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Redskins report card vs. Ravens—Crowder, Norman among aces

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Redskins report card vs. Ravens—Crowder, Norman among aces

Here are grades for various units, players, and other elements of yesterday’s win over the Ravens:

Grade A

WR/PR Jamison Crowder— The importance of his 85-yard punt return is obvious. He also had a hand in the other Redskins’ touchdown when he caught a 23-yard pass from Cousins to get the drive started.

ILB Mason Foster—He was literally all over the field, making plays in coverage out near the numbers and making tackles in the box.

Luck—They really didn’t do much positive on one of their biggest plays of the game, the interception that C. J. Mosley fumbled out of the end zone. It also helped that Steve Smith exited the game with an ankle injury in the first half and did not return. And the early snap in the fourth quarter that bounced off of Cousins had disaster written all over it.

Josh Norman—He wasn’t following Smith before his former teammate exited the game with a foot injury. Flacco threw just three of his 46 passes in his direction, completing one for nine yards.

Pierre Garçon—He made a few nice grabs, including one for the Redskins' only offensive touchdown.

Grade B

Special teams—I was going to give them an A but with a missed extra point I just couldn’t even though the wind was a big factor.

Offensive line—They did a good job protecting Kirk Cousins, allowing only one sack to a team that had averaged better than two per game going in. Their run blocking was just OK, clearing room for some good runs but an average of just 3.0 yards per carry.

Defensive line—Yeah, they should thank the Ravens for calling only eight running plays for the last three quarters of the game. But they did a good job clogging the line and getting pressure on Joe Flacco.

Grade C

Offensive play calling—The run-pass got a little out of whack with 42 passes called and 19 runs (not counting late Cousins kneel down from victory formation) in what was a close game throughout. It should be noted that Cousins threw six passes after the Redskins got possession in the last minute of the first half so that skewed the numbers some plus they were only getting 3 yards a pop on the ground. And while I liked the several times they went deep on third or fourth and one it was kind of futile to do it when the wind was such a factor.

Kirk Cousins—He threw some head-scratching passes and the interception was nearly a disaster. He did redeem himself with some nice throws; you won’t see many better than the TD pass to Pierre Garçon, the definition of a dime.

Matt Jones—The lost fumble could have been huge but the D got the stop and special teams stopped the fake field goal attempt. He only gained 30 yards on the ground but he didn’t have much running room. Adding 22 yards on three receptions saved his grade.

Tress Way—Two touchbacks, one of them from near midfield, is unacceptable for Way, who may have had some problems with the win.

I didn't include everything here, give me your grades in the comments.
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Updating Redskins' injury list after loss to Cardinals

Updating Redskins' injury list after loss to Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins went into today’s game against the Cardinals somewhat banged up and they exit with a couple of additional injury concerns in the form of concussions.

Center Spencer Long left the game in the second quarter. Initially it was announced that he had been evaluated for a concussion but that he had been cleared. But after halftime the word came down that he had been retested and it was determined that he does have a concussion. Long has entered the concussion protocol.

Veteran John Sullivan, picked up earlier this season when Kory Lichtensteiger went on injured reserve, filled in a center the rest of the way. He is a capable fill-in but if Long is out he would be the only available center. The Redskins might have to sign a center if it looks like Long will be out of action against the Eagles.

In the fourth quarter safety Will Blackmon left the game. According to Redskins coach Jay Gruden he was being evaluated for a concussion and a stinger. His exact status is unknown. Gruden will give more information during a conference call with reporters on Monday.

[MORE: JOSH NORMAN ON HIS CRUCIAL FOURTH-QUARTER PENALTY]

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Josh Norman on his crucial fourth-quarter penalty vs. Larry Fitzgerald

Josh Norman on his crucial fourth-quarter penalty vs. Larry Fitzgerald

GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins had a couple of chances to stop what would eventually turn into the Cardinals’ game-clinching drive in the fourth quarter. The first one came when they went for it on fourth and one at their own 34. It was a gutsy call by Arizona coach Bruce Arians and David Johnson make him look smart by popping off a 14-yard run.

The Cards earned that one. But it looked as though they got something of a gift a few plays later when Josh Norman was flagged holding receiver Larry Fitzgerald. It was a borderline call, granting Arizona a gift third and five conversion. Two plays later Carson Palmer went in for the kill, throwing a 42-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson.

On the field, Norman seemed to be none too pleased with the penalty flag. He said after the game that he thinks that Fitzgerald may have stolen a flag.

“He [Fitzgerald] was within five yards. Larry is a wily vet,” said Norman. “I'd been doing it all game, kind of . . . He breaks out and I go for the ball and the flag got thrown. We'd like to see that not happen in that situation because there was some good position, some good leverage. And a flag came out.

“It is what it is. You can't blame a call on that, blame a call on this. It's whatever, man.”

Norman is right. The Redskins blew plenty of chances to take control of the game and the blame can be spread around on both sides of the ball. But the flag will loom large as the Redskins try to shake off this loss and get ready for the Eagles next week.

[MORE: ANGRY JAY GRUDEN SAYS REDSKINS 'NOT EVEN CLOSE' TO THINKING ABOUT PLAYOFFS]