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Who to root for in Week 13 if you are a Washington Redskins fan

Who to root for in Week 13 if you are a Washington Redskins fan

Somehow, after losing to the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, the Washington Redskins still control their playoff fate. 

Win out and no matter what Washington is either in as the NFC East champion or a Wild Card team. 

Entering Week 13, the Redskins are competing with nine other teams for three spots in the NFC playoffs. None of the 10 total teams appear to be going anywhere (up or down) to clean up the playoff picture.

Given how the standings shake up, the reasonable ceiling of this Redskins team is the No. 3 seed. A division title and passing the Chicago Bears/ NFC North Champion is all they would need for that. If neither happens though, some help in the Wild Card wouldn't hurt. 

Redskins Week 13 Rooting Guide

New Orleans Saints (10-1) vs. Dallas Cowboys (6-5)
Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8:20 p.m.

Duh. After this matchup, the path looks pretty clean for the Cowboys. Root for the Saints. 

Baltimore Ravens (6-5) vs. Atlanta Falcons (4-7)
Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1:00 p.m.

Any AFC vs. NFC matchup would be better off for the Redskins if the AFC team won. A loss by the Falcons would almost guarantee that they wouldn't be the team to knock the Redskins out of a Wild Card spot. Root for the Ravens.

Carolina Panthers (6-5) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

Another week, another easy pick. The Panthers are in playoff contention, the Bucs are out. This result could also go a long way for the Redskins if the Panthers lose. Keep in mind Washington has the tiebreaker over Carolina from their Week 6 victoryRoot for the Buccaneers.

Chicago Bears (8-3) vs. New York Giants (3-8)
Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1:00 p.m.

At first glance, one would assume to root for the Bears. But that is where you would be wrong. Yes, a Giants loss would eliminate them from the postseason, but it would take a massive collapse from the Cowboys and Redskins to allow the Giants to become the division champs at 8-8. Chicago, on the other hand, is only two games ahead of Washington with a tough schedule remaining. A win by Washington and a loss by Chicago in Week 13 puts the Redskins only a game out of the No. 3 seed in the NFC. Root for the Giants.

Los Angeles Rams (10-1) vs. Detroit Lions (4-7)
Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1:00 p.m.

For the Redskins to pass the Rams, Washington would need to go 5-0 or 4-1 and L.A. would have to finish 1-4 or worse. Don't get your hopes up. Root for the Rams. 

Arizona Cardinals (2-9) vs. Green Bay Packers (4-6-1)
Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1:00 p.m.

The Cardinals are trash and will be battling for the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The least they could do is help out the team that helped get them there. Root for the Cardinals. 

San Francisco 49ers (2-9) vs. Seattle Seahawks (6-5)
Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4:25 p.m.

See above. No reason to not root for the 49ers and try to make the path harder for the Seahawks.

Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1) vs. New England Patriots (8-3)
Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4:25 p.m.

Another AFC vs. NFC matchup and this one could help benefit the Redskins if they are legit contenders for the Wild Card. Root for the Patriots, this result could be the difference in Week 17 when it's all said and done.

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After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

The Redskins signed Paul Richardson in 2018 to be the deep threat the team lost when DeSean Jackson left via free agency after the 2016 season. It didn't work. 

In two years with the Redskins, Richardson has 48 catches for 507 catches and four touchdowns, and both seasons finished with trips to the injured reserve. Washington, however, paid Richardson handsomely for his work.

He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins that guaranteed $12.5 million at signing. To date, he's made nearly $20 million despite never being the team's leading receiver. 

Next year, Richardson will carry an $8.5 million salary cap number, but the team could get $2.5 million in cap relief if he's cut while taking a $6 million cap hit. The final two seasons of his contract have no guarantees and no cap number unless he plays.

If the Redskins wait until after June 1st, 2020, to cut Richardson then the numbers flip. The team would save $6.5 million against the cap and Richardson's contract would only count $2 million against the cap. In fact, the team doesn't need to wait until summer to make the move, but rather can use the Post-June 1 designation that the NFL allows organizations to use to better their cap. This should be the obvious move. 

Considering Washington has made a youth movement at receiver, with rookies Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims looking like the future, Richardson looks quite expendable. Especially considering the emergence of McLaurin as a potential elite wideout, both with deep speed and route running ability. 

Redskins team president Bruce Allen signed Richardson, but it's hard to know who will be making calls for the organization in 2020. There is much speculation that Allen could be on the way out, and the team already fired head coach Jay Gruden in October. Interim head coach Bill Callahan is not expected to remain in that position next season. 

If Richardson is cut, it's hard to look at the signing as anything but a disappointment. Big money for little production. That's not winning football. 

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Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

The Redskins are unlikely to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there is certainly a scenario where the teams that finish ahead of them would be in need of quarterbacks. If that’s the case, then Washington could be in line to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who’s widely considered to be the highest-graded player in the draft.

But in an interview with TMZ, Young said his “plan” is to return to Ohio State for his senior year. Young set a school record with 16.5 sacks and counting this season despite missing two games due to suspension.

The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, slated to face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 for the right to play in the national championship. Ohio State hasn’t won the title since 2014, when Young was still in high school.

It’s unknown whether he’d enter the draft if OSU wins it all. For now, Young’s draft status will be something for the Redskins—who will enter the offseason with a plethora of roster needs—to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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