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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Bengals—Which team is more desperate?

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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Bengals—Which team is more desperate?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, October 26, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Cincinnati Bengals in London.

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Today's schedule: Practice 1 pm; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences, player availability after practice approx. 3 pm

Days until: Vikings @ Redskins 18; Packers @ Redskins 25; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 29

First look at Redskins vs Bengals

—You can’t talk about this game without talking about the venue so let’s do that first. The Redskins are trying to keep things as normal as possible this week. They will conduct their Wednesday and Thursday practices as usual, at 1 pm at Redskins Park. They will get on the plane after practice on Thursday and take what your typical business traveler would call the red eye to London, landing at about 7 am British Summer Time on Friday. They have a 1:30 p.m. practice at the Twyford Ave. Sports Ground and then a community event with local children after that. Then it’s the normal walk through and meetings on Saturday and the game on Monday.

—Will Blackmon, who had played a London game with the Jaguars, said that the Wembley Stadium turf, which is make for soccer, is thicker and a bit taller than what you find in American football stadiums. That means it will be a little slower going than usual but everyone is on the same surface so it shouldn’t make a big difference.

—The Bengals move the ball pretty well (4th in yards gained) but they don’t do much when it comes to scoring (28th in points scored). I suspect that the reason they spin their wheels is that they convert third downs at a 34 percent clip (28th) and convert red zone opportunities into touchdowns just 43 percent of the time (28th). That’s not exactly a model of efficiency.

—Up until this year the Bengals had a solid trio of receivers in A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu, and Marvin Jones, but Jones and Sanu left in free agency. Green is still terrific, on pace to catch 114 passes for 1,770 yards. Rookie Tyler Boyd and veteran Brandon LaFell are not picking up the slack for the departed Jones and Sanu. Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert finally got off of the injury list and made his season debut on Sunday against the Browns. He got his feet wet with one catch for nine yards. Eifert missed a lot of time on the sideline and it will be a while before he gets fully back into the swing of things.

—The Cincinnati defense that was seventh in rushing yards allowed a year ago is now 24th. Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap are getting it done on the line still but Cincinnati has given up 180 yards on the ground twice in the last three weeks including last Sunday against the Browns.

—Andy Dalton, quite possibly the most scrutinized quarterback who has taken his team to five playoff appearances in his first five years in the league, is having another solid year. He’s completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 8.4 yards per attempt and he has thrown just two interceptions all year. But he has been sacked 22 times and he has thrown just eight touchdown passes.

—The Bengals are perhaps more desperate than the Redskins. They are 3-4 and going into their bye at 3-5 would dim their hopes of a sixth straight playoff appearance considerably. Fortunately, they are just a game behind the division leaders, the 3-4 Steelers. Pittsburgh is on a bye this week so the Bengals will either emerge from Sunday a half a game out of first place or a game and a half back.

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 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 overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

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. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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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.

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.

Timeline  

Days until:

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