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Everybody thinks the intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was wrong, except Troy Aikman


Everybody thinks the intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was wrong, except Troy Aikman

The referees made a fairly obvious mistake last week in the Redskins loss to the Saints when they flagged Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins for intentional grounding late in the game. 

Let's be honest: the call was terrible.

Cousins never felt a pass rush on the play, and was very obviously throwing the ball away. Jay Gruden talked about the play on Monday, and could not figure out how a flag came out in that situation. 

We had two receivers in the area. Quarterbacks throws it away all the time that are uncatchable balls whether they are in the pocket or not. As long as there is a receiver in the area, you can throw it whether they are looking or not. Guys run bad routes – one guy runs a hitch and he’s supposed to run a go and the quarterback throws the go ball, it’s not grounding. So I don’t know why the confusion.

The NFL even reached out and apologized to Redskins team president Bruce Allen for the blown call, a hollow gesture that did not generate much excitement from Cousins (via 106.7 the Fan). 

Whatever they do to say, ‘we’re sorry, wrong call,’ it’s tough because there’s nobody bringing that up in February or March when we're making decisions about which direction to go with the organization. We appreciate the clarification but you know it really doesn’t do much.

If you're keeping score, the NFL, the Redskins head coach and the Redskins quarterback all know the call was wrong. 

You know who doesn't think the call was wrong? Fox analyst, and former Cowboys Hall of Fame QB, Troy Aikman.

Grounding? Free rusher? Decide for yourself below.

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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Deciphering the important stuff to watch in Redskins 2nd preseason game

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Deciphering the important stuff to watch in Redskins 2nd preseason game

The Redskins take on the Jets in their second preseason game and their 2018 home opener. All the coverage starts on NBC Sports Washington at 6 p.m.!

Remember the TV show Lost? It ran for more than six years, often confusing viewers with a rangy plot that veered from emotional to supernatural and rarely made a ton of sense. Still, the show gained a big audience by being compelling, even if weird. 

That's a little like preseason football.

Viewers know the product isn't the same game that will be played in just a few weeks when the regular seasons starts. Still, the product is compelling and offers hints, sometimes vague, at what will actually matter when the real games start. 

So when watching the Redskins take on the Jets Thursday night, don't get too caught up in stats. The leading rusher, receiver or tackler in that game isn't necessarily the most important thing to watch. Here's what is:

  • Alex Smith will likely play at least two series in this contest. The Redskins new QB1 needs to show command of the offense and familiarity with his pass catchers. An impressive drive would also help win over fans still smarting from the loss of Kirk Cousins. 
  • Losing Derrius Guice for the season last week in the preseason opener hurts. Guice looked like a dynamic runner and a talent injection into the Redskins offense. Well, he's gone, and that means a hole for Jay Gruden's group. Rob Kelley will likely get the RB1 work, but what happens after him? Chris Thompson is an established player and elite third down back, but he might not even play against the Jets while he works back from a broken leg last season. Byron Marshall, Kapri Bibbs and Samaje Perine will have the biggest opportunity in this game to prove they belong and should be more prominently involved in the game plan. Who emerges from that trio is arguably the most important subplot to watch Thursday night. 
  • Defensively, Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith are the pass rush stars for this team. Quietly, however, Ryan Anderson and Pernell McPhee strung together impressive training camp sessions. Neither player has a ton of speed off the edge, but both have size and strength. In this game, watch to see if either can generate pressure off the edge. 
  • Washington made a big move in the  secondary this week, releasing veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick before he even played a game. The Redskins truly believe in their young group of corners, and a lot of that is the emergence of undrafted rookie Danny Johnson. He can continue to force his way up the depth chart with a solid game and more in the punt return game.
  • Speaking of special teams, watch for fringe roster guys to make an impact on coverage teams. One player in particular could be Cam Sims. He looks to be on the outside looking in at receiver, but at 6-foot-5 he has height and length that can't be taught. Could Sims push for a spot on the 53? Not without making standout plays on specials. He made a big catch and run in New England to set up a touchdown, and he will need more of that against the Jets. 



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