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Redskins vs Rams 1st quarter

Redskins vs Rams 1st quarter

Pregame

There is something of a big-game atmosphere here at FedEx Field. We weren't quite sure what to think of the Redskins when they last were here on September 21. They had just beaten two playoff contenders at home and, while they were starting to get it together, few thought that they would be 4-1 and the talk of the NFL. But indeed they are 4-1 and nearly every seat that is visible from here is occupied prior to the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. There is no real electricity yet, but that will be determined when the game starts. The Redskins will receive.

11:00—The Redskins' opening drive doesn't seem to be very aggressive, with some Portis runs and short slants being the staples. Only a 12 men on the field penalty against the Rams kept in from being a three and out. I would think that Zorn would want to start off and bury the Rams early, but it appears he's setting up stuff for later on in the game.

10:50—I guess Zorn figured that the Rams would bury themselves. Jackson fumbles and LaRon Landry recovers. One play later, Portis for three off the right side and the Redskins are up.

Portis 3 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 7, Rams 0

Brooks set up the drive with a perfect pooch punt that rolled dead at the three. He seems to have been alternating good and bad games, maybe this will turn out to be a keeper.

9:56—The thigh-slapper defense is a keeper. Before the third-down snap, London Fletcher did a couple of 360-degree turns, while slapping both thighs, apparently giving a signal to the defense. The result was a tipped pass and a should-have-been interception by Landry. A second takeaway would have had Landry in the running for defensive player of the week honors just 20 minutes into the week.

9:15—The Rams shuffled six players in between second and 10 and third and seven. I'm sure that caught the attention of the coaches upstairs. There has to be someone to target on first-down passing situations if that's the case.

9:00—Campbell took a sack and I'm 100% certain that he would have coughed up the ball on the same hit last year. It was a cornerback from the blindside but he managed to hold on.

5:51—The Redskins are going to have to get some pressure on Bulger. In this drive he has converted after being second and 15 and second and 17. They're not getting very close to him and he's finding his receivers in the seams.

FG Brown 51
Redskins 7, Rams 3

The Rams made Josh Brown a good-sized contract to lure him away from the Seahawks this past offseason. He could be a valuable asset if St. Louis could get into some competitive contests.

Swing pass to 26 gets the offense into a rhythm?

0:58—The Redskins were just getting into a rhythm on offense after a swing pass to Portis for about 14. Then it was a pass to Moss for about 15, Portis for 5, pass to Cooley for 4, Betts for 3 on third and one. Cooley had another first down when he fumbled for the Skins' first offensive turnover of the year. It came fairly deep in Ram territory, so the damage was minimal. It will be interesting to see if they regain the rhythm when they get the ball back.

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How playing at Alabama may have actually hurt Jonathan Allen's draft stock

How playing at Alabama may have actually hurt Jonathan Allen's draft stock

For the past few seasons, Jonathan Allen was a stud at the heart of Alabama's defense. He was far from the only stud, however, and that might be another factor in why he slipped to the Redskins at pick No. 17 on Thursday night.

The chief concern about Allen is the health of his shoulders, but there's also the question of how he'll do when he's no longer with Nick Saban's star-laden unit. It's easy to succeed when you're a part of a loaded ensemble cast, the thinking might've gone when it came to Allen, but how will you do on your solo project?

In addition to Allen, the Crimson Tide featured Marlon Humphrey (who went 16th to the Ravens), Reuben Foster (who went 31st to the 49ers) and others, like Tim Williams, Dalvin Tomlinson and Ryan Anderson, all of whom could go in Friday's second and third rounds. Together, that's a tremendous defense, but in the NFL, they'll be striking out on their own.

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That's another possible explanation for why the Redskins were able to nab what was almost a consensus top-five prospect so late in the event.

"He's a really talented pass rusher but he's always been surrounded by enough talent that it's been hard for offenses to game plan their protection for him," one NFC director of player personnel told NFL.com.

Now, it's not like Allen is joining a bunch of nobodies in Washington. Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith and Zach Brown will also be lining up with him in Greg Manusky's front-seven. Oh, and Allen is no slouch either — the list of his strengths in this particular scouting report contains words like "superior," "proficient," "consistent" and "excellent."

But it is probably fair to say that, comparatively speaking, the rookie won't be amongst as many skilled guys as he was in college. By rushing to the podium to snag him, however, the Redskins clearly expect him to handle the NFL transition just fine.

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Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon could be out of reach for Redskins per oddsmakers

Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon could be out of reach for Redskins per oddsmakers

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook visited Redskins Park earlier this month. The Redskins did their homework on Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in advance of the draft.

All of that pre-draft work might not matter though as Cook and Mixon will be off the board before the Redskins pick in the second round. At least according to oddsmakers.

Bovada.lv set over/under scenarios for both players. Cook lands at 38.5 and Mixon landed at 42.5.

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Certainly both guys can go past the numbers established by the oddsmakers, but there's a reason drinks are free in Las Vegas. Oddsmakers tend to be very, very close when they set lines.

Considering that, if Washington wants either player, the team would likely have to trade up.

Much speculation has Cook the first player off the board to the Packers with the 33rd pick. It seems like a good fit.

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Mixon is more interesting. His loathsome action a few years back that was caught on video will continue to haunt him, but he will get drafted in the second round. He has the talent.

Bruce Allen has the capital to make a move. The team has nine more picks in the next six rounds. There's also the report that the team is shopping third-year pro Matt Jones.

Could a package of Jones and a late round pick entice a trade? It could.

Much like Thursday night, there will be plenty to watch Friday night.

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