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Instant analysis: The Redskins just ran out of steam and couldn't upset the mighty Chiefs

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Instant analysis: The Redskins just ran out of steam and couldn't upset the mighty Chiefs

Here are my observations from during the Redskins’ very close loss to the Chiefs Monday n ight.

First quarter

— The Redskins started their opening drive going heavy jumbo with Vernon Davis as an inline tight end, Jeremy Sprinkle on the wing, and Niles Paul lined up a a fullback. The gashed the ball up the field for a while until Kirk Cousins went play action and launched a 44-yard TD pass to Terrelle Pryor. The drive quieted the excited Arrowhead Stadium crowd. A KC three and out on their subsequent possession followed by a 33-yard punt to around midfield made the fans a bit more nervous.

— How are these Redskins different from last year’s edition? They found themselves with second and 14 after Rob Kelley was tackled for a loss on the first play of the drive. A seven-yard Thompson run and a 10-yard pass from Cousins to Pryor easily converted the first. Last year, that’s almost a guaranteed punt. They had to settle for a field goal but a drive that last year likely would have been over before it started gets three points.

—The Redskins outgained the Chiefs 120-36 in the first quarter.

Second quarter

—The Chiefs were moving but a third-down Matt Ioannidis sack pushed them out of field goal range. Ponder saying those words in 2016.

—The Chiefs had the ball third and six at the Washington 44. Jonathan Allen lined up as an inside linebacker, creating confusion in the Chiefs protection call. They burned a timeout and on the subsequent snap Allen pressure forced a completion that was well short of the line to gain.

— On third and eight at KC 40, Preston Smith made a dumb mistake. He jumped offside, making it a much easier third and three. Kansas City converted and kept the drive alive. Those are going to happen from time to time but that one was particularly ill timed. The Chiefs ended up scoring on a 17-yard pass from Smith to Kelce on the first play after the two-minute warning.

—The second quarter belonged to the Chiefs. The outgained Washington 164-59 and evened up a time of possession advantage that had been lopsided in the Redskins’ favor.

—Washington lost Rob Kelley in the first quarter with an ankle injury. They ran for 60 yards.

—Cousins completed 9 of 16 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown for a passer rating of 100.8.

—Kareem Hunt, who came into the game averaging over 130 yards per game, was held to 24 yards on five carries.

—At halftime, the Redskins were perfectly balanced offensively with 16 runs and 16 passes.

Third quarter

— Kareem Hunt has his best gain of the day when Bashaud Breeland committed a horse collar tackle after they had him pinned back for a loss. On the next play Junior Galette hit Smith late, tacking on more yardage to a 20-yard pass from Smith to Kelce. With Josh Norman out of the game, the Redskins could not afford to give Kansas City chunks of yardage like that.

— The Redskins had held on a third and goal at the one, but Smith was offside again. Smith scooted into the end zone on the next play. Killer penalties for the Redskins.

—Just when it looked like the Redskins were ready to fold, Cousins hit a streaking Vernon Davis down the seam. Davis wove down the field for 69 yards down to the six. Two plays later the Redskins regained the lead on a nice catch by Ryan Grant.

— The problem with the Redskins’ quick-strike drive is that it put the defense back on the field again. Washington got a sack on the first play but then Smith and Hunt started to gash the Redskins’ defense. The defense finally got a stop at the seven and a short Butker field goal tied the game up with one second left in the third quarter.

—I have to think that most Redskins fans would have taken tied going into the fourth quarter here without hesitation.

Fourth quarter

— The Redskins moved quickly into Chiefs territory on a 20-yard pass from Cousins to Josh Doctson. But Perine fumbled a toss when he has some running room. The ball went out of bounds for a loss of five and Washington ended up punting.

— Again, after a short Redskins possession, the defense goes back on the field. And the Chiefs start moving the ball. Terrell McClain blunted the momentum with a sack for a loss of 10. But Hunt got most of it back on the next play. A third-down pass bounced off of a helmet and it was up for grabs. The Chiefs grabbed it and booted a field goal to cap a 14-play drive that consumed 8:10.

