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14:55—Heyer is starting in place of Wade. No indication that the latter is not in good health, he's active. They must like the way he handled Strahan last week.

14:00—A three passes and out sequence for the Redskins. Kind of sloppy looking.

13:02—A delayed blitz forces and overthrown and Smoot gets the pick. He runs it back all the way to the eight. A false start makes it first and goal at the 13. Cooley time.

12:18—Third and goal at the six now. Look for Cooley still.

11:09—Skins going for it on fourth and goal at the one foot line. 280 pounds of beef up the middle gets into the end zone. Or did it? The Vikings will challenge. It looks like the ball was over the front part of the stripe. I don't think there's enough to overturn, but we'll see.

10:51—I didn't see anything that would conclusively say it wasn't in, but the challenge was upheld.

Richardson tackled in the end zone for a safety, but will they challenge again? He may have been out. If it's upheld, though, the Vikings won't have another challenge the rest of the game, so Childress may keep the flag in his pocket, concede the two points, and punt from the 20. Waiting to make the call here to see if they challenge.

No challenge.

Safety Richardson tackled in end zone
Redskins 2, Vikings 0

9:16—Caldwell makes the catch to convert third and four. The Redskins are spreading out the defense with four wides and trying to out-quick the larger but slower Vikings.

9:00—Collins hasn't been particularly sharp, but he already has half as many completions as he did all of last week.

7:48—Another third-down catch by Caldwell. The Redskins need a TD to make up for the fourth-down failure.

7:24—And Cooley gets it.

Cooley 33 pass from Collins (Suisham kick)
Redskins 9, Vikings 0

You definitely want to play this team from ahead. At this point, the Viking have three offensive plays—a run for two yards, an interception, and a run for a loss and a safety.

7:13—The Redskins lose another fumble at the bottom of a pile. Mix popped it out and it looked like a white jersey had it, but Farwell emerged from the pile with it.

7:06—Andre Carter came from the back side and nailed Peterson at the line.

5:06—Troy Williamson makes the third-down catch, but his momentum carries him inside the line to make and the Vikings have to punt. A sure tackle by Springs keeps Williams short of the needed yardage.

3:42—Collins fumbles the third-down snap and it's a three and out for the Redskins. Vikes should get good field position.

3:02—They do, even with a 10-yard penalty on the return the Vikings start at the Washington 48.

1:13—A false start turns a third and three into a third and eight. I didn't think the home team was supposed to jump. Not the blitz is coming.

0:44—The pressure forces an incompletion as Williamson catches it on the short hop.

0:39—A 53-yard field goal attempt is no good, so now the Skins get good field position at the 43.

End of first quarter
Redskins 9, Vikings 0

13:52—Collins sneaks for a first down on third and a long yard. The home crowd started to come to life there, but now they're sitting on their hands again.

11:40—This time the third and long draw to Betts goes nowhere. Suisham in to try a 51-yard field goal.

11:13—Frost muffs a good snap and the Vikings now take over right about where the Skins took over a few minutes ago. For a brief moment, I thought it was a fake which, of course, would have been shocking.

9:45—A good shot by Godfrey forces a fumble and the Redskins recover around their own 40. Time to take command with a touchdown drive.

8:53—A three and out instead. The Vikings are putting a lot of pressure on Collins and they're trying screens and hot reads and the like to counter it, but it's not working.

8:43—A punt into the end zone for a touchback. Frost has a knack for doing this from near midfield. He'll go all day without a punt over 40 and then he booms a 55-yarder into the end zone on one bounce.

7:54—Jackson hit and Springs gets the interception. Great field position this time at the Minnesota 31. It was Griffin with the hit.

Moss 32 pass from Collins (Suisham kick)
Redskins 16, Vikings 0

Man, that guy has a hell of a set of hands. The coverage wasn't bad, but Santana just took it away from the defender.

This game is far from over, but I'm checking to see how many double-digit deficits the Vikings have overcome to win.

A quick check reveals none, but I could be wrong.

6:12—At this point, Jackson and the Vikings can have those six-yard slants all day, even if they do move the chains. Eventually, the Vikings will make a mistake.

5:11—Peterson now has five carries for four yards. After a Jackson scramble comes up a yard short, the Vikings will punt.

2:44—Third and one for the Redskins at the Washington 43 with the two-minute warning approaching.

2:00—Sellers gets it with power up the middle.

2:00—Portis has just 25 yards rushing on nine carries, but he also has four receptions for 34. Thirteen touches for 59 isn't a bad half, especially since he wasn't supposed to be a factor in the game.

1:06—Collins calmly converts after the Skins find themselves in a first and 15. A screen to Portis picks up 14 and the Redskins burn their first timeout at the Minnesota 42.

0:49—Portis on a draw to the 15. He now has 39 on the ground and 48 receiving.

