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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) talks with quarterback Tony Romo (9) as they warm up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. The Broncos won 51-48. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Redskins know they'll have to bring heat on Tony Romo

"[Romo] gets such an unjust bad rap. The dude is a hell of a football player," Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. "That's why he got paid so much money this offseason. He's really good. If people want to blame him for that interception on Sunday — he threw for 500 yards and five touchdowns. He made one bad throw and it cost them." Published October 9, 2013

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) hauls in a first down reception in front of Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) during second-quarter action at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Dec. 30, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

DeAngelo Hall gears up for another showdown with Dez Bryant

Hall got the better of the last matchup, as Bryant was targeted just eight times by quarterback Tony Romo and finished with four receptions for 71 yards and no touchdowns. Washington took the game 28-18 and the division title and playoff spot that went with it. Published October 7, 2013

Washington Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (85) runs against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Leonard Hankerson beginning to emerge as a key receiver for the Redskins

In a game Washington absolutely had to have against Oakland, LeonardHankerson made his contribution. A key catch in the third-quarter was one of his four receptions on the day and set up the go-ahead score on a touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon. The Redskins were down 14-10 at the time. Published October 6, 2013

Washington Redskins punter Sav Rocca, center, has his punt blocked by Oakland Raiders' Rashad Jennings, bottom left, as Jeremy Stewart (32) prepares to recover during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Stewart scored a touchdown. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Redskins' special teams have plenty of room for improvement

That unit is expected to act like clockwork. Hit field goals and extra-point attempts, don't turn the ball over, provide the occasional big play and make sure the opponent doesn't. It's a pretty simple formula, but so far the Washington Redskins have struggled to execute it. Published October 2, 2013

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan walks on the sideline during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Redskins blend optimism, realism as they enter bye week

"You've just got to focus on the job at hand," said Mike Shanahan, whose team will not play again until Oct. 13 against NFC East-leading Dallas. "Once you get too carried away, to me, that's when a team goes one way or another." Published September 30, 2013

Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu stiff-arms Oakland Raiders linebacker Nick Roach (53) during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Redskins get first win as Roy Helu Jr. comes through in relief

With starter Alfred Morris out thanks to a rib injury, Helu's team needed him. Playing in front of friends and family at O.Co Coliseum, just 22 miles from his hometown of Danville, Calif., Helu helped put away the Redskins' first win of the season, a 24-14 victory that a few hours earlier seemed improbable. Published September 29, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is tackeled by Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94)as the Washington Redskins play the Detroit Lions at FedExField, Landover, Md., September 22, 2013. (Dan DeCook/Special for The Washington Times)

RG3 facing unprecedented scrutiny as Redskins seek 1st win

"It's part of the process. It's part of being a quarterback in the NFL," Griffin said Wednesday. "Things are going to happen. You're going to have to deal with the scrutiny and be able to face it or overcome it. That's just what it is." Published September 25, 2013

A dejected Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) walks off the field with teamates after a 27-20 to the Detroit Lions at FedExField, Landover, Md., September 22, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Questions aplenty for 0-3 Redskins, but answers elusive

"Nobody could have told us that it was going to be like this," cornerback Josh Wilson said Monday. "But this is a test of our team, a test to see if we are who we say we are. Are we a team that's going to never give up, a team of confidence, a team of always going to fight?" Published September 23, 2013

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is sacked by Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher during the first half of a NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Redskins notes: London Fletcher takes a breather

Fletcher left the field several times during his team's disappointing 27-20 loss to the Detroit Lions at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon. He was replaced by reserve Nick Barnett, who had yet to take the field this season. Published September 22, 2013

Washington Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson (11) catches a 57 yard touchdown pass over Detroit Lions defensive back Rashean Mathis (31) in the fourth quarter that was reversed and ruled incomplete as the Washington Redskins play the Detroit Lions in NFL football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, September 9, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins slip to 0-3 as key calls don't go their way

For a moment the Washington Redskins thought they had the lead. For a moment they thought they would avoid a disastrous 0-3 start. Instead, a touchdown was overturned, a celebration halted and the Redskins' last, best hope extinguished in a 27-20 loss to the Lions. Published September 22, 2013

Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb (18) gets past Washington Redskins' Brandon Meriweather after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

Redskins need to wrap arms around tackling problems

"You can't really practice [tackling] a lot," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "You're only allowed to have pads on one day a week. And normally you don't take people to the ground But what you do, is you do have the sense of urgency to have your gap responsibility." Published September 16, 2013

Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb breaks away from Washington Redskins' David Amerson (39) for a 35-heard touchdown reception during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

No illusions for Redskins as Aaron Rodgers, Packers dominate

The Redskins went to Lambeau Field holding fast to the image of the team they were at the end of last season, when they rallied to win the NFC East and reach the playoffs. That notion was shredded by the Green Bay Packers in a humbling 38-20 loss on Sunday afternoon. Published September 15, 2013