Redskins Defense Bottles Up Flacco and the Ravens in 16-10 Win in Baltimore

Washington Redskins v Baltimore Ravens

The Redskins abandoned their usual formula for victory — the passing of Kirk Cousins — to extend their winning streak to three.

Washington used an 85-yard punt return by Jamison Crowder and an uncharacteristically strong performance by its defense to beat the Ravens 16-10 on Sunday.

The Redskins (3-2) allowed 108 points in their first four games and came in with the league’s 29th-ranked defense. In this one, Washington gave up a touchdown on the game’s opening drive and smothered the Ravens (3-2) the rest of the way.

“The defense stepped up,” coach Jay Gruden said. “The first drive was a little scary. Here we go again. But we came back, took it personal and played well.”

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Redskins vs Ravens NFL Week Five Inactives

Redskins: CB Bashaud Breeland,CB Dashaun Phillips, QB Nate Sudfeld,LB Su’a Cravens, OL Vinston Painter, WR Josh Doctson, DL Anthony Lanier

Ravens: DB Shareece Wright, WR Chris Moore, LB Kamalei Correa, DT Willie Henry, S Marqueston Huff, LT Ronnie Stanley, OLB Matt Judon

Redskins at Ravens NFL Week Five Capsule



STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Jay Gruden: 0-0 John Harbaugh: 1-1
LAST WEEK W 31-20 vs. Cleveland L 28-27 vs. Oakland
LAST GAME 12/9/12: Ravens 28 at Redskins 31 (OT). Washington RB Alfred Morris rushes for 129 yards & TD. Redskins K Kai Forbath kicks GW 34-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/7/08: Ravens 24, Redskins 10. Baltimore S Ed Reed has 2 INTs, FF & 22-yard FR-TD. Ravens RB Le’Ron McClain has 61 rush yards & TD.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 113 (Was), 81 (Bal). XM: 381 (Was), 225 (Bal).


PASSING Kirk Cousins: 100-151-1172-6-4-91.8 Joe Flacco: 108-170-1072-4-4-79.3
RUSHING Matt Jones: 59-267-4.5-2 Terrance West: 54-232-4.3-1
RECEIVING Jordan Reed (TE): 25-263-10.5-2 Steve Smith: 24-281-11.7-1
OFFENSE 380.0 346.3
DEFENSE 413.5 256.0 (1L)
SACKS Trent Murphy: 4 (T3L) Timmy Jernigan, Terrell Suggs: 3
INTs 4 tied: 1 C.J. Mosley: 2
PUNTING Tress Way: 42.4 Sam Koch: 47.4
KICKING Dustin Hopkins: 45 (1L) (9/9 PAT; 12/12 FG) Justin Tucker: 38 (5/5 PAT; 11/11 FG)


REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 3 TDs in Week 4. Has 300+ pass yards in 5 of past 8. Has 300+ pass yards in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC…RB MATT JONES rushed for 117 yards & TD vs. Cle. RB CHRIS THOMPSON had TD catch last week…WR PIERRE GARÇON had 5 receptions for 83 yards & TD in last meeting. WR DE SEAN JACKSON had 7 receptions for 114 yards in last meeting (9/16/12 with Phi). Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC. Has 29 career TDs of 40+ yards, most among active players. TE JORDAN REED had 9 receptions for 73 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 207 career catches & reached 200 receptions in his 38th game, fastest TE in NFL history to reach mark…LB WILL COMPTON led team with 11 tackles & had FF last week. LB TRENT MURPHY aims for 4th in row with sack. CB JOSH NORMAN had INT in Week 4, 1st with Was…RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO passed for 3 TDs & 121.4 rating in last meeting. Has won 7 of past 9 starts vs. NFC. Had pass TD & rush TD last week, his 9th career game with pass TD & rush TD…RB TERRANCE WEST rushed for career-high 113 yards & TD last week, 2nd career 100-yard game…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. has 10 catches for 184 yards (92 per game) & TD in past 2 meetings. Had 8 catches for 111 yards & TD (52 yards) last week. Ranks 9th in NFL history with 14,213 rec. yards. Needs 15 catches to reach 1,000 in career. Smith & HOFer TIM BROWN are only 2 in NFL history with 900+ catches & TD via run, catch, PR & KR…WR MIKE WALLACE has 3 rec. TDs in past 4. TE DENNIS PITTA had TD in last meeting. Has 21 catches, 2nd most by AFC TE…LB TERRELL SUGGS has 3 sacks in 2 career meetings. Is franchise leader with 109.5 sacks. LB C.J. MOSLEY has INT in 2 of past 3…K JUSTIN TUCKER won AFC Special Teams Player of Month for Sept. Has made all 11 FGs in 2016.

