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With every action comes a reaction.

And with every President Trump speech or tweet comes a response.

At a campaign rally Friday night for Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who don’t stand for the national anthem. He also noted the NFL’s poor TV ratings and lamented that refs are ruining the game.

 

 

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After opening the season against divisional rival Philadelphia, the Redskins will head out west for a competition against a familiar face in Sean McVay.

Week 1 is in the books, and the Washington Redskins must now prepare for a seven-day turnaround against an opponent on the opposite side of the country.

The Los Angeles Rams, led by former Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay, will take on the Redskins Sept. 17 in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The game will be televised on Fox with a 4:25 p.m. EST kickoff.

When Washington head coach Jay Gruden was 31 years old, he was coaching the Orlando Predators, an Arena Football League team. Meanwhile, McVay, who turned 31 in January, is already one week into a career as the youngest head coach in the NFL.

 

 

 

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Washington football fans can breathe a bit easier with 0-16 off the table.

Joyful outcomes might be few this year, but at least Jay Gruden and Co. prevailed in their first “must-win” game. Thoughts of whiffing against the Los Angeles Rams, with Oakland and Kansas City up next, cast a pall over the season entering Week 2.

Instead, Washington proved it can win (27-20) by running the ball and playing defense. The Rams were gouged for 229 rushing yards while Kirk Cousins passed for a meager 179. Gruden channeled former Rams coach “Ground Chuck” Knox, calling for 36 handoffs.

 

 

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Sanity was restored through much of the N.F.L. on Sunday, with Tom Brady remembering how to throw touchdown passes, Jacksonville falling back down to Earth, and Green Bay’s defense looking like Swiss cheese again. The entire league is likely scratching its collective head, however, after the Denver Broncos simply crushed the Dallas Cowboys. Here is what we learned in Week 2:

■ Tom Brady does not need wide receivers. With only three healthy wide receivers on the active list, there was concern that New England’s offense would be limited. Brady responded to the roster shortage by topping 300 passing yards in the first half for just the second time in his career. He finished the day with 447 passing yards and three touchdowns, and 20 of his 30 completions went to running backs and tight ends.

 

 

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HOUSTON — Trent Williams’s football career has often been unplanned. He was forced into playing the game at 7 years old, though basketball was his real love. Williams wanted to be a tight end in high school, but he was stuck on the offensive line.

Even during his rookie season, when Williams thought then-Redskins coach Mike Shanahan would ease him into the NFL by playing him at right tackle, he started his career protecting Donovan McNabb’s blind side from the left tackle position. His first game: lining up across future Hall of Famer DeMarcus Ware, while still learning an NFL playbook.

The Redskins beat the Cowboys, 13-7. “My head was spinning,” Williams recalled. “Literally, [Redskins guard] Derrick Dockery had to tell me what to do like maybe 75 percent of the time.”

Williams’s potential to be great was evident to those around him based on how he handled these moments, but greatness wasn’t his aim back in 2010. He was just seeing how far a kid from Longview, Tex., could go to better his circumstances, despite the odds against a successful career in professional football.

 

 

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For a long stretch up until recently the Oakland Raiders were one of the worst road teams in the NFL. But including a win/cover at Tennessee to open this season, the Raiders are now 11-6 straight up and 13-4 against the spread over their last 17 games away from home, including 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS in the Eastern time zone.

Oakland heads east this week for a non-conference bout at the Washington Redskins on Sunday night.

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The Redskins got something old and something new on Sunday, neither of which they would have hoped for. Washington snapped a five-game winning streak against the division-rival Eagles and continued a trend dating back to 2012 of losing season-openers. After the 30-17 loss at FedEx field, it’s back to the drawing board.

After reviewing the tape and hearing from coach Jay Gruden on Monday, here are a few things that stood out in the Week 1 loss to the Eagles.

Ertz hurts

Washington couldn’t come up with anything that could stop tight end Zach Ertz, who led the Eagles with 93 receiving yards and was 8-for-8. Some of those completions were forgivable; quarterback Carson Wentz did an excellent job of avoiding pressure and quickly finding Ertz for short gains when the Redskins rushed five.

 

 

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Amid injuries to more than a quarter of their starters, the Washington Redskins won’t have Su’a Cravens for the rest of the season after putting the 22-year-old safety on the reserve/left squad list.

Cravens left the team before Week 1 while contemplating retirement. The Redskins had a month to decide what to do with the 2016 second-round pick and opted to rule him out this season.

“We sincerely hope that Su’a uses this time away from the club to reflect upon whether or not he’d like to resume his career in the National Football League in 2018,” the Redskins said in a statement Monday.

Washington could have used Cravens with so many injuries in the secondary going into its game Sunday night against the Oakland Raiders. Cornerback Josh Norman and strong safety Montae Nicholson — who was starting where Cravens was supposed to play in his second season — each has a sprained shoulder, while special teams ace and backup safety Deshazor Everett has a sprained MCL in his knee.

 

 

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After being cut by the Falcons last week, quarterback Alek Torgensen received a spot on the Redskins’ practice squad, where he will begin his development at the position.

Upon his release from the Atlanta Falcons last Friday, Alek Torgersen flew to New York City with a bag packed of essentials to visit some friends. He waited for his phone to ring — not sure if any NFL team would give him another shot — until Sunday, when the Redskins offered the rookie quarterback a spot on their practice squad.

“I got the call to come here and I was ready to go, my bags were packed, nice easy flight from New York and it was a lot of fun,” he said after his first day of practice. “A whirlwind of emotions, the lowest low’s and the highest high’s – it’s been a crazy experience so far.”

Had that call not taken place – had the Redskins not waived quarterback Nate Sudfeld and no other teams found his talents necessary – Torgersen was ready to travel to Oslo, Norway, where his father was born, raised and now lives, coaching a women’s crew team. Now, he’ll wait to go at a later date.

 

 

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Redskins punt returner Jamison Crowder fumbles a punt in the team’s Week 1 loss to Philadelphia.

We need to stop talking about how the Washington Redskins have their backs against the wall after every loss.

You want “backs against the wall?”

In 2012, the Redskins fell to 3-6. Coach Mike Shanahan declared the season over except for players competing for roster spots for the 2013 season.

Gulp.

Then, two rookie quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, a rookie running back, Alfred Morris, and a defense that kept improving, engineered an improbable seven-game winning streak. The Redskins finished 10-6 and won the NFC East.

“Backs against the wall” is when you’re on a three-game losing streak, one of your players, safety Sean Taylor, is shot during a break-in at his home and dies a short time later, leaving the team in shock, a feeling exacerbated by a last-second loss, at home, to Buffalo.

 

 

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