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Against five, Grossman was 5-of-9 for 82 yards; a rating of 86.3.

Against six, Grossman was 2-of-2 for 24 yards and a touchdown; a rating of 156.3.

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WR Santana Moss was another one whose up-and-down game kept him off either list.

The good: how he adjusted to WR Brandon Banks’ underthrown pass on the trick play. Moss is exceptional at adjusting to passes while they’re in the air, and he scored a touchdown because he came back and caught this one. He also spun out of a tackle to get to the end zone.

The bad: He sabotaged the Redskins’ final drive by committing offensive pass interference. Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez got away with a similar push-off against CB Kevin Barnes earlier in the game, and New England’s cornerbacks used their hands often, so I understand Moss’ frustration that he was flagged. But he did extend his arm and push off. That’s PI.

Also, Moss dropped the final pass, which resulted in an interception. Moss admitted he blew it; not much to add there.

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FB Darrel Young and TE Logan Paulsen had mixed success in prominent blocking roles. Young, to me, didn’t seem like himself coming off his concussion. He wasn’t as fast getting to blocks and he wasn’t as forceful executing them. He was very hard on himself after the game, probably too critical. He did execute several blocks well, especially as the game went on. He led up the middle on RB Evan Royster’s 14-yard gain on the final drive, for example.

Paulsen continues to be inconsistent with his hand placement. He has emphasized the importance of hand technique all season, but it still betrays him at times. He sustained his blocks on the edge on RB Roy Helu’s big runs around the corner, but he also was pushed back on occasion.

Paulsen didn’t catch a pass. In fact, it was the first time in 131 games the Redskins did not have a reception by a tight end. The last time that happened was in a 20-7 win over the New York Giants on Dec. 7, 2003 — the game in which Bruce Smith set the all-time sack record.

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RB Evan Royster flashed on six carries, which qualifies as an expanded role. He said Wednesday that he gets better as he gets more chances because his body loosens up and he develops a feel for cutback lanes. He was much more decisive hitting the hole — perhaps that’s because he often ran inside. He did have a 15-yarder around the left edge, though. Royster also slipped twice — once on a run and once on a screen pass.

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RT Tyler Polumbus was serviceable in his spot start. The Redskins had more success running around the left edge, and Polumbus wasn’t tested as much as LT Willie Smith was on the other side. Polumbus didn’t surrender a sack, which qualifies as a significant success.

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