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Redskins vs. Raiders Sunday Night Football Live Updates: Week 3 score, stats, highlights, analysis

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Redskins vs. Raiders Sunday Night Football Live Updates: Week 3 score, stats, highlights, analysis

Sunday Night Football on NBC is in Washington, D.C. for Week 3 of the NFL Season as the Redskins (1-1) host the Raiders (2-0) in the most intriguing game of the early season.

The Redskins defense has two weeks of solid play under its belt but will need 60 minutes of elite defensive football in order to slow down Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. The Redskins dealt with a lot of nagging injuries following their win over the Rams in Week 2. Rob Kelley and Jordan Reed are officially out for Week 3, which will make things very interesting.

That's important, because the Redskins will need to get the offense going in a hurry. Kirk Cousins, Terrelle Pryor and the rest of the crew will be asked to keep up with the Raiders' high-octane offense. A task easier said than done. 

The Week 3 Sunday Night Football game between the Redskins and the Raiders takes place at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Redskins Kickoff with Chick Hernandez, Brian Mitchell and Trevor Matich airs live at 7:30 p.m. The trio returns at 11:30 p.m. ET for Redskins Extra.

Be sure to join us in the live blog below and leave a game comment in the comment section at the bottom.

REDSKINS VS. RAIDERS WEEK 3 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL LIVE BLOG:

FOURTH QUARTER:

10:58 p.m.: Bad news: Perine is hurt and the Raiders got the ball in the red zone. Good news: The Raiders settled for a field goal. Redskins 24, Raiders 10.

10:55 p.m: Perine is headed to the locker room. Looks like a hand injury.

10:51 p.m.: Semaje Perine fumbles the ball inside the Redskins 20-yard line. Pass interference on the very next play. This is the Redskins team I am familiar with

THIRD QUARTER:

10:45 p.m.: The Redskins come up short in the red zone. They settle for a field goal. Listen, red zone struggles will be addressed, but not right now. They're playing well. Let it ride for now.

10:37 p.m.: Chris Thompson for president. The third-down back took another pass in the flats and hit the afterburners. He's tackled out of bounds in the red zone, but not before a pickup of over 70 yards. He has over 100 receiving yards tonight.

10:31 p.m.: Jared Cook scampers into the end zone and the Raiders are finally on the board. 21-7. This is bout to get interesting.

10:25 p.m.: Jamison Crowder muffed a punt, again. That's the first badf play of the night. So at least there's that.

10:19 p.m.: Holy crap D.J. Swearinger just lit into Marshawn Lynch with a BOOOOOMING HIT.

10:13 p.m.: JOSH DOCTSON LIVES AND SCORES A TOUCHDOWN.

9:50 p.m.: So yeah, the Redskins lead 14-0 at halftime. I did not see that coming. I don't think anyone did. That Redskins +3 line in Vegas is looking MIGHTY NICE right about now. 

SECOND QUARTER:

9:22 p.m.: ANOTHER INTERCEPTION. This time it's Kendall Fuller.

9:16 p.m.: Khalil Mack just ate Morgan Moses' lunch and crunched Kirk Cousins. Raiders' first sack of the game.

9:14 p.m.: Raiders forced to punt. They've had four possessions. Three punts, one INT.

9:12 p.m.: Amari Cooper had a pass dead-to-rights and he dropped it. That is his seventh drop of the season.

FIRST QUARTER:

9:10 p.m.: The Redskins defense made the Raiders offense look rudimentary at best in the first quarter. Raise your hand if you expected that. Put your hand down.

9:02 p.m.: Sorry about that. I had to go grab some pizza before the rest of the office gets to it.

8:48 p.m.: Preston Smith isn't a rookie, but he joins the sack party. That was impressive defense.

8:47 p.m: Jonathan Allen takes down Derek Carr with a sack. Rookie INT and rookie sack. That's big.

8:44 p.m.: The Redskins have five offensive TDs this season. Chris Thompson is responsible for four of them.

8:42 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS! Chris Thompson gets the ball in the flat and takes off. 22-yard touchdown. Redskins 7, Raiders 0.

8:40 p.m.: A balanced diet of heavy Semaje Perine runs and quick passes to the outside. Vernon Davis picks up a first-down with a nice catch and run.

8:35 p.m.: After a review, it is determined that Nicholson made the interception, but did not run it back. Nonetheless, that's a turnover for the good guys.

8:33 p.m.: INTERCEPTION! Rookie Montae Nicholson swoops in to pick off Derek Carr early in the game. Did the referee even ring the bell yet? 

8:31 p.m.: OK, finally, it's time for football.

PREGAME:

8:30 p.m.: Several Redskins, like Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson, took a knee during the national anthem

8:29 p.m.: So, there it is. 

8:25 p.m.: We're just minutes away from kickoff and as expected, a lot of Raiders fans are in the house.

8:05 p.m.: Will Josh Doctson be a factor tonight? That's what we are hoping for.

7:55 p.m.: Former Redskins FB Mike Sellers is still a very large human being. He's still a funny person too, as evident by his zinger at Chick Hernandez.

7:30 p.m.: I know you probably don't want this reminder, but ... yeah the Redskins have not been good in primetime.

7:20 p.m.: With President Donald Trump's Saturday comments — imploring owners to fire players who don't stand for the anthem — Chris Collinsworth had a poignant response on the pregame show on NBC.

