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Playoff loss to Packers still in the minds of Redskins, Joe Barry

Playoff loss to Packers still in the minds of Redskins, Joe Barry

The situation is similar: A slumping Packers team traveling to Washington to face the Redskins in a primetime game. It's happening this Sunday night, just as it happened 10 months ago when Green Bay knocked the 'Skins out of the playoffs in a 35-18 road win. 

In that game, Aaron Rodgers voiced confidence coming to face the Washington defense, and he was eventually proved right. The Packers quarterback threw for more than 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns in that game, and Washington defensive coordinator Joe Barry has not forgotten it, not a single play. With Green Bay again coming to Washington, Barry reminded his players how close things were in the second half before the Packers put things out of reach. 

"We went back and I showed the guys a play today, with five minutes left in the third quarter, they went for it on fourth-and-one at midfield and got it," Barry said on Thursday. "At that point, we were winning 17-18."

Barry's memory of the game is vivid, the coach has watched that game, and that play, numerous times in the 10 months since it happened. 

"What I was trying to get the point across to the guys is anytime in the National Football League, obviously in playoff football, but anytime you have got to play 60 minutes. You have got to play every snap. You have got to be perfect and on your A-game every snap, because, obviously, the other team is trying to do that."

The Redskins actually outgained the Packers in that game, 354 to 346, though the Packers were able to score in bunches. Green Bay scored 17 points in the second quarter and 11 in the fourth, running the ball well in both spots. In the first and third quarters, however, the Skins defense limited the Packers to just one touchdown.

"At times we played very well last year, but when you go against a guy like No. 12 [Aaron Rodgers] you have got to be on it every snap because he demands that type of perfection," Barry said. 

Over their last five games Barry's defense has allowed more than 20 points just once - the overtime tie with the Bengals in London. Largely, the unit is playing well, particularly in the second half of games. 

That won't matter though Sunday night against Rodgers. And Barry knows it. 

"If you slip, if you're off, he's going to make you pay for it."

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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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