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Instant analysis: Bengals 38, Redskins 31


Instant analysis: Bengals 38, Redskins 31

With linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker on injured reserve, and safety Brandon Meriweather still sidelined, the Redskins defense was expected to struggle some on Sunday.But it wasnt expected to surrender as many points as it did in a 38-31 loss to Andy Dalton and the Bengals. In all, the visitors racked up gaudy 478 yards of total offense 385 of which came in the air in improving to 2-1.Dalton, a Pro Bowl selection last season a rookie, passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns and A.J. Green hauled in nine passes for 183 yards as the Bengals offense, at times, looked unstoppable.Thats not to say Robert Griffin III (21 of 34 for 221 yards, a passing touchdown and a rushing score) and the Redskins did nothing of note in their home opener at FedEx Field. After surrendering a 73-yard touchdown on a trick play only 17 seconds into the game, and trailing by 24-7 late in the second quarter, the Redskins mounted a comeback.Late in the third quarter, Griffin passed to Santana Moss for a three-yard touchdown that pulled the home team even, 27-27.Then Washingtons suspect defense struck again. After surrendered 32 and 31 in the first two weeks, the Redskins couldnt stop Dalton andor Green as they fell to 1-2. The Pro Bowlers connected on a 31-yard pass that set up a score the Bengals would not relinquish.One possession later, Dalton hit Andrew Hawkins for a 59-yard touchdown that iced the win.The manner in which they lost, however, wasnt the Redskins only concern. Starting left tackle Trent Williams suffered a right knee injury in the first quarter, then left for good four plays into the third quarter. Running back Evan Royster also suffered a knee injury and cornerback Cedric Griffin left with a hamstring strain.

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Sean McVay is now the proud owner of a multimillion-dollar California home

Sean McVay is now the proud owner of a multimillion-dollar California home

When most 30-year-olds earn a promotion, they'll receive a decent bump in compensation. Then, they'll use some of that bonus on that new set of golf clubs they've been eyeing, or perhaps on a fresh couch for the living room.

Sean McVay isn't one of those 30-year-olds.

The Rams head coach and former Redskins offensive coordinator bypassed those smaller purchases and has instead opted to recently buy a giant house in California. How much did McVay drop on the property? Oh, just $2.71 million. That's all.

The home, located in Encino, has six bedrooms, six bathrooms and checks in at more than 4,600 square feet. And yes, of course, it has a pool. 


Here are some photos of McVay's new digs:

The Internet these days is full of hot takes. Here's a cooler, more reasonable one: McVay's house is pretty nice.

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Jay Gruden says QB Kirk Cousins will have to adjust to Redskins' taller wide receivers

Jay Gruden says QB Kirk Cousins will have to adjust to Redskins' taller wide receivers

The Redskins have added some height to their receiving corps in free agency but that doesn’t mean that coach Jay Gruden leans strongly towards the big guys.

“I like big receivers. But I also like little ones like Jamison [Crowder],” said Gruden at the NFL meetings in Phoenix. Crowder, 5-9, is the team’s leading returning receiver after he caught 67 passes for 847 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016.

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Still, adding the 6-4 Terrelle Pryor and the 6-3 Brian Quick along with the hoped-for return to health of last year’s top draft pick, the 6-2 Josh Doctson.

“It’s a great advantage to have,” said Gruden. “To have guys 6-foot-5, 6-foot-3, has a 42-inch vertical and you throw Crowder in there and you get that change of direction.”

Quarterback Kirk Cousins’ primary targets at wide receiver in the two years he has been the starter have been Pierre Garçon, who is six feet tall, and DeSean Jackson, who is generously listed at 5-10. They both departed as free agents. Garçon and Jackson receivers had many strengths in their games but going up and high-pointing the ball to make a catch over a defender was not one of them. That changes with Pryor, Doctson, and Quick.

“I think that’s something that Kirk has to really get used to,” said Gruden. “That’s going to take some time in OTAs and training camp. I think he’ll probe that and see what he can get away with.”

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Gruden is wondering if he can get away with a pattern that they tried several times last year with very little success, a play that drew the ire of many fans on social media and talk radio.

“We can throw a lot of fades now,” said Gruden, laughing.

With some taller targets, they might actually have a shot at completing more of those. In any case, it will be very interesting to see how Cousins adjust to the team’s new type of receiver and what plays Gruden will call to take advantage of their height.

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