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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.

MORE: ALL OF THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THE THANKSGIVING WIN

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.

MUST-SEE: BEST IMAGES FROM REDSKINS' THANKSGIVING VICTORY

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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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 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 overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 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 underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199