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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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5 questions facing the Redskins as the Case Keenum/Dwayne Haskins QB battle begins

5 questions facing the Redskins as the Case Keenum/Dwayne Haskins QB battle begins

The Redskins have a quarterback battle. Repeat, the Redskins have a quarterback battle. This is not a drill. It is an open competition. 

When the team gathers in Ashburn on Monday for offseason training activities, it will be the first time that veteran passer Case Keenum and first-round rookie Dwayne Haskins will be on the field at the same time. Incumbent backup QB Colt McCoy should be present as well, but not active as he works back from multiple leg surgeries this offseason. 

The team has plenty of questions for the 2019 season, and the answers will start coming as early as this week. No question is bigger than the signal caller though.

  1. QB Battle - Every major factor in the Redskins organization has been clear that Haskins will get a chance to compete for the starting job. That means every throw between Keenum, the presumed starter after the 'Skins traded for him in February, and the Ohio State rookie will be over analyzed. If McCoy was healthy, he would have a jump start in the competition because he knows head coach Jay Gruden's offense. McCoy isn't healthy though, and that means more reps and work for Keenum and Haskins. This battle will be ongoing throughout the summer, but on Monday with the media present, it will be very interesting to see what player gets more work with the first-team offense.
  2. Who's still hurt - Speaking of the first-team offense, a number of players will be working back from offseason surgery. Will Paul Richardson be out there? Trent Williams? How healthy is Jordan Reed, and what about Derrius Guice? Brandon Scherff? There are a lot  of questions, and some of them will be answered simply by seeing guys run around. Second-year wideouts Cam Sims and Trey Quinn both finished the 2018 season on the injured reserve; will they be ready to go? There are a lot of people to watch out for. 
  3. STARTING DEFENSE (LATIMER VOICE*) - Landon Collins was the prize of free agency, and Monday he will be on the field barking directions at teammates. How will he fit in with Josh Norman, and how does Quinton Dunbar look? When Dunbar went down with a leg nerve injury last season, the Washington defense fell apart. If he is all the way back would be big news for Greg Manusky's defense. There's also Reuben Foster. This will be the first time for the media to see Foster on the field in a Redskins uniform after his controversial acquisition last November. Presumably Foster will answer questions after the OTA session, stay tuned for that.
  4. Camp is over for the rookies - Beyond Haskins, the Redskins have nine other draft picks taking part in OTAs. The rookies went through their own private minicamp last week, but this will be quite different. Rookie minicamp is about letting the new players get acclimated to the new facility and team; OTAs are about real work. Will Montez Sweat take the field with the Redskins first-team defense? What about the two rookie receivers in Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon? There will be hiccups for the rookies, that's inevitable, but now is the time to prove they belong. With all the injuries on the offensive line, Wes Martin has the inside track on a starting job. 
  5. Absent, but not hurt - Never forget that OTAs are voluntary for players, and usually a handful of guys don't show up. That will likely happen tomorrow and some fans might react negatively. Don't be one of them. 

* If you don't get that reference, go watch The Program. 

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How did the Redskins end up as the favorites to be featured on Hard Knocks?

How did the Redskins end up as the favorites to be featured on Hard Knocks?

There's a solid formula to land on the HBO series Hard Knocks, and a rookie quarterback can play a big role. Last year, HBO picked the Cleveland Browns, and much of that was to showcase No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. Three years ago, HBO did the same thing with the Rams and Jared Goff. 

This year, the No. 1 overall pick landed on a team that can't be shown on Hard Knocks, as Kyler Murray will play for new coach Kliff Kingsbury in Arizona. Teams with coaching changes are ineligible for the show, as are teams that made the playoffs the previous season. 

Well, the Redskins didn't make the playoffs last year and didn't make a coaching change. What other QBs were taken in the first round?

The New York Giants took Daniel Jones with the sixth pick, and the Redskins took Dwayne Haskins at 15. 

Hmmm.

