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Fourth Quarter Conclusions: #KCvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 8, 2013 – 3:28 pm



While the Washington Redskins slipped and stumbled on a snowy field, Dexter McCluster had no trouble finding sure footing.

McCluster averaged 25.3 yards on seven punt returns for the Chiefs, zipping 74 yards up the field for the first of two special teams touchdowns for Kansas City in the second quarter of a 45-10 win over Washington Sunday afternoon at FedExField. Quintin Demps returned a kickoff 95 yards to the house later in the quarter.

Despite missing his left tackle in a sloppy, wet game, Alex Smith calmly kept Kansas City on course. He went 14-of-20 with 137 yards and two touchdowns without getting sacked or intercepted.

Jamaal Charles ran around and through the Redskins, bouncing off five tacklers on one 33-yard run. He carried 19 times for 151 yards and a touchdown and added another score on a 5-yard pass.

The Redskins were down, 31-0, before getting on the board.

Both backup quarterbacks entered the game with more than nine minutes remaining. Robert Griffin III completed less than half of his passes, and Alfred Morris ran for less than 3 yards per carry. Including an interception and two lost fumbles, Washington registered three turnovers.

All in all, this game will go down as a low point in a down season. The Redskins lost their fifth straight game and moved to 3-10.

Even snowballs thrown from the stands at FedExField fell flat. Read more »

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Honored At Game

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 8, 2013 – 2:50 pm


Yesterday marked Pearl Harbor Day, the annual remembrance to those who fought and died on December 7, 1941, when the the U.S. Navy base in Hawaii was attacked.

At today’s Washington Redskins-Kansas City Chiefs game, Chief Petty Officer Howard Snell, who also served on the USS Morrison, was honored with a standing ovation in a ceremony recognizing his service to this country.

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Third Quarter Thoughts: #KCvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 8, 2013 – 2:47 pm



At the end of the half, Washington’s special teams produced two positive plays but still fell far short of repaying its debt against Kansas City.

Niles Paul returned a kickoff 39 yards to put Washington in good field position with less than a minute remaining, and Kai Forbath converted the longest field goal of his career. Forbath’s 50-yarder cut the halftime deficit to 28 points.

The Redskins allowed a punt return and a kickoff return for touchdowns, and Kansas City leads, 38-10 at the break. Read more »

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Logan Paulsen Deletes Scoreless Half

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 8, 2013 – 2:29 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

Mr. Logan Paulsen–you’re making quite a name for yourself. And it isn’t at the World Beard and Mustache Championships.

It’s been a difficult day for the Washington Redskins, but Robert Griffin III and Logan Paulsen connected for the second time in as many games to get the burgundy and gold on the board.

GIF of touchdown three for the tight end below:

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Papa John’s Redskins Touchdown Special

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 8, 2013 – 2:24 pm


It’s Redskins Day at Papa John’s.

A day after every Redskins game, fans can order a large cheese pizza for only $9.99, plus for each touchdown the Redskins score, fans get one free topping.

Papa Johns logoAnd with a Redskins victory, fans get double the toppings.

That seven-yard Logan Paulsen touchdown run gets you one free topping — hopefully it isn’t the last!

Who’s hungry?

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Second Quarter Summaries: #KCvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 8, 2013 – 1:42 pm



The Redskins defense couldn’t hold up three times.  After an early goal-line stand, the special teams and the offense put the unit in poor position on two consecutive drives Kansas City converted for touchdowns.

Washington’s offense was just gaining some momentum, converting a third-down on a twirling, over-the-shoulder catch by Santana Moss when Robert Griffin III threw an interception right to Derrick Johnson. The Chiefs needed three plays to put Dwayne Bowe in the end zone.

On the first drive of the game, Kansas City’s offense flowed easily and moved into the red zone. The Redskins’ defense held Kansas City at the 15-yard line, and the Chiefs walked away with a field goal.

But when Dexter McCluster broke off a 57-yard return to put Kansas City back in scoring position, the Chiefs rolled the dice on fourth down and cashed in with a touchdown. Once again, the Redskins special teams put the defense in a poor spot.

