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Redskins now control their playoff destiny

Redskins now control their playoff destiny

The Redskins have been handed an opportunity. Now they need to take advantage of it.

The Dallas Cowboys did their division foes a solid, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-20 on Sunday night football. The loss dropped the Bucs to 8-6. If the Redskins beat the Panthers tonight they will be 8-5-1 and in position to be the sixth seed in the playoffs.

Here are the realistic wild card playoff contenders in order of their current seeding and their remaining schedules:

Giants (10-4): @Eagles, @Redskins
Redskins (7-5-1): Panthers, @Bears, Giants
Packers (8-6): Vikings, @Lions
Bucs (8-6): @Saints, Panthers

The Redskins’ road to the playoffs is simple — win and in. If they win their remaining three games they will be 10-5-1. The Packers and Bucs can get to 10 wins but they would have six losses each and Washington would have a better winning percentage.

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If they win tonight the Redskins could clinch a playoff berth on Christmas Eve if they beat the Bears and the Packers lose to the Vikings at home and the Bucs fall in New Orleans. That seems unlikely, especially the Packers, Vikings result, but nobody thought that Green Bay would need a late Aaron Rodgers bomb to Jordy Nelson and a field goal as time expired to beat the Bears on Sunday.

Washington could also sneak its way in next week with a win tonight and, in Week 16, victory over the Bears, a Tampa Bay loss, a Green Bay tie and as long as the Lions-Cowboys game does not end in a tie, according to NFL Tiebreaker expert Joe Ferreira (@joenfl).

With three games left there are plenty of other paths for the Redskins to get to the playoffs without winning out. Per the website the Redskins have between a 68 percent chance and a 72 percent chance of getting to the playoffs if they win two of their last three. That’s a lot less than the 100 percent chance that a 3-0 finish would bring but it points out the fact that there still is a lot of football to played.

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For now, the Redskins just need to take care of business tonight. Per a win tonight moves their playoff chances from 53 percent to 72 percent. That would be a good start.

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.


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Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source


Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source

The Redskins hosted Sylvester Williams for a free agency visit on Tuesday morning, per a source with knowledge of the situation. 

Williams played in 2017 with the Titans, logging 20 tackles in 11 starts. Tennessee released Williams this offseason, just one year into a three-year, $16 million deal. 

Drafted in the first round by the Broncos in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 313 lbs. Williams' stat line has never really popped. That isn't uncommon for a nose tackle though, as the job is less about tackles than it is holding leverage against the interior of an offensive line. 


Should the Redskins sign 29-year-old Williams, it would represent the first true nose tackle free agency addition since Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton joined the team in 2015 from Denver. In an ironic twist, Williams took over at nose in Denver when Knighton left for Washington, and posted his best season as a Bronco. 

Washington restructured its deal with Terrell McClain, reported first by ESPN, which could allow more flexibility to add another defensive lineman. That could come in the draft, but the club has been very active talking with free agents to play on the defensive front. 

On Monday, Johnathan Hankins and Pernell McPhee visited with Redskins officials in Ashburn. Hankins would carry the heaviest price tag, but his past performance would also indicate the most promise. 

McPhee is an edge rusher with enough bulk to play against the run as well. Williams compares more with Hankins, and could be seen as the secondary option.

Among 79 nose tackles Pro Football Focus graded, Williams ranked 36th. For comparison, Bengals star Geno Atkins ranked No. 1, Dontari Poe ranked 26th, former Redskin Chris Baker ranked 65th and current Redskin Ziggy Hood ranked 79th. 

It's also worth noting that since the Titans released Williams, should the Redskins sign the nose tackle, his contract would not count towards the NFL compensatory pick formula. 

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