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Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul, left, and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen shake hands before the coin toss in an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Redskins notes: The fake punt that wasn't

Niles Paul never saw the signal. Or maybe he just didn't believe it. It was tough to tell who knew what in the chaos of a fake punt that failed late in the third quarter of a 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Published November 8, 2013

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) reacts on the bench after he scored a goal with teammates Mikhail Grabovski (84), of Germany, Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, and Aaron Volpatti, right, against the New York Islanders during the third period an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Washington. The Capitals won 6-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Tom Wilson rewards Caps' patience with first NHL points

The Caps could have returned Wilson to the Plymouth Whalers, his junior hockey team, after nine games. But despite zero production they stuck with him and almost certainly will for the duration of the season. Published November 6, 2013

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, left, celebrates his goal with Troy Brouwer, right, against the New York Islanders during the second period an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

After a brief injury hiatus, Alex Ovechkin returns to lift Caps to win

Alex Ovechkin's teammates did just fine without their star right wing. But after sitting out for two games with a shoulder injury, he wanted in on the fun, too. Ovechkin scored two goals on Tuesday night against the New York Islanders and the Capitals cruised to a 6-2 victory at Verizon Center. Published November 5, 2013

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris escpases the grip of San Diego Chargers linebacker Thomas Keiser during the first half of a NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Redskins' running game finally gets rolling behind Alfred Morris, Darrel Young

"We know the type of offense that we are. We haven't been showing it all year, but we are a high-powered offense like we were last year," Morris said. "Sometimes, we don't get it done the way we should get it done. Whether it's penalties, whether it's mistakes, whether it's a lack of execution — whatever it is, that's the type of offense we are." Published November 4, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10), second from left, celebrates with Washington Redskins fullback Darrel Young (36), left, after he scores on a 1 yard run play in the third quarter as the Washington Redskins play the San Diego Chargers at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, November 3, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins notes: Fullback Young enjoys the game of his life with three touchdowns

It was the game of Darrel Young's life. The genial fullback doesn't get much attention. The Redskins have so many other options at the skill positions, after all. But on Sunday afternoon against the San Diego Chargers, Young made a difference in a 30-24 overtime victory at FedEx Field. Published November 3, 2013

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Nationals' players will know exactly where they stand with Matt Williams

The new manager of the Washington Nationals, hired just last week, was a third-base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks when Wilson Ramos, now Williams' catcher, took his time trotting around the bases after a home run in a game in Phoenix more than two years ago. The fiery side of Williams erupted. Published November 3, 2013

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) shows his emotion after completing a 38 yard pass in the third quarter as the Washington Redskins play the San Diego Chargers at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, November 3, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Garcon has his hands all over Redskins' victory

One week after expressing frustration about his team's struggles in the passing game, Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon had a career day in a victory over the San Diego Chargers. Published November 3, 2013

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2013 file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams gets a high-five from players after he took batting practice prior to a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, in Phoenix. Williams is the new manager of the Washington Nationals. The Nationals will hold a news conference Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, to introduce Williams as the team's fifth manager since it moved to Washington from Montreal in 2005. He replaces Davey Johnson, who is retiring. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Matt Williams brings intensity to his new job as Nationals manager

Matt Williams was a player for 17 years with three different teams and reached a World Series with all of them, winning one. He was a high draft pick, No. 3 overall in 1986. He has served as a broadcaster and, for the past four seasons, as a coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks. What he has not actually done is managed, a qualification that didn't deter Washington general manager Mike Rizzo from hiring him. Published October 31, 2013

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) runs after making a catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Chargers receiver Eddie Royal eager for trip home to D.C.

Royal and Redskins running back Royster grew up together in Fairfax County. They helped Westfield High to a Group AAA, Division 6 state championship in 2003 and both went on to college success at Virginia Tech and Penn State, respectively. But this week will be just Royal's third game in his hometown. Published October 30, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) fakes a pass against Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Redskins' passing game still sputtering as RG3, receivers out of sync

Griffin has had his moments this season, but his accuracy throwing the ball has clearly regressed. He completed just 15 of 30 passes for 132 yards against Denver with two interceptions. Griffin has completed just 59 percent of his 268 attempts this season. That ranks 25th in the NFL. Griffin's passer rating is 79.2. That is 21st. Published October 28, 2013

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis (83) on the sideline as the Washington Redskins play the Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL preseason football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Monday, August 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins notes: Fred Davis inactive again

Davis sat amidst rumors that he wants to be dealt before the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday. Davis denied that in a radio interview last Tuesday with radio station 106.7 The Fan. But he also said that a change of scenery might be necessary if he isn't in the team's plans. Published October 27, 2013

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) runs back an interception fora touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Redskins notes: DeAngelo Hall briefly gives hope

His 26-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the third quarter put the Redskins ahead 21-7 and stunned the crowd at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. But they were the last points Washington would score in a 45-21 loss. Published October 27, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) lays on the turf after a hit by the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. Griffin left the game after the play. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

RG3 knee injury final indignity in Redskins' collapse

Griffin was smashed to the turf by nose tackle Terrance Knighton and lay injured for several minutes. He eventually walked off the field under his own power, but only after his left knee had caught in the turf with 5:43 to go. Published October 27, 2013

Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, right, and head coach Mike Shanahan laugh on the victory stand following their 34-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Mike Shanahan focused on present, not past, in return to Denver

Sunday, after his starting lineup is introduced before a hostile crowd at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Broncos will show a highlight clip of the Shanahan years, which included those back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998. It's a nice gesture, but not one Shanahan cares to think about. Published October 24, 2013

Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather (31) is flagged for a helmet to helmet hit on Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) in the third quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, October 20, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Brandon Meriweather suspension hits Redskins at inopportune time

That scenario is far from ideal with Peyton Manning and the pass-happy Denver Broncos on tap. But the Redskins will have to deal with it after the NFL on Monday handed Meriweather a two-game suspension for repeated violations of the league's ban on hits to the head of defenseless players. Published October 21, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) scrambles for a gain in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, October 20, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins escape Bears as RG3 rediscovers form

The Redskins remain in rough shape at 2-4 with a trip to powerhouse Denver looming next week. But more positive signs from their quarterback on Sunday infused a new level of optimism for a team that began the season 0-3. So has Griffin found his form of last year? "Without a doubt," he said. Published October 20, 2013