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Flashback Friday: Redskins vs. Jets Timeline

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Flashback Friday: Redskins vs. Jets Timeline


A look back at the regular season history between this Saturday's opponents.

All Time: The Redskins lead the series 8-1

The First Time: Redskins 35, Jets 17, Shea Stadium, 11/5/72. The game completed a New York-New York sweep as the Redskins had beaten the Giants in Yankee Stadium the previous week (see details below).

The Last Time: Redskins 23, Jets 20, Giants Stadium 12/4/07. Shaun Suisham booted a 46-yard field goal in overtime to boost the Redskins over the Jets. Washington was in a hole for virtually the entire game after New York's Leon Washington returned the game's opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. Clinton Portis' 196 rushing yards spearheaded the comeback effort.

The Best Time: It has to be that initial meeting in 1972. The Redskins came in having beaten its two biggest division rivals in Dallas and the Giants and were ripe for a letdown. Not only that, they had a jinx to deal with. Larry Brown was on the cover of the current edition of Sports Illustrated, with the headline declaring, "Washington is a #1 Power".

New York led 10-7 in the second quarter, the Jets having bested Kilmer's 45-yard touchdown bomb to Roy Jefferson with a one-yard scoring burst by John Riggins and a short field goal by Ian Howfield. It was then that the Redskins took control, scoring on offense with another Kilmer long ball, this one 70 yards to Charley Taylor, and Chris Hanburger's 41-yard return with an interception of Namath.

Washington turned it into a rout in the second half. Brown took a little screen pass from Kilmer and, with the help of a wicked downfield block by Taylor, turned it into a 89-yard touchdown play and ex-Jet Verlon Biggs returned a Namath fumble 16 yards to make the final 35-17.

The Worst Time: Less than two years the Redskins reached their pinnacle as a franchise, claiming their third championship in 10 years with a dominating win in Super Bowl XXVI, they played one of the worst games in their history in losing to the Jets 3-0. The Redskins mustered just 150 yards of offense.

The Skins' best chance of scoring was the result of a comic lowlight. The Jets were setting up for a field goal and snapped the ball early. The ball bounced off of holder Louis Agular's head. Johnny Thomas of the Redskins scooped it up, but kicker Cary Blanchard alertly made the tackle.

Odds and Ends

--As a member of the Jets, Keyshawn Johnson was involved in two very controversial plays in the end zone against the Redskins. One was in a 1996 game at RFK Stadium. In the fourth quarter, the 0-4 Jets were giving the 3-1 Redskins all they could handle. Trailing by eight, in the fourth quarter, Johnson appeared to have caught a touchdown pass, gaining control just before defender Tom Carter ripped the ball away. The ball ended up on the ground The officials huddled and it seemed that the only two possible calls were a Jets touchdown or an incomplete pass. The call turned out to be a Carter interception and the Redskins held on for the win.

In that 1999 game, Johnson caught a pass in the late going that was called a touchdown to pull the Jets within three of the Redskins. The replays appeared inconclusive, but the official ruled that Johnson had lost control before getting both feet down. New York had to settle for a field goal and Washington sealed the win after recovering the ensuing onside kick.

--That 1972 game at Shea Stadium was blacked out in Washington. No, it wasn't due to any arcane NFL policy, but because striking TV technicians cut the broadcast cables at Shea, making a telecast impossible.

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Over/under: Redskins pass catchers in 2017

Over/under: Redskins pass catchers in 2017

Our offseason over/under predictions for the Redskins rumbles on.

Today we are predicting the numbers involving the Redskins pass-catchers.

Redskins receivers/tight ends over-under

The Redskins’ receiving corps was forced to undergo some changes after top wideouts DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon departed via free agency.

How will their replacements do?

How will the talented holdovers perform? Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay go over-under on some Redskins pass catchers stats.  

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WR Terrelle Pryor, 1,000 receiving yards

Tandler: I know that a lot of people, including Finlay, are looking for a huge year out of Pryor. I think he’ll do well, but a thousand yards is going to elusive. He did go over 1K last year with the Browns with terrible QBs throwing to him. But Pryor also had the benefit of being one of few viable receivers in Cleveland. That’s not the case here. He won’t get anywhere near the 140 targets he got last year. Under

Finlay: Not sure when I said a huge year for Pyror, that seems like Tandler throwing shade, but I do think he is capable of 1,000 yards. The quantity of targets will certainly drop, but the quality should be much greater. In today's NFL, 1,000 yards is no longer the benchmark it once was. The bulk of the league deploys a pass-first offense, and the Redskins definitely do. 25 wideouts went over 1,000 yards last season, including two on the Redskins. Over 

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WR Josh Doctson, 6.5 touchdown receptions

Tandler: When Kirk Cousins sees how well the 2016 first-round pick can get up and high-point the ball Doctson will immediately become the favorite red zone target. I’ve predicted as many as 10 TDs for him this year. That’s bold, perhaps crazy, but I feel safe going with at least seven. Over

