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Need to Know: What they're saying about the Redskins—More overreaction?

Need to Know: What they're saying about the Redskins—More overreaction?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 1, one day before the Washington Redskins play the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Team travels to Kansas City; no media availability  

Days until:

—49ers @ Redskins (10/15) 14
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 22
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 28

What they’re saying about the Redskins

Thomas Boswell, Washington Post

That Washington could beat a Raiders team that was a three-point favorite always was a possibility, especially on an NFL Sunday full of upsets and near-upsets. But the magnitude of the beatdown was stunning and a jubilant shock to even the most optimistic Washington fans. We’re left to ask, grinning for the moment, ‘Where has this team been? And will it be returning on a weekly basis?’

Those last two questions are what everyone is trying to figure out this week. The win over Oakland will mean that much more if it turns out to be a springboard to a string of similar performances instead of a blip on the radar. But we won’t know until they get out on the field.

Max Meyer SI.com

Chris Thompson was mostly known for his pass-catching prowess out of the backfield heading into the season. The fourth-year tailback has taken it to a whole other level, and his breakout campaign won’t go unnoticed any longer after a sensational performance Sunday night in D.C. Thompson scored the game’s first touchdown, a 22-yard trip to pay dirt when he was uncovered on a flare route. He also had the contest’s biggest play and ultimate dagger: With the Raiders fresh off a touchdown drive and the Redskins facing a third-and-19, Thompson turned a screen into a 74-yard scamper. 

Thompson is getting some well-deserved recognition. Later in this post, the writer says that Thompson should get more touches. Anyone who listens to Jay Gruden knows that is not happening. This team went through too many years of trying to get Thompson healthy. He already plays more snaps than any running back and Gruden knows the team needs him on the field.

NFL.com power ranking

The most impressive win of the 2017 season. That's what you can call the Redskins' complete decimation of the Raiders on Sunday night -- even more so than the Chiefs upending the Patriots on opening night. The only game in franchise history in which I remember Washington being quite this dominant was a playoff win over the Rams way back in 1983 (51-7, Riggins and the Hogs). Not sure I've ever seen the Redskins' defense play at quite that fever pitch.

When we did this look at what they were saying about the Redskins after Week 1 I wrote about the overreaction to the loss to the Eagles, with sites dropping them down into the 20’s in power ranking. I think we’re seeing the opposite effect here as NFL.com moved the Redskins up 11 spots to No. 7. I’m not into doing power rankings but if I was I think I’d wait for a few more games before I moved any team up from slightly below average, which is what No. 18 is, into the top 10. They might now wind up belonging there by midseason or so but such a jump based on one game is unwarranted.

ESPN.com power ranking

Cousins averaged nearly twice as many yards per attempt (12.2) in Week 3 than he did in the first two weeks of the season (6.3). He'll need more performances like last week's with upcoming road games against the Chiefs, Eagles, and Seahawks.

The four-letter network is not participating in the NFL.com irrational exuberance over the Raiders win. ESPN moved the Redskins up three spots, from 17 to 14. You could quibble that this is a bit low but if you go and look at the full rankings it’s hard to make a solid case that they should be ahead of any of them. Again, time will tell.  

Yahoo! Shutdown Corner picks against the spread, Frank Schwab

Redskins (+7) over Chiefs: It’s hard to go against the Chiefs with how well they’re playing, but Washington seems a bit underrated to me. They lost to the Eagles (who are good themselves) in Week 1, but have played really well the last two weeks. Their offense looked great last week and the defense has played well too. I’ll pick them to keep it close, at least.

I haven’t seen any national media types pick the Redskins for an outright win. I’m seeing a lot like this from ESPN:

But I saw mostly clean sweeps for the Rams and Raiders, too, so those predictions really don’t mean much.

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Who is Nick Rose? Three things you should know about the new Redskins kicker

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Who is Nick Rose? Three things you should know about the new Redskins kicker

Here are three things you need to know about Nick Rose, who was signed on Tuesday to replace Dustin Hopkins.

1) His next NFL kick will be his first one

Rose has spent offseason time with the Falcons and 49ers since entering the league in 2016 after his collegiate career at Texas. However, he has never attempted a regular season field goal or PAT, so the first time he does so with the Redskins will be the first time ever for him as a pro.

The 23-year-old certainly has potential: He was one of the nation's top touchback producers in 2014 and 2015 for the Longhorns, so distance on kickoffs and field goals shouldn't be an issue (this video of him nailing one from 80, yes, 80, backs that up). What remains to be seen is whether he can split the uprights for Washington.

For what it's worth, Hopkins was totally inexperienced in the NFL when he first signed with the Burgundy and Gold, too.

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2) He can make kicks in unconventional ways

While this doesn't come across as something Jay Gruden would ever want Rose to try in, say, this Monday's game in Philly, Rose can sink chip shots while simultaneously completing a backflip.

Ever seen Adam Vinatieri do that? Nope, didn't think so.

3) He beat out at least three other candidates for the job

With Hopkins likely done for the year with a hip issue, the Redskins worked out a handful of replacement options on Tuesday.

It was Rose, though, who emerged with a contract. He earned it over at least three other guys, including veterans Mike Nugent and Andrew Franks. Now he must bring that strong leg, as well as some accuracy, when called upon to ensure the 'Skins don't miss out on any points on a weekly basis.

Making kicks in the middle of backflips is fun, sure. But making them in front of national TV audiences instead of a YouTube audience is probably more fun. Let's see if Rose has what it takes to stick around.

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Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources

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Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources

Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins will likely not play again this year, a source with knowledge of the situation tells our JP Finlay.

The team placed Hopkins on the injured reserve list, which means he's out at least eight weeks. To replace him, the Redskins signed Nick Rose, per NFL Network.

In his third season with Washington, Hopkins had made nearly 82 percent of his field goals this year. He made 12 of 13 extra points, but missed a very important extra point in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Hopkins had a very strong leg, capable of touchbacks on kickoffs nearly every time the situation called for it. 

Rose is yet to play in the NFL but spent time with the 49ers. He kicked collegiately at the University of Texas.

As a senior in Austin last year, Rose made 13 of 17 field goals and 38 of 39 extra points.