0:44—Now add 15 passing for #26.

Randle El 15 pass from Portis (pass failed)
Redskins 22, Vikings 0

The Metrodome PA is playing "Start Me Up". A bit late for that, wouldn't you say?

102 yards of total offense for Portis in the first half.

Jackson is the Vikings' leading rusher with two carries for nine yards. He's passed for 50.

Taylor and that Hall of Fame back Adrian Peterson (you mean he's not in yet?) have combined for 12 yards on eight carries.

I could go on detailing the Redskins' domination, but you're watching, you know it. The Redskins will be forced into the playoff conversation.

End of first half
Redskins 22, Vikings 0

(third quarter missing)

14:49—A personal foul against James Thrash, of all people, gets the Vikings to midfield after the punt return.

13:54—Smoot stays home and he makes the stop on a reverse after a gain of two.

12:38—The Vikings are on the move with a first down at the 20. Jackson is just dropping back and firing, the Skins need to get into his face and stop this prevent defense.

10:59—Big third and goal at the six after an incompletion and a loss on a run.

Jackson 6 run (Longwell kick)
Redskins 25, Vikings 14

The odds are still against the Redskins blowing this, but they're going to have to get aggressive both offensively and defensively to hold on.

9:27—False start makes it second and 10 after Collins picks up five on a scramble. As Madden keeps saying, the Redskins have to finish the deal.

8:58—Wow. The Redskins rush a snap after a big completion to Moss and they fumble and lose the ball. Vikings ball near midfield. The Redskins will challenge that there were 12 Vikings on the field on the last snap. Big challenge here. Perhaps someone was trying to get off the field and couldn't. We don't get a replay before the break. If this works, it's a stroke of genius. If not, they lose a challenge and a timeout. It's worth it.

8:58—A sheer stroke of genius. The challenge works and the Skins now have the ball back, first and five.

8:00—A first down by Portis has the Redskins on the move. Wow, what a great challenge.

7:25—Betts just picks up a couple, but there will be well under seven minutes left when the ball is snapped.

6:37—The Vikings have to use their first timeout.

Michaels was saying that it didn't look like Moss' catch before the fumble and challenge would have been upheld had Childress challenged, but it sure looked like he dragged the left foot to me. It's a moot point, though, and the Redskins face third and five.

6:28—Portis right up the gut—that place where nobody is supposed to be able to run against Minny—for a huge first down, perhaps the game clincher.

5:50—He's still throwing as Collins goes to Thrash on a slant for five.

Portis 13 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 32, Vikings 14

Portis runs the Redskins into next week and, possibly, the Vikings into next year.

For all the flak that Gibbs has taken about in-game strategy, that 12-man challenge was a brilliant stroke. Certainly, someone upstairs saw it and got word to Gibbs to throw the flag, but whoever did it was a genius.

2:04—A lame pass interference call bails out the Vikings on fourth down and then Jackson scores.

Jackson 1 run (Longwell kick)
Redskins 32, Vikings 21

The Redskins were playing a bit soft on that drive, but not on the fourth down play as Landry blitzed and nailed Jackson as he released the ball. It was a dead duck, but the flag bailed them out.

2:00—Onside kick attempt coming. The Redskins will know about this one.

1:58—The onside attempt goes out of bounds and you can hear a few fans singing "Hail to the Redskins". I don't think it's the fat lady, but it might as well be.

1:50—The Vikings burn their last timeout. The Redskins will be punting with about a minute left.

Jackson leads the Vikings in both passing and rushing. He has 8 carries for 44 yards. That's seven less than the vaunted duo of Taylor and Hall of Fame back Peterson gained combined.

Final Score
Redskins 32, Vikings 21

Bring on the Cowboys!

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The seven best undrafted free agent signings the Redskins have made since 2010

The seven best undrafted free agent signings the Redskins have made since 2010

Every NFL training camp is different, but there are a few consistent things you can count on happening at each one each year.

At some point, for example, a star will say that he's "just excited to hit a guy wearing a different colored jersey" after about a week of practicing against his teammates. Also on the list: a coach will tell reporters that his defense plans on being more aggressive and hopes to create more turnovers in the regular season.

One of the more pleasant camp traditions, meanwhile, is that undrafted rookie who goes from stand-in to stand out and makes the team by impressing in drills and preseason contests.

But while there will be plenty of time in the coming weeks for trying to figure out who'll do that for the Redskins in 2017, let's instead look back at a handful of the players who've already accomplished that in the past with Washington. Here are the seven best undrafted free agents the franchise has unearthed since 2010.

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Logan Paulsen (2010)

No one will ever mistake Logan Paulsen's film for Rob Gronkowski's, but the former UCLA Bruin held down the third tight end spot for the Redskins from 2010-2014.

