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Where do major media outlets have the Redskins finishing in 2019?

Where do major media outlets have the Redskins finishing in 2019?

With another football season on the horizon, many national media outlets across the country are speculating how the Burgundy and Gold will finish in 2019.

To be quite blunt, not many people think the Redskins will be competitive in the NFC. Washington coming off a 7-9 season, where at one point they were 6-3 before a catastrophic leg injury to quarterback Alex Smith. 

Despite significant moves during the offseason, such as drafting their QB of the future in Dwayne Haskins and signing safety Landon Collins to a massive six-year deal, expectations around the league are not high for the bunch in 2019. The Redskins play in one of the toughest divisions in football, as both the Eagles and Cowboys are expected to be contenders to come out of the NFC.

So how do major media outlets predict the Redskins will finish in 2019? Here's a rundown. Let's take a look.

USA TODAY: 3-13, fourth in NFC East

"They come out of the gate against three 2018 playoff clubs (Eagles, Cowboys, Bears) — all sporting nasty defenses. The 'Skins also host the champion Patriots in Week 5.* Might make sense to keep rookie QB Dwayne Haskins behind protective glass through that stretch ... at minimum."

ESPN: 7-9, third in NFC East

"The Redskins play three division games in the first four weeks, which will provide a great clue for how their season will play out. They also close the season with three straight division games. They need to start well against their division for a simple reason: In the past seven seasons, the Redskins have made the playoffs twice. Both times they finished above .500 in the division. In the other five years, they were a combined 8-22 in the NFC East. Also, having a Thursday night game with 11 days off followed two weeks later by a bye might help them get healthy for a late push. They had early byes the past two seasons and the injuries mounted late. Players' health is a big reason for subdued expectations."

BLEACHER REPORT: 3-13, fourth in NFC East

"The Washington Redskins have experienced a tumultuous offseason. In May, linebacker Reuben Foster tore his ACL. The team also released Mason Foster, which opened up another spot on the second level of the defense. Washington has a potential issue at left tackle; Trent Williams hasn't joined the team this offseason because of a dispute over a medical issue, per ESPN's John Keim. Dwayne Haskins' big arm would give the Redskins' passing attack more flare than Case Keenum's conservative approach. Nevertheless, a depleted offensive line could put him in harm's way because he's not a mobile quarterback. Washington's offseason has been filled with bad news amid a transition under center, and head coach Jay Gruden is on the hot seat—a troubling combination leading into the season."

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: 5-11, fourth in NFC East

"I think there’s a fair chance this might be my biggest mistake. In this scenario, I’m imagining Dwayne Haskins being forced to start before he’s ready; but on the other hand, I think Jay Gruden is one of the more underrated coaches in the NFL. This run game could be an absolute handful, and Washington got better on defense. Imagine this division, as it tends to do, falling closer together than our breakdown here."

SPORTING NEWS: 4-12, fourth in NFC East

"The Redskins have more optimism on defense with Collins and rookie first-round Montez Sweat, but their offense no longer has the stability of Alex Smith. Rookie first-rounder Dwayne Haskins has high upside and a good shot to start right away over Case Keenum, but there are other concerns in the passing game, and the team might not be able to rely on Derrius Guice in the backfield. The forecast doesn't look for coach Jay Gruden."

THE DRAFT NETWORK: 6-10, third in NFC East

"The Washington Redskins figure to struggle through to growing pains of a rookie quarterback, though their future outlook remains bright."

CBS: 5-11, fourth in NFC East

*CBS did divisional breakdowns only, analysis is about the division, not entirely the Redskins*

"When it comes to the offensive rookie of the year award, if voters have proven one thing over the past few years, it's that they love giving the award to running backs (a running back has won in three of the past four seasons) and they really love giving it to players from the NFC East (a player from this division has won the award four times since 2012), and Sanders checks both of those boxes. If you're looking for a running back that might win, Sanders makes sense and that's because he probably has the best offensive line of any rookie running back. The other bold prediction here is that the Cowboys miss the playoffs, and before you come complaining to me that I hate your team Cowboys fans, just remember that I picked Dallas to go 10-6 and win the division last year." 

So, there you have it. Not one media outlet has the Redskins finishing above third place in their division or above .500. The Redskins must remember that games are not won on paper, and that they have the opportunity to prove everyone wrong in 2019.