Finlay: 10 TDs for basically a rookie wideout is nuts. You're talking Odell Beckham/Randy Moss production. Doctson does have great size and potential for the red zone, but I need to see before I believe. Only Jamison Crowder got to seven touchdowns in 2016, and that was with Kirk Cousins throwing for nearly 5,000 yards. Under

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WR Jamison Crowder, 1,000 receiving yards

Tandler: This is the safest bet on the board. His familiarity with Cousins will make him a security blanket when the quarterback gets in trouble. He’s learning and getting better; he ticked up almost 250 yards and 2.5 yards per catch between his rookie and second seasons. And Crowder is durable. Over

Finlay: I like this one. Crowder went for about 850 yards last season, a jump of about 250 yards from his rookie season. Another year with that improvement gets him past 1,000 yards with room to spare. Early last season, Crowder was the 'Skins best receiver. He posted more than 500 yards before the Redskins bye week. In the second half of the year, the focus shifted to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon, which probably wasn't a coincidence as both players demanded the ball knowing they were headed for free agency. I expect Crowder to steadily produce all season in 2017. Over

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TE Jordan Reed, 12.5 games played

Tandler: Although we’re hesitant to make predictions about a player’s health, the fact is that this is the only variable for Reed going into the season. If he is on the field he will produce receiving yards and touchdowns by the bushel. Injuries, not defenses, are what slows him down. He skipped OTAs to spend more time strengthening his body and the results should show. But bad luck happens so this is a tough call. He’s due for some good fortune. Over

Finlay: Tandler is setting these totals with Vegas-like precision. This one is tough. In the last two seasons, Reed has played in 26 games, making 17 starts. I would argue the more important stat is starts, because that's when Reed is actually healthy. Last season, after separating his shoulder against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Reed tried to gut out a few performances against the Panthers and the Eagles. He was ineffective in both, yet those count for games played. In nine starts in 2015, Reed was a monster, putting up nearly 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. Starts are what matter, and the Redskins should hope for at least nine of them. Under

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FINLAY: Redskins' statement was a mistake, but won't impact on field results

FINLAY: Redskins' statement was a mistake, but won't impact on field results

The Redskins made a mistake issuing a statement about their failed long-term contract negotiations with Kirk Cousins. The team offered too much specific information.

On the field, however, starting next week in training camp, the statement will make zero impact.

Centered around the roller coaster that occurred between Bruce Allen’s statement on Monday afternoon and Kirk Cousins’ Tuesday interview with Grant and Danny on 106.7 the Fan, some Redskins fans think that hopes for the Burgundy and Gold are buried this fall. 

Was Allen’s statement a wise move? No. There was no reason to publicly put out the team’s offer, or more importantly, tell the world that Cousins never countered. It seemed like an attempt to control the conversation, and a lame attempt at that.

But here’s the thing: A deal was never happening

Cousins knew that. The Redskins knew that.

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And the zaniness of Monday and Tuesday should not have any impact on the 2017 season.

If Cousins can do anything, it’s compartmentalize. 

Last season, he dealt with almost the exact same public mess of a contract squabble. The team never offered him remotely close to market value, and the QB still came out and threw for nearly 5,000 yards. 

Cousins will again block out the noise, and deliver his best possible performance for the Redskins. The team should be better too. An improved defense should help immediately (even if that jump goes from bad to average), and a rebuilt receiving group should give Cousins the weapons to again run Jay Gruden’s potent offense. 

There are fan theories that the team might implode, and eventually, go to Colt McCoy or Nate Sudfeld at quarterback. I don’t see that happening. 

Cousins is under contract for 2017. The coaching staff, and the players, know what he can do. Personally, I don’t think the season unravels. Cousins is a good player. He's established a baseline for his performance over the past two years. 

The time since the franchise tag deadline doesn’t change that. The time since the franchise tag doesn’t change Jordan Reed’s ability to get open. It doesn’t change Jamison Crowder’s quickness on the inside or Trent Williams power on the outside.

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I don’t expect the Redskins to run off 13 wins. I’ve already written that I don’t even think the team will make the playoffs. To be clear, however, I don’t think Bruce Allen’s statement will make a difference once the players take the field in real games. 

On Wednesday, Chad Dukes of the Fan asked me if it’s possible that the Redskins season unravels, and things go sideways with Cousins. I don't expect that, and Dukes wondered if I was being overly optimistic. 

Could things fall apart? Sure. Anything is possible in the NFL, and especially with the Redskins. 

For me, however, Cousins' talent in the Redskins offensive system will mitigate the local penchant for crazy. Cousins has thrown for 9,000 yards and completed more than 68 percent of his passes in the last two seasons. He also bet on himself, again, to produce at a high level in 2017.

I think Cousins is smart. I think Gruden's offense will work. I think the Redskins defense will be improved. 

I don’t think this team makes the playoffs, but they should be close. I also don’t think this team implodes. 

Looking at the big picture, I definitely don’t consider myself an optimist. A realist, perhaps, but only time will tell. 

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