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Redskins Browns 3rd quarter

I trust that Zorn will be able to come up with some halftime adjustments. That last drive wouldn't have been bad had it taken place in the middle of the second quarter. It was well paced and effective, for that time of game. For the time that it actually happened, it took way too much time and the rushed pace killed it.

Zorn seems to be obsessed with getting the ball to Fred Davis. He has two passes thrown his way and a touch on that end around (I'd say it was the "puzzling" end around, but as it is it fits in with a game plan that I can't understand). That's about what anyone besides Portis has.

This is the first scoreless Redskins first half since 1981 when they played the Giants at RFK.

14:08—Another penalty may well abort another drive. After Portis made a nice cutback for 11, Samuels held, setting up first and 20.

13:00—Shaun Alexander's first two carries total nine yards, but it's still third and 11. They need to get this drive jump started.

12:20—And we have the return of the completed third-down pass short of a first down as Campbell goes to Cooley for nine—with zero chance of any YAC—on third and 11. It probably is going to take a turnover for the Redskins to score. Maybe Landry can hold on to a pass.

9:48—A double spin move by Santana gets the Redskins going. He was not doubled and was wide open. Two 360's later, the Redskins were knocking on the door near the Cleveland 25.

9:17—After a couple of Portis runs for a first down, Campbell goes back to Moss, although it's incomplete.

Portis 3 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 7, Browns 0

After a pass to Randle El got the Redskins knocking on the door, Portis powers it in over Randy Thomas. He barely got the ball over the plane, but it's finally seven points. Being penalty free on a drive helps.

Portis is over 100 yards for the fourth game in a row. He could end up with a buck seventy-five if the defense keeps getting the ball back to the offense. He's been the one element on either side of the ball that's been consistently effective. And, yes, the Redskins O-line for getting him running room.

6:08—We had an OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH! moment there as Carlos Rogers laid the wood to Josh Cribbs. Anderson hung him out to dry on a short pass and Rogers popped Cribbs as he stretched out for the ball. A cheer to Rogers and also for Cribbs as, after a couple of minutes, he got up off the field under his own power.

5:16—But the Browns pick up the first down with a 19-yard pass from Anderson to Edwards. That was a big opportunity lose for the Redskins and it gets worse as Lewis rumbles for 22 on the next play.

3:12—We have an Andre Carter sighting as he corrals Anderson as he tries to run up the middle. Still no Jason Taylor sightings, but we're keeping out eyes open.

FG Dawson 36
Redskins 7, Browns 3

The Redskins need to get into a trading seven for three mode. Campbell needs to feed to ball to Moss and make them pay if they play softly with Portis.

1:30—A nice Cartwright kickoff return has the Redskins in Cleveland territory after just three plays. And it's looking like they can ride the #26 train all the way to the end zone.

End of third quarter
Redskins 7, Browns 3




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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

Madden 19 won't be released to the public until August 10, but the player ratings for the top players on each NFL team have been released.

The video reaches the Redskins a little after four minutes in. The top nine players on the Redskins, according to their Madden 19 overall ratings are as follows:

  1. LT Trent Williams, 91
  2. RG Brandon Scherff, 88
  3. FS D.J. Swearinger, 86
  4. MLB Zach Brown, 85
  5. CB Josh Norman, 84
  6. RB Chris Thompson, 83
  7. WR Paul Richardson, 83
  8. QB Alex Smith, 81
  9. WR Jamison Crowder, 81

The list has Washington's two best linemen up top followed by its best skill position players and Zach Brown. Beyond Williams and Sherff, there's some debate to be had. Both Richardson and Crowder can make a serious case to be the team's best receiver. Crowder had 22 more receptions and 86 more yards than Richardson in 2017, but Richardson had six touchdowns to Crowder's three.

Smith is coming off arguably the best season of his career with Kansas City. He put up over 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career, posted career bests in quarterback rating, touchdown passes, interception percentage and completions. His rating as the fifth-best offensive player behind two other skill position players seems off.

These rankings will change throughout the season as more updates become available, but this is what there is to work with right now.


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Redskins schedule preview: Week 15 vs. Jaguars

Redskins schedule preview: Week 15 vs. Jaguars

We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, it’s the game against the Jaguars. 

Week 15 December 16, TIAA Bank Field

2017 Jaguars: 10-6, First in AFC South, lost AFC championship game 

Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 9

Early line: Redskins +8

Key additions: G Andrew Norwell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, WR Donte Moncrief, 

Key losses:WR Allen Hurns, WR Allen Robinson

Biggest questions: 

  • QB Blake Bortles was very inconsistent during the season and there was talk of the team looking for a replacement for him prior to their run in the playoffs. Does he have what it takes to get the team back into serious contention. 
  • The team also got an inconsistent season out of RB Leonard Fournette, the No. 4 pick in the draft. Can he put together the monster season that would justify his draft status and help elevate the Jaguars to elite status. 
  • The Jaguars went from 25thin scoring defense in 2016 to second last year. Will they fall back to the pack this year?

Series history

The Redskins lead the all-time series 5-1. The Jaguars only win against them came in 2002.

Series notables

The first time: September 28, 1997, Jack Kent Cooke Stadium—In the second game ever played at the Redskins’ new stadium, Jacksonville took a 9-0 lead in the second quarter, but then-Jags QB Mark Brunell threw a pair of interceptions that set up two Washington touchdowns and the Redskins won 24-12. Gus Frerotte threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns and Terry Allen gained 122 yards on 36 carries. 

The last time: November 14, 2012, FedEx Field—Jay Gruden got his first win as the Redskins’ head coach in this one. Robert Griffin III went out of this game early with an injury and Kirk Cousins passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his place. It was the defense that dominated this game, racking up 10 sacks, tying the team record set in 1977. Ryan Kerrigan got four of those sacks, tying the team individual record for sacks in a game. The Redskins won 41-10.

The best time: October 1, 2006, FedEx Field—A taught, exciting game came to an explosive end when Santana Moss snared a pass that Mark Brunell perhaps should not have thrown and streaked to the end zone, giving the Redskins a 36-30 overtime win over Jacksonville.

The reason the throw was risky was that two defenders were near Moss as Brunell fired it to the speedy receiver. Somehow both of them missed it. Moss grabbed it, spun around and bolted the rest of the way to complete the 68-yard game winner.

It was Moss’ third touchdown reception of the day. In the first quarter, he caught a long pass from Brunell and executed a nifty spin move near the goal line to complete the 55-yard touchdown play. An eight-yard Moss TD catch early in the third quarter put the Redskins up by 10 but the Jags battled back to tie it with six seconds left. That set up Moss’ overtime heroics. 

The worst time: November 10, 2002, Alltel Stadium—The Redskins came into the game riding a two-game winning streak and at 4-4 they were squarely in playoff contention. A strong running game had been their best asset during their surge to .500 and, with the Jaguars sporting the worst run defense in the NFL, there was every reason to believe that the Redskins would take the land route to another win.

But coach Steve Spurrier had different ideas. "I was dumb enough to think we could throw it up and down the field," Spurrier said. "We ran a little bit here and there. We had a little success there early, and I got away from it too much. The second quarter, I kept thinking at midfield, we could throw the ball from there. But we didn't do it very well. So, looking back, I called a lousy game."

His defense didn’t play very well either. The Redskins scored first but the Jaguars scored 26 unanswered points and came out with a 26-7 win.

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