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    Fantasy Football Flex Rankings 2019: Week 3

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    Fantasy Football Flex Rankings 2019: Week 3

    Week 2 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top flex options for Week 3.

    For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

    Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
    Running Back Rankings: Week 3
    Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
    Tight End Rankings: Week 3

    Flex Rankings: Week 2

    FLEX RANKINGS:

    1. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL, RB1, Previous Ranking: 4
    Opponent: vs. Dolphins
    2. Christian McCaffrey, CAR, RB2, Previous Ranking: 1 
    Opponent: at Cardinals 
    3. Saquon Barkley, NYG, RB3, Previous Ranking: 2
    Opponent: at Buccaneers
    4. Julio Jones, ATL, WR1, Previous Ranking: 8
    Opponent: at Colts
    5. Austin Ekeler, LAC, RB4, Previous Ranking: 9
    Opponent: vs. Texans
    6. Dalvin Cook, MIN, RB5, Previous Ranking: 10
    Opponent: vs. Raiders
    7. Alvin Kamara, NO, RB6, Previous Ranking: 3
    Opponent: at Seahawks
    8. Le'Veon Bell, NYJ, RB7, Previous Ranking: 5
    Opponent: at Patriots
    9. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU, WR2, Previous Ranking: 6
    Opponent: at Chargers
    10. Keenan Allen, LAC, WR3, Previous Ranking: 12
    Opponent: vs. Texans 
    11. Amari Cooper, DAL, WR4, Previous Ranking: 21
    Opponent: vs. Dolphins
    12. Michael Thomas, NO, WR5, Previous Ranking: 7
    Opponent: at Seahawks
    13. Chris Carson, SEA, RB8, Previous Ranking: 18
    Opponent: vs. Saints
    14. James Conner, PIT, RB9, Previous Ranking: 19
    Opponent: at 49ers
    15. Travis Kelce, KC, TE1, Previous Ranking: 20
    Opponent: vs. Ravens
    16. Odell Beckham Jr., CLE, WR6, Previous Ranking: 16
    Opponent: vs. Rams
    17. Davante Adams, GB, WR7, Previous Ranking: 13
    Opponent: vs. Broncos
    18. Derrick Henry, TEN, RB10, Previous Ranking: 33
    Opponent: at Jaguars
    19. Nick Chubb, CLE, RB11, Previous Ranking: 27
    Opponent: vs. Rams
    20. David Johnson, ARI, RB12, Previous Ranking: 26
    Opponent: vs. Panthers
    21. Kenny Golladay, DET, WR8, Previous Ranking: 35
    Opponent: at Eagles
    22. Aaron Jones, GB, RB13, Previous Ranking: 34
    Opponent: vs. Broncos
    23. Mike Evans, TB, WR9, Previous Ranking: 14
    Opponent: vs. Giants
    24.Antonio Brown, NE, WR10, Previous Ranking: 11 
    Opponent: vs. Jets
    25.Marlon Mack, IND, RB14, Previous Ranking: 25
    Opponent: vs. Falcons
    26.JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT, WR11, Previous Ranking: 17
    Opponent: at 49ers
    27. T.Y. Hilton, IND, WR12, Previous Ranking: 23
    Opponent: vs. Falcons
    28. Mark Ingram, BAL, RB15, Previous Ranking: 31
    Opponent: at Chiefs
    29. Kerryon Johnson, DET, RB16, Previous Ranking: 32
    Opponent: at Eagles
    30. Sammy Watkins, KC, WR13, Previous Ranking: 15
    Opponent: vs. Ravens
    31. Cooper Kupp, LAR, WR14, Previous Ranking: 29
    Opponent: at Browns
    32. Joe Mixon, CIN, RB17, Previous Ranking: 24
    Opponent: at Bills
    33. James White, NE, RB18, Previous Ranking: 44
    Opponent: vs. Jets
    34. Todd Gurley, LAR, RB19, Previous Ranking: 43
    Opponent: at Browns
    35. Josh Jacobs, OAK, RB20, Previous Ranking: 28
    Opponent: at Vikings
    34.Chris Godwin, TB, WR15, Previous Ranking: 51
    Opponent: vs. Giants
    35. Adam Thielen, MIN, WR16, Previous Ranking: 22
    Opponent: vs. Raiders
    36. Tyler Lockett, SEA, WR17, Previous Ranking: 49
    Opponent: vs. Saints
    37. Leonard Fournette, JAX, RB21, Previous Ranking: 36
    Opponent: vs. Titans
    38. George Kittle, SF, TE2, Previous Ranking: 45
    Opponent: vs. Steelers
    39. Zach Ertz, PHI, TE5, Previous Ranking: 46
    Opponent: vs. Lions
    40. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI, WR18, Previous Ranking: 40
    Opponent: at Ravens
    41. Damien Williams, KC, RB22, Previous Ranking: 41
    Opponent: vs. Ravens
    42. Sony Michel, NE, RB23, Previous Ranking: 55
    Opponent: vs. Jets
    43. David Montgomery, CHI, RB24, Previous Ranking: 56
    Opponent: at Redskins
    44. Marquise Brown, BAL, WR19, Previous Ranking: 64
    Opponent: at Chiefs
    45. Julian Edelman, NE, WR20, Previous Ranking: 30
    Opponent: vs. Jets  
