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Need to Know: Height disadvantage made for a scary Hail Mary for the Redskins

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Need to Know: Height disadvantage made for a scary Hail Mary for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, November 7, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: No media availability

Days until:

—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 12
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 16
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 23

Last look at Redskins vs Seahawks

First down woes—We talk about third-down difficulties all the time but the Redskins were not good on first down for most of the game until the final drive. They had 23 first-down plays. Kirk Cousins was two for five passing for 17 yards. He was sacked three times for 26 yards. They fumbled twice, losing one. Five rushing attempts gained zero or negative yards. On the Redskins’ final drive, Cousins’ first down pass was tipped and incomplete. But the last two first-down plays were money, with the pass to Josh Doctson and the Rob Kelley TD run. I guess it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

Height made Hail Mary scary—The Redskins had plenty of bodies in the end zone on the last play of the game for the Seahawks’ Hail Mary. But the pass was uncomfortably close to being completed because Seattle had a tremendous height advantage. The Redskins’ defensive backs were DeAngelo Hall, D.J. Swearinger, Deshazor Everett, Bashaud Breeland, Josh Norman, and Kendall Fuller. Linebacker Zach Brown also was back to defend. Brown is the tallest of the bunch at 6-1. The DBs are all listed between 5-10 and 6-0. Among those trying to catch the pass for Seattle were the 6-6 Tanner McEvoy and Jimmy Graham, who is 6-7. If I’m Greg Manusky I ask if I can borrow the 6-2 Josh Doctson and 6-4 Terrelle Pryor to line up in the end zone and give the DBs a hand in these situations.  

Norman’s determined tackle—With all that went on in the last three minutes, Josh Norman’s third-down stop midway through the fourth quarter faded in significance. But it shouldn’t be forgotten. It was third and one at the Seattle 41 and Rawls headed up the middle. But Stacy McGee and Swearinger forced him outside and towards Norman on the edge. Rawls tried to stiff arm the cornerback but Norman was having none of it. He grabbed the arm that Rawls was trying to use to fend him off and dragged him down with it. In other words, Rawls was trying to use his arm as a weapon and Norman used it against him. A good, determined play by Norman that got the ball back for his team.

Two minute rallies—After the game, I did some quick research and I came up with this:

Many of the replies I got were like this one:

Is the fact that the team has been unable to complete such a drive really a black mark on the franchise? Here are the numbers, you can decide for yourself. The database with detailed information on drives at Pro Football Reference goes back to 1999 and in 18 and a half years there have been 72 game-winning touchdown drives that started with less than two minutes left. That’s an average of a little less than four per year. The Redskins became the 29th team to get such a drive since 1999, joining nine other teams with one such drive. The Giants have the most with six. Washington has been on the losing end of such drives four times, most recently last year against the Lions.

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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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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, defense

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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, defense

During training camp, it’s natural for the media coverage to gravitate towards the long shots and underdogs and the backups fighting to hang on to a roster spot. The starters go out and do their thing and those players doing their thing isn’t news. 

With that in mind, here is a one-liner review of how each anticipated starter fared in training camp. We started with the offense yesterday, the defense is up today. 

DE Jonathan Allen—On the first day of camp, he said that he wants the defense to be “badass” and he has done his part throughout camp. 

NT Daron Payne—After recovering from an ankle injury ahead of schedule he went out and started tossing around some Redskins offensive linemen and then did the same to Jets O-linemen when they came to town. 

DE Matt Ioannidis—He first battled turf toe and then he suffered ankle and knee injuries, so he is still working his way back to being 100 percent. 

OLB Preston Smith—He has been impressive although it must be noted that for most 11 on 11 snaps he has been working against rookie left tackle Geron Christian, not the rehabbing Trent Williams. 

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—He turns 30 today and he looks as good as ever. 

ILB Zach Brown—His pass coverage seems to have improved in his second year in the defense, although it must be noted that as camp went on he became familiar with what the offense was running. 

ILB Mason Foster—Like Brown, he needs to get some snaps against different teams after the grind of camp. 

CB Josh Norman—The veteran continues to set the pace as he continued to work on the field well after practice ended nearly every day, often giving pointers to young defensive backs, and then signing autographs for the remaining fans. 

CB Quinton Dunbar—One of his strengths has been his confidence and that will only grow after the release of Orlando Scandrick. 

S Montae Nicholson—The Redskins made some changes to how they use their safeties and the learning curve has had Nicholson struggling in coverage at times. 

S D.J. Swearinger—He has missed several days over the last week or so with an undisclosed injury but his taunting game is in midseason form, as evidenced by his fake punch at Terrelle Pryor. 


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