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Redskins season ends after 35-18 home loss to Packers


Redskins season ends after 35-18 home loss to Packers

The Redskins’ 2015 season came to an end at FedEx Field today as they lost to the Packers 35-18 in a wild card round playoff game.

The Redskins jumped out to an 11-0 lead on a safety, a field goal, and a 24-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Jordan Reed. But then Aaron Rodgers heated up and Green Bay scored on five straight possessions in the second, third, and fourth quarters and it was more than the Redskins could overcome.

The defense wore down under the relentless Packers no-huddle attack. They only sacked Rodgers once after he had been sacked 14 times in the previous two games.

On offense, the Redskins were unable to establish a consistent ground attack and while Cousins wasn’t way off, he was not as sharp as he had been while leading the Redskins to four straight victories to close out the season.

The Redskins finished the regular season at 9-7 they won the NFC East title. But they extended their skid without a playoff win to 10 years and they are still looking for their first home playoff win since after the 1999 season.

Key play: The Redskins were leading 11-7 in the second quarter and were driving in Packers territory. But the drive came to an abrupt end when Kirk Cousins was sacked and stripped of the ball by Packers lineman Mike Neal, who also recovered the fumble. The ensuing drive resulted in a Packers field goal, and what had been a back-and-forth affair swung to the Packers’ advantage.

Injury Update:

G Spencer Long left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury. He returned to the game in the second half.

Scoring drives:

First quarter

Safety Rodgers sacked in the end zone by Smith

Drive: --

Key plays: The Packers started deep in their own territory after a punt and a penalty. After a false start penalty, Preston Smith sacked Rogers in the end end zone for the two points.

Redskins 2, Packers 0


FG Hopkins 25

Drive: 10 plays, 48 yards, 5L36

Key plays: The Redskins started in good field position after the free kick. A 16-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Alex Smith got them into Packers territory. Alfred Morris ran twice for another first down and then it was Cousins to Jordan Reed for 11 yards to the 15. On the next play, Cousins threw to DeSean Jackson, who was streaking across the middle. He went out of bounds just short of the goal line. Two runs and an incomplete pass left the Redskins needing to settle for three.

Redskins 5, Packers 0


Second quarter

Reed 24 pass from Cousins (kick failed)

Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards, 3:22

Key plays: This drive got started when Jordan Reed made a stunning one-handed grab of a Cousins pass a rolled for 20 yards to convert a third and three. Then it was Cousins to Pierre Garçon for 13 yards. On third and 11 from the 24, Reed got behind the defense and Cousins found him in the end zone for the TD. The conversion attempt bounced off of the right upright.

Redskins 11, Packers 0


Cobb 12 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)

Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:58

Key plays: The Packers went no-huddle and got the drive jump-started with a 34-yard Rodgers pass over the middle to James Jones. A Randall Cobb run set up a first down at the 12. On second down from there, Rodgers took advantage of a free play with too many men on the field on the defense and fired a touchdown pass to Cobb in the end zone.

Redskins 11, Packers 7


FG Crosby 43

Drive: 8 plays, 30 yards, 3:11

Key plays: This drive started with a takeaway, a sack and strip of Cousins with Mike Neal recovering the fumble. Rodgers went to Cobb for 18 yards into Redskins territory at the 43. On third and two from the 25, Quinton Dunbar knocked down Rodgers’ pass to force the Mason Crosby field goal.

Redskins 11, Packers 10


Adams 10 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)

Drive: 6 plays, 60 yards, 1:54

Key plays: The Packers started at their own 40 with no timeouts and hustled in for a score. A Rodgers to James Starks pass got them into Redskins territory at the 49. On third and two at the 30, Rodgers went to Davante Adams for 20 yards to set up first and goal at the 10. On second down from there, Rodgers found Adams wide open in the end zone for the touchdown with 28 seconds left in the first half.

Packers 17, Redskins 11


Third quarter

Cousins 3 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 9 plays, 73 yards, 5:19

Key plays: The Redskins took the second half kickoff and got some points on the board. It started with Cousins throwing to Garçon for 21 yards and then Alfred Morris went up the middle for 19 yards to the Packers 33. The Redskins went for it on fourth and one at the 24 and Cousins rolled and flipped a pass to Jordan Reed, who battled down for a first and goal at the seven. On third and goal from the three, the receiver spread the field and Cousins ran the QB draw right up the middle for an easy touchdown.

