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Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

Redskins need a winning streak to convince legion of skeptics

If you want to, you can find plenty of things wrong with the Redskins’ 23-17 win over the Panthers. The home team was up 17-0 in the second quarter and yet had to hang on as the Panthers reached the red zone with a chance to win in the last minute. The game got tight because the Redskins continued their second-half scoring problems, putting up just six points. Alex Smith passed for just 153 yards. 

But you can’t poke holes in the fact that the Redskins are 3-2 and in first place in the NFC East. Sure, there is a long way to go. But consider this—a Redskins schedule that looked rough at the beginning of the season doesn’t look quite as tough. In fact, right now the Redskins have a better winning percentage than any team they will play in their remaining 11 games. 

Yes, that’s right. They have six games to play in the division, two each against the Cowboys and Eagles, both now 3-3, and the 1-5 Giants. Their two remaining games against the NFC South are against the 2-3 Bucs and the 2-4 Falcons. The schedule is rounded out with games against three AFC South teams, the Titans, Texans, and Jaguars. All three of those teams are tied atop the division at 3-3. 

Of course, you can’t expect all of these teams to still be wallowing around .500 when they face the Redskins. It looks like the Eagles and Falcons are on the upswing and in today’s NFL any team can get hot at any time. 

And, as the Redskins demonstrated in their Week 2 loss to the Colts, they are capable of losing to a weak team. They still have plenty of issues they have to correct if they plan on maintaining their winning record and staying in contention for the division title. They won’t survive if they continue to have difficulty scoring in the second half (their only second-half TD this season came in garbage time against the Saints). They need to get more sacks from Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith, who have one combined. Plenty of details need to be ironed out. 

But the fact that they are a flawed team doesn’t take away from the fact that they got a quality win over the Panthers. Carolina was 3-1, coming off of an 11-5 playoff season. On top of that, the Redskins had not beaten the Panthers since 2006, a stretch that included an 0-4 record against Cam Newton. They didn’t commit a turnover for the first time this year and they got a season-high three takeaways. Christian McCaffrey came into the game averaging 83 yards per game and left it averaging 70 after picking up 20 yards on eight carries. 

With all of that said, the Redskins still have to overcome their inconsistency. They have won two games in a row just twice since the beginning of the 2017 season. Nobody is going to believe that anything is different about the Redskins until they can string together three or four wins in a row. Until then, skepticism will abound. 

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LeBron James hopes Dwayne Haskins makes his doubters pay — but still won't root for Redskins

LeBron James hopes Dwayne Haskins makes his doubters pay — but still won't root for Redskins

As soon as the Redskins picked him 15th overall in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft, Dwayne Haskins picked up millions of new fans.

He also got a tweet from one very, very, very, VERY famous supporter, a guy who rooted for him when he starred at Ohio State last season.

Here's what LEBRON JAMES had to say in response to a post from teammate Josh Hart, who was imploring James to join the Burgundy and Gold bandwagon after Haskins' arrival:

So, Haskins isn't enough to entice James to start throwing around HTTRs, but the NBA legend is already backing the franchise's new passer. Not too shabby for a 21-year-old rookie. 

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Redskins trade back into first round to land Montez Sweat, capping off an incredible start to the draft

Redskins trade back into first round to land Montez Sweat, capping off an incredible start to the draft

The Redskins snagged Dwayne Haskins in Round 1 of the NFL Draft on Thursday. But then, they decided they wanted more.

So, Washington traded back into the first round into the 26th slot and picked up Mississippi State pass rusher Montez Sweat, too. 

Talk about putting in work. 

The Redskins gave up their second-round choice this year (No. 46 overall) as well as their 2020 second-rounder to move into the Colts' position late on Thursday night. In return, they added an athletic prospect who could be a huge problem for offensive lineman opposite of Ryan Kerrigan.

Sweat accrued double-digit sacks in each of his past two seasons for the Bulldogs, then blew up at the Combine. His 4.41 40-yard dash is absurd for someone at his size and his wingspan is about as good as it gets for NFL players as well.

So, why'd he last until 26?

Well, Sweat was diagnosed with a heart condition that could have scared some teams away. However, reports are now saying that condition may not be as serious or worrisome as originally believed.

Of course, the medical side needs to be sorted out. However, what's clear right away is this: The 'Skins not only added a potential franchise passer Thursday in Nashville, they also were aggressive in getting a guy that might elevate their defense to a new level.

Now, Sweat joins what is already a stacked and young front-seven and will line up alongside the likes of Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Matt Ioannidis. To opposing QBs who'll face the Burgundy and Gold next year, here's a piece of advice: Know where your hot read is so you can get that ball out fast.

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