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  • Playoffs? Playoffs.

    Any idea how much I relish the very IDEA of getting to write a ‘playoff picture’ for my Washington Redskins? Yet here we are – four weeks to go – and not a lot of math to be done to forge the Redskins path to the playoffs. Let’s take a look:

    NFC East

    Redskins (6-6)
    Division Record: 3-1 in NFC East
    Conference Record: 6-4 in NFC
    Remaining games: Ravens, at Browns, at Eagles, Cowboys

    Giants (7-5)
    Division Record: 2-3 in NFC East
    Conference Record: 6-3 in NFC
    Remaining games: Saints, at Falcons, at Ravens, Eagles

    Cowboys (6-6)
    Division Record: 3-2 in NFC East
    Conference Record: 5-5 in NFC
    Remaining games: at Bengals, Steelers, Saints, at Redskins

    If the Redskins win their remaining four games, then obviously the Cowboys would be eliminated by virtue of the fact that the two teams play each other in the final game of the regular season. The Cowboys have arguably the easiest remaining schedule of the three NFC East teams in contention, so it may just come down to that.

    The Giants still need to lose a game for either Washington or Dallas to have a shot at the NFC East, but they have a very tough remaining slate of games – including against the 11-1 Falcons. The 9-3 Ravens will be a very tough match-up for BOTH the Giants and Redskins.

    The ‘experts’ only seem to concentrate on the Redskins getting into the playoffs via the Wild Card spot, but they actually still have a very legitimate shot at winning the division if they can win their four remaining games.

    Wild card contenders

    Seahawks (7-5)
    Conference Record: 5-4 in NFC
    Remaining games: Cardinals, vs. Bills (in Toronto), 49ers, Rams

    Vikings (6-6)
    Conference Record: 4-5 in NFC
    Remaining games: Bears, at Rams, at Texans, Packers

    Bucs (6-6)
    Conference Record: 3-5 in NFC
    Remaining games: Eagles, at Saints, Rams, at Falcons

    The Seahawks are the front-runners right now, what with having the best record, and having 3 of their 4 remaining games at home where they are 5-0 this year. Even their away game isn’t really an away game as they play Buffalo in Toronto. However, the Seahawks still have to play the 49ers and if they were to lose that game, then they would also slide to 5 conference losses, where the Redskins currently only have four. Since we’re assuming that the Redskins have to win outright to get this done, a 49ers win over the Seahawks would mean a Wild Card spot for the Redskins.

    I won’t even discuss the Vikings and the Bucs, because again, we’re assuming that the Redskins have to win their remaining games. If all three of those teams finished at 10-6, Washington have beat both teams this year and would win the tiebreaker.

    So to sum it up is pretty simple…

    … if the Redskins win their remaining games, and the Seahawks lose to the 49ers, and the Giants lose to the Falcons (or anyone else) – the Redskins are in.

    They may not completely control their own destiny yet, but the stars don’t exactly have to align for it to come to pass.

    Keep your nose down Redskins Nation – four more games – and the next time you take a sniff, it might smell like playoffs.

    Conference Standings

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    Summing Up The Steelers Loss

    I thought quite a bit about how I wanted to sum up the Washington Redskins 27-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

    Did I want to take a look at some of the important statistics?

    Did I want to stick to the positive and talk about some of the good things? Read the rest of this entry »

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    RGIII Everywhere

    RGIII is everywhere. is running a story titled, “RG3 and Redskins top NFL watchability power rankings.” It seems strange, considering that in the actual content of the article itself, the only mention of Griffin is, “Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III make mediocre squads fascinating. I want to be there from the beginning with their careers.”

    It seems almost gratuitous to make the Redskins and Griffin the subject of the story’s title, when other than Washington being in a list of “Must Watch” teams, the only other mention of them is to call them a “mediocre squad.” Read the rest of this entry »

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    Redskins ‘Final’ Roster

    The Washington Redskins, and all other NFL teams, had until 9 pm last night to name their 53-man roster. As of 11pm, the Redskins had still only named 52 players. Obviously they have a certain player or position in mind, so they left a spot open, rather than have to juggle again later when that aforementioned player is acquired.

    So I guess it isn’t a ‘final’ roster, but here’s who made it: Read the rest of this entry »

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    Tonight’s Top 5 Watch List

    Everybody likes to watch different elements in the preseason. Here are the top 5 guys that I’ll have my eye on tonight:


    Yeah, yeah, yeah. He won’t play much… it might be vanilla… he might hand the ball off half the time or more. Does any of that really matter?

    Absolutely not. A new era begins for Washington tonight. Regardless of the lack of importance of the performance or the results, don’t try to tell me that Robert Griffin III isn’t the numero uno thing to watch tonight.

    I’ll be watching him even when he’s done playing and just standing on the sidelines. So will you. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Cheap Seats: It’s getting closer…

    It’s getting closer with every breath we take.  With every article we read, or interview we hear.  Every day it grows stronger in more than thirty locations around the nation.  It’s almost palpable.  Like a living breathing entity that needs time to grow and take shape, it has times of frustration and times of excitement, albeit in small amounts.  To some, it’s like the Loch Ness Monster in that it isn’t even a real thing.  To others, it’s as real as life itself.

    Football season. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Training Camp Pics

    Earlier in the week, we asked our fellow THNers to please send us in some of their photos if they went to training camp this week.

    Here are some great photos that we received from Mozelle Meyers, @Sportsgal5_2000 on Twitter, and a die hard Washington Redskins fan:



    Read the rest of this entry »

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    Going To Training Camp?

    Well Redskins fans, after following along at all of last week’s practices last week thanks to some great Training Camp tweet updates from our own Jake Russell, I have to admit that I am a little down about missing out on practices this week. So can Redskins Nation help me out?

    I want Redskins fans to send me their photos from camp. Send me some action shots, or your favorite players on the sidelines drinking water, or players signing autographs after practice, or even of you and your friends huddled together doing crazy things at Redskins Park – whatever you want really. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Training Camp Opens – Coverage Information

    If you can’t be at the opening of Washington Redskins training camp today, then do the next best thing… plug the hashtag #THNTC into a search and keep up with our updates from camp that way.

    THN’s own Jake Russell will be at Redskins Park today tweeting live updates.

    This will be Jake’s 21st consecutive Redskins training camp. At 25 years old, that’s a pretty amazing accomplishment. Jake has been with THN for almost forever, and we always look forward to the insane musings of a die hard Redskins fan don’t we?

    Give Jake a follow at @_JakeRussell on Twitter, or follow me @TheHogsdotNet as I will likely retweet a lot of his updates as well.

    It all starts today – are you ready for some football?

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    Redskins 2012 Schedule Wallpaper – RGIII Style!

    Well with training camp opening next week, and rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III having just signed his rookie contract, it seemed appropriate to start putting together a schedule wallpaper for the 2012 season.

    OBVIOUSLY, RGIII is the focus of just about everyone’s attention – both in and out of Washington, so I put together this optimistic spin on the Redskins upcoming season – their first with Griffin under center – and called it ‘Invitation to the Playoffs.’ Read the rest of this entry »

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