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Redskins survive late scare to beat Ravens in Battle of the Beltways

Redskins survive late scare to beat Ravens in Battle of the Beltways

BALTIMORE — The Redskins came into M&T Bank stadium and survived a number of scary moments before leaving with a 16-10 win over the Ravens.

Among their miscues were a missed extra point, a Matt Jones fumble deep in their own territory, an early snap that bounced on the ground and a Kirk Cousins interception also deep in Washington territory. But the defense responded, tightened up their rushing defense, got some pressure on Joe Flacco, and held the Ravens to 10 points, a season low in points allowed for Washington. For the third straight game, all wins, the Redskins did not allow a second-half touchdown.

The interception turned out to be the play of the game. The Redskins were clinging to a three-point lead and were pinned back at their own four. Cousins didn’t seem to see linebacker C.J. Moseley, who made a leaping interception at the 13. He got a good return but as he reached to try to put the ball into the end zone he lost the handle. The ball went into the end zone and out of bounds, giving the Redskins possession back at their own 20. From there Washington drove to a field goal to make it 16-10.

But they couldn’t put it away in four possessions and the Ravens had a last chance to win it with a touchdown. Joe Flacco converted a fourth and three with a scramble and they dinked and dunked into Redskins territory. Flacco threw to the end zone for Breshard Perriman for what was initially called a touchdown. However, it was overturned on a replay review.

The Ravens still had a shot. On fourth down at the 21, Flacco’s pass was incomplete and the Redskins went into victory formation.   

Injury Updates:

Josh Norman left the game in the first quarter with an apparent hand injury. He returned in the second quarter.

OT Morgan Moses left in the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. He was ruled not to have a concussion but he did not return to the game.

Scoring drives:  

First quarter            

Gilmore 7 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick)

Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:47

Drive summary: The Ravens moved quickly into Redskins territory, getting a first down on a pass from Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace and then getting a big chunk, 35 yards on a Terrance West run off of the right side of the Washington defense. They then moved to first and goal with another third-down pass to Wallace. On the next play Flacco fired a pass to tight end Crockett Gilmore for the touchdown.

Ravens 7, Redskins 0 10:13        

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Punt return 85 Crowder (kick failed) 

Drive: --

Drive summary: Crowder fielded the 45-yard punt, busted it up the middle, emerged from the crowd, broke a tackle, and took it to the house for the Redskins’ first punt return for a TD since 2008 when Santana Moss did it.

Ravens 7, Redskins 6 4:52          

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Second quarter

FG Tucker 31

Drive: 12 plays, 71 yards, 4:56

Drive summary: The Ravens got a couple of flags to get the drive into Redskins territory. One was a seven-yard pass interference on Duke Ihenacho. The next one was big, 31 yards on a questionable pass interference on Will Compton, a flag that converted a third and 10. Terrance West then ran twice for a total of 15 yards. The drive stalled and Tucker came in for the field goal.

Ravens 10, Redskins 6 14:56     

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Third quarter

Reed 8 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 50 yards, 1:33

Key plays: The Redskins took the lead after getting good field position on a short punt. On the first play from midfield Cousins fired to Jamison Crowder for 23 yards. Two plays later Cousins threw a nice TD pass that reached Pierre Garçon just as he slipped past the cornerback.

Redskins 13, Ravens 10 8:28     

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Hopkins FG 37

Drive: 11 plays, 72 yards, 5:55

Key plays: The Redskins got a huge break to start the drive. Backed deep in their own territory Cousins threw an interception to linebacker C.J. Mosley. But as Moseley was reaching to put the ball in the end zone he fumbled it. It went out of bounds in the end zone returning possession to the Redskins at the 20. Things clicked after that. Matt Jones ran for 12 and Robert Kelly bolted for 16. Cousins then took to the air, going to Garçon for 10 and Jones for 13. On third and four at the 23 Cousins went to Garçon again for six. But the drive stalled and Hopkins came in for the field goal.

Redskins 16, Ravens 10 0:14     

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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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