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Championship Sunday: Tandler & JP make picks in Atlanta/Green Bay and Pittsburgh/New England

Championship Sunday: Tandler & JP make picks in Atlanta/Green Bay and Pittsburgh/New England

Since the Redskins are not participating in this year’s playoffs, CSN Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay are going to pick the NFL playoff games and offer a little analysis along the way. Need we say that this is for recreational purposes only?

Let us know where we went wrong in the comments section. Records to date: Tandler (6-2), JP (5-3).

Sunday conference championship games

Packers at Falcons (-5.0)

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Tandler: This looks like one that will go to whoever has be ball last. One key will be the actual health of the favorite targets of Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan. Both Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Julio Jones (toe) will play. But there is a difference between showing up with a helmet a shoulder pads on and contributing to the level that will make a difference in the game. My impression from reports is that Jones will be more fully functional than Nelson. That’s advantage Ryan and the Falcons. Falcons 41, Packers 35

Finlay: When the playoffs began I predicted the Falcons to lose to the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and I can't back off that now. Green Bay's run has been magic, but it's tough to keep winning road playoff games. This game will be run on offense as many expect, but it will be the Atlanta run game that proves too much for the Packers to stop. I'm not sure about laying five points, but considering Vegas will desperately need Dan Quinn's team to cover, I don't mind it either. If you want a play on this game, be a contrarian and take the under. Atlanta wins this game on the ground. Falcons 30, Packers 24

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Steelers at Patriots (-6.0)

Tandler: The Patriots haven’t faced anything resembling a top-notch NFL quarterback since Week 10 when they played Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. That also happens to be the last time they lost. They face a big-time QB today in Ben Roethlisberger. They also face the best running back in the game in Le’Veon Bell and one of the best receivers in Antonio Brown. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will be tested like they haven’t been in over two months. If it sounds like I’m leading up to picking the Steelers, I’m not. We’ve seen this movie before and the Patriots usually are the ones smiling at the end. But I will take the points. Patriots 24, Steelers 20

Finlay: Tandler laid it out well, plenty of reasons to like Pittsburgh. Ben, Brown, Bell lead the effort of an impressive offense. But something about the Tom Brady Deflategate Revenge Tour leads me to believe New England won't lose this one. I like the points too, but asked for a winner, gimme the Pats in a somewhat high-scoring affair. Patriots 30, Steelers 26

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Report: Redskins to sign edge rusher Noah Spence after slow start up front

Report: Redskins to sign edge rusher Noah Spence after slow start up front

Through two games the Redskins logged two sacks. The defensive front is supposed to be the strength of this team, and through two games, it hasn't been.

Well, looks like Washington is trying to do something about it. 

A second-round pick in 2016, Spence played three seasons for the Bucs before being waived before cutdown day this August. In three years with the Bucs, he logged 6.5 sacks and started six games, but 5.5 of those sacks came during an impressive rookie season.

Though Spence entered the NFL from Eastern Kentucky, he started his college career at Ohio State after being the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Pennsylvania. He was a big-time recruit but was thrown out of Ohio State and the Big Ten conference after repeated failed drug tests. 

Still just 25-years-old, Spence stands 6-foot-2 and 251 lbs., prototype size for an NFL outside linebacker. He has talent or certainly did. 

It will be interesting to watch what the Redskins corresponding roster move is to sign Spence. The team needs more production from their outside linebackers and their pass rush in general. 

Stay tuned for updates. 

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 3

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 3

Week 2 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top tight ends 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

TIER 1: Best of the best

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Opponent: vs. Ravens
2019 Stats: 10 Receptions, 195 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 35.5 PTS, 2019 TE3
Previous Ranking: 1

2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: vs. Steelers
2019 Stats: 11 Receptions, 108 Receiving YDS, 21.8 PTS, 2019 TE14
Previous Ranking: 2 

TIER 2: High-end TE1's

3. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: vs. Lions
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 126 Receiving YDS, 27.6 PTS, 2019 TE6
Previous Ranking: 3

4. Evan Engram, New York Giants
Opponent: at Buccaneers
2019 Stats: 17 Receptions, 164 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 39.4 PTS, 2019 TE2
Previous Ranking: 4

5. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: at Chiefs
2019 Stats: 16 Receptions, 220 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 50 PTS, 2019 TE1
Previous Ranking: 7

6. Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers
Opponent: at 49ers
2019 Stats: 9 Receptions, 78 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 28.8 PTS, 2019 TE5
Previous Ranking: 12

7. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Opponent: vs. Giants
2019 Stats: 4 Receptions, 32 Receiving YDS, 5.2 PTS, 2019 TE42
Previous Ranking: 5

8. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
Opponent: at Colts
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 111 Receiving YDS, 24.1 PTS, 2019 TE11
Previous Ranking: 8

TIER 4: Low-end TE1's

9. Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Vikings
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 133 Receiving YDS, 26.3 PTS, 2019 TE8
Previous Ranking: 15

10. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Opponent: at Jaguars
2019 Stats: 9 Receptions, 94 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 30.4 PTS, 2019 TE4
Previous Ranking: 6

11. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: at Seahawks
Previous Ranking: 10

12. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
Previous Ranking NR

TIER 5: High-end TE2s

13. T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions
Opponent: at Eagles
Previous Ranking: 13

14. Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks
Opponent: vs. Saints
Previous Ranking: NR

15. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
Opponent: vs. Rams
Previous Ranking: 14

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