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Need to Know: Redskins' week that was includes honors for two players

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Need to Know: Redskins' week that was includes honors for two players

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 14, two days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.

The week that was

Here is a look back on the news from the past week:

Redskins formally announce joint practices with Texans—It’s official; J.J. Watt is headed to Richmond for practices against the Redskins from August 6-8. Brandon Scherff will get the opportunity, if you want to call it that, to go up against the player who has won defensive player of the year honors two times in the last three years. Scherff’s experience aside, this is a good opportunity for the Redskins to measure themselves against a team that was worse than they were in 2013 but bounced back and had a winning record last year.

Jackson misses Tuesday OTA—After missing the first week of OTA’s and then showing up next week, DeSean Jackson again was absent for the first practice of last Tuesday. According to Jay Gruden Jackson had a personal matter and that was that. It should be noted that these sessions are voluntary. And it’s worth mentioning that attendance during the offseason program so far has been very good, with only a handful of absences other than Jackson. Minicamp, which gets underway on Tuesday, is mandatory.

DC Mayor wants Redskins but still doesn’t like the name—Speaking at an event concerning the new soccer stadium the District has agreed to build, Mayor Muriel Bowser had a mixed message regarding a return to the city for the Redskins. She said that the team name is “offensive”. Bowser also said, “We have made it clear to the team that we’re interested to talk to them about their needs.” It remains to be seen if a DC stadium deal that did not involve a change of the nickname could happen or if such a condition would be a deal breaker.

Jackson, Williams among NFL’s top 100 players—The wide receiver was No. 50 on the NFL.com ranking, voted on by NFL players. Williams made his third straight appearance on the list. He was No. 99 in 2013, No. 69 last year and his ranking improved again to No. 47. Ryan Kerrigan was revealed at No. 78 a couple of weeks ago. It’s hard to see any other Redskins players making the list.

Timeline

—It’s been 168 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 91 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 2; Redskins training camp starts 46; Preseason opener @ Browns 60

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: The NFC is much better than the AFC through 11 weeks

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: The NFC is much better than the AFC through 11 weeks

Through 11 weeks, the NFL's playoff picture is far from clear. But one thing is: The NFC is the superior conference. 

And that's not just because Nathan Peterman plays in the AFC.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON'S NEW POWER RANKINGS CAN BE FOUND RIGHT HERE

In this week's rankings, seven teams in the top 10 come from the NFC. The middle and back-end of the rankings even out, but at the top, one side of the league is stronger than the other.

The bottom line is that a few deserving squads in the NFC will miss out on the postseason. Meanwhile, in the opposite conference, a couple of mediocre ones will be playing in January.

To see who lands where overall in the post-Week 11 breakdown, click the link above or below. You know who No. 32 is, but there was plenty of movement in the other 31 spots.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON'S NEW POWER RANKINGS CAN BE FOUND RIGHT HERE

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Week 12 Redskins vs. Giants Thanksgiving Game Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Week 12 Redskins vs. Giants Thanksgiving Game Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Redskins enter Week 12 against the Giants on Thanksgiving looking for a lot of thanks. 

The Redskins were up by 15 points with less than 5 minutes to go against the Saints in Week 11. Despite being major underdogs, they thought they had the win in hand.

Then, as D.C. fans have witnessed all too often, everything fell apart.

Even after their terrific Week 9 win in Seattle, the Redskins still probably needed to split the next two against the Vikings and Saints.

It seemed like they had done exactly that, right up until Drew Brees reminded everyone why he's one of the greatest passers in NFL history.

The loss was doubly painful, as everybody's favorite breakout star Chris Thompson suffered a fractured fibula and will undergo season-ending surgery. Thompson has been one of the few bright spots on offense this season, and his loss will be felt by a team clinging to its playoff hopes.

Despite seeing yet another key cog go down with an injury this season, the team will look to bounce back against one of their NFC East rivals. The Giants have been one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, but are coming off a 12-9 win over a quality Chiefs squad, so the Redskins will have to show up ready to play.

On a short week against a division rival, anything can happen. Every game matters, but this is as much of a must-win for the Redskins as it gets. It's Thanksgiving night, and the Redskins will have the stage all to themselves. 

Before the Week 12 Redskins-Giants matchup, here's a preview of everything you need to know, including game time, TV channel and live-stream info.

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WEEK 12 Redskins vs. Giants

Who: New York Giants at Washington Redskins

Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD

What: Week 12 of the 2017 NFL season

When: Thursday, November 23, 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC

Live Stream: Fubo.TV: Online with no cableTV: fuboTV (Try for free)

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Betting Odds: According to OddsShark.com, the Washington Redskins are 7.5-point favorites against the New York Giants.

Washington Redskins 2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1 (Sun. 9/10): 30-17 loss vs. Eagles (0-1)

Week 2 (Sun. 9/17): 27-20 win at Rams (1-1)

Week 3 (Sun. 9/24): 27-10 win vs. Raiders (2-1)

Week 4 (Mon. 10/2): 29-20 loss at Chiefs (2-2)

Week 5 (Sun. 10/8): BYE WEEK

Week 6 (Sun. 10/15): 26-24 win vs. 49ers (3-2)

Week 7 (Mon. 10/23): 34-24 loss at Eagles (3-3)

Week 8 (Sun. 10/29): 33-19 loss vs. Cowboys (3-4)

Week 9 (Sun. 11/5): 17-14 win at Seahawks (4-4)

Week 10 (Sun. 11/12): 38-30 loss vs. Vikings (4-5)

Week 11 (Sun. 11/29): 34-31 OT loss at Saints (4-6)

Week 12 (Thurs. 11/23): vs. New York Giants, 8:30 p.m.

Week 13 (Thurs. 11/30): at Dallas Cowboys, 8:25 p.m. 

Week 14 (Sun. 12/10): at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. 

Week 15 (Sun. 12/17): vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 p.m. 

Week 16 (Sun. 12/24): vs. Denver Broncos, 1:00 p.m.

Week 17 (Sun. 12/31): at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. 

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