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Need to Know: Five Redskins who need to step up the rest of the season

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who need to step up the rest of the season

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 10, five days before the Washington Redskins play the 49ers at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Off day  

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 13
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 19
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 26

Five Redskins who must play better the rest of the season

QB Kirk Cousins—While he seems to be rounding into form, he needs to be a lot better if the Redskins are going to get on a roll. He hasn’t been doing  whole lot wrong but he has to do a lot more right, like get the team into the end zone at the end of the Chiefs and Eagles games, given his $24 million cap hit.

WR Terrelle Pryor—I don’t think that much explanation is needed here. He has had every chance—he has been targeted 24 times, nobody else on the team more than 19—but he still is inconsistent. It’s still early in the season but if the Redskins are going to get what they want from him and if he is going to get a star-level contract next year, things need to start clicking soon.

G Brandon Scherff—The third-year player hasn’t been bad, although his six QB hurries allowed are the most on the team. In fact, his run blocking has been solid. But Scherff needs to continue to improve on his Pro Bowl performance of last year. This isn’t just a matter of justifying being the fifth overall pick in the draft, although that is not inconsequential. He has the sixth highest cap hit on the team right now. After this year the team will have to decide if it wants to give him the fifth-year option, which would come at a price tag in the vicinity of $12 million for the 2019 season. Scherff needs to be very, very good to justify that.

OLB Junior Galette—Being on this list doesn’t necessarily mean that the player’s performance has been disappointing or has fallen below expectations. I think Galette’s slow start (0.5 sacks, 2 hits) was to be expected after missing two seasons. But over the next few games, the team needs for him to pick up the pace and regain at least some of the double-digit sack productivity he had his last two seasons with the Saints. Having a third pass rushing option beyond Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan would be a big boost to the defense.

CB Bashaud Breeland—Although he needs to play better, Breeland in particular hasn’t been a major problem. But the cornerbacks as a group have only one interception on the season, Kendall Fuller’s pick against the Raiders. They need more. Breeland needs to get two or three in the next 12 games and Josh Norman needs at least that many. The corners are too good to have one combined pick a quarter of the way through the season.

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 2018? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

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.

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