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Redskins put it all together in dominant win over Saints

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Redskins put it all together in dominant win over Saints

The Redskins finally put it all together and took it to the other team, whipping the Saints 47-14 in front of a delighted crowd at FedEx Field.

The Redskins drove 96 yards for a touchdown on their first possession and did not take their foot off of the gas. Kirk Cousins had a career day, going 20 of 25 for 324 yards and four touchdowns. The NFL’s calculator figures that to be a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

Playing one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL, the Redskins finally got their rushing game back on track, running for 209 yards. That’s 37 more than they had rushed four in their last four games combined.

The Saints tied the game early in the second quarter but the Redskins responded immediately. Matt Jones took a screen pass and rumbled 78 yards for a touchdown that put the Redskins ahead to stay.

The win improved the Redskins’ record to 4-5 with a trip to Carolina to play the Panthers on tap next Sunday.

Key Play: The Saints were threatening to make a game of it with their initial possession of the third quarter. Trailing 27-14, they drove to a third and one at the Redskins 31. After Tim Hightower was stopped for no gain, Sean Payton kept his offense on the field. But C. J. Spiller was stonewalled for no gain and the Redskins took over on downs. The Redskins drove for a field goal and the rout was back underway.

Injury Update:

Alfred Morris left the game with a rib injury in the second quarter. He returned to the game early in the third quarter.

DeSean Jackson left the game to be evaluated for head and neck injuries. He returned to the game in the second half.

Safety Trenton Robinson left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury.

Scoring drives:

First quarter

Reed 16 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 10 plays, 96 yards, 6:46

Key plays: The Redskins started off in the hole after a penalty on the opening kickoff. But on third and four at the 10, DeSean Jackson made his first big play of the year, catching a perfectly-thrown pass from Kirk Cousins that was good for 42 yards down the sideline. Then Alfred Morris carried for 12 yards. A few plays later on third and one at the 16, Cousins executed a play fake, rolled right, and threw to Jordan Reed just past the line of scrimmage. The tight end had wide open spaces until he got near the goal line. He had to jump at the pylon and got in for the touchdown.

Redskins 7, Saints 0

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Cooks 4 pass from Brees (Forbath kick)

Drive: 5 plays, 83 yards, 2:22

Key plays: On third and two at the Saints 25 a quick toss to Mark Ingram resulted in a 70 yards to the Redskins five after a missed tackle by Dashon Goldson. Two plays later Drew Brees threw to Cooks for the touchdown.

Saints 7, Redskins 7 

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Crowder 11 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:56

Key plays: On third and two at the 28, Matt Jones took a pitch from Cousins, found room on the left side and rumbled for 20 yards to the 48 yard line. A few plays later Cousins threw a short pass to Jones, who got out of traffic, goes for 29 yards to the 11. On the next play, Cousins found Crowder, who held on to the ball after a tough hit, for the score.

Redskins 14, Saints 7

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Second quarter

Cooks 60 pass from Brees (Forbath kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 83 yards, 1:23

Key plays: This was a quick one for the Saints. After runs by Ingram and Cooks, Brees dropped back, stepped up to avoid a rush from Ryan Kerrigan, and launched to a wide open Cooks for the TD.

Redskins 14, Saints 14

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Jones 78 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, 52 seconds

Key plays: The Redskins responded quickly. On their second play, Cousins threw a screen to the right to Jones. He almost got tripped up by a defender, got his feet under him, and rumbled the distance for the score.

Redskins 21, Saints 14

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Hopkins FG 35

Drive: 7 plays, 67 yards, 3:54

Key plays: Cousins got it started with a short pass to Jones that was good for 21 yards. On the very next play, Chris Thompson took a handoff and found enough room to gain 38 yards up the left sideline. A defensive holding penalty saved the drive, negating a Saints interception. On third and three from the seven Cousins was sacked and Hopkins came in to kick the field goal.

Redskins 24, Saints 14

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FG Hopkins 23

Drive: 8 plays, 64 yards, 1:42

Key plays: The Redskins got things going after a defensive holding call led to a third-down conversion. Then a pass to Thompson was good for 23 yards. A sack set the Redskins back but Cousins found Crowder for 31 yards. Thompson scampered down to the five but only four second remained so they settled for the field goal.

Redskins 27, Saints 14

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Third quarter

FG Hopkins 40

Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 4:15

Key plays: The Redskins took possession after they stonewalled C.J. Spiller for no gain on fourth and one. On the next play, Alfred Morris ran for 28 yards. Then on third and one from New Orleans 32, Jones went up the middle and got the first down on second effort. But Cousins threw incomplete under pressure on third down and Hopkins came in for the field goal.

Redskins 30, Saints 14

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Reed 8 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 6 plays, 44 yards, 3:10

Key plays: The Redskins took possession in Saints territory at the 44 after a short punt. They picked up 14 yards on back-to-back plays, the first one a Morris run, the second a Cousins pass to Derek Carrier. A few plays later on third and four from the eight, Cousins found Reed over the middle and the tight end extended the ball over the goal line for the score.

Redskins 37, Saints 14

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Fourth quarter

Goldson interception return 35 (Hopkins kick)

Drive: --

Key plays: On third and eight, Drew Brees threw to Marques Colson. The ball bounced out of the receiver’s hands and to Dashon Goldson. The safety had smooth sailing to the end zone.

Redskins 44, Saints 14

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FG Hopkins 22

Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards, 3:49

Key plays: The Redskins had a very short field to work with after they over on downs at the Saints 22. Matt Jones ran for nine yards and a first down at the 11. After three more Jones runs got to the three, Hopkins came in for the kick.

Redskins 47, Saints 14

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Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

For most college players, being a part of the NFL Draft experience is a dream come true, but for Derrius Guice, it was becoming a nightmare. Originally projected as a first round pick, Guice saw his name falling fast on draft boards due to questions raised about his maturity and high-maintenance personality.

Two months removed from the Redskins selecting him 59th overall, Guice has erased any doubt regarding his character. Whether it be taking fans out to the movies, shooting the breeze while signing autographs, or even the occasional leap frog over two practice barrels and a trainer, Guice has ingrained himself as a Redskins fan favorite. He's done a great job at making himself popular, now he's focused on making change for others. 

On June 20th, a day before his birthday, Guice announced he would be running a fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins center, a cancer foundation in his hometown of Baton Rouge. Inspired by his best friend's mother who "rang that bell,"—an indication that a patient has beaten cancer—Guice wants to help others do the same. 

Guice has utilized his newfound popularity to entice other peope to donate. If you donate $5, you can play him in Fortnite. For $50, you guys can go bowling together. Anyone willing to donate $100 or more will be entered in a raffle for tickets to the Redskins Monday Night Football game against the Saints. 

If Guice can match his off the field popularity with on the field production, he'll be in contention for Rookie of the Year. Anyone interested in donating can click here

 

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

Timeline 

Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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