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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are under pressure against the Giants

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are under pressure against the Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, September 24, one day before the Washington Redskins visit the New York Giants.

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Today's schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park before departing for New York; no media availability

Days until: Browns @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Ravens 15; Eagles @ Redskins 23

Five Redskins who will the under pressure on Sunday

QB Kirk Cousins—He’s on this list every week in Sharpie until he comes through in the red zone and on third down. A lot of other aspects of this team need to improve for them to become a consistent winner but the list starts with the $20 million man.

RB Matt Jones—I get the feeling that the Redskins coaches may overcompensate for their lack of run play calls in the first two games. That would mean a heavy workload for Jones. He will need to remain effective (4.3 yards/carry) and continue to hold on to the ball.

CB Josh Norman—It looks like he will end up on Odell Beckham Jr. the vast majority of the snaps. Fans who wanted this matchup to happen may regret getting what they asked for. Last year Beckham caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers and he beat Norman a few other times but Eli Manning either didn’t see him or didn’t have time to get the ball to him. Norman has been playing well but if he is going to demonstrate that he is indeed the best cornerback on the planet it’s time for him to start proving it.

S David Bruton—Bruton has had the whole litany of problems this year—missed tackles, bad angles, wrong place at the wrong time. He has Duke Ihenacho waiting in the wings and if he doesn’t pull it together soon Bruton could find himself watching while Ihenacho plays.

CB Dashaun Phillips—With the return of Victor Cruz, the Giants line up with three quality receivers on most plays. If Phillips doesn’t play well he will be exposed by Beckham, Cruz, or rookie Sterling Shepard. Quinton Dunbar did pretty well matched up with Beckham at FedEx Field last November and he could come in to replace Phillips.

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Redskins OC Matt Cavanaugh takes you inside Vernon Davis' touchdown against the Panthers

Redskins OC Matt Cavanaugh takes you inside Vernon Davis' touchdown against the Panthers

With NFL RedZone, All-22 footage and GamePass, it’s literally never been easier to access information about your favorite teams and players. Still, nothing can quite beat the actual players and coaches, especially those who drew up those plays in the first place.

Redskins offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh was happy to share some insight on the touchdown pass Alex Smith threw to Vernon Davis to kick off the scoring against the Panthers in Week 6. 

The Redskins took over possession after a Carolina turnover, and the offense was ready to strike quickly. Smith found Davis wide open in the end zone and connected with his longtime tight end to give the ‘Skins an early 7-0 lead.

Interestingly, as Cavanaugh points out, the play was designed to clear out space for the team’s top tight end, Jordan Reed. Instead, the Panthers safety rolled towards Reed, who is generally seen as the more likely receiving threat. You can see in the video of the play that Smith does look towards Reed first, and then noticed the rolling safety leaving Davis wide open down the seam.

Cavanaugh also emphasizes how vital it is for the offense to be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

“When we’re not on the field and the defense creates a turnover and all of a sudden we’re back out there, we gotta be ready to score, particularly when we get the ball in that great field position. It’s huge, it obviously set the tone for the rest of the game for us.”

A one play, 22-yard drive certainly does show off an offensive unit ready to score quickly and without the benefit of a long possession to get into rhythm.

Hopefully Cavanaugh doesn’t give away too many of his X’s and O’s secrets, but it’s always fascinating to experience a behind-the-scenes look at important plays. It’s even more fun when those plays are of Redskins touchdowns, and it’s the most fun when those plays are of Redskins touchdowns that come in Redskins victories.

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'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

Zach Brown is a fearless player. Turns out, Zach Brown's dad is pretty fearless, too.

That first statement is one you can confirm by watching the Redskins linebacker play each time he takes the field, often times hurt.

The second statement, on the other hand, was confirmed earlier this week in an interview between Brown and JP Finlay about the Washington-Dallas rivalry.

"It got under our skin, knowing we got swept by them [last year]," the defender told Finlay after a weekday practice. "You just hate to go back home and hear them talk so much trash."

The leader of the brave "them" who actually taunt a 250-pound LB following a loss? Oh, just Brown's father, who's a diehard Cowboys supporter.

"My dad was giving it to me," he said while looking back on the 2017 season. "I said, 'Don't worry about it. Next year's gonna be a different movement.'"

"I'm gonna talk trash at the end of this season," Brown added. "It's a house divided."

Adrian Peterson knows what Brown's talking about. The Texas native even went as far as to break down exactly how his own house is divided.

According to him, 75-percent of his family are all about the Cowboys, 10-percent are looking for him to put up good numbers in a 'Boys victory and the final 15-percent have converted to the burgundy and gold.

Rookie corner Greg Stroman can relate as well. The Virginia kid who'll be making his debut in the series he's very familiar with said his grandma and her relatives fall on both sides of the matchup.

Stroman does have one advantage over Brown and Peterson, though. Unlike the two veterans, he was able to get his entire family's rooting interests in order for Sunday, at least.

"They all bought in now," he said.

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