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Will defense bend but not break in New York?

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Will defense bend but not break in New York?

The Redskins’ defense has been out on the field for more plays in the past two weeks but they are playing better.

In the first four games of the season, opponents ran 244 plays and scored 123 points. That’s 61 plays and 30.1 points per game and an average of .50 points for every offensive play run.

The past two weeks, opponents have run 161 plays, an average of 80.5 per game, and they have scored 50 points, 25 per game. The Redskins have given up an average of .31 points per offensive play.

The Redskins’ opponents are running more plays but getting less out of them. The big plays that were so common in the first quarter of the season have by and large disappeared. In the past two games the longest plays they have given up are a 32-yard Adrian Peterson run and a 29-yard pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones.

Let’s see, forcing long drives, not giving up big plays, forcing teams to settle for field goal attempts (as the Redskins did three times in the first quarter of the Vikings game). That sure sounds like a bend but don’t break defense to me.

But when asked about applying that term to his defense, Jim Haslett objected. “I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a bend but don’t break defense if you’re blitzing,” he said. “I think last week we had a big lead and didn’t want to give it up.”

Will the Redskins be in the position of having to protect a fourth-quarter lead on Sunday? The Giants have been very efficient on offense, scoring .45 points per offensive play. The Redskins will have to be at the top of their game to keep the Giants from piling up the points.

Of course, Robert Griffin III and the Redskins are capable of lighting up the scoreboard as well. They have score exactly as many points as the Giants have, 178 (29.7 per game, .48 points/play).

And this game could well come down to who has the ball in his hands last. Eli Manning is one of the best fourth-quarter quarterbacks in the game and he has led two last-minute drives to win Super Bowls. Griffin is carving out his own niche with a late drive to set up a field goal to beat the Bucs and last week’s game-clinching 76-yard run against the Vikings.

I read that Accuscore, one of those places where they simulate each game 10,000 times, had the Giants winning 60 percent of the time. That sounds about right. The Giants should be favored but 40 percent is certainly a reasonable chance of winning.

I’m not going to pick the upset here with the Redskins on the road but it would not be stunning at all if I’m wrong. The RG3 legend could well grow this weekend.

Giants 28, Redskins 24

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Will DeAngelo Hall return to the Redskins in 2017?

Will DeAngelo Hall return to the Redskins in 2017?

Is DeAngelo Hall at the end of the line?

The Redskins cornerback turned safety suffered a torn ACL against the Giants on Sunday. That will end his 2016 season.

This is the second time in three seasons that Hall has suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3.

In 2014 he suffered a torn Achilles in Philadelphia. In between, in 2015, he had a toe injury that sidelined him for five games.

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Hall was once the model of durability. From when he joined the Redskins in 2008 with seven games left in the season he played in 100 of a possible 103 games through the 2013 season. Since the start of 2014, counting to the end of the current season, he will play in 17 of a possible 48 games.

Will the Redskins bring Hall back in 2017?

It might be difficult for them to do so. One factor is money. Hall will be in the last year of his contract, a deal that will pay him a salary of $4.25 million. That’s what they are paying him this year and their return on investment is rather low. It would be hard to justify that cost for a player who has appeared in so few games since he signed the $17 million deal in 2014.

The Redskins and Hall could agree to a deal with a decreased salary, perhaps one with incentives that would let him make some or all of the money back if he stayed healthy and performed well. But you still have to wonder if he will stay on the field. He turns 33 in November and players rarely get healthier as they get past that age. The organization may want to avoid spending the whole offseason planning to have Hall fill a role only to see him go out with what at that point would be a predictable injury.

The organization should proceed carefully and respectfully as they decide Hall’s fate for 2017.

They don’t have to do anything until after the season ends. But it will not be surprising if the decision is to move on from Hall.

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Redskins 2016 schedule, Week 4 vs. Browns: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

Redskins 2016 schedule, Week 4 vs. Browns: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

The Washington Redskins return to FedEx Field on Sunday play the Cleveland Browns in Week 4 of the NFL season after beating Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants in Week 3

With Robert Griffin III injured, the Sunday game isn't the must-watch matchup everyone was hoping to tune in for. But it's s chance for the Redskins to get to 2-2, while the Browns will be looking for their first win of the 2016 schedule.

Here is how to watch Redskins vs. Browns in Week 4:

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WHEN IS THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS GAME?

The Redskins vs. Browns game takes place in Week 4 on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS GAME ON?

You can watch the Redskins vs. Browns game on CBS at 1:00 p.m. ET. Redskins Kickoff airs at Noon on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (Channel Finder)

HOW CAN I WATCH THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS LIVE STREAM ONLINE?

The Redskins vs. Browns game can be streamed on NFL GamePass (subscription only).

HOW CAN I LISTEN TO THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS GAME ON THE RADIO?

You can listen to the Redskins vs. Browns in Week 4 on the Redskins Radio Network. It will also be on Sirius/XM Radio channel 227.

WHAT ARE THE BETTING ODDS FOR THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS IN WEEK 4?

The opening line has the Redskins as 6.5-point favorites to beat the Browns, and the Over/Under is 45.5, according to Oddsshark.com

Washington Redskins 2016 Regular Season Schedule: 

Week 1 (Mon. 9/12): 16-38 loss, Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

Week 2 (Sun. 9/18): 27-23 loss, Dallas Cowboys (0-2)

Week 3 (Sun. 9/25): 29-27 win, New York Giants (1-2)

Week 4 (Sun. 10/2): vs. Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. — CBS

Week 5 (Sun. 10/9): at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 6 (Sun. 10/16): vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 7 (Sun. 10/23): at Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 8 (Sun. 10/30): vs. Cincinnati Bengals,  9:30 a.m. ET in London — FOX

Week 9 (Sun. 11/6): BYE WEEK

Week 10 (Sun. 11/13): vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 11 (Sun. 11/20): vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. — NBC

Week 12 (Thurs. 11/24): at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. — FOX

Week 13 (Sun. 12/4): at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. — FOX

Week 14 (Sun. 12/11): at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 15 (Mon. 12/19): vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 p.m. — ESPN

Week 16 (Sat. 12/24): at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 17 (Sun. 1/1): vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

The Redskins Kickoff pregame show begins an hour before kickoff only on CSN Mid-Atlantic​