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Need to Know: Redskins notes and numbers—Another big day vs. Bears for Reed

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Need to Know: Redskins notes and numbers—Another big day vs. Bears for Reed

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 14, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Buffalo Bills.

Notes and numbers from Redskins 24, Bears 21

—The Redskins broke a nine-game road losing streak with the win. A tenth straight road loss would have been the worst such streak in team history.

—The Redskins had 11 first downs in the first quarter. That is the most first downs they have had in the opening quarter since records started being kept in 1991.

—Kirk Cousins completed 24 of 31 passes for 300 yards with one touchdown and one interception. It was Cousins' fifth 300-yard performance of the year, tying the Redskins record set three times Sonny Jurgensen in 1967, Jay Schroeder in 1986 and Mark Rypien in 1989).

—Cousins' interception, which came in the third quarter, was turned into a touchdown by the Bears. So far this season opponents have turned every third-quarter turnover committed by the Redskins into points.

—Ryan Kerrigan sacked Jay Cutler in the third quarter. The linebacker now has 7.5 sacks on the season. He becomes the fifth player in NFL history with at least 7.5 sacks in each of first 5 NFL seasons (Kerrigan, DeMarcus Ware, Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, Reggie White).

—Tight end Jordan Reed led the Redskins with nine receptions for 120 yards with a touchdown. In two career games against Chicago, Reed has now caught 18 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns, exceeding the 100-yard mark in both contests.

Timeline

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

Days until: Bills @ Redskins 6; Redskins @ Eagles 12; Redskins @Cowboys 20

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Draft talk, Ihenacho out

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Draft talk, Ihenacho out

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 25, 33 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 23
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 48
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 60
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 112
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 160

The Redskins week that was

Ihenacho's Redskins career appears to be over—This is based on some tweets he sent out; the team has said nothing officially or unofficially. Duke Ihenacho started 10 games at safety for the Redskins and they still don’t have enough at his position to fill out a depth chart. But apparently, they believe that Ihenacho is not part of the solution going forward and they will not offer Ihenacho, an unrestricted free agent, a contract. I think he’ll get another shot somewhere; he turns 28 in June and when he’s healthy he can play a role on defense and do some special teams.

Will the Redskins shift to drafting for need? Scot McCloughan always preached drafting the best player available rather than drafting for need. However, no GM drafts purely BPA and none draft strictly for need. How will the Redskins go with Bruce Allen having the final say and with Jay Gruden likely to have a strong voice in the draft room? Check out the post.

2017 NFL Mock Draft 6.0—A good job by Ben Standig here although I’m kind of skeptical of his first-round pick for the Redskins for reasons outlined here. And I kind of like his second round pick but I’d think he would be better in the fourth.  

RELATED: NFL Mock Draft Version 6.0

Could Miami's Kaaya be the Redskins' heir apparent at quarterback? I think that some Redskins fans have their fingers stuck in their ears and are yelling, “I can’t hear you” when it comes to the quarterback situation. The reality is that there is a very good chance that Kirk Cousins will be gone in 2018. Why wait until he’s gone to start developing his replacement? You can argue that Kaaya is not the guy but there has to be a plan.

Setting the odds on the Redskins' first-round draft pick—Mock drafts are all over the place with the Redskins picks, which is to be expected with pick No. 17. While I respect any analyst who can do a full first-round mock draft, it’s just impossible for them to be up on every team’s depth chart and thinking. As noted, nobody is sure how the dynamic of Allen and Gruden (and we could throw in college scouting director Scott Campbell there as well) will work in the draft room. While things might clear up as April 27 approaches, a big surprise at No. 17 wouldn’t be a surprise, if you know what I mean.

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What's cuter than the way Kirk Cousins found out his baby's gender? Nothing

What's cuter than the way Kirk Cousins found out his baby's gender? Nothing

What's the cutest thing you've ever seen in your whole, entire life? Whatever that thing is, be prepared for it to slide down to the second spot, because what you're about to see is absolutely going to move up to No. 1 (and then stay there forever).

Two weeks ago, Kirk Cousins and his wife, Julie, announced that they were expecting. That announcement, which was posted on Julie's Instagram, was really adorable in its own right — Mrs. Cousins shared a photo of the couple's dog, Bentley, who was wearing a sign that read, "Mom & Dad are getting me a human!"

On Friday, though, Kirk put up a video on his Instagram that revealed their future child's gender. What else did that video do, you ask? Well, it only made every future gender reveal irrelevant, since none will ever top what the Cousinses did.

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Gender Reveal! Had to stand close so it wouldn't get intercepted... and still almost missed ha! IT'S A...

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OMG. O. M. G. OMG.

The regular season may be months away, but with that toss, Kirk Cousins is already 1-for-1 (yes, the pass was low, but a completion is a completion) with a perfect quarterback rating.