With linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker on injured reserve, and safety Brandon Meriweather still sidelined, the Redskins defense was expected to struggle some on Sunday.But it wasnt expected to surrender as many points as it did in a 38-31 loss to Andy Dalton and the Bengals. In all, the visitors racked up gaudy 478 yards of total offense 385 of which came in the air in improving to 2-1.Dalton, a Pro Bowl selection last season a rookie, passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns and A.J. Green hauled in nine passes for 183 yards as the Bengals offense, at times, looked unstoppable.Thats not to say Robert Griffin III (21 of 34 for 221 yards, a passing touchdown and a rushing score) and the Redskins did nothing of note in their home opener at FedEx Field. After surrendering a 73-yard touchdown on a trick play only 17 seconds into the game, and trailing by 24-7 late in the second quarter, the Redskins mounted a comeback.Late in the third quarter, Griffin passed to Santana Moss for a three-yard touchdown that pulled the home team even, 27-27.Then Washingtons suspect defense struck again. After surrendered 32 and 31 in the first two weeks, the Redskins couldnt stop Dalton andor Green as they fell to 1-2. The Pro Bowlers connected on a 31-yard pass that set up a score the Bengals would not relinquish.One possession later, Dalton hit Andrew Hawkins for a 59-yard touchdown that iced the win.The manner in which they lost, however, wasnt the Redskins only concern. Starting left tackle Trent Williams suffered a right knee injury in the first quarter, then left for good four plays into the third quarter. Running back Evan Royster also suffered a knee injury and cornerback Cedric Griffin left with a hamstring strain.
Cornerback Dashaun Phillips had a very short return to the Redskins’ active roster.
Phillips, who started the season as the nickel cornerback before being benched and eventually released and moved to the practice squad last month, was re-signed to the roster on Friday. He made the trip to Arizona but he was inactive for the game. The Redskins announced today that he has been released again.
It is possible for Phillips to return to the practice squad if he clears through waivers.
The transaction clears a roster spot for the return of offensive tackle Trent Williams, who has been suspended for the last four games.
Among all the darkness and depression that has followed after the Redskins' 31-23 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, one bright, shining light has emerged: Jamison Crowder's touchdown celebration.
Late in the third quarter, the second-year wideout was on the receiving end of a 26-yard Kirk Cousins strike, which put his team in the lead on the game's scoreboard by three. However, it's what he did post-catch that put his team in the lead by a far larger margin on the swagboard.
Feast your eyes on this dance, and if you've already seen it, feast your eyes on it again. And again. And AGAIN:
Do you see how much Juju he put on that beat? And did you catch how he gave the ref a little somethin'-somethin' right at the end of the sequence? Calling that flawless would be an insult to Crowder.
Apparently, Jay Gruden was heard screaming at his players in the locker room as they were processing the matchup's result Sunday night. Is it possible he was just loudly complimenting Crowder's moves?
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