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Redskins roll over Philly

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Redskins roll over Philly

The Redskins treated the Eagles like a team staggering from five straight losses and starting a rookie quarterback.

In a game they absolutely had to win, Washington's defense intercepted Nick Foles twice in the first quarter and Robert Griffin III tossed a career-high four touchdowns to lift the Redskins to a thorough 31-6 victory at FedEx Field, where the home team breathed life back into their faint playoff hopes while virtually extinguishing Philadelphia’s.

Four days from now, the Redskins will take a 4-6 record into Dallas for a Thanksgiving Day showdown at Cowboys Stadium. The Eagles, meantime, fell to 3-7.

Griffin finished the day 14 of 15 passing for 200 yards. He also rushed for 85 yards on 11 carries. But Griffin’s highlight came via his cannon for an arm in the third quarter, when he put the game out of reach with a 61-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss that staked the Redskins to a 24-6 lead.

Moss snatched the pass in double coverage, then fought his way into the end zone to give the Redskins their highest scoring output since their 38-26 victory over the Vikings on Oct. 14. A year after averaging 18 points per game, Griffin and the Redskins’ offense has now scored 31 or more points four times in 10 games this season.

As well as Griffin played, though, he had to share the spotlight with a resurgent defense that was energized by safety Brandon Meriweather’s (brief) return. Meriweather, playing for the first time this season because of a pair of left knee injuries, departed in the third quarter after appearing to hurt his other knee.

But before he was sidelined, however, Meriweather was a force. He recorded seven tackles, one for a loss, intercepted a pass and defended two others. 

Coach Mike Shanahan is expected to provide an update on Meriweather's injury after the game. The veteran spent the remainder of the game watching from the sideline.

DeAngelo Hall also intercepted a pass, while Barry Cofield caused LeSean McCoy to fumble in the second quarter. The maligned unit also sacked Foles four times, with Josh Wilson, Ryan Kerrigan, Rob Jackson and Perry Riley each recording one.

The six points were the lowest total the Redskins had allowed since a 10-3 win over the Eagles in 2008. They had been allowing 27.6 points per game entering the afternoon.

It wasn’t a flawless performance by the Redskins – they were whistled for nine penalties – but it was good enough. More important, it means they’ll head to Dallas this week with a sense of purpose instead of looking ahead to 2013. 

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NFL Draft 2017: Going 22 deep on possible Redskins first round picks

NFL Draft 2017: Going 22 deep on possible Redskins first round picks

A lot has changed since the end of the college football season, and that's obvious when you consider all of the names the Redskins might look at with the 17th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night. 

Some players have surged up draft boards on the strength of strong combine or pro day efforts. Other have dropped, due to unfortunate incidents, injuries or poor measurements.

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Think about players like Teez Tabor or Zach Cunningham. Those guys play in the SEC and seemed like first-round locks two months ago. Now the 'Skins might be able to value shop for those players in the second round.

The flip side: A plyer like Haason Reddick. A star at the Senior Bowl who really busted out at the Combine, the Redskins might love to have him but he could be a Top 10 selection.

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All sorts of legal trouble and diluted urine samples will also impact draft night. Injuries too, or even the thought of possible injuries.

Few sporting events are as wild as the first round of the NFL Draft. Stay tuned with CSN for all your Redskins coverage. Chick Hernandez and Rich Tandler will be in Ashburn with the team, JP Finlay will be live in Philadelphia as the chaos unfolds. 

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Robert Kelley, Su'a Cravens, Colt McCoy among Redskins who'll have new numbers in 2017

Robert Kelley, Su'a Cravens, Colt McCoy among Redskins who'll have new numbers in 2017

The next time Robert Kelley plows over a helpless linebacker, he'll do it with a new number on his uniform.

The second-year running back is switching from No. 32 to No. 20, according to Redskins.com. And he's not the only returning player who'll take the field in 2017 with a new pair of digits.

Su'a Cravens will no longer be No. 36 for Washington. Instead, he'll change to No. 30. DJ Swearinger will be taking over No. 36 after coming over from the Cardinals, a number that he reportedly purchased from Cravens for $75,000

Then there's Colt McCoy. McCoy has donned No. 16 for the past three seasons, but he's throwing it back to his college days and will now rock No. 12.

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Finally, second-year corner Kendall Fuller only spent one year with No. 38. As he hopes to improve in his sophomore campaign, he'll be doing so with No. 29.

As for the free agents, Terrelle Pryor will be replacing DeSean Jackson in more ways than one when kickoff rolls around. Not only will the ex-Brown have to shine as a top receiver for Kirk Cousins like Jackson did, but he'll also be sporting Jackson's No. 11.

New linebacker Zach Brown, meanwhile, is now No. 56, linemen Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain are Nos. 92 and 97 respectively and Brian Quick will keep No. 83 from his Rams days.

For a complete list of all the changes, click here.

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