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Redskins Eagles 3rd quarter

Redskins Eagles 3rd quarter

This just goes to show you that the Redskins can stay in virtually in game when they don't come out and give it away in the first five minutes of play. It's far, far from over but the Skins are waking up and playing better ball. The Eagles have 66 yards of offense.

14:05—The Eagles have to burn a timeout on a third and eight. Landry got a good pop on Jackson to jar the bar loose on the previous play. LaRon hasn't been playing badly this year, but the big hits seem to be fewer and further between when compared to last season.

11:27—Jason Taylor with the sack AND strip! Fletcher recovers and returns inside the Eagle 20. Is this guy trying to get invited back for 2009?

Portis 1 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 10, Eagles 0

They turn the takeaway into seven. A middle screen to Cooley gets them down to the five and three Portis runs for zero, four, and one yard gets the Skins into the end zone. I liked the second and goal from the five call when they went small with Moss and Randle El and swept to the left.

8:40—Landry knocked Jackson out of the game, at least for now. He has a rib injury from that rib-rocking hit and there is no word on his return. With Kevin Curtis and Hank Baskett inactive, the Eagles are very thin at WR.

6:34—I'm not sure what Lorenzo Alexander is doing covering Westbrook about 20 yards downfield, but he was and not the Eagles are in business in the Red Zone after a long pass and run.

5:44—Jackson is back in the game.

5:30—A big third and three coming up. Momentum is on the line.

4:50—A nice tackle by Horton stops Westbrook a yard shy of the first down and the Eagles will try a field goal.

FG Akers 22
Redskins 10, Eagles 3

Portis has cracked the all-time top 25 in rushing TD's with 71 for his career. That's pretty impressive for a guy who supposedly is fragile and always hurt.

1:01—A nice drive is now jammed into reverse on a sack and a holding penalty. They're now facing a semi-manageable third and 13.

End of third quarter
Redskins 10, Eagles 3

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Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports declared Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL. Prisco repeatedly points out that while Cousins is a good quarterback, the notion that he should be paid like one of the best passers in the league is what makes him overrated.

From Prisco:

After having six 300-yard-plus passing games in his first 11 games, including two over 400, Cousins had one in the final five games last season as the Redskins pushed for a playoff spot. He had five touchdown passes and five interceptions in those games, going 2-3 as Washington folded. It wasn't all on him, but that's the point. I don't think he's a quarterback who rises above situations when the team isn't going right. I am not going to sit here and pan him as a starter. He has proven to be that, and a pretty good one. It's just that the perception is he's much better than that, which is why he's my most overrated player in the NFL in 2017.

Here's the problem with Prisco's login: Simple market economics. 

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An argument can be made Cousins is a Top 10 passer. He's certainly in the top half of the league at the position. Few, if any, would argue Cousins is a Top 5 quarterback, but his contract situation forces him to be paid like he is. Those are the exact terms of the franchise tag, even before the 20 percent increase Washington paid this season to use a second-straight tag.  

Since the Redskins lost their window to sign their single-season passing yards record holder to a team-friendly deal last year, Cousins has leverage and the advantage of inflated QB salaries on his side.

That doesn't mean Cousins is overrated. 

If the threshold for being overrated is money, then Brock Osweiler wins this thing in a landslide. After the 2016 season in Houston, Osweiler seems unlikely to ever again be considered a starting QB in the NFL. He's due to be paid $18 million this fall and his offseason trade to the Browns will go down as the first-ever salary dump in NFL history. 

Is Cousins overpaid? Probably. That's the way contracts work in pro football. 

Is Cousins overrated? Probably not. He's thrown for more than 9,000 yards and completed about 68 percent of his passes over the last two seasons. 

There just aren't enough quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, and guys that can play the position get paid handsomely. That doesn't make Cousins overrated. 

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

It's been a confusing stretch for Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead. 

The charges against the Bealeton, Virginia native have now been dropped, after it was determined by Prince William County Police that Whitehead is not the man accused of shoplifting at a convenience store in Woodbridge, Virginia on June 22.

Here's the full statement released Tuesday:

Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named “Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.”, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys.

The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr. Officers then checked this information through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database.

The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody. Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided. At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead’s identify was falsely provided to police during the investigation.

The police department is currently seeking the identity of the man involved in the incident. Since the identifying information provided by the arrestee during the investigation was apparently false, the police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to clear Mr. Whitehead from this investigation. The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys hadn't officially released Whitehead on Monday, despite reports to the contrary. 

 

Although it's looking like he still may be looking for a new home.