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      And we are back!
      Hello boys and girls, welcome to another year of Washington Redskins football, home-team style.
      My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my shuttered compatriot, Spaceman Spiff. Together we bring you the sights and sounds of Redskins preseason football. Tonight represents the first home installment for Washington. I will be looking for fan enthusiasm, tho it is difficult to gauge interest-level from the preseason. These are the games that the season ticket holders give to their siblings and coworkers.
      Tonight may be different as we expect Alex Smith to play. The pundits keep telling me he is Kirk Cousins only better. That will be awesome if so. 
      We are quickly filling the list with season-ending injuries, with Washington losing three projected contributors in the first week of preseason. This wince-producing stat is made worse when we consider the projected contributions of Derrius Guice, now lost for the year.
      All he was brought here to do was resurrect the Redskins' rushing game. 
      This for me is the biggest area of concern for me. The running game has got to get better for this team to have any reason success this year.
      Stand by for Inactives...
      An hour later I remember they don't do inactives in the preseason. Hey, it's preseason for us too!
      Not much to report. Very sparse crowd so far. But given it is a work-night and rush hour is just wrapping up on the beltway I am not surprised we are not overflowing with people yet.
      The Redskins appear to be wearing burgundy tops and mustard bottoms, for those keeping score at home. The Jets meanwhile, are sporting white tops and green bottoms.
      So far just the kickers and long snappers are warming up from both teams. 
      The hot, sunny day is giving way to a warm, breezy evening. Should be fairly pleasant viewing conditions for those coming out.

      It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
      Alex Smith looked sharp, going 4-6 for 48-yards and a 91 passer-rating. 
      But that's not the story of this game.
      The story is the injuries that continue to mount to running backs. Samaje Perine had an impressive 30-yard run. Then limped off to be evaluated for an ankle sprain. Next was Byron Marshall.  A lower leg injury they say.
      The Redskins are suffering the worst run of injuries this early maybe ever. 
      I am not sure how much we learned tonight. I take that back.
      Kevin Hogan, whom I had taken to calling ‘Nogan,’ somehow produced a lovely comeback victory with no time to spare. Way to send them home happy.
      Beyond the excitement at the end I am not sure we learned much.
      Alex Smith is exactly who we thought he was. Smith went 4-for-6 for 48-yards and a passer rating of 91. There was some excitement on his first call from scrimmage, when Smith play actioned the handoff and kept the ball on a bootleg, he turned to setup to hit Paul Richardson and instead received a face-full of Jets’ linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Smith completed the pass to Richardson and Jenkins was handed a 15- roughing call.
      The offense are exactly who we thought they are. Feckless in the redzone; unable to produce anything but field goals. Even when the stars did align, with Colt McCoy connecting Cam Sims, area spectacular touchdown catch; cruel fate intervened with a chickenscratch procedure call.
      The injuries are exactly what we feared they could be. Why is it every running back who goes for 30-yards on a single play comes up limping? Samaje Perine ran for 30-yards on his one carry on the night.
      The next time he was seen was on the way to the locker room to have an ankle looked at.
      Then there was Byron Marshall. He barely got into the game before coming out with a leg injury.
      After the first few drives Washington did very little offensively until they had to at the very end.
      And as little as this preseason game meant, it was nice to see the valiant stop at the goal line. It was even nicer to see Mr. Hogan lead the team down the field and to victory.
      Oh yea, we learned one more thing - Dustin Hopkins can kick field goals.
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·         The Washington Redskins fell to the New Orleans Saints in overtime, 34-31, in front of an announced crowd of 73,138 people at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday.


·         The game was the 43rd overtime contest in Redskins history and the team’s first overtime game since Week 8 of the 2016 season against the Cincinnati Bengals in London’s Wembley Stadium.


·         The Redskins are now 25-16-2 all-time in overtime games.


·         The Redskins scored a season-high 31 points, their highest total since a 41-point effort against the Chicago Bears in Week 16 of the 2016 season.


