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Cousins, offense shine as Redskins rout Packers in primetime

Cousins, offense shine as Redskins rout Packers in primetime

LANDOVER, MD— The Redskins came needing to break their prime time jinx against a desperate Packers team. They built a lead but every time it looked like they might get comfortable for a change Aaron Rodgers led a Packers scoring drive. But the Redskins held the Packers at arm’s length, got some insurance scores and moved to 6-3-1 with a 42-24 win.

Jay Gruden made some bold coaching decisions, including two two-point conversion tries (both of them failed) and a call to go for it on fourth and one with a five-point lead with six and a half minutes left in the game. This one worked as Kirk Cousins sneaked for two yards and kept the ball in the Redskins’ hands. The drive continued and the Redskins scored a touchdown to take a 22-10 lead.

Cousins had a very strong performance, completing 21 of 30 passes for 375 yards with 3 touchdowns. Robert Kelley had a career-best 137 yards rushing on 24 carries.

The game’s key sequence came in the third quarter. With the Redskins clinging to a 16-10 lead, the Packers drove to get in position for a 36-yard field goal attempt. But Mason Crosby was wide left on his attempt. The Redskins embarked on a 74-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a 44-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Jamison Crowder. That gave the Redskins the breathing room they needed to hang on the rest of the way.

The Redskins have a quick turnaround, playing in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.

Injury Updates:

No injuries reported for Washington

Scoring drives:  

First quarter           

Jackson 12 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 play, 55 yards, 3:52

Drive summary: The Redskins started in good field position after a punt. After Cousins passes to Pierre Garçon and Ryan Grant picked up a first down in Packers territory, the Redskins converted a third and six on a 14-yard pass to Maurice Harris. Three plays later on third and two at the 17 Cousins found DeSean Jackson past the defenders on the left has mark and he hit him for the touchdown.

Redskins 7, Packers 0 2:56

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Second quarter

Nelson 13 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)

Drive: 17 plays, 75 yards, 8:29

Drive summary: The Packers converted their initial third down on the game on a nine-yard pass from Rodgers to Ty Montgomery. That got them jump started on a long and strange TD drive. Passes to Richard Rodgers and Montgomery got them into 20 yards into Redskins territory. The Packers got a gift conversion on fourth and seven with a hands to the face penalty on Washington. They went for it again on fourth down with two to go this time and Rodgers scrambled for seven yards and the first down at the 18.  A tight end screen to Jared Cook led to a first and goal at the six. On third and goal at the three, the Packers got it into the end zone but they were flagged for holding. On third down at the 13, Rodgers went to Jordy Nelson for a score that survived replay review.

Redskins 7, Packers 7 9:27

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FG Crosby 36

Drive: 9 plays 38 yards, 5:22

Drive summary: The Packers got the ball back quickly after their long drive and Rodgers went right to work. On third and three from the Washington 49 he went to Randall Cobb for 15 yards. A few plays later he found Richard Rodgers for 11 yards to the 13. After a holding penalty, Rodgers scrambled for 17 yards to the six. On third and five at the eight, Ryan Kerrigan broke through and sacked Rodgers for a loss back to the 18. Mason Crosby came in and kicked the field goal.

Packers 10, Redskins 7 3:37

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Kelley 10 run (run failed)

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:58

Drive summary: The Redskins answered the Packers 10-point run just before halftime. On third and four at the 31 Cousins went to Jordan Reed, who fought for extra yardage and ended up with 26 to the Packers 23. A few plays later he caught a short pass near the sideline, put a move on the cornerback, and scooted for 18 yards to the 15. Two plays later Rob Kelley went right up the middle for 10 yards and the touchdown. They went for a two-point conversion and Chris Thompson couldn’t get in on a draw play.

Redskins 13, Packers 10 0:39

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Third quarter

FG Hopkins 37

Drive: 9 plays, 53 yards, 5:37

Drive summary: The Redskins’ drive got started when a roughing the passer call turned a fourth and six into a first and 10. Then on third and five at the 49 Cousins threw to Jordan Reed over the middle for 28 yards to the 21. They faced third and four and Cousins was sacked. Hopkins came in and booted the field goal.

Redskins 16, Packers 10 9:23

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Crowder 44 pass from Cousins (run failed)

Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 3:34

Drive summary: The Redskins got the ball after a missed Packers field goal and got moving. Cousins converted a third and four with a nine-yard pass to Chris Thompson. On the next play found DeSean Jackson open for 17 yards into Green Bay territory at the 44. On third and 11, Cousins dropped a perfect pass to Crowder, who grabbed the ball near the 10 and scampered in for the score. They again went for two points and Cousins couldn’t make it in on a keeper.

Redskins 22, Packers 10 2:00

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Fourth quarter

Starks 31 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)

Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:09

Drive summary: This was a quick answering drive for the Packers with two key third down conversions. On third and three at the Green Bay 32, Rodgers lofted a pass to tight end Jared Cook for 29 yards. A few plays later on third and three, Rodgers did a play fake to James Starks and then found him wide open on a short pass. Starks easily rolled 31 yards for the touchdown.

