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The fans help predict Redskins vs. Eagles

The fans help predict Redskins vs. Eagles

Eagles (9-5) @ Redskins (3-11)
FedEx Field
Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
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We’re changing up the format of the prediction post here. I’m going to give my take and then turn it over to the fans who sent me their predictions via Twitter (@Rich_TandlerCSN) and on the Real Redskins Facebook page.

So what will happen?

The two teams appeared to be very close when they met in Week 3 and the Eagles squeaked out a 37-34 win. You have to wonder if the Redskins’ season would have taken a different path had they been able to move the ball in for a touchdown after they got it in Eagles territory with two minutes left. But what happened happened and so we have the floundering Redskins against the Eagles, who are playing for their playoff lives.

The quarterbacks are different in the rematch. Mark Sanchez has started the Eagles’ last six games after Nick Foles broke his collar bone and counting the game he finished off after Foles went out he has 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He’s playing OK in Chip Kelly’s QB-friendly system. And he has yet to commit a Butt Fumble.

Robert Griffin III takes over for the Redskins after Colt McCoy headed to injured reserve. Kirk Cousins had a big day in Week 3 but a late interception foreshadowed his eventual benching for failure to protect the ball.

Two things happened during that game that I don’t think will happen again. They held LeSean McCoy to 22 yards rushing on 19 carries and held the Eagles without a sack. McCoy has been playing better of late than he was early in the season and the Eagles have 28 sacks in their last seven games. In their last seven games the Redskins have been sacked 39 times. It could be a rough day for Griffin.

Eagles 28, Redskins 21

(predictions record this year 9-5)

On to what you folks had to say on Twitter and Facebook. Many were, well, of the glass half empty variety. No, make that the glass was completely empty and filling up with dust:

Here are some of the better fan predictions that came my way
@Rich_TandlerCSN Some Redskins players have quit, no fight left. Redskins get crushed 41 to 10. No reason to believe otherwise.

— john wise (@wiseguys4u) December 19, 2014
alskdjf

A few of you think the Redskins can pull it out, although it will take a bit of luck.

And then there are these:

https://twitter.com/skinz4life1975/status/545951029574262784

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Costly cornerbacks, offseason blueprint

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 17, 25 days before NFL free agency starts.

The Redskin week that was

My weekly look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics on RealRedskins.com and NBCSportsWashington.com.

An offseason blueprint for the Redskins—Should the Redskins focus their free agency money on keeping their own? In addition to unrestricted free agents Zach Brown and Trent Murphy, they need to consider extensions for Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, and Jamison Crowder. That could chew up a bunch of the approximately $31 million of cap space that they have. They may get some help on the market but most of their improvement should come from the draft and from within.

Redskins offseason will hit warp speed soon—With the exception of the Alex Smith trade, which actually hasn’t happened yet, there hasn’t been much going on with the Redskins. That is going to change soon, check out the post for the calendar and how the events matter for the Redskins.

No mixed messages from Alex Smith—In a radio interview, Alex Smith said that he was “jacked” to be a part of the Redskins. Now, the phrase often repeated here is that you shouldn’t listen to what they say, you should watch what they do. And the moment that he signs the reported four-year extension that he has negotiated with the team, a deal that likely would put him in Washington for the rest of his career, we will see his actions backing up his words. Then we will know.

What we know, and what we think, of the Su'a Cravens situation—This will be a true test of the acumen of the front office. It’s a very tricky situation. The Redskins have to decide if they want to keep Cravens. Should they decide to keep him, there will be a lot of smoothing over of ruffled feelings that would need to be done over and trust in Cravens would have to be restored. If they don’t want him around, they have to make it look like they are willing to go into the season with him in order to be able to trade him. Otherwise, teams may just wait for them to cut him and sign him as a free agent. Again, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

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Quarterback is not the only NFL position with rising salaries. The players teams hire to try to stop opposing QBs, cornerbacks, are getting expensive, too. Bashaud Breeland is a good cornerback, not a great one. His coverage skills are solid, he’s a good team player (if a bit of a hothead at times) and his work ethic is not questioned. For a fourth-round pick who everybody thought left Clemson a year too early, he has done well for himself But he hasn’t made a Pro Bowl and he hasn’t even come close enough to be considered a snub. Breeland has eight interceptions in four years in the league with a high of three in 2016.

The price tag for good at cornerback is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 million per season. And good for him if he gets it. But with the Redskins employing Josh Norman, who has cap hits in the range of $14.5 million-$16.9 million over the next three years, it would be difficult to fit him in. Truth be told, Breeland has probably been destined to leave as a free agent ever since Norman signed his contract in April of 2016.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 12
—NFL Draft (4/26) 68
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 204

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Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

Cousins would reportedly look to file grievance if Redskins use franchise tag on him

The Redskins might try to franchise tag quarterback Kirk Cousins to try to get some compensation for him as he leaves. But Cousins’ camp might not let that happen without a fight.

According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Cousins might file a grievance if he is tagged, saying that the Redskins would be violating the spirit of the rules regarding the use of the franchise tag. He would be seeking to have the tag voided because the team clearly isn ’t interested in reaching a long-term deal with him given the acquisition of Alex Smith. The tag is supposed to be used to buy time to get an agreement done, not to squat on a player’s rights in order to trade him.

There is precedent for the tag being used in order to facilitate a trade. In 2009, the Patriots tagged quarterback Matt Cassel. They clearly had no intention of keeping him as they had Tom Brady on the roster. But New England pulled it off, shipping Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.

But it is up to the player to object to being tagged and for whatever reason Cassel and his agent went along with the tag and trade rather than fighting for free agency.

It looks like Cousins ’camp won’t go as quietly.

It’s up to the Redskins to make the first move. The window to be able to tag a player opens on Tuesday with the deadline coming on March 6. We will see how things play out after that.

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