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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: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 17, 40 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Redskins and NFL free agency tracker—I started this a week ago today and it grew to 3,500 words. The problem was there wasn’t much to add by the time that free agency actually started at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The legal tampering period or, as I dubbed it to avoid an oxymoron being used, the “permitted tampering-like activities period” was when all of the news happened. By the time actual free agency opened on Wednesday afternoon it pretty much was all over. Thanks to those of you who followed along.

Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source—Since Kirk Cousins’ departure was a foregone conclusion, Brown was the Redskins’ most important free agent. His retention provides continuity in the defense and that will benefit both the team and Brown. His contract (preliminary numbers three years, $24 million) showed that the Redskins are willing to invest some money in the inside linebacker spot for the first time since Joe Gibbs brought in London Fletcher to play middle linebacker in 2007.

Report: Kirk Cousins to sign epic new deal with Vikings—We heard you, folks. The collective voice of the fans who visit NBC Sports Washington on a regular basis let us know that you were not interested in a lot of posts about the Cousins saga that was unfolding in Minnesota. So this was one of very few articles on Cousins that we posted even though Cousins posts have been popular, but with the vast majority of traffic coming from out of town. So, you’re welcome. It should be noted that we will write about Cousins in the future but infrequently.

Redskins officially announce 5-year deal with WR Richardson—He was the opening act for the Alex Smith press conference, and he handled himself very well. If Richardson is even moderately successful I think he will be a major fan favorite.  

Tweet of the week

Here is what fans need to know—a team can afford to do virtually anything it wants in free agency in a given year. If they wanted to the Redskins could restructure deals and sign all of their free agents to contracts that have very small first-year cap hits, creating room to sign the Honey Badger or Suh. The problems come in later years when the cap space you pushed back starts to pile up. The Redskins generally do squeeze free agent contracts into relatively small cap spaces. For example, Richardson’s deal average $8 million per year but the 2018 cap hit is just $4 million. But they don’t like to restructure deals to push money back into later years. That created problems during the Vinny Cerrato years.

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.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 30
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 132
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 176

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.