7:10 p.m.: The Redskins are expected to issue a statement regarding anthme protests prior to kickoff. It's also being reported that owner Dan Snyder will be on the sidelines with the players during the anthem.

7:04 p.m.: Here is the full list of inactives. Tonight could get interesting.

6:58 p.m.: No Rob Kelley or Jordan Reed for the Redskins tonight vs. the Raiders. Dang.

6:40 p.m.: The inactive list should be coming out shortly. Will Jordan Reed be dressed? Rookie TE Jeremy Sprinkle was dressed and on the field for warmups if that is any indication. 

6:35 p.m.: MARSHAWN LYNCH IS HERE AND OH MY GOD HE LOOKS LIKE A SUPERVILLIAN.

6 30 p.m.: Welcome to our Week 2 live blog of the Redskin vs. Rams game. It's me, Troy Machir again. You can follow JP Finlay and Rich Tandler too if you'd like. They're at FedEx Field for the game. That's cool and all, but since I'm here, I suggest you stick around. 

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

Eagles fans are known for a lot of things, most tend to not be very positive.

Sunday, the internet made sure to help us all keep track of what was going on in Philly, before, during, and after the Eagles and Vikings played for the NFC Championship.

Let's take a look at how things progressed in the City of Brotherly Love.

In what has become the iconic symbol of Sunday's "celebrations", this poor fellow, according to TMZ, Andrew Tornetta, refused to comply with orders to disperse by police in the parking lot before the game.

Instead, according to the report, Tornetta punched a police horse twice in the right shoulder and then hit the human officer in the face, which is always a terrible decision.

Oh, and it's the second time in two weeks a police horse took a fist from a human in Philly. 

Fans also welcomed anyone wearing Vikings colors with class and, well, brotherly love.

Also before the game, the city decided to be proactive, and keep fans from climbing light poles if the Eagles won.

Of course, we knew what wouldn't stop them.

Sure enough, some fans were up to the Crisco Pole Challenge.

Others though, didn't need grease to have issues with a pole.

Some decided to create a new dance, which we're sure will catch on any day now.

There was also the classic dance-on-a-car move.

Oh, and let's not forget them letting the Vikings know they played a great game. 

Forget the Patriots and Eagles playing eachother in the Super Bowl.

The real matchup, is Patriots fans and Eagles fans.

May the best fanbase win.

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The pros and cons of each of the Redskins' options with Kirk Cousins

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The pros and cons of each of the Redskins' options with Kirk Cousins

The Redskins are pondering the three options they have to start up the process that will either lead to Cousins playing in Washington in 2018 or saying goodbye to their starter for the last three years. These options carry pros and cons that Schaffer, Allen, and Dan Snyder will weigh over the next 46 days until March 6, the deadline for teams to designate transition and franchise tags.

Here are the three most likely options for the Redskins and the pros and cons of each approach:

No tag, let him hit free agency—This would allow Cousins to become a free agent at 4 p.m. on March 14, when the new league years starts. The Redskins could make him an offer and they could ask the Cousins camp to give them an opportunity to match any offer they might be considering. But Cousins would be under no obligation to do so.
Pros: It would end the uncertainty once and for all. When the process is over, Cousins will either be a Redskin in the long term or be playing for another team. This also is the only way the Redskins can qualify for a compensatory draft pick if Cousins does sign elsewhere.
Cons: The most likely outcome is that the Redskins would be starting over at quarterback in 2018, something they are not ready to do. A large segment of the fan base would be angry if the Redskins just let Cousins walk out the door.

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Transition tag: This tag carries a salary of $28.8 million and it allows Cousins to talk to other teams. If he gets an offer sheet from one of them, the Redskins would have five days to match it. If they don’t match, Cousins goes to the other team for no compensation. Another possible outcome could be Cousins signing the tag and staying in Washington for the fully guaranteed $28.8 million salary.
Pros: There also would be a good chance of ending the uncertainty, with Cousins either ending up gone at the end of the process or under a long-term contract in Washington. It also would give Cousins what he wants, the ability to test the open market, while giving the Redskins a shot at keeping him at the same time.
Cons: A team with adequate cap space could front load an offer and make it very difficult for the Redskins to match. There would be no compensation if Cousins left because the Redskins declined to match an offer sheet. And there is the possibility that the QB uncertainty could linger for another year if Cousins signs the tag.

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Franchise tag: This tag carries a salary of about $34.5 million. Cousins could not negotiate with other teams as there is no non-exclusive option on a third career franchise tag. At his radio event the week after the season ended, Cousins said that he would just sign the tag and play for the Redskins. They could trade Cousins after he signs the tag, although the salary would make that difficult to do.
Pros: It would virtually assure that the Redskins would have Cousins for 2018. They would have until July 15 to try to negotiate a long-term deal with him.
Cons: You can’t make the case that Cousins, or any player not named Brady or Rodgers, could justify a $34.5 million salary for one year. And since a fourth franchise tag is not permitted, it would almost certainly set up a scenario where Cousins plays one more year and then he is done in DC. That’s not how to get the certainty at the position that Jay Gruden desires.

There is a fourth option, which would be to sign Cousins before the deadline. But earlier this month Cousins said that he would not be interested in doing that; his preference is to wait until March. Perhaps things can change but Cousins was quite definitive in what he said.

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