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Add third downs to list of Redskins' problems on Sunday

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Add third downs to list of Redskins' problems on Sunday

Among many issues the Redskins had against the Jets was the recurrence of a problem that they had all of last year. They converted just five of 15 third down situations, a 33 percent success rate. That is down there with the 31 percent conversion rate they had in 2014, which was 30th in the NFL.

What made yesterday so frustrating for the Redskins was that they failed on many makeable third down situations. They had five situations where they had between one and five yards to go for the first down and couldn’t get it done. Only once were they behind the sticks with more than 10 yards to go.

One situation embodied the Redskins situation yesterday. Late in the first quarter with the game tied at 7-7, they had the ball at their own 46 with a second and two. First Cousins threw too high for a wide-open Pierre Garçon. On third down it looked like he had Chris Thompson open on the right but again the pass was too high and Thompson was injured trying to make a leaping catch before landing flat on his back on the MetLife Stadium field turf.

Two tries to get two yards to keep a promising drive alive and they couldn’t do it. The fact that neither of the attempts to get the two yards was a run also was telling. Although it was early it was apparent that the Redskins’ running game was not going to get rolling. Alfred Morris had carried four times and gained just six yards.

The Redskins were converting third downs at a 45 percent clip coming into the game so this one was an aberration in 2015. But the Redskins are going to have to be careful that it doesn’t start a trend like their recent inability to run the ball. What was a strength earlier in the season is now quickly becoming an issue. This team is on “code red” as Jay Gruden said and they can’t afford to see their few remaining strong points fade. 

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.

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Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

When you don't hear from someone you wanted to hear from, you typically follow up.

But on Sunday during the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers, Jay Gruden actually didn't follow up with Adrian Peterson about a plan the two first discussed leading up to kickoff.

Everyone associated with burgundy and gold should be OK with that, however, after seeing how things played out.

During his weekly, exclusive interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, Gruden explained how Peterson's injury situation almost prevented the running back from posting his crucial 17-carry, 97-yard stat line. 

"I talked to him before the game, had a sit-down with him," the head coach said. "I told him I was probably only gonna use him on short-yardage and goal line if that, you know? Because I want him to heal, we have a long season ahead of us." 

Heading into Week 6, Peterson was dealing with shoulder, ankle and knee issues. Plus, he's 33 years old at a position where that number is way more common on a player's jersey than in his bio under "age."

So, Gruden's concern made some sense, especially considering how necessary a productive Peterson has been to the 'Skins' success in 2018. Problem is, the two never connected again, so the coach's pitch count was never executed.

"He says, 'Oh, just let me go early, I'll let you know how I'm doing,'" Gruden recalled. "We let him go early and I never heard from him so I just kept him in there. He played great. He's a pro, he's a stud."

For those of you now wondering if this means you should start ignoring emails from your boss or not text your buddy back and still expect success, let's not get too carried away here. In this instance, a lack of communication worked for the future Hall of Famer, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.

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