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Who to root for in Week 11 if you are a Washington Redskins fan

Who to root for in Week 11 if you are a Washington Redskins fan

If you are Washington Redskins fan, you're probably just worried about the team making the playoffs. You're not worried too much about how the rest of the NFC Playoff Picture is playing out.

Well with a 6-3 record you can be, and you should be, looking at how the postseason bracket will shape up. So we will help you out on which teams to root for this week. 

In a rare situation, the Redskins hold their postseason fate in their own hands. Win out and the team is the division champion at 13-3. With a record like that, there is the potential for more than just a division title. 

No one reading this is naive to believe that Washington is built to run the table the rest of the way. The NFL is not like that. At the same time most other teams won't win out either.

The following results would significantly help the Redskins make the playoffs with a highest seed possible.

Redskins Week 11 Rooting Guide

Green Bay Packers (4-4-1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (4-5)
Thursday at 8:20 p.m.

Ties are confusing when it comes to the playoff picture. To make it easier for everyone involved just keep Green Bay out of contention even though the Redskins have the tiebreaker over them. On top of that, the Seahawks have a worse winning percentage so it all works out to root for the Seahawks.

Dallas Cowboys (4-5) vs. Atlanta Falcons (4-5)
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m.

If the Redskins take care of business and win the division it will not matter either way. As a Washington fan though it's always easy to root against the Cowboys and it could boost that division lead. While the Falcons do have the win over Washington to carry them over, it would take the Redskins falling to a Wild Card spot to be an issue. Root for the Falcons.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) vs. New York Giants (2-7)
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Neither of these opponents should be a factor in the Redskins' playoff outlook. While there is one game left against the Giants, overall it should be a non-threat. Technically there are probably better odds for the Buccaneers to come back in the Wild Card than the Giants in the division, so root for the Giants.

Carolina Panthers (6-3) vs. Detroit Lions (3-6)
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Even with the head-to-head over the Panthers, Washington should not be comfortable that it will come down to that. Carolina is a good team that not only is the biggest threat to the Saints in the NFC South, but is a team that currently holds the top Wild Card spot. If for some reason Philadelphia or Dallas makes a push for the division title some breathing room in the Wild Card race would be nice. Root for the Lions.

Oakland Raiders (1-8) vs. Arizona Cardinals (2-7)
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4:05 p.m.

AFC vs. NFC. Cardinals are still alive in the playoff picture. Root for the Raiders.

Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) vs. New Orleans Saints (8-1)
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4:25 p.m.

The Saints are two games ahead of the Redskins in seeding. Factoring in that New Orleans has the tiebreaker, it might as well be a 2.5 game advantage. Washington probably will not have a chance to surpass the Saints, but that lead in the division is not safe. Root for the Saints.

Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) vs. Chicago Bears (6-3)
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8:20 p.m.

This matchup is essentially a push. By a fraction the Bears have a better winning percentage, but there is more confidence the Vikings will come back and have a better finish. General rule of thumb, never assume the future of a team. Root for the Vikings.

Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) vs. Los Angeles Rams (9-1)
Monday, Nov. 19 at 8:15 p.m.

Does any reasonable person think the Redskins can pass the Rams? No. Could something crazy happen? It's the NFL so yes it could. No reason not to root for the Chiefs in this one. 

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Perception not meeting reality in free agency conversation around Landon Collins

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Perception not meeting reality in free agency conversation around Landon Collins

Redskins fans can be an excitable bunch, particularly when it comes to safeties that mold their style of play after the late Sean Taylor. 

After releasing DJ Swearinger prior to Week 17 last season, Washington has a hole at the safety position. That, combined with recent news of Giants standout Landon Collins cleaning out his locker and possibly preparing to leave the organization, could mean an elite safety prospect hits the open market. 

Add it all up, and some 'Skins fans are drooling over the possibility of Collins joining the Redskins. 

Now is the time for a dose of reality. 

New York still controls Collins' contract situation. The Giants have about two weeks to decide if they're going to use the franchise tag on Collins, guaranteeing a $12 million salary for the 2019 season. 

Word is Collins doesn't want to be tagged, and might even skip offseason workouts if the Giants go that route. Skipping the offseason and skipping the regular season are very different. The other thing that could happen, however, is that the tag allows the two sides the time to negotiate a long-term deal to keep Collins in New York. 

Beyond the franchise tag, hurdles still remain before Collins could join the Redskins. 

The biggest hurdle? Cash. 

Washington has about $17 million in salary cap space available. The team will need around $9 million just to sign all of their selections in April's NFL Draft.

The 'Skins could make room for Collins, but that would mean shedding salary. Players like Zach Brown and Stacy McGee could be cap casualties, and there could be some cap relief if the organization can get a long-term extension done with Brandon Scherff. 

Still, Collins is a three-time Pro Bowler that also has an All Pro season on his resume. He's the top-rated safety looking at free agency.

He's going to cost a lot. 

Even if Washington opens up some cap space, maybe doubling their available room, the margins are still fairly small. 

The Colts have more than $107 million in cap space. The Jets have $102 million in space. There are eight other teams with at least $50 million in cap space.

If Washington can double their cap space, that would still be less than $35 million. 

The Redskins have a need at safety. Landon Collins might hit the open market. 

Those are facts. 

The Redskins signing Landon Collins in free agency sounds more like fan fiction. 

Never say never, but temper that excitement Redskins fans.  

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The Steelers won't tag Le'Veon Bell, meaning the RB will soon be an unrestricted free agent

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The Steelers won't tag Le'Veon Bell, meaning the RB will soon be an unrestricted free agent

Most NFL teams spend years searching for All-Pro offensive weapons. But in the past few days, the Steelers have indicated they're about to move on from two such players.

On Tuesday, Antonio Brown met with team management, and the franchise reportedly decided trading Brown was in their best interest.

Then, on Wednesday, Pittsburgh's GM said there would be no more tags applied to Le'Veon Bell, meaning he'll be an unrestricted free agent this March. 

There had been speculation the Steelers may continue their messy relationship with the running back by placing the transition tag on him. In the end, though, he'll get what he's wanted for quite some time now, albeit later than he wanted it: a chance for a big new contract on the open market.

Now, for all the Redskins fans reading this (hopefully of which there are many, because that'll make my bosses happy), the obvious, yet longshot, question is: Any chance Bell comes to Washington?

The answer, as with any high-priced free agent these days, is almost definitely not. The Redskins don't have money to burn like they routinely did a decade ago, and Bell's going to be craving lots of cash.

Furthermore, if the 'Skins are going to sign a running back, they're much more likely to bring back that Hall of Famer who went over 1,000 yards in 2018 despite arriving in August. Adrian Peterson's yearly salary should be about a third of what Bell's will be, the deal will be shorter and everyone on the Burgundy and Gold would welcome additional time with that particular No. 26.

Bell's going to make someone's offense a lot scarier in 2019. Just don't expect it to be Jay Gruden's.

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