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Need to Know: The five best performances by a Redskin in the Super Bowl

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Need to Know: The five best performances by a Redskin in the Super Bowl

Here is what you need to know on this Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 95 days before the NFL Draft.

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Yes, there were days when the Redskins played in Super Bowls. Here are the team’s five best individual performances in the big game.

1. John Riggins XVII—He just pounded the Dolphins into submission with 38 carries for 166 yards. The yardage record has been broken but no running back has dominated a Super Bowl like Riggins. His 43-yard touchdown run on fourth down in the fourth quarter is one of the most underrated big plays in Super Bowl history.

2. Doug Williams XXII—Going into the second quarter Williams was four for 10 for 78 yards. It wasn’t even certain that he would come out for the first snap of the second quarter after he with following a knee injury. But he came in, launched an 80-yard TD bomb to Ricky Sanders on his first snap of the second quarter and the rest is NFL history. He was 9 of 11 for 228 yards and four touchdowns.

3. Ricky Sanders XXII—Art Monk played but his game was seriously hampered by a knee injury. That left The Posse down to two members and it was Sanders who stepped up. As noted above, he and Williams opened the floodgates with their 80-yard TD connection on the Redskins’ first snap of the second quarter. The play was supposed to be a seven-yard hitch but Sanders recognized press coverage from cornerback Mark Haynes and just blew by him. He also hauled in a 50-yard TD from Williams later in The Quarter. On the day, seven receptions for 166 yards for Sanders.

4. Joe Jacoby XVII—I pitched his Hall of Fame worthiness yesterday and this game is one of the big reasons why. The left tackle slammed into defensive end Kim Bokamper time after time as the Redskins literally ground the Dolphins into submission. The other Hogs who started that day—LG Russ Grimm, C Jeff Bostic, RG Fred Dean, and RT George Starke—get strong honorable mentions here.

5. Brad Edwards XXVI—The defense needs to be represented here somewhere and Edwards’ performance against the Bills. He picked off Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly twice and knocked down five passes. Andre Reed, named to the Hall of Fame yesterday, caught just five passes for 34 yards. That wasn’t all Edwards but he was a big part of it as his big hits gave Bills receivers a severe case of alligator arms.

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Timeline

—Born on this day: Redskins OL Josh LeRibeus (1989) and former Redskins DE Dexter Manley (1958).

—It’s been 35 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 217 days until they play another one.

—Days until: NFL Combine 17; NFL Free agency starts 37; Offseason workouts start 64; NFL Draft 95

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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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