Jamaal Charles appeared effective early on, amassing 21 yards on his first three carries and punching in Kansas City’s first touchdown from the 2-yard line.

The Redskins converted a third-and-10 on their first drive, but sputtered out shortly thereafter.

First quarter high: Alfred Morris’11-yard run giving him more than 1,000 yards rushing for the second consecutive season.

First quarter low: Dexter McCluster returning Sav Rocca’s punt 57 yards into the red zone.

The Redskins are driving to start the second quarter. Follow the live blog below to see if they can snatch some momentum. Read more »

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First Quarter Happenings: #KCvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 8, 2013 – 12:53 pm



Ever since the grounds crew retracted the tarp covering the turf at FedExField Sunday morning, flecks of snow have been peppering the field like so much Parmesan cheese on a spinach pizza.

Expect two things  out of a game under these conditions. Two of the league’s top running backs, Alfred Morris (No. 5 in rushing) and Jamaal Charles (No. 4), will see an uptick in carries. The oblong, leather football is going to slip and slide.

The 9-3 Chiefs are on a three-game skid, but they boast the best turnover ratio in the AFC (+14). The Redskins have lost four in a row, but they have factors in their favor to force miscues out of the mostly mistake-free Alex Smith.

Kansas City is without their left tackle, and Brian Orakpo has been on fire as of late, recording 5.5 sacks in the past four weeks. On the right side, the Chiefs trot out rookie Eric Fisher against Ryan Kerrigan, who could use a productive day. He hasn’t recorded a sack since Week 8 at Denver.

Washington has nothing left to play for other than pride and schadenfreude. Kansas City needs to find its mojo heading into a likely playoff berth as wild card contender in the AFC. The wintry weather should make for some unpredictable turns in this game.

I’m happy to report the inflatable Redskins helmet is full of air and standing tall.

Let’s see who can hold onto the football. Follow the live blog of the first quarter below. Read more »

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VOTE: Who Kickstarts the Redskins Against the Chiefs?

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 8, 2013 – 11:55 am



Kansas City comes to Washington in a flurry of wintry weather and disappointment. Both teams have had a rough few weeks. The Chiefs have lost three in a row, and the Redskins have dropped their last four games.

For Kansas City to play well, the Chiefs need Alex Smith to efficiently direct an offense based on the intermediate passing game and explosive plays from running back Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs defense thrives on disrupting the quarterback, but Kanasas City will be without pass rushing quarterback Justin Houston.

For Washington to be effective, the Redskins need to establish the running game. Just call Alfred Morris Mr. Plow. Brian Orakop and Ryan Kerrigan need to contain the edge against the speedy Charles. Will Montgomery needs to keep Dontari Poe at bay.

Who is the key to kickstarting the Redskins? Vote below. Read more »

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Marines On Hand To Collect Toys For Tots

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 8, 2013 – 11:23 am


As part of the annual Toys For Tots holiday drive, United States Marine Corps service members will be stationed at each of the entrances at FedExField with collection bins encouraging those in attendance to either donate a new, unwrapped toy or a monetary gift.

Not able to secure yourself a ticket to today’s game or deciding to watch the game in the comfort of your own home with your double-paned window protecting you from Old Man Winter’s wrath—don’t worry there are other ways you can donate.

Fans can also visit any official Redskins store location for donation bins or go to www.redskinsteamstore.com to make a tax-deductible donation to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.

All toys collected today will be gifted to local children on Tuesday, December 17th at the annual Skins Santa Shoppe.

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Weather Update: Winter Is Coming To FedExField For #KCvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 8, 2013 – 11:19 am


The tarp came off the field within the last hour. The fates have conspired to turn FedExField into North Westeros for the Redskins’ Sunday afternoon’s home tilt against the Chiefs.

The men from Kansas City are no stranger to the cold, but that doesn’t mean they like it. I’m hoping Alex Smith looks like this in the pocket.

Here’s the full hourly forecast from weather.com. Read more »

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