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Redskins vs. Bears Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, video, analysis

Redskins vs. Bears Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, video, analysis

The Redskins head to Chicago in Week 16 to take on the Bears in a game that could make or break their season.

The Redskins (7-6-1) must win their final two games of the season in order to have a shot at securing the final Wild Card spot in the NFC after falling to the Panthers just a few days ago on Monday night.

They take  on the Bears (3-11) a team with little to play for other than spoiling the Redskins' playoff hopes. 

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The Redskins will reportedly be without Jordan Reed, who re-injured his shoulder before being ejected on Monday night.

While Reed can be the ultimate X-Factor, his lingering shoulder injury has limited what he has been able to do, both as a playmaker and a decoy in the past two weeks. If the final inactive list confirms earlier reports, it will be up to Vernon Davis carry the load as the top tight end, something he has been more than successful at this season.

The Week 16 Redskins vs. Bears game kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX. But before the game begins be sure to tune into Redskins Kickoff at 12:00 p.m. ET on CSN!

REDSKINS VS. BEARS LIVE UPDATES:

FOURTH QUARTER

3:51 p.m.: Even DHall's got jokes. 

3:44 p.m.: Everybody gets an interception! Josh Norman gets his second pick of the day, and Barkley has now thrown five on the day. 

3:34 p.m.: The Redskins turn their latest interception into a field goal, and are now up 34-14 early in the fourth quarter. 

3:32 p.m.: Not bad company to join. 

3:30 p.m.: Matt Barkley throws his FOURTH interception of the day, this time to Will Blackmon. Defense is getting healthy against the Bears offense. 

3:29 p.m.: Somehow, this was not a first down. 

THIRD QUARTER

3:15 p.m.: Cousins scores on his second rushing touchdown of the day, this time on a quarterback sneak. It's now 31-14 Redskins late in the third quarter. 

3:14 p.m.: Jackson diagnosed with a jaw injury and is questionable to return.

3:07 p.m.: Oh no, DeSean Jackson down after the Redskisn convert a key third down. Stay tuned. 

2:54 p.m.: Bashaud Breeland is questionable to return with an ankle injury. 

Scoring drives:  

First quarter           

Thompson 7 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 65 yards, 3:35

Drive summary: The Redskins got moving on their second possession with Rob Kelly runs of five and eight yards and then Kirk Cousins passes to Pierre Garçon for 16 and DeSean Jackson for 21 got a first down in the red zone at the Chicago 15. On third and two at the seven Chris Thompson popped up the middle and into the end zone for the score.

Redskins 7, Bears 0 7:43

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Thompson 17 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:25

Drive summary: The Redskins got started with a Cousins pass over the middle to Jackson. The receiver tucked in and raced for 57 yards to the Chicago 18. On third and nine at the 17 Cousins flipped a screen pass to Thompson and he followed his blocking and ran into the end zone.

Redskins 14, Bears 0 0:57

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Second quarter      

FG Hopkins 29

Drive: 9 plays, 88 yards. 4:40

Drive summary: The Redskins started in a hole at their own one yard line after a Bashaud Breeland interception but they got out of it quickly with a pass from Cousins to Garçon for 45 yards. A few plays later on third and one Cousins went deep to Garçon for 46 yards to the Chicago 16. On third and seven, Cousins’ pass to Jackson was short of the sticks and Hopkins came in to extend the Redskins’ lead.

Redskins 17, Bears 0 10:07

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Langford 1 run (Barth kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:47

Drive summary: The Bears converted a third and seven with a nine-yard pass from Barkley to Alshon Jeffery to start the drive. On the next play Jordan Howard ran for 13 yards and then 15 more were tacked on for a horse collar tackle. That got the Bears a first down in Redskins territory at the 35. On third and eight at the 33 Barkley fired to Cameron Meredith over the middle for 32 yards to the one. On the next play Jeremy Langford powered up the middle for the touchdown.

Redskins 17, Bears 7  6:20

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Cousins 9 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 9 plays, 91 yards, 4:39

Drive summary: The Redskins got a couple of third and long conversions of their own to jump-start this drive. On third and 10 from the nine, Cousins went over the middle to Jackson for 29 yards. A few plays later on third and 11 Jackson drew a pass interference flag that move the ball into Bears territory at the 35. Two Kelley runs gained a total of 11 yards for another first down. Then Kelley found room up the middle for 15 yards for a first and goal at the nine. On the next play Cousins ran a read option around right end for the touchdown.

Redskins 24, Bears 7

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Meredith 21 pass from Barkley (Barth kick)

Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:07

Drive summary: The Bears got a quick drive after getting possession in the last two minutes. Barkley went deep to Jeffery for 37 yards to the Redskins 21. On the next play Barkley found Meredith open in the corner of the end zone for the touchdown.

