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Redskins vs Rams 1st quarter

Redskins vs Rams 1st quarter

Pregame

There is something of a big-game atmosphere here at FedEx Field. We weren't quite sure what to think of the Redskins when they last were here on September 21. They had just beaten two playoff contenders at home and, while they were starting to get it together, few thought that they would be 4-1 and the talk of the NFL. But indeed they are 4-1 and nearly every seat that is visible from here is occupied prior to the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. There is no real electricity yet, but that will be determined when the game starts. The Redskins will receive.

11:00—The Redskins' opening drive doesn't seem to be very aggressive, with some Portis runs and short slants being the staples. Only a 12 men on the field penalty against the Rams kept in from being a three and out. I would think that Zorn would want to start off and bury the Rams early, but it appears he's setting up stuff for later on in the game.

10:50—I guess Zorn figured that the Rams would bury themselves. Jackson fumbles and LaRon Landry recovers. One play later, Portis for three off the right side and the Redskins are up.

Portis 3 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 7, Rams 0

Brooks set up the drive with a perfect pooch punt that rolled dead at the three. He seems to have been alternating good and bad games, maybe this will turn out to be a keeper.

9:56—The thigh-slapper defense is a keeper. Before the third-down snap, London Fletcher did a couple of 360-degree turns, while slapping both thighs, apparently giving a signal to the defense. The result was a tipped pass and a should-have-been interception by Landry. A second takeaway would have had Landry in the running for defensive player of the week honors just 20 minutes into the week.

9:15—The Rams shuffled six players in between second and 10 and third and seven. I'm sure that caught the attention of the coaches upstairs. There has to be someone to target on first-down passing situations if that's the case.

9:00—Campbell took a sack and I'm 100% certain that he would have coughed up the ball on the same hit last year. It was a cornerback from the blindside but he managed to hold on.

5:51—The Redskins are going to have to get some pressure on Bulger. In this drive he has converted after being second and 15 and second and 17. They're not getting very close to him and he's finding his receivers in the seams.

FG Brown 51
Redskins 7, Rams 3

The Rams made Josh Brown a good-sized contract to lure him away from the Seahawks this past offseason. He could be a valuable asset if St. Louis could get into some competitive contests.

Swing pass to 26 gets the offense into a rhythm?

0:58—The Redskins were just getting into a rhythm on offense after a swing pass to Portis for about 14. Then it was a pass to Moss for about 15, Portis for 5, pass to Cooley for 4, Betts for 3 on third and one. Cooley had another first down when he fumbled for the Skins' first offensive turnover of the year. It came fairly deep in Ram territory, so the damage was minimal. It will be interesting to see if they regain the rhythm when they get the ball back.

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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.

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

There's still time to vote on this one:

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

Just before training camp, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2020. Now that the season is over, let’s revisit that look, move it up to 2021, and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today, the defense later this week.

The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory. If you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.   

Offense (age as of Week 1 2021)

Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30)
Changes from last prediction: Moses added, removed Trent Williams (33), Jordan Reed (31)

Scherff and Moses both are two young players who should get better with more experience. The right side of the line will be in good hands assuming the Redskins will be able to re-sign Scherff, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season.

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Williams will be 33 in 2021. He can play at a very high level at that age but I think he will be just below the perennial Pro Bowl status he enjoys now. Although I think that the Redskins can still get some good play out of Reed in the next couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him staying productive into his 30’s. He is under contract through 2021 but it’s hard to see him playing in Washington past 2020.

Solid starters: Jamison Crowder (28), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes: Doctson, Thompson, Williams added, Kirk Cousins (33), Terrelle Pryor (32), Moses removed.

I’m probably higher on Doctson than most. I don’t see him attaining All-Pro status or catching 100 passes in a season but his physical talent is so good that he will be a solid, productive receiver for the next several years. The Redskins will need to find a third receiver but they will have two good ones in Crowder and Doctson.

Third-down back isn’t technically a starting position but Thompson should still be contributing as much to the offense as many starters.

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I think that Cousins will be a solid starter somewhere in 2021 but it is not looking like it will be in Washington. Pryor obviously did not work out and he is very likely to be playing elsewhere next year.

Potential starters: Spencer Long (30), Rob Kelley (28), Samaje Perine (25), Chase Roullier (28)
Changes: Added Roullier, moved Doctson up

Long could be a fixture on the O-line in 2021 or he could be signed by a different team in March. I don’t think that Kelley or Perine will be workhorse backs but either or both could be a part of a tandem. Roullier could move up to the “solid starters” category if he can repeat what he did in a small sample size (7 starts) in 2017.

There are other players who could end up on these lists a year from now. But we haven’t seen enough of 2017 draft picks TE Jeremy Sprinkle or WR Robert Davis to offer an intelligent assessment of where their careers are headed. It’s the same with undrafted linemen Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. They might not make the team in 2018 or they could be competing for starting jobs in 2019.

There also are reserves like Ryan Grant (30) and Ty Nsekhe (35) who still could be on the roster but who would only be spot starters.

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.