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Redskins survive late scare to beat Ravens in Battle of the Beltways

Redskins survive late scare to beat Ravens in Battle of the Beltways

BALTIMORE — The Redskins came into M&T Bank stadium and survived a number of scary moments before leaving with a 16-10 win over the Ravens.

Among their miscues were a missed extra point, a Matt Jones fumble deep in their own territory, an early snap that bounced on the ground and a Kirk Cousins interception also deep in Washington territory. But the defense responded, tightened up their rushing defense, got some pressure on Joe Flacco, and held the Ravens to 10 points, a season low in points allowed for Washington. For the third straight game, all wins, the Redskins did not allow a second-half touchdown.

The interception turned out to be the play of the game. The Redskins were clinging to a three-point lead and were pinned back at their own four. Cousins didn’t seem to see linebacker C.J. Moseley, who made a leaping interception at the 13. He got a good return but as he reached to try to put the ball into the end zone he lost the handle. The ball went into the end zone and out of bounds, giving the Redskins possession back at their own 20. From there Washington drove to a field goal to make it 16-10.

But they couldn’t put it away in four possessions and the Ravens had a last chance to win it with a touchdown. Joe Flacco converted a fourth and three with a scramble and they dinked and dunked into Redskins territory. Flacco threw to the end zone for Breshard Perriman for what was initially called a touchdown. However, it was overturned on a replay review.

The Ravens still had a shot. On fourth down at the 21, Flacco’s pass was incomplete and the Redskins went into victory formation.   

Injury Updates:

Josh Norman left the game in the first quarter with an apparent hand injury. He returned in the second quarter.

OT Morgan Moses left in the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. He was ruled not to have a concussion but he did not return to the game.

Scoring drives:  

First quarter            

Gilmore 7 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick)

Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:47

Drive summary: The Ravens moved quickly into Redskins territory, getting a first down on a pass from Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace and then getting a big chunk, 35 yards on a Terrance West run off of the right side of the Washington defense. They then moved to first and goal with another third-down pass to Wallace. On the next play Flacco fired a pass to tight end Crockett Gilmore for the touchdown.

Ravens 7, Redskins 0 10:13        


Punt return 85 Crowder (kick failed) 

Drive: --

Drive summary: Crowder fielded the 45-yard punt, busted it up the middle, emerged from the crowd, broke a tackle, and took it to the house for the Redskins’ first punt return for a TD since 2008 when Santana Moss did it.

Ravens 7, Redskins 6 4:52          


Second quarter

FG Tucker 31

Drive: 12 plays, 71 yards, 4:56

Drive summary: The Ravens got a couple of flags to get the drive into Redskins territory. One was a seven-yard pass interference on Duke Ihenacho. The next one was big, 31 yards on a questionable pass interference on Will Compton, a flag that converted a third and 10. Terrance West then ran twice for a total of 15 yards. The drive stalled and Tucker came in for the field goal.

Ravens 10, Redskins 6 14:56     


Third quarter

Reed 8 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 50 yards, 1:33

Key plays: The Redskins took the lead after getting good field position on a short punt. On the first play from midfield Cousins fired to Jamison Crowder for 23 yards. Two plays later Cousins threw a nice TD pass that reached Pierre Garçon just as he slipped past the cornerback.

Redskins 13, Ravens 10 8:28     


Hopkins FG 37

Drive: 11 plays, 72 yards, 5:55

Key plays: The Redskins got a huge break to start the drive. Backed deep in their own territory Cousins threw an interception to linebacker C.J. Mosley. But as Moseley was reaching to put the ball in the end zone he fumbled it. It went out of bounds in the end zone returning possession to the Redskins at the 20. Things clicked after that. Matt Jones ran for 12 and Robert Kelly bolted for 16. Cousins then took to the air, going to Garçon for 10 and Jones for 13. On third and four at the 23 Cousins went to Garçon again for six. But the drive stalled and Hopkins came in for the field goal.

Redskins 16, Ravens 10 0:14     


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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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