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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Josh Norman talks interceptions, penalties and winning


New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Josh Norman talks interceptions, penalties and winning

Josh Norman sits down for a lengthy interview with JP Finlay on celebrations, goals and more. JP and Rich Tandler also break down Day 3 of Redskins training camp in Richmond. Listen below. 

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Redskins fail to be competitive on offense or defense vs. the Chargers

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Redskins fail to be competitive on offense or defense vs. the Chargers

CARSON, Calif. — The Redskins limped to the finish line in Week 14 against the Chargers, resulting in the team's least inspiring game of the season.

Here are my observations during the Redskins’ 30-13 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

—The Chargers had a opening good drive going but Anthony Lanier tipped a third-down pass to stall it in the red zone.

A lot of fans missed the drive as this photo shows.


—It was shades of the Redskins’ loss in Kansas City as the Redskins gave help in the form of major penalties to give a hand to an offense that didn’t really need it. The drive was 10 plays, 92 yards, with a pass interference, facemask, and personal foul moving things along for the home team. It’s 10-0 and the Redskins have run five plays with one first down.

—It’s getting late early for the Redskins. Kirk Cousins overthrew a pass intended for Vernon Davis with two defenders in the vicinity. The safety tipped it and linebacker Kyle Emanuel picked it off and returned it to the Redskins 29. The defense held and the Chargers got a field goal to take a 13-0 lead.

—The Redskins got what they needed with some good plays by Cousins to make up for the bad interception. He found Ryan Grant down the middle for 28 yards and then he threw a nice pass to Niles Paul to convert and fourth and two. Three plays later he bought time and threw to Vernon Davis for 23 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins had life at 13-6. 

— One play after the Redskins made it a one-score game, Rivers aired it out to receiver Tyrell Williams, who had left Josh Norman a few steps behind him. The pass was on the money to complete the 75-yard TD play.

—After Cousins and Davis just missed connections on a fourth-down pass:

—The Redskins make it to halftime trailing by “only” 17. The Chargers have racked up 354 yards of offense in the first half. Six times this year the Redskins have given up fewer than that in an entire game. 

—After the Chargers’ first punt:

—Just before the Chargers made it worse by scoring a TD to go up 30-6:

—The Redskins didn’t come to play today. The defense, which is missing only three Week 1 starters, just couldn’t stop the Chargers offense. And the offense had some chances to make it a shootout type of game but something always went wrong.

—My friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. sums it up well here:

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Redskins-Chargers Live Blog: Scores, Stats, Highlights, Updates, Analysis


Redskins-Chargers Live Blog: Scores, Stats, Highlights, Updates, Analysis

The NFL sent two teams to LA this offseason, and the Redskins wasted no time visiting both. 

For the second time this season, the Redskins are in Los Angeles; this time, it's to take on the surging Chargers. Having won four of their last six, the Chargers find themselves right in the thick of the AFC title race. 

The stakes are somewhat lower for the Redskins, who find themselves playing the role of spoiler today. 

So far, the Redskins have released their Inactive List for this afternoon's game. 

Second Quarter

5:30 PM: The Redskins avoid disaster to end the half, as a Chargers draw play brings them down to the 4 before the clock runs out. At half, it remains Chargers 23, Redskins 6. 

5:13 PM: Stop me if you've heard this before. The Chargers kicked another field goal. Chargers 23, Redskins 6. 

5:00 PM: Phillip Rivers beats Josh Norman on a long TD, and everything is TheWorst™ again. Chargers 20, Redskins 6

4:53 PM: Hey, a Redskins touchdown! Cousins connects with Vernon Davis and the Redskins are showing signs of life. PAT is no good. Chargers 13, Redskins 6

4:47 PM: Let's take a moment to get a feel for how Redskins media/fans felt that quarter went:

First Quarter

4:43 PM - The Chargers tack on another FG as the 1st quarter expires. The Redskins are probably going to want to forget that quarter happened. Chargers 13, Redskins 0 

4:36 PM - On the insuing kickoff, Byron Marshall hurt himself on the return. Then Cousins comes out and immediately throws an interception. *inserts This Is Fine meme*

4:30 PM - Make it 10-0. Chargers march down the field and Rivers throws his first TD of the day. Chargers 10, Redskins 0. 

4:22 PM - People are thrilled with the Redskins' offense:

4:12 PM - Well, that was fast. Chargers get a FG and grab an early lead. Chargers 3, Redskins 0