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The Redskins' path to the playoffs

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The Redskins' path to the playoffs

The Redskins sit at 2-2 with their season a quarter of the way over. They are tied for second place in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles lead the way at 3-1 and the New York Giants are bringing up the rear at 0-4.

Unless Philadelphia runs away with it, this should be a competitive division down to the wire. It seems likely that 10 wins will be enough to win it, as long as you have the right mix of tiebreakers. Doing the math, that means that the Redskins will need to go 8-4 the rest of the way to take the NFC East and get the home playoff game that goes with a division title.

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At first glance that looks to be a daunting task, winning at least two games for every loss. Let’s take a look at a formula that might get them where they want to be.

Beat the Eagles—They already have lost to the Eagles once. A second loss in Philly on Monday night in Week 6 would put them in a bad spot in tiebreakers.

Win three of four against the Giants and Cowboys—In a scheduling quirk, the Redskins will be done with one team in the division before facing either of the other two. Both teams made the playoffs in 2016 but both have proven to be very vulnerable this year. Taking three of four would probably consist of sweeping the Giants and splitting with Dallas but the Redskins will take it any way they can get it.

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Don’t let an inferior team beat you—The way things look right now, Washington should be a solid favorite against the 49ers and Cardinals at home and at the Chargers. The home game against the Vikings may fall into this category as well. They need to take three out of these four games.

Pull off an upset—It looks like the Redskins will be underdogs on the road against the Saints and Seahawks and at home against the Broncos, although who really knows what either team might have to play for in Week 16. If they get the four division wins and three of the four against likely underdogs, they will need to take one of those three games to get to 10 wins.

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

Jay Gruden said during the offseason that the thing that scared him most was not having a good center and a backup available. The coach probably is terrified now.

Spencer Long, who started the season at center, is headed to injured reserve. He has been battling tendonitis in his knees for several weeks and, apparently, an injured quad muscle. Gruden said that Long will have surgery to fix the quad.

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Rookie Chase Roullier has been playing well in Long’s absence but he will be on the shelf at least this week. He broke a bone in his hand against the Saints and, according to a report, he has had surgery to repair it. While he has not been ruled out it seems likely that he will miss at least this game, if not more.

The Redskins’ third option is veteran journeyman Tony Bergstrom. It looks like he will start at center against the Giants on Thursday. The Redskins are Bergstrom’s fourth team in four seasons in the league. He has started four games, all for the Raiders in 2012 and 2015. Bergstrom signed with the Redskins about four weeks ago.

Bergstrom’s backup will be Demetrius Rhaney, who was just signed. He started one game for the Rams after they drafted him in the seventh round in 2014.

As expected, both Chris Thompson and Terrelle Pryor are headed to injured reserve. In addition to signing Rhaney, the team will promote LB Pete Robertson and RB LeShun Daniels from the practice squad. Earlier this week they re-signed DL A.J. Francis. They will have to drop one player from the 53-man roster before all of these moves are made official.

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Kirk Cousins responds brilliantly to newspaper mistaking him for 'DeMarcus' Cousins

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Kirk Cousins responds brilliantly to newspaper mistaking him for 'DeMarcus' Cousins

Apparently, 'Kirk' Cousins left New Orleans a little bit later than the rest of the team.

On top of that, he managed to quickly get the starting job for New Orleans' NBA franchise and then got ejected in his first career start.

At least that is how one newspaper reported the Pelicans vs. Thunder match-up on Monday evening.

Kirk Cousins was ejected for raising his elbows near Russell Westbrook's face - resulting in a flagrant foul that knocked Westbrook to the floor holding his head - in the Pelicans' 114-107 win over the visiting Thunder.

No, the real Kirk Cousins, who is quarterback for the Washington Redskins, is not still in New Orleans. No, Cousins did not make an NBA team, nor did he get into an altercation with Russell Westbrook. He is back home preparing for the Thanksgiving night match-up against the New York Giants.

If you haven't gotten it by now, it was meant to be DeMarcus Cousins.

Quite simply, whoever created this blurb may have assisted in some way with coverage of the Washington vs. New Orleans game this past Sunday. 

Normally, this mistake largely goes unnoticed and there may or may not be an editor's note in the next day's edition. The real Kirk Cousins, though, got a copy of it and had some fun.

No harm, no foul, although DeMarcus Cousins would probably appreciate one less ejection going on his record. 

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