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Redskins schedule Preview: Week 5 at Saints

Redskins schedule Preview: Week 5 at Saints

We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, the New Orleans Saints. 

Week 4, October 8 (Monday night football), Mercedes Benz Superdome

2017 Saints: 11-5, first in NFC South 

Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 9.5

Early line: Redskins +7.5

Key additions: TE Benjamin Watson, CB Patrick Robinson, DE Marcus Davenport

Key losses:S Rafael Bush, WR Willie Snead

Notable: QB Drew Brees was slated to be a free agent but he re-signed with the Saints; RB Mark Ingram reportedly will be suspended for the first four games, pending appeal. The game against the Redskins is the fifth of the season for New Orleans so Ingram will be eligible.  

Biggest questions: 

  • How will they survive the loss of Ingram if he loses his appeal? Alvin Kamara was terrific as a rookie, but he didn’t have more than 12 carries in a game and he had single digit carries in 11 games.
  • How much will Davenport, who cost the Saints their No. 1 picks this year and next, help a pass rush that was pretty good without him last year (42 sacks, T-seventh in NFL)?
  • Will Father Time ever catch up with Brees, who is 39?

Series history

The Redskins lead the all-time series 17-9; Washington has a 3-2 edge in the last five meetings.

Series notables

The first time: September 24, 1967, Tulane Stadium — Rookie running back Ray McDonald ran for 98 yards and three touchdowns to spur the Redskins to the win. A 40-yard touchdown pass from Sonny Jurgensen to Charley Taylor gave the Redskins a 20-10 halftime, lead and McDonald’s final touchdown run, from 15 yards out, clinched the 30-10 win for Washington.

The last time: November 11, 2017, Mercedes Benz Superdome — You really don’t want the details on this debacle, do you? If you’re into that sort of thing, here’s my account I wrote as the game unfolded

The best time: September 9, 2012, Superdome — Nobody knew quite what to expect out of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III as he made his NFL debut. The answer came late in the first quarter when he found Pierre Garçon on a slant for 88 yards and a touchdown. The rookie was simply spectacular. That could apply both to Griffin, who complete 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and two TDs, and running back Alfred Morris, who rolled for 96 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns. It all added up to a 40-32 Redskins win. 

The worst time: See “The last time” above.

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Three up, three down
- The draft: Grading the Redskins' draft
- The future: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- The buzz: Redskins part ways with long-time executive

Redskins schedule series

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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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. 


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS and on Instagram @RichTandler