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Redskins starters look sharp, continue momentum in win over Cowboys

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Redskins starters look sharp, continue momentum in win over Cowboys

DALLAS— The game didn’t mean anything in the standings but the Redskins wanted to come out of it with a win to post a winning record on the season. They accomplished that goal with a 34-23 win over the Cowboys.

They also wanted to keep their players healthy and they didn’t quite accomplish that. Safety Kyshoen Jarrett left the game with a possible concussion and reserve cornerback Dashaun Phillips was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital after suffering a neck injury in the second quarter.

They did keep their front-line players healthy. Kirk Cousins played until the middle of the second quarter and had another outstanding day. He completed 12 of 15 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns, posting a passer rating of 155.1.

In the process Cousins broke some Redskins records including most yards passing in a season. He broke the record set in 1986 by Jay Schroeder

A variety of receivers played well for the Redskins. Jordan Reed had four catches for 45 yards, Jamison Crowder had five for 109 and a touchdown and Pierre Garçon hauled in three for 49 and a touchdown.

The Redskins will host a playoff game next weekend. It will be against either the Vikings, Packers, or Seahawks, pending the results of games later this afternoon and tonight.

Key Play: The Redskins were up 7-0 in the first quarter when Kellen Moore threw a pass that inside linebacker picked off for his first career interception. He returned it to the Dallas 43. A few plays later Kirk Cousins threw a beautiful deep ball that Pierre Garçon snatched out of the air for a touchdown to make it 14-0. The Redskins never looked back.

Injury Update:

S Kyshoen Jarrett left the game to be examined for a concussion and a shoulder injury in the first quarter. He did not return.

CB Dashaun Phillips was carted off of the field in the second quarter. He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation of a neck injury.

Scoring drives:

First quarter

Grant 5 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 2 plays, 49 yards, 44 seconds

Key plays: This was a quick one after the Redskins got a punt at the Dallas 49. On the first play, Kirk Cousins threw a little misdirection screen to Jamison Crowder, who picked up blocking and scooted down the right side until he was pushed out of bounds at the five. On the next play Cousins flipped at pass to Ryan Grant, who scooted into the end zone for the score.

Redskins 7, Cowboys 0

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Garçon 39 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 43 yards, 1:32

Key plays: Another quick drive for the Redskins, this one following a Will Compton interception returned to the Dallas 43. After two Alfred Morris runs it was third and six and Cousins stepped up into the pocket and launched downfield to Pierre Garçon, who snatched the ball out of the air and ran into the end zone.

Redskins 14, Cowboys 0

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Crowder 3 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 30 yards, 3:16

Key plays: This was mostly Alfred Morris’ drive which again started in favorable field position at the Dallas 29, the result of a Chris Baker fumble recovery. Morris converted a third and one with a three-yard run and then ran for eight and six yards to set up first and goal at the four. On third down, Cousins found Jamison Crowder open on the left side and fired to him for the touchdown.

Redskins 21, Cowboys 0

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Second quarter

FG Hopkins 27

Drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 4:18

Key plays: This was a longer drive for the Redskins but they got off to a good start on third and three when Kirk Cousins found Jamison Crowder open down the right sideline for 28 yards into Cowboys territory. Then it was Cousins to Reed to get into the red zone. The drive stalled and Hopkins came in to boot the field goal.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 0

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Witten 4 pass from Moore (Bailey kick)

Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:41

Key plays: The Cowboys got on the board with a drive that really got started when up man Jeff Heath took a direct snap from punt formation and fought for two yards up the middle to convert a fourth and one. Then Kellen Moore got going, throwing to James Hannah for 13 yards and then to Terrance Williams for 36 yards to the seven. On second down from the four, Moore threw to Jason Witten just shy of the goal line. The wily veteran poked the ball over the plane for the touchdown.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 7

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Beasley 5 pass from Moore (Bailey kick)

Drive: 86 yards

Key plays: The Cowboys got rolling from their own 14. The big gainers on the drive were Kellen Moore passes of 22 yards to Witten and 24 yards to Brice Butler. After another pass to Witten to set up first and goal at the five, Moore found Cole Beasley in the middle of the end zone for the score.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 14

