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Need to Know: Redskins vs. Vikings by the numbers—Crowder get reception No. 100

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Need to Know: Redskins vs. Vikings by the numbers—Crowder get reception No. 100

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, November 14, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field.

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Today's schedule: Jay Gruden news conference

Days until: Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 10; Redskins @ Cardinals 20; Redskins @ Eagles 27

Injuries of note: Moses (ankle), returned to game Davis (abdomen), returned to game

Redskins vs Vikings by the numbers Stat comparison Total yards: WAS 388, MIN 331

Rushing yards: WAS 128, MIN 47

Passing yards: WAS 260, MIN 284

Takeaways: WAS 1, MIN 1

Stats of note —The Vikings came into the game giving up an average of 15.8 points per game, the lowest average in the NFL. The Redskins scored a season-high 26 points against them. —Linebacker Preston Smith had two sacks and an interception. Since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 only three Redskins—Marcus Washington (2005), Shawn Springs (2004), and Monte Coleman (1993)—have had multiple sacks and at least one interception in a game. —Smith becomes the third player with multiple sacks and an interception in a game since he entered the league in 2015, joining Calais Campbell of the Cardinals and Jerrell Freeman of the Colts. —Smith now has six career sacks of Sam Bradford. Before the two on Sunday he recorded four against him last year. —Trent Murphy got his seventh sack of the season in the fourth quarter. He had six career sacks coming into the season. He has at least a half sack in seven of the team’s nine games. —RB Rob Kelley set career highs in both rushing attempts with 22 and rushing yards with 97. —With Jamison Crowder’s first reception today went for a four-yard touchdown. It was his 100th career reception in his 25th game. He got to 100 catches in fewer games than anyone but Gary Clark (22 games) and Charlie Brown (23).

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Redskins players and coaches won't say much about home field, publicly anyway

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Redskins players and coaches won't say much about home field, publicly anyway

FedEx Field became a national joke on Thanksgiving night. Well, not the whole stadium, but the actual field. 

The strip of grass inside the hash marks, from end zone to end zone, looked barren. The grass on the sidelines looked pleasantly green, but the turf in the middle of the field, where the bulk of the game gets played, looked terrible. 

It's time to dispel at least one myth: This is not some cost-cutting measure by the Redskins. The team has tried to address the poor field for years, and yet, it keeps happening. The team has tried to resod, install new fields, and additional grass seed. For whatever reason, none of it seems to work.

As has happened many times before, in the second half of Washington's win over the Giants, the turf caused a problem for the home team. 

Kirk Cousins went to make a throw to the sideline, and it looked like his foot stuck in the dirt. That caused him to sail the ball, and in turn led to an interception. That interception got returned for a New York touchdown. That touchdown tied the score, in the fourth quarter. 

So, yeah, Redskins fans were very mad about the field. 

Cousins was able to engineer another TD scoring drive, and the Redskins were able to win the game. That calmed some of the anger about the field, at least from the players and coaches. 

Asked about the field's involvement in his lone interception, Cousins remained diplomatic.

"I just felt rushed because I felt like they were going to get my arm if I didn’t rush it so I kind of came up quick and tried to dump it quickly and the ball was a little high and just ended up very unlucky," the QB said.

Head coach Jay Gruden said even less about the field. 

"I don’t know what happened," Gruden said. "Did somebody trip or something? I didn’t notice that.”

Coaches, and quarterbacks, don't like to offer excuses. And it's pretty clear that the turf wasn't the only factor in Cousins' interception, especially considering running back Byron Marshall had a chance at the pass before it caromed to the Giants defender. 

Still, look at that picture. The field is a problem, like it has been in years past. 

On NBC Sports Washington after the game, former Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss talked about his own struggles at FedEx Field as winter progressed. Moss explained it happened every year, and players knew it was coming. 

Privately, a few Redskins players acknowledged the poor field, and its impact on the game. 

That's not to say fields throughout the country don't deteriorate as fall turns to winter. It's natural, though some stadiums seem to handle the changes in weather better. 

FedEx Field, in the relatively moderate climate of D.C., is not one of them.

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Need to Know: Five key moments from Redskins vs. Giants

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Need to Know: Five key moments from Redskins vs. Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, November 24, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Timeline

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

Days until:

—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 16
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 23
—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 30

The five key plays from Redskins vs Giants

Giants convert a third and 14 in the second quarter—This play just shouldn’t happen. Prior to this play New York had been 0 for 22 when trying to convert third and 12 or longer. But Eli Manning found Roger Lewis on the right sideline for a gain of 19. That kept alive a drive that ended with the Giants getting on the scoreboard first with a field goal.

Josh Doctson draws a pass interference flag late in the first half—The Redskins offense could get nothing going for most of the first half. After getting the ball at the Giants 48 with 1:04, they utilized Doctson for the first time. On first down, Kirk Cousins launched a pass toward Doctson who had cornerback Ross Cockrell beaten deep down the left sideline. Cockrell decided it would be better to give up a big play than give up a touchdown so he grabbed Doctson’s right arm, drawing a pass interference flag that put the ball at the 11. The Redskins couldn’t punch it in but a Nick Rose field goal tied the game just before halftime.

Kirk Cousins TD pass to Jamison Crowder—Again the Redskins got good field position in the third quarter and this time they took maximum advantage. They drove from midfield to a third and goal at the 15. Cousins couldn’t find anyone and scrambled to his right. That gave Crowder time to find some open space in the middle of the end zone. Cousins found him and fired a strike. It was Crowder’s first touchdown of the year and the Redskins had a 10-3 lead.

Janoris Jenkins 53-yard interception return—Later in the third quarter, Cousins just was looking for a little field position before punting and his pass to new third-down back Byron Marshall near the left sideline sailed high. It bounced off of Marshall’s hands and into the arms of Jenkins. They don’t call him  "Jackrabbit" for nothing and he sped into the end zone to tie the game at 10.

Cousins 14-yard touchdown pass to Josh Doctson—The Redskins were making the cardinal mistake of letting the underdog hang around. With the score still tied, the clock ticked under four minutes as Washington faced a second and eight at the 14. Cousins made a play-action fake and looked to the end zone. Doctson, who had Jenkins, the Giants best defensive back, covering him, lined up on the left and ran towards the post. Just as he got to the goal line he made a cut to the sideline. That got him a little separation from Jenkins and Cousins dropped the pass on the money for the winning touchdown.

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