Sep 27, 2016, 6:16 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 27, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns.
—Today’s schedule: No media availability
—Days until: Browns @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ Ravens 12; Eagles @ Redskins 19
Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants
—I don’t think it’s time to declare yet that the Kirk Cousins of the second half of 2015 is back. He had his moments against the Giants, especially the back-to-back throws to DeSean Jackson that constituted the two-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter. And he didn’t throw an interception, which is always good news. But he still was inaccurate on a lot of his passes, throwing behind some receiver who could have had some significant yards after the catch. Jay Gruden said that he took the wrong hole on the quarterback draw play in the third quarter. And for the second time in six games he had inexplicable problems near the goal line at the end of the first half. Fortunately, the Redskins won both their Week 16 game in Philadelphia last year and the one against the Giants on Sunday but he is playing with fire.
—Quinton Dunbar is officially a Giant killer. He made the two big plays on Sunday with his 31-yard reception on a fake punt and his spectacular end zone interception. Last year in Week 12 against the Giants Dunbar came up with a diving interception of Eli Manning in the end zone to keep the Giants off of the scoreboard. Dunbar’s play saved a touchdown in a game the Redskins won by six points.
—Maybe we can set aside the “Trent Murphy is a bust” narrative for the time being at least after he had a sack, two quarterback pressures and a forced fumble in 37 snaps against the Giants. He leads the team in sacks with three and he has forced two fumbles. This is after an offseason where he converted from outside linebacker to defensive lineman and back again. Some still aren’t sure if they should call him a linebacker or a lineman but you can call him a playmaker. The key, of course, is him keeping it up but it’s so far, so good this season for Murphy.
—The run-pass ratio always gets less attention when the Redskins win. They called 28 run plays (excluding victory formation kneel downs) and 38 pass plays (including two that ended in sacks). That’s a 58%-42% pass-run ratio, which is right around the league average of 60%-40%.
—Jamison Crowder lasted until the fourth round of the 2015 draft largely because of his 4.56 time in the 40-yard dash. But during his 50-yard punt return and 55-yard touchdown on a screen pass he showed that he has some burst and that knowing where to go can be as important as how fast you get there. He struggled on punt returns last year with a 5.3-yard average with a long return of 16. Already this year he has returns of 50, 17, and 21 yards.
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