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Redskins Rewind: More disciplined in Dallas

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Redskins Rewind: More disciplined in Dallas

On Wednesday, we broke down a few key storylines ahead of the Redskins’ Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Cowboys. Today, we’re glancing back at how they unfolded at Cowboys Stadium: 

1—London Fletcher’s availability and impact. The 37-year-old linebacker extended his consecutive games streak to 235 games, despite a sprained left ankle he suffered only five days earlier. 

Fletcher played in 57 of the Redskins’ 76 snaps on defense before leaving the game in the fourth quarter after aggravating the same ankle. He missed the final two Cowboys' series. But before leaving the game, Fletcher made four tackles and milestone interception in the third quarter. His pick off halted a Cowboys’ drive, preserved the Redskins’ 28-6 edge and made Fletcher only the third active player to post 20 interception and 30 sacks. (Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are the others.)

“I wanted to be able to finish the game,” said Fletcher, who left sporting an immobilizing boot. “It will definitely be good for me to have 11 days before we have to play again.”

He added: “I gave it all I could until it finally gave out on me. I just couldn’t go anymore. I didn’t feel like I could be effective. It would have been selfish to go out there and keep playing.”

Coach Mike Shanahan is expected to provide an update on Fletcher’s condition Monday afternoon.

2—The Redskins entered the game as the NFL’s most penalized team at 8.8 infractions per game. But they were flagged only five times for a total of 41 yards – a week after being assessed 13 penalties for 80 yards against the Eagles.

Against the Cowboys, they were penalized twice in the opening 1:03 (intentional grounding by Robert Griffin III and pass interference on Josh Wilson). The final three infractions were false starts on Aldrick Robinson, Niles Paul and Trent Williams. (An offside call on Barry Cofield was declined in the fourth quarter.)

The Redskins’ penalties per game (8.5) still ranks last, but their total Thursday marked the second fewest number of infractions they incurred this season.

3—In the span of five days, the Redskins ended some streaks no team wants to be associated with. Against the Eagles, they beat a rookie quarterback for the first time in nine games and won after the bye week for the first time in three tries under Mike Shanahan and first time in five games overall.

On Thursday, they beat the Cowboys on Thanksgiving for the first time in seven attempts and won a game on turkey day for only the second time in franchise history.

Some folks believe stats such as these are media-driven drivel. If you’re one of them, you’ve got something else to be thankful for today: You’ll no longer have to read about them.

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NFC East Update: Division race tightens as Redskins stumble, Cowboys surge

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NFC East Update: Division race tightens as Redskins stumble, Cowboys surge

When the sun came up Sunday morning, the Redskins held a two-game lead in the NFC East and looked to have a clear route to a division title. 

By the time the sun went down, a lot changed. 

Washington lost at home in a crazy game to Houston, but big picture, the more important outcome was the broken leg for Alex Smith. The Redskins now turn to backup Colt McCoy, and while the Burgundy and Gold remain in first place, their lead shrunk.

  1. Washington Redskins (6-4, 2-0) - Talk about a roller coaster game. The Redskins got down early to the Texans, trailing 10-0 in the first quarter, but fought all the way back. In the process, the team lost Smith for the season, but McCoy played well when he entered the game. A veteran in Jay Gruden's system, McCoy should be able to step in and run the offense without any hesitation. Will that be enough? What isn't being talked about in Washington: a suddenly slumping run defense. A huge game looms Thursday against Ezekiel Elliott and a surging Cowboys squad. Up next: Nov. 22 @ Dallas, 4 p.m.
  2. Dallas Cowboys (5-5, 2-1) - It seemed like the Cowboys season was over a few weeks ago after a humbling home loss on Monday Night Football to the Titans. Two weeks later, the script has flipped. Dallas won their second straight game on Sunday, holding off a late Atlanta rally and winning the game on a last-second field goal. Elliott went for 201 total yards from scrimmage and the Cowboys young defense continued to make impressive plays. Jerry Jones' team struggles on the road, but at home, the Cowboys are 3-1 this season. Up next: Nov. 22 vs Washington, 4 p.m.
  3. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6, 1-1) - Fans waiting for the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles to get it together might want to stop waiting. Philly got boat raced in New Orleans on Sunday, losing 48-7 and dropping to two games below .500. Carson Wentz threw three INTs in New Orleans and really, while the QB was bad in the Superdome, it's hard to pin the Eagles' woes on any one thing. The offense hasn't been very good, and the defense hasn't either. Sitting just two games back of the 'Skins and one behind Dallas, don't count the Eagles out yet. But don't really count them in either. Up next: Nov. 25th vs New York Giants, 1 p.m.
  4. New York Giants (3-7, 0-3) - Don't look now but the Giants might be the hottest team in the division. Or at least not the coldest team in the division. The Giants won their second game in a row on Sunday, a nail-biting 38-35 victory over Tampa. New York got out to a big lead before the Bucs crept back in it, but powered by four combined TDs between Saquon Barkley and Eli Manning, the Giants did enough. Simple arithmetic suggests the Giants are closer to a Top 5 draft pick than a playoff run, but hey, they haven't been eliminated yet. Crazy things happen in this league. Up next: Nov. 25th @ Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

 

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Don't expect Redskins to call Colin Kaepernick, per report

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Don't expect Redskins to call Colin Kaepernick, per report

After losing Alex Smith for the rest of the season with a broken leg, Colt McCoy will take over as the Redskins starting quarterback. 

In turn, that means the Redskins need a new backup quarterback. Washington does not have another passer on the roster or the practice squad, and with the trade deadline already passed, the 'Skins have to turn to available free agents or other practice squad players. 

There are a number of candidates available for the job, and a few names the Redskins are bringing in for workouts on Monday. 

One name that won't get called: former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. 

From Mike Florio:

Another source tells PFT that team president Bruce Allen previously has made clear within the organization his position that Kaepernick won’t be signed by Washington, ever.

Florio explained that the Redskins have not reached out to Kaepernick and will not be reaching out. 

Certainly a capable passer, Kaepernick guided the 49ers to the 2012 Super Bowl and has a career 60 percent completion rate with 72 TDs against 30 INTs in 58 career starts. 

There is more to the situation, obviously. As a political activist, Kaepernick works to bring light to racial inequality and law enforcement issues across the country, and he famously began to kneel while the national anthem was played before NFL games. He hasn't played in the NFL since 2016. 

Kaepernick has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, alleging that the league is colluding against him playing due to his activism.

There are some ties to Kaepernick with the Redskins. 

To start, Kaepernick played with Smith in San Francisco, before replacing him as the starting QB in 2012. Additionally, Redskins QB coach Kevin O'Connell worked on that Niners staff. 

Regardless, per the report, don't expect Kaepernick to get considered in Washington.

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