Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 27, six days before the Washington Redskins travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings.
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—When trying to assess the Redskins chances of winning a game like the one they are playing tonight I like to look back and see the last time they did it. The last time they went on the road from their eighth game of the season on and beat a team with a winning record was in 2011 (at Giants). The last time they won such a game against a team that was at least five games over .500 like the Cowboys are now was 2007 (at Giants). And the last time the Redskins did that when they themselves had a losing record was in 2006 (at Saints). In all, from their eighth game on they have beaten a team with a winning record on the road five times.
—Can Washington stop DeMarco Murray’s streak of 100-yard games? No running back has gone for 100 or more against the Redskins this year since Arian Foster gained 103 in the season opener. If they don’t miss too many tackles and the game unfolds their way, the Redskins could do it.
—Alfred Morris has a streak of his own working and it’s the opposite of Murray’s. He hasn’t gained 100 yards rushing in a game all year. In fact, he hasn’t hit the century mark since Week 10 last year against the Vikings. It’s easy to look at the Cowboys rushing defense, which is 30th in the NFL in yards per carry, and say that Morris could break through. But it seems that Washington’s rushing woes are more internal than related to the opposition. It’s a missed block here, a cut to the wrong spot there. The opportunity is there for Morris but it remains to be seen if he will be able to take advantage of it.
—Washington has been competitive in every game but one and in that one against the Giants they turned the ball over six times. If they don’t turn the ball over and can avoid special teams gaffes they could be in it until the end.
—But Colt McCoy will not be able to game manage Washington to a win. He is going to have to make some plays. McCoy doesn’t have the strongest arm but if DeSean Jackson can find some room to operate the quarterback will be able to get it there. Don’t be surprised if McCoy makes a few plays with his legs, scampering for a couple of first downs to keep drives alive. He has some wheels.
—Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Cowboys 8:30 ESPN
—Days until: Redskins @ Vikings 6; Bucs @ Redskins 20; Redskins @ 49ers 27
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The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.
Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction.
What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb.
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For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined.
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The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.
Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.
Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.
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After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.
The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).
The salary cap hits per year are as follows:
2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million
The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.
Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.
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