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5 observations from Redskins' 42-24 win over Packers

5 observations from Redskins' 42-24 win over Packers

Here are five observations from Redskins 42, Packers 24:

—These Redskins aren’t just tough, they’re talented. Kirk Cousins, their $20 million franchise tagged quarterback is capable tossing deep dimes in on a cold, windy night. Josh Norman, $15 million per year cornerback forced a fumble that let his team seal the game. Two receivers, veteran Pierre Garçon and second-year player Jamison Crowder, caught a few of Cousins deep passes and they each went over 100 yards receiving. Jordan Reed chipped in with some key catches. DeSean Jackson, who hasn’t been heard from much lately, caught a pass for the game’s first touchdown. And Rob Kelley, the undrafted rookie, got his first 100-yard rushing game since high school. Yes, they win by being scrappy but they also win because they have some pretty damn good football players.

—Jay Gruden showed that he has great onio—, well, intestinal fortitude. With the game on the line with just over six minutes left and the Redskins leading by five Gruden decided to go for it on fourth and one at the Washington 41. If they don’t get it, Aaron Rodgers, who had led long Packers touchdown drives on each of his team’s two previous possessions, would have had a short field to work with. Gruden would have opened to door to all manner of criticism. But Cousins got it on a sneak. Three plays later Cousins dropped one of those dimes into Crowder, who was tripped up at the one after a 53-yard gain. Rob Kelley scored on the next play. Gruden said that it was just a half a yard and the he didn’t want to punt into the wind.

—Somehow Garçon has been thought of as the forgotten man on the offense even though he came into the game on pace to catch 75 passes for about 800 yards. But that notion is now exposed as a myth as he hauled in six passes for 116 yards including a 70-yard touchdown. He’s now one reception behind Reed for the team lead and about 45 yards behind team leader Crowder in receiving yards. If he ever really was overlooked he is forgotten no more.

—Kelley keeps on being a difference maker. In three games as the starter he has 321 yards on the ground, a 4.9-yard average per carry, and four touchdowns. Oh, and no fumbles. You keep on thinking that the magic might wear off at some point and early in the game when he was caught for a few negative carries—something he had rarely done even before he became a starter—it looked like it might not be his day. But he recovered from the slow start and clinched the game with a 66-yard run, a gallop that set up his third rushing touchdown of the day. He has a firm grip on the starting job. “It would be tough to get him out of there now,” said Gruden.

—I’m not sure how much of a “jinx” playing in prime time really is for the Redskins. The whole concept reached the point of near absurdity this past week when some younger Redskins players were being asked by the media to analyze the results of games that were played when they were in grade school. I have a feeling that as long as this team continues to improve their record in night games also will get better.

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Browns GM admits trade talks with Redskins' Bruce Allen but 'takes two to tango'

Browns GM admits trade talks with Redskins' Bruce Allen but 'takes two to tango'

As the days inch closer to the NFL Trade Deadline on October 29th, the Redskins still sit with a giant hole on their roster as standout tackle Trent Williams continues his holdout. 

It doesn't have to be that way, but Redskins Team President Bruce Allen has said repeatedly he doesn't intend to trade Williams this year. And judging by the words from Browns GM John Dorsey right, Allen is telling the truth. 

"We’ve had a few conversations,'’ Dorsey said via Cleveland.com. "It takes two to tango."

The indication being Allen rebuffed the conversation, which is similar to what sources said during training camp that at least three AFC teams called to inquire about Williams and were told there was no discussion to be had. Well, the clock is ticking, and as each day passes, it makes less and less sense to have Williams in Washington. Or more accurately, to have Williams under contract with Washington but not actually in Washington.

Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan got asked about the trade talks and said quickly: "I don't know anything about that, so we’ll see about that."

The head coach then added, "You’re always looking to improve your roster by any means. Whether you’re acquiring by trade or acquiring it through free agency or obviously guys off the waiver wire, we’re always looking."

Cleveland is certainly interested in Williams, Dorsey made that clear without naming him. At 2-4, his team is underperforming against expectations, and star second-year QB Baker Mayfield has been sacked 16 times in six games. Dorsey knows he needs to bolster the Browns offensive line. 

"It’s a hard position to acquire, especially at this time of year. We’ll make a million phone calls. We’ll constantly work the phones," Dorsey said. "If nothing happens, we’ll move onto the next project. If we think we can improve the position, we’ll make a move if it’s right for this organization."

Compensation will be key as the Williams situation unfolds. The team will want a lot for the seven-time Pro Bowler and some teams might be unwilling to pay with a first-rounder. Williams is under contract for through 2020, but might want a new deal or more guaranteed money in his current contract. 

The calls will keep coming to Ashburn asking about WIlliams. The question will be if Allen will pick them up. 

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Landon Collins earns NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Landon Collins earns NFC Defensive Player of the Week

The wins just keep piling up in Washington, D.C.

Maybe that's not totally true for the Washington Redskins, but they are certainly moving in the right direction. The NFL announced Wednesday that Redskins safety Landon Collins won the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award after his dominant performance Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Collins did a little bit of everything in the Redskins' 17-16 win over the Dolphins, recording 12 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and two passes defensed. 10 of his tackles were solo and one was for a loss.

He was the only NFC player this week to record a sack, a pass defensed and a forced fumble.

Collins has now won Defensive Player of the Week four times in his career. He received the first three honors while a member of the New York Giants and had not won the award since Week 11 of the 2017 season. Collins is the first Redskin to receive the award since linebacker Keenan Robinson in Week 7 of 2014.

He is enjoying a strong start to his first season with the Redskins, as Collins is tied for third in the NFL and tied for second in the NFC for solo tackles. Collins is tied for seventh in the NFL and sixth in the NFC for combined tackles as well.

With Washington, D.C. in the winning spirit lately, between the Nationals getting to the World Series and the Mystics winning the WNBA Finals, hopefully Collins' and the Redskins' Week 6 performances are signs of more to come.

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