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Need to Know: Last look at Redskins vs. Chiefs

Need to Know: Last look at Redskins vs. Chiefs

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, October 4, 11 days before the Washington Redskins play the 49ers at FedEx Field.

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Today’s schedule: Bye week  

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 18
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 24
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 31

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Chiefs

—The third-down pass to Josh Doctson will continue to be discussed during the bye week. Should he have caught it? Was it a drop or just an inability to come up with a miraculous catch? Was there pass interference on the play or maybe an uncalled facemask penalty? Should the pass even have been thrown with options to go to Jordan Reed on the other side and Jamison Crowder underneath apparently available?

—The questions about the game as a whole are similar. Is it a game that they should have won or one that they could have won? I’d put it in the category of a missed opportunity rather than a game they blew. There is a matter of learning how to win. That is something that the Chiefs know well. Don’t look now but they are 14-2 in their last 16 regular-season games. The Redskins aren’t quite there yet.

—According to Football Outsiders, the Redskins have had the second toughest schedule in the league in terms of the combined DVOA of their opponents. If you prefer raw win totals, Washington’s four opponents have combined to win 12 games, the most of any opposing slate in the NFL. But the FO folks say it gets easier from here; the Redskins’ opponents have a combined DVOA that ranks 26th. Of course, nothing is easy in the NFL but if the Redskins are as good as fans hope they are (and FO says they are the fourth-best in overall DVOA) they may be able to make a run after their bye.

—Given that the team might be in contention in November and December, you have to wonder how much longer the Redskins will stick with Samaje Perine as the backup running back. Due to injuries to starter Rob Kelley he leads the team in rushing with 143 yards, one yard ahead of Chris Thompson. But he is averaging an anemic 3.1 yards per carry. Of the rookie’s 43 rushing attempts, 21, nearly half, have gone for two yards or fewer. The team likes his potential but they won’t have unlimited patience. Jay Gruden said that making a change to Mack Brown as the backup running back is “something we will consider.” If Kelley, who left the Monday night game with an ankle injury after being out of the previous game with a rib issue, can’t stay on the field the Redskins need to do something to have a more productive backup. 

—We won’t take a close look at the 49ers until next week but for right now we can say they are not very good. Kyle Shanahan’s group is 0-4 and with the dregs of the league in both scoring offense (26th) and scoring defense (24th). They have been close, losing their last three games by two points each. And perhaps this game will be the test to see if the Redskins are who we think they are. If they take care of business and post a comfortable win, they might be on their way. If they struggle and eke out a win or revert to their old ways and lose, we will have to rethink the rethinking we’ve done about this team lately.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Redskins fan in your life

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Redskins fan in your life

Black Friday is nearly here, and in anticipation of the holiday, you're probably planning on buying that nice, new TV or laptop you've needed for a while. But in addition to those typical Black Friday items, it's also the perfect time to pick up something for that dedicated Redskins fan in your life.

Not sure what to get the Burgundy and Gold supporter, though? Look no further than the list of 10 things below.

We've done our part by creating this list for you, just like a quarterback who gives his receiver a chance with a great throw. Now it's up to you to finish the play.

1. Redskins PlayStation 4 Skin Set

Price: $14.99

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: As someone who just bought a PlayStation 4, I'd be thrilled to be able to personalize it with this 'Skins Skin set. The only thing better than taking down a Cowboys fan online in Madden is taking down a Cowboys fan online in Madden with Redskins-themed controllers.

2. Redskins NFL Krazy Kover

Price: $10.02

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: This is more than a koozie; it's a sweater for your beer. Why are you still reading and not buying?

3. Redskins infant bodysuit set

Price: $26.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: The other items on this list are all for the Redskins fan in your life. This one, on the other hand, is for the future Redskins fan in your life. Quick, give them this bodysuit set before your weird, Eagles-supporting aunt does the same.

4. Redskins light up sweater

Price: $79.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: It's just like the one you've seen in the commercials, except better, because it's Burgundy and Gold! There's one for men and one for women.

5. Redskins fidget spinner

Price: $3.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: The fidget spinner fad has died down a bit, but let's be honest: when you get one in your hand these days, you still spin the heck out of it. Give the gift of spinning to those you love most this Black Friday.

6. Redskins golf balls 

Price: $13.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: I'm addicted to golf and would cherish each of these Redskins balls right up to the moment I sliced them straight into the woods on the third tee.

7. Redskins lunch box/cooler

Price: $29.99

Where to buy: Fanatics.com

Why they'll love it: People have forgotten how important it is to have a useful lunch box in 2017. Remind them with this beautiful cooler, so they can then display their dedication to Washington's team inside of their office's overcrowded fridge.

8. Redskins platter

Price: $39.99

Where to buy: Fanatics.com

Why they'll love it: We're heading into the thick of the party-hosting section of the calendar. When you're serving up your guests your finest cheeses, do it on this Redskins platter.

9. Redskins full/queen comforter set

Price: $69.99

Where to buy: Fansedge.com

Why they'll love it: With a comforter this gorgeous, you may actually want to make your bed every morning.

10. Redskins license plate frame

Price: $19.99

Where to buy: Fansedge.com

Why they'll love it: Think of how many cars sit behind you on a daily basis. Then, think of how many of those people root for the other NFC East rivals. Buy this so you can taunt them without even knowing it.

11. fuboTV Subscription

Price: $19.99/month for 2 months

Where to buy: fubotv.com

Why they'll love it: What better gift than the games themselves? Perfect for the cord-cutting Redskins fan on your list, fuboTV offers 80 streaming channels from sports to news to movies and more. Watch on all of your favorite devices including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV and AndroidTV or take it anywhere with the fuboTV app, available for both Android and iOS. If you're on the go, take advantage of fuboTV's cloud-based DVR service to record your favorite programs and watch them wherever you'd like. Even better? There are no hidden fees or long-term contracts and you can cancel anytime. 

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

Jay Gruden said during the offseason that the thing that scared him most was not having a good center and a backup available. The coach probably is terrified now.

Spencer Long, who started the season at center, is headed to injured reserve. He has been battling tendonitis in his knees for several weeks and, apparently, an injured quad muscle. Gruden said that Long will have surgery to fix the quad.

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Rookie Chase Roullier has been playing well in Long’s absence but he will be on the shelf at least this week. He broke a bone in his hand against the Saints and, according to a report, he has had surgery to repair it. While he has not been ruled out it seems likely that he will miss at least this game, if not more.

The Redskins’ third option is veteran journeyman Tony Bergstrom. It looks like he will start at center against the Giants on Thursday. The Redskins are Bergstrom’s fourth team in four seasons in the league. He has started four games, all for the Raiders in 2012 and 2015. Bergstrom signed with the Redskins about four weeks ago.

Bergstrom’s backup will be Demetrius Rhaney, who was just signed. He started one game for the Rams after they drafted him in the seventh round in 2014.

As expected, both Chris Thompson and Terrelle Pryor are headed to injured reserve. In addition to signing Rhaney, the team will promote LB Pete Robertson and RB LeShun Daniels from the practice squad. Earlier this week they re-signed DL A.J. Francis. They will have to drop one player from the 53-man roster before all of these moves are made official.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.