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Redskins Cardinals third quarter

Redskins Cardinals third quarter

To bring out a Capt. Obvious cliché here, it's anyone's ballgame. Campbell seems to have cooled off since completing his first eight passes. He's a streaky passer and if he can get it going, the Skins will be fine. If his hot streak isn't due until next week or before the Cards lay a couple of TD's on the board, it's trouble.

14:54—Devin Thomas down there on kickoff coverage, doing a nice job.

13:59—A huge play there for Arizona, a 14-yard pass to convert third and long and a 15-yard roughing the passer flag on top of it. All of a sudden they're in Redskin territory.

12:30—They're still grinding it out with James, moving right downfield.

12:04—Griffin is down on the field, he gets up and walks off under his own power.

12:04—Another third-down chance for the defense. Jason Taylor gives it to them by jumping offside. A third and seven becomes a third and two.

11:57—Springs tips it but Boldin hauls it in anyway. First down at the 20.

10:57—OK, let's try this again. Third and nine at the 19.

10:21—Wow, it was right at the line to gain but they didn't measure. First and goal Arizona.

9:28—One more time. Third and goal at the nine.

9:25—This time they get it done as Taylor tips his second straight pass. Rackers will try a field goal to tie it up.

FG Rackers 26
Redskins 10, Cardinals 10

A 15-play drive, 72 yards, 5:40. The Redskins have to respond. The offense hasn't been on the field for about 40 minutes of real time, so they should be fired up. We'll see if Jansen or Heyer comes in at tackle.

9:20—It's Heyer going back in.

8:42—Five straight handoffs to Portis now going back to the end of the first half and it's third and five.

7:40—Cooley knew right where to go to pick up a first on third and five. Not that it was that hard, they were working after a touchback and he knew where to find the 30.

5:40—I like throwing deep on second and one but there's also something about powering for about seven like Betts just did that is appealing as well.

4:30—Pulling out the bag of tricks with an end around to Thomas and an option pass by Randle El. The first was good for 16, the latter for 11.

3:21—The tight end screen to Cooley had Samuels looking for someone to block and not finding anyone until the play had already gained 12 yards. The 16-yard gain sets up first and goal at about the two and a half.

Yoder 2 pass from Campbell (Suisham kick)
Redskins 17, Cardinals 10

An ungodly play fake to Portis had everyone fooled and Yoder got wide open.

That was a perfect and needed response to a similar Arizona drive to start the half. We're at about three minutes to go in the third and each team has had the ball just once.

Fitzgerald 62 pass from Warner (Rackers kick)
Redskins 17, Cardinals 17

Three plays, 85 yards and it's tied up. I'm not sure where deep center fielder Landry was on that play, I'll check the replay.

Warner had time and Fitzgerald was able to make a double move. Landry thought the pass was going shorter and he didn't realize until it was too late and Doughty was trying to chase Fitzgerald.

1:41—Campbell tries to answer immediately, but Moss was double covered on the deep sideline pattern and he didn't have a shot.

End of third quarter
Redskins 17, Cardinals 17

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Over/under: Redskins pass catchers in 2017

Over/under: Redskins pass catchers in 2017

Our offseason over/under predictions for the Redskins rumbles on.

Today we are predicting the numbers involving the Redskins pass-catchers.

Redskins receivers/tight ends over-under

The Redskins’ receiving corps was forced to undergo some changes after top wideouts DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon departed via free agency.

How will their replacements do?

How will the talented holdovers perform? Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay go over-under on some Redskins pass catchers stats.  

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WR Terrelle Pryor, 1,000 receiving yards

Tandler: I know that a lot of people, including Finlay, are looking for a huge year out of Pryor. I think he’ll do well, but a thousand yards is going to elusive. He did go over 1K last year with the Browns with terrible QBs throwing to him. But Pryor also had the benefit of being one of few viable receivers in Cleveland. That’s not the case here. He won’t get anywhere near the 140 targets he got last year. Under

Finlay: Not sure when I said a huge year for Pyror, that seems like Tandler throwing shade, but I do think he is capable of 1,000 yards. The quantity of targets will certainly drop, but the quality should be much greater. In today's NFL, 1,000 yards is no longer the benchmark it once was. The bulk of the league deploys a pass-first offense, and the Redskins definitely do. 25 wideouts went over 1,000 yards last season, including two on the Redskins. Over 

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WR Josh Doctson, 6.5 touchdown receptions

Tandler: When Kirk Cousins sees how well the 2016 first-round pick can get up and high-point the ball Doctson will immediately become the favorite red zone target. I’ve predicted as many as 10 TDs for him this year. That’s bold, perhaps crazy, but I feel safe going with at least seven. Over

Finlay: 10 TDs for basically a rookie wideout is nuts. You're talking Odell Beckham/Randy Moss production. Doctson does have great size and potential for the red zone, but I need to see before I believe. Only Jamison Crowder got to seven touchdowns in 2016, and that was with Kirk Cousins throwing for nearly 5,000 yards. Under

