SEATTLE--Here is what you need to know on this Monday, November 6, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call, 3 p.m.

Days until:

—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 13
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 17
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 24

The five most important plays in the Redskins’ win

Wagner sack of Cousins for safety—This appeared to confirm the narrative for this game that everyone had coming in, that the Redskins wouldn’t be able to protect Kirk Cousins well enough for him to do anything. The two points played into the dynamic of the game the entire way, as it helped the Seahawks keep it a single-score game the entire way.

Third-down conversion on pass to Vernon Davis—Perhaps the three missed field goals by Blair Walsh should fit in here somewhere so let’s look at this play, which happened after the second miss. The Redskins were on the verge of going three and out but a good throw from Cousins and a nice grab by Davis got 10 yards and kept the drive alive. Davis also caught passes for 23 and 11 yards and Josh Doctson pitched in with a 10-yard catch. Terrelle Pryor also caught a pass that converted a third down and he may have finished off the drive a few plays later but he drew a pass interference flag in the end zone. Rob Kelley powered in for the TD soon after that to give the Redskins a lead they did not relinquish until very late in the game.


Cousins pass to Ryan Grant and roughing the passer sets up a first down at the 13—This was the Redskins’ first possession of the second half. Still up 7-2, Cousins went to Pryor for 12 yards and then he found Grant over the middle. Not known for picking up yards after the catch, Grant rolled for 23 yards. A roughing the passer penalty on that same play moved the Redskins to the 13. They didn’t score a touchdown but Nick Rose’s field goal forced the Seahawks to go for two points when they did eventually score. That certainly affected the dynamic of the game.

Russell Wilson’s TD pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:34 left to play—It looked like the Redskins’ good effort would be all for naught as the Seahawks, trailing 10-8, marched down the field to the Redskins’ 30 with relative ease. Baldwin got wide open on the right side and after gathering in the pass at the 12 he easily rolled into the end zone. The two-point conversion attempt was no good but Seattle and the 12’s believed that the game was over.

Cousins pass to Doctson down to the one—But it wasn’t over. After firing a pass to Brian Quick to get the Redskins into Seahawks territory, Cousins called an audible and had Doctson go downfield. Cousins unleased a pass that looked to be a little too long. But Doctson has that large catch radius and the made a diving grab. If the Redskins turn around their season and make a playoff run, that catch could be the key play for the entire season.

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