Redskins 24, Bears 14 0:34

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SECOND QUARTER: 

2:31 p.m.: And it's a 10 point game again. Bears respond by driving down and scoring another touchdown. It's 24-14 Redskins now. 

2:24 p.m.: Kirk "Wheels" Cousins! He turns the corner on a zone-read keeper and runs it in from nine yards out. It's 24-7 with 1:41 left in the first half. 

2:21 p.m.: Uh oh. Rob Kelley is down after a first down run late in the first half. Stay tuned. 

2:07 p.m.: Bears come back with a touchdown drive to get on the board thanks to a one-yard run by Jeremy Langford. It's 17-7 Skins. 

1:58 p.m.: Redskins tack on a field to extend the lead to 17-0 midway through the second quarter. 

1:51 p.m.: Bashaud Breeland makes history. 

FIRST QUARTER: 

1:42 p.m.: Scoreboard watch - the Packers are up 14-3 over the Vikings. The Redskins need Green Bay and Tampa Bay each lose at least once for them to control their destiny. 

1:41 p.m: Chris Thompson 14, Bears 0. The Redskins' running back scores again on a third down screen pass, extending Washington's lead to two scores late in the first quarter. 

1:20 p.m.: That'll do, DeSean. That'll do. 

1:18 p.m.: And the Redskins strike first! They march 65 yards on 8 plays, capping it off with a Chris Thompson touchdown run. It's 7-0 Washington early in the first quarter.

1:09 p.m.: Nice little smacktalk between the two teams on social media as this one gets underway. 

PREGAME:

12:55 p.m.: Plenty of good seats still available.

12:40 p.m.: Meanwhile, everyone in our Redskins Kickoff studio is completely fixated on Chick Hernandez's interview/monologue. 

12:30 p.m.: Kirk Cousins is out here providing lifelong memories for fans. 

12:15 p.m.: Will Compton's status for today was up in the air for much of the week. He's out on the field and is ready to go, but  he is wearing a rather zieable knee brace.

12:00 p.m.: It's time to head over to CSN to join Brian Mitchell, Trevor Matich and Chick Hernandez on Redskins Kickoff right now.

11:30 a.m.: In somewhat related news: Rashad Ross, who was waived by the Redskins on Thursday, just signed with a new team, one very familiar with the Bears AND Redskins.

11:20 a.m.: The official inactive list is here and Jordan Reed is on it, which is not good news. Luckily, Vernon Davis has done a solid job in relief this season. 

11:10 a.m.: Y'all ready? The Showstopper is.

11:00 am: Happy holidays, folks and welcome to CSN Mid-Atlantic's live coverage of the Week 16 matchup between the Redskins and Bears. As always, I am your esteemed host, Troy Machir. Be sure to follow me on Twitter. It's the holiday season. Just do it. 

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the top-five paid receivers in the NFL. They can also trade Landry and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first-round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 

What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical; few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins. But it's certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. Wide Receiver$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 21, 21 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The Redskins appear to be set at center

Originally published 12/19/17

Chase Roullier might have been the Redskins’ fourth choice to play at center this year. But he could be snapping the ball for Washington for a long time.

Kory Lichtensteiger, the starter for the previous three years when healthy, retired. Veteran backup John Sullivan departed as a free agent. Spencer Long started six games this season before knee and quad problems pushed him to the sideline, elevating the rookie Roullier into the starting lineup.

The sixth-round pick started three games before breaking his right hand at some point during the game against the Saints. That’s his snapping hand and him finishing that game was an underrated act of courage this year. But he was out for three games before returning against the Cardinals on Sunday. Jay Gruden was pleased with his play. 

“Chase did good. He did good,” said Gruden. “It was good to see him back in there. His snaps were outstanding and handled the calls and play well.”

That was good but standard praise. What was interesting was what he said next.  

“I like Chase’s progress right now,” he said. “I think he is going to be a very good center for a long time here. It was a great pickup for us in the draft.”

It appears that you can at least pencil in Roullier as the 2018 starter at center, if not put him in with a Sharpie.

Where would this leave Long, who is slated to be a free agent in March? The Redskins could let him walk and go with the younger and cheaper Roullier. They also could sign him to be their starting left guard. That job has belonged to Shawn Lauvao. But Lauvao also is a pending free agent and he is 30 and he has missed large chunks of two of the last three seasons with injuries. When he missed the last 13 games of the 2015 season, Long went in at left guard and played well.

If that happens, that would give the Redskins a starting offensive line consisting entirely of players drafted by the team and with only Trent Williams over the age of 27 in Week 1 of 2018.

Regardless of what happens at left guard, it looks like Roullier will be the man in the middle for 2018 and beyond.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 8
—NFL Draft (4/26) 64
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 200