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WR Jamison Crowder, 1,000 receiving yards

Tandler: This is the safest bet on the board. His familiarity with Cousins will make him a security blanket when the quarterback gets in trouble. He’s learning and getting better; he ticked up almost 250 yards and 2.5 yards per catch between his rookie and second seasons. And Crowder is durable. Over

Finlay: I like this one. Crowder went for about 850 yards last season, a jump of about 250 yards from his rookie season. Another year with that improvement gets him past 1,000 yards with room to spare. Early last season, Crowder was the 'Skins best receiver. He posted more than 500 yards before the Redskins bye week. In the second half of the year, the focus shifted to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon, which probably wasn't a coincidence as both players demanded the ball knowing they were headed for free agency. I expect Crowder to steadily produce all season in 2017. Over

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TE Jordan Reed, 12.5 games played

Tandler: Although we’re hesitant to make predictions about a player’s health, the fact is that this is the only variable for Reed going into the season. If he is on the field he will produce receiving yards and touchdowns by the bushel. Injuries, not defenses, are what slows him down. He skipped OTAs to spend more time strengthening his body and the results should show. But bad luck happens so this is a tough call. He’s due for some good fortune. Over

Finlay: Tandler is setting these totals with Vegas-like precision. This one is tough. In the last two seasons, Reed has played in 26 games, making 17 starts. I would argue the more important stat is starts, because that's when Reed is actually healthy. Last season, after separating his shoulder against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Reed tried to gut out a few performances against the Panthers and the Eagles. He was ineffective in both, yet those count for games played. In nine starts in 2015, Reed was a monster, putting up nearly 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. Starts are what matter, and the Redskins should hope for at least nine of them. Under

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FINLAY: Redskins' statement was a mistake, but won't impact on field results

FINLAY: Redskins' statement was a mistake, but won't impact on field results

The Redskins made a mistake issuing a statement about their failed long-term contract negotiations with Kirk Cousins. The team offered too much specific information.

On the field, however, starting next week in training camp, the statement will make zero impact.

Centered around the roller coaster that occurred between Bruce Allen’s statement on Monday afternoon and Kirk Cousins’ Tuesday interview with Grant and Danny on 106.7 the Fan, some Redskins fans think that hopes for the Burgundy and Gold are buried this fall. 

Was Allen’s statement a wise move? No. There was no reason to publicly put out the team’s offer, or more importantly, tell the world that Cousins never countered. It seemed like an attempt to control the conversation, and a lame attempt at that.

But here’s the thing: A deal was never happening

Cousins knew that. The Redskins knew that.

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And the zaniness of Monday and Tuesday should not have any impact on the 2017 season.

If Cousins can do anything, it’s compartmentalize. 

Last season, he dealt with almost the exact same public mess of a contract squabble. The team never offered him remotely close to market value, and the QB still came out and threw for nearly 5,000 yards. 

Cousins will again block out the noise, and deliver his best possible performance for the Redskins. The team should be better too. An improved defense should help immediately (even if that jump goes from bad to average), and a rebuilt receiving group should give Cousins the weapons to again run Jay Gruden’s potent offense. 

There are fan theories that the team might implode, and eventually, go to Colt McCoy or Nate Sudfeld at quarterback. I don’t see that happening. 

Cousins is under contract for 2017. The coaching staff, and the players, know what he can do. Personally, I don’t think the season unravels. Cousins is a good player. He's established a baseline for his performance over the past two years. 

The time since the franchise tag deadline doesn’t change that. The time since the franchise tag doesn’t change Jordan Reed’s ability to get open. It doesn’t change Jamison Crowder’s quickness on the inside or Trent Williams power on the outside.

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I don’t expect the Redskins to run off 13 wins. I’ve already written that I don’t even think the team will make the playoffs. To be clear, however, I don’t think Bruce Allen’s statement will make a difference once the players take the field in real games. 

On Wednesday, Chad Dukes of the Fan asked me if it’s possible that the Redskins season unravels, and things go sideways with Cousins. I don't expect that, and Dukes wondered if I was being overly optimistic. 

Could things fall apart? Sure. Anything is possible in the NFL, and especially with the Redskins. 

For me, however, Cousins' talent in the Redskins offensive system will mitigate the local penchant for crazy. Cousins has thrown for 9,000 yards and completed more than 68 percent of his passes in the last two seasons. He also bet on himself, again, to produce at a high level in 2017.

I think Cousins is smart. I think Gruden's offense will work. I think the Redskins defense will be improved. 

I don’t think this team makes the playoffs, but they should be close. I also don’t think this team implodes. 

Looking at the big picture, I definitely don’t consider myself an optimist. A realist, perhaps, but only time will tell. 

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