His two best years came in 2012 and 2013, where he posted 25 and 28 catches respectively, scored four total times and was on the receiving end of this magical fourth-down pass from Robert Griffin III against the Giants, a play that might've just been the peak of Griffin's rookie year. Now 30, Paulsen is reuniting with Kyle Shanahan out in San Francisco, continuing to exceed expectations and extending what's been a fruitful NFL career.

Will Compton (2013)

Will Compton's made a steady climb up Washington's roster since entering the league as a free agent linebacker out of Nebraska.

He was cut in his first season back in 2013 but latched onto the practice squad. He eventually debuted near the end of 2013, though, and made the 53-man squad the next go-round. 2015 was when he first started playing regularly, then last year he started 15 contests while also serving as a captain.

In 2017, he'll have to compete with Zach Brown and Mason Foster for a starting gig, but he figures to play plenty no matter the outcome and he's one of Jay Gruden's most trusted defenders. Not bad for a guy who has admitted he "wasn't confident" as a rookie:

Houston Bates (2015)

Special teams often is the avenue a college free agent has to take to make a roster, and Houston Bates is an example of one who's been there, done that. He's appeared in 24 games for the Redskins in his first two NFL campaigns and will look to recover from a torn ACL he suffered last December so he can add to that total in year three.

Before that injury, he was Washington's most active special teams player with 292 snaps in 14 contests.

Quinton Dunbar (2015)

Quinton Dunbar has not only overcome being an undrafted free agent; the former Florida Gator has also made the successful transition from wide receiver to cornerback, too.

Like his classmate Bates, Dunbar has participated often in 2015 and 2016, and like Paulsen, his biggest moments have come against the Giants. As a first-year pro, he picked off Eli Manning in the end zone to the delight of a raucous FedExField crowd, and as a sophomore, he helped complete a risky fake punt and also notched another (absolutely insane) INT in New York:

Rob Kelley (2016)

This offseason, Jay Gruden joked that Rob Kelley has worked his way up from "ninth-string" to starter. He laughed as he said it, but it may not have been that big of an exaggeration.

Kelley never rushed for more than 420 yards at Tulane, but he ripped off 704 last year for the 'Skins. Now he's the top option in a talented backfield, and while Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson are nipping at his heels for carries, Gruden has repeatedly said how much he loves Kelley. He'll be fed plenty in 2017.

Anthony Lanier (2016)

Anthony Lanier's on this list not for what he's done, but for what he's projected to do. Gruden uses not one but two really's to describe how excited he is about Lanier, and a couple of months of working with assistant Jim Tomsula might be all the lineman needs to make the jump from a project to a problem. 

Maurice Harris (2016)

Last on the list is a receiver who displayed sure hands and a knack for converting third downs in limited action last year. Maurice Harris now looks like he'll be an early option off the bench in Gruden's offense and should see the field far more often than he did in the second half of 2016.

You may not be fully sold on Harris, but it sounds like his teammates are, so don't be surprised if he breaks out and develops into another option for Kirk Cousins:

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Need to Know: Redskins by the numbers—First-down rushing, forcing fumbles

Need to Know: Redskins by the numbers—First-down rushing, forcing fumbles

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 23, four days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 203 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 49 days.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 18
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 27
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 41

The Redskins by the numbers

5.01—The average yards per carry against the Redskins on first down last year.

I have noted this before but I took a closer look and it’s even worse. In 2016, four running backs—Isaiah Crowell of the Browns, DeAngelo Williams of the Steelers, Jordan Howard of the Bears, and Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys—gained over 100 yards against Washington on first down alone. It took Elliott two games to get there but the other three made it in one. If the Redskins don’t get this fixed (this is the second year in a row they have been last in the league here) their defense won’t get much better.

3.85—The Redskins average offensive gain per carry on first down.

This is not a very good performance here — the average is 20th in the NFL. But it does represent a significant improvement from 2015, when they were last in the NFL at 3.3 yards per carry. One difference was negative plays. Two years ago, they had 63 first-down plays go for no gain or a loss of yards. Last year they had 48 such plays. Rob Kelley, who was fourth-best in the league as a rookie last year at gaining yardage after being contacted behind the line, can claim a lot of credit.

8—The number of opponents’ fumbles the Redskins recovered this year.

A total of 17 other teams recovered more fumbles than the Redskins did last year and their recoveries were exactly half of what they were in 2015, when they had 16, the most in the league. It wasn’t surprising that their recoveries fell. The numbers crunchers say that fumble recoveries aren’t “sticky,” meaning that there tends to be a lot of variance for each team each year. And that makes sense as a lot of recovering fumbles is the bounce of the ball.

But it should be noted that the Redskins forced just 22 fumbles last year after forcing 36 in 2015. You have to get the ball on the ground to recover it and the Redskins could do a better job of forcing fumbles in 2017

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