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Beasley 5 pass from Moore (Bailey kick)

Drive: 7 plays, 86 yards 1:06

Key plays: The Cowboys got rolling from their own 14. The big gainers on the drive were Kellen Moore passes of 22 yards to Witten and 24 yards to Brice Butler. After another pass to Witten to set up first and goal at the five, Moore found Cole Beasley in the middle of the end zone for the score.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 14

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Third quarter

FG Hopkins 32

Drive: 14 plays, 74 yards, 8:41

Key plays: The Redskins got back in control on the scoreboard with a drive that started from their own 11. Alfred Morris got it started with runs and seven and five yards. Chris Thompson picked up a first down with a run of eight yards. After a holding call set them back, Colt McCoy found Jamison Crowder on a screen and the rookie wove for 24 yards to convert a third and 17. Morris ran for gains of of 13 yards for first down at the 33 and then he scooted outside for a gain of 15 to the 18. That set up the Hopkins field goal.

Redskins 27, Cowboys 14

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Fourth quarter

Ross 71 pass from McCoy (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 72 yards, 1:32

Key plays: The Redskins looked to be in bad shape after a holding call. But on third and nine from the 29, Colt McCoy launched a deep pass to Rashad Ross, who was about 15 yards past the nearest defender. He rolled in for the touchdown.

Redskins 34, Cowboys 14

Drive: 7 plays, 86 yards 1:06

Key plays: The Cowboys got rolling from their own 14. The big gainers on the drive were Kellen Moore passes of 22 yards to Witten and 24 yards to Brice Butler. After another pass to Witten to set up first and goal at the five, Moore found Cole Beasley in the middle of the end zone for the score.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 14

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Third quarter

FG Hopkins 32

Drive: 14 plays, 74 yards, 8:41

Key plays: The Redskins got back in control on the scoreboard with a drive that started from their own 11. Alfred Morris got it started with runs and seven and five yards. Chris Thompson picked up a first down with a run of eight yards. After a holding call set them back, Colt McCoy found Jamison Crowder on a screen and the rookie wove for 24 yards to convert a third and 17. Morris ran for gains of of 13 yards for first down at the 33 and then he scooted outside for a gain of 15 to the 18. That set up the Hopkins field goal.

Redskins 27, Cowboys 14

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Fourth quarter

Ross 71 pass from McCoy (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 72 yards, 1:32

Key plays: The Redskins looked to be in bad shape after a holding call. But on third and nine from the 29, Colt McCoy launched a deep pass to Rashad Ross, who was about 15 yards past the nearest defender. He rolled in for the touchdown.

Redskins 34, Cowboys 14

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Safety Morris tackled in the end zone

Drive: --

Key plays: After Will Blackmon picked off a pass at the Redskins one, Morris couldn’t quite get out of the end zone after taking a handoff. The Cowboys got a safety credited to defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

Redskins 34, Cowboys 16

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Beasley 4 pass

Drive: 12 plays, 89 yards, 3:32

Key plays: It was Kellen Moore to Darren McFadden to get this one going as the two twice connected for 17 yards. A few plays later on third and eight at the 29, Moore found Brice Butler for a gain of 22 setting up first and goal at the seven. On third down from there, Moore connected with Cole Beasley in the back of the end zone for the score.

Redskins 34, Cowboys 23

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Expect Redskins to bring back Trey Quinn next week as Jamison Crowder's status remains unclear

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Expect Redskins to bring back Trey Quinn next week as Jamison Crowder's status remains unclear

The Redskins need help at wide receiver, and while head coach Jay Gruden allowed a potential trade might bolster the group, the return of rookie Trey Quinn might do the same. 

Quinn landed on the injured reserve after the season opener in Arizona when he injured his ankle on a punt return. The IR designation means Quinn must miss eight weeks of action but can return after that period. 

"We’ll get Trey Quinn back here pretty soon," Gruden said Monday on the Redskins Talk podcast. 

