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Some games, you can be upset with the Redskins after a win. This is not one of those games

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Some games, you can be upset with the Redskins after a win. This is not one of those games

LANDOVER — On a day where nearly every person in the country eats until they're nauseous and then eats a little more, the Redskins and Giants made sure that those who didn't doze off on the couch kept feeling queasy late into the night.

Starting with the most bizarre attempt at downing a punt you'll ever see, Washington and New York engaged in a largely unpleasant primetime game that was downright unwatchable for all of the first half and plenty of the third and fourth quarters, too.

But thanks to some timely throws by Kirk Cousins, some tremendous catches by Jamison Crowder and some 2-9 quality play by the now 2-9 Giants, the Redskins walked off of the brown-ish, green-ish FedEx Field on the right side of a 20-10 victory.

And that should, in this instance, really be the only thing you care about.

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Earlier this season, the 'Skins barely squeezed out a victory over a terrible 49ers team. And after that game, it was fair to criticize them plenty.

Now, the Giants are equally terrible, and under normal circumstances, it'd be fair to criticize the Burgundy and Gold for letting them stick around until late in the fourth quarter. The thing is, there's nothing normal about the circumstances the Redskins played under on Thanksgiving.

You know what's not normal? The fact that Kirk Cousins was taking snaps from a center that the QB didn't know existed a few months ago.

You know what else isn't normal? The kickoff of this game came just 100 hours after Washington suffered a gut punch loss that made most of their other gut punch losses look like nice little love taps.

Here's another not normal thing: Three days ago, Jay Gruden was forced to put four more starters on injured reserve, running that list's total up to 12.

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Coming into Thursday, though, the Redskins knew they had to win to keep any hope of a playoff appearance alive, even with all of those not normal circumstances. And after 60 minutes that flew by with the speed of gravy dripping off of a spoon, that's exactly what they did.

So, if you want to use the phrase "a win is a win" — a phrase that should nearly always be greeted with eye rolls and head shakes — just this once, that's OK. You'll be better off revisiting the leftovers in your fridge than the film from this matchup, but regardless, you should be pleased with the result.

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After suffering from concussions, Su'a Cravens cleared for football

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After suffering from concussions, Su'a Cravens cleared for football

Stopped before it ever started, 2017 proved a disappointing season for the Redskins and Su'a Cravens. 

Selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Cravens played his rookie year at linebacker before a position switch to safety in his second season. A more natural position fit, expectations were high for Cravens in 2017. 

Things derailed when Cravens suffered an injury in training camp. From there, the young player landed on the inactive list for the regular season opener. Questions began to bubble up about his role with the organization, and things popped Week 2 in Los Angeles. Cravens was seen speaking with Redskins VP Doug Williams on the sideline of a USC college football game, and a few days later, landed on the reserve/left squad list, effectively ending his year.

On Tuesday, Cravens' agent Fadde Mikhail released the following statement:

Cravens began working with Collins in September, soon after the Redskins moved him to the reserve list, per a source. Cravens suffered a concussion his rookie year that caused him to miss multiple games.

The statement brings plenty of questions, as the team did not previously disclose that Cravens dealt with head injuries in 2017. His training camp injury was a meniscus tear. 

Between placing the second-year star out of USC on the reserve/injured list and now this statement, it seems hard that the Redskins will be able to reconcile with Cravens to get him back on the team in 2018. 

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If Redskins really are still evaluating Kirk Cousins, Sunday was a bad performance

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If Redskins really are still evaluating Kirk Cousins, Sunday was a bad performance

If the Redskins truly need to evaluate Kirk Cousins over the final half of the 2017 season, the quarterback did himself no favors on Sunday. 

Cousins played his worst game of the year against the Chargers, and it's not even close. Nobody played well for the Redskins, save for maybe punter Tress Way, but Cousins performed particularly poor against his baseline for the season. 

He delivered his lowest yardage total (151 pass yards), completion percentage (55 percent) and QB rating (68) of the year, and by a wide margin. Cousins missed throws high and long, and again seemed to struggle to hold onto the ball while getting hit. 

The good news for Cousins, however, is since being named starter in 2015, there haven't been many performances like this. Generally, Cousins is never this bad, and maybe that's why the performance in L.A. stands out so much. 

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"I’m not here to throw stones at anybody on the offense, I know from what we expect offensively, it wasn’t even close to what we want or what we should look like from an efficiency standpoint," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said on Monday. 

At this point, the evolving contract situation between the Redskins and Cousins clouds everything going on with the team. In just three more games, Cousins will again be a free agent, and team president Bruce Allen will need to decide if the team will use a transition tag, a franchise tag, get a long-term deal done or let their quarterback walk. 

The tags carry a tremendous salary cap hit, though a long-term deal will probably do the same. Letting Cousins walk carries a possible severe penalty, but not on the salary cap. 

Over the past 10 days, national analysts have begun to question Cousins' leadership skills, and Dan Patrick even suggested Redskins' receivers don't like Cousins as their quarterback. The assertion came that Cousins throws too many dangerous passes for his wideouts, causing big hits. 

Whether or not that assertion is true, Cousins did throw multiple high passes over the middle against the Chargers. Those are the exact passes that cause big hits on receivers. 

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It's worth pointing out almost every QB does that to some degree. For his part, Cousins said that certainly it was not intentional.

"I’m sure I’ve led people into traffic. I know I led Pierre Garcon into some big hits in the past, but I think it also is a part of playing the receiver position and it’s tough," Cousins said on 106.7 the Fan on Monday.

Asked specifically about the high passes, Gruden only talked about inaccuracy. 

"He was not quite as accurate as he has been, obviously," the coach said. "He missed some throws that he normally makes. He threw behind a couple of guys on some deep balls and he threw a couple over some guys’ heads from time to time."

It's hard to think one game could sway the opinions of the Redskins front office about their quarterback. If one game could, however, it could have been Cousins' performance against the Chargers.

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