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Where are we? The Redskins after seven games


Where are we? The Redskins after seven games

Here is how the Redskins stand after seven games:

Record: 3-4
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 3-3
Home: 1-2
Away: 2-2

Opposition cumulative record: 26-20
Cumulative of teams beaten: 9-10
Cumulative of teams lost to: 17-10

Offensive MVP (season to date): In Robert Griffin III, the Redskins have one of those rare players who makes those around him better. He almost dragged the Redskins to a road win over the Giants without Pierre Garçon and, after the first drive, Fred Davis. Logan Paulsen filled in for Davis. Last year, Paulsen started four games and caught four passes. On Sunday he had four receptions. You have to think that Rex Grossman being the quarterback for those 2011 games and RG3 pulling the trigger now is the difference.Honorable mention: Trent Williams, Alfred Morris

Defensive MVP: The Redskins are one of the better teams in the NFL against the rush. One reason is that it is so easy to pass against them, why run. Another reason is the play of Stephen Bowen, who is helping to clog up the line. Bowen is also contributing to what little pass rush there is with three passes defensed.Honorable mention: London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan

Top three storylines:

RG3 magic—As noted above, Griffin did a lot on Sunday despite being down some key contributors. Out of the Redskins’ four losses, the only one where they didn’t have the ball in the other team’s territory in the last two minutes with a chance to tie or win the game was the Falcons game, the one RG3 didn’t finish with a concussion.

Opponents’ air raid—The Redskins are on pace to give up more yards through the air than any team in NFL history. That’s the big picture. The little picture is plays like the one at the end of the game on Sunday. What was shaping up to be one of their better days—they had held Eli Manning to just 260 yards passing and Victor Cruz had done very little damage—went up in smoke in one 77-yard game winning bomb.

Morris rolls on—Alfred Morris could be one of those guys that RG3 makes better but it’s apparent that the rookie has some ability of his own. He’s now leading the NFC in rushing with 658 yards, a total that is just a yard behind league leader Arian Foster. We don’t know how good Morris might be without Griffin, who distracts the offense as a threat to run, but we do know that they work well together.

Next three games

Sunday @ Steelers—The Steelers are 3-3, second in the AFC North

Nov. 4 vs. Panthers—They just fired their GM and Cam Newton appears to be regressing; 1-5, in last place in the NFC South.

Nov. 18 (after bye) vs. Eagles—The Eagles are panicking, firing their defensive coordinator and making changes along the offensive line; 3-3, tied for second place in the NFC East.

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Kirk Cousins recovers from sloppy first quarter, throws three TD's against Bills

Kirk Cousins recovers from sloppy first quarter, throws three TD's against Bills

FEDEX FIELD - Kirk Cousins' night is likely over and the Redskins quarterback experienced a tale of two quarters. He struggled early, but recovered well, going 12 of 23 for 188 yards and three touchdowns to go with one interception. 

One week after a surprise healthy scratch against the Jets, Cousins looked rusty early in the game against Buffalo. The Redskins first drive ended when Cousins threw a ball late to the outside and the result was an interception. In fact, in the first quarter, Cousins completed just three of nine passes for 17 yards to go with the pick.

In the second quarter, Cousins and the 'Skins offense started clicking. The Redskins QB connected on a deep ball to DeSean Jackson, who made a few nifty moves to add yards after the catch. A few plays later, Cousins found Ryan Grant and the receiver also made a nice move, veering in towards the goal post from the sideline, en route to the end zone.

On their next possession, Cousins and the Redskins offense did not look great, but the Bills defense handed the Skins opportunity after opportunity with repeated penalties. Eventually, Cousins made them pay, hooking up on a 20-yard touchdown to tight end Jordan Reed.

After a late fumble recovery by Greg Toler, Cousins got one more possession with less than two minutes in the second quarter. Despite a few more penalties marring the pace of the game, Cousins found Pierre Garçon in the corner of the end zone for a TD with 31 seconds left in the half. 

Not a bad night for Kirk - three TDs in one quarter, thrown to three different receivers. At the half, the Redskins lead the Bills 21-6.


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Morgan Moses is third key Redskin to exit game vs. Bills due to injury

Morgan Moses is third key Redskin to exit game vs. Bills due to injury

FEDEX FIELD — The hits keep coming for the Redskins in their third preseason game. After losing linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and running back Keith Marshall earlier in the contest, the team's PR announced right tackle Morgan Moses will miss the remainder of the game with a left ankle injury.

Moses seemed to be struggling while he was in the game, getting beat off the line of scrimmage by former Redskins and current Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander.

When Moses left the game, Ty Nsekhe replaced him at right tackle. The last two weeks Nsekhe played left tackle with Trent Williams on the shelf. 

Moses, a third-year tackle out of Virginia, started all 16 games last season as the right bookend. 


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Redskins RB Keith Marshall leaves game vs. Bills with injury

Redskins RB Keith Marshall leaves game vs. Bills with injury

FEDEX FIELD -- Losing ground in the battle for the second-string running back spot with fellow rookie Robert Kelley, 7th-round draft pick Keith Marshall exited the Redskins preseason game Friday against the Bills with what the team is calling a left elbow injury.

The team said he will undergo x-rays on the elbow. He returned to the field later in the first quarter with his elbow wrapped.

Marshall went to the ground awkwardly on a run play, and he looked to be in a lot of pain. Trainers came out quickly to tend to the runner, and he was escorted to the bench with his left arm held gingerly.


In the first two preseason games, Marshall played 29 snaps. Against the Falcons in the first preseason game, he had five carries for -1 rushing yards. In the second preseason tilt against the Jets, Marshall had 10 carries for 26 yards.

Kelley ran the ball well early for the Redskins, already distancing himself in the race to backup injured starter Matt Jones.

UPDATE 26 AUGUST 2016, 8:19 P.M.

Marshall is out with an elbow sprain.