Redskins report

December 09, 1997|By Bill Free

Record: 7-6-1

NFC East: If Washington beats the New York Giants on Saturday and the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 21 at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, the Redskins will win the NFC East with a 9-6-1 record. If the Giants also finish 9-6-1, they would lose the division title to the Redskins by virtue of the first tie-breaker, which is head-to-head competition (Washington would be 1-0-1 against the Giants). The Redskins are also still alive in the NFC wild-card playoff race.

Last game: Jeff Hostetler, in his first start for Washington, threw three touchdown passes and linebacker Ken Harvey delivered rousing halftime speech to lead the Redskins to a 38-28 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Tempe on Sunday. The win ended a 0-2-1 skid and enabled Washington to remain one game behind the Giants (8-5-1) in the East.

Next game: A second showdown with the Giants in the space of three weeks, this one coming at the Meadowlands on Saturday at 12: 30 p.m. New York is coming off a 31-21 victory Sunday over the Philadelphia Eagles.

News: RB Terry Allen will miss a second straight game with a badly sprained ankle. trainer Bubba Tyer said yesterday. "It looks a lot better than last week and we'll get Terry moving around more this week," Tyer said. "He won't play Saturday, but we hope to have him back for Philadelphia."

Coach Norv Turner said: "[Offensive linemen] Bob Dahl and Ed Simmons played their best games of the season and [Cris] Dishman and [Darrell] Green were outstanding at the corners. They've given us an opportunity to play in a bigger game next week."

Injuries: LG Tre Johnson (sprained shoulder), LT Chris Mims (abdominal strain), TE James Jenkins (abdominal cramps)

Quotable: "If you want to play, come on out, but if you want to quit, stay in the locker room." -- Redskins linebacker Ken Harvey, talking to his teammates at halftime Sunday, when the Redskins had given up 14 points in the last 3: 36 of the second quarter.

Pub Date: 12/09/97

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