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14:55—Heyer is starting in place of Wade. No indication that the latter is not in good health, he's active. They must like the way he handled Strahan last week.

14:00—A three passes and out sequence for the Redskins. Kind of sloppy looking.

13:02—A delayed blitz forces and overthrown and Smoot gets the pick. He runs it back all the way to the eight. A false start makes it first and goal at the 13. Cooley time.

12:18—Third and goal at the six now. Look for Cooley still.

11:09—Skins going for it on fourth and goal at the one foot line. 280 pounds of beef up the middle gets into the end zone. Or did it? The Vikings will challenge. It looks like the ball was over the front part of the stripe. I don't think there's enough to overturn, but we'll see.

10:51—I didn't see anything that would conclusively say it wasn't in, but the challenge was upheld.

Richardson tackled in the end zone for a safety, but will they challenge again? He may have been out. If it's upheld, though, the Vikings won't have another challenge the rest of the game, so Childress may keep the flag in his pocket, concede the two points, and punt from the 20. Waiting to make the call here to see if they challenge.

No challenge.

Safety Richardson tackled in end zone
Redskins 2, Vikings 0

9:16—Caldwell makes the catch to convert third and four. The Redskins are spreading out the defense with four wides and trying to out-quick the larger but slower Vikings.

9:00—Collins hasn't been particularly sharp, but he already has half as many completions as he did all of last week.

7:48—Another third-down catch by Caldwell. The Redskins need a TD to make up for the fourth-down failure.

7:24—And Cooley gets it.

Cooley 33 pass from Collins (Suisham kick)
Redskins 9, Vikings 0

You definitely want to play this team from ahead. At this point, the Viking have three offensive plays—a run for two yards, an interception, and a run for a loss and a safety.

7:13—The Redskins lose another fumble at the bottom of a pile. Mix popped it out and it looked like a white jersey had it, but Farwell emerged from the pile with it.

7:06—Andre Carter came from the back side and nailed Peterson at the line.

5:06—Troy Williamson makes the third-down catch, but his momentum carries him inside the line to make and the Vikings have to punt. A sure tackle by Springs keeps Williams short of the needed yardage.

3:42—Collins fumbles the third-down snap and it's a three and out for the Redskins. Vikes should get good field position.

3:02—They do, even with a 10-yard penalty on the return the Vikings start at the Washington 48.

1:13—A false start turns a third and three into a third and eight. I didn't think the home team was supposed to jump. Not the blitz is coming.

0:44—The pressure forces an incompletion as Williamson catches it on the short hop.

0:39—A 53-yard field goal attempt is no good, so now the Skins get good field position at the 43.

End of first quarter
Redskins 9, Vikings 0

13:52—Collins sneaks for a first down on third and a long yard. The home crowd started to come to life there, but now they're sitting on their hands again.

11:40—This time the third and long draw to Betts goes nowhere. Suisham in to try a 51-yard field goal.

11:13—Frost muffs a good snap and the Vikings now take over right about where the Skins took over a few minutes ago. For a brief moment, I thought it was a fake which, of course, would have been shocking.

9:45—A good shot by Godfrey forces a fumble and the Redskins recover around their own 40. Time to take command with a touchdown drive.

8:53—A three and out instead. The Vikings are putting a lot of pressure on Collins and they're trying screens and hot reads and the like to counter it, but it's not working.

8:43—A punt into the end zone for a touchback. Frost has a knack for doing this from near midfield. He'll go all day without a punt over 40 and then he booms a 55-yarder into the end zone on one bounce.

7:54—Jackson hit and Springs gets the interception. Great field position this time at the Minnesota 31. It was Griffin with the hit.

Moss 32 pass from Collins (Suisham kick)
Redskins 16, Vikings 0

Man, that guy has a hell of a set of hands. The coverage wasn't bad, but Santana just took it away from the defender.

This game is far from over, but I'm checking to see how many double-digit deficits the Vikings have overcome to win.

A quick check reveals none, but I could be wrong.

6:12—At this point, Jackson and the Vikings can have those six-yard slants all day, even if they do move the chains. Eventually, the Vikings will make a mistake.

5:11—Peterson now has five carries for four yards. After a Jackson scramble comes up a yard short, the Vikings will punt.

