Four days after redeeming himself in the final seconds by making the first of his four field goal attempts, Billy Cundiff said he received a number of supportive text messages from former teammates and coaches in the hours following the Redskins' 24-22 victory in Tampa.Everybody said the same thing: 'Its not how you start, its how you finish, Cundiff said Wednesday. They were all proud of how things ended up.The biggest show of support, though, came from his own coach. On Monday, Mike Shanahan said he did not intend bring in a free agent kicker in to challenge Cundiff, who missed kicks of 41, 57 and 31, respectively, before making a 41-yarder in the final seconds to clinch a 24-22 victory over the Buccaneers.You have to experience failure in the league in order to know how to bounce back from it, Cundiff said. I kept saying, Thank you God for giving me a chance to go out there and prove that the other kicks were just a fluke. As I told special teams Coach Danny Smith, I was going to make that kick even if I had to throw it through the uprights. It was going to go in.After the game, Cundiff hinted that he was still searching for chemistry with long snapper Justin Snow and holder Sav Rocca. As a result, Cundiff views the next four days of practice as critical. I dont think the issue really was dealing with pressure, Cundiff said of the misses. Its just trying to get as consistent as possible with the current situation that we have. Thats the big thing and thats what well continue to pound home in practice just trying to get more consistent and making sure that theres not these lulls, like having a game where you go 4 for 4 and a game where youre 1 for 4. We need to make sure that every time we go out there, we can be counted on.
Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 4, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.
—Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Cardinals 4:25 pm
—Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 7; Panthers @ Redskins 15; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 20
Injuries of note:
Out: TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), DE Anthony Lanier (leg)
Questionable: G Brandon Scherff (ankle), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), Bashaud Breeland (ankle), LS Nick Sundberg (back)
Final injury report
Redskins vs. Cardinals
FOX, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Dick Stockton and Chris Spielman
Line: Cardinals -2.5
Final thoughts on Redskins vs Cardinals
—It needs to be a Ryan Kerrigan day if the Redskins are going to win. Or a Preston Smith day, something rarely seen this year. Or perhaps Arizonan Trent Murphy will get a couple of sacks for his friends and family. Carson Palmer has been ineffective this year because he has been under constant pressure. Washington needs to keep that up.
—It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Josh Norman and Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals don’t just put Fitz into the slot as a wrinkle; they do it all the time. Norman isn’t comfortable covering in the slot but Joe Barry and Jay Gruden will be very uncomfortable if Fitzpatrick dominates Kendall Fuller. Maybe they will try to start off with Norman on the outside but they will adjust quickly. I know I’ve been back and forth on this all week but the Redskins will not use their base defense very often since the Cardinals like to spread the field so much. There will be no “standard” set for this game.
—The Redskins gain 6.4 yards per play, second in the NFL. The Cardinals allow 4.7 yards per game, first in the NFL. As usual, Washington may have to get their score into the upper 20’s to win. That might require a takeaway or a big special teams play.
—A lot of running backs would like to be in a “slump” like the one David Johnson is in now. After gaining at least 83 yards in five straight games, including going over 100 yards in three straight, Johnson has a combined 240 rushing yards in his last four games. Sixty yards per game is respectable but not dominant. The Redskins will gladly sign up for that going in but the Cards will want to get him going against Washington’s leaky rushing defense.
—I think the Redskins will be able to pressure Palmer but Johnson probably has a big day on tap. Unlike some other teams who have played the Redskins this year, if the Cardinals get a good running game going they won’t abandon it. On the other side of the ball, the Redskins’ offense will be slowed down but not shut down. My prediction, which I make with no hesitation but without much confidence:
Redskins 27, Cardinals 21
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After parting ways with him in a messy release that left the receiver angry with his former franchise back in 2014, the Eagles intend to make a "stong push" to bring back DeSean Jackson this offseason, according to Adam Schefter.
The 30-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent when the season wraps up, and there's been a yearlong debate over whether the Redskins should offer him another contract when that happens. Now, on top of weighing how much he's worth to their offense, Washington will also have to worry about how much he could potentially help a division rival.
In his report, Schefter cites sources who've told him that "Jackson and Eagles coach Doug Pederson are big admirers of each other." One reason why that admiration from Pederson makes sense: Philadelphia has one of, if not the, worst receiving groups in the NFL, and it's imperative that they do a better job of surrounding Carson Wentz with more talent in 2017.
Sure, this is just a single report in early December, but it is an intriguing one. While it's faded the longer he's been in Burgundy and Gold, Jackson hasn't hidden his resentment for the Eagles since coming to the Redskins. The 2008 second-round pick played in Philly for six campaigns, but was eventually let go in a controversial move that left him upset.
After their game in Arizona Sunday, the 'Skins will travel to Philadelphia next week for a crucial late-season matchup. With this speculation now being passed around the league, keep an eye on if the Lincoln Financial Field crowd gives Jackson a warmer reception than they have since his departure.
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