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Look no further than the turnover column for why the Redskins captured a key win vs. the Bucs

Look no further than the turnover column for why the Redskins captured a key win vs. the Bucs

The Buccaneers offense made plenty of noise against the Redskins in their Week 10 matchup. But ultimately, the cannons at Raymond James Stadium that fire after every Tampa touchdown were kept silent throughout Washington's 16-3 victory. 

That's largely because the burgundy and gold defense turned the Bucs over four times, three of which came with Tampa in 'Skins territory. 

The two interceptions and two forced fumbles, combined with plenty of ineptitude from the hosts, added up to a final stat line for Buccaneers' offense that made absolutely no sense: 501 yards but only three points. 

It was the very definition of bend but don't break defense by the Redskins. It also was the fewest points ever scored by a team to post 500-plus yards in a game. 

And for Jay Gruden, it was more than enough. 

"They were dinking and ducking us pretty good and getting some plays down the field, but for the most part, we just hung in there," Gruden said following the game.

"That’s what it’s all about and you just have to keep playing until the drive is over because good things will happen, and we did that.”

In their Week 9 loss to the Falcons, Greg Manusky's unit was only able to generate one turnover and Matt Ryan and Co. moved the ball with ease. Atlanta finished with 38 points. 

This time around, though, Ryan Fitzpatrick gave the ball away three times on his own. So, despite the fact that he had no trouble finding his receivers on nearly every dropback, their final output was just a single field goal. 

Things absolutely need to be cleaned up in the secondary for the remaining seven weeks of the year, but takeaways can erase a lot of wrongs. Acrobatic interceptions like the one Josh Norman made early in the first quarter or high-effort, intelligent punch outs such as Ryan Anderson's in the fourth are plays that secure wins. 

"You gotta go out there and put the fire out," Anderson said. "It was a real testament to this defense and what we can become... Everybody stays poised, don't point fingers and just go out there and make the play when it's time to make the play."

The most encouraging part of Sunday, though? Leaders like Jonathan Allen and DJ Swearinger were still totally focused on where they came up short. 

Blogs like this one can celebrate the timely defense. But guys who want to be a part of something bigger need to care about fixing mistakes for the future and not get overly excited about a single November victory. 

“Still not overly happy with our performance," Allen told reporters. "They missed some opportunities that we gave them. We’ve got to tighten it up as a defense.”


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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected


The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

It's a very small consolation, but on Friday, the Redskins finally picked up their compensatory third-round pick for losing Kirk Cousins in free agency last year.

That's not the only new selection they now have in their arsenal for the 2019 NFL Draft, though.

In addition to that third-rounder, Washington also netted a fifth-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, too. The four picks is a bit of a surprise, as most expected the Burgundy and Gold would be awarded with only three.

Bruce Allen has explained in the past how the 'Skins value compensatory picks, which teams receive based on the contracts their own free agents sign with new franchises. Last offseason, the Redskins saw Cousins, Ryan Grant, Spencer Long and Trent Murphy all cash in on the open market.

In total, Washington now has nine picks in the upcoming draft, with two each in the third, fifth and seventh rounds. They traded away their fourth-round spot for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Losing homegrown players like Cousins and Co. is certainly not ideal, but by letting those types of guys depart, the Redskins do set themselves up for more swings in April. 

That part of the strategy has paid off. The next step? Making those picks count. 


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Intense doesn't even begin to describe this video of Derrius Guice on the treadmill


Intense doesn't even begin to describe this video of Derrius Guice on the treadmill

For most humans, a workout on the treadmill consists of the following steps:

1) Get on with plans of running at a high speed for a long time. 

2) Realize three minutes in that you have no interest in running either at a high speed or for a long time because running on a treadmill is really one of the more awful things you can subject yourself to on this planet.

3) Get off.

On Friday, though, Derrius Guice shared something on Twitter that shows his attitude toward the treadmill is very different from most humans.


Judging by the speed and tilt of the machine, the Redskins' second-year RB turned every setting on that thing to its maximum number. Even the obnoxious overachievers at your gym don't have the courage to go above level 8.

Honestly, he's going so hard that you almost feel bad for the treadmill. Someone get that treadmill into an ice bath ASAP. 

Earlier this week, Guice provided an update on his comeback from a torn ACL, saying he's still "strong as an ox" and "getting it back." If this is what it looks like when he's "getting it back," what's it going to be like when he's fully gotten it back?