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NFC East Update: Only 4 weeks in but the Redskins hold 1st place

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NFC East Update: Only 4 weeks in but the Redskins hold 1st place

Through four weeks of the 2018 NFL season, the Redskins lead the NFC East. This is not a drill. The Redskins have sole possession of first place in the NFC East. 

Be wary though, as it could be fool's gold. For one thing, Washington had a very early bye. The team got Week 4 off while the rest of the division played, and most lost. 

Still, enjoy it, Redskins fans. Your squad is in the lead. Here's how it all stacks up. 

Washington Redskins (2-1)

Jay Gruden's squad got a very early week off, but it came at a good time for a number of offensive players. Trent Williams had bursa sac surgery during the bye week and Adrian Peterson is working back from a big hit to the lower leg. Every game in the NFL is big, but the 'Skins get a chance to return to the scene of their toughest loss of the 2017 season next Monday night. The defense will need a superior effort to beat the Saints, but Gruden believes his team will have no problem being motivated for Monday night in the Big Easy. 

Up next: Oct. 8th @ New Orleans

Philadelphia Eagles (2-2)

Survivor Pools took a beating across the country as the Eagles lost to the Titans on Sunday. In just his second game back from a major knee injury, Carson Wentz was asked to throw the ball 50 times in a contest Philly couldn't get their run game going. Wentz did well, but the Eagles defense couldn't stop the Titans on a ridiculous overtime drive that lost the defending Super Bowl champs the game. It's far too early to worry about the Eagles, and they're still the favorite to win the NFC East, but this was a bad loss. 

Up Next: Oct. 7th vs Minnesota

Dallas Cowboys (2-2)

The Cowboys moved to .500 on the season with a solid 26-24 win over the Lions last week, but still have a -10 point differential on the season. Dak Prescott had his best game of the year beating the Lions, throwing for more than 200 yards for the first time this season. If, and it's a big if, the Dallas offense can move the ball like it did against Detroit, the Cowboys could compete for the division. Hard to expect that though until it happens for a few games in a row. 

Up next: Oct. 7th @ Houston 

New York Giants (1-3)

Things look bad for Big Blue. The Giants got drubbed at home by the Saints, Odell Beckham looked upset on the sideline, and Eli Manning looks old. The questions about taking Saquon Barkley at No. 2 in the NFL Draft will only continue to grow, and the offensive line does not seem capable of helping the team. Barring a big change, and soon, New York could be in rebuild mode. Through four games, Giants have a -22 point differential. 

Up next: Oct. 7th @ Carolina

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Redskins Talk live from Miami for Super Bowl week: How to watch, live stream, listen

Redskins Talk live from Miami for Super Bowl week: How to watch, live stream, listen

Before the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers play for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, the Redskins Talk crew will break down the Redskins and happenings around the NFL.

JP Finlay and Mitch Tischler will welcome special guests everyday from Tuesday to Friday, live from Radio Row in Miami.

The Redskins are in the midst of a busy time, ushering in a new era under the direction of newly minted head coach Ron Rivera. With the NFL Combine, free agency and the draft right around the corner, Redskins Talk has your fix with analysis, discussion and high-profile guests. 

Here's everything you need to know.

Redskins Talk: End of Season Special

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Redskins' wide receiver Terry McLaurin planned NFL future in 2005 letter

Redskins' wide receiver Terry McLaurin planned NFL future in 2005 letter

Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin just finished his rookie season in the NFL and ranked among the best first-year pass catchers across the league in 2019. Among rookies, the Ohio State product ranked second in receptions with 59, second in receiving yards with 919 and tied for third in touchdowns with seven — all in 14 games.

That kind of production from a third-round pick may have surprised some. But for McLaurin, this was always the plan.

On Friday, McLaurin took to his Instagram story to post a letter he wrote in 2005 — when he was 10 years old — where he proclaimed his aspirations to be an NFL wide receiver.

“I really want to be a wide [receiver] and a starter,” McLaurin wrote in the letter titled ‘My Future.’ “I will play hard every game.”

McLaurin officially achieved his goal of becoming a professional wide receiver when the Redskins made him their third-round pick last April. He didn’t waste any time accomplishing the second part of his dream, cracking the starting lineup in the first game of the season against the Eagles.

In his letter, McLaurin also discussed the possibility of playing running back in the NFL. In his senior year of high school, the 2013 Indiana Mr. Football was an all-around weapon. He posted 14 total touchdowns, recorded 58 catches for 953 yards receiving and rushed for an additional 744 yards.

Ultimately, McLaurin settled into the receiver position in college when he joined the Buckeyes program. His best season came in his senior year, when he was paired with Dwayne Haskins, and caught 35 passes for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Low productivity in college — just 75 career receptions — may have caused McLaurin’s fall to the third round. But now, he’s making up for it and was one of the steals of the draft.

If McLaurin’s standout numbers continue, he should have no problem accomplishing a couple other goals he laid out in the letter.

“Make lots of money and live in a big house,” a young McLaurin wrote.

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