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Need to Know: Redskins on a good streak in win and in games

Need to Know: Redskins on a good streak in win and in games

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 27, five days before the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants.

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Today's schedule: No availability

Days until: Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 5; Wild card playoff round starts 11; Division playoff round start 18

Injuries of note:
S Whitner (quad), C Long (ankle), CB Dunbar (concussion), TE Reed (shoulder), WR Jackson (jaw), RB Kelley (knee), LB Cravens (upper arm)
Gruden Monday injury report

Ramping up for Redskins vs Giants

—Since 1999 the Redskins have had five games where a win would put them in the playoffs in Week 16 or Week 17. They are 5-0 in those games. After the Lions loss last night, the Redskins will get a chance for a sixth-straight win to get in.

—I’ll go into a little more depth about the Giants tomorrow but a couple of things jump out. They are minus-five in turnovers; no other team with a winning record is worse than minus-one. On the season the Giants have committed 27 turnovers, eight in their last three games. A Redskins team that just picked off five passes is going to be looking for errant passes from Eli Manning, who has the third worst interception percentage among qualifying quarterbacks who haven’t been benched.

—The Giants haven’t been able to get much traction in the rushing game, ranking 29th in yards, 30th in average per attempt, and dead last in rushing touchdowns. Eli to wide receivers Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard accounts for just under 40 percent of New York’s offense.

—For a long while this year it looked like no Redskin would go over 1000 yards receiving for the season. Now, two receivers have a very good chance. DeSean Jackson has 971 yards so he is just one Kirk Cousins rifle shot deep down the middle from going over 1000. Pierre Garçon has 945 yards; he has not had fewer than 55 yards in any of his last four games. The Redskins have not had two receivers go over 1000 in the same season since Albert Connell and Michael Westbrook did it in 1999.

—You probably already know this but here are some numbers to back it up. The Redskins are the worst team in the NFL on third and long. On third and 10 yards or more the league converts at a 21.2 percent clip. The Redskins’ opponents have converted at a 35.2 percent rate. The only surprising thing about these stats, via the indispensable Pro Football Reference, is that the Redskins actually do stop teams on third and long nearly 65 percent of the time.

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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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