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Cousins, offense shine as Redskins rout Packers in primetime

Cousins, offense shine as Redskins rout Packers in primetime

LANDOVER, MD— The Redskins came needing to break their prime time jinx against a desperate Packers team. They built a lead but every time it looked like they might get comfortable for a change Aaron Rodgers led a Packers scoring drive. But the Redskins held the Packers at arm’s length, got some insurance scores and moved to 6-3-1 with a 42-24 win.

Jay Gruden made some bold coaching decisions, including two two-point conversion tries (both of them failed) and a call to go for it on fourth and one with a five-point lead with six and a half minutes left in the game. This one worked as Kirk Cousins sneaked for two yards and kept the ball in the Redskins’ hands. The drive continued and the Redskins scored a touchdown to take a 22-10 lead.

Cousins had a very strong performance, completing 21 of 30 passes for 375 yards with 3 touchdowns. Robert Kelley had a career-best 137 yards rushing on 24 carries.

The game’s key sequence came in the third quarter. With the Redskins clinging to a 16-10 lead, the Packers drove to get in position for a 36-yard field goal attempt. But Mason Crosby was wide left on his attempt. The Redskins embarked on a 74-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a 44-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Jamison Crowder. That gave the Redskins the breathing room they needed to hang on the rest of the way.

The Redskins have a quick turnaround, playing in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.

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No injuries reported for Washington

Scoring drives:  

First quarter           

Jackson 12 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 play, 55 yards, 3:52

Drive summary: The Redskins started in good field position after a punt. After Cousins passes to Pierre Garçon and Ryan Grant picked up a first down in Packers territory, the Redskins converted a third and six on a 14-yard pass to Maurice Harris. Three plays later on third and two at the 17 Cousins found DeSean Jackson past the defenders on the left has mark and he hit him for the touchdown.

Redskins 7, Packers 0 2:56

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Second quarter

Nelson 13 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)

Drive: 17 plays, 75 yards, 8:29

Drive summary: The Packers converted their initial third down on the game on a nine-yard pass from Rodgers to Ty Montgomery. That got them jump started on a long and strange TD drive. Passes to Richard Rodgers and Montgomery got them into 20 yards into Redskins territory. The Packers got a gift conversion on fourth and seven with a hands to the face penalty on Washington. They went for it again on fourth down with two to go this time and Rodgers scrambled for seven yards and the first down at the 18.  A tight end screen to Jared Cook led to a first and goal at the six. On third and goal at the three, the Packers got it into the end zone but they were flagged for holding. On third down at the 13, Rodgers went to Jordy Nelson for a score that survived replay review.

Redskins 7, Packers 7 9:27

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FG Crosby 36

Drive: 9 plays 38 yards, 5:22

Drive summary: The Packers got the ball back quickly after their long drive and Rodgers went right to work. On third and three from the Washington 49 he went to Randall Cobb for 15 yards. A few plays later he found Richard Rodgers for 11 yards to the 13. After a holding penalty, Rodgers scrambled for 17 yards to the six. On third and five at the eight, Ryan Kerrigan broke through and sacked Rodgers for a loss back to the 18. Mason Crosby came in and kicked the field goal.

Packers 10, Redskins 7 3:37

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Kelley 10 run (run failed)

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:58

Drive summary: The Redskins answered the Packers 10-point run just before halftime. On third and four at the 31 Cousins went to Jordan Reed, who fought for extra yardage and ended up with 26 to the Packers 23. A few plays later he caught a short pass near the sideline, put a move on the cornerback, and scooted for 18 yards to the 15. Two plays later Rob Kelley went right up the middle for 10 yards and the touchdown. They went for a two-point conversion and Chris Thompson couldn’t get in on a draw play.

Redskins 13, Packers 10 0:39

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Third quarter

FG Hopkins 37

Drive: 9 plays, 53 yards, 5:37

Drive summary: The Redskins’ drive got started when a roughing the passer call turned a fourth and six into a first and 10. Then on third and five at the 49 Cousins threw to Jordan Reed over the middle for 28 yards to the 21. They faced third and four and Cousins was sacked. Hopkins came in and booted the field goal.

Redskins 16, Packers 10 9:23

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Crowder 44 pass from Cousins (run failed)

Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 3:34

Drive summary: The Redskins got the ball after a missed Packers field goal and got moving. Cousins converted a third and four with a nine-yard pass to Chris Thompson. On the next play found DeSean Jackson open for 17 yards into Green Bay territory at the 44. On third and 11, Cousins dropped a perfect pass to Crowder, who grabbed the ball near the 10 and scampered in for the score. They again went for two points and Cousins couldn’t make it in on a keeper.

