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Five big takeaways from the Redskins' preseason loss vs. the Packers

Five big takeaways from the Redskins' preseason loss vs. the Packers

The Redskins dropped to 0-2 in preseason play following their 20-17 loss to the Packers on Saturday night.

Rich Tandler is here to provide his five key takeaways. 

Here are his five takeaways from the Redskins’ preseason loss to the Packers.

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1. The Redskins’ starting offensive line really needs to stop with this Hogs 2.0 thing they’ve got going on.
While they pass blocked fairly well, they have been awful blocking for the run. That was the original Hogs’ calling card. Trent Williams said all of the right things about patience and the preseason being a learning experience.

But the fact is that they need to put Hogs 2.0 back into beta and re-release it when they have done something to earn it.

2. If you say that Kirk Cousins had a good night, you are using statistics like a drunk uses a lamppost—for support and not for illumination.
He did end up with good numbers (14 of 23 for 144 yards and a touchdown), but he three incompletions after being given the ball in the red zone after a turnover were positively alarming, given what an issue the red zone was last year.

If this team is going to win this year it’s going to be because Cousins is moving the ball through the air.

He needs to play better and he knows it.

3. Rob Kelley had nine yards on nine carries but it’s really not right to put the blame on him.
See the part about the Hogs 2.0 above. On the fourth-and-1 in Packers territory I think that Samaje Perine might have been able to power for the first down.

But the line should have been able to get a little more push to get the ball past the sticks.

4. I know that everyone would have liked for the offense to perform better.
A trio of three-and-outs for the first-team offense, running their streak to five straight possessions without a first down to start the season, is not what anyone wants to see.

While the defense may be improved this year, if this team is going to win they are going to need to put up a lot of points and that is not off to a good start.

5. While the focus has been on the offense, the defense played pretty well.
Aaron Rodgers did Aaron Rodgers things but he’s the best for a reason. Almost half of the Packers’ 110 rushing yards came from quarterbacks scrambling and that is something you’d like to contain but you can live with.

One thing they have not done is get any takeaways and they will have a hard time winning if they don’t start getting the ball.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Early NFC East picture, Cravens fallout and setting over/unders vs. Raiders

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Early NFC East picture, Cravens fallout and setting over/unders vs. Raiders

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler put a bow on the trip to Los Angeles, then look at the early NFC East picture, talk adjustments post-Su'a Cravens and set over/unders vs. Oakland.

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Report: Mason Foster getting second opinion on dislocated shoulder

Report: Mason Foster getting second opinion on dislocated shoulder

Mason Foster saved the Redskins’ win last Sunday. He might be watching this Sunday’s game from the sideline, according to a report.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Foster is getting a second opinion on the shoulder that he dislocated in the second quarter of the Redskins’ win in Los Angeles. Rapoport said that it is "likely" that Foster will be out against the Raiders on Sunday night.

Foster popped the joint back into place and continued to play, not missing a snap. After the Redskins took the lead with less than two minutes to play, Foster sealed the 27-20 win with an interception on the Rams’ first play after the score.

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The severity of the shoulder injury is not known, but if he is going to get a second opinion that usually means that the initial diagnosis was a fairly severe injury. The fact that he played with it for a half doesn’t mean that the injury won’t cause him to miss time. It’s not unusual for the adrenaline of being in the game will allow a player to push through an injury but problems pop up the following morning.

Fortunately for the Redskins, they do have an experienced backup should Foster miss any time. Will Compton has played in 50 games with the Redskins with 29 starts, including 15 starts last year.

Jay Gruden will speak to the media about Foster and several other Redskins who came out of Sunday’s game with injuries following the team’s practice, which starts at 1:45 p.m.

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