For years, the idea of the Redskins on Hard Knocks seemed far fetched. Team president Bruce Allen is not particularly fond of the media or inside access for television cameras. Allen comes by that honestly, his father Hall of Fame coach George Allen liked to practice in complete secrecy. Like father, like son. And as much as HBO and the NFL can force a team to do Hard Knocks, if the team doesn't want to be a part of it, the access can be very limited. 

So, has that changed? Maybe. 

Oddsmakers have established the Redskins as the betting favorite to land on the show, with the Oakland Raiders and the Giants just behind them. Both the 'Skins and Giants have rookie QBs, but the reception around each rookie has been quite different. While generally, Washington fans are very excited about Haskins, the New York crowd seems non-pleased with Jones. 

The NFL rarely does things that upset the Giants, and in an offseason of turmoil for Big Blue, it's hard to see the team wanting the increased scrutiny of the documentary show. Between trading Odell Beckham, drafting Jones at six, and a series of odd quotes about Eli Manning's future, New York GM Dave Gettleman has become a national punch line. It seems highly unlikely Giants ownership wants their GM on national television, especially in an unguarded format like Hard Knocks, and usually, when Giants ownership wants something, they get their way. How many cold weather cities have hosted an outdoor Super Bowl again?

There's also the Raiders. 

Jon Gruden would be a star because he already is a star. The team traded for Antonio Brown, who is also a star. The Raiders would make great television.

But wouldn't they rather go on Hard Knocks next season when the team moves to Las Vegas? How glitzy is that? There won't be a coaching change — Gruden is armed with a 10-year contract — and the team should be better as their three first-round draft picks will have a year of experience. The Raiders on Hard Knocks in 2020 seems like a slam dunk. 

The Lions and 49ers are also options, but less appealing. Detroit is a perennial also-ran, and San Francisco lacks sizzle. 

So back to the Redskins. 

The team would be appealing for HBO. Washington has a huge fan base across the country, and the television network is already familiar with the team's Richmond training camp setup. In 2015, HBO chronicled the Houston Texans' training camp, and that included a trip to Richmond for joint practices. Everybody remembers that trip. 

But if the Redskins didn't want Hard Knocks before, why is this time different? Oddsmakers think things have changed, and digging in, maybe they're right.

By all accounts, the 'Skins had an excellent 2019 NFL Draft. They added their quarterback of the future in Haskins, and aggressively traded back into the first round to grab Montez Sweat, a potential beast of a pass rusher. The team also signed Landon Collins this offseason to an $84 million contract, and have pieces in place for a Top 10 defense. Offensively, Adrian Peterson is going into the Hall of Fame and second-year RB Derrius Guice should return from a knee injury to push for carries. 

Maybe, just maybe, the Redskins are willing to let HBO inside their walls because they want to brag a little bit. 

In the weeks after the draft, Allen did appearances on ESPN's First Take along with a host of national radio interviews. Stephen A. Smith interviewing Bruce Allen was wildly unexpected, and it corresponds to a noticeable increase in accessibility with the Redskins front office boss. Allen has conducted more media availabilities this offseason than he had in the previous two years combined. 

For all the talk of dysfunction that gets thrown around at Redskins Park, the reality is quite different. At least on the football side. The team did fire a number of high ranking business executives late last year after employing them for less than a season. That was an ugly scene.

On the field, however, things have been fairly steady for years. The team is aggressively mediocre in the Jay Gruden era, which is more stable than the franchise has been for the last 25 years. And Gruden would be hysterical on Hard Knocks, along with Rob Ryan and Jim Tomsula. 

Maybe going on Hard Knocks will change the perception around the team that owner Dan Snyder calls all the shots. Maybe going on Hard Knocks will get fans excited for the Haskins era, and get those fans to buy tickets. FedEx Field was noticeably empty last year. Maybe none of it happens too. 

Despite being the betting favorite, it is far from certain the Redskins land on Hard Knocks later this summer. But there are reasons to believe maybe this could be the year. 

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