As important as it was for the Washington Redskins to finally put together two consecutive victories, coach Jay Gruden knows that being in first place atop the NFC East at this point in the season is truly not really a big deal at all. The Redskins (4-2) extended their division lead by beating the Cowboys 20-17 on Sunday, holding on when Dallas kicker Matt Baher put a 52-yard field-goal try off the left crossbar as time expired after a 5-yard penalty on his long snapper pushed the attempt back. The result stopped Washington's pattern of alternating wins and losses this season.

The Redskins suffered their worst loss of the season in Week 5, and maybe one of the ugliest losses this season in the NFL. How do the NFC East teams stack up? Washington Redskins (2-2) - The Redskins have two really strong wins, but nobody remembers that right now.

Cousins -- who spent the first six years of his career with the Redskins before signing a blockbuster deal with the Vikings this offseason -- tweeted that he's eager to see if Saints quarterback Drew Brees will break the record for career passing yards against his former team.

Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith switched teams in the offseason and both impressed during their week-one debuts in the NFL. Quarterback Cousins, who was signed away from the Washington Redskins by the Minnesota Vikings in March, was an efficient 20-for-36 passing for 244 yards and two touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers. Cousins did not turn the ball over and added 36 yards on the ground in Minnesota's 24-16 victory over San Francisco at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

NAME: Jay Gruden. AGE: 51. NICKNAME: Dog Boy, a name given to him as a kid by brother Jon. CURRENT ROLE: Head coach, Washington Redskins. CAREER RECORD: 28-35-1 regular season, 0-1 playoffs. BIGGEST COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning NFC East with Washington

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick was released by the Washington Redskins on Tuesday. Scandrick, who received a $1 million signing bonus as part of a two-year contract, had been lining up as a starter opposite Josh Norman. "It also gives Orlando time to get on another team." According to reports, the New York Giants are also on the list of teams who are interested in meeting with Scandrick, who started his career with a third NFC East team, the Dallas Cowboys.

The New York Giants want in on this Seattle Seahawks cornerback thing. They have signed Seahawks corner Walter Thurmond, who helped form the league's best secondaries this season en route to a Super Bowl title. Thurmond took visits to the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins, indicating he was looking for a bigger role elsewhere. [Be sure to check out Shutdown Corner's NFL free-agent rankings. Click here for the list of offensive players , and click here for the list of defensive and special teams players ] He'll find that with the Giants, who also have bolstered their secondary with the signing of safety Quintin Demps, whose biggest role might be as a kick returner. The Giants might not be done, either. They still will meet with free-agent corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. DRC is taking a New York, New York double dip, having already met with the crosstown Jets for a visit. If the Giants were to sign Rodgers-Cromartie, they'd suddenly turn a dearth into serious depth at corner, with Prince Amukamara and Trumaine McBride also in the fold. They have allowed Terrell Thomas, who gamely played 16 games a year ago following two lost seasons to ACL injuries, shop himself around in free agency. Aaron Ross also is unsigned and will not be back by all indications.   - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Corey Graham's desire to play for his hometown Buffalo Bills was so strong, the free agent cornerback never let the Washington Redskins finish making their pitch. Graham intends to travel to Buffalo on Friday to sign his contract and meet the coaching staff to discuss his potential role.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- It's been more than a half-century since an NFL team was as easy to move the ball against as the 2013 Washington Redskins, and defensive lineman Kedric Golston was not about to mince words.
COMMENTARY | It's no secret that the Washington Redskins' defense is one of the worst in the NFL. They've given up 98 points this season which puts them at second-most only to the New York Giants in the NFL. However, the answer to the Redskins defensive troubles may lie on the offensive side of the football.

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