches.

The Redskins’ defense was determined to honor one if its own, less noted stalwarts, who was also retiring after the game: longtime middle linebacker Neal Olkewicz. The unit did that in style. Largent was held to just two catches, Fred Stokes sacked Seattle quarterback Dave Krieg in the end zone for a safety, Seattle gained just 26 yards rushing and the Redskins forced four turnovers on the way to the shutout.

Washington’s offense showed up to play as well. Ernest Byner scored twice on runs of two and eight yards and Mark Rypien had a nice 44-yard touchdown pass to Gary Clark. The name of the game for the Redskins was ball control as they pounded out a time of possession edge of 42 minutes to 18.

The Worst Time: Seahawks 24, Redskins 14, January 6, 2013, FedEx Field—The Redskins jumped out to a 14-0 lead in this wild card playoff game and, well, you probably have blocked out the rest so I don’t need to remind you.

Series Odds and Ends:

—The Redskins lead the all-time regular-season series 11-5 but Seattle has a 3-0 advantage in the playoffs.
—Seattle was a step away from playing Washington in Super Bowl XVIII. They faced the Raiders in the 1983 AFC Championship game, but they couldn’t beat them for the third time that year as Los Angeles advanced to the Super Bowl. One has to wonder if the 'Skins could have fared better against the Seahawks than they would have against the Raiders, who won 38-9.

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the top-five paid receivers in the NFL.

They can also trade Landry and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first-round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 

RELATED: BEST AND WORST OF REDSKINS' FIRST-ROUND DRAFT HISTORY

What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical; few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins. But it's certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. Wide Receiver$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 21, 21 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 Redskins appear to be set at center

Originally published 12/19/17

Chase Roullier might have been the Redskins’ fourth choice to play at center this year. But he could be snapping the ball for Washington for a long time.

Kory Lichtensteiger, the starter for the previous three years when healthy, retired. Veteran backup John Sullivan departed as a free agent. Spencer Long started six games this season before knee and quad problems pushed him to the sideline, elevating the rookie Roullier into the starting lineup.

The sixth-round pick started three games before breaking his right hand at some point during the game against the Saints. That’s his snapping hand and him finishing that game was an underrated act of courage this year. But he was out for three games before returning against the Cardinals on Sunday. Jay Gruden was pleased with his play. 

“Chase did good. He did good,” said Gruden. “It was good to see him back in there. His snaps were outstanding and handled the calls and play well.”

That was good but standard praise. What was interesting was what he said next.  

“I like Chase’s progress right now,” he said. “I think he is going to be a very good center for a long time here. It was a great pickup for us in the draft.”

It appears that you can at least pencil in Roullier as the 2018 starter at center, if not put him in with a Sharpie.

Where would this leave Long, who is slated to be a free agent in March? The Redskins could let him walk and go with the younger and cheaper Roullier. They also could sign him to be their starting left guard. That job has belonged to Shawn Lauvao. But Lauvao also is a pending free agent and he is 30 and he has missed large chunks of two of the last three seasons with injuries. When he missed the last 13 games of the 2015 season, Long went in at left guard and played well.

If that happens, that would give the Redskins a starting offensive line consisting entirely of players drafted by the team and with only Trent Williams over the age of 27 in Week 1 of 2018.

Regardless of what happens at left guard, it looks like Roullier will be the man in the middle for 2018 and beyond.

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) 8
—NFL Draft (4/26) 64
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 200