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Alexander sheds weight, adds speed


Alexander sheds weight, adds speed

If special teams standout and backup linebacker Lorenzo Alexander looks faster, well, thats because he is.Alexander, who is transitioning from outside linebacker to the inside, said he shed 20-25 pounds in the offseason so he can keep up better in coverage.I did it because I wanted to be able to run with guys like tight ends Fred Davis and Niles Paul and receivers, I had to be lighter, said Alexander, who is listed at 244 pounds. You lose 25 pounds, probably 40-50 over the last two years, and Im still as strong, so Im keeping that explosion while moving less weight. So of course Im going to be faster.In addition to seeing an increase in his foot speed, Alexander said his body is taking less of a beating from carrying around the excess weight.At the same time, he added, his new weight hasnt hampered him on special teams, where he lines up on each unit with the exception of the field block team. He joked that he dieted his way off that unit.Its not like back in the say when we played Dallas or the Giant and you faced big 330 pound guys trying to hit the wedge, Alexander said, referring to kickoffs. Im just as strong, so I dont think it will be an issue at all.Alexander lost the weight with the help of a dietician and will power.Being disciplined, that was 90 percent of it, he continued. Ive always trained hard but I wasnt really disciplined as far as pushing back from the potatoes and the fried foods. I cut all that stuff out.He does, however, allow himself a cheat meal from time to time.Im an IHOP guy, Alexander said. I love pancakes. I can just go crazy, so I normally have a stack of pancakes, and Im in there just going to work on them.

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Redskins take late lead on Cousins TD, give up late lead on Boldin TD

Redskins take late lead on Cousins TD, give up late lead on Boldin TD

Late in the fourth quarter of their Week 7 game against the Lions, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins used his legs — yes, his legs — to give the team a go-ahead lead.

Trailing 13-10 with just over a minute remaining, Cousins kept the ball on a read-option play and ran 19 yards for the go-ahead score.


But the Redskins gave the Lions too much time to work with.

Matthew Stafford hooked up with former Redskin qide receiver Andre Roberts for a big play, then found Anquan Boldin, who fought his way across the goal line with under 20 seconds left.

With the 20-17 loss, the Redskins' four-game winning streak is snapped.

The team travels to London next week to take on the Bengals.


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Redskins fall to Lions on Stafford's last-minute comeback drive

Redskins fall to Lions on Stafford's last-minute comeback drive


DETROIT— During their four-game winning streak the Redskins were able to survive multiple mistakes along the way, managing to make enough plays to overcome their miscues. It looked like they about to overcome their miscues but the Lions scored in the waning seconds to take a 20-17 win at Ford Field.

The Redskins are now 4-3 and will head to London next week play the Bengals.

Kirk Cousins, returning to his native Michigan for the first time, scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 19-yard planned run with 1:05 left to play. But he wouldn’t leave a hero as Stafford had enough time to move in for the winning score with 16 seconds left to play.

The Redskins’ miscues were many and varied. They lost the ball twice on fumbles. One came when Matt Jones was struggling for extra yardage at the Detroit one. That was recovered by the Lions in the end zone for a touchback. The other came with the Redskins driving in the third quarter. Kirk Cousins fell down as he attempted to hand off to Jones and the Lions recovered the loose ball.

Fumbles weren’t the only problem. The normally reliable Dustin Hopkins bounced a 45-yard field goal attempt off of the top of the right upright. For a while they had problems getting plays in. Josh Norman went out with a concussion.

Trailing 13-3 in the third quarter, the Redskins drove 75 yards to a one-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Rob Kelley.

The defense held and the Redskins got the ball back with 5:20 left to play, needed at least a field goal to tie the game. They got more, Cousins’ touchdown with 1:05 left to play, giving them a 17-13 lead.

But they left the Lions with too much time and Matthew Stafford drove them 75 yards to a touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds left.  

Injury Updates:

G Brandon Scherff left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. It was announced his return was questionable. He returned to the game in the third quarter.

CB Josh Norman left the game in the third quarter to be evaluated for a possible concussion. He was diagnosed with a concussion and he did not return.

CB Bashaud Breeland left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. His return was announced as questionable. He returned to the game on the next series.

Scoring drives:  

First quarter           

No scoring

Second quarter

FG Prated 43

Drive: 10 plays, 55 yards, 5:43

Drive summary: Justin Forsett got the Lions going, with a pass reception for eight yards and then two runs for nine yards each. Then after a penalty set up a second and 20, Stafford flipped a wide receiver screen to Golden Tate, who bolted for 27 yards to the Redskins 33. But on third and one, the Redskins got penetration and dropped Zach Zenner for a loss of one. Matt Prater came in and booted the field goal.

Lions 3, Redskins 0 9:37


FG Hopkins 38

Drive: 10 plays, 51 yards, 3:17

Drive summary: The Redskins finally got on the board on their final drive of the half. After Matt Jones fought for two yards and a first down at the Washington 40, Cousins fired to Jamison Crowder for 16 and then to Davis for nine. A pass to Thomspson on third and three, however, was just short of the sticks. Hopkins came in and booted the field goal on the last play of the first half.

Redskins 3, Lions 3 0:00


Third quarter

Zenner 1 run (Prater kick)

Drive: 7 plays, 86 yards, 2:53

Drive summary: The Lions got a quick drive started when Stafford scrambled for 18 yards and then launched a bomb that Marvin Jones hauled in for 52 yards to the Washington 14. Two plays later Stafford fired to Jones on the sideline, and the receiver made the grab at the one. On second a goal Zenner went up the middle for the touchdown.

Lions 10, Redskins 3  7:20


Fourth quarter

Prater FG 27

Drive: 10 plays, 53 yards, 5:12

Drive summary: The Lions took advantage of yet another Redskins fumble. After taking over at the Detroit 28, a run and a hands to the face penalty gained 15 yards into Redskins territory. Then Stafford threw a shovel pass to Golden Tate, who ran around left end for 22 yards to the 24. Stafford threw a dart to Anquan Boldin over the middle to convert a third down at the Redskins 11. On third and eight at the nine, Stafford scrambled but threw incomplete. Prater came in a booted the short field goal.

Lions 13, Redskins 3 13:10        


Kelley 1 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:50

Drive summary: Down by two scores in the fourth quarter, the Redskins got a solid drive together and got into the end zone for the first time on the day. Cousins got a lot of the work done, throwing to Jamison Crowder for 26 yards to the Detroit 36 and then to Vernon Davis for 27 yards just shy of the goal line. Two plays later Cousins threw a short pass to Rob Kelley, who turned his first career catch into his first career touchdown.

Lions 13, Redskins 10 8:20        


Cousins 19 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 4:14

Drive summary: The Redskins took over with 5:20 left needing to score. On third and four, Cousins hit Crowder for 19 yards to midfield. After an illegal formation penalty knocked out a 27-yard pass to Davis but Thompson got a first down on a 13-yard run to the 31. As Cousins was going down he got off a pass to Thompson for eight yards to set up third and one at the 22. Thompson picked it up with a run for three. On the next play, Cousins faked to Thompson and had an open field to scoot 19 yards for the touchdown.

Redskins 17, Lions 13      


Boldin 18 pass from Stafford

Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 0:49

Drive summary: The Redskins left the Lions with too much time. Stafford completed one to Marvin Jones for 14 yards, scrambled for 14 more and then found Andre Roberts for 14 yards into the red zone. On third down from the 18, Stafford threw to Anquan Boldin for the winning touchdown.

Lions 20, Redskins 17 0:16