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Failure to build on prosperity is nothing new for the Redskins

Failure to build on prosperity is nothing new for the Redskins

“You are what your record says you are.”

Bill Parcells, talking about the 2015-2017 Redskins, probably

Well, The Tuna said this in 1994, so maybe he was talking about Norv Turner’s Redskins. But the truth of the statement remains.

The Redskins are just a mediocre football team. Just when it looks like they are about to break out of the muddled middle of the pack in the NFL, they have an ugly performance that pulls them right back into the middle of the morass.

Here is a look at some of the Redskins’ signature wins of the last two and a half years and what happened next.


—In Week 4, Kirk Cousins put together his first comeback win, getting the winning score in the 23-20 win on a pass to Pierre Garçon with 26 seconds left. The following week they went to Atlanta and despite having a few chances to win the game they lost in overtime.


—In Week 7, the Redskins came back from a 24-0 deficit to beat the Bucs and Cousins yelled, “You like that!” They had a bye the next week and in their next game they went to New England and were uncompetitive in a 27-10 loss. Yes, that’s a tough place to win but a better showing in a loss would have been evidence that they had turned the corner.

—Perhaps the best game of Jay Gruden’s tenure came in Week 16 in Philadelphia when they whipped the Eagles and clinched the NFC East title. They followed this up with what amounted to an exhibition game in Dallas. In their next game that counted they were at home against a Packers team that had lost two in a row and looked vulnerable. The Redskins had an 11-point lead early and they were up 18-17 in the third quarter but Aaron Rodgers and company scored 18 unanswered points to close it out.


—In Week 6 they ran their winning streak to four games as they held off the Eagles for a 27-20 win. The next week they nearly built the first five-game winning streak since 2012, but Matthew Stafford rallied the Lions with a touchdown pass with 16 seconds left to snatch that victory away.


—The Redskins’ 2016 season reached its peak with their Week 11 drubbing of the Packers. But they couldn’t build on the momentum of their 42-24 win. They lost the next two in a row with some red zone woes in Dallas and turnover issues in Arizona.


—The 2-0 Raiders came into town and the left with a thorough 24-10 whipping. They then went to Kansas City and battled the undefeated Chiefs hard, coming out with a moral victory, which is another term for a loss.

Their failure to create any momentum after the win in Seattle is perhaps the most head-scratching of all of them. They got several key players back from injuries, including three of their starting offensive linemen. Unlike most of their momentum-killing games, they were at home. And still they got boat raced (don't let the final score fool you). They let Case Keenum, who had thrown 24 touchdown passes in 24 career starts, pass for four touchdowns and as they left the field thousands of Vikings fans were doing the “Skol” clap and cheer.

The result was hard to understand but, given recent history, not surprising.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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When is Super Bowl 52? Date, time, TV channel, halftime performer, odds

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When is Super Bowl 52? Date, time, TV channel, halftime performer, odds

Super Bowl LII (52) will feature the New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC Champion) against the Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Champion) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018.

If they go on to advance, the Vikings would become the first team to ever ‘host’ the Super Bowl in their home stadium. They are the third to play the game in their home state. Minnesota will be looking for their first Super Bowl title in five tries, the most appearances by any team without a championship.

Philadelphia is looking for their first title ever as well, and doing it with a back-up quarterback Nick Foles. They have been the underdog in every game this postseason; it would be no different in the Super Bowl.

New England is looking for their third Super Bowl over the past four years and their sixth championship since 2001. However, their path in the AFC Playoffs is arguably the easiest in their history. A win by the Patriots would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history with six.

The new kids one the block, the Jaguars are one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance in what is already the best year ever for the franchise. If Jacksonville were to pull it off, they would be the tenth team in NFL history to win in their first Super Bowl appearance.

Super Bowl LII Information:

When is Super Bowl 52?

6:15 pm ET, February 4, 2018

Who is playing in Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles

Where is Super Bowl 52?

U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota

How can I watch Super Bowl 52 on TV?


Where can I stream Super Bowl 52?

The Super Bowl can be streamed for free on and on the NBC Sports app.

Who are the announcers for Super Bowl 52?

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox

Who is performing the Super Bowl 52 halftime show?

Justin Timberlake is the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime performer. It is his third Super Bowl performance, previously performing in Super Bowl XXV and more famously in XXVIII with Janet Jackson.

What are the odds for Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots: 6/5
Minnesota Vikings: 7/4
Philadelphia Eagles: 7/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 8/1

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Need to Know: A random walk through the Redskins past for edition No. 2000


Need to Know: A random walk through the Redskins past for edition No. 2000

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 21, 52 days before NFL free agency starts.


Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 44
—NFL Draft (4/26) 95
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 231

Need to Know No. 2000

This is a special edition of Need to Know. It was 2,000 days ago, on July 31, 2012, that this post designed to give Redskins fans the news and views they need to get their days started was posted for the first time. And it has gone up every single morning since that day, 2,000 mornings in a row.

There is no reliable way to measure how many have read the post since site redesigns and name changes have made reliable tracking difficult. But NTK page views are estimated in the tens of millions. Thanks to all of you for reading and commenting, both on the site and on social media. It’s the passion of Redskins fans that makes the job so enjoyable.

Here is a look back at some of the “landmark” editions of Need to Know. I can’t like to all of them because of the aforementioned changes but it’s an interesting, random walk through Redskins history.

No. 1, “Hits to the depth chart”, 7/31/12—The Redskins were trying to deal with the losses of LB Jonathan Goff, who had suffered a season-ending knee injury, and G Kory Lichtensteiger, who was out after getting his knee scoped. Also, the Saints, who were the Redskins’ opponent in the opener, were complaining about the Bountygate penalties. A lot. See, even during training camp in 2012, NTK was able to look beyond RG3 hysteria to get you to the other important stories of the day.

No. 500, “Nickel coverage—Jordan Reed misses practice”, 12/13/13—Yes, the more things change the more things stay the same. The talented tight end, then a rookie, was still trying to a recover from a concussion he suffered a few weeks earlier. Reed ended up going on injured reserve, missing the last six games. Also, Mike Shanahan said that didn’t pay any attention to all of the negative talk about the team in the media and Kyle Shanahan said that didn’t have any input into the decision to bench RG3 and play Kirk Cousins. Both claims were greeted with skepticism.

No. 1,000, “Can the Redskins draft an immediate O-line starter?”, 4/27/15—This was just a couple of days before the draft. Brandon Scherff, who ended up being Redskins’ top pick at No. 5 overall, is not mentioned but he did indeed become the team’s selection. This was Scot McCloughan’s first draft and the identity of the Redskins’ first pick was still a mystery. Although Scherff’s name often came up, most mocks had them going with edge rusher Dante Fowler, who ended up going to the Jaguars at No. 3.

No. 1,500, “Redskins searching for back to back playoff spots”, 9/8/2016—This was a “By the numbers” look at the team as it approached their season opener against the Steelers. They were coming off of a playoff berth in 2015 and, as we know now, their streak of consecutive seasons without going to the playoffs at least two straight years would continue. In 2016 were able to stop a 19-year streak of not having back to back willing seasons, just barely, by going 8-7-1. One more interesting number from the post—Kirk Cousins’ pass completion percentage at home in 2015 was 74.7 percent, the highest in NFL history.

Again, thanks for reading. See you tomorrow for edition No. 2,001.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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