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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/22/2014

Redskins offense shows firepower in defeat


Kirk Cousins threw for a career-high 427 yards in 37-34 loss to Eagles. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Under the direction of quarterback Kirk Cousins, Jay Gruden’s offense showed plenty of firepower and promise amid Sunday’s 37-34 loss at Philadelphia.

Cousins, making his fifth career NFL start in relief of the injured Robert Griffin III, passed for a career-high 427 yards, which ranked fourth all-time by a Redskins quarterback in a regular-season game, trailing Brad Johnson (471 on Dec. 26, 1999), Mark Rypien (442 on Nov. 10, 1991) and Doug Williams (430 on Sept. 11, 1988).

It was the first 400-yard passing day for a Redskins quarterback since Donovan McNabb’s 426 against Houston on Sept. 19, 2010.

Cousins also recorded career-highs in completions (30) to eight receivers, and passing touchdowns (three).

Afterward, Cousins showered compliments as liberally as he distributed his throws.

“Jay and [offensive coordinator] Sean [McVay] gave us every chance,” Cousins said. “When you look at the receivers, we have guy after guy after guy who can make plays for us…Offensive line, we had no sacks today; the offensive line did outstanding job. We have multiple running back who can make plays for us. As a quarterback, you have so many people around you who can make you successful. The good thing we have right now — we obviously need to get better, but there is a lot there to work with.”

Other statistics stood out amid the loss, which dropped the Redskins to 1-2 heading into a short work week in which they host the New York Giants Thursday. Among them:

  • Running back Alfred Morris moved into the Redskins’ top 10 in career rushing yards with his 77 yards on 23 carries. Morris has 3,141 career rushing yards.
  • Wide receiver DeSean Jackson registered his 21st receiving game with more than 100 yards, tallying 117 yards on four catches — including an 81-yard touchdown.
  • Wide receiver Pierre Garcon’s 11 receptions tied his career-high set in Week 16 last season against Dallas.
  • It was the first game in which the Redskins had two receivers top 100 yards since Laveranues Coles (180) and Rod Gardner (118) did so at Atlanta on Sept. 13, 2003.
  • The Redskins defense didn’t allow a sack for the first time since Week 16 last season vs. Dallas.
  • Washington’s defense limited Eagles running back LeSean McCoy to 1.1 yards per carry, the second-lowest single-game total of his career.

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Posted at 09:09 PM ET, 09/21/2014

Injuries mount for Redskins in loss to Eagles

PHILADELPHIA — It wasn’t quite the Body Bag Game of 1990, but the injuries mounted throughout Sunday’s contest and the Redskins emerged from their loss to the Eagles with uncertainty looming over a number of players.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall said after the game that the team’s medical team told him they believe he tore his left Achilles’ tendon. Meanwhile, eight other players left the game at various points with injuries of varying degrees.


DeAngelo Hall sits on the trainers table after injuring his left Achilles’ tendon. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Running back Alfred Morris injured his knee while running into quarterback Kirk Cousins, but he returned a short time later after being evaluated. Center Kory Lichtensteiger was shaken up on a first-half play but returned one play later. Right tackle Tyler Polumbus injured his right knee and did return, but left the stadium with a big bag of ice strapped to it.

Meanwhile, defensive end Jason Hatcher a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. Hatcher said after the game that it felt more like a cramp than a strain, and added that he plans to play Thursday against the Giants.

Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo injured the middle finger on his left hand. Orakpo couldn’t recall exactly how he hurt the finger, or exactly what the prognosis for it was. He just said, “I have no idea. Just the finger was one way and my hand was another. I think it caught in a shoulder pad, but I’m not sure. It happened so fast.”

Orakpo said he would see a doctor about his finger on Monday.

Starting left guard Shawn Lauvao left the game with a right knee injury and didn’t return. Lauvao strained the same knee late in last week’s game but was listed as probable for the Eagles’ game. He said that the knee swelled up on him and became stiff and that he informed his coaches and the trainers that he didn’t believe he could continue to play effectively.

Lauvao had his knee wrapped in ice as he left the stadium, but he didn’t know if he would have an MRI on Monday, or if he would be able to play on Thursday.

Third-year pro Josh LeRibeus took over for Lauvao at left guard. When Lichtensteiger got hurt, he played right guard while Chris Chester moved to center.

Backup safety Duke Ihenacho left the game with a foot injury, but there was no update on the severity of the injury immediately following the game. Backup Defensive end Frank Kearse suffered a leg injury late in the game but return to action after missing a few plays.

The Redskins now have a quick turnaround as they host the Giants Thursday and must heal up quickly, which will prove easier said than done, and is cause for concern, Coach Jay Gruden said.

“Yeah, when you play on the road in the NFL in a division game like this and then have to come back and travel back home and play on a Thursday night, it’s not easy, not to mention, we have so many of these injuries, it’s a major concern for us,” Gruden said. “But, I’m sure the Giants will feel the same way. I’m sure they had some guys beat up a little bit too. It’s just the way it is in football. They put the Thursday night schedule on there and we all have to have one. So, we’ll have to deal with it. We’ll do walk-throughs tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday and then get ready for Thursday.”