— The Redskins got the ball with just under five minutes left and got a final drive going. A play action pass to Pryor picked up 15. Then Cousins ran for 10, 15, and eight yards to get to the 22. On third and two, Cousins’ went to Doctson in the end zone and he couldn’t quite come down with the pass (or you could say dropped it). Dustin Hopkins’ 40-yard field goal tied the game with 47 seconds left.

— The Chiefs started from their own 25 against a better rested Redskins defense. But Smith scrambled and found Albert Wilson for 37 yards to the Washington 34. A few plays later, Butker booted it though from 43 yards out to give the Chiefs the win.

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 @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 23, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Eagles, 8:30 pm, ESPN

Days until:

—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 13
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 31

Final report on injures of note:
: CB Josh Norman (rib),
Questionable: OT Trent Williams (knee)CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle),
See the full injury report and analysis here

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Eagles

—The first time these teams met, both scored defensive touchdowns. Ryan Kerrigan got the first Redskins points on the board with a pick six of Carson Wentz in the second quarter. With a minute and a half left, Fletcher Cox wrapped up the game for his team with a 20-yard return of a very controversial fumble. The difference tonight could well be a defensive or special teams score.

—In that game, the Redskins never let the Eagles get any sort of running game going. The Eagles rushed for 54 yards, the second-lowest total for a Washington opponent this year. And they had 24 attempts (2.4 yards per) so it wasn’t as though they didn’t try. The Redskins could use another strong effort against the run this time as well.

—I examined third downs in the first look at this game a few days ago. Since then, this was bought to my attention.

Third downs could be a fatal flaw for the Redskins. The Eagles’ ability to convert third and long situations was a key to them being able to survive without much of a running game in the opener. The Redskins need to hold the Eagles to 40 percent or less on all third downs and to 25 percent or less on third and long. And they will have to do it without Josh Norman, their best defensive back.

—In the first meeting, the matchup of the Redskins’ offensive line and the Eagles’ defensive front went decidedly in Philly’s direction. Washington rushed for just 64 yards and Kirk Cousins was sacked four times. There were plenty of concerns about the line, especially RT Morgan Moses, who gave up two sacks, and RG Brandon Scherff, who gave up four total pressures. Those two and the unit as a whole have been better since that game. The Redskins’ front will need to win that battle this time around.

Prediction: A Week 7 game is not really a must-win when you have a winning record. There is a lot of season left to be played. But if the Redskins are going to take the next step and stay in the thick of things for the ideal playoff seeding, they need to take this one. This year in the NFL, just when everyone thinks they have things figured out something happens to flip the script. Everyone now figures that the Eagles are the best team in the NFC and perhaps the best in the NFL. They are ripe for an upset.

Redskins 24, Eagles 20

Season prediction record: 2-3

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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Trent Williams needs knee surgery eventually, but the timeline has many factors


Trent Williams needs knee surgery eventually, but the timeline has many factors

PHILADELPHIA — Arguably the Redskins best player, all of the NFL knows that Trent Williams can still play at a high level while dealing with injury. 

How long Williams can play though injury seems the more important question though as reports emerged the left tackle will need knee surgery at some point. That could come in the next few weeks, or as Redskins fans hope, perhaps at the end of the season.

Currently playing with a torn medial patella-femoral ligament in his right knee, the six-time Pro Bowler has not practiced since sustaining the injury three weeks ago in Kansas City. He was able to gut out a strong performance last week against the 49ers, and is expected to do the same Monday night against the Eagles.

One factor that might be pushing Williams to play with such a damaged right leg is that backup tackle Ty Nsekhe is also out after having surgery on his core muscles. 


Nsekhe is expected back relatively soon, but the timeline remains murky. When he can come back, perhaps Williams will reconsider his options. 

Surgery for the torn MPFL will leave Williams with a five or six-month recovery. 

It's obvious the Redskins' offense is best with Williams on the field. Nsekhe, however, proved a capable backup last season when Williams served a four-game suspension. 

Without Nsekhe, the Redskins would go to veteran T.J. Clemmings should Williams be unable to play. Nsekhe has not played since a Week 3 win over Oakland. The Redskins added Clemmings to the roster in early September, after their fourth preseason game. He spent the last two seasons with the Vikings. 

For now, the Redskins will continue to hope Williams can play through the pain.

"Trent is a tough guy, so we will see how it works, see how feels tomorrow and go from there," Jay Gruden said of Williams on Saturday. 


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