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Need to Know: Redskins vs. Bengals by the numbers—Record-setting day for Cousins


Need to Know: Redskins vs. Bengals by the numbers—Record-setting day for Cousins

LONDON—Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 31, 13 days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.


Today's schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3 p.m.

Days until: Vikings @ Redskins 13; Packers @ Redskins 20; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 24

Injuries of note:
Reported by Gruden after the game: Duke Ihenacho (concussion), Will Blackmon (thumb), DeSean Jackson (head contusion), Niles Paul (shoulder).
Postgame injury report here

Redskins vs Bengals by the numbers

—The tie was the Redskins second since the NFL instituted regular season overtime in 1974. The other one came in 1997, a 7-7 draw with the Giants.

—The Redskins racked up 546 yards of offense. That is their best offensive output since they had 559 against the Falcons in 1991.

—Kirk Cousins completed 38 passes, setting a team record that belonged to Jason Campbell (33 in 2007) and Cousins (33 in 2015).

—Cousins’ 458 yards passing were the second-most in team history (Brad Johnson, 471 in 1999).

—It was Cousins’ 16the career 300-yard passing game. He is now tied with Sonny Jurgensen for the most 300-yard games in team history.

—With 93 yards receiving Vernon Davis moved past Jeremy Shockey into 12th in all-time tight end receiving yards. Davis now has 6,157 career receiving yards.

—Su’a Cravens recorded his first career sack in the fourth quarter.

—The Redskins are 4-3-1 and enter the second half of the season with a winning record for the first time since 2008.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 17, 40 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Redskins and NFL free agency tracker—I started this a week ago today and it grew to 3,500 words. The problem was there wasn’t much to add by the time that free agency actually started at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The legal tampering period or, as I dubbed it to avoid an oxymoron being used, the “permitted tampering-like activities period” was when all of the news happened. By the time actual free agency opened on Wednesday afternoon it pretty much was all over. Thanks to those of you who followed along.

Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source—Since Kirk Cousins’ departure was a foregone conclusion, Brown was the Redskins’ most important free agent. His retention provides continuity in the defense and that will benefit both the team and Brown. His contract (preliminary numbers three years, $24 million) showed that the Redskins are willing to invest some money in the inside linebacker spot for the first time since Joe Gibbs brought in London Fletcher to play middle linebacker in 2007.

Report: Kirk Cousins to sign epic new deal with Vikings—We heard you, folks. The collective voice of the fans who visit NBC Sports Washington on a regular basis let us know that you were not interested in a lot of posts about the Cousins saga that was unfolding in Minnesota. So this was one of very few articles on Cousins that we posted even though Cousins posts have been popular, but with the vast majority of traffic coming from out of town. So, you’re welcome. It should be noted that we will write about Cousins in the future but infrequently.

Redskins officially announce 5-year deal with WR Richardson—He was the opening act for the Alex Smith press conference, and he handled himself very well. If Richardson is even moderately successful I think he will be a major fan favorite.  

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Here is what fans need to know—a team can afford to do virtually anything it wants in free agency in a given year. If they wanted to the Redskins could restructure deals and sign all of their free agents to contracts that have very small first-year cap hits, creating room to sign the Honey Badger or Suh. The problems come in later years when the cap space you pushed back starts to pile up. The Redskins generally do squeeze free agent contracts into relatively small cap spaces. For example, Richardson’s deal average $8 million per year but the 2018 cap hit is just $4 million. But they don’t like to restructure deals to push money back into later years. That created problems during the Vinny Cerrato years.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 30
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 132
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 176

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.