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Smith, Lanier handle Gabbert; Redskins beat Cardinals 20-15

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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Anthony Lanier sacked Blaine Gabbert and forced a fumble that Preston Smith recovered and the Washington Redskins held on to beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-15 Sunday in a game that was a comedy of errors for each team.

Smith also intercepted Gabbert and Lanier batted down three passes and had two sacks as they gave the Redskins (6-8) a glimpse of their potential as significant pieces of the defense for years to come.

Gabbert was 16 of 41 for 189 yards with the interception and a fumble he recovered himself in the fourth quarter. Arizona (6-8), which got all its points on field goals by Phil Dawson, went 0 for 6 in the red zone and 4 for 19 on third down as it was eliminated from playoff contention.

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Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins was 18 of 26 for 196 yards with touchdown passes to Jamison Crowder and new running back Kapri Bibbs. The Redskins were booed at times in the second half by fans in the announced crowd of 71,026.

Gabbert led the Cardinals to the Washington 21-yard line before an incomplete pass on fourth down ended their chances.

DRIVE FOR FIVE

Dawson made all five of his field goal attempts, connecting from 40, 35, 19, 34 and 32 yards. He was good from 54 early in the fourth quarter, though that was wiped out when Washington’s A.J. Francis was given a 15-yard penalty for leverage.

Dawson has scored the Cardinals’ past 30 points going back to their Dec. 3 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

SACKMASTER JONES

Arizona linebacker Chandler Jones earned his NFL-leading 15th sack of the season during the first half as he continued to make a case to be NFL Defensive Player of the Year. With two games remaining, he’s two shy of setting the franchise record for sacks in a season.

RECOVERED KICK

Even though coach Bruce Arians didn’t call for an onside kick to start the second half, the Cardinals got the ball back in excellent field position. Dawson’s kickoff bounced deep in Washington territory and when no Redskins player fielded it, Budda Baker recovered at the 22.

INJURIES

Cardinals: DL Robert Nkemdiche left with a wrist injury. … LB Karlos Dansby suffered a calf injury. … DL Josh Mauro was inactive with an ankle injury.

Redskins: CB Bashaud Breeland left with a shoulder injury. … Rookie LB Ryan Anderson suffered a knee injury in punt coverage. Anderson came in dealing with an ankle injury. … LT Trent Williams missed his fourth game of the season with a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Host the New York Giants next Sunday afternoon.

Redskins: Host the Denver Broncos next Sunday afternoon.

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Rivers leads Bolts to 4th straight win, 30-13 over Redskins

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CARSON, Calif. (AP) Philip Rivers passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and the Los Angeles Chargers continued their ferocious playoff push with their fourth straight victory, 30-13 over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Tyrell Williams caught a 75-yard touchdown pass and Hunter Henry had another scoring grab for the Chargers (7-6), who have won seven of nine after an 0-4 start to their relocation season.

While outscoring their opponents 131-53 during their winning streak, the Chargers also moved above .500 for the first time since September 2015 with a dominant offensive performance against Washington.

The Chargers stayed atop the AFC West alongside the Chiefs (7-6), their opponents Saturday in Kansas City.

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Kirk Cousins hit Vernon Davis with an early TD pass for the Redskins (5-8), who have lost two straight and six of eight.

Although Bashaud Breeland returned an interception of Kellen Clemens‘ pass 96 yards for a touchdown with 2:36 to play, Washington’s defense had few answers while the Chargers racked up 429 yards by midway through the third quarter.

Rivers passed for 256 yards in the first half of another outstanding performance late in his 12th season as the Chargers’ starting quarterback. Rivers also moved ahead of Warren Moon for ninth place in NFL history in career yards passing while picking apart the Redskins’ secondary.

Melvin Gordon rushed for a third-quarter score before several Los Angeles regulars took most of the fourth quarter off, banking rest for Saturday’s showdown in Kansas City.

They earned the break on both sides of the ball by continuing their exceptional play since their slow start, winning their fourth straight home game. Rivers’ offense played with confidence and flair, executing flea-flickers and thoroughly entertaining a crowd with distinctly fewer fans of the opposition than in the Chargers’ first few games at StubHub Center.

Keenan Allen had six catches for 111 yards in his quietest performance during the Bolts’ four-game winning streak. He still set new single-season career highs for receptions and yards during the first half for Los Angeles.

Los Angeles jumped to a 13-0 lead while scoring on its first three drives and getting a first-quarter interception by Kyle Emanuel, but Washington kept it close by forcing two field goals and then getting a 23-yard TD pass to Davis from Cousins, who repeatedly avoided the Chargers’ vaunted pass rush.

But on the next snap, Rivers hit Williams deep downfield for an untouched, 75-yard score.

Los Angeles had a 23-6 lead when it drove 81 yards in the final 1:25 before halftime. The Chargers only missed out on even more points because Austin Ekeler was tackled on a 33-yard run at the Washington 4 as time ran out.

INJURIES

Redskins: Kick returner Byron Marshall‘s leg buckled underneath him while he moved to field a kickoff in the first quarter. He injured his hamstring and didn’t return. … Key LB Zach Brown injured his foot in the second half. … LB Chris Carter injured his ankle in the second half and didn’t return.

Chargers: Left tackle Russell Okung went down heavily in the first quarter and limped off the field with a knee injury. He returned later in the first half, however.

UP NEXT

Redskins: Host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Chargers: Travel to Kansas City on short rest for a first-place showdown with the Chiefs on Saturday.

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