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Where are we? The Redskins after seven games

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Where are we? The Redskins after seven games

Here is how the Redskins stand after seven games:

Record: 3-4
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 3-3
Home: 1-2
Away: 2-2

Opposition cumulative record: 26-20
Cumulative of teams beaten: 9-10
Cumulative of teams lost to: 17-10

Offensive MVP (season to date): In Robert Griffin III, the Redskins have one of those rare players who makes those around him better. He almost dragged the Redskins to a road win over the Giants without Pierre Garçon and, after the first drive, Fred Davis. Logan Paulsen filled in for Davis. Last year, Paulsen started four games and caught four passes. On Sunday he had four receptions. You have to think that Rex Grossman being the quarterback for those 2011 games and RG3 pulling the trigger now is the difference.Honorable mention: Trent Williams, Alfred Morris

Defensive MVP: The Redskins are one of the better teams in the NFL against the rush. One reason is that it is so easy to pass against them, why run. Another reason is the play of Stephen Bowen, who is helping to clog up the line. Bowen is also contributing to what little pass rush there is with three passes defensed.Honorable mention: London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan

Top three storylines:

RG3 magic—As noted above, Griffin did a lot on Sunday despite being down some key contributors. Out of the Redskins’ four losses, the only one where they didn’t have the ball in the other team’s territory in the last two minutes with a chance to tie or win the game was the Falcons game, the one RG3 didn’t finish with a concussion.

Opponents’ air raid—The Redskins are on pace to give up more yards through the air than any team in NFL history. That’s the big picture. The little picture is plays like the one at the end of the game on Sunday. What was shaping up to be one of their better days—they had held Eli Manning to just 260 yards passing and Victor Cruz had done very little damage—went up in smoke in one 77-yard game winning bomb.

Morris rolls on—Alfred Morris could be one of those guys that RG3 makes better but it’s apparent that the rookie has some ability of his own. He’s now leading the NFC in rushing with 658 yards, a total that is just a yard behind league leader Arian Foster. We don’t know how good Morris might be without Griffin, who distracts the offense as a threat to run, but we do know that they work well together.

Next three games

Sunday @ Steelers—The Steelers are 3-3, second in the AFC North

Nov. 4 vs. Panthers—They just fired their GM and Cam Newton appears to be regressing; 1-5, in last place in the NFC South.

Nov. 18 (after bye) vs. Eagles—The Eagles are panicking, firing their defensive coordinator and making changes along the offensive line; 3-3, tied for second place in the NFC East.

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Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources

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Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources

Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins will likely not play again this year, a source with knowledge of the situation tells our JP Finlay.

The team placed Hopkins on the injured reserve list, which means he's out at least eight weeks. To replace him, the Redskins signed Nick Rose, per NFL Network.

In his third season with Washington, Hopkins had made nearly 82 percent of his field goals this year. He made 12 of 13 extra points, but missed a very important extra point in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Hopkins had a very strong leg, capable of touchbacks on kickoffs nearly every time the situation called for it. 

Rose is yet to play in the NFL but spent time with the 49ers. He kicked collegiately at the University of Texas.

As a senior in Austin last year, Rose made 13 of 17 field goals and 38 of 39 extra points. 

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Cousins' 2017 season thus far proving he's worth 'monstrous' contract

Cousins' 2017 season thus far proving he's worth 'monstrous' contract

It's only Week 7, but Kirk Cousins is putting up numbers that's proving to the Redskins and other teams around the league that he's worth a big contract. 

In five games, Cousins has 1,334 yards and nine touchdowns with a QB rating of 106.4.

And he's proving that he's comfortable making plays on his own. During the second half of Sunday's game against the 49ers, Cousins scored a read option touchdown pushing his team ahead 26-17.

Someone who's impressed with what he's seen thus far and even threw out the word 'monstrous' when referring to the contract Cousins will eventually get, is former Redskins QB and NFL analyst, Sage Rosenfels.

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Oh, and he also had a really long list of nice things to say about Cousins.

"Well he is an efficient quarterback and that's what he is," Rosenfels told the Sports Junkies Tuesday.

"He's a guy that you can count on to do what he's expected to do. He's gonna go to the right reads. He's gonna be an accurate thrower. He generally takes care of the football. He's an executer. He's a guy I describe as an executer. He's not a play maker, per say, though he has slowly added that to his repertoire."

"He is an executer though and I don't know if there's many better in the league who when you drop back and go through the progressions and have to read defenses, he's up there probably in the top five in the league at that. He's extremely accurate and he knows what he is doing."

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Having your quarterback described as an executer over and over again isn't the worst thing in the world to hear.

When it comes to the business side of things, Rosenfels may also want to use the word 'smart' to describe Cousins.

"Good for him for signing those one-year deals. He bet on himself and now you know next year, whether it's Washington or somewhere else, he's going to get an absolute monstrous contract."

Contract negotiations are probably the last thing Redskins fans want to hear right now, but one thing to bask in is a successful QB.