Offense:Grade vs. Falcons:C-Comment:The biggest story line, obviously, was the injury to Robert Griffin III. But even before the rookie left the game in the third quarter, the offense was well on its way to its weakest outing of the season.The unit recorded season lows in points (10), first downs (12) and total yards (316). The two turnovers rookie backup Kirk Cousins tossed a pair of picks also were the most in a game this season. Other than Alfred Morris rushing for a career high 115 yards against a weak Falcons run defense, and Cousins 77-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss, there wasnt much to like about the offenses execution.The unit struggled especially on third downs, converting only one of nine opportunities. Two in particular stand out. With Ryan and the Falcons off to a sluggish start, Fred Davis dropped a pass over the middle to stall one drive and Griffin misfired to Moss another the next drive. There were others, but the units failure to snag some points while Ryan struggled cost the Redskins in the end.We make a couple of those plays, just three or four, and keep drives going, you have a chance to have a dominating day, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. We still had an opportunity to win, even with those crazy third down stats as they were.The offense definitely missed Griffins decision-making and versatility in the fourth quarter as it attempted to rally from a 24-17 deficit. Cousins was intercepted on each of the Redskins final two drives. On the first, he attempted to force the ball into double coverage. On the second, the rookie was hit as he released the ball, which sailed over Moss head and into the hands of a waiting Thomas DeCoud.Griffins status Sundays game against Minnesota remains unclear, but if he cannot suit up, Shanahan hinted that Cousins would make his first NFL start.
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 5, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.
—Today's schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3 p.m.
—Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 6; Panthers @ Redskins 14; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 19
Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (possible concussion/stinger)
Postgame injury report
Redskins vs. Cardinals by the numbers
—Kirk Cousins passed for 271 yards. While compiling those yards he moved up six spots in the team’s record book for single season passing yardage. He passed four different quarterbacks in the process and passed Mark Rypien and Joe Theismann twice.
—Cousins also moved past Jason Campbell for sixth on the team’s career passing yards list.
—DeSean Jackson caught a 59-yard pass from Cousins in the third quarter. It was his 35th career reception of 50 yards or longer. Since he entered the league in 2008 no NFL player has more.
—Ryan Kerrigan sacked Carson Palmer in the second quarter, giving him 10 for the season. He now has his second career season with double-digit sacks; he had 13.5 in 2014.
—Trent Murphy recorded a third-quarter sack of Palmer; he now has eight sacks this season. He had a total of six in his first two NFL seasons.
—Dustin Hopkins kicked a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. It was the second-longest of his career. He hit a 54-yarder in Atlanta last season.
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The #Redskins defense really had to stop just one guy. David Johnson had 175 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Didn't get it done.— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) December 5, 2016
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GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins went into today’s game against the Cardinals somewhat banged up and they exit with a couple of additional injury concerns in the form of concussions.
Center Spencer Long left the game in the second quarter. Initially it was announced that he had been evaluated for a concussion but that he had been cleared. But after halftime the word came down that he had been retested and it was determined that he does have a concussion. Long has entered the concussion protocol.
Veteran John Sullivan, picked up earlier this season when Kory Lichtensteiger went on injured reserve, filled in a center the rest of the way. He is a capable fill-in but if Long is out he would be the only available center. The Redskins might have to sign a center if it looks like Long will be out of action against the Eagles.
In the fourth quarter safety Will Blackmon left the game. According to Redskins coach Jay Gruden he was being evaluated for a concussion and a stinger. His exact status is unknown. Gruden will give more information during a conference call with reporters on Monday.