Grade vs. Falcons: C-
Comment: Special teams are about so much more than one player and his ability to kick a ball between the uprights. But for the second straight week, kicker Billy Cundiff is all anyone is talking about.
When Cundiff missed three of four field goal attempts in Tampa the previous week, the veteran said he, long snapper Justin Snow and Sav Rocca needed to fine tune their timing.
A week of practice did not help. Cundiff missed another gimme, this time from 31 yards out. The Redskins lost by seven points, but theres an enormous difference between opening a 10-0 lead at home and handing the ball and a tangible dose of momentum to Ryan. Indeed, 10 plays later Gonzalez was celebrating a one-yard touchdown that sent the Falcons into the locker room tied, 7-7, after a shaky first half on the road.
Cundiff later made a 23-yarder, but his season stats rank at the bottom of the NFL. He is 7 for 12, including only 6 for 9 from 30-49 yards.
Shanahan said the Redskins will work out a number of kickers Tuesday at Redskins Park, where Cundiff will compete with Olindo Mare, Josh Brown and Kai Forbath, according CBS Sports Jason LaCanfora.
Since curing the blocked punt syndrome that struck the team in the first two weeks, the Redskins special teams have been solid. In fact, the team ranks among the leaders in both kickoff and punt coverage.But until theyve got a kicker Cundiff or someone else who can be relied upon to consistently make mid to intermediate range kicks, its hard to grade them any better.
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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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.
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