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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: A random walk through the Redskins past for edition No. 2000


Need to Know: A random walk through the Redskins past for edition No. 2000

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 21, 52 days before NFL free agency starts.


Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 44
—NFL Draft (4/26) 95
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 231

Need to Know No. 2000

This is a special edition of Need to Know. It was 2,000 days ago, on July 31, 2012, that this post designed to give Redskins fans the news and views they need to get their days started was posted for the first time. And it has gone up every single morning since that day, 2,000 mornings in a row.

There is no reliable way to measure how many have read the post since site redesigns and name changes have made reliable tracking difficult. But NTK page views are estimated in the tens of millions. Thanks to all of you for reading and commenting, both on the site and on social media. It’s the passion of Redskins fans that makes the job so enjoyable.

Here is a look back at some of the “landmark” editions of Need to Know. I can’t like to all of them because of the aforementioned changes but it’s an interesting, random walk through Redskins history.

No. 1, “Hits to the depth chart”, 7/31/12—The Redskins were trying to deal with the losses of LB Jonathan Goff, who had suffered a season-ending knee injury, and G Kory Lichtensteiger, who was out after getting his knee scoped. Also, the Saints, who were the Redskins’ opponent in the opener, were complaining about the Bountygate penalties. A lot. See, even during training camp in 2012, NTK was able to look beyond RG3 hysteria to get you to the other important stories of the day.

No. 500, “Nickel coverage—Jordan Reed misses practice”, 12/13/13—Yes, the more things change the more things stay the same. The talented tight end, then a rookie, was still trying to a recover from a concussion he suffered a few weeks earlier. Reed ended up going on injured reserve, missing the last six games. Also, Mike Shanahan said that didn’t pay any attention to all of the negative talk about the team in the media and Kyle Shanahan said that didn’t have any input into the decision to bench RG3 and play Kirk Cousins. Both claims were greeted with skepticism.

No. 1,000, “Can the Redskins draft an immediate O-line starter?”, 4/27/15—This was just a couple of days before the draft. Brandon Scherff, who ended up being Redskins’ top pick at No. 5 overall, is not mentioned but he did indeed become the team’s selection. This was Scot McCloughan’s first draft and the identity of the Redskins’ first pick was still a mystery. Although Scherff’s name often came up, most mocks had them going with edge rusher Dante Fowler, who ended up going to the Jaguars at No. 3.

No. 1,500, “Redskins searching for back to back playoff spots”, 9/8/2016—This was a “By the numbers” look at the team as it approached their season opener against the Steelers. They were coming off of a playoff berth in 2015 and, as we know now, their streak of consecutive seasons without going to the playoffs at least two straight years would continue. In 2016 were able to stop a 19-year streak of not having back to back willing seasons, just barely, by going 8-7-1. One more interesting number from the post—Kirk Cousins’ pass completion percentage at home in 2015 was 74.7 percent, the highest in NFL history.

Again, thanks for reading. See you tomorrow for edition No. 2,001.

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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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was-Cousins' value, the Redskins' top pick

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was-Cousins' value, the Redskins' top pick

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 20, 53 days before NFL free agency starts.


Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 45
—NFL Draft (4/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 232

The Redskins week that was

Jags big win could spell bad news for Kirk Cousins—If the Jaguars’ accomplishment of getting to the AFC championship game does indeed make Blake Bortles’ job safe, the laws of economics say that the amount of money that Cousins can command in a free agent contract should go down. It’s the demand part of supply and demand and if demand goes down, prices should, too. But the NFL quarterback market doesn’t follow the laws. If the Lions see fit to pay Matthew Stafford, a quarterback under whom they have had very limited success, a contract with an average annual value of $27 million without any team bidding against them, that sets the price.

Setting the odds on what happens with Kirk Cousins—Despite his happy talk at the 106.7 The Fan event earlier this month, the possibility that Cousins will play in a Redskins uniform in 2018 does not warrant a large bet of imaginary casino chips. If you missed the post, take a look and let me know what you think of my assessment.

Don't freak out about latest Zach Brown tweet—It’s that time of year. A player sends out a tweet with no context and fans assign the worst possible meaning to it. In Brown’s case, a tweet about not getting respect was interpreted as a sign that contract negotiations with the Redskins were not going well. But JP Finlay found out that the tweet was about Brown being upset that another alternate getting selected to the Pro Bowl and not him. It still is unclear if Brown will return to the Redskins but at least there are no indications of rocky negotiations at this point.

Bang for the free agent bucks for the Redskins? Brown was a solid free agent acquisition for the Redskins last year. Terrelle Pryor, not so much. Take a look at the post for the other hits and misses in free agency.

Tweet of the week

Even though the draft is over three months away there are plenty of opinions out there as this tweet drew a ton of reaction. On the offensive side of the ball, the suggestions ran towards quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield although some want a running back. It will be interesting to see how those two non-conventional quarterbacks look after they spend the next few months under the microscope of the NFL draft process. The defensive name that kept coming up was Washington defensive lineman Vita Vea, a large specimen who could play the nose in base defense and move to three-technique in nickel.

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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