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Need to Know: The Redskins may have to release some cornerbacks they'd rather keep

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Need to Know: The Redskins may have to release some cornerbacks they'd rather keep

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 17, 11 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 189 days ago. It will be 57 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Falcons 25; Final roster cut 48; Cowboys @ Redskins 64

Three and out

—The Redskins are going to have to let go of a cornerback or two they would rather keep. The maximum they can keep without creating a major numbers squeeze elsewhere is five. Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, and Kendall Fuller are locks. Quinton Dunbar is close to being a lock. That leaves one spot for Dashaun Phillips, Greg Toler, and rookie Lloyd Carrington. Both Carrington and Phillips have practice squad eligibility but with the position at a premium around the league they’ll want to keep their best five on the 53. The competition will be interesting.

—Rashad Ross could have problems seeing the field much if the other receivers on the roster stay healthy. He could be a kickoff returner as he returned one for a touchdown in Week 3. But he has to be on the game day active list to do that and there are usually no more than five wide receivers on the 46. Going into training camp he clearly appears to be the sixth of the six receivers who should make the roster. He is going to have to work his way up the depth chart if he is going be on the active list on a regular basis. Either that or be so good a returning kickoffs that they can’t afford to keep him down.

—To clarify something that I’ve had numerous questions about, the Redskins and Kirk Cousins now can’t agree to a contract extension until the day after the final regular season game. The team can talk to Cousins’ agent but they can’t send a contract to the league until January 2, the day after their regular season finale. As Cousins said in a press conference during OTAs, it’s “see you on the other side” for both the team and the player. They will have from January 2 until early March to reach an agreement before the team will have to decide whether or not to use the franchise tag again. That move would give Cousins either 120 percent of his 2016 salary or the quarterback franchise tag salary, whichever is higher. It is very likely that the former option will be the bigger salary.

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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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