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Is a blowout in the air?

Is a blowout in the air?

When the Washington Redskins embarked on this stretch of three "easy" games, the one that was supposed to carry them to 7-1 at midseason, I wasn't buying it. My thinking was that in the three games there would be a loss, a close win, and a blowout win.

We got the loss against the Rams and the close win against the Browns. Is there a Motown blowout in the offing as the Redskins visit the Lions?

A simple look at the statistics would lead one to believe that a blowout win for the Skins is a distinct possibility. The Redskins are a top-ten defense and the Lions are bottom feeders on offense. Washington is third in the league in rushing offense, averaging 158 yards a game while Detroit is 31st in rush defense, allowing over 167 yards per game. And teams aren't running against the Lions because they can't throw—they are 31st in pass defense and dead last in total defense.

There is one number comparison to look at, however, that may well determine whether or not the Redskins can put this one away early. The Lions have been awful starters. In six games, they have been outscored 54-0 in the first quarter. Most of that came from their first game, when they trailed Atlanta 21-0 at the end of one and their last game, when the Texans went up 14-0. Still, every team they have played has scored in the first quarter and the Lions have yet to dent the scoreboard in the opening stanza.

The Redskins, however, aren't exactly blazing out of the gates either. They have been doubled up in the first quarter, scoring 17 points and giving up 34. Other than the one-play drive after Steven Jackson of the Rams fumbled at the three, the Redskins haven't posted a first-quarter point since the opening drive of the Arizona game on September 22.

Against the Rams and the Browns, the Redskins played right into the hands of the underdogs. They let the other, inferior team hang around and eventually each game came down to a long field goal attempt. One was true, one was wide right and the Redskins split the two games.

To their credit, the Lions have not quit after falling behind early. They answered the Falcons' 21-point blitz with 14 unanswered in the second period. After falling behind Green Bay 21-0 they rallied to take a one-point lead in the fourth quarter before collapsing in a barrage of Packer pick-sixes.

So the trap is set. If the Redskins can't get an early cushion the Lions have the ability to get their act together and put on a serious scoring run. The Redskins could find themselves looking up at the wrong end of a six-point game with the Ford Field crowd screaming for the home team's first win.

Jim Zorn will need to go out aggressively and try to put up a quick score or two in order to take the momentum. Maybe this is the game for Devin Thomas, returning to his home state, to score his first NFL touchdown. Maybe this is the game for Jason Campbell let loose against the defense that he torched for 248 yards and two touchdowns at FedEx Field last year. Maybe Clinton Portis will pick up a buck-ten on about 18 carries thanks to the effectiveness of Campbell and watch Shaun Alexander finish out the game.

Maybe all those things will happen and it still will be a close game, anyway. The Redskins own the fourth quarter and they'll have to again to hold off a game Lions team.

Redskins 27, Lions 21

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Redskins steal Jonathan Allen with No. 17 pick in 2017 NFL Draft

Redskins steal Jonathan Allen with No. 17 pick in 2017 NFL Draft

The Redskins’ first-round pick is in and they got a player they didn’t think they would have a chance to draft.

Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, who was considered by many to be a top-five talent in this drat, is staying home. He is from Ashburn, Virginia and the Redskins picked him with the 17th pick of the draft.

The reason why the 6-3, 286-lb. Allen was so highly regarded is that he can be an asset both against the run and against the pass.

He fell in the draft due to concerns about the health of his shoulders; some think issues with them may shorten his career. But the Redskins apparently thought that the ability he has was worth the risk.

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NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is finally upon us. Finally.

For the Washington Redskins, the 2017 NFL Draft represents a chance to find impact players, a search that begins with the 17th pick overall in the first round. All those discussions about whom the Redskins will select with their first pick will be answered Thursday night during the NFL's biggest offseason event.

To keep up with the NFL Draft, you'll need two things: A screen to watch it on and this live blog. Redskins fans and NFL fans who want to stay up to date with surprise picks, trades, analysis and anything else draft-related will want to keep this page open all night.

RELATED: FINAL 2017 NFL MOCK DRAFT

What: 2017 NFL Draft, Round 1
When: Thursday, April 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Penn.
TV Channel: ESPN, NFL Network
Live Stream: WatchESPN App

Here's what's happened so far. Let's head to the live blog:

REDSKINS 2017 NFL DRAFT TRACKER

 

10:22 PM - Redskins linebacker Will Compton loves the Allen pick:

10:18 PM - 17TH PICK: THE REDSKINS SELECT JONATHAN ALLEN.

It looks like a home run for the Redskins. Snagging Allen at No. 17, when so many thought he'd go in the top five or even top three, could be a coup. Defensive line was their biggest need entering the draft, and now, they not only addressed that need but did so while also finding the best player available.

For a scouting report on Jonathan Allen, click here.

10:10 PM - 16TH PICK: THE RAVENS SELECT MARLON HUMPHREY.

Ozzie Newsome passed on Alabama tight end OJ Howard.

10:01 PM - 15TH PICK: THE COLTS SELECT MALIK HOOKER.

The centerfielder will be tracking down passes in Indianapolis' secondary for at least the next few seasons.

9:55 PM - 14TH PICK: THE CARDINALS SELECT DEREK BARNETT.

The Tennessee pass rusher was given a applause and a few boos by the Eagles fans who were in attendance, because that's how Philly does things. 

