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Jets pull away in the second half as Skins offense stalls

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Jets pull away in the second half as Skins offense stalls

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—A beat up Redskins team missing six starters and another key contributor came into MetLife Stadium. For a while it looked like it would be a repeat of their road game last week, when they battled the Falcons all game before losing. But they could not overcome the Jets’ defense, their running game led by Chris Ivory, or the passing and scrambling of Ryan Fitzpatrick and lost 34-20.

The Redskins led 13-10 at the half, thanks to three Bashaud Breeland takeaways (two fumble recoveries and an interception) that set up all three scores. But the Jets turned the tables in the second half, turning two interceptions of Kirk Cousins into touchdowns, including one by Darrelle Revis that turned the tide in New York’s favor.

The Redskins remain a team that can’t get it done on the road (17 losses in last 18), or when Cousins throws multiple interceptions (two in each of their four losses this year, none in their wins).

Key Play: The game was tied at 13 in the third quarter. On a second down play from the 22, Cousins threw short to Ryan Grant on the left sideline. But Darrelle Revis did what Revis does, protecting his island by picking off Cousins and making a short return to the 18. On the next play Ryan Fitzpatrick dropped back to pass and found acres of room in the middle of the field. He rolled in for the touchdown and it was all Jets the rest of the way.

Scoring drives:

First quarter

Garçon 2 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 37 yards, 7 plays, 3:45

Key plays: The Redskins got exactly what they needed early when the Jets fumbled on their first play from scrimmage and Bashaud Breeland recovered at the New York 37. A bubble screen to Jamison Crowder picked up 12 and then the Redskins converted a third and five at the 20 on a nice catch in traffic by Ryan Grant for a gain of six. Two plays after an 11-yard pass to Alfred Morris set up first and goal at the three, Cousins shook Darrelle Revis on a slant and Cousins hit him for the score.

Redskins 7, Jets 0

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Ivory 1 run (Folk kick)

Drive: 83 yards, 11 plays, 6:01

Key plays: A screen pass to Chris Ivory got the Jets out to midfield. Then on third and six, Ryan Fitzpatrick found Eric Decker on an out pattern. He broke a couple of tackles before going down at the one. Chris Ivory powered in for the score two plays later.

Redskins 7, Jets 7

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Second quarter

FG Folk 35

Drive: 74 yards, 8 plays, 3:55

Key plays: This was really a two-play drive. The Redskins blitzed on third and nine at the Jets’ eight but Fitzpatrick scrambled away for 20. On the next play, Ivory found wide open spaces on the left side and raced for 64 yards. The drive stalled and Folk came on for the field goal.

Jets 10, Redskins 7

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FG Hopkins 54

Drive:

Key plays: The drive started when Breeland stripped the ball from Brandon Marshall, giving the Redskins the ball at their own 45. They converted a third and six when Cousins went to Crowder for 10 yards into Jets territory. The drive stalled but Hopkins boomed a 54-yard field goal, the longest of his career.

Redskins 10, Jets 10

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FG Hopkins 30

Drive: 40 yards, 6 plays, 0:34

Key plays: The Redskins took advantage of another Breeland takeaway, this on a diving interception and return down the sideline for 28 yards to the Washington 48. Cousins passes of 12 yards to Garçon and 20 to Ryan Grant got the Redskins in position for the field goal with two seconds left in the half.

Redskins 13, Jets 10

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Third quarter

FG Folk 39

Drive: 47 yards, 7 plays, 4:00

Key plays: The Jets took advantage of some bad tackling by the Redskins as a pass to Ivory went for 24 yards. But on third and one at the Washington 20, the Redskins stuffed Ivory for a loss and the Jets settled for the three points.

Redskins 13, Jets 13

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Fitzpatrick 18 run

Drive: 1 play, 18 yards, 0:08

Key plays: Cousins made a bad decision and a bad throw to the left sideline, where Ryan Grant was standing. But Darrelle Revis was lying in wait and picked off the pass, From the Washington 18, Fitzpatrick was under pressure but found acres of room up the middle and scrambled for the score.

Jets 20, Redskins 13

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Marshall 35 pass from Fitzpatrick (Folk kick)

Drive: 76 yards, 6 plays, 2:56

Key plays: A third down conversion on a 14-yard Marshall reception got the drive going. Then third-string running back Zac Stacy went for runs of 18 and six yards. On the touchdown, it looked like Breeland had a play on the ball but Marshall plucked it just before it hit the ground, spun away, and covered the last 20 yards to the end zone.

Jets 27, Redskins 13

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Fourth quarter

Decker 2 pass from Fitzpatrick (Folk kick)

Drive: 17 yards, 9 plays, 3:39

Key plays: Another Cousins interception got this one started. He three deep for Jamison Crowder but safety Marcus Gilchrist picked it off. On the next play, Ivory bolted for 32 yards. The Jets faced third and 10 from the 23 but Fitzpatrick found Marshall for 17 yards over the middle down to the six. Two plays later Fitzpatrick found Decker in the end zone.

Jets 34, Redskins 13

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Ross, recovery of blocked punt in the end zone (Hopkins kick)

Drive: No drive

Key plays: Jeron Jonson blew in and blocked Ryan Quigley’s puntRoss fell on it in the end zone for the score.

Jets 34, Redskins 20

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Injury Update:

RB Chris Thompson left the game in the first quarter with a lower back injury. He returned to the game.

S Trenton Robinson left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. He did not return.

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the top-five paid receivers in the NFL.

They can also trade Landry and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first-round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 

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What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical; few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins. But it's certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. Wide Receiver$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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