Redskins CB Norman Has Respect for Julio Jones; Not Much for the Panthers

Josh Norman

Josh Norman made clear how much he respects Julio Jones, but Norman doesn’t believe his former team had the same type of respect for the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Sunday, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Norman, now with the Redskins, was shocked by the way the Carolina Panthers defended Jones in the Falcons’ 48-33 win. Jones set a franchise record with 300 receiving yards on 12 catches.

“Shoot, just disrespectful to line up a rook against that man like that, like he ain’t the top wide receiver in the league,” Norman said.

Norman, who once borrowed the line from the movie “Jerry Maguire” and said Jones “completes me” because of his ability, figured Jones would dominate all along.

“Man, I told you (the NFC South) is all Julio’s now,” Norman said.

Norman took another jab at his former team Monday on ESPN’s The Dan Le Batard Show, saying “you get what you pay for” after the Panthers surrendered those 300 yards to Jones and a franchise-record 503 passing yards to Ryan.

Browns vs Redskins NFL Week Four Capsule



STREAKS   6 of last 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Hue Jackson: 0-0 Jay Gruden: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 30-24 (OT) at Miami W 29-27 at New York Giants
LAST GAME 12/16/12: Washington 38 at Cleveland 21. Washington QB Kirk Cousins throws for 329 yards & 2 TDs. Redskins RB Alfred Morris rushes for 87 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/19/08: Washington 14, Cleveland 11. Washington RB Clinton Portis rushes for 175 yards & TD. Redskins QB Jason Campbell passes for 164 yards & TD.
REFEREE Jeff Triplette
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots, Stacy Dales (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Cle), 134 (Was). XM: 384 (Cle), 227 (Was).


PASSING Cody Kessler (R): 21-33-244-0-0-85.9 Kirk Cousins: 79-124-989-3-3-86.4
RUSHING Isaiah Crowell: 45-274 (T2L)-6.1-2 Matt Jones: 37-150-4.1-1
RECEIVING Terrelle Pryor: 14-244-17.4-0 Jordan Reed (TE): 16-190-11.9-0
OFFENSE 368.3 406.3
DEFENSE 403.7 424.7
SACKS 3 tied: 1 Trent Murphy: 3
INTs Joe Haden: 2 (T3L) 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Britton Colquitt: 46.7 Tress Way: 38.6
KICKING Cody Parkey: 10 (1/1 PAT; 3/6 FG) Dustin Hopkins: 38 (1L) (5/5 PAT; 11/11 FG)


BROWNS: Rookie QB CODY KESSLER made 1st career start last week & passed for 244 yards…RB ISAIAH CROWELL is tied for 2nd in NFL with 274 rush yards. Had career-long 85-yard TD run in Week 2 & recorded max speed of 21.97 MPH. Has 5 rush TDs in past 7. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. has 380 scrimmage yards (76 per game) in past 5 vs. NFC…T JOE THOMAS is only OL in NFL history to be selected to Pro Bowl in each of 1st 9 seasons. Has started all 147 games in career…WR TERRELLE PRYOR had 8 catches for 144 yards, 21 rush yards (incl. TD) & 35 pass yards last week. Is 1st player in NFL history with 140+ rec. yards, 20+ rush yards & 30+ pass yards in game. TE GARY BARNIDGE has TD in 3 of past 4 vs. NFC. Has 9 rec. TDs since 2015, tied for 4th most by NFL TE…Since 2010, CBs JOE HADEN (95) & TRAMON WILLIAMS (92) are top 2 in NFL in PD…REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 296 yards & 2 TDs last week. Threw for 329 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 300+ pass yards in 5 of past 7. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 300+ pass yards…RB MATT JONES aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rush yards…WR JAMISON CROWDER had 78 rec. yards & TD last week. WR PIERRE GARCON had 6 receptions for 65 yards in last meeting. WR DE SEAN JACKSON had 5 receptions for 96 yards, incl. 44-yard TD in Week 3. Has 29 career TDs of 40+ yards, most among active players. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 100+ rec. yards. TE JORDAN REED has 4 TDs in past 4 vs. AFC…DE CHRIS BAKER had sack & FF last week. LB TRENT MURPHY has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 2. CB JOSH NORMAN had INT in only meeting (12/21/14 with Car). CB QUINTON DUNBAR had INT last week. S DAVID BRUTON had INT in last meeting (10/18/15 with Den). Rookie S SU’A CRAVENS had 1st career INT in Week 3.

Hopkins Five Field Goals Helps Redskins Earn First Win 29-27 Over Giants

Redskins Giants

All the Washington Redskins needed to avoid a dreaded 0-3 start was a couple of fourth-quarter interceptions by backups and five field goals from a guy who had never made that many in a game.

Dustin Hopkins kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1:51 to play and the defending NFC East champion Redskins got a much-needed 29-27 win over the penalty- and error-prone New York Giants (2-1) on Sunday.

“We needed to get that first win bad,” said cornerback Greg Toler, who played most of the game after starter Bashaud Breeland hurt an ankle early. “We couldn’t lose the first three, and we hung in there and got some real contributions from everybody. You get everyone stepping up. The coaches treat all of us the same, coaches us up whether first- or second- or third- or fourth-string like we are starters.”

The guys who really stepped up were linebacker Su’a Cravens and cornerback Quinton Dunbar.

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Redskins at Giants NFL Week Three Inactives


  • QB Nate Sudfeld, WR Rashad Ross, CB Kendall Fuller, LB Martrell Spaight, DE Anthony Lanier, G Arie Kouandjio, DE Kendall Reyes


  • RB Rashad Jennings, RT Marshall Newhouse, S Darian Thompson, QB Josh Johnson, WR Roger Lewis, DTs Robert Thomas and Montori Hughes.

WR DeSean Jackson Back on the Practice Field on a Limited Basis


Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson said he’s feeling better, but he was still limited in practice because of a knee and ankle issue. However, Jackson said he’s planning on playing Sunday vs. the New York Giants, John Keim of reports.

Jackson injured his left knee vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and did not practice Wednesday. He went through warm-up and individual drills Thursday before sitting out. He did not run full speed, but he did show an ability to plant and cut on routes.

“Everything will be good by the time we get out there Sunday,” Jackson said.

“Being in this league nine years, you have time to get out there and practice when you can,” said Jackson, who has caught nine passes for 142 yards in two games. “I’m proven in this league so [coach Jay Gruden] knows I’ll be ready. I’m in the game plan and I know everything I need to do… I’ll work that soreness out so I’ll be ready to go.”

Gruden said he’s not yet ready to declare Jackson in for Sunday’s game. There’s more he wants to see from him.

“He had a better day today,” Gruden said. “I didn’t see him running full blazing speed, but he’s running, which is a good sign. With a sprinter like that, he needs to be full go. Tomorrow we’ll give him a few shots to run deep and fast and see how he feels and we’ll go from there.”