·         The Redskins have now scored 30 points in consecutive games for the first time since a three-game stretch in Weeks 15-17 of the 2015 season.


·         The Redskins have now scored at least 30 points in each of their last four games against the Saints dating back to 2009.


·         The Redskins recorded 456 total yards, the team’s second-highest total of the season, trailing only a 472-yard performance vs. Oakland in Week 3.


·         The yardage total gave Washington its third 400-yard game of the season and its first since a 419-yard game vs. San Francisco in Week 6.


·         The Redskins have now exceeded 375 yards of offense in back-to-back games for the second time this season and the first time since Weeks 2-3.


·         The teams combined for 991 total yards, the highest combined total in a game featuring the Redskins since Week 2 of the 2013 season at Green Bay (1,002).


·         The Redskins recorded exactly 300 net passing yards, reaching the 300-yard net passing mark in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 11-12 of the 2016 season.


·         The Redskins rushed for 156 yards, the team’s second-highest total of the year behind a 229-yard rushing day against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2. The 100-yard rushing game was the team’s fourth of the season.


·         The Redskins scored a touchdown in their 46th straight game, including postseason play, taking sole possession of the fourth-longest touchdown streak in team history. The current 46-game touchdown streak dating back to Week 15 of the 2014 season surpassed a 45-game streak across the 1982-85 seasons.


·         The Redskins entered the day with the fourth-longest active touchdown streak in the NFL.


·         The Redskins did not record a giveaway for the second time this season, joining a turnover-free effort against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2. The Redskins are now 8-3 in games in which they’ve recorded zero turnovers since 2014.


·         The Redskins finished the game plus-one in turnover margin. The Redskins have now won the turnover margin in three consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 4-6 of the 2015 season.


·         Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 22-of-32 passes for 322 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 132.6.


·         On his 12th completion of the day, Cousins surpassed Mark Rypien (1,244) for the fourth-most career completions in team history.


·         Cousins’ season-high-tying three touchdowns gave him 13 career games with three or more passing touchdowns, tying Mark Rypien for fourth-most by a Redskins quarterback in records dating back to 1950. Three of his 13 career three-touchdown games have come during the 2017 season.


·         Cousins added to his team record for career 300-yard passing games (24, including 23 in regular season play).


·         Cousins recorded his fifth 300-yard passing game of the season to tie Mark Rypien (1989), Jay Schroeder (1986) and Sonny Jurgensen (1967) for the third-most 300-yard passing games in a single season in Redskins history. Cousins already holds the top two spots for 300-yard games in a season with seven in each of the past two years.


·         Cousins has now thrown for 300 or more yards in back-to-back games for the second time this season and the first time since Weeks 6-7.


·         Cousins is now 42-of-57 (73.7 percent) for 646 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 150.3 in two career games against the Saints.


·         Cousins started his 42nd consecutive regular season game for the Redskins, passing Mark Rypien (41 from 1990-93) for the second-longest streak by a Redskins quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. He now trails only Joe Theismann (60 from 1980-84) for the longest streak in that time frame.


·         Running back Samaje Perine recorded career highs in rushing attempts (23) and rushing yards (117). The 100-yard rushing performance was the first of his career.


·         Perine recorded the first 100-yard rushing day by a Redskins running back since Rob Kelley in Week 11 of the 2016 season.

·         Perine’s yardage total surpassed his previous career high of 67 yards, set in Week 2 against the Rams.


·         Perine recorded the first rushing touchdown of his career on a one-yard run in the second quarter. It was his second total touchdown of the season, joining a receiving touchdown in Week 6 vs. San Francisco.


·         Perine recorded a career-long 30-yard run in the first quarter. It was the team’s second-longest run of the season trailing a 61-yard rush by Thompson in Week 2.


·         Running back Chris Thompson scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Cousins in the first quarter.


·         The touchdown reception was Thompson’s fourth of the season, adding to his single-season career high, and the ninth of his career.


