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Cam says he's 'a big RG3 fan'

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Cam says he's 'a big RG3 fan'

As Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III faced off Sunday at FedEx, whether the two quarterbacks liked it or not the comparisons were inevitable. Both young signal callers were Heisman winners, they're mobile, they both had (and are having) breakout rookie seasons and the list goes on...oh and both have been charged with leading their teams out of obscurity. No pressure, no diamonds, right?

Anyways, Griffin addressed being likened to Newton prior to the match-up saying,

“We do run similar schemes. There’s a lot of similarities. But I don’t know. I’d rather be compared to an Aaron Rodgers or a guy like that, someone who’s won Super Bowls."

A fairly innocuous comment, but it did sound as though RG3 was growing tired of being in anyone's shadow as the rookie has demonstrated he can hold his own in this league. One thing is for sure, however, the comment simply provided more fuel for the media fire as Washington set to host Carolina.

Newton had a poignant rebuttal for the comment, which came in the form of a 21-13 victory over Redskins Sunday during Washington's Homecoming no less. Newton also addressed the comments in his post game press conference,

“But for you guys to know, I’m a big RG3 fan...I can’t be at his head because he said he didn’t want to be like me. That’s nothing that I have to frown upon. That’s him and what he thinks and what makes him Robert Griffin III and I think what makes me Cameron Newton.”

Perhaps notching the 'W' helped, but Cam did not shy away from giving Robert a little advice after the game and had high praise for the rookie,

"I did speak to him, and what I told him was kind of personal. His skillset and what he brings to this football game is very rare. I know it, you know it, everybody knows it, and I just told him in a synopsis to keep going, to keep fighting because it’s a long season and with his skillset he can have a long career.”

Griffin was a little more candid about the exchange,

“He gave me his number, told me to contact him. Basically, we are both two young quarterbacks in this league trying to get better, trying to lead our teams to victory. I told him I think that his team has a lot of talent and the possibilities are endless for them and I feel the same way about our team. The media will say the record is what you are, but I just don’t feel like our record is what we are.”

Newton further supported the notion that regardless of the match-up it's all about winning and improving the team's record, 

“RGIII and knowing RGIII and just getting the win is important to me. I respect RG and everything that he does and especially with this defense that’s led by London Fletcher. Those guys, we beat a good team especially at their house… I just think anytime you get an opportunity to win in this football league you have to reward yourself. I say just winning was important to me.”

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Instant analysis: Eagles outclass Redskins as Carson Wentz continues stellar year

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Instant analysis: Eagles outclass Redskins as Carson Wentz continues stellar year

Here are my observations made during the Redskins’ 34-24 loss to the Eagles.

First quarter

— The Redskins’ got into the red zone on their first drive with Kirk Cousins passes to Vernon Davis for 31 yards and Jamison Crowder for 20 keying the advance. But they had to settle for Nick Rose’s first NFL field goal.

—Defensively, the Redskins dominated in the first quarter. The Eagles had no official plays before having four penalties, leading to a first and 33. Quinton Dunbar ended that possession with his first interception of the year. The Eagles got their first third-down conversion of the day in the last minute of the quarter.

Second quarter

—The Redskins gifted the Eagles three points by committing consecutive facemask penalties during Carson Wentz runs. Three weeks ago against the Chiefs, a penalty-laden drive helped KC score a touchdown. Not as costly this time but the score is tied 3-3.

—Did you have a parlay bet on Vernon Davis getting two 31-yard receptions tonight? If so, you hit it. His second such catch was the key in the Redskins’ second scoring drive. This time, they got it in from the red zone when the Eagles forgot to cover Chris Thompson, giving him the easiest seven-yard TD reception you’ll see.

—After a sack, the Eagles got the equalizer with a 64-yard bomb from Wentz to Mack Hollins. The Redskins rushed only four for one of the few passing downs so far and Wentz had plenty of time to launch the long pass.

—In the first half, Cousins was 0-3 passing on third down with one or two yards to go. He was 12-13 for 167 yards in all other situations. 

—That third failure to convert on third and short eventually cost the Redskins. A few plays after taking the punt Wentz went to Zach Ertz for 41 yards to the Washington 18. That led to a four-yard touchdown pass to Ertz to put the Eagles up 17-10 at the half.

Third quarter

—Jason Peters, the Eagles’ former All-Pro tackle who is still playing well, was carted off the field early in the third quarter with a leg injury. Meanwhile, Wentz completed four passes and scrambled for 21 to set up first and goal at the six. On third and goal at the nine, Wentz escaped a heavy rush and pitched a touchdown pass to Cory Clement. The Redskins just can’t get off the field on defense and they are down 14 points.

—At that point, the Redskins had run six plays since they took a 10-3 lead. The Eagles had run 23.

—The Redskins cobbled together a drive after getting the Eagles to go three and out for the first time since the first quarter. Cousins scrambled for eight yards, and then he passed to Doctson for 17. It was goal to go after Jordan Reed went up and caught Cousins' pass for a gain of 20 to the five. On the next play, it was Cousins to Reed for the touchdown. It was Reed’s first score of the year and it made it a ballgame again at 24-17.

Fourth quarter

—The Redskins seemed to have the Eagles stopped with another three and out but somehow Carson Wentz got out of a crowd of several Redskins, avoided the sack, and converted a third and eight. That put the momentum back onto the side wearing the green jerseys and they completed the drive with a TD pass from Wentz to Nelson Agholor to restore Philly’s two-touchdown lead.

— The Redskins’ last chance at a miracle rally ended when Kirk Cousins threw a third and six pass right into the arms of Philly safety Corey Graham. Cousins was hit on the play but it still wasn’t a good pass. There was no Redskins receiver in the area. We will await an explanation from Cousins after the game.

—Washington got a cosmetic score with 3:17 on a 75-yard drive that ended with another Reed touchdown reception.

sStay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Redskins fans go crazy after refs miss unnecessary roughness call involving Brandon Scherff

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Redskins fans go crazy after refs miss unnecessary roughness call involving Brandon Scherff

Last week vs. the 49ers, Brandon Scherff was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness after the guard pushed a San Fran defender to the ground around the same time that the whistle blown.

A week later against the Eagles, Scherff was the one who was shoved. But this time, there was no penalty.

Derek Barnett played the role of aggressor in the Week 7 matchup. On a third-and-9, Kirk Cousins was hit as he threw, and players pursued the loose ball with some thinking it was a fumble. That's when Barnett came up and laid a late hit on Scherff, sending him to the turf.

Here's what it looked like:

The refs were chucking flags left and right in the early stages of the rivalry game. This one, though, somehow wasn't called.

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