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Look no further than the turnovers

Look no further than the turnovers

You can talk about the focus and penalties and communication problems and the failure of the fourth cornerback to adjust to a pass in the air. And, yes, all of those were factors in the Washington Redskins' loss to the Rams on Sunday.

But the simple fact of the matter is that the three turnovers, along with the failure to hold on to a couple of interceptions, are the reasons why the Redskins lost.

The focus is on Pete Kendall's fumble after his inexplicable decision to haul in a batted pass. That one play represented at least a 10-point turnaround as the Redskins were well within field goal range and the Rams executed a scoop and score. According to Jason Campbell it was worse than that as the target of the pass, James Thrash, was wide open and would easily have scored a touchdown.

But at one of the previous two turnovers was extremely costly as well. On their third possession the Redskins were starting to get into rhythm offensively. Up 7-3 and starting from their own 18, Campbell threw a swing pass to Clinton Portis for 14 and a sideline pass to Santana Moss for 17. Portis ran for five, Chris Cooley went over the middle for four and then Ladell Betts powered for three yards to convert the third and one. From the St. Louis 39, the Redskins had another first down after Campbell found Cooley again at the 28. But the ball popped out as Cooley was going down and the Rams recovered Washington's first offensive fumble of the year.

The way they were moving, it's not too much to presume that the Redskins would have scored a touchdown to take a 14-3 lead. Even if the drive stalls at the point of the fumble the Redskins are well within field goal range.

On their next possession the Redskins were on the move again. A Betts run of 13 and an 18-yard catch and run by Antwaan Randle El got them from their own 20 into St. Louis territory. The Skins picked up more momentum when Portis fought for a yard to pick up a fourth and one by the nose of the football.

But then on third and five Campbell tried to scoop up a low shotgun snap but he couldn't get the handle and Chris Long recovered for the Rams. A play for no gain in that situation leaves a 51-yard field goal attempt for Shaun Suisham. That's not an automatic but a very makeable kick.

In spite of giving away a net of anywhere from 13 to 24 points, the Redskins were three and a half minutes away from stealing a win. They say that one of the marks of a great team is to be able to play poorly and still win.

One could extrapolate from that and say that the mark of a team that is pretty good but has not yet arrived is that it can play poorly and almost win.

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Redskins release Dashaun Phillips, again

Redskins release Dashaun Phillips, again

Cornerback Dashaun Phillips had a very short return to the Redskins’ active roster.

Phillips, who started the season as the nickel cornerback before being benched and eventually released and moved to the practice squad last month, was re-signed to the roster on Friday. He made the trip to Arizona but he was inactive for the game. The Redskins announced today that he has been released again.

It is possible for Phillips to return to the practice squad if he clears through waivers.

The transaction clears a roster spot for the return of offensive tackle Trent Williams, who has been suspended for the last four games.

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Jamison Crowder's touchdown dance was better than his touchdown

Jamison Crowder's touchdown dance was better than his touchdown

Among all the darkness and depression that has followed after the Redskins' 31-23 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, one bright, shining light has emerged: Jamison Crowder's touchdown celebration.

Late in the third quarter, the second-year wideout was on the receiving end of a 26-yard Kirk Cousins strike, which put his team in the lead on the game's scoreboard by three. However, it's what he did post-catch that put his team in the lead by a far larger margin on the swagboard.

Feast your eyes on this dance, and if you've already seen it, feast your eyes on it again. And again. And AGAIN:

Do you see how much Juju he put on that beat? And did you catch how he gave the ref a little somethin'-somethin' right at the end of the sequence? Calling that flawless would be an insult to Crowder.

Apparently, Jay Gruden was heard screaming at his players in the locker room as they were processing the matchup's result Sunday night. Is it possible he was just loudly complimenting Crowder's moves?

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