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GameBlog vs. Bengals Final

GameBlog vs. Bengals Final

In this instant-information age, there is a tendency to want to know about the status of an injury such as the one that Portis suffered right away. Unfortunately, the human body doesn’t always give an indication as to the severity of an injury as quickly as we would like. We’ll know a lot more about his status in a few days when we see how it responds to some treatment and rest.

Third Quarter

Listen, do you hear it? That loud and unmistakable sound is opportunity knocking for Jason Campbell. While it wasn’t all Collins’ fault—nobody could blame him a bit if he pulled a Peyton Manning and threw his linemen under the bus—he still wasn’t sharp when he had time and he had that deer in the headlights look on occasion. Campbell gets 30 minutes to shine. If he is on target, makes good decisions and moves the team he’ll have a leg up on Collins for the backup QB job.

It’s kind of odd that Tyler Jones is doing the kickoffs. There was talk that the punter would be doing the kicking off to save Hall’s leg for field goals. You would think that they would want to get as much practice for Frost and/or Lonie as possible, so maybe this won’t be the case.

Joe Sykes beat Jon Jansen on a few occasions in camp and he just did a good job there in getting to Doug Johnson and getting the sack. He is getting to be a practice squad possibility.

We saw the good and the bad of Jason Campbell on his first series. A zinger to Espy from his own end zone to convert a first down was followed by a nice touch pass downfield that Jimmy Farris could have caught had he made the decision to use both hands. Then, on second down, he couldn’t make a decision, got happy feet, took and sack and fumbled.

That was a cover two on the TD pass to Kelly Washington? Try cover none. Dennard Wilson was horribly slow getting over to help and he didn’t react to the ball in the air.

We have had a Manuel White sighting. He made a nice move and turn upfield on a swing pass from Campbell. He needs to have more moments like that if he’s going to make this team.

Fourth Quarter

Madden delivered what the headline should be for this affair when he said that it looked like the Bengals were ready to play a preseason game tonight and the Redskins were not.

The sight of Clinton Portis sitting on the sideline with his arm in a sling should quash any talk of Ladell Betts being dealt to the Jets or anywhere else for that matter.

Nemo Broughton did himself a favor in his quest to make the team again with a solid blitz pickup on third down. That’s the kind of thing that the coaches make a fuss over in the film room tomorrow.

Rocky McIntosh had a pretty impressive stint at linebacker. He moved well, fought off blockers, and made a few tackles. He won’t work his way into the starting lineup by opening night but he’ll be in some of Williams’ packages and may be starting by Halloween.

It’s safe to say that Campbell has answered the knock at the door. He’s had a few rough moments but Collins had more in less playing time. Although he just undid that beautiful pass to Ortega with a bad interception, he has thrown some excellent passes.

Karon Riley is having a good night of mop-up duty. He always seems to be around the ball and he’s planted a few backs.

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Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Redskins fans were frenzied when Scot McCloughan said that Kirk Cousins is a good quarterback, but not a special one. The #KirkHive shuddered and the Kirk Haters celebrated.

McCloughan, the former Redskins GM who's wildly popular with fans, explained what few people will say publicly: Cousins is a skilled player but probably not deserving of the money he might make in free agency. 

Let's start with the obvious: Cousins is good.

He's a durable passer in a league that doesn't have enough of them. He's started the last 49 games for the Redskins and thrown for more than 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons. 

Now more obvious: He isn't great.

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Bleacher Report's Chris Simms, speaking on the #RedskinsTalk podcast, said Cousins ranks about 12th among NFL passers. It's top half of the league, but it's not Top 5 or even Top 10. 

Cousins has had tremendous games with the Redskins, like a near perfect performance against Oakland in 2017 or a dominant performance against Green Bay in 2016. 

Cousins has also been awful, as recently as Week 17 in New York a few weeks ago, or an equally stinky Week 17 game against the Giants two seasons ago. 

While some might view McCloughan's statement as controversial — "He’s a good player. Is he special? I don’t see special," he told Denver radio station 104.3 the Fan — it's not. 

Plenty of people agree with McCloughan, including some in Redskins Park. Last year, a source told NBC Sports Washington that the team believed they could get nearly as much production from Colt McCoy as Cousins provided. 

Even this year, Washington head coach Jay Gruden offered lukewarm praise of his quarterback.

When the season ended, asked to evaluate Cousins' play, the coach said, "When you’re 7-9, it’s hard to say, ‘Wow, this guy really was outstanding.’ There’s a few guys obviously that jump out, Pro Bowlers like Ryan Kerrigan had a solid year. Obviously Trent [Williams] when he played was a Pro Bowl-type and Brandon [Scherff] when he was healthy was a Pro Bowl-type guy. Kirk had his flashes where he was really good. From a consistent standpoint, over the course of 16 games, you know, we’re 7-9."

That quote made headlines when Gruden said it, much like McCloughan's comments now are circulating faster than Beltway traffic. 

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Truth is, it's not new. And it's not news.

There are coaches that think Cousins is only scratching the surface of his capabilities. Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay come to mind, but both of those coaches have other QBs likely for the long-term future. 

Cousins might end up being paid like a Top 3 quarterback in the NFL, and that might be the right move given the demand at the position. Will that make him a special passer?

Not if special is defined as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees. Even Cousins wouldn't argue with that.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

ELITE 8 RESULTS

January 18: Round two, matchup one

The first Elite 8 matchup was... not close:

January 19: Round two, matchup two

The Elite 8's second tilt is underway. Vote now:


FIRST ROUND RESULTS

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

You'd think a turkey hat would be enough to capture a W, but not in this one:

January 17: Round one, matchup eight

The Elite 8 is now set with this showdown going to the retweets side: