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Five things that aren't being talked about enough from the Redskins-Rams game

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Five things that aren't being talked about enough from the Redskins-Rams game

In Sunday's Best Buddies Bowl, Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins came out on top versus Sean McVay and his band of former Redskins coaches.

But while you've read and listened to plenty about Ryan Grant's crunchtime catch and Mason Foster's sketchy but effective medical practices, there are some other storylines that are being overlooked.

Here are five things not being talked about enough from Washington's Week 2's win:

1) The Burgundy and Gold again avoided yellow flags

Have you noticed that the table in your TV room isn't dented as much, or your remote control isn't dinged up like it normally is at this stage of the NFL calendar?

That may be because of the Redskins' improved discipline in 2017, which means you aren't slamming things in frustration as often. Washington was penalized just four times in the Coliseum Sunday, moving their season total up to six through two weeks. Only the Dolphins and Bucs have been flagged fewer times, and they've of course played one less contest than the 'Skins.

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2) Preston Smith answers the call for more production for second straight game

Preston Smith's second sack in 2016 didn't come until Week 10. Thanks to his takedown of Jared Goff on Sunday, Smith has reached that number already in 2017.

The third-year pass rusher is one of the handful of players that, if he shines, can really change the Redskins' fortunes this season. So far, he's wreaking havoc like he should be, and the fact that he's done it two Sundays in a row is particularly exciting because consistency is something he's lacked as a pro thus far.

3) Josh Norman's forced fumble

Probably because it preceded everyone's favorite red zone call — the always reliable fade — Josh Norman's forced fumble is being forgotten about. It shouldn't be.

On LA's first offensive play following Washington's opening TD, Norman jarred the ball loose from Todd Gurley, and Terrell McClain covered it up. And while the subsequent drive ended in a field goal, No. 24's forced turnover gave his offense an extra possession that led to three more points on the board. That's enormous.

4) Montae Nicholson's involvement

Montae Nicholson has flown up the depth chart after being selected in the fourth round this past April, and against the Rams, he appeared on 26 out of 50 snaps on defense. That's after seeing the field only three times on D in Week 1.

Nicholson is aggressive and very gifted physically, but most felt the Redskins grabbed him far too early in the draft. He's making their investment in him look smart, however, and with Su'a Cravens now done for 2017, he'll only be asked to do more.

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5) Some poor examples of tackling by two corners

Not everything was positive in the victory, so not everything in this post can be positive. So let's look at two important misses by Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland.

The two corners, who've both been much better in coverage than they were last season, each whiffed on Gurley in run support, as the running back hurdled them on two separate plays after each went in low and with their heads down. Washington will be facing plenty more talented backs in the coming 14 games, and those backs will continue to expose poor tackling technique.

Breeland, Fuller and others must get better here, instead of half-heartedly trying to take out the opponent's legs.

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Ravens vs. Jaguars in London: Date, time, TV channel, how to watch, online stream

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Ravens vs. Jaguars in London: Date, time, TV channel, how to watch, online stream

The Ravens are looking to go 3-0 this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The only minor difference in this game than from most, they'll be playing 3,628 miles away in London, England.

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The Jaguars are coming off a 37-16 loss at home against the Tennessee Titans. In Week 1 however, they defeated the Houston Texans 29-7.

Quarterback Blake Bortles completed 20 of 34 passes in Sunday's game for 211 yards and a touchdown. Bortles also threw two interceptions.

The Ravens are 2-0 after shutting out the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 and dominating the Cleveland Browns 24-10 at home in Week 2.

One major blow the Ravens took in Sunday's game against the Browns was losing Pro-Bowl guard Marshall Yanda to a season-ending ankle injury.

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To make up for a major loss on offense, the defense will continue to have to prove they are a powerhouse figure in the league.

In the Ravens' first two regular season games, the defense has had eight interceptions and two forced fumbles.

And as far as quarterback Joe Flacco, who was absent from the preseason with a back injury, he's thrown for 338 yards and three touchdowns.

There will be no sleeping in on Sunday morning with kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET. CSN has all the info you need to watch the guys in the U.K..

Week 3 Ravens vs. Jaguars in London game info:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

What: Week 3 NFL's International Series 

When: 9:30 a.m.. ET, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017

Where: Wembley Stadium, London, England

TV Channel: CBS

Live Stream: Yahoo, NFL Game Pass, NFL Mobile

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 

Point Spread: Baltimore, -4

Over/Under: 40.5

Weather: 69 degrees, mostly cloudy with a 10% chance of precipitation

BALTIMORE RAVENS 2017 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1 (Sun, Sept. 10): at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. (W)

Week 2 (Sun, Sept. 17): vs. Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. (W)

Week 3 (Sun, Sept. 24): at Jacksonville Jaguars in London, 9:30 a.m.

Week 4 (Sun, Oct. 1): vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 5 (Sun, Oct. 8): at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.

Week 6 (Sun, Oct. 15): vs Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.

Week 7 (Sun, Oct. 22): at Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m.

Week 8 (Thur, Oct. 26): vs. Miami Dolphins, 8:25 p.m.

Week 9 (Sun, Nov. 5): at Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10 (Sun, Nov. 12): BYE week

Week 11 (Sun, Nov. 19): at Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12 (Mon, Nov. 27): vs. Houston Texans, 8:30 p.m.

Week 13 (Sun, Dec. 3): vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: (Sun, Dec. 10): at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m.

Week 15: (Sun, Dec. 17): at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: (Sat, Dec. 23): vs Indianapolis Colts, 4:30 p.m.

Week 17: (Sun, Dec. 31): vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

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Su'a Cravens officially won't return to the Redskins in 2017

Su'a Cravens officially won't return to the Redskins in 2017

Despite reports that his return was imminent, Jay Gruden said early Monday afternoon he had heard nothing from Su'a Cravens about coming back.

A few hours later, Gruden, and the rest of those who have been following the surprise storyline, got a definitive answer as to how the saga will end: The second-year safety isn't returning Tuesday, or in a few weeks, or at all, actually.

His 2017 season is officially over.

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Here's the Redskins statement on the matter:

Deshazor Everett and Montae Nicholson will be the safeties Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky look to to fill Cravens' spot for the remainder of the year. Cravens is just 22, and was drafted by Washington in 2016.

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