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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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Inspired by the solar eclipse, here are five players who'll be tough to block for the 2017 Redskins

Inspired by the solar eclipse, here are five players who'll be tough to block for the 2017 Redskins

On Monday, the moon did something that probably made Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan very proud: it blocked the sun.

That's right — matched up one-on-one with one of the most feared things in space, the moon displayed great technique and a solid anchor, and in turn, treated much of the country to a thrilling solar eclipse. Hopefully, guards, tackles and centers of all ages took note of it, too.

In honor of the momentous event, let's take a look at the five most intimidating players who the 2017 Redskins will be forced to block in the upcoming season. The best part of these battles, by the way? They won't require glasses to view them.

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5) Danielle Hunter (Vikings)

Hunter's name isn't as recognizable as the rest of the names on this list, but if he has another year like he did in 2016, it soon will be. The Vikings found themselves a gem in the 2015 third-rounder out of LSU, and the Redskins will see him in Week 10. He had 12.5 sacks as an NFL sophomore after six as a rookie.

4) Joey Bosa (Chargers)

A strange contract battle with the Chargers was followed by a hamstring injury during Bosa's rookie year, but neither of those prevented him from showing out in his first pro season. In just 12 games, the Ohio State product racked up 10.5 sacks, and he should easily surpass that total in a full 16-game season. He'll be the Redskins' problem in Week 14.

3) Aaron Donald (Rams)

Donald is currently staging a contract holdout and hasn't appeared at Rams' training camp. Every team on Los Angeles' schedule surely wouldn't mind if that issue carried into the regular season. Donald can wreck games on his own and has averaged 10 sacks a season through his first three years with team. The powerful defensive tackle is slated to face the Redskins in Week 2; perhaps they'll be lucky enough to avoid him.

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2) Khalil Mack (Raiders)

You know you're an elite pass rusher when you record 11 sacks and it's considered a step back. That's the number of takedowns Mack had last season, after 15 the year before. The days of people wondering whether the college competition he faced at Buffalo would hinder his development in the NFL are way behind us. Now, the Burgundy and Gold are left to wonder how they will block him in their Week 3 matchup vs. the Raiders.

1) Von Miller (Broncos)

Miller's been a Pro Bowler in five of the last six seasons and posted 13.5 sacks in 2016 (and that's after not notching one in any of his final four games in the regular season, too). Kirk Cousins, Trent Williams and the rest of the Redskins' offense will have the unenviable task of handling him when the Broncos come to town in Week 16. 

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Redskins announce third depth chart of preseason ahead of Week 3 vs. Bengals

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Redskins announce third depth chart of preseason ahead of Week 3 vs. Bengals

Following their 21-17 loss to the Packers to move to 0-2 on the 2017 NFL preseason, the Redskins announced their official depth chart Monday afternoon as they prepare for their Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Much can change between Monday and Sunday afternoon, but the official depth chart does shed light on the direction the Redskins are heading in as Week 3 approaches.

Here is a look at the Redskins' most recent official depth chart.

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Redskins Week 3 preseason Depth Chart: Offense

The biggest observation from the Week 3 depth chart is obviously the return of Jordan Reed, who spent the entirety of training camp on the PUP list due to a toe injury.

Joining him as a starter in Week 3 is wide receiver Josh Doctson. Getting both Reed and Doctson on the field together is major progress and is something Redskins fans should be salivating over.

Redskins Week 3 preseason Depth Chart: Defense

The linebacker position continues to be up in the air. Will Compton and Mason Foster are listed as starters, but the job is not locked up. Martrell Spaight and Zach Brown can still zero-in on the job with a strong performance.

The Week 3 depth chart has Su'a Cravens lsited as a starter. He is a starter when he is healthy, but we know he won't be healthy enough to go against the Bengals. So yeah, this will need some updating.