9:50 PM - 13TH PICK: THE CARDINALS SELECT HAASON REDDICK

The Temple linebacker was one of the draft's fastest-risers, and will now go from being a Temple Owl to an Arizona Cardinal.

9:40 PM - 12TH PICK: THE TEXAS SELECT DESHAUN WATSON (HOUSTON TRADED WITH CLEVELAND TO GET TO NO. 12).

The big three quarterbacks have all been nabbed in the first half of the draft. 

9:34 PM - 11TH PICK: THE SAINTS SELECT MARSHON LATTIMORE.

If Lattimore's hamstring problems don't resurface, New Orleans may have just found the next great lockdown corner.

9:23 PM - 10TH PICK: THE CHIEFS SELECT PATRICK MAHOMES (TRADED UP FROM NO. 27 TO NO. 10 AFTER TRADING WITH BILLS. BILLS RECEIVE NO. 27, A 3RD ROUNDER AND A 2018 PICK, TOO).

Mahomes goes before Deshaun Watson. No one should ever do another mock draft.

9:15 PM - 9TH PICK: THE BENALS SELECT JOHN ROSS.

Ross AND AJ Green? That's a scary pair.

9:09 PM - 8TH PICK: THE PANTHERS SELECT CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY.

Current Panthers LB Thomas Davis announced the pick and called McCaffrey a wide receiver. That's wrong, but considering how versatile the Stanford running back is, it's understandable.

9:04 PM - 7TH PICK: THE CHARGERS SELECT MIKE WILLIAMS.

Two skilled wideouts are off the board through seven picks.

8:59 PM - 6TH PICK: THE JETS SELECT JAMAL ADAMS.

The do-it-all safety fell further than most expected.

8:51 PM - WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!????????!!!!!!!!

8:47 PM - 5TH PICK: THE TITANS SELECT COREY DAVIS.

Marcus Mariota has a new option on the outside to throw to.

8:40 PM - 4TH PICK: JAGUARS SELECT LEONARD FOURNETTE.

Now Blake Bortles won't throw for as many interceptions this year, because he'll be too busy sticking the pigskin into Leonard Fournette's gut every down.

8:37 PM - Mitch Trubisky will want to delete this old tweet before he arrives in Chicago:

8:36 PM - 3RD PICK: 49ERS SELECT SOLOMAN THOMAS. 

So the 49ers got three extra picks from the Bears, moved back one slot and ended up drafting the defender they wanted all along? Well played, John Lynch.

8:26 - 2ND PICK: BEARS SELECT MITCH TRUBISKY (SWITCHED SPOTS WITH THE 49ERS AND GAVE UP THREE MORE PICKS TO DO SO).

And it's the night's first surprise. The Bears and the 49ers swapped spots, and after doing so, Chicago took Mitch Trubisky. Mike Glennon is probably a bit confused right now.

8:14 PM - 1ST PICK: BROWNS SELECT MYLES GARRETT. 

After recent whispers that they were maybe going to go elsewhere, the Browns did indeed draft the Texas A&M pass rusher. Have fun dealing with him, other QBs in the AFC North.

8:12 PM - Look, it's NFL commissioner Roger Booooooooooooooooodell:

8:01 PM - According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the Redskins "love" one defensive prospect. Problem is, a lot of other teams ahead of them likely do as well:

7:56 PM - THE PLAYERS AT THE DRAFT HAVE WALK-UP MUSIC. The NFL and MLB are two very different leagues, but the fact that the former is borrowing this concept from the latter is a tremendous idea. Some players, like Corey Davis and John Ross, chose songs that have draft-related themes, while others, such as Deshaun Watson and Ryan Ramczyk, apparently are trying to be as cliché as possible:

7:45 PM - At some point on Thursday or during the weekend, Roger Goodell will have to say the words Taco and Butt. Check out more of the NFL Draft's best names here.

5:05 PM - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has arrived. Surprisingly enough, fans aren't booing him. We'll have to wait until 8:00 p.m. for that.

4:45 PM - We're three hours away from the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, but it looks like the Cleveland Browns are close to finalizing their choice for the No. 1 overall pick.

4:30 PM - JP Finlay is on the scene in Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft. Several Redskins fans are out and about early.

4:15 PM - Oh, this is going to be fun. Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan is reportedly advising other teams on their picks at the draft. 

4:00 PM - And with that No. 17 pick, the Redskins could go in several different directions. There will be plenty of defensive lineman and pass rushers to choose from, as well as several high-end cornerbacks. JP Finlay identified the 22 players considered in-play for the Redskins at No. 17.

3:45 PM - The Redskins have the No. 17 pick. With the 2017 NFL Draft starting at 8:00 p.m., we are expecting the Redskins to make their pick at rough 10:15 p.m. ET.

3:30 PM - Want to get to know the NFL Draft prospects? Want to go inside the war room with a former GM? Ever wondered what a player evaluation looks like? Former NFL GM Charley Casserly and CSN's Julie Donaldson have you covered in our CSN Draft Room. It's your go-to source for 2017 NFL Draft material.

3:15 PM - The CSN team is all over the place today. Be sure to follow them on Twitter. Redskins Insider JP Finlay is at the Draft in Philadelphia. Redskins writer Rich Tandler and CSN anchor Chick Hernandez are at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. and NFL analyst Trevor Matich is in the CSN Draft Room. Be sure to follow @CSNRedskins for all your draft night coverage. 

3:00 PM - Welcome to CSN's live draft tracker for the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night.