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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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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.

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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.

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