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Scoring Summary: How the Redskins beat the Vikings

Scoring Summary: How the Redskins beat the Vikings

The Washington Redskins got out to a fast start in Week 10 against the Vikings.

The Redskins scored touchdowns on their first two drives to take a 14-0 lead.

But then the Vikings slowly fought back, and by the end of the half, had totally regained momentum of the game.

A Chris Thompson fumbled allowed the Vikings to sneak into the half with a 20-14 lead. The Redskins added three field goals in the third quarter to regain a 23-20 lead. Dustin Hopkins made another field goal with 3 minutes to go and Preston Smith came up big on the final drive to thwart the Vikings and pick up the big win. Here's how it happened. 



First Quarter:     

— Drive: 10 plays, 68 yards, 4:19. Crowder 4 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

— Drive summary: After forcing a Vikings three and out, the Redskins got moving downfield in a hurry. After Cousins went to Pierre Garçon for 12 yards he found Jordan Reed deep on the right side for 25 yards to the Vikings 31. Two plays later Jamison Crowder book an end around and got nine yards to the 20. Chris Thompson fought for four yards up the middle on third and one to set up first and goal at the seven. On third down at the four, Cousins threw a low pass to Crowder, who scooped the ball up just over the goal line.

Redskins 7, Vikings 0 9:04


Second Quarter:

— Drive: 9 plays, 91 yards, 4:58. Davis 35 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

— Drive summary: The Redskins added to their lead with a 91-yard drive. Cousins went to Vernon Davis for 13 yards and then again for 15 to get out of the hole. They converted a third and six when receiver Maurice Harris made a nice catch on the sideline for a gain of eight. On the next play, Cousins rolled right and went back to the left to Davis for 35 yards and a touchdown.

Redskins 14, Vikings 0 14:18


— Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards, 3:52. Asiata 1 run (Walsh kick)

— Drive summary: The Vikings were listless on offense until Sam Bradford found Stefon Diggs for 36 yards to the Washington 31. Then end Adam Thielen ran for 11 yards to the 14. On the next play Bradford found Kyle Rudolph wide open and he got pushed out of bounds at the one. On third down, Matt Asiata used second effort to push across the goal line for the touchdown.

Redskins 14, Vikings 7 5:39


— Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:40. Rudolph 20 pass from Bradford (Walsh kick)

— Drive summary: The Vikings got going with time running out in the half. After Cordarrelle Patterson caught a nine-yard pass for a first down, Bradford found Stefon Diggs, who scooted for 23 yards to the Washington 38. Then Jarius Wright turned a short pass into nine yards to set up second and one. On third and two, it was Bradford to Diggs again, this time for 10 and a first down at the 20. On the next play Bradford went to Rudolph with a short pass on the right side. The big tight end rolled into the end zone for the touchdown to tie the game.

Redskins 14, Vikings 14


— Drive: 4 plays, 33 yards, 0:50. Theielen 3 pass from Bradford (kick failed)

— Drive summary: The Vikings got a break when Chris Thompson fumbled at the Washington 33 and Everson Griffen recovered for the Vikings. On the first play, Bradford threw to Diggs, who made a diving catch at the five. On third and goal at the three, Bradford threw a quick pass to Adam Thielen for the touchdown to give the Vikings the lead going into halftime.

Vikings 20, Redskins 14 0:00


Third Quarter

— Drive: 12 plays, 55 yards, 6:07. FG Hopkins 30

— Drive summary: The drive got started with Jordan Reed making a diving catch for a first down at the Washington 44. Then it was Cousins to Garçon twice for 14 and 13 yards to get to the Vikings 28. On third and four at the 22 Cousins found Crower open for 12 yards and another first down at the 10. On third and goal from the 12, Cousins threw incomplete for Garçon and Hopkins came in and booted the field goal.

Vikings 20, Redskins 17 8:53


— Drive: 11 plays, 49 yards, 5:16. FG Hopkins 37

— Drive summary: The running backs got this one going. Rob Kelly bolted up the middle for 14 and the Chris Thompson caught a pass for four yards and a first down in Vikings territory. Washington faced third and eight and Cousins found Maurice Harris, who made a nifty catch on the sideline for a gain of 15 to the 25. But the drive fizzled and Hopkins came in and tied the game.

Redskins 20, Vikings 20 0:38


Fourth Quarter

— Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 3:21. FG Hopkins 50

— Drive summary: The Redskins drove from their own eight. They moved quickly with a 21-yard run by Kelley and then passes of 17 to Garçon and 14 to Crowder moved them to the Minnesota 40. A third and two pass was off the mark and Hopkins came in and booted the long field goal.

Redskins 23, Vikings 20 9:33


— Drive: 8 plays, 32 yards, 3:13. FG Hopkins 28

— Drive summary: The first career interception for Preston Smith and a 22-yard return got the Redskins the ball at the Vikings 42. On second and six, Cousins threw to Crowder for seven. One play later, Cousins found Garçon for 16 yards to the 12. On third and six at the eight, Cousins was sacked and Hopkins came in for his fourth field goal of the game.

Redskins 26, Vikings 20

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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 and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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