Redskins 18, Packers 17


Starks 4 run (Crosby kick)

Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:29

Key plays: The Packers answered the Redskins’ third-quarter score with one of their own. Eddie Lacy mae two big plays. First he converted a fourth and one with an 11-yard run and on the next play he cut across the grain for 30 yards down to the Redskins four. Then James Starks took a handoff, went around right end, and make it into the end zone.

Packers 24, Redskins 18


Fourth quarter

Abbrederis Starks 2 run (Rodgers pass to

Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 5:39

Key plays: The Packers expanded their lead to two scores with a drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters. A pass from Rodgers to Randall Cobb was good for 15 yards to midfield then James Starks ran for 11. A few plays later it was Starks again for 22 yards down for a first and goal at the two. On the next play, Eddie Lacy ran up the middle of a tiring Redskins defense into the end zone. The two-point conversion put the Packers up by two touchdowns.

Packers 32, Redskins 18


FG Crosby 29

Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 0:19

Key plays: The Packers took over on downs at their own 15 after sacking Kirk Cousins. They played it conservatively, running three times and then sending in Crosby

Packers 35, Redskins 18

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy. 


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Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

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James Washington

Wide receiver
Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington measured at 5 feet 11 inches at the combine and his 40 time was a pedestrian 4.54.

But forget about the numbers. His catch radius is larger than his height would indicate, and he plays much faster than the stopwatch says he does.

His route tree needs to be cleaned up but his ability to get open deep, make receptions on back shoulder throws and, yes, Redskins fans, fade patterns will make him a productive receiver while he learns.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 213
40-yard dash: 4.54

Projected draft round: 1-2

What they’re saying

He doesn't look like a receiver and he doesn't run routes like a receiver, but then you see him get open deep and make all those explosive plays, and you know exactly what he does for an offense.

—A Big 12 assistant coach via

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins needed a wide receiver to line up opposite Josh Doctson after Terrelle Pryor fizzled out last year. They went out and signed Paul Richardson to a free agent contract, solving the immediate need.

But in the NFL, you should always be looking for your next receiver. It takes most of them at least a season to develop so if you wait until you really need a pass catcher it’s too late to draft one. Washington has the capability to contribute early and develop from there.  

Film review: vs. Pitt, vs. TCU, vs. Oklahoma

—Like most coaches, Jay Gruden wants his wide receivers to block and Washington certainly gives it the effort. He helped backs gain extra yards on stretch plays with hustling blocks downfield. His technique may need some work—a long touchdown run against Oklahoma was called back when he was hit for holding—but the effort is there.

—Against the Sooners, Washington got by a cornerback who was in off coverage and beat him for a long gain. Later in the game, the corner was in press coverage and Washington made one move and beat the defender on a post for a touchdown. We can insert the usual cautions about Big 12 defenses here, but it still was impressive to watch.

—Speed is important but so is how fast a receiver can stop to catch a pass. On one underthrown fade pattern, Washington was able to slam on the brakes while the cornerback kept on running, making the catch for a nice gain out of the end zone an easy one.

—Against TCU he split two defenders on a deep pass. He caught the ball in stride and then he found a second gear and easily outraced the defensive backs to the end zone to complete the 86-yard play. This is a good example of Washington playing faster than his 40 time.

Potential issues: Washington is not a good enough prospect to warrant the No. 13 pick, but he could easily be gone by the time the time their second-round pick is on the clock. As noted above, the quality of the defenses he faced in compiling 74 receptions for 1,549 yards (20.9 per catch) and 13 touchdowns has to be considered.

Bottom line: If I’m the Redskins, I have a talk with Jamison Crowder’s agent before the draft to gauge what his client would want in order to sign an extension prior to the 2018 season. If it’s something the Redskins consider reasonable, they should look elsewhere in the second round. But if a 2019 Crowder departure seems likely,  they should look at Washington if he’s there in the second round. 

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