Redskins 22, Packers 10 2:00

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Fourth quarter

Starks 31 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)

Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:09

Drive summary: This was a quick answering drive for the Packers with two key third down conversions. On third and three at the Green Bay 32, Rodgers lofted a pass to tight end Jared Cook for 29 yards. A few plays later on third and three, Rodgers did a play fake to James Starks and then found him wide open on a short pass. Starks easily rolled 31 yards for the touchdown.

Redskins 22, Packers 14 14:51

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Garçon 70 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:26

Drive summary: The Redskins regained some breathing room very quickly. On the second play of the drive Cousins launched one to Pierre Garçon, who was several steps in the open. He easily hauled in the pass and completed the 70 yard touchdown play.

Redskins 29, Packers 17

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Cook 6 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 82 yards, 4:21

Drive summary: Another big play got the drive started, this one a 47-yard pass from Rodgers to Randall Cobb. He caught a short pass over the middle, broke a tackle, and bolted into Redskins territory. After a nine-yard scramble by Rodgers, James Starks powered for a first down at the 20. A Rodger pass to Cook set up first and goal at the six. On the next play Rodgers went to Jared Cook for the touchdown.

Redskins 29, Packers 24 10:04

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Kelley 1 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 11 plays, 81 yards, 6:10

Drive summary: This one has some scary moments. Jay Gruden decided to go for it on fourth and one at the Redskins’ 41. Cousins got the first down on a QB sneak. A few plays later on third and seven at the Washington 46 Cousins went deep to Jamison Crowder, who was tracked down at the one. On the next play Rob Kelley powered in for the touchdown.

Redskins 35, Packers 24

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Kelley 4 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 2 plays, 72 yards, 0:25

Drive summary: The Redskins were just trying to run out the clock when Rob Kelley bolted for 66 yards to the Green Bay four yard line. On the next play Kelley scored his third rushing touchdown of the day to wrap it up for the Redskins.

Redskins 42, Packers 24 2:26

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Dwayne Haskins named the Redskins starting QB for the rest of the 2019 season

Dwayne Haskins named the Redskins starting QB for the rest of the 2019 season

Dwayne Haskins will be the Redskins' starting quarterback the rest of the 2019 season, head coach Bill Callahan announced on Monday.

The news came one week after Haskins’ first career start in Buffalo. The 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins played decent against the Bills, avoiding any major mistakes and mostly operating the vanilla game plan. 

In the minutes after the 24-9 loss to the Bills, Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan hesitated to name Haskins the starter. The coach said he needed to review the game film and check on the health of former starter Case Keenum. Callahan continued his privacy around the quarterback decision throughout the team’s Week 10 bye before making the announcement.

On Monday, Callahan committed to Haskins, and frankly, it makes sense.

At 1-8, the Redskins season is shot and the team should focus on developing their young passer for the 2020 season and beyond. 

The Jets come in at 2-8, and while they’re coming off a win over the Giants, this game marks a real opportunity for a Washington win. His start Sunday vs. the Jets will be his first-ever start at FedExField in front of a home Redskins crowd.

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jets in Week 10, and that should be a real reason for optimism with Haskins and the Redskins. 

Additionally, running back Derrius Guice should be back on the field for Washington when the Jets come to town. 

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Bye week and Dolphins surge helps Redskins move up in 2020 draft order

Bye week and Dolphins surge helps Redskins move up in 2020 draft order

It ends up that not playing might be the best move the Redskins could make this season. On Sunday, while Washington rested for their bye week, the Dolphins won their second game in a row and the Jets beat the Giants. 

That leaves the Redskins with the second-worst record in the NFL at 1-8; the lone one-win team in the league. At 0-9, only the Bengals are worse.

While very little of this is good news, there is a silver lining: Washington is now in line for the second overall draft pick. If the season ended today, the draft order would be as follows:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-9)
  2. Washington Redskins (1-8)
  3. New York Giants (2-8)
  4. Miami Dolphins (2-7)
  5. New York Jets (2-7)
  6. Atlanta Falcons (2-7)
  7. Cleveland Browns (3-6)
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)
  9. Denver Broncos (3-6)
  10. Arizona Cardinals  (3-6-1)

Plenty can still change as the Redskins have seven games remaining and will face the New York Jets on Sunday. It will be the first time this season the Redskins are favored at home, though that line could shift by the weekend. The Jets dropped 34 points on the Giants in Week 10 and second-year QB Sam Darnold impressed. The Redskins haven't scored a touchdown since October 13th. 

Looking ahead to the 2020 Draft might be the focus for many Redskins fans, but this Sunday could show its own glimpse of the future. Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice should be on the field together, and along with Terry McLaurin, that could be the beginning of a young talented offensive trio. 

Still, the second overall pick in the draft should hold tremendous value, either with the pick or via trade. 

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