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Redskins Steelers 4th Quarter

Redskins Steelers 4th Quarter

15:00—Anthony Montgomery is out with a sprained ankle.

14:44—Nobody was within 20 yards of Moore as he caught a short pass from Leftwich. If they score a touchdown here, it's over.

13:30—It's a last gasp for the Redskins here. Third and eight at the 20. If the Skins can hold them to a field goal here, they would be alive, but just barely.

Holmes 5 pass from Leftwich (Reed kick)
Steelers 23, Redskins 6

The rout is on. Holmes made a nice dive over the goal line after catching the pass at the line of scrimmage. The first interception of the year leads to a touchdown, along with almost seven minutes coming off of the clock.

9:44—The Redskins get a cheap first down on a roughing the passer penalty on a fourth-down play. The drive stays alive but as sloppy as it's been it's only a matter of time. Moss has not bee in on this drive and you have to think that he has tweaked his hamstring. Hopefully it will rest over the bye week.

8:44—The Skins pick up their second third down conversion in 12 tries with a pass from Campbell to Cooley. The Redskins then immediately have to burn a timeout, perhaps stunned by the development. If they can score quickly—and that's unlikely—they can get back into the verge of sort of being partway into the game.

7:19—Campbell gets credited with a TD but it looks like his knee was down when the ball was a good yard shy of the end zone. It's probably going to be fourth and goal at the one.

7:19—That's the call, a good reversal. Now the Skins have to score.

6:55—Campbell tries to go to Lorenzo Alexander, but the ball was knocked down. Steelers take over and the Redskins' last chance fades away.

5:23—Moss is back in the game and looks spry, so he must be doing OK. Can't say the same for the Redskins' chances here.

3:40—Even a miracle chance gets swallowed up with a 14-yard sack on fourth down.

The Steelers were a bit more focused and, as covered in the second-quarter blog here, they made the plays when they have the opportunity. Even after the sequence of dropped INT by Rogers and blocked punt by the Steelers, they converted on third down and maximized their chances. Going back to the first quarter when the Skins had a shot at opening up a nice working margin they twice settled for three, it just wasn't going to be their game.

Another pick by Campbell ends a shot at a cosmetic score with 20 seconds left. It would either have been his second INT or his eighth sack as a Steeler was bearing down on him hard.

 

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Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Redskins fans frenzied when Scot McCloughan said that Kirk Cousins is a good quarterback, but not a special one. The #KirkHive shuttered and the Kirk Haters celebrated.

McCloughan, the former Redskins GM who's wildly popular with fans, explained what few people will say publicly: Cousins is a skilled player but probably not deserving of the money he might make in free agency. 

Let's start with the obvious: Cousins is good.

He's a durable passer in a league that doesn't have enough of them. He's started the last 49 games for the Redskins and thrown for more than 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons. 

Now more obvious: He isn't great.

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Bleacher Report's Chris Simms, speaking on the #RedskinsTalk podcast, said Cousins ranks about 12th among NFL passers. It's top half of the league, but it's not Top 5 or even Top 10. 

Cousins has had tremendous games with the Redskins, like a near perfect performance against Oakland in 2017 or a dominant performance against Green Bay in 2016. 

Cousins has also been awful, as recently as Week 17 in New York a few weeks ago, or an equally stinky Week 17 game against the Giants two seasons ago. 

While some might view McCloughan's statement as controversial — "He’s a good player. Is he special? I don’t see special," he told Denver radio station 104.3 the Fan — it's not. 

Plenty of people agree with McCloughan, including some in Redskins Park. Last year, a source told NBC Sports Washington that the team believed they could get nearly as much production from Colt McCoy as Cousins provided. 

Even this year, Washington head coach Jay Gruden offered lukewarm praise of his quarterback.

When the season ended, asked to evaluate Cousins' play, the coach said, "When you’re 7-9, it’s hard to say, ‘Wow, this guy really was outstanding.’ There’s a few guys obviously that jump out, Pro Bowlers like Ryan Kerrigan had a solid year. Obviously Trent [Williams] when he played was a Pro Bowl-type and Brandon [Scherff] when he was healthy was a Pro Bowl-type guy. Kirk had his flashes where he was really good. From a consistent standpoint, over the course of 16 games, you know, we’re 7-9."

That quote made headlines when Gruden said it, much like McCloughan's comments now are circulating faster than Beltway traffic. 

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Truth is, it's not new. And it's not news.

There are coaches that think Cousins is only scratching the surface of his capabilities. Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay come to mind, but both of those coaches have other QBs likely for the long-term future. 

Cousins might end up being paid like a Top 3 quarterback in the NFL, and that might be the right move given the demand at the position. Will that make him a special passer?

Not if special is defined as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees. Even Cousins wouldn't argue with that.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

ELITE 8 RESULTS

January 18: Round two, matchup one

The first Elite 8 matchup was... not close:

January 19: Round two, matchup two

The Elite 8's second tilt is underway. Vote now:


FIRST ROUND RESULTS

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

You'd think a turkey hat would be enough to capture a W, but not in this one:

January 17: Round one, matchup eight

The Elite 8 is now set with this showdown going to the retweets side: