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Redskins and Bengals' London thriller ends in a tie

Redskins and Bengals' London thriller ends in a tie

LONDON—The Redskins blew numerous opportunities to put away the Bengals in the first half only to fall behind in the third quarter and battle back to retake the lead. The game went back and forth into the first-ever overtime game in the London series. Dustin Hopkins missed a 34-yarder that would have won the game and as it turned out both teams traveled over 3,000 miles just to settle for a 27-27 tie.

The win left the Redskins’ record to 4-3-1. They will have a bye week before taking on the Vikings at FedEx Field on November 13.

Kirk Cousins had an excellent day, completing 38 of 56 passes for 458 yards. He passed for two second-half touchdowns.

Andy Dalton was very efficient and A.J. Green got the best of his battle with Josh Norman, catching 9 passes for 121 yards.

Trailing 27-24 the Redskins got the ball back with 3:15 to go, needing a field goal to tie or a touchdown to win. They got into Bengals territory on a 17-yard pass to Ryan Grant. On third and 13, Cousins just got off a pass to Jamison Crowder, who made a move and picked up 20 yards to the Bengals 22. But the drive stalled there and Hopkins booted the 40-yard field go to tie it up with 1:07 to play. .  

The Bengals had time for a last drive. On third down Su’a Cravens sacked Dalton, forcing a punt. That sent it to overtime.

The Redskins got the ball first in the extra period. They drove into Bengals territory but they had to punt.

That set up a wild overtime period. It looked like the Redskins had it won when they put together a masterful drive but Dustin Hopkins missed a 34-yard field goal attempt with 2:09 left in overtime.

The Bengals fumbled and the Redskins had one more chance. A pass interference call set them back and Cousins Hail Mary on the last play didn’t reach the end zone.  

Injury Updates:

S Will Blackmon left the game in the third quarter with a thumb injury. He did not return.

WR DeSean Jackson left the game in the third quarter with a head contusion. He did not return.

CB Josh Norman left the game to evaluated for a concussion in the third quarter but he returned to the game.

S Duke Ihenacho left the game in overtime to be evaluated for a concussion.

OT Morgan Moses left the game in overtime with an ankle injury.

Scoring drives:  

First quarter           

Kelley 4 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 15 plays, 80 yards, 7:22

Drive summary: The Redskins took the opening kickoff and marched in for a score. They faced third and three and Kick Cousins went short to DeSean Jackson for the conversion. Then passes to Jordan Reed for 12 and a screen to Jamison Crowder got them into Bengals territory. On third and seven at the 23, Cousins threw to Reed short of the sticks but the tight end made a nice cut to pick up the first down at the 11. Two plays later Rob Kelley got his first career rushing TD, powering up the middle for the score.

Redskins 7, Bengals 0 7:38

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Bernard 8 run (Nugent kick)

Drive: 7 plays, 36 yards, 3:47

Drive summary: The Bengals got a jump-start on their first drive when Alex Erickson returned the kickoff 65 yards to the Washington 36. They faced third and seven and Andy Dalton went to Tyler boys for eight. Jeremy Hill got another first down at the 13. Two plays later Gio Bernard went off right tackle and danced and fought his way into the end zone.

Redskins 7, Bengals 7 3:51

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Second quarter

FG Hopkins 20

Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 4:04

Drive summary: The Redskins took advantage of a quick strike to retake the lead. On the first play of the possession Cousins placed a nice pass to Vernon Davis, who had a step on his defender. The tight end hauled in the pass for 44 yards to the Bengals 35. On the next play it was Cousins to Davis again for 15 yards to the 20. On third and six Cousins fired to Jordan Reed for a first down at the eight. But the drive stalled and the Redskins had to settle for the field goal.

Redskins 10, Bengals 7 8:16

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Third quarter

Eifert 15 pass from Dalton (kick failed)

Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 4:18

Drive summary: The Bengals took the second-half kickoff and drove for a score. Andy Dalton got things started with a pass to A.J. Green for 10 yards and then Gio Bernard ran for 12. A few plays later it was third and 10 and Dalton threw a short pass to Green, who eluded a couple of tackles to pick up 11. On the next play, Jeremy Hill went up the middle for 12 for a first down at the 9. Two plays later Dalton hung in as the Redskins threw in corner blitz. He calmly threw to Eifert, who was open in the end zone.

Bengals 13, Redskins 10 10:42

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Dalton 1 run (Nugent kick)

Drive: 10 plays, 64 yards, 3:58

Drive summary: The Bengals got good field position at their own 36 after a punt. They converted consecutive third downs, one on a pass to Eifert and another to Green. The second one got them to the 12 and a run and a penalty set up first and goal at the five. On second down at the one, Dalton faked a handoff and had plenty of room to run into the end zone for the touchdown.

Bengals 20, Redskins 10 5:15

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Reed 23 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 5 plays, 91 yards, 2:18

Drive summary: The Redskins cut into the Bengals’ 10 point lead in a hurry. Cousins went deep to DeSean Jackson for 38 yards to the Cincinnati 45. On the next play, Rob Kelly ran for a couple of yards and 15 more were added on a roughness penalty. Two plays later Cousins went short to Reed, who spun out of a tackle, made a cut, got a block from Jamison Crowder and bolted in for the touchdown.

Bengals 20, Redskins 17 3:02

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Fourth quarter

Crowder 33 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 7 plays, 83 yards, 4:18

Drive summary: On the first play following Will Compton’s interception, Cousins threw a short pass to Pierre Garçon, who broke a tackle a rumbled to the Washington 43 for a gain of 26. On third and one, Cousins executed a sneak for 3 yards and the first down. A few plays later Cousins found Crowder wide open around the 10-yard line The slippery wide receiver eluded a pair of defensive backs and just got the ball over the pylon for the touchdown.

Redskins 24, Bengals 20 9:30

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Hill 1 run (Nugent kick)

Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:36

Drive summary: The Bengals put together a quick drive of their own. On third and four from the 31, Dalton went to Eifert for 22 yards. On the next play Dalton went deep for Green, who made a spectacular catch at the seven. A pass interference call in the end zone set up first and goal at the one. On the next play Jeremy Hill went around left end to give the lead back to the Bengals.

Bengals 27, Redskins 24

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FG Hopkins 40

Drive: 10 plays, 45 yards, 2:08

Drive summary: The Redskins got the ball back with 3:15 to go, needing a field goal to tie or a touchdown to win. They got into Bengals territory on a 17-yard pass to Ryan Grant. On third and 13, Cousins just got off a pass to Jamison Crowder, who made a move and picked up 20 yards to the Bengals 22. But the drive stalled there and Hopkins booted the 40-yard field go to tie it up.  

Redskins 27, Bengals 27 1:07

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Overtime

No scoring

Redskins 27, Bengals 27

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Junkies' call Mel Kiper's stance of the Redskins taking Tua Tagovailoa over Chase Young 'preposterous'

Junkies' call Mel Kiper's stance of the Redskins taking Tua Tagovailoa over Chase Young 'preposterous'

What should the Redskins do with the second pick in the 2020 NFL Draft? 

Some believe Washington has an easy choice and should take Chase Young. Some think they should consider taking Tua Tagovailoa despite drafting Dwayne Haskins a year ago. ESPN's Mel Kiper is a proponent of both.

"You can have all the Chase Young's you want," Kiper said Thursday. "This is a quarterback league all the way.

"If the medical staff clears [Tagovailoa], and the medical staff is going to be key to this," he continued. "If they sign off, you take Tua at No. 2. You don't trade the pick, you don't take Chase Young. And if Haskins turns out to better, than great then we can trade Tua."

This goes against what Kiper said just a month ago. In a mock draft from January 24, Kiper wrote, "If you scanned Washington's depth chart, you probably wouldn't pick out an edge rusher as its top need. It might not even be in the top three. And yet, the Redskins absolutely can't pass on Young -- unless they get bowled over with an offer from a team trading up."

Anyway, The Sports Junkies took time to react to Kiper's comments on their Friday show. Eric Bickel, J.P. Flaim and Jason Bishop had particularly interesting takes on whether the Redskins should consider drafting a quarterback in the first round in back-to-back years.

That's preposterous," Bickel said. "That's the part where it falls apart."

"You can't draft quarterbacks back to back in the first round and have them battle it out," Bishop said. 

"It would be just like what happened in Arizona," Bickel said in response. "They'd have to unload Haskins and get what they could."

The Cardinals did exactly what Kiper is proposing for the Redskins last season when they took Kyler Murray with the first pick despite drafting Josh Rosen in the top-10 the year prior. Arizona, similar to the Redskins this year, hired a new head coach after taking Rosen. 

The Cardinals then traded Rosen to the Dolphins on Day 2 of the draft last year in exchange for a second-round pick (Andy Isabella) and a 2020 fifth-round pick. Murray went on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year and Rosen only made three starts for the Dolphins in 2019. 

The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and if the Redskins believe Tagovailoa gives them a better chance to compete for a Super Bowl than Dwayne Haskins, then they shouldn't worry about taking a quarterback in back-to-back drafts. It's certainly worked out for the Cardinals so far. But there are no certainties in the draft, as Flaim points out. 

"I think [Kiper's] just saying that," Flaim said. "The reality is if you really believe Tua is going to be one of the best quarterbacks in the game. Like, if you're evaluation is Tua's going to be a Russell Wilson, he's going to be an Aaron Rodgers, he's going to be an elite quarterback in the league, and Haskins is just going to be a guy, he could be a starter, then you take Tua. But it's so inexact you have no idea."

Washington's interest in Tagovailoa is unknown at this point, though they will be meeting with him and Joe Burrow prior to the draft. Head coach Ron Rivera did say however, the Redskins are, 'just doing our due diligence,' in meeting with the top two quarterbacks in this year's draft. 

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Report: NFL teams haven't contacted the Redskins about a Trent Williams trade

Report: NFL teams haven't contacted the Redskins about a Trent Williams trade

Trent Williams reportedly made his demands clear. He either wants a new contract or he wants to be traded, according to a report from NFL Network on Thursday. 

As the situation for the disgruntled left tackle continues to play out, the Redskins haven't received any trade inquiries about Williams, according to Sports Illustrated's Michael Silver.

"Has there been any trade interest around the league? So far, no," Silver said on an NFL Network appearance Friday. "Nobody has called Washington saying 'We'd like to talk about coming and getting Trent Williams.' Maybe that'll change."

Following up on earlier reports, Silver acknowledged that there has been a line of communication between Williams and new head coach Ron Rivera after changes to the medical staff — the root cause of the offensive lineman's original rife and distrust with the team. 

Rivera is widely regarded as a coach that players can trust and enjoy playing for. Silver commented on how that may impact Washington's direction with Williams' future.

"I think organizationally the feeling is 'Look, if Trent Williams doesn't feel comfortable with this situation, and doesn't want to be there for Ron Rivera, we're not going to spend a lot of time trying to appease him," Silver said.

After sitting out for the entirety of the 2019 season, Williams has one year remaining on his contract with a salary-cap hit of $14.5 million, none of which is guaranteed.

When Williams signed the deal in 2015, he set an NFL record for the highest-paid offensive tackle in league history. But as value has increased, the seven-time Pro Bowler has slid further down the list of highest-paid tackles, currently ranking eighth in highest average salary, according to Over the Cap.

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