·         With his fourth receiving touchdown of the season, Thompson became the first Redskins back to catch at least four touchdown passes in a season since fullback Mike Sellers (seven) in 2005.


·         Thompson, who exited the game with an injury, now has 510 receiving yards this season, 10th-most by a Redskins running back in a single season in franchise history.


·         Wide receiver Josh Doctson recorded a career-high 81 yards on four receptions.


·         Doctson recorded 67 yards in the first quarter, breaking his full-game career high (59) in that single frame alone.


·         Wide receiver Jamison Crowder led the Redskins with seven receptions for 72 yards.


·         Wide receiver Ryan Grant scored his third touchdown of the season on a 40-yard pass from Cousins in the third quarter.


·         Grant’s touchdown came in the same stadium in which he played collegiately for Tulane University.


·         The score was Grant’s third touchdown reception of the season, surpassing his previous single-season career high (two in 2015).


·         The 40-yard reception was a career-long for Grant.


·         The touchdown pass to Grant was the culmination of a 12-play, 94-yard drive. The 94-yard drive was the team’s longest scoring drive of the season and its longest since a 96-yard drive in Week 10 of the 2015 season, which was coincidentally the team’s most recent game against the Saints prior to Sunday.


·         Tight end Vernon Davis caught a 26-yard pass from Cousins on fourth-and-6 in the second quarter. It marked the second straight game in which the Redskins have recorded a pass of 25 or more yards for a fourth down conversion.


·         Davis later added a 36-yard reception in the fourth quarter.


·         Tight end Jeremy Sprinkle recorded a touchdown on his first career reception, a seven-yard pass from Cousins in the fourth quarter.


·         Sprinkle joined Doctson (Week 3 vs. Oakland) and Maurice Harris (Week 10 vs. Minnesota) as the third member of the Redskins to record a touchdown reception on their first reception of the 2017 season.


·         The Redskins had four different players record at least 50 receiving yards, including Doctson (81), Crowder (72), Davis (67) and Grant (59). The game marks the second time this season the Redskins have accomplished that feat (Week 3 vs. Oakland).


·         Safety D.J. Swearinger recorded an interception on the Saints’ first possession, picking off quarterback Drew Brees.


·         The interception was Swearinger’s third of the season, matching his single-season career high set in 2016.


·         Swearinger has now intercepted a pass in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.


·         Swearinger became the first member of the Redskins to record an interception in consecutive games since Bashaud Breeland in Weeks 5-6 of the 2015 season.


·         With Swearinger’s interception, the Redskins have now recorded a takeaway on their opponents’ opening drives four times this season, matching the 2015, 2010 and 2003 seasons for their most since 2000.


·         Swearinger’s interception ended a streak of 111 consecutive pass attempts without an interception by Brees.


·         The Redskins turned the interception into a 38-yard field goal by kicker Nick Rose on their opening possession.


·         The Redskins have now scored points on their opening possession eight times this season, tying the 2014 squad for the most opening-drive scores by the Redskins in a single season in records dating back to 1999.


·         The Redskins’ eight games this season with an opening-drive score are the most in the NFL.


·         Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan started his 106th consecutive regular season game, the longest active streak among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has not missed a start in his NFL career.


·         Kerrigan recorded his seventh sack of the season in the first quarter, pushing his career sack total to 65.5.


·         Defensive lineman Anthony Lanier II recorded the first sack of his career in the third quarter, dropping Brees for a four-yard loss.


·         Tight end Niles Paul recorded a first down on a five-yard run on a fake punt in the third quarter. It was the Redskins’ first successful fake punt since Week 3 of the 2016 season against the New York Giants when punter Tress Way completed a first-down pass to cornerback Quinton Dunbar.


·         The Redskins are now 17-9 against the Saints all-time, with all games coming in regular season play.


·         The Redskins are 9-4 all-time against the Saints in New Orleans.




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