2:44—Third and one for the Redskins at the Washington 43 with the two-minute warning approaching.

2:00—Sellers gets it with power up the middle.

2:00—Portis has just 25 yards rushing on nine carries, but he also has four receptions for 34. Thirteen touches for 59 isn't a bad half, especially since he wasn't supposed to be a factor in the game.

1:06—Collins calmly converts after the Skins find themselves in a first and 15. A screen to Portis picks up 14 and the Redskins burn their first timeout at the Minnesota 42.

0:49—Portis on a draw to the 15. He now has 39 on the ground and 48 receiving.

0:44—Now add 15 passing for #26.

Randle El 15 pass from Portis (pass failed)
Redskins 22, Vikings 0

The Metrodome PA is playing "Start Me Up". A bit late for that, wouldn't you say?

102 yards of total offense for Portis in the first half.

Jackson is the Vikings' leading rusher with two carries for nine yards. He's passed for 50.

Taylor and that Hall of Fame back Adrian Peterson (you mean he's not in yet?) have combined for 12 yards on eight carries.

I could go on detailing the Redskins' domination, but you're watching, you know it. The Redskins will be forced into the playoff conversation.

End of first half
Redskins 22, Vikings 0

(third quarter missing)

14:49—A personal foul against James Thrash, of all people, gets the Vikings to midfield after the punt return.

13:54—Smoot stays home and he makes the stop on a reverse after a gain of two.

12:38—The Vikings are on the move with a first down at the 20. Jackson is just dropping back and firing, the Skins need to get into his face and stop this prevent defense.

10:59—Big third and goal at the six after an incompletion and a loss on a run.

Jackson 6 run (Longwell kick)
Redskins 25, Vikings 14

The odds are still against the Redskins blowing this, but they're going to have to get aggressive both offensively and defensively to hold on.

9:27—False start makes it second and 10 after Collins picks up five on a scramble. As Madden keeps saying, the Redskins have to finish the deal.

8:58—Wow. The Redskins rush a snap after a big completion to Moss and they fumble and lose the ball. Vikings ball near midfield. The Redskins will challenge that there were 12 Vikings on the field on the last snap. Big challenge here. Perhaps someone was trying to get off the field and couldn't. We don't get a replay before the break. If this works, it's a stroke of genius. If not, they lose a challenge and a timeout. It's worth it.

8:58—A sheer stroke of genius. The challenge works and the Skins now have the ball back, first and five.

8:00—A first down by Portis has the Redskins on the move. Wow, what a great challenge.

7:25—Betts just picks up a couple, but there will be well under seven minutes left when the ball is snapped.

6:37—The Vikings have to use their first timeout.

Michaels was saying that it didn't look like Moss' catch before the fumble and challenge would have been upheld had Childress challenged, but it sure looked like he dragged the left foot to me. It's a moot point, though, and the Redskins face third and five.

6:28—Portis right up the gut—that place where nobody is supposed to be able to run against Minny—for a huge first down, perhaps the game clincher.

5:50—He's still throwing as Collins goes to Thrash on a slant for five.

Portis 13 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 32, Vikings 14

Portis runs the Redskins into next week and, possibly, the Vikings into next year.

For all the flak that Gibbs has taken about in-game strategy, that 12-man challenge was a brilliant stroke. Certainly, someone upstairs saw it and got word to Gibbs to throw the flag, but whoever did it was a genius.

2:04—A lame pass interference call bails out the Vikings on fourth down and then Jackson scores.

Jackson 1 run (Longwell kick)
Redskins 32, Vikings 21

The Redskins were playing a bit soft on that drive, but not on the fourth down play as Landry blitzed and nailed Jackson as he released the ball. It was a dead duck, but the flag bailed them out.

2:00—Onside kick attempt coming. The Redskins will know about this one.

1:58—The onside attempt goes out of bounds and you can hear a few fans singing "Hail to the Redskins". I don't think it's the fat lady, but it might as well be.

1:50—The Vikings burn their last timeout. The Redskins will be punting with about a minute left.

Jackson leads the Vikings in both passing and rushing. He has 8 carries for 44 yards. That's seven less than the vaunted duo of Taylor and Hall of Fame back Peterson gained combined.

Final Score
Redskins 32, Vikings 21

Bring on the Cowboys!

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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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