Quinn could be back as early as Week 9 against Atlanta, and it sounds like Gruden expects to see him then.

A record setter at SMU and the final pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, Quinn's return could immediately help the Redskins at their inside slot receiver position. Jamison Crowder has missed the last two games for Washington, and reports say he could miss a few more weeks. 

Of the trio of injured Redskins skill players, Chris Thompson, Paul Richardson, and Crowder, Gruden said the slot WR has "probably got the furthest to go" before he can return from injury. Last week, Crowder was spotted in the Redskins practice facility riding a scooter and with a boot on his ankle. 

With Crowder out an elongated period of time, Quinn could step right in. Both on the smaller side and more quick than fast, Quinn is best suited to play the inside receiver position and can also return punts.

Asked if Quinn is a natural fit to fill in for Crowder, Gruden replied, "exactly right."

Fellow rookie receiver Cam Sims also landed on the IR after Week 1, but Gruden did not indicate that he would be brought back on the same timeline as Quinn. 

"We’ll probably just take one of them. Right now I think Trey is probably closer to returning than Cam ."

NFL rules stipulate that the team can bring only two players back from the injured reserve over the course of a season. So if the 'Skins bring back Quinn as soon as he is eligible next week, it makes sense for the organization to wait before using their final retrievable IR slot on another wide receiver.

Gruden's comments make two things clear: The organization sees Quinn back on the 53-man roster ASAP, and Crowder's return seems to be a serious question mark. 

Washington also seems likely to have a roster spot for Quinn next week. Special teams ace Jehu Chesson has already been up and down on the Redskins roster twice, and it would be little surprise if Quinn's return means Chesson gets released. Should that happen, Washington might again try to bring Chesson back to their practice squad. 

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As injuries linger at WR, Jay Gruden believes a trade might help Redskins

As injuries linger at WR, Jay Gruden believes a trade might help Redskins

The Dallas Cowboys traded for Amari Cooper on Monday, and with that, alarms go off around the NFL that it's wheeling and dealing season. The trade deadline hits in one week, and for teams looking to bolster their squad before the second half of the year, it's time to see what areas could improve. 

For Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, the injury situation at wide receiver means that his team could use help at the position. 

"We could probably use one more there if we could," Gruden said Monday on the Redskins Talk podcast. 

Asked if there was one area the team could bolster via trade, the coach explained that if wideouts Jamison Crowder or Paul Richardson could come back from injury right away, the Redskins would have no need to trade for another receiver. Unfortunately for the Redskins, neither injury situation is very clear, and some reports show that Crowder could miss a few more weeks working back from an ankle injury. 

"I think if you look at our team right now with the injuries to Crowder and obviously the uncertainty with Richardson you might want to add another receiver, but I like what [Michael] Floyd’s done coming in here," Gruden said. 

Floyd had one catch for 20 yards in the Redskins win on Sunday over the Cowboys, but he's a physical veteran that has the coach excited. Gruden also complimented what Maurice Harris and Brian Quick have done in the absence of Richardson and Crowder.

While the Cowboys struck first in the receiver trade market, more players remain reportedly available, including Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas and Dolphins WR DeVante Parker. 

Thomas is a five-time Pro Bowler in Denver, but at 30 years old and with some trade value, it makes sense for John Elway to consider his market. The Broncos are 3-4 and have an underperforming offense. 

Parker was a first-round pick in 2015 but has not had a 1,000-yard season in Miami. Making matters more complicated, Parker's agent Jimmy Gould called Dolphins head coach Adam Gase "incompetent" to a host of different media outlets. Parker has only been active twice this season though he contends health is not an issue. 

Gruden remains confident that 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson will get going, and he is a similar big target as Thomas and Parker. Should Richardson miss significant time, the Redskins would lack a true speed threat.

There's certainly no clear indication that Washington will make a move before the NFL trade deadline, but as things stand now with injuries, there is a need. Remember, too, the Redskins are long on 2019 draft picks with 10 selections in seven rounds.



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