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Live Blog Cowboys Redskins 2nd quarter

Live Blog Cowboys Redskins 2nd quarter

12:52—The Cowboys are getting a good amount of pressure on Campbell and it is pushing his passes off mark. In general, the offense has had no rhythm since that initial drive. They're not really making mistakes, dropping passes or committing penalties, but they're breaking down everywhere. Certainly, a lot of it can be chalked up to a good defensive effort by Dallas.

9:37—The Redskins get yet another pick. They must have worked on that during the bye week. This time it was McIntosh, who got a tipped ball after Owens was smacked by Carlos Rogers. Dallas had a pretty good drive going primarily on the ground as the Redskins were not wrapping up Marion Barber. Skins with the ball back and on the move with their initial first down since the opening drive.

5:18—A nice drive has turned into a cluster, uh, bomb. On third and six in Dallas territory, the Skins get flagged for 12 men in the huddle and then they have to burn a timeout after a couple more players shuffle in and out of the game. It ends on a third and 11 sack. Campbell got the thing jump started with a 22-yard run on a QB draw. It was a great play call and Campbell carried tacklers for about five extra yards. But it went for naught after second and seven turned into fourth and 21.

1:54—Dallas is threatening again at the two-minute warning. Romo found Jason Witten for the first time today and it was good for 24 yards. They're still trying to get the ball to Owens but he has yet to be able to do anything with it. They're throwing him the quick outs, but Rogers and Smoot are taking him down immediately. They haven't even tried to go to him downfield.

1:46—Just after I type that, Owens gets a big gainer. He went in motion and found a seam in the zone for a catch down to about the three. Dallas is knocking on the door looking to tie this one up.

Barber 2 run (Folk kick)
Redskins 7, Cowboys 7

It sure looked like Barber's elbow was down before the ball broke the plane of the goal line. It wouldn't have mattered much as it would have been second and goal at about the six inch line and a touchdown is the highly probable outcome in that situation.

A great kickoff return by Cartwright sets up a field goal at the end of the half.

FG Suisham 41
Redskins 10, Cowboys 7

The Redskins get the second-half kickoff and they are going in with momentum. Still, they need to get some continuity going on offense. Dallas' last two drives were very effective with one ending in an interception and the other ending in the TD.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 17, 25 days before NFL free agency starts.

The Redskin week that was

My weekly look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics on RealRedskins.com and NBCSportsWashington.com.

An offseason blueprint for the Redskins—Should the Redskins focus their free agency money on keeping their own? In addition to unrestricted free agents Zach Brown and Trent Murphy, they need to consider extensions for Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder. That could chew up a bunch of the approximately $31 million of cap space that they have. They may get some help on the market but most of their improvement should come from the draft and from within.

Redskins offseason will hit warp speed soon—With the exception of the Alex Smith trade, which actually hasn’t happened yet, there hasn’t been much going on with the Redskins. That is going to change soon, check out the post for the calendar and how the events matter for the Redskins.

No mixed messages from Alex Smith—In a radio interview, Alex Smith said that he was “jacked” to be a part of the Redskins. Now, the phrase often repeated here is that you shouldn’t listen to what they say, you should watch what they do. And the moment that he signs the reported four-year extension that he has negotiated with the team, a deal that likely would put him in Washington for the rest of his career, we will see his actions backing up his words. Then we will know.

What we know, and what we think, of the Su'a Cravens situation—This will be a true test of the acumen of the front office. It’s a very tricky situation. The Redskins have to decide if they want to keep Cravens. Should they decide to keep him, there will be a lot of smoothing over of ruffled feelings that would need to be done over and trust in Cravens would have to be restored. If they don’t want him around, they have to make it look like they are willing to go into the season with him in order to be able to trade him. Otherwise, teams may just wait for them to cut him and sign him as a free agent. Again, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

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Quarterback is not the only NFL position with rising salaries. The players teams hire to try to stop opposing QBs, cornerbacks, are getting expensive, too. Bashaud Breeland is a good cornerback, not a great one. His coverage skills are solid, he’s a good team player (if a bit of a hothead at times) and his work ethic is not questioned. For a fourth-round pick who everybody thought left Clemson a year too early, he has done well for himself But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl and he hasn’t even come close enough to be considered a snub. Breeland has eight interceptions in four years in the league with a high of three in 2016.

The price tag for good at cornerback is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million per season. And good for him if he gets it. But with the Redskins employing Josh Norman, who has cap hits in the range of $14.5 million-$16.9 million over the next three years, it would be difficult to fit him in. Truth be told, Breeland has probably been destined to leave as a free agent ever since Norman signed his contract in April of 2016.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 12
—NFL Draft (4/26) 68
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 204

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Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Redskins might try to franchise tag quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to get some compensation for him as he leaves. But Cousins’ camp might not let that happen without a fight.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Cousins might file a grievance if he is tagged, saying that the Redskins would be violating the spirit of the rules regarding the use of the franchise tag. He would be seeking to have the tag voided because the team clearly isn ’t interested in reaching a long-term deal with him given the acquisition of Alex Smith. The tag is supposed to be used to buy time to get an agreement done, not to squat on a player’s rights in order to trade him.

There is precedent for the tag being used in order to facilitate a trade. In 2009, the Patriots tagged quarterback Matt Cassel. They clearly had no intention of keeping him as they had Tom Brady on the roster. But New England pulled it off, shipping Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.

But it is up to the player to object to being tagged and for whatever reason Cassel and his agent went along with the tag and trade rather than fighting for free agency.

It looks like Cousins ’camp won’t go as quietly.

It’s up to the Redskins to make the first move. The window to be able to tag a player opens on Tuesday with the deadline coming on March 6. We will see how things play out after that.

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