Over the past two seasons, Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff has prevented opposing teams from returning kickoffs a league-leading 84 times by booting the ball through the end zone for a touchback.On Saturday, Coach Mike Shanahan hinted that putting opposing teams at the 20-yard line will be the Redskins objective this season, rather than employing a directional kicking strategy and gambling that his stand out kick coverage unit can stop the returner short of the 20. (Last season, the Redskins kick coverage team limited opponents to 20.8 yards per return, the second best mark in the league.)Any time you can kick touchbacks, you let him kick touchbacks, Shanahan said of Cundiff on Saturday. The 20-yard line to start isnt great field position, so if you can get that done, that would be a good goal.In Wednesdays 30-3 preseason victory over Tampa Bay, Cundiff forced touchbacks on five of six kickoffs in his debut for the Redskins. Last season in Baltimore, Cundiff set an NFL record for most touchbacks in a season with 44.What you always do is look at your personnel, Shanahan said, asked if the team has changed philosophies on kickoffs. So, when you say philosophy, it all depends offense, defense or special teams what your guys can do best.
For Redskins fans, it's probably a tough pill to swallow that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. Making matters worse, Philadelphia got to the championship game without their star quarterback Carson Wentz.
Beyond the feelings that fandom incites, which are real and severe, what does the Eagles' breakthrough season mean for Washington? Let's take a look.
Perhaps the most incredible part of the Eagles' success is that wunderkind QB Wentz is not at the helm. The second-year player was an MVP candidate all season but got injured late in the year. Nick Foles, the Philly backup, took over and played well in both Eagles' playoff wins.
Does that mean much, if anything, for the Redskins?
Some will argue it means Washington should not look to invest top dollar in QB Kirk Cousins. Foles is not considered a top-flight quarterback and still was able to maneuver his squad to the Super Bowl.
Whether or not that argument makes sense, Redskins fans should prepare to hear a lot of it over the next two weeks.
There is also a theory that the Redskins should eschew spending at QB in favor of spending on defense.
That may very well be the right move, but don't look to the Eagles to support the theory.
Philadelphia spent $47 million on the defensive side of the ball in 2017. On offense, they spent $56 million.
What is definitely true?
The Eagles played terrific football in the postseason, and catapulted through the NFC by playing the underdog role.
Redskins fans might hate it, but the Eagles absolutely earned their Super Bowl appearance.
That doesn't mean Redskins fans have to like it.
Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl.
Now, standing in the way of their first Lombardi Trophy: Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
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Super Bowl LII (52) will feature the New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC Champion) against the Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Champion) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018.
If they go on to advance, the Vikings would become the first team to ever ‘host’ the Super Bowl in their home stadium. They are the third to play the game in their home state. Minnesota will be looking for their first Super Bowl title in five tries, the most appearances by any team without a championship.
Philadelphia is looking for their first title ever as well, and doing it with a back-up quarterback Nick Foles. They have been the underdog in every game this postseason; it would be no different in the Super Bowl.
New England is looking for their third Super Bowl over the past four years and their sixth championship since 2001. However, their path in the AFC Playoffs is arguably the easiest in their history. A win by the Patriots would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history with six.
The new kids one the block, the Jaguars are one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance in what is already the best year ever for the franchise. If Jacksonville were to pull it off, they would be the tenth team in NFL history to win in their first Super Bowl appearance.
Super Bowl LII Information:
When is Super Bowl 52?
6:15 pm ET, February 4, 2018
Who is playing in Super Bowl 52?
New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles
Where is Super Bowl 52?
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota
How can I watch Super Bowl 52 on TV?
Where can I stream Super Bowl 52?
The Super Bowl can be streamed for free on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.
Online with no cable TV: fubtoTV (Try for free)
Who are the announcers for Super Bowl 52?
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox
Who is performing the Super Bowl 52 halftime show?
Justin Timberlake is the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime performer. It is his third Super Bowl performance, previously performing in Super Bowl XXV and more famously in XXVIII with Janet Jackson.
What are the odds for Super Bowl 52?
New England Patriots: 6/5
Minnesota Vikings: 7/4
Philadelphia Eagles: 7/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 8/1