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Need to Know: Kirk Cousins' five best games

Need to Know: Kirk Cousins' five best games

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 1, 57 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

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—The Redskins last played a game 143 days ago. It will be 103 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 57; Preseason opener @ Falcons 72; Final roster cut to 53, 94

I’m enjoying a vacation week in the Outer Banks. While I’m gone I’m presenting a few of the most popular posts from earlier this offseason (Note: A few details may not be updated) as well as some posts looking back at some of the team’s best performances. Thanks for reading, see you again on Monday, June 6.

Kirk Cousins’ five best career games (by passer rating, minimum 20 attempts)

158.3 vs. Saints, 11.15.15: 20 comp./25 att/324 yards/4 TD/0 INT—The Redskins piled up stats that contributed to the Saints’ dubious distinction of being one of the worst pass defenses of all time. One of Cousins’ shortest throws led to the biggest gain of the day. He flipped a screen pass to Matt Jones, who rolled 78 yards for a touchdown.

153.7 vs. Bills, 12.20.15: 16/27/235/2/0—The Redskins took a 28-7 lead midway through the third quarter on Cousins’ 77-yard touchdown bomb to DeSean Jackson. The Bills rallied but Cousins put it away with a five-yard TD pass to Pierre Garçon early in the fourth.

128.1 vs. Bucs, 10.25.15: 33/40/317/3/0—You may remember this game for the rally from the 24-0 deficit, the biggest comeback in team history, and Cousins declaring “You like that!” on the way to the locker room. It almost makes you forget the 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive for the winning score, a touchdown pass from Cousins to Jordan Reed with 24 seconds left.

120.3 @ Eagles, 12.26.15: 31/46/365/4/0—Reed caught Cousins touchdown passes of 12 and 23 yards in the first half to the Redskins into the lead. Cousins to Garçon for 13 yards and a TD clinched the game and the NFC East title for the Redskins.

114.4 vs. Giants, 11.29.15: 20/29/302/1/0—After failing to take advantage of two early takeaways in Giants territory, the Redskins struck quickly with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Jackson. They rolled to a 20-0 lead in the fourth quarter but had to hold off a late Giants rally.

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Need to Know: Another big day on the ground on tap for the Redskins?

Need to Know: Another big day on the ground on tap for the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 11, eight days before the Washington Redskins host the Carolina Panthers.

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Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Eagles 1 p.m.

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 13; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 21

Injuries of note:
Out:
G Long (concussion), S Blackmon (concussion), DE Lanier (leg)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), G Scherff (ankle), DE Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Baker (ankle), G Shawn Lauvao (groin)
Final injury report

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Eagles

—The Redskins have not stopped a team in a goal to go situation since September. The Eagles are good in such situations, converting TDs 84 percent of the time. If the Redskins can get a stop and force a field goal try when the first time the Eagles get down there that would be a big psychological boost for the visitors. Or, better yet, maybe they can just not let the Eagles get any first and goal opportunities. That’s what happened when the teams played in Week 6.

—In that Week 6 meeting the Redskins rushed for 230 yards, their best performance on the ground this season by 79 yards. Matt Jones picked up 135 yards on 16 attempts, Rob Kelley had 5-59, and Chris Thompson kicked in with 9-37. It’s unlikely that Jones will be active so it will be up to Kelley to get things rolling on the ground.

—For all the talk about Kirk Cousins having the Eagles’ number, he had one of his worst statistical games of the year against them in Week 6. He completed just 52.9 percent of his passes, his lowest completion percentage of the season. Cousins also threw perhaps his worst interception of the year, a pick six that tied the game at 14 in the second quarter. The bottom line was that he made some plays and the Redskins won but he likely will have to play better this time for his team to prevail today.

—Carson Wentz has six interceptions in his last three games, including three last week against the Bengals. Josh Norman is due to get an interception, overdue, in fact. Don’t know what will happen but the chances seem good that a Redskin will get his hands on a Wentz pass today.

—We saw last week that the Redskins are not a lock to go on the road and win against a team that is desperately fighting for its playoff life. Fortunately for the Redskins, the Eagles do not have players who are the equals of David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Patrick Peterson. While plenty can go wrong I think the Redskins come away with with the win.

Redskins 28, Eagles 24

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Redskins bring former starting center back to active roster

Redskins bring former starting center back to active roster

The Redskins officially brought Kory Lichtensteiger back to the active roster, and while the move is now for depth, it could have other ramifications down the road. 

The move is on the NFL's transaction report for Saturday. To make room for Lichtensteiger, the team released defensive lineman A.J. Francis. 

Dealing with injuries up and down the line of scrimmage, Lichtensteiger's return could give the offensive front more flexibility. When Lichtensteiger got injured Week 3 and sent to the injured reserve, third-year pro Spencer Long stepped in and performed well at center. Last week in Arizona, Long sustained a concussion.

That injury opened the door for John Sullivan, who will start this week in Philadelphia with Long ruled out. Sullivan was brought in as a backup to Long once Lichtensteiger was put on IR. With Long now in the NFL concussion protocol, the Redskins need another center should Sullivan get hurt. Alas, Lichtensteiger's return from the IR. 

Left guard Shawn Lauvao also sustained an injured groin, and that's where things could get interesting. Long is capable of playing guard, as is Lichtensteiger in a pinch. Should Lauvao's injury persist, Lichtensteiger might be able to help there.

Against the Eagles, the plan certainly appears to be second-year man Arie Kouandjio starting in place of Lauvao. Kouandjio made one earlier start this season - Week 4 against Cleveland - and the results were mixed.

If Kouandjio stumbles and Lauvao needs more time, Lichtensteiger's return to the roster gives Jay Gruden and Bill Callahan more flexibility, especially when Long returns from injury.

In fact, once the team has Long, Lichtensteiger and Sullivan healthy, there could be a bit of a logjam roster-wise on the offensive line, but considering all the injuries, bumps and bruises that are part of O-line life by the last four games of the season, the Redskins staff likely won't mind figuring that out. 

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