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Bog: Best and Worst | Gruden’s postgame quotes | Photo gallery

Cousins passes for 427 yards, but Eagles hang on in fiesty affair | Box score

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Posted at 08:49 PM ET, 09/21/2014

Robert Griffin III tweets his support, parents attend the game

PHILADELPHIA — Robert Griffin III did not travel with his teammates to their game at Lincoln Financial Field, but he offered his support via Twitter both before and after the Redskins’ 37-34 loss to the Eagles.

The quarterback, who dislocated his left ankle and is expected to miss at least eight weeks, tweeted, “Let’s get this W today baby!!! #HTTR” an hour before kickoff.

Griffin remained silent throughout the game, but as soon as the game clock expired, he tweeted again.

Griffin also offered support for injured cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who is believed to have torn his left Achilles’ tendon.

Griffin not traveling with the team wasn’t out of the ordinary. Injured teammates Akeem Jordan, Tracy Porter and Jordan Reed also did not make the trip.

Griffin’s parents did, however, travel to Philadelphia to attend the game and support their son’s teammates. Robert Griffin Jr. and Jackie Griffin both came down to the family area after the game to greet players on their way out of Lincoln Financial Field along with the family members of other players.

Have a Redskins question? Send an e-mail to mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question,” and it might be answered on Tuesday in The Mailbag.

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The Takeaway: Cousins a bright spot in loss to Eagles

Hall believed to have torn Achilles’ | Baker defends his hit on Foles

Bog: Best and Worst | Gruden’s postgame quotes | Photo gallery

Cousins passes for 427 yards, but Eagles hang on in fiesty affair | Box score

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Posted at 07:58 PM ET, 09/21/2014

Redskins’ Chris Baker defends brawl-triggering hit on Eagles quarterback


Redskins defensive end Chris Baker hits Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles, triggering a fourth-quarter brawl. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

PHILADELPHIA — If he had the chance to do it over again, Washington Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker said he would have decked the guy in the Eagles jersey just the same.

The 325-pound Baker insisted he had no idea that player was Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles, who was trying to help tackle Redskin cornerback Bashaud Breeland after throwing what appeared to be an interception during the frantic fourth quarter of Washington’s 37-34 loss at Lincoln Financial Field.

“I was doing what I was taught, and that’s to go get a block,” said Baker, who was ejected after the play. “I did not look to see if it was the quarterback. All I saw was someone going towards the ball, and I got my head in front and lowered my shoulder, which is a legal football move.”

Baker’s hit leveled the 6-foot-6, 243-pound quarterback. So Jason Peters, Philadelphia’s 328-pound left tackle, punched him, triggering a brawl involving at least two dozen players from both teams who spilled onto the sideline, halting play as the referee ordered players back to their benches and tried sorting out the penalties.

They overruled the interception and announced that Baker and Washington left tackle Trent Williams were being tossed, presumably mistaking him for Peters because both wear No. 71 jerseys.

That made Williams erupt.

“Obviously they got me mixed up with 71 from Philly,” Williams said in the locker room later. “I was hot because I knew I didn’t do anything to get tossed. That’s why I was emotional.”

The referees corrected their error and send Peters packing, along with Baker.

Baker said he was never told why he was ejected and insisted that he never threw a punch but made a legal block.

According to Rule 12, article 9.7 of the NFL rulebook, “it is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player in a defenseless posture,” including “a quarterback at any time after a change of possession.”

“I did not even really hit him hard,” Baker said of Foles. “I just happened to hit him on this shoulder, and he happened to fall. He’s the quarterback, and I guess that’s why there was an ejection.”

Peters was ejected, too. And while he conceded he shouldn’t have thrown a punch, Peters explained he was trying to defend his quarterback.

“That wasn’t scripted or planned,” Peters said of his punch. “[Baker] just cheap-shotted Nick Foles, and I reacted.”

To veteran safety Ryan Clark, who has delivered and received his share of hits in a 13-year NFL career, it was simply part of the game.

“When two teams are fighting hard to win and protecting their teammates, that’s what football’s about,” Clark said. “This is a brotherhood, these guys in your locker room. Those guys were feisty, and we’re all grown men. We all have egos. As much as we try to say we don’t, and we all want to be the alpha male. That’s cool. If we see those guys, we’ll shake their hand.”

Have a Redskins question? Send an e-mail to mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question,” and it might be answered on Tuesday in The Mailbag.

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Cousins passes for 427 yards, but Eagles hang on in fiesty affair | Box score

Maske: Giants right the ship, but can they contend in NFC East?

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Posted at 07:18 PM ET, 09/21/2014

The Wrap: Great start for Kirk Cousins still ends in defeat

Kirk Cousins passed for 427 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, but botched a few key passes late in the game. The Washington Post’s Gene Wang and Scott Allen break down what held the Redskins back.

Have a Redskins question? Send an e-mail to mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question,” and it might be answered on Tuesday in The Mailbag.

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Hall believed to have torn Achilles’ | Bog: Sunday’s Best and Worst

Jay Gruden’s postgame quotes | Photo gallery

Cousins passes for 427 yards, but Eagles hang on in fiesty affair | Box score

Maske: Giants right the ship, but can they contend in NFC East?

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