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Washington Redskins release veteran Cullen Jenkins

In a sloppy performance, the Redskins (7-6-1) failed to take advantage of the break they caught via the Buccaneers’ loss at Dallas. Veteran safety Donte Whitner’s busted coverage cost seven points on Ted Ginn’s 30-yard touchdown. Vernon Davis was blocked into Kirk Cousins on the first play of the second half, gift-wrapping another seven points when Carolina (6-8) converted the fumble recovery from a yard out via a short pass to Mike Tolbert. The Panthers’ front seven shut down rookie Rob Kelley and the ground attack while Cousins missed throws and suffered from a spate of ill-timed drops. Before the end of the third quarter, the Redskins’ offense already had more three-and-outs than any game all season.

Traveling to Chicago before hosting the in the regular-season finale, Washington is now behind 8-6 Green Bay and Tampa Bay in the wild-card hunt. The Packers have a slight edge on the Bucs in the strength-of-schedule tie-breaker entering Week 16.

Jamison Crowder is a fascinating athlete who notched his third touchdown of the season after shredding the Ravens last week with an 85-yard punt return to the house. Sunday’s score — a beautiful 16-yard grab in the back-left corner of the end zone — marked the fourth touchdown of the year for a Redskins wideout now serving as a core member of Washington’s air attack.

It gets no easier for the skidding Eagles, who play eight of their final 11 games against clubs that currently have a winning record, including the Vikings, Cowboys, Falcons, Seahawks, Packers, Redskins, Ravens and nfl jerseys cheap and Cowboys.

Consider everything the Redskins did well in this game. The Redskins rolled up 505 yards on the Cowboys’ defense and only punted once the entire game. Washington dominated time of possession and out-gained the Cowboys by 152 yards. Kirk Cousins, continuing his incredible run of form lately, led the Redskins to touchdowns on his final three drives. Yet the Redskins never even got the ball with a chance to take the lead in the second half because Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant and the Cowboys’ merry band of offensive linemen don’t allow comebacks.

The game essentially ended well before Prescott’s third down toss to Dez. Washington missed two field goals in the first half and went 0 for 2 in the red zone. They left points on the board and spent the rest of the afternoon chasing. Show one crack in the armor and the Cowboys’ offense will bulldoze through on the way to another victory.jersye

While it should never be surprising to see a 13-year veteran get released this time of year while general managers try to get younger and cheaper, Jenkins looked to have a decent chance of making the roster. He could still be a heavy favorite to return once the Redskins can get him on a week-to-week deal and don’t have to guarantee his salary for the season.

If Washington doesn’t bring him back, they’ll obviously keep their eyes peeled for help along the defensive line. The team is currently relying on the likes of Ricky Jean-Francois, , , and Ziggy Hood. Jenkins played in 14 games for the Giants last season, logging three sacks and 15 total tackles. A defensive tackle and stretch end, Jenkins could still be versatile enough to find a home in any defensive system.

ASHBURN, Va. — If 2015 was the year when Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins surprised the NFL, then this season offers a crucial opportunity to remind us all of what he truly can do. There is no more flying under the radar, no more chances to capitalize on the time-tested benefit of being underestimated. Cousins enters his fifth year knowing full well what’s on the line and what needs to be proven. All he has to do now is deliver.

What makes Cousins so interesting is that he led the Redskins to the NFC East title in 2015, yet he still has to show this team that he’s worthy of being the long-term answer at quarterback. Washington has guaranteed him a one-year salary of $19.953 million — after designating him as a non-exclusive franchise free agent in February — but neither side could agree on a new contract during the offseason. So Cousins has to impress his employer all over again, just as he did when he supplanted Robert Griffin III last year. That, by the way, is just fine with him.

LANDOVER, Md. — The key to the Redskins’ hopes of repeating as NFC East champions can be summarized by one play late in their 27-20 win over Philadelphia. It was the image of Washington running back Matt Jones charging downfield on a third-and-7, gobbling up precious yardage and consuming even more valuable seconds. The Eagles had to know that call was coming, as it was the sensible move for a team holding a one-score lead, pinned back in its own territory. That Philly surrendered a 57-yard dash at such a crucial moment tells you plenty about the Redskins’ long-term potential.

Simply put, the Redskins need to run the ball the way they did against Philadelphia to be serious playoff contenders. They generated 230 yards on the ground and reminded people once again why they’re currently riding a four-game winning streak.