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RG3, Redskins had Vikings defenders confused

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RG3, Redskins had Vikings defenders confused

If you’re not watching Turning Point on NBC Sports Network on Wednesday evenings, you’re missing out. Earlier this year they had an outstanding look at the Redskins’ loss to the Bengals and this week a segment of the show was devoted to the Redskins-Vikings contest.

The featured turning point moment was, of course, Robert Griffin III’s 76-yard touchdown run that clinched the game late in the fourth quarter. It seems that FOX had only one camera view of the play and this production gives some different looks from NFL Films.

The view from the end zone showed the two blitzing linebackers, Chad Greenway and Jasper Brinkley, both going to the left of Will Montgomery. The hole opened up for Griffin almost immediately and it became wider as Montgomery drove Greenway to the right and Evan Royster took out Brinkley.

Griffin didn’t even look to his hot receiver, Santana Moss, over to the left.

On the sideline, Griffin walked his teammates through the play.

“I saw the double A-gap blitz and I said [should I throw to the] hot? Or, wait, I see a hole. They hit it wrong. If they would have hit it right they probably would have gotten me unless I went hot. But they hit it wrong, I saw a hole I was like,” and he motioned his arm to show cutting through the defense.

The segment also captures some more sideline conversation that was quite interesting. One unidentified defender is talking to a coach on the bench. “I don’t know. I mean, I’m lost right now,” he says. “Especially on the pass.”

 In the first half, the Redskins were throwing a lot of play action passes. The Redskins were lining up with as many as three backs plus the quarterback and the threat of Alfred Morris or Griffin running opened up the middle of the field, which is where seven of RG3’s first 10 completions went.

On the sideline, the Vikings’ Jared Allen discussed making an adjustment. “If we get that [three-back] look in the backfield again, I’m going straight pass. Every time they’re doing play action . . . I’m going straight up the field.”

But the Redskins anticipated the Vikings’ adjustment. They ran on 10 of their next 12 plays. When they ran out of the three-back alignment Allen did go straight up the field a couple of times and the Redskins ran past him or away from him.

The Redskins’ opening drive ended with Griffin scoring on a quarterback draw from seven yards out, giving the Redskins a 24-9 lead. They lined up in a one-back set and as Griffin dropped back, Trent Williams stayed between him and Allen, who was going hard after the quarterback. Morris got enough of a chip on a linebacker at about the five yard line to give RG3 enough room to dive into the end zone.

That play would have stood on its own as a highlight if not for what happened a little while later.

Update: You can see the segment here.

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NFC East Update - Where everybody is losing except the Cowboys

NFC East Update - Where everybody is losing except the Cowboys

The NFC East was a beast for a while, but in recent weeks, the division is fading. All the teams outside of Dallas lost this weekend, and losing streaks are popping up throughout the I-95 Corridor. Here's the NFC East update:

  1. The Minnesota Vikings gave the Dallas Cowboys all they could handle last Thursday night, and yet, the Cowboys won 17-15. Dak Prescott was not impressive in Minneapolis, but Ezekiel Elliott was and the Cowboys defense did just enough to slow the Vikings terrible offense. At 11-1, Dallas has clinched a playoff berth, and with a date in New York this Sunday night, Jerry Jones' crew has a chance to avenge their only loss of the year, which came in Week 1 to the Giants.
  2. It seemed expectations met reality for the New York Giants last Sunday in Pittsburgh. Ben McAdoo's team had won six games in a row, but largely, faced poor competition. In their first tough test since the leaves started falling, Eli Manning's offense could not get going and the Giants fell to 8-4, still in possession of the first NFC Wild Card spot. Even on their win streak, the Giants didn't pass many eye tests. Beat Dallas on Sunday night and all that changes.
  3. Two weeks ago the Washington Redskins were one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Winners of two straight and with a surging Kirk Cousins, the Redskins marched to Dallas on Thanksgiving and gave the Cowboys a real test. Despite the loss, Washington still held its spot with the second NFC Wild Card. After a deflating loss in Arizona, now the 'Skins are on the outside looking in of the playoffs. Good news for Jay Gruden and company: The team can get right back in the thick of things this week in Philly, and the remaining four-game schedule looks advantageous. 
  4. While the Redskins have lost two in a row and are in danger of falling out of the playoff race, the Philadelphia Eagles have lost three in a row and look to be falling apart. Rookie QB Carson Wentz is devoid of offensive weapons to work with and the Eagles have been outscored 85-42 in their last three games. Philly can get their first NFC East win this week with the 'Skins visiting, but it will take a different effort than they've shown in the last month.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - How freaked out should Redskins fans be after Arizona loss?

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler address the most important question for Redskins fans after two straight losses - is it time to freak out?

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