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Thanksgiving Open Thread: Our food takes are the best

Thanksgiving Open Thread: Our food takes are the best

It's Thanksgiving, y'all.

The final Thursday in November is holy day for those who put food and football above all else. The Redskins (6-3-1) take on the Cowboys (9-1) at 4:30 p.m. ET in one of the most highly anticipated games between the two rivals in recent memory and the food, as always, is going to be delicious.

But what side dish is the best? It's a question that has consumed the CSNMA office ever since the moment the calendar turned from October to  November.

Got a hot take about yams? Think stuffing is overrated? Have a casserole that reigns supreme? Let us know in the comments section and be sure to lets the others know how bad their opinions are.

Before you head to the open thread, check out the top 5 lists for our NFL analysts.

Charley Casserly:
1. Stuffing
2. Gravy
3. Mashed Potatoes
4. Stuffing
5. Gravy

Shawn Springs:
1. Candied yams
2. Stuffing
3. Collard greens
4. Mac & cheese
5. Cranberry sauce

Brad Jackson:
1. Mac & cheese
2. Candied yams
3. Collard greens
4. Stuffing
5. Pumpkin pie

And since I'm running this open thread, here are my Top 5 Thanksgiving sides.

Troy Machir:
1. Mashed potatoes
2. Mac & cheese
3. Cornbread
4. Stuffing
5. Cranberry sauce

Have a strong opinion? of course you do. Let's get it going in the comments.

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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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