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Redskins winning formula is ugly but effective

Redskins winning formula is ugly but effective

Ugly, but effective. 

That might as well be the Redskins motto for the 2018 season. 

Washington won an important game Sunday afternoon, beating the Bucs 16-3. The score, much like the football match, was ugly. 

The Redskins offense generated little yardage and even less touchdowns. The team mostly relied on kicker Dustin Hopkins for points, and arguably more importantly, punter Tress Way for field position. 

Defensively, the Redskins were as effective as financial regulation during the mortgage boom. The team gave up more than 500 yards of offense but also created four turnovers. 

Josh Norman grabbed an impressive interception early in the game that basically set the tone for the afternoon. Tampa had moved the ball into the red zone but then coughed it up. 

And in many ways, it was a minor illustration of the Redskins season as a whole. 

This team is 6-3 and well on their way to an NFC East title. They’re either the NFL’s best bad team or bad good team, but they’re winning games and that’s all that matters. 

The Eagles and the Cowboys are 4-5, two games behind Washington in the division race. Washington’s formula for winning games isn’t pretty and could probably most generously be described as old school, but it still works. 

Beat the bad teams, like they did in Tampa, and the Redskins will be hosting a playoff game in January. It’s that simple. 

Much like their offense, there is nothing exotic or particularly exciting watching this Redskins team. 

Don’t turn it over. Play good defense. Play good special teams. 

It’s simple. And it’s effective. 

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

It's a very small consolation, but on Friday, the Redskins finally picked up their compensatory third-round pick for losing Kirk Cousins in free agency last year.

That's not the only new selection they now have in their arsenal for the 2019 NFL Draft, though.

In addition to that third-rounder, Washington also netted a fifth-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, too. The four picks is a bit of a surprise, as most expected the Burgundy and Gold would be awarded with only three.

Bruce Allen has explained in the past how the 'Skins value compensatory picks, which teams receive based on the contracts their own free agents sign with new franchises. Last offseason, the Redskins saw Cousins, Ryan Grant, Spencer Long and Trent Murphy all cash in on the open market.

In total, Washington now has nine picks in the upcoming draft, with two each in the third, fifth and seventh rounds. They traded away their fourth-round spot for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Losing homegrown players like Cousins and Co. is certainly not ideal, but by letting those types of guys depart, the Redskins do set themselves up for more swings in April. 

That part of the strategy has paid off. The next step? Making those picks count. 

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Intense doesn't even begin to describe this video of Derrius Guice on the treadmill

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Intense doesn't even begin to describe this video of Derrius Guice on the treadmill

For most humans, a workout on the treadmill consists of the following steps:

1) Get on with plans of running at a high speed for a long time. 

2) Realize three minutes in that you have no interest in running either at a high speed or for a long time because running on a treadmill is really one of the more awful things you can subject yourself to on this planet.

3) Get off.

On Friday, though, Derrius Guice shared something on Twitter that shows his attitude toward the treadmill is very different from most humans.

LOOK. AT. THIS. DAMN. VIDEO:

Judging by the speed and tilt of the machine, the Redskins' second-year RB turned every setting on that thing to its maximum number. Even the obnoxious overachievers at your gym don't have the courage to go above level 8.

Honestly, he's going so hard that you almost feel bad for the treadmill. Someone get that treadmill into an ice bath ASAP. 

Earlier this week, Guice provided an update on his comeback from a torn ACL, saying he's still "strong as an ox" and "getting it back." If this is what it looks like when he's "getting it back," what's it going to be like when he's fully gotten it back?

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