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Redskins roll over Philly

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Redskins roll over Philly

The Redskins treated the Eagles like a team staggering from five straight losses and starting a rookie quarterback.

In a game they absolutely had to win, Washington's defense intercepted Nick Foles twice in the first quarter and Robert Griffin III tossed a career-high four touchdowns to lift the Redskins to a thorough 31-6 victory at FedEx Field, where the home team breathed life back into their faint playoff hopes while virtually extinguishing Philadelphia’s.

Four days from now, the Redskins will take a 4-6 record into Dallas for a Thanksgiving Day showdown at Cowboys Stadium. The Eagles, meantime, fell to 3-7.

Griffin finished the day 14 of 15 passing for 200 yards. He also rushed for 85 yards on 11 carries. But Griffin’s highlight came via his cannon for an arm in the third quarter, when he put the game out of reach with a 61-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss that staked the Redskins to a 24-6 lead.

Moss snatched the pass in double coverage, then fought his way into the end zone to give the Redskins their highest scoring output since their 38-26 victory over the Vikings on Oct. 14. A year after averaging 18 points per game, Griffin and the Redskins’ offense has now scored 31 or more points four times in 10 games this season.

As well as Griffin played, though, he had to share the spotlight with a resurgent defense that was energized by safety Brandon Meriweather’s (brief) return. Meriweather, playing for the first time this season because of a pair of left knee injuries, departed in the third quarter after appearing to hurt his other knee.

But before he was sidelined, however, Meriweather was a force. He recorded seven tackles, one for a loss, intercepted a pass and defended two others. 

Coach Mike Shanahan is expected to provide an update on Meriweather's injury after the game. The veteran spent the remainder of the game watching from the sideline.

DeAngelo Hall also intercepted a pass, while Barry Cofield caused LeSean McCoy to fumble in the second quarter. The maligned unit also sacked Foles four times, with Josh Wilson, Ryan Kerrigan, Rob Jackson and Perry Riley each recording one.

The six points were the lowest total the Redskins had allowed since a 10-3 win over the Eagles in 2008. They had been allowing 27.6 points per game entering the afternoon.

It wasn’t a flawless performance by the Redskins – they were whistled for nine penalties – but it was good enough. More important, it means they’ll head to Dallas this week with a sense of purpose instead of looking ahead to 2013. 

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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