Redskins 22, Packers 14 14:51

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Garçon 70 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:26

Drive summary: The Redskins regained some breathing room very quickly. On the second play of the drive Cousins launched one to Pierre Garçon, who was several steps in the open. He easily hauled in the pass and completed the 70 yard touchdown play.

Redskins 29, Packers 17

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Cook 6 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 82 yards, 4:21

Drive summary: Another big play got the drive started, this one a 47-yard pass from Rodgers to Randall Cobb. He caught a short pass over the middle, broke a tackle, and bolted into Redskins territory. After a nine-yard scramble by Rodgers, James Starks powered for a first down at the 20. A Rodger pass to Cook set up first and goal at the six. On the next play Rodgers went to Jared Cook for the touchdown.

Redskins 29, Packers 24 10:04

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Kelley 1 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 11 plays, 81 yards, 6:10

Drive summary: This one has some scary moments. Jay Gruden decided to go for it on fourth and one at the Redskins’ 41. Cousins got the first down on a QB sneak. A few plays later on third and seven at the Washington 46 Cousins went deep to Jamison Crowder, who was tracked down at the one. On the next play Rob Kelley powered in for the touchdown.

Redskins 35, Packers 24

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Kelley 4 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 2 plays, 72 yards, 0:25

Drive summary: The Redskins were just trying to run out the clock when Rob Kelley bolted for 66 yards to the Green Bay four yard line. On the next play Kelley scored his third rushing touchdown of the day to wrap it up for the Redskins.

Redskins 42, Packers 24 2:26

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Burning Questions: Which Washington Football Team player has a lot riding on 2020?

Burning Questions: Which Washington Football Team player has a lot riding on 2020?

As training camp continues to build, JP Finlay and Pete Hailey will answer burning questions related to the Washington Football Team.

Up next: Which player, outside of Dwayne Haskins, has a lot riding on 2020?

Pete's pick: Sean Davis

Washington's free agency class is crowded with players on one-year deals, which is something Ron Rivera loves.

"A lot of these guys want to come in and say, ‘Hey, give me an opportunity to compete, let me prove myself,'" Rivera told the media a few months ago. "I love that guys are betting on themselves, that they’re going to come in and prove that they belong, that they deserve an extensive contract." 

Sean Davis is one such guy who's betting on himself, and should he win that bet, it'll do a ton for his career as well as for the franchise, too.

First, look at it from Davis' point of view. The ex-Steeler was a useful contributor during his first three years in Pittsburgh, but in 2019, he appeared just once before landing on injured reserve in mid-September. He needs to bounce back to ensure his NFL arrow is pointing upward again.

As for Washington, well, they've been looking for a pair of safeties to rely on for more than a decade now. They're locked in with Landon Collins at one spot, and with Davis being just 26 years old, he looks like an ideal candidate to slide into the other. 

Davis must be healthy, clean up his tackling and handle his coverage duties well, though, for both he and the organization to be happy. If he comes through, expect his next contract to far outweigh the one he's currently on.

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JP's pick: Fabian Moreau

Cornerbacks can make big money if they prove an ability to stay on the field and cover, and fourth-year Washington CB Fabian Moreau has a real opportunity this fall to show he can do both.

A third-round pick in 2017, Moreau came to Washington with plenty of fanfare from his college days at UCLA. Things haven’t really clicked yet, but the 2020 season presents a chance to take over a starting outside cornerback spot.

For the past few seasons, Moreau has been overshadowed by Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar, but neither player is in Washington anymore. Moreau has also dealt with injuries. As a rookie, he barely played while working back from a torn pectoral and last year he missed a chunk of time with a hurt ankle. 

BURNING QUESTIONS: WHO WILL BREAK OUT?

Now, in 2020, Moreau needs to show up. 

Washington signed Kendall Fuller this offseason and he will nail down one spot in the secondary while Moreau and Ronald Darby compete to start opposite Fuller. If Moreau can win that job, and then play well on the field after that, he stands to see a major payday next year in free agency.

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Former Washington RB Derrius Guice a free agent after going unclaimed on waivers

Former Washington RB Derrius Guice a free agent after going unclaimed on waivers

Derrius Guice is officially a free agent.

The running back unsurprisingly went unclaimed on waivers after Washington released him on Friday. Guice is now free to sign with any team. 

The 23-year-old was released by Washington on Friday after he was arrested on domestic violence charges. Guice, who had become a fan-favorite during his two-plus years in Washington, has denied all accusations against him, per his attorney. 

Additionally, Guice -- who is usually active on social media -- has deleted both his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

While a healthy Guice would likely be an upgrade to many backfields across the league, it's unclear if any teams will take a chance signing him

Guice's NFL career thus far has been all potential and little production. While he's shined when on the field, the running back has missed 27 of a possible 32 games due to multiple knee injuries since Washington selected him 59th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

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