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Need to Know: The Redskins' best defensive games of 2015

Need to Know: The Redskins' best defensive games of 2015

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 31, 58 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 142 days ago. It will be 104 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 58; Preseason opener @ Falcons 73; Final roster cut to 53, 95

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.

The Redskins’ five best defensive games of 2015 (in terms of yards allowed)

213 yards vs. Rams, 09.20.15—The Redskins didn’t get any takeaways but they didn’t need them, holding Nick Foles to 150 yards passing and bottling up the Rams’ rushing attack (64 yards).

256 yards vs. Dolphins, 09.13.15—The Redskins stifled the Miami attack all day, holding the Dolphins to just 10 points. But they were let down by the special teams as Jarvis Landry returned a punt for 69 yards and a touchdown to provide the winning points.

318 yards vs. Cowboys, 12.07.15—There was really no reason for the Redskins to give up this much yardage to Matt Cassel and company. The last 20 yards they gave up were the killer, setting up the winning field goal in the final seconds.

320 yards vs. Eagles, 10.04.15—But for a couple of lapses in the form of allowing long touchdown passes from Sam Bradford to Riley Cooper and Miles Austin, this was one of the defense’s best games of the year. They kept the game close enough for the Redskins to win it on a late touchdown pass.

332 yards vs. Giants 11.29.15—Odell Beckham got his, catching nine passes for 142 yards including an incredible diving, one-handed grab for 21 yards and a touchdown. But nobody else really hurt them and rookie Quinton Dunbar made a key interception in the end zone to help hold the Giants at bay.

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NFC East Update - Where everybody is losing except the Cowboys

NFC East Update - Where everybody is losing except the Cowboys

The NFC East was a beast for a while, but in recent weeks, the division is fading. All the teams outside of Dallas lost this weekend, and losing streaks are popping up throughout the I-95 Corridor. Here's the NFC East update:

  1. The Minnesota Vikings gave the Dallas Cowboys all they could handle last Thursday night, and yet, the Cowboys won 17-15. Dak Prescott was not impressive in Minneapolis, but Ezekiel Elliott was and the Cowboys defense did just enough to slow the Vikings terrible offense. At 11-1, Dallas has clinched a playoff berth, and with a date in New York this Sunday night, Jerry Jones' crew has a chance to avenge their only loss of the year, which came in Week 1 to the Giants.
  2. It seemed expectations met reality for the New York Giants last Sunday in Pittsburgh. Ben McAdoo's team had won six games in a row, but largely, faced poor competition. In their first tough test since the leaves started falling, Eli Manning's offense could not get going and the Giants fell to 8-4, still in possession of the first NFC Wild Card spot. Even on their win streak, the Giants didn't pass many eye tests. Beat Dallas on Sunday night and all that changes.
  3. Two weeks ago the Washington Redskins were one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Winners of two straight and with a surging Kirk Cousins, the Redskins marched to Dallas on Thanksgiving and gave the Cowboys a real test. Despite the loss, Washington still held its spot with the second NFC Wild Card. After a deflating loss in Arizona, now the 'Skins are on the outside looking in of the playoffs. Good news for Jay Gruden and company: The team can get right back in the thick of things this week in Philly, and the remaining four-game schedule looks advantageous. 
  4. While the Redskins have lost two in a row and are in danger of falling out of the playoff race, the Philadelphia Eagles have lost three in a row and look to be falling apart. Rookie QB Carson Wentz is devoid of offensive weapons to work with and the Eagles have been outscored 85-42 in their last three games. Philly can get their first NFC East win this week with the 'Skins visiting, but it will take a different effort than they've shown in the last month.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - How freaked out should Redskins fans be after Arizona loss?

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - How freaked out should Redskins fans be after Arizona loss?

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler address the most important question for Redskins fans after two straight losses - is it time to freak out?

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