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Special teams (finally) get a passing grade

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Special teams (finally) get a passing grade

Special teamsGrade vs. Bengals: BComment:For the first time this season, the Redskins special teams units did not experience any major miscues. In fact, they were an asset.Sav Roccas seven punts were uneventful and that, alone, represents significant progress. One, in fact, set up Washingtons first touchdown when Roccas 58-yarder was downed inside in the one-yard line by Niles Paul. A play later, linebacker Rob Jackson intercepted Andy Daltons screen pass in the Bengals end zone to knot the game 7-7.Brandon Banks averaged 33 yards per return on kick off returns, including a 55-yarder in the second quarter to set up the Redskins at the Bengals 48-yard line. Eight plays later, Billy Cundiff kicked a 36-yard field goal to pull the Redskins to within 24-10.The field goal was Cundiffs only attempt on the afternoon, but it halted Cincinnati's momentum and sent the Redskins into the locker room believing a comeback was possible.One of the games biggest plays also was produced by the one of the Redskins special teams units.Leading 14-7, Marvin Lewis and the Bengals went for the jugular. But the visitors fake field goal attempt was foiled by safety Madieu Williams.Williams stayed home and when the direct snap with to holder Kevin Huber, Williams was waiting. After all the heat special teams coach Danny Smith received the first two weeks, he should be commended for his units performance Sunday.Now, it must become a habit.

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Need to Know: Murphy and Kerrigan a potent sack combo

Need to Know: Murphy and Kerrigan a potent sack combo

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 5, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Timeline

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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Updating Redskins' injury list after loss to Cardinals

Updating Redskins' injury list after loss to Cardinals

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.

[MORE: JOSH NORMAN ON HIS CRUCIAL FOURTH-QUARTER PENALTY]