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What moron ever said that all Santana Moss was good for was catching long bombs? That tough catch over the middle for a first was testament to his ability to catch the tough ones. (What’s that? Oh, I said that was all he was good for? Never mind!)

Did you catch Joe Gibbs talking to Gregg Williams right after they called time out on fourth down? You’ve got to think that Gibbs is saying, “if we don’t make it, your guys have to get a stop. What do you think?” I doubt that Williams curses when he’s talking to Gibbs like he does when he’s talking to his players, so he probably said something like, “You’re goldarn right we’ll hold ‘em!”

No need for the defense, at least not yet. So far it’s been an excellent drive by the Redskins, eating up time, giving the defense some rest. Back to that “if” from earlier, they need to score a touchdown.
A thunder and lightning strike there with Portis finishing it off after Betts set it up. Here we go again with the Bucs offense. A third-down sack would be nice.

Instead, we’re getting more third-down conversions by Simms and company. The pass to Galloway and then the offside penalty are the kind of plays that will keep Williams and company up late this week regardless of how this one turns out.

Not to take anything away from Phillip Daniels or anything, but it’s not too hard to block a pass when it’s thrown right in your facemask. Still, a good job getting penetration by Daniels and the Redskins need just one first down to be able to salt this one away.

Nope. They’ll get a chance, albeit with no time outs. Someone has to cover the deep middle and keep Galloway from snaring a long one.

I’d say it’s a good thing that the Galloway catch was upheld; in that cast, the time was more valuable than the yardage.

Galloway didn’t deliver the dagger, a guy with his first TD of the year did. Harris didn’t have bad coverage, but you have to give Simms credit, he put it right on the money.
Didn’t look like a good call on the two-pointer, but, like Betts’ TD on the kickoff, there wasn’t enough solid evidence to overturn.

In the big picture, it was turnovers and third-down conversion problems that did the Redskins in. In the micro picture, it was the lack of discipline on the PAT try and Gruden’s gutsy call to follow that up with a two-point try. A great opportunity lost by the Redskins here.

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Need to Know: Redskins look for fifth straight win over Eagles

Need to Know: Redskins look for fifth straight win over Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 5, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Today's schedule: Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 12; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 17; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 25

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion)
Long's concussion could force roster move

First look at Redskins vs. Eagles

The last time: The Redskins won 27-20 at FedEx Field in Week 6 in a game that was not really as close as the score indicated. The Redskins outgained the Eagles 493 yards to 239 and had the ball for 10 more minutes. Philly scored on a kickoff return and an interception return in a three-minute span in the second quarter and that was about all they had. The Redskins have now beaten the Eagles four straight times. 

The Eagles leaders: Quarterback Carson Wentz got off to a hot start, posting three passer ratings of over 100 in his first four games. In eight games since his passer rating is 70.1 and his high in a game is 91.4. Leading rusher Ryan Mathews had his first 100-yard game in Week 10; he shares the load with Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles. Jordan Matthews (57 receptions, 686 yards) is expected back after missing last week with an ankle injury. Sacks leader Brandon Graham (5.0) has only one sack in the last six games.

Be on the lookout: The Eagles have been getting it done on special teams for years. This year they have two kickoff return touchdowns and Darren Sproles averages 13.7 yards per punt return including a 66-yarder.

Hodgepodge: A Washington win would put them 2.5 games ahead of the Eagles with three to play. Barring a Philly win out/Redskins lose out scenario the Redskins would be out of last place in the NFC East in consecutive years for the first time since 2002-2003 . . . The Redskins already are ensured of avoiding double-digit losses in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001-2002 . . . The Eagles have allowed over 400 yards of offense in two of their last three games.

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When will Jordan Reed return? Jay Gruden says he 'can't predict it'

When will Jordan Reed return? Jay Gruden says he 'can't predict it'

The Redskins best pass cacther did not play in a loss to the Cardinals, and it appears there is still no clear timeline for Jordan Reed's return to the field. 

"Jordan will be day-to-day," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "You know, we just have to wait and see."

Gruden issued the same statement on Reed last week, and the tight end proceeded to miss all Redskins practices for the week and was announced out for the Arizona game on Friday. Reed's injury came on Thanksgiving in Dallas when he separated his shoulder diving in the end zone for a Kirk Cousins' pass during the first half.

Incredibly, Reed returned in the second half and caught two touchdowns while playing in immense pain. Gruden and Cousins used words like 'stunned' and 'surprised' talking about Reed's return in the Dallas game, but looking forward to Philadelphia, it's hard to know what to expect from the tight end's shoulder.

"Everybody is different with these types of injuries and hopefully he is a fast healer but we’ll take him day-to-day, get him his treatment and go from there," the coach said. "I can’t predict it."

For the season, Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns in just nine games. Reed missed two games earlier this year after sustaining a concussion against the Ravens.

Without Reed in the lineup against the Cardinals, the Redskins offense dipped in production. Cousins threw for less than 300 yards for the first time in three games, though backup tight end Vernon Davis had five catches for 47 yards. 

If Reed practices Wednesday, even in a limited role, would be a good sign for the 'Skins tight end. 

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