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Need to Know: Redskins' Cousins, Jones put up impressive numbers

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Need to Know: Redskins' Cousins, Jones put up impressive numbers

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, November 16, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Carolina Panthers.

Notes and numbers on Redskins 47, Saints 14

—Kirk Cousins completed 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards with four touchdowns and no interception. That calculates to a passer rating of 158.3, the maximum on the NFL’s scale. He is the first Redskins quarterback to post a perfect passer rating in a game with a minimum of 20 attempts and the first QB to do so in the NFL this season.

—Cousins became the first Redskins quarterback ever to complete 80 percent of his passes and throw for 300 yards with four touchdowns passing and no interceptions. He’s only the 13th quarterback in NFL history to post these numbers. (h/t Elias via John Keim of ESPN)

—Matt Jones had 131 yards receiving, the most by a Redskins running back in a game since 1962 (Dick James, 140). His 78-yard receiving touchdown was the longest by a Redskins running back since Larry Brown went 89 yards for a touchdown against the Jets in 1972.

—The Redskins gained 514 yards, the most they have gained in a game since a 1991 game against the Falcons (559).

—The Redskins held Drew Brees, who came into the game averaging an NFL-best 345 yards per game, to 209 yards. He had not passed for fewer than 255 yards in a game this season prior to this one. The Redskins remain one of just three NFL teams that has not allowed a 300-yard passer this season.

—The Redskins are now 4-5 after nine games. They have not had a better record after nine games since 2008, when they were 6-3.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden news conference, 3 p.m.

Days until: Redskins @ Panthers 6; Giants @ Redskins 13; Monday night Cowboys @ Redskins 21

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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