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Redskins both good and lucky in win over Bears


Redskins both good and lucky in win over Bears

Sometimes you just need a few breaks to go your way.

The Redskins ended a road losing streak that had extended to nine games of two seasons, five of them this year. And, yes, they had a few things go their way that could easily have gone against them.

There are two glaring examples of the Redskins good luck, both of them from the last four minutes of the game. With 4:09 left to play the Redskins were clinging to a 24-21 lead and were trying to run out the clock . They faced third and six at their own 37 yard line. Kirk Cousins went back to pass and started to roll to his left. He reversed his field and went to the right. He thought he could sneak a pass into Jordan Reed about 20 yards downfield on the other side of the field. Reed got his hands on it but there was a defender right there. The ball came out and rookie running back Matt Jones dove in and caught the ball. The Redskins had a first down at the Bears 45.

“It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘please don’t do that, please don’t do that’,” said Jay Gruden with a smile. “Then it was complete and ‘He, great play!

“Not every play works how you draw it up.”

Although the Redskins did have to punt the ball away to the Bears, Chicago had less time to work with and a longer field. They needed it because Jay Cutler launched a bomb that Alshon Jeffery caught for a gain of 50 yards to the Redskins 35. The defense held and Robbie Gould came in to try a 50-yard field goal with 1:45 to play. The kick is well within Gould’s range and the wind did not seem to be much of a factor. But he pushed it wide right and the Redskins were able to kill the clock.

So if you want to say the Redskins were lucky to win that’s certainly fair. But they lost in Atlanta earlier this year when a Falcons fumble in the end zone bounced right by a few Redskins and into the arms of Julio Jones for a touchdown and in overtime Cousins’ receiver slipped, allowing the Falcons to pick off Cousins’ pass and return it for the winning touchdown. Such things should even out over time and the Redskins were able to steal one today.

MORE REDSKINS: Message stays the same: Gruden happy with Redskins win, focus on next week

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Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

In some circles of modern culture, producing shocking commentary or content seems like the top goal. Being shocking gets clicks, gets attention, and in turn, gets dollars. 

On NFL Draft night, nothing should be shocking. Remember, last season there was no way Jonathan Allen would fall to the Redskins at 17. There was no way Kansas City would trade up for QB Patrick Maholmes. There was no way Chicago would trade up for Mitchell Trubisky. But all those things happened.

Sure, for months draft experts have expounded about what will happen, but the truth is, once the Browns are on the clock, nobody actually knows anything. 

With that in mind, let's look at a bunch of options that should not shock Redskins fans. 

  • Don't be shocked if Washington takes Minkah Fitzpatrick. They want him.
  • Don't be shocked if the Redskins draft Da'Ron Payne over Vita Vea. Washington loves Payne's potential to be a disruptor in the pass game and his incredible strength. 
  • Then again, don't be shocked if the 'Skins take Vita. Plenty of folks like him too. 
  • Don't be shocked if a team makes a move for Louisville QB Lamar Jackson. That could happen after the Redskins pick at 13, but Washington's pick could also prove important in the race for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
  • Derwin James will be on the 'Skins list, but don't be shocked if he goes off the board before the Redskins pick. 
  • Don't be shocked with a trade back, but remember that isn't the goal. With four QBs expected in the Top 10, an elite talent should make it to Washington at 13. If that happens, the Redskins should take advantage of adding a blue chip to their squad. 
  • Don't be shocked if Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds ends up wearing the Redskins draft hat. Also, don't be shocked if he plays some outside linebacker in the Washington 3-4 scheme, not just the inside LB role most project for Edmunds. 
  • Don't be shocked if a seemingly sure thing slips all the way to 13. Perhaps that's Quenton Nelson? Or Denzel Ward? Remember, there was no way Jon Allen was supposed to fall to 17 last year.

There are some things Redskins fans should be shocked by. 

  • Washington should not trade up. 
  • Washington should not draft a running back at 13 unless Saquon Barley is available. He won't be.
  • Washington should not draft a wide receiver at 13. 
  • If one of the top four QBs is available at 13, Washington should vigorously work the phones to move the pick. Move down a few spots and get Payne should be the exact plan in that scenario. Arizona at 15 needs a QB. 


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2018 NFL Draft Predictions: Where will the Edmunds brothers go?

2018 NFL Draft Predictions: Where will the Edmunds brothers go?

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the fourth episode above and more here.

After this weekend's NFL Draft, the Edmunds family will go from having one son in the league to three. 

Trey is already on the Saints, but Tremaine and Terrell aren't pros just yet. So, when will they be taken? Here's a collection of predictions from NBC Sports Washington's NFL crew regarding the middle and youngest Edmunds brothers.


JP Finlay: The Niners at nine. John Lynch won't be able to get past Edmunds' combination of size and speed, and the elite potential of the just 19-year-old. Remember, too, San Francisco might not have Reuben Foster this fall.

Rich Tandler:  Eighth to the Bears. Physically, he is a double for Brian Urlacher and he worked out well enough for the Bears that he is headed for the Hall of Fame this year.

Mitch Tischler: No. 9 to the San Francisco 49ers.  We all know Kyle Shannahan loves him some offensive threats but getting an edge rusher that could tally double digit sacks and play both inside and out is going to be too tough to pass up at nine.

Pete Hailey: No. 10 and the Raiders. Jon Gruden won't let the dynamic Edmunds fall any further.


JP Finlay: Kansas City in Round 3. They could use additional depth in the secondary and that franchise knows value when they see it.

Mitch Tischler: The Steelers in Round 3. He fits their scheme, has an nfl body and measured very well at the Combine.

Pete Hailey: Round 3 to the Cardinals. Terrell can learn from Antoine Bethea then fill in for him once Bethea moves on.