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Cousins, offense shine as Redskins rout Packers in primetime

Cousins, offense shine as Redskins rout Packers in primetime

LANDOVER, MD— The Redskins came needing to break their prime time jinx against a desperate Packers team. They built a lead but every time it looked like they might get comfortable for a change Aaron Rodgers led a Packers scoring drive. But the Redskins held the Packers at arm’s length, got some insurance scores and moved to 6-3-1 with a 42-24 win.

Jay Gruden made some bold coaching decisions, including two two-point conversion tries (both of them failed) and a call to go for it on fourth and one with a five-point lead with six and a half minutes left in the game. This one worked as Kirk Cousins sneaked for two yards and kept the ball in the Redskins’ hands. The drive continued and the Redskins scored a touchdown to take a 22-10 lead.

Cousins had a very strong performance, completing 21 of 30 passes for 375 yards with 3 touchdowns. Robert Kelley had a career-best 137 yards rushing on 24 carries.

The game’s key sequence came in the third quarter. With the Redskins clinging to a 16-10 lead, the Packers drove to get in position for a 36-yard field goal attempt. But Mason Crosby was wide left on his attempt. The Redskins embarked on a 74-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a 44-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Jamison Crowder. That gave the Redskins the breathing room they needed to hang on the rest of the way.

The Redskins have a quick turnaround, playing in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.

Injury Updates:

No injuries reported for Washington

Scoring drives:  

First quarter           

Jackson 12 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 play, 55 yards, 3:52

Drive summary: The Redskins started in good field position after a punt. After Cousins passes to Pierre Garçon and Ryan Grant picked up a first down in Packers territory, the Redskins converted a third and six on a 14-yard pass to Maurice Harris. Three plays later on third and two at the 17 Cousins found DeSean Jackson past the defenders on the left has mark and he hit him for the touchdown.

Redskins 7, Packers 0 2:56


Second quarter

Nelson 13 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)

Drive: 17 plays, 75 yards, 8:29

Drive summary: The Packers converted their initial third down on the game on a nine-yard pass from Rodgers to Ty Montgomery. That got them jump started on a long and strange TD drive. Passes to Richard Rodgers and Montgomery got them into 20 yards into Redskins territory. The Packers got a gift conversion on fourth and seven with a hands to the face penalty on Washington. They went for it again on fourth down with two to go this time and Rodgers scrambled for seven yards and the first down at the 18.  A tight end screen to Jared Cook led to a first and goal at the six. On third and goal at the three, the Packers got it into the end zone but they were flagged for holding. On third down at the 13, Rodgers went to Jordy Nelson for a score that survived replay review.

Redskins 7, Packers 7 9:27


FG Crosby 36

Drive: 9 plays 38 yards, 5:22

Drive summary: The Packers got the ball back quickly after their long drive and Rodgers went right to work. On third and three from the Washington 49 he went to Randall Cobb for 15 yards. A few plays later he found Richard Rodgers for 11 yards to the 13. After a holding penalty, Rodgers scrambled for 17 yards to the six. On third and five at the eight, Ryan Kerrigan broke through and sacked Rodgers for a loss back to the 18. Mason Crosby came in and kicked the field goal.

Packers 10, Redskins 7 3:37


Kelley 10 run (run failed)

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:58

Drive summary: The Redskins answered the Packers 10-point run just before halftime. On third and four at the 31 Cousins went to Jordan Reed, who fought for extra yardage and ended up with 26 to the Packers 23. A few plays later he caught a short pass near the sideline, put a move on the cornerback, and scooted for 18 yards to the 15. Two plays later Rob Kelley went right up the middle for 10 yards and the touchdown. They went for a two-point conversion and Chris Thompson couldn’t get in on a draw play.

Redskins 13, Packers 10 0:39


Third quarter

FG Hopkins 37

Drive: 9 plays, 53 yards, 5:37

Drive summary: The Redskins’ drive got started when a roughing the passer call turned a fourth and six into a first and 10. Then on third and five at the 49 Cousins threw to Jordan Reed over the middle for 28 yards to the 21. They faced third and four and Cousins was sacked. Hopkins came in and booted the field goal.

Redskins 16, Packers 10 9:23


Crowder 44 pass from Cousins (run failed)

Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 3:34

Drive summary: The Redskins got the ball after a missed Packers field goal and got moving. Cousins converted a third and four with a nine-yard pass to Chris Thompson. On the next play found DeSean Jackson open for 17 yards into Green Bay territory at the 44. On third and 11, Cousins dropped a perfect pass to Crowder, who grabbed the ball near the 10 and scampered in for the score. They again went for two points and Cousins couldn’t make it in on a keeper.

Redskins 22, Packers 10 2:00


Fourth quarter

Starks 31 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)

Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:09

Drive summary: This was a quick answering drive for the Packers with two key third down conversions. On third and three at the Green Bay 32, Rodgers lofted a pass to tight end Jared Cook for 29 yards. A few plays later on third and three, Rodgers did a play fake to James Starks and then found him wide open on a short pass. Starks easily rolled 31 yards for the touchdown.

Redskins 22, Packers 14 14:51


Garçon 70 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:26

Drive summary: The Redskins regained some breathing room very quickly. On the second play of the drive Cousins launched one to Pierre Garçon, who was several steps in the open. He easily hauled in the pass and completed the 70 yard touchdown play.

Redskins 29, Packers 17


Cook 6 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 82 yards, 4:21

Drive summary: Another big play got the drive started, this one a 47-yard pass from Rodgers to Randall Cobb. He caught a short pass over the middle, broke a tackle, and bolted into Redskins territory. After a nine-yard scramble by Rodgers, James Starks powered for a first down at the 20. A Rodger pass to Cook set up first and goal at the six. On the next play Rodgers went to Jared Cook for the touchdown.

Redskins 29, Packers 24 10:04


Kelley 1 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 11 plays, 81 yards, 6:10

Drive summary: This one has some scary moments. Jay Gruden decided to go for it on fourth and one at the Redskins’ 41. Cousins got the first down on a QB sneak. A few plays later on third and seven at the Washington 46 Cousins went deep to Jamison Crowder, who was tracked down at the one. On the next play Rob Kelley powered in for the touchdown.

Redskins 35, Packers 24


Kelley 4 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 2 plays, 72 yards, 0:25

Drive summary: The Redskins were just trying to run out the clock when Rob Kelley bolted for 66 yards to the Green Bay four yard line. On the next play Kelley scored his third rushing touchdown of the day to wrap it up for the Redskins.

Redskins 42, Packers 24 2:26


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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.

Until now.

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. The top line numbers are five years, $111 million, an average annual value of $22.2 million per year. 


Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).

But there is another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith, but since we have no details, we’ll set those aside for now.

The cap hits on the contract are as follows:

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.