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Need to Know: Redskins don't care who plays for Giants

Need to Know: Redskins don't care who plays for Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 29, three days before the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Practice 10:45; Jay Gruden, Joe Barry, and Sean McVay press conferences, player availability after practice approx. 12:30

Days until: Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 3; Wild card playoff round starts 9; Division playoff round start 16

Injuries of note:
Injured reserve:
S Whitner (quad)
Out: CB Dunbar (concussion), LB Cravens (upper arm), DE Baker (ankle)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), RB Kelley (knee)
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Nobody cares: To a man, the Redskins say they don’t care if the Giants’ play their starters or not. They are going to prepare the same way and play the same way regardless of if it’s Eli Manning throwing to Odell Beckham or Josh Johnson going to Roger Lewis. “We want to be ready for their entire roster and anybody that could play,” said Kirk Cousins. “I don’t ever want to be surprised.”

Storm has blown through: There isn’t nearly as much hype over the rematch of Beckham and Josh Norman as there was in Week 3. For his part, Norman is happy about that. “The storm has finally settled down,” he said. “Just regular guys in a regular game you get to see on Sunday.” Jay Gruden isn’t planning on having a talk with Norman about staying with his game on Sunday. “He stays focused on his job, his responsibility and I think he’ll do the same thing against Odell and the Giants,” said Gruden.

McAdoo giving away nothing: The Giants coach tried to be very circumspect about who will play.  “The 53-man roster, we’ll activate 46 and we’ll go from there. The starters are going to play,” said McAdoo. “I don’t know any other way to do it.” When asked how much the starters would play, he said, “The game.” The whole game? “The game.” I’m sure you are more than capable of reading between the lines. A rookie head coach is not going to risk letting a key player get injured late in what amounts to an exhibition game for his team.  

Jackson says people say what they want to say: In case you haven’t heard, DeSean Jackson is going to be a free agent and he might want to play for the Eagles. While Jackson said that he is focused on getting the Redskins into the playoffs he did admit that he’s looking forward to being able to test the market. “This is the first time in my career I’ll hit the free-agent market, so I’m definitely intrigued about seeing what’s going to happen and test the market and see what’s going on,” he said. “Who knows what will happen?”

Whitner our, Evans in: Safety Donte Whitner, who started nine games, has been put on injured reserve with a quad injury and the team re-signed Josh Evans to take his roster spot. Nobody was really happy with Whitner’s play but you have to wonder if Evans is much of an upgrade. He was on the roster for three games in October and he played zero snaps on defense.

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It took until late in the third quarter for anyone to score in the Redskins-49ers game

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It took until late in the third quarter for anyone to score in the Redskins-49ers game

Sloppy field conditions on Sunday for a matchup between the Redskins and 49ers made it seem as if offense would be hard to come by at times.

Until the third quarter, offense was hard to come by at all.

Finally, with around five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the scoreless tie was broken with a 28-yard field goal by Robbie Gould of the 49ers.

Gould added another field goal in the fourth to make it 6-0. 

The low-scoring affair has featured a lot of runs, two missed field goals, turnovers and a lot of sliding around on the field.

Just when it seemed like the Redskins were going to put up a score of their own, Adrian Peterson coughed up the football. Because, of course that would happen during a game like this.

If you're thinking that this contest seems to lack points more than usual, you would be correct.

Subject to change based on how the rest of the game plays out, the teams are on pace to enter a small, sad and historic group.

They say the NFL is becoming an offensive league. This game begs to differ.

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Redskins lose to 49ers in a day where the weather was the only real winner

Redskins lose to 49ers in a day where the weather was the only real winner

The Redskins had chances to get an unexpected win Sunday, but the team didn't convert on their opportunities. In the end, the 9-0 loss leaves Washington with a 1-6 record and many more questions than answers. 

The game was played in terrible weather, pouring rain for three hours, and the action resembled the weather. Neither team played particualrly well but the 49ers handled the slop better than the Redskins.

Some things stood out from the action, and it started on defense. 

  1. Maybe it was the weather or maybe it was the effort, but Washington only gave up nine points and no touchdowns. Niners QB Jimmy Garaplo had only 10 passing yards at halftime and was sacked and harassed throughout the game. In the second half, San Francisco started to find some success passing into the middle of the Redskins defense, but largely the group played well. The weather helped too, make no mistake about that.
     
  2. Coming into this game the 49ers had committed seven turnovers in their last three games but had given up no TDs off those turnovers. For the Redskins to win on Sunday they had to convert turnovers into scores. The team got a chance when seldom-used safety Troy Apke grabbed an interception and put the Redskins offense in good field position. Three plays later, however, the Redskins were forced to punt. San Francisco's defense is quite good, and it seems they get particularly motivated after their offense turns the ball over. 
     
  3. The flip side of that equation was a killer Adrian Peterson fumble late in the third quarter. The Redskins had put together an impressive drive and looked positioned to at least tie the game with a field goal if not take the lead with a touchdown. Peterson hit the hole and as he was going down the ball got ripped out of his arms, the 49ers recovered, and Washington's best second-half scoring chance was ruined. That was Peterson's first fumble of the year.
     
  4. It's hard to write enough about the weather, which was the single biggest factor in the outcome of this game. Neither offense had much success, multiple field goals got missed and plenty of people splashed all over the field. There was one play that crushed the Redskins, however, when the 49ers appeared to fumble. The refs called the play off as the umpire wasn't set yet, but the ball was on the ground and the Redskins recovered. Expect to hear more about that.
     

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