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What we learned from the Redskins' 30-21 win over Browns

What we learned from the Redskins' 30-21 win over Browns

The Redskins needed to rally from behind in order to get their second win of the season. 

But a win is a win, even if there are still some issues.

Here are five things we learned from the Redskins' 31-20 win over the Browns.


1. Matt Jones is coachable. Jay Gruden told the media last week that he didn’t particularly like the way that Jones ran in the first half of the Giants game.

The big back wasn’t running like a big back. Today he used his power from the start and that got the running game going. Jones 22 carries were a career high and his 117 yards were the most he has gained since Week 2 of last year, his rookie season.

2. The Redskins can win without a great game from Kirk Cousins. He had a passer rating of 116.5, which is very good, but it was somewhat deceiving.

For a long stretch of the game, including most of the second and third quarters, Cousins looked hesitant. He threw a head-scratching interception that helped let the Browns get back into the game and in the fourth quarter he took a momentum-killing sack when it seemed like he easily could have thrown the ball away. Cousins’ 183 passing yards were the fewest he has had in a game that he started and finished since Week 17 in 2013.

3. The Redskins defense is very reliant on takeaways. If not for four recovered fumbles and a couple of interceptions over the last two games they could well 0-4.

The players aren’t going to apologize for it nor should they. But there will be days when the ball doesn’t bounce your way and you have to wonder how they will stop other teams when it doesn’t.

4. Red zone woes vanish. It’s amazing how fast red zone woes will go away when you throw the ball to your best weapon and run the ball some.

After struggling inside the 20 all year they got touchdowns four of the five times they got into the red zone today, scoring on two passes from Cousins to Jordan Reed, another toss from Cousins to Chris Thompson, and a one-yard Matt Jones run. If they learn from this they could prosper

5. Finish the job. The Redskins still don’t know how to put away an inferior opponent or confuse a rookie quarterback.

Cody Kessler didn’t seem to be rattled by anything even though he did throw a key interception. He completed 70 percent of his passes and was posed to put his team up by two scores before a fumble cost them in a goal to go situation.

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Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.

The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.

Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.

In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.

This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.


With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.

If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback.  A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.

Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback.  He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.


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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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