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Cousins and Reed can rewrite the Redskins' record book on Sunday

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Cousins and Reed can rewrite the Redskins' record book on Sunday

When the Redskins face the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon in Dallas, they won’t be able to improve their playoff position. But Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed—the team’s breakout stars on offense—can rewrite the franchise's record book.

Here’s a quick look at the records that could fall at AT&T Stadium:

Cousins

  • With 10 passing yards, he’ll record the third 4,000 yard season in team history (Jay Schroeder had 4,109 in 1986 and Brad Johnson had 4,005 in 1999)
  • With 120 passing yards, he’ll break Schroeder’s record of 4,109 yards in a single season.
  • With 14 attempts, he’ll break Schroeder’s record of 541 attempts in a season (1986).
  • With two rushing touchdowns—don’t laugh; he’s got five—Cousins can tie Robert Griffin III’s record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season (RG3 had seven in 2012).
  • With one touchdown pass, he can become the first Redskins’ quarterback to throw at least one TD pass in all 16 games since the adoption of the 16-game format in 1978.

Reed

  • With one catch, he’ll take sole possession of most receptions by a Redskins tight end in a season. He’s currently tied at 83 with Chris Cooley (2008).
  • With 93 yards, he’ll become the first tight end in team history to post 1,000 receiving yards in a season. (Reed already owns the single season record, that would just put an exclamation point on his year.)
  • With one touchdown catch, he’ll tie the team record for receiving touchdowns in a season. He currently has 11; those with 12 include Hugh Taylor in 1952, Charley Taylor in 1966, Jerry Smith in 1967 and Ricky Sanders in 1988.
  • With two touchdown receptions, Reed will set a new single-season record for touchdown catches with 13.
  • With a pair of touchdown receptions, he would also become the first Redskins player to record three straight games with two touchdown catches.   

Indeed, it’s been quite a regular season for Cousins and Reed, each of whom entered the year with their share of doubters. Critics wondered if Cousins possessed what it took to become a quality starter. They wondered if Reed could stay healthy for long enough to realize his vast potential. As it turns out, both players have already answered their detractors with a resounding, ‘Yes.’ 

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Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the FedEx Field end zones ditched their usual gold trim for some pink instead. As it turns out, burgundy and pink go quite well together.

The reason for the change was to celebrate the Redskins Breast Cancer Awareness game as well as the 20th anniversary of Tanya Snyder's THINK-PINK! campaign.

Mrs. Snyder started the movement two decades ago by passing out 8,000 handmade pink ribbons at the team's stadium meant to remind people that early detection of breast cancer can make a major difference.

Now, her campaign has gone league-wide and is the reason you see so many players wearing pink in October, fans waving pink towels in the stands and other awareness-raising initiatives throughout the NFL.

"Very, very, very proud," Snyder said while handing out ribbons before the Washington-Carolina game. "We're not finished, but we are making a difference with early detection. So I'm beaming." 

For more information on Snyder and the NFL's breast cancer efforts, head to redskins.com/thinkpink. And for more details about the events held at FedEx Field during Week 6, check out the video above.

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Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

If you want to, you can find plenty of things wrong with the Redskins’ 23-17 win over the Panthers. The home team was up 17-0 in the second quarter and yet had to hang on as the Panthers reached the red zone with a chance to win in the last minute. The game got tight because the Redskins continued their second-half scoring problems, putting up just six points. Alex Smith passed for just 153 yards. 

But you can’t poke holes in the fact that the Redskins are 3-2 and in first place in the NFC East. Sure, there is a long way to go. But consider this—a Redskins schedule that looked rough at the beginning of the season doesn’t look quite as tough. In fact, right now the Redskins have a better winning percentage than any team they will play in their remaining 11 games. 

Yes, that’s right. They have six games to play in the division, two each against the Cowboys and Eagles, both now 3-3, and the 1-5 Giants. Their two remaining games against the NFC South are against the 2-3 Bucs and the 2-4 Falcons. The schedule is rounded out with games against three AFC South teams, the Titans, Texans, and Jaguars. All three of those teams are tied atop the division at 3-3. 

Of course, you can’t expect all of these teams to still be wallowing around .500 when they face the Redskins. It looks like the Eagles and Falcons are on the upswing and in today’s NFL any team can get hot at any time. 

And, as the Redskins demonstrated in their Week 2 loss to the Colts, they are capable of losing to a weak team. They still have plenty of issues they have to correct if they plan on maintaining their winning record and staying in contention for the division title. They won’t survive if they continue to have difficulty scoring in the second half (their only second-half TD this season came in garbage time against the Saints). They need to get more sacks from Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith, who have one combined. Plenty of details need to be ironed out. 

But the fact that they are a flawed team doesn’t take away from the fact that they got a quality win over the Panthers. Carolina was 3-1, coming off of an 11-5 playoff season. On top of that, the Redskins had not beaten the Panthers since 2006, a stretch that included an 0-4 record against Cam Newton. They didn’t commit a turnover for the first time this year and they got a season-high three takeaways. Christian McCaffrey came into the game averaging 83 yards per game and left it averaging 70 after picking up 20 yards on eight carries. 

With all of that said, the Redskins still have to overcome their inconsistency. They have won two games in a row just twice since the beginning of the 2017 season. Nobody is going to believe that anything is different about the Redskins until they can string together three or four wins in a row. Until then, skepticism will abound. 

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