Through two preseason games, the Redskins kicking competition has yet to gain any traction.Neil Rackers is 1 for 2 on field goals both attempts coming in Chicago and Graham Gano still is waiting for his first shot at one.Its just how the rotation works, Gano said, shrugging. Weve got a couple more games left, so Im sure well get some opportunities.Gano is trying to fend off Rackers, who was signed in the offseason to challenge him. Rackers connected from 28 yards and missed from 54 against the Bears.In practice last week, it appeared Rackers had gained an edge over the incumbent. Rackers went 9 for 9 in a head-to-head kicking competition, while Gano missed four attempts, including one from 32 yards.Frustrated but undeterred, Gano studied the film and made the necessary adjustments. In the next head-to-head competition, Gano was perfect, making all five of his attempts. Rackers, meantime, missed twice, from 30 and 37 yards.Gano wouldnt reveal what the flaw in his mechanics was, but he said Tuesday that its fixed and now hes ready to show what he can do in games.Provided, of course, the Redskins get into field goal range when its his turn to kick.It was definitely frustrating at the time, Gano said. It was an easy fix. You look at the film and you go, Wow, I cant believe that happened. You learn from it, fix it and move on.
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.
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That play fooled the WHOLE defense pic.twitter.com/hTfDJqAVOa— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) October 23, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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