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Eli Manning not feeling the heat

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Eli Manning not feeling the heat

One of the best ways to stop the defending champion Giants is to get to Pro Bowl quarterback Eli Manning.

Getting there, however, is significantly easier said than done.

Manning has been sacked only four times – and three of them came in the season-opening loss to the Cowboys. In the past three games, in fact, the Giants’ quarterback hasn’t been sacked once.  

Manning’s sack total ranks fewer than 31 other quarterbacks and is the lowest among signal callers with at least 100-pass attempts. For comparison’s sake, the Cardinals’ Kevin Kolb has been sacked 27 times.

Manning praised the Giants’ Chris Snee led-offensive line for providing excellent protection and the running backs for recognizing – and picking up – blitzes.

“When you don’t have many sacks, it’s a combination of a lot of things,” Manning said. “The offensive line, obviously, playing well and doing a great job with one-on-one blocks and picking up blitzes. …And when you’re running the ball well, that slows down the pass rush a little bit.”

Redskins’ defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, though, gave the majority of the credit to Manning.

“A lot of it is he’s smart in the pocket,” Haslett said. “He slides in the pocket. He stays alive. He knows when to get out of the pocket.”

Although the Redskins’ front-7 generated a stronger push against the Vikings thanks to some personnel changes, the pass rush has mostly been inconsistent since Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo and end Adam Carriker were lost for the season in Week 2. The unit’s 12 sacks, in fact, are tied for 18th in the league.

It’s a big challenge, but it’s one the Redskins know they must meet.

“We have to be disciplined in our rush,” Haslett said. “And relentless to disrupt the passing game.”

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Need to Know: Five key moments from Redskins vs. Chargers

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Need to Know: Five key moments from Redskins vs. Chargers

CARSON, CA—Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 11, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Cardinals at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3 p.m.

Days until:

—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 13
—Redskins @ Giants (12/17) 20
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 136

Five key plays from Redskins vs. Chargers

Here are the five key plays in the Redskins’ loss to the Chargers:

Philip Rivers 20-yard pass to Hunter Henry on third and nine—It was a 3-0 game and the Chargers were backed up at their own nine. But the tight end Henry got separation from safety Deshazor Everett and Rivers’ pass was on the money. Instead of having to punt from deep in their own territory the Chargers were in business. They didn’t face another third down while completing the 10-play drive for a touchdown.

Kirk Cousins pass intercepted by Kyle Emanuel—It was 10-0 after that TD drive and Cousins wanted to get it back in a hurry. He tried to hit Vernon Davis on a deep out pattern but Cousins said that it was a play that was just installed and he wasn’t really comfortable with it. In any case, the ball was long and after a defensive back tipped it, Emanuel picked it off and returned it to the Washington 29. The Chargers scored a field goal to make it 13-0.

Cousins TD pass to Davis—This gave the Redskins momentum in the game for 11 seconds. The drive itself was impressive, highlighted by a fourth and two completion to Niles Paul. On third and 11 at the 23, Cousins bought time by rolling to his right and he found Davis just in the end zone to make the score 13-6.

Rivers TD bomb to Tyrell Williams—The lift the Redskins got from the score was very short-lived. On the first play after the kickoff, Rivers launched a bomb to Williams, who had beaten Josh Norman (although it’s entirely possible that Norman thought he had some deep and/or inside help). Williams hauled in the pass and easily scored to snatch the momentum back from the Redskins.

Cousins’ fourth-down pass for Davis incomplete—Attempting to respond to the Chargers’ quick-strike TD, the Redskins drove into Chargers territory. They faced fourth and four at the LA 37. The call was to go for it and after seeing that a couple of safer options were covered, Cousins arched one to Davis about 20 yards downfield. Davis had a step on his defender but the pass was a shade too long and it was incomplete. The Chargers drove to a field goal to make it 23-6. The competitive phase of the game essentially was over.

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Instead of effort and preparation, Redskins get blah, blah, blah

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Instead of effort and preparation, Redskins get blah, blah, blah

CARSON, Ca.  -- Blah. Blah. Blah. 

What's the best way to describe the Redskins effort in a blowout loss in Los Angeles?

Blah, blah, blah. 

At least that's the way Washington safety D.J. Swearinger described the team's practice effort in the sessions leading up to the Chargers game. And if the Redskins practice efforts lacked getting ready for the trip to L.A., it certainly showed on the field.

Unlike the blowout loss 10 days ago in Dallas, the Redskins never even competed against the Chargers. 

In the first quarter alone, the Chargers gained 10 first downs. The Redskins had one. 

RELATED: FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM REDSKINS LOSS TO CHARGERS

No part of the Redskins roster performed well. Kirk Cousins had his worst game of the year, passing for just 151 yards. 

The defense gave up more than 250 yards of offense in the first half. Read that again: 250 yards of offense surrendered in the first half!

The game was so out of hand that Los Angeles sat down their starting quarterback Philip Rivers with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Rivers had 319 yards passing and barely played in the fourth quarter!

If the stats seem overwhelmingly bad for the Redskins, it's because they were. After the game Washington head coach Jay Gruden said it felt like he had regressed as a head coach to let his team come out and put forth this kind of effort. 

Couple that with Swearinger's comments. 

After getting toasted in Dallas, most assumed the Redskins would show up in L.A.

They didn't.

What happens next?

It's hard to know. At points this season, the Redskins played with pride and passion.

RELATED: REDSKINS ONLY HAD ELEVEN SECONDS OF MOMENTUM VS. CHARGERS

In their first game without playoff hopes on Sunday, the Redskins played with neither. 

After the contest, Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams said the team had to find a way to again play with pride, especially as three games remain. 

Unless things change, the Redskins won't win another game. That will cause tremendous stress on the players, and the coaching staff. 

The Redskins have sustained an astounding amount of injuries this year. It's a big factor in the undoing of their season, especially as things limp toward the finish. Inexperienced players dot the lineup card all over the field.

Still, effort and preparation can come from experienced or inexperienced players. And it didn't on Sunday in Los Angeles. 

Without it, the final three games will be nothing but more blah, blah, blah.