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Redskins Browns 3rd quarter

I trust that Zorn will be able to come up with some halftime adjustments. That last drive wouldn't have been bad had it taken place in the middle of the second quarter. It was well paced and effective, for that time of game. For the time that it actually happened, it took way too much time and the rushed pace killed it.

Zorn seems to be obsessed with getting the ball to Fred Davis. He has two passes thrown his way and a touch on that end around (I'd say it was the "puzzling" end around, but as it is it fits in with a game plan that I can't understand). That's about what anyone besides Portis has.

This is the first scoreless Redskins first half since 1981 when they played the Giants at RFK.

14:08—Another penalty may well abort another drive. After Portis made a nice cutback for 11, Samuels held, setting up first and 20.

13:00—Shaun Alexander's first two carries total nine yards, but it's still third and 11. They need to get this drive jump started.

12:20—And we have the return of the completed third-down pass short of a first down as Campbell goes to Cooley for nine—with zero chance of any YAC—on third and 11. It probably is going to take a turnover for the Redskins to score. Maybe Landry can hold on to a pass.

9:48—A double spin move by Santana gets the Redskins going. He was not doubled and was wide open. Two 360's later, the Redskins were knocking on the door near the Cleveland 25.

9:17—After a couple of Portis runs for a first down, Campbell goes back to Moss, although it's incomplete.

Portis 3 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 7, Browns 0

After a pass to Randle El got the Redskins knocking on the door, Portis powers it in over Randy Thomas. He barely got the ball over the plane, but it's finally seven points. Being penalty free on a drive helps.

Portis is over 100 yards for the fourth game in a row. He could end up with a buck seventy-five if the defense keeps getting the ball back to the offense. He's been the one element on either side of the ball that's been consistently effective. And, yes, the Redskins O-line for getting him running room.

6:08—We had an OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH! moment there as Carlos Rogers laid the wood to Josh Cribbs. Anderson hung him out to dry on a short pass and Rogers popped Cribbs as he stretched out for the ball. A cheer to Rogers and also for Cribbs as, after a couple of minutes, he got up off the field under his own power.

5:16—But the Browns pick up the first down with a 19-yard pass from Anderson to Edwards. That was a big opportunity lose for the Redskins and it gets worse as Lewis rumbles for 22 on the next play.

3:12—We have an Andre Carter sighting as he corrals Anderson as he tries to run up the middle. Still no Jason Taylor sightings, but we're keeping out eyes open.

FG Dawson 36
Redskins 7, Browns 3

The Redskins need to get into a trading seven for three mode. Campbell needs to feed to ball to Moss and make them pay if they play softly with Portis.

1:30—A nice Cartwright kickoff return has the Redskins in Cleveland territory after just three plays. And it's looking like they can ride the #26 train all the way to the end zone.

End of third quarter
Redskins 7, Browns 3




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Need to Know: Quarterbacks win championships and other lessons for the Redskins

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Need to Know: Quarterbacks win championships and other lessons for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 22, 51 days before NFL free agency starts.


Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 43
—NFL Draft (4/26) 94
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 230

Quarterbacks win championships and other lessons the Redskins can learn

Quarterback matters: We had the setup of the three castaway and ridiculed quarterbacks leading their teams into the NFL’s final four. But the two who survived were one of the greatest of all time and one who found his groove and had 10.7 yards per attempt and a 141.4 passer rating. Yes, Tom Brady and Nick Foles had a lot of help and we’ll get into that in a minute. But without excellent play from their quarterbacks, it may have been a different story for the Eagles and Patriots. This doesn’t mean that the Redskins need to spend send truckloads of money to Kirk Cousins’ house, but if they don’t, they do need a quality alternative. You won’t win with Bortles-level play.

Defense matters: The Vikings rolled right down the field on their first possession and it looked like the Eagles defense was going to have a long night. But then Chris Long got pressure on Case Keenum leading a pick six that apparently energized the Philly defense. Rookie Derek Barnett knocked the ball out of Keenum’s hand when the Vikings were threatening to make a game of it. Minnesota came up empty in its last eight possessions. As the Eagles offense started to build a lead, their defense played faster and more aggressively. At this point, the Redskins don’t have the personnel or the mindset to play that way on defense.

Does running really matter? It’s a small sample size here but in the two games yesterday it did not. The Patriots ran for all of 46 yards. The Eagles got 110 but at the point in the third quarter where they took a 31-7 lead, they had 202 yards passing and 40 yards rushing. Running the ball was not decisive in either game. Offensively, the games were won in the air. Jay Gruden’s “pass happy” approach can be a winning approach.

Stay aggressive: At times during the year, Cousins expressed some frustration in the Redskins’ inability or perhaps unwillingness to keep the pedal mashed to the floor when they had a lead. I hit on the Eagles’ aggressiveness on defense, but their offense didn’t slow down either. They were up 21-7 when they got the ball on their own 20 with 29 seconds left in the first half. In that situations, the Redskins—and, in fact, most other teams—would run a draw, throw a short pass, and let the clock run out. But Doug Pederson was having none of that. Passes for 11, 36, and 13 yards got them down to the Vikings 20 and they kicked a field goal to close out the half. If the game wasn’t over then it was early in the third quarter when Pederson called a flea flicker and Foles hit Torrey Smith for 42 yards and a touchdown.

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?


What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

For Redskins fans, it's probably a tough pill to swallow that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. Making matters worse, Philadelphia got to the championship game without their star quarterback Carson Wentz.

Beyond the feelings that fandom incites, which are real and severe, what does the Eagles' breakthrough season mean for Washington? Let's take a look. 

Perhaps the most incredible part of the Eagles' success is that wunderkind QB Wentz is not at the helm. The second-year player was an MVP candidate all season but got injured late in the year. Nick Foles, the Philly backup, took over and played well in both Eagles' playoff wins. 

Does that mean much, if anything, for the Redskins? 

Some will argue it means Washington should not look to invest top dollar in QB Kirk Cousins. Foles is not considered a top-flight quarterback and still was able to maneuver his squad to the Super Bowl.

Whether or not that argument makes sense, Redskins fans should prepare to hear a lot of it over the next two weeks. 

There is also a theory that the Redskins should eschew spending at QB in favor of spending on defense. 

That may very well be the right move, but don't look to the Eagles to support the theory. 

Philadelphia spent $47 million on the defensive side of the ball in 2017. On offense, they spent $56 million.

What is definitely true?

The Eagles played terrific football in the postseason, and catapulted through the NFC by playing the underdog role.

Redskins fans might hate it, but the Eagles absolutely earned their Super Bowl appearance. 

That doesn't mean Redskins fans have to like it. 

Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl. 

Now, standing in the way of their first Lombardi Trophy: Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. 

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