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20 questions in 20 days: 4 Is the defense ready to carry the load?

20 questions in 20 days: 4 Is the defense ready to carry the load?

By Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler
CSNwashington.com20 questions in 20 daysAs we count down to the first game of the Redskins season, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going to be looking at some of the big questions facing the team and attempting to look into their crystal balls and answer them.Question 5:Is the defense ready to carry the load?The background:The preseason focus has been on Robert Griffin III and rightfully so. Although expectations are high for Griffin, he is still a rookie quarterback and it is unreasonable to expect the offense to light up the scoreboard right away. If the Redskins are going to be successful the defense will have to keep the other team out of the end zone and do a better job of taking the ball away than it did last year (21 takeaways, 24thin the league).Tandler:The conventional wisdom is that the front seven, one of the best in the NFL, will have to cover for deficiencies in the secondary. And in this rare case the conventional wisdom is right. Any secondary is vulnerable if the quarterback has all day to throw and it could get ugly if the likes of Eli Manning and Drew Brees have the time to pick apart the shaky back end of Washingtons defense. Brian Orakpo needs to reach his potential as a pass rusher and Ryan Kerrigan and Perry Riley need to take steps forward in their second seasons as starters. But the front seven cant do it all. Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall will need to make plays when they have opportunities and Brandon Meriweather and Madieu Williams have be solid as the last line of defense. It seems to be a tall order.El-Bashir:When the Steelers switched to a 3-4 scheme under Bill Cowher in 1992, their defense jumped from 22nd to 13th to 3rd in the NFL in a span of three seasons. The Redskins made a similar switch two years ago under defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, and last season improved to 13th, up from 31st. But can the Redskins make a Steelers-like leap in 2012? The players are familiar enough. But are they talented enough? The concern is a secondary that recently lost hard-hitting safety Tanard Jackson to suspension. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall needs to bounce back from a subpar 2011 season, while his counterpart, Josh Wilson, needs to find consistency. Safeties Brandon Meriweather and Madieu Williams, meantime, need to be better than they were in the preseason. A unit, after all, is only a strong as its weakest link.20 questions in 20 days20 Aug.20Will Jammal Brown play this year?
19 Aug.21Will Chris Cooley make the team?
18 Aug. 22Can Brandon Meriweather get he job done at safety?
17 Aug. 23Is Garon a No. 1 receiver?
16 Aug. 24Can Trent Williams go from good to great?
15 Aug. 25Can DeAngelo Hall be a defensive playmaker?
14 Aug. 26Can Santana Moss regain his old form?
13 Aug. 27Can Orakpo post 15 sacks?
12 Aug. 28Will Leonard Hankerson break out?
11 Aug. 29Can the Redskins flip their turnover ratio?
10 Aug. 30How much can Hightower contribute this year?
9 Aug. 31Was making Billy Cundiff the kicker a good move?
8 Sept. 1Will Josh Morgan be worth the investment?
7 Sept. 2What can Jarvis Jenkins contribute?
6 Sept 3Is the offensive line depth good enough?
5 YesterdayWill a running back by committee work?
4 TodayIs the defense ready to carry the load?
3 TomorrowHow many wins is enough?
2 FridayHow much should RG3 run?
1 SaturdayCan RG3 . . . ?

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Redskins vs. Bengals: London game time, TV channel, how to watch

Redskins vs. Bengals: London game time, TV channel, how to watch

The Redskins and Bengals are headed across the pond for a pivotal Week 8 game in London, England.

The Redskins (4-3), saw their four-game win streak snapped in Week 7 thanks to a heartbreaking 20-17 loss to the Lions. The Bengals (3-4) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 31-17 win over the Browns in Week 7.

With the game taking place in London, the start time is going to be different than your typical Sunday. Much different. 

The NFL International Series Game between the Redskins and Bengals takes place at the world-famous Wembley Stadium, the host venue for the FA Cup and English National Soccer Team. The Week 8 game in London will be the Redskins's second regular season international game, having played the Buffalo Bills in Toronto on Oct. 30, 201l.

The Redskins have played overseas twice, both games coming in the preseason. They played at Wembley Stadium during the 1992 preseason and in Osaka Japan during the 2002 preseason.

When does time does the Redskins-Bengals game in London start? How can I watch the Redskins-Bengals game? CSN Mid-Atlantic has those questions (and more) covered.


Week 8 Redskins vs. Bengals game information:

Who: Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals

What: Week 8 of the 2016 NFL Season (NFL International Series Game)

Where: Wembley Stadium. London, England

When: 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, October 30

TV Channel: FOX

TV Announcers: Kenny Albert (Play-by-Play), John Lynch (Color), Pam Oliver (Sidelines)

How to Watch: Redskins Kickoff begins at 8:30 a.m. ET on CSN Mid-Atlantic (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: NFL GamePass

Radio: ESPN 980, Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Bengals -2.5

Over/Under: 45.5



Week 1 (Mon. 9/12): 16-38 loss, Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

Week 2 (Sun. 9/18): 27-23 loss, Dallas Cowboys (0-2)

Week 3 (Sun. 9/25): 29-27 win, New York Giants (1-2)

Week 4 (Sun. 10/2): 31-20 win, Cleveland Browns, (2-2)

Week 5 (Sun. 10/9): 16-10 win, Baltimore Ravens, (3-2)

Week 6 (Sun. 10/16): 27-20 win, Philadelphia Eagles (4-2)

Week 7 (Sun. 10/23): 17-20 loss, Detroit Lions (4-3)

Week 8 (Sun. 10/30): vs. Cincinnati Bengals,  9:30 a.m. ET in London — FOX

Week 9 (Sun. 11/6): BYE WEEK

Week 10 (Sun. 11/13): vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 11 (Sun. 11/20): vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. — NBC

Week 12 (Thurs. 11/24): at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. — FOX

Week 13 (Sun. 12/4): at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. — FOX

Week 14 (Sun. 12/11): at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 15 (Mon. 12/19): vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 p.m. — ESPN

Week 16 (Sat. 12/24): at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 17 (Sun. 1/1): vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

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NFC East: Admitted domestic abuser Josh Brown released by Giants

NFC East: Admitted domestic abuser Josh Brown released by Giants

Kicker Josh Brown was released by the New York Giants on Tuesday afternoon, the team announced.

Brown, a 2015 Pro-Bowler, did not make the trip to London for the Giants' 17-10 win over the Rams in Week 7 after new information regarding his domestic abuse history was brought to light.

Brown had admitted in the past to abusing his then-wife Molly Brown.

After new information from the King County (WA) police department was made public, the Giants decided to leave him in the states, eventually putting him on the Commissioner's Exempt List.


Prior to the team's release of him on Tuesday afternoon, Brown issued a public statement in which he stated he had never struck his wife, via ESPN's Adam Schefter.

I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way. I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down.

As Brown correctly points out, domestic violence is not limited to strikes. He had admitted in the past to putting his hands on his wife, an action that he repeated on more than one occasion.

The Giants and the NFL had come under great scrutiny for the way the situation was handled.

In advance of their trip to London, several Giants players offered their support to Brown, and team owner John Mara stated last Thursday that Brown had "certainly admitted" to domestic violence, but "what’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”

With the way the NFL handled Ray Rice's highly publicized domestic violence case, the league and commissioner Roger Goodell were the targets of stern and poignant criticism from fans, the media and former players alike.

Brown's NFL career has spanned 14 seasons, the more recent four with the Giants. He spent the first five years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, before spending four seasons with the St. Louis Rams.