    46. D.J. Moore, CAR, WR21, Previous Ranking: 50
    Opponent: at Cardinals   
    47. Devin Singletary, BUF, RB25, Previous Ranking: 39
    Opponent: vs. Bengals
    48. Evan Engram, NYG, TE4, Previous Ranking: 48
    Opponent: at Buccaneers 
    49. Stefon Diggs, MIN, WR22, Previous Ranking: 53
    Opponent: vs. Raiders
    50. Josh Gordon, NE, WR23, Previous Ranking: 37
    Opponent: vs. Jets
    51. Alshon Jeffery, PHI, WR24, Previous Ranking: 47
    Opponent: vs. Lions
    52. Robert Woods, LAR, WR25, Previous Ranking: 52
    Opponent: at Browns
    53. Tyrell Williams, OAK, WR26, Previous Ranking: 61
    Opponent: at Vikings
    54. Miles Sanders, PHI, RB26, Previous Ranking: 68
    Opponent: vs. Lions
    55. Phillip Lindsay, DEN, RB27, Previous Ranking: 58
    Opponent: at Packers
    56. Duke Johnson Jr., HOU, RB28, Previous Ranking: 42
    Opponent: at Chargers
    57. Matt Breida, SF, RB29, Previous Ranking: 94
    Opponent: vs. Steelers
    58. Devonta Freeman, ATL, RB30, Previous Ranking: 60
    Opponent: at Colts
    59. Jordan Howard, PHI, RB31, Previous Ranking: 59
    Opponent: vs. Lions
    60. Emmanuel Sanders, WR27, Previous Ranking: 81
    Opponent: at Packers
    61. Calvin Ridley, ATL, WR28, Previous Ranking: 65
    Opponent: at Colts
    62. Tarik Cohen, CHI, RB32, Previous Ranking: 38
    Opponent: at Redskins
    63. Tyler Boyd. CIN, WR29, Previous Ranking: 63
    Opponent: at Bills
    64. Terry McLaurin, WAS, WR30, Previous Ranking: 73
    Opponent: vs. Bears
    65. Jamison Crowder, NYJ, WR31, Previous Ranking: 66
    Opponent: at Patriots
    66. Brandin Cooks, LAR, WR32, Previous Ranking: 54
    Opponent: at Browns
    67. Jarvis Landry, CLE, WR33, Previous Ranking: 67
    Opponent: vs. Rams
    68. Mark Andrews, BAL, TE5, Previous Ranking: 76
    Opponent: at Chiefs
    69. Latavius Murray, NO, RB33, Previous Ranking: 69
    Opponent: at Seahawks
    70. Robby Anderson, NYJ, WR34, Previous Ranking: 70
    Opponent: at Patriots
    71. Curtis Samuel, CAR, WR35, Previous Ranking: 71
    Opponent: at Cardinals
    72. D.K. Metcalf, SEA, WR36, Previous Ranking: 92
    Opponent: vs. Saints
    73. John Brown, BUF, WR37, Previous Ranking: 74
    Opponent: vs. Bengals
    74. Allen Robinson, CHI, WR38, Previous Ranking: 82
    Opponent: at Redskins
    75. Will Fuller V, HOU, WR39, Previous Ranking: 72
    Opponent: at Chargers
    76. Vance McDonald, PIT, TE6, Previous Ranking: 97
    Opponent: at 49ers
    77. O.J. Howard, TB, TE7, Previous Ranking: 57
    Opponent: vs. Giants
    78. Austin Hooper, ATL, TE8, Previous Ranking: 77
    Opponent: at Colts
    79. Darren Waller, OAK, TE9, Previous Ranking: 100
    Opponent: at Vikings
    80. Marvin Jones, DET, WR40, Previous Ranking: 80
    Opponent: at Eagles
    81. Delanie Walker, TEN, TE10, Previous Ranking: 75
    Opponent: at Jaguars
    82. Christian Kirk, ARI, WR41, Previous Ranking: 83
    Opponent: vs. Panthers
    83. Courtland Sutton, DEN, WR42, Previous Ranking: 84
    Opponent: at Packers
    84. John Ross III, CIN, WR43, Previous Ranking: 85
    Opponent: at Bills
    85. LeSean McCoy, KC, RB34, Previous Ranking: 86
    Opponent: vs. Ravens
    86. Kenyan Drake, MIA, RB35, Previous Ranking: 87
    Opponent: at Cowboys
    87. James Washington, PIT, WR44, Previous Ranking: 88
    Opponent: at 49ers
    88. Adrian Peterson, WAS, RB36, Previous Ranking: 89
    Opponent: vs, Bears 
    89. Chris Thompson, WAS, RB37, Previous Ranking: 90
    Opponent: vs. Bears
    90. Dede Westbrook, JAX, WR45, Previous Ranking: 91
    Opponent: vs. Titans
    91. Mecole Hardman, KC, WR46, Previous Ranking: 93
    Opponent: vs. Ravens
    92. Giovani Bernard, CIN, RB38, Previous Ranking: 95
    Opponent: at Bills
    93. Sterling Shepard, NYG, WR47, Previous Ranking: NR
    Opponent: at Buccaneers
    94. Carlos Hyde, HOU, RB39, Previous Ranking: NR
    Opponent: at Chargers
    95. Frank Gore, BUF, RB40, Previous Ranking; NR
    Opponent: vs. Bengals
    96. Preston Williams, MIA, WR48, Previous Ranking:NR
    Opponent:at Cowboys
    97. Deebo Samuel, SF, WR49, Previous Ranking: NR
    Opponent: vs. Steelers
    98. Randall Cobb, DAL, WR50, Previous Ranking: NR
    Opponent: vs. Dolphins
    99. DJ Chark, JAX, WR51, Previous Ranking: NR
    Opponent: vs. Titans
    100. Corey Davis, TEN, WR52, Previous Ranking: NR
    Opponent: at Jaguars

