Four days after redeeming himself in the final seconds by making the first of his four field goal attempts, Billy Cundiff said he received a number of supportive text messages from former teammates and coaches in the hours following the Redskins' 24-22 victory in Tampa.Everybody said the same thing: 'Its not how you start, its how you finish, Cundiff said Wednesday. They were all proud of how things ended up.The biggest show of support, though, came from his own coach. On Monday, Mike Shanahan said he did not intend bring in a free agent kicker in to challenge Cundiff, who missed kicks of 41, 57 and 31, respectively, before making a 41-yarder in the final seconds to clinch a 24-22 victory over the Buccaneers.You have to experience failure in the league in order to know how to bounce back from it, Cundiff said. I kept saying, Thank you God for giving me a chance to go out there and prove that the other kicks were just a fluke. As I told special teams Coach Danny Smith, I was going to make that kick even if I had to throw it through the uprights. It was going to go in.After the game, Cundiff hinted that he was still searching for chemistry with long snapper Justin Snow and holder Sav Rocca. As a result, Cundiff views the next four days of practice as critical. I dont think the issue really was dealing with pressure, Cundiff said of the misses. Its just trying to get as consistent as possible with the current situation that we have. Thats the big thing and thats what well continue to pound home in practice just trying to get more consistent and making sure that theres not these lulls, like having a game where you go 4 for 4 and a game where youre 1 for 4. We need to make sure that every time we go out there, we can be counted on.
The Redskins enter Week 12 against the Giants on Thanksgiving looking for a lot of thanks.
The Redskins were up by 15 points with less than 5 minutes to go against the Saints in Week 11. Despite being major underdogs, they thought they had the win in hand.
Then, as D.C. fans have witnessed all too often, everything fell apart.
Even after their terrific Week 9 win in Seattle, the Redskins still probably needed to split the next two against the Vikings and Saints.
It seemed like they had done exactly that, right up until Drew Brees reminded everyone why he's one of the greatest passers in NFL history.
The loss was doubly painful, as everybody's favorite breakout star Chris Thompson suffered a fractured fibula and will undergo season-ending surgery. Thompson has been one of the few bright spots on offense this season, and his loss will be felt by a team clinging to its playoff hopes.
Despite seeing yet another key cog go down with an injury this season, the team will look to bounce back against one of their NFC East rivals. The Giants have been one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, but are coming off a 12-9 win over a quality Chiefs squad, so the Redskins will have to show up ready to play.
On a short week against a division rival, anything can happen. Every game matters, but this is as much of a must-win for the Redskins as it gets. It's Thanksgiving night, and the Redskins will have the stage all to themselves.
Before the Week 12 Redskins-Giants matchup, here's a preview of everything you need to know, including game time, TV channel and live-stream info.
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WEEK 12 Redskins vs. Giants
Who: New York Giants at Washington Redskins
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
What: Week 12 of the 2017 NFL season
When: Thursday, November 23, 8:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: Fubo.TV: Online with no cableTV: fuboTV (Try for free)
Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Betting Odds: According to OddsShark.com, the Washington Redskins are 7.5-point favorites against the New York Giants.
Washington Redskins 2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Week 1 (Sun. 9/10): 30-17 loss vs. Eagles (0-1)
Week 2 (Sun. 9/17): 27-20 win at Rams (1-1)
Week 3 (Sun. 9/24): 27-10 win vs. Raiders (2-1)
Week 4 (Mon. 10/2): 29-20 loss at Chiefs (2-2)
Week 5 (Sun. 10/8): BYE WEEK
Week 6 (Sun. 10/15): 26-24 win vs. 49ers (3-2)
Week 7 (Mon. 10/23): 34-24 loss at Eagles (3-3)
Week 8 (Sun. 10/29): 33-19 loss vs. Cowboys (3-4)
Week 9 (Sun. 11/5): 17-14 win at Seahawks (4-4)
Week 10 (Sun. 11/12): 38-30 loss vs. Vikings (4-5)
Week 11 (Sun. 11/29): 34-31 OT loss at Saints (4-6)
Week 12 (Thurs. 11/23): vs. New York Giants, 8:30 p.m.
Week 13 (Thurs. 11/30): at Dallas Cowboys, 8:25 p.m.
Week 14 (Sun. 12/10): at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Week 15 (Sun. 12/17): vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16 (Sun. 12/24): vs. Denver Broncos, 1:00 p.m.
Week 17 (Sun. 12/31): at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m.
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As high hopes for the Redskins season seem to be slowly slipping away, the high hopes for wide receiver Terrell Pryor can now officially end.
Jay Gruden announced Monday that Pryor will undergo ankle surgery and be placed on the injured reserve. That means Pryor will not be eligible to play for at least eight games, and considering it’s already late November, that closes the book on Pryor’s 2017 season.
When Pryor signed with Washington this offseason, fans grew quite excited. The 6-foot-5, 240 lbs. wideout went for more than 1,000 receiving yards last year on a terrible Browns team, and most expected that production to increase playing with Kirk Cousins.
It never happened.
In nine games for Washington, Pryor grabbed only 20 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown. What made matters worse for the former quarterback-turned-receiver, Pryor displayed subpar hands, and drops plagued him throughout the season. He was targeted 37 times, and barely caught more than 50 percent of those passes.
As things deteriorated for Pryor, he maintained a respectful professionalism. Eventually his ineffective play led him to the bench and reduced snaps, and in his final game of the season against the Vikings, Pryor did not even land a target.
Signed to a one-year deal, Pryor rolled the dice on a season in Washington to boost his free agent profile in 2018. It didn’t work, and now after surgery, it seems unlikely either the player or the organization would pursue a second contract.