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Redskins-Giants Third Quarter

Redskins-Giants Third Quarter

Portis has 16 carries for 88 yards after a slow start. If he hits near those same numbers in the second half and the Redskins continue to play with what I'll call intelligent aggression, the Skins will win. Oh, and the D needs to adjust to NY's halftime adjustments.

I neglected to mention that Betts did a great job of finishing that TD run, ploughing through contact from about the five on in.

Skins get the second half kickoff.

14:56—This may be the Redskins' day. A flag flies on the kickoff return and it's a personal foul against the Giants. Skins' ball in NY territory at the 46.

14:07—Cooley's first catch of the night converts a second and 12 into a first down.

13:22—Sellers with his patented hurdle move turns a short flip into a nice gain.

Portis 5 run (pass failed)
Redskins 22, Giants 3

Not sure about going for two there, especially since it failed. It's up to the Redskins D to make sure that it doesn't make any difference.

The Redskins started out their second half the first time they played the Giants with three three and outs and then a turnover. A much better start, to say the least.

11:50—An out of bounds kickoff and a 19-yard Jacobs run have NY in Washington territory. Can't let the Giants answer right back.

10:07—A big, big sack gets the Giants out of Redskins territory. Loss of 14 with the sack split by Carter and K. Campbell.

7:01—Skins go back to conservative mode after getting the ball deep in their territory. Three Betts runs and out and the Giants have the ball in Washington territory. If the D gets a stop here, it's going to be close to being over. If the Giants score, it's game on until the end.

6:49—Burress might be better served to worry more about catching the ball and less about perceived penalties on Smoot.

Boss 19 pass from Manning (Tines kick)
Redskins 22, Giants 10

So, it's game on. Manning got time to throw that series and he took advantage of it. He caught fire in the late going two weeks ago against the Bears to pull one out for New York.

4:32—Decent field position near the 30, time for some intelligent aggression.

3:30—A big third down and six here. The Skins need to keep this drive alive.

2:46—Collins nearly gets sacked despite a great block by Portis. Skins punt and NY gets the ball just inside their 20.

1:47—Thank you, Amani Toomer. He smoked Springs and then flat-out dropped a pass in Washington territory.

End of third quarter
Redskins 22, Giants 10

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Need to Know: Redskins look for fifth straight win over Eagles

Need to Know: Redskins look for fifth straight win over Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 5, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 12; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 17; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 25

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion)
Long's concussion could force roster move

First look at Redskins vs. Eagles

The last time: The Redskins won 27-20 at FedEx Field in Week 6 in a game that was not really as close as the score indicated. The Redskins outgained the Eagles 4923 yards to 239 and had the ball for 10 more minutes. Philly scored on a kickoff return and an interception return in a three-minute span in the second quarter and that was about all they had. The Redskins have now beaten the Eagles four straight times. 

The Eagles leaders: Quarterback Carson Wentz got off to a hot start, posting three passer ratings of over 100 in his first four games. In eight games since his passer rating is 70.1 and his high in a game is 91.4. Leading rusher Ryan Matthew had his first 100-yard game in Week 10; he shares the load with Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles. Jordan Matthews (57 receptions, 686 yards) is expected back after missing last week with an ankle injury. Sacks leader Brandon Graham (5.0) has only one sack in the last six games.

Be on the lookout: The Eagles have been getting it done on special teams for years. This year they have two kickoff return touchdowns and Darren Sproles averages 13.7 yards per punt return including a 66-yarder.

Hodgepodge: A Washington win would put them 2.5 games ahead of the Eagles with three to play. Barring a Philly win out/Redskins lose out scenario the Redskins would be out of last place in the NFC East in consecutive years for the first time since 2002-2003 . . . The Redskins already are ensured of avoiding double-digit losses in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001-2002 . . . The Eagles have allowed over 400 yards of offense in two of their last three games.

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When will Jordan Reed return? Jay Gruden says he 'can't predict it'

When will Jordan Reed return? Jay Gruden says he 'can't predict it'

The Redskins best pass cacther did not play in a loss to the Cardinals, and it appears there is still no clear timeline for Jordan Reed's return to the field. 

"Jordan will be day-to-day," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "You know, we just have to wait and see."

Gruden issued the same statement on Reed last week, and the tight end proceeded to miss all Redskins practices for the week and was announced out for the Arizona game on Friday. Reed's injury came on Thanksgiving in Dallas when he separated his shoulder diving in the end zone for a Kirk Cousins' pass during the first half.

Incredibly, Reed returned in the second half and caught two touchdowns while playing in immense pain. Gruden and Cousins used words like 'stunned' and 'surprised' talking about Reed's return in the Dallas game, but looking forward to Philadelphia, it's hard to know what to expect from the tight end's shoulder.

"Everybody is different with these types of injuries and hopefully he is a fast healer but we’ll take him day-to-day, get him his treatment and go from there," the coach said. "I can’t predict it."

For the season, Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns in just nine games. Reed missed two games earlier this year after sustaining a concussion against the Ravens.

Without Reed in the lineup against the Cardinals, the Redskins offense dipped in production. Cousins threw for less than 300 yards for the first time in three games, though backup tight end Vernon Davis had five catches for 47 yards. 

If Reed practices Wednesday, even in a limited role, would be a good sign for the 'Skins tight end. 

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