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Need to Know: Redskins vs. Ravens by the numbers—Breaking a punt return drought


Need to Know: Redskins vs. Ravens by the numbers—Breaking a punt return drought

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 10, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles.


Today's schedule: Jay Gruden news conference 3 p.m., CSN and CSNmidatlantic.com

Days until: Eagles @ Redskins 6; Redskins @ Lions 13; Redskins vs. Bengals in London 20

Redskins vs. Ravens by the numbers

—The Redskins won in Baltimore against the Ravens for the first time ever and for the first time against any opponent since they beat the Colts in Memorial Stadium on October 23, 1955.

—The Redskins allowed the Ravens to score 10 points, the fewest they have allowed since Week 2 of 2015 (10 vs. Rams). The last time they allowed a team to score fewer than 10 points was in 2012 (6 vs. Eagles).

—Jamison Crowder’s 85-yard punt return for a touchdown was the first TD punt return for the Redskins since October 26, 2008 when Santana Moss took one back 80 yards against the Lions. That is a drought of 108 games.

—Crowder's return was the longest scoring punt return for the Redskins since Antwaan Randle El brought one back 87 yards against the Colts in 2006.

—Ryan Kerrigan got a sack at the end of the first half, the 50th of his career. He joins Dexter Manley and Charles Mann as the only Redskins with at least 50 career sacks (note that sacks have only been an official stat since the 1982 season).

—The Redskins are now 3-2. They have not been over .500 after five games since the 2011 season.

—The Redskins held the Ravens to three third down conversions in 15 attempts (20%). After the Raven’s initial drive (2-2 on third down) they converted just 1 of 13 (7.6%).

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Updating Redskins' injury list after loss to Cardinals

Updating Redskins' injury list after loss to Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins went into today’s game against the Cardinals somewhat banged up and they exit with a couple of additional injury concerns in the form of concussions.

Center Spencer Long left the game in the second quarter. Initially it was announced that he had been evaluated for a concussion but that he had been cleared. But after halftime the word came down that he had been retested and it was determined that he does have a concussion. Long has entered the concussion protocol.

Veteran John Sullivan, picked up earlier this season when Kory Lichtensteiger went on injured reserve, filled in a center the rest of the way. He is a capable fill-in but if Long is out he would be the only available center. The Redskins might have to sign a center if it looks like Long will be out of action against the Eagles.

In the fourth quarter safety Will Blackmon left the game. According to Redskins coach Jay Gruden he was being evaluated for a concussion and a stinger. His exact status is unknown. Gruden will give more information during a conference call with reporters on Monday.


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Josh Norman on his crucial fourth-quarter penalty vs. Larry Fitzgerald

Josh Norman on his crucial fourth-quarter penalty vs. Larry Fitzgerald

GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins had a couple of chances to stop what would eventually turn into the Cardinals’ game-clinching drive in the fourth quarter. The first one came when they went for it on fourth and one at their own 34. It was a gutsy call by Arizona coach Bruce Arians and David Johnson make him look smart by popping off a 14-yard run.

The Cards earned that one. But it looked as though they got something of a gift a few plays later when Josh Norman was flagged holding receiver Larry Fitzgerald. It was a borderline call, granting Arizona a gift third and five conversion. Two plays later Carson Palmer went in for the kill, throwing a 42-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson.

On the field, Norman seemed to be none too pleased with the penalty flag. He said after the game that he thinks that Fitzgerald may have stolen a flag.

“He [Fitzgerald] was within five yards. Larry is a wily vet,” said Norman. “I'd been doing it all game, kind of . . . He breaks out and I go for the ball and the flag got thrown. We'd like to see that not happen in that situation because there was some good position, some good leverage. And a flag came out.

“It is what it is. You can't blame a call on that, blame a call on this. It's whatever, man.”

Norman is right. The Redskins blew plenty of chances to take control of the game and the blame can be spread around on both sides of the ball. But the flag will loom large as the Redskins try to shake off this loss and get ready for the Eagles next week.