    For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

    Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
    Running Back Rankings: Week 3
    Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
    Tight End Rankings: Week 3

    Flex Rankings: Week 2

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    Giants HC Pat Shurmur is done talking to Mike Francesa

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    Giants HC Pat Shurmur is done talking to Mike Francesa

    Just two days after the Giants announced they'd be benching Eli Manning for Daniel Jones, the team also announced that head coach Pat Shurmur has canceled his weekly radio segment on WFAN with Mike Francesa.

    The Giants are 0-2, just benched Eli Manning, and there generally aren't a whole lot of positives coming out of the Meadowlands these days, so it's no surprise that the team may be cutting back on media availabilities.

    Francesa has made a career off of being an outstanding radio personality and as somebody not afraid to ask the tough questions. But as the losing seasons have piled up, and Giants are winless this season, the first two interviews between Shurmur and Francesa have bordered on uncomfortable. In fact, calling them interviews might be a stretch. There was a lot of Francesa talking and not a ton of question-asking.

    Being that this has become more of a behavior than a one-off occurrence, the Giants have decided to pull the plug on the weekly spot for now.


    “I think that was an organizational decision not to do that,” Shurmur told reporters Thursday. “Most people aren’t aware of this, but I wasn’t contractually obligated to do that spot. We did it as a courtesy and out of respect for our relationship with the radio station. We just felt like for a while, just put that to bed for a while and not do it and move forward.”

    The Giants' feud with Francesa is even more far-reaching. Eli Manning also ended his weekly spot with Francesa ahead of this season. After Francesa blasted the Giants for drafting Corey Ballentine, who was shot after the draft — for which he has since apologized — he was denied access to Giants general manager Dave Gettleman at training camp. In turn, he canceled his annual program from camp.

    There's no telling where this saga goes from here, given Francesa's candor and platform, but one thing's for sure; he won't be talking to Pat Shurmur on the radio.

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