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NFL Capsule: Redskins at Giants

NFL Capsule: Redskins at Giants

WASHINGTON (3-3) At NEW YORK GIANTS (4-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Giants by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Washington 3-3; New York 3-1-2

SERIES RECORD - Giants lead 92-64-4

AP Pro32 RANKING - Giants No. 2, Redskins No. 13

LAST MEETING - Redskins beat Giants 23-10, Dec. 18, 2011

LAST WEEK - Redskins beat Vikings 38-26; Giants beats 49ers 26-3

REDSKINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (2), PASS (20)

REDSKINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (8), PASS (32)

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (9), PASS (5)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19T), RUSH (16), PASS (21)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 161st meeting between NFC East rivals. While Redskins won both games last season, Giants haven taken nine of past 12. ... Robert Griffin III rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns last week, becoming first rookie quarterback in Super Bowl era to rush for 100-plus yards and at least two TDs in game. He leads NFL with 70.2 completion percentage and ranks third with 100.5 rating. His six TDs rushing are second in league. ...Running back Alfred Morris leads NFL rookies with 538 yards rushing. ...Washington is only team with two players with more than five TDs rushing. ...TE Fred Davis had five catches for 105 yards in his last game against Giants. ...WR Pierre Garcon averaging 19.1 yards per catch. ...LB Ryan Kerrigan looking for third straight game with either a sack or interception against Giants. ...Cornerback De Angelo Hall has five interceptions in 10 career games against Giants, including one last game. ... Eli Manning has won 10 of past 14 starts against Redskins and 25-5 (.833) in October. ... Running back Ahmad Bradshaw has 57 carries for 316 yards and two touchdowns in past two games. ... Giants 10-0 when he has 100. ... Receiver Victor Cruz has five touchdown receptions in past three games, and his six overall tied for second in TDs receiving. In past eight at MetLife Stadium, he has 53 catches for 855 yards ( 106.9 yard average) and seven TDs. ...In last four games against Washington, DE Jason Pierre-Paul has five sacks, 25 tackles, two fumble recoveries and forced fumble. He had two of New York's six sacks last week. ...Safety Antrel Rolle NFC defensive player of week for intercepting two passes against Niners. ...Cornerback Corey Webster has intercepted a pass against Washington in three of past four games. ...Defensive end Osi Umenyiora has five sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including a touchdown return, in past four meetings with Washington.

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10 Training Camp Questions: How dangerous is the Brandon Scherff contract situation?

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10 Training Camp Questions: How dangerous is the Brandon Scherff contract situation?

The Redskins report to training camp on July 24th, and for the next 10 days, JP Finlay will count down the 10 biggest questions the Redskins face going into the 2019 season.

10) Will the Redskins develop depth on the D-line?

9) Can the Redskins count on Montae Nicholson?

8) Want better offense? Get more out of the tight ends 

7) Will Jimmy Moreland actually win the slot CB job from Fabian Moreau?

6) After losing Reuben Foster, how's the Redskins LB situation?

5) Will potential match production for Redskins WRs?

When a team picks in the Top 10 of the NFL Draft, folks around the NFL expect that player to become a Pro Bowler. For Washington, that exact scenario unfolded with right guard Brandon Scherff. 

Mostly. 

Selected fifth overall in 2015, the Redskins took Scherff to play right tackle and anchor the offensive line opposite Trent Williams. That idea quickly faded, helped by the emergence of Morgan Moses, and Scherff moved inside to play guard. For four years, it's worked out great, with Pro Bowl selections in 2016 and 2017. 

Scherff is a mauler in the best sense of the word. He has great footwork and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has called the former Iowa Hawkeye the best pulling guard in the NFL. Scherff is strong and nasty, words that won't win beauty pageants but absolutely win in the trenches of the NFL. 

Considering all of that, a contract extension for Scherff should be easy. Right?

Wrong. 

Currently in the final year of his rookie deal, multiple reports stretching over the last six weeks indicate that the organization is way off in their extension offers to Scherff. He might not command the biggest contract in the league, but he will get paid like a top three guard. In 2019, that means a lot of money.

Cowboys guard Zach Martin makes $14 million a year. Jaguars guard Andrew Norwell makes $13.3 million a year. Scherff might not get to Martin's salary, but he will probably get to Norwell, whether Washington pays it or not.

That means the Redskins need to pony up the cash now because as each day passes, the team is approaching an ugly set of options. Scherff and his representatives might continue to negotiate during the season, but it doesn't make a lot of sense. Once free agency becomes in view, players tend to wait for it. Just ask Kirk Cousins. 

In fact, the situation between Scherff and the Redskins has some resemblance to the Cousins saga from a few years ago. 

In that case, Washington low-balled their homegrown quarterback in their first set of negotiations. From there, things went sideways, and the team used consecutive franchise tags on Cousins before he finally left via free agency. 

If the Redskins can't get a deal done with Scherff, the team could use a franchise tag in 2020. But that's a dangerous game of roulette. 

The time to get a deal done with Scherff is now, if not last month. Redskins team president has said in the past that deadlines drive deals, but with Scherff, there is no exact deadline. He can decide to stop working on a contract extension at any moment, particularly once the pads come on at training camp. 

The Trent Williams holdout might be complicating things a bit, if Williams only wants more cash and the issue isn't about much more than that. The truth is a Scherff extension would actually free up cap space in the short term, as his signing bonus would be spread out over the life of the contract, and some of that salary cap relief could go to Williams right away. 

Williams' status isn't the hold up between Scherff and the Redskins. Whatever is the actual holdup best be resolved soon. or the Redskins are beginning down an all too familiar franchise path.

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Sánchez and Adams lead Nationals in crucial win over Braves

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Sánchez and Adams lead Nationals in crucial win over Braves

ATLANTA—Anibal Sanchez outpitched Mike Soroka and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, Matt Adams homered and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Saturday night.

Second-place Washington pulled within 5 games of the NL East-leading Braves, improving to 33-14 since May 24, best in the majors over that span. Atlanta has dropped four of five.

Sanchez (6-6) got a big assist in the bottom of the fifth when shortstop Trea Turner turned a bases-loaded double play, leaping to nab Nick Markakis' liner and throwing to first to beat Josh Donaldson back to the bag.

Soroka (10-2) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings. He had won 10 straight decisions, best by an Atlanta pitcher since Hall of Famer Greg Maddux had a 10-decision streak in 2001.

Sean Doolittle got the last five outs, facing the minimum, for his 21st save in 25 chances. He struck out Ronald Acuna Jr. with a runner at second to end the eighth and breezed through the ninth.

Washington went up 4-1 in the fifth when Sanchez reached on an infield single to third, took second on Donaldson's throwing error and scored on Turner's double. Turner took third on Adam Eaton's single and scored on Anthony Rendon's single. Eaton scored on Juan Soto's single.

The Nationals took a 5-3 lead in the eighth off A.J. Minter as Turner singled, stole second and scored on Eaton's single.

Adams went deep for the 15th time, an opposite-field homer that bounced off the top of the wall in left-center and into the stands to tie it at 1-all in the fourth.

Sanchez, who pitched for the Braves last year and helped them win the division, allowed three runs and six hits and has a 2.70 ERA in his last nine starts.

Atlanta led 1-0 in the first when Acuna reached on an infield single, stole second base, advanced on a flyout and scored on Freddie Freeman's single.

Brian McCann's ninth homer, a two-run shot in the sixth, chased Sanchez and cut the lead to 4-3.

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NBC Sports Washington's Michael Stearman contributed to this Associated Press story.