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Skins-Eagles Second Quarter

Skins-Eagles Second Quarter

Second Quarter

Another first down for Washington, another five-yard penalty. They overcame the first, but not the second. Two series and no downfield throws, just screens.

The Redskins need to play virtually a perfect game and they need to take a few chances to pull this one out. Not doing well on either front so far.

Thrash downs another one at the one. Now’s the chance for the defense to make a play.

McNabb launches a prayer and Pinkston catches it after Smoot falls down for a big gaine. It’s the kind of play that comes through for you when it’s your year.

Jerimaine “Bring on the Pain” Haley gets the D-lineman’s triple play. He sacks McNabb, forcing a fumble that he recovers. Big break for Skins to kill the drive for Philly. D-Mac did his scrambling thing, but when he stopped to throw Haley blindsided him, popping the ball loose.

A false start turns a third and three into a third and eight.

Thrash downs another one at the one, but the refs blow the call. Gibbs, for some reason, does not challenge. Touchback.

McNabb takes off on third and eight but is nailed short of the first. With 4:00 to go in the half, TO is truly T-Oh, as in zero catches.

Ramsey is getting some time to throw, he needs to start going a little deeper if it’s there.

Randy Thomas getting carted off the field with what looked like a leg injury. Too early to speculate, but I will anyway—it doesn’t look good. Lennie Friedman is at right guard in his place. Right hamstring injury, return unlikely, according to Fox sideline reporter.

Skins take shots at the end zone on first and second and goal from the 10. Then there is an off pass on third down to Coles on the sideline at the six and Skins settle for three to make it 7-6. Nice drive.

Eagles burned at end of half after completing a pass to the Redskins 30. Eagles wanted to spike the ball to set up a FG attempt, but McNabb lined up behind the guard and a false start resulted in the remaining 10 seconds being run off the clock (the same as the end of the game last week for the Skins).

I woulnd't exactly say that the Eagles are being punched in the mouth and don't know how to react, but it's something like that to a lesser degree. They clearly didn't expect such a game from the Redskins.

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Need to Know: Murphy and Kerrigan a potent sack combo

Need to Know: Murphy and Kerrigan a potent sack combo

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 5, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3 p.m.

Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 6; Panthers @ Redskins 14; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 19

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (possible concussion/stinger)
Postgame injury report

Redskins vs. Cardinals by the numbers

—Kirk Cousins passed for 271 yards. While compiling those yards he moved up six spots in the team’s record book for single season passing yardage. He passed four different quarterbacks in the process and passed Mark Rypien and Joe Theismann twice.

—Cousins also moved past Jason Campbell for sixth on the team’s career passing yards list.

—DeSean Jackson caught a 59-yard pass from Cousins in the third quarter. It was his 35th career reception of 50 yards or longer. Since he entered the league in 2008 no NFL player has more.

—Ryan Kerrigan sacked Carson Palmer in the second quarter, giving him 10 for the season. He now has his second career season with double-digit sacks; he had 13.5 in 2014.

—Trent Murphy recorded a third-quarter sack of Palmer; he now has eight sacks this season. He had a total of six in his first two NFL seasons.

—Dustin Hopkins kicked a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. It was the second-longest of his career. He hit a 54-yarder in Atlanta last season.

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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.

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