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Under the Radar: Where was Hank?


Under the Radar: Where was Hank?

Every week, Ill ask you to give me your thoughts on the moments and aspects of the game that you dont think got enough coverage in the media. Ill pick a few of them every week and try to give them the spotlight you think they deserve. I got a lot of excellent suggestions for the Saints game, here are just a few of them.
I was very surprised to see that the wide receiver who had the most offensive snaps was Aldrick Robinson, who was in on 66 of the Redskins 76 plays. One might have expected to see Hankerson get an increased role after Pierre Garon left with a foot injury after just eight snaps. But Hankerson played just nine snaps and was not targeted for a single pass.This does not necessarily mean that Hankerson is in trouble as @Patman1225 suggests. He just doesnt appear to be ready for a steady, week-in, week-out role just yet. This year, he is likely to have a few big games and he will have some games where, like yesterday, he is invisible.As for Robinson, we will see what his role is when Garon returns to the lineup. He showed some special ability on each of his four catches and it seems likely that the coaches will find ways to get him into the lineup.
The Redskins started off the Shanahan era in 2010 by not turning the ball over in their first two games. In each of the next 30 games they turned it over at least once.That streak, the longest active such streak in the NFL, ended on Sunday with, as @McNubian notes, a rookie quarterback who handled 76 snaps, threw 29 passes and carried the ball 10 times, and a rookie running back out of Florida-Atlantic who had 28 carries. Griffin did put the ball on the ground once in a botched handoff but he immediately recovered.Some rookie mistakes may well follow but for now Morris and Griffin deserve kudos for breaking that ridiculous streak.Three of the first four and five of the first eight Saints drives were three and outs. During the game, one tweeter suggested that it looked like the time that Drew Brees missed while he negotiated a new contract with the Saints was hurting him. He missed all of OTAs and minicamp after refusing to sign his franchise tender and the timing with his receivers did appear to be off at times.But you have to give credit to the Redskins defense, especially the pass rush. They only sacked Brees twice but they batted down a few passes and generally harassed and harried Brees.
Again, its only one game but for now the decision to release both Graham Gano and Neil Rackers and go with Cundiff was a wise one. As Gano still looks for work, Cundiff was four for four on field goals of 37, 41, 37, and 45 yards. Each one looked more solid and straight down the middle than the previous one.Cundiff also kicked off nine times and only once did the Saints start a drive outside of their own 20 after those kicks.

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Need to Know: Betting on the Redskins' playoff race outcomes

Need to Know: Betting on the Redskins' playoff race outcomes

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, December 3, one day before the Washington Redskins play the Arizona Cardinals.


Today's schedule: No availability

Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 8; Panthers @ Redskins 16; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 21

Injuries of note:
TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), DE Anthony Lanier (leg)
Questionable: G Brandon Scherff (ankle), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), Bashaud Breeland (ankle), LS Nick Sundberg (back)
Final injury report

Redskins vs. Cardinals
FOX, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Dick Stockton and Chris Spielman
Line: Cardinals -2.5

Resetting the playoff odds

The Redskins start their stretch drive to the playoffs tomorrow. The will play five games in 29 days. After that, they will have either earned the right to keep playing or will they go home.

Let’s get out the imaginary $100 in casino chips and look at the various possibilities of the finish to the season and spread out the chips based on how likely each scenario is. As always, you are welcome to jump into the comments if you agree or disagree.

Win NFC East, $0—This might be worth a buck or two but this place doesn’t have any chips smaller than $5 and it’s not worth investing even that much in the chance of this happening. The scenario would have to be the Redskins winning out, the Cowboys losing out, and the Giants losing at least two more games. I’d put something on the first scenario and a few chips on the last one but no way is Dallas going 0-4. Keeping my chips in my pocket on this one.

Wild card as No. 5 seed, $40—To do this the Redskins would have to stay ahead of the wild card contenders behind them (see next scenario) and make up a game and a half on the Giants. They play New York in Week 17 so the Redskins would have to make up one game between now and then and they could then determine their status on January 1 at FedEx Field. The Giants go to Pittsburgh on Sunday and host Dallas a week after that so we will see how that looks in a couple of weeks. As of now, the No. 6 seed would go to Detroit for the first round of the playoffs while the No. 5 would play the Falcons in Atlanta. That, of course, is subject to change.

Wild card as No. 6 seed, $35—I think getting the five seed is slightly more likely than getting the six since I think the Giants are a mirage. But even if New York keeps it going, the Redskins can clinch a spot by running the table in their last five games. That would make them 11-4-1 and no other wild card contender could catch them. If they win four of five, only the Bucs can catch them and it would take a 5-0 finish for Tampa Bay. Winning three of five still gives them a good shot at getting in although at that point you are also opening the door for the Vikings, Saints, Packers, and Eagles to catch fire and jump ahead of them.

Out of playoffs, $25—I might be putting a little too much here but it’s the NFL and it’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility that the Redskins could finish 2-3 and miss out altogether. Their margin for error is slim and an injury here and a bad break there could have them on the outside looking in.

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When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon just filled out his ballot for the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.

Let's just say it's pretty one-dimensional. 

Straight like that

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As you can see, the form asks guys to rank who they consider the top 20 players in the league. But instead of naming 20 different players, Garcon voted for the same player 20 times. Talk about stuffing the ballot box. 

No surprise, but he's hyping his quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

Cousins is having a career year with the Redskins. His stock has soared over the last three weeks especially. Take a look at his numbers in that span: 84 completions on 116 attempts for 1,086 yards (72 percent), eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

Those efforts earned the Michigan State product NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors. And more importantly, Cousins has the Redskins in favorable position to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

So far this season, Garcon has caught 52 passes from Cousins for 636 yards and two scores. 

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