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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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Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

As the Washington Redskins family continues to mourn the passing of the legendary Bobby Mitchell, former GM Charley Casserly weighed in on how much he took away from knowing Mitchell.

“Bobby Mitchell was a dear friend and mentor to me during my time with the Washington Redskins,” Casserly begins. “He took me under his wing. He taught me scouting.”

Casserly first met Mitchell when the former was just an intern getting his start in the business. Rather than push him aside, Mitchell imparted upon Casserly the importance of attitude and demeanor.

“He taught me how to be a professional in the workplace,” the former GM continued. “He cared about people in the community. That’s what, to me, separated him from many other people.”

Mitchell’s longest-lasting impact is his role as one of the first players of color to integrate the Redskins back in 1962, but his role as a mentor and friend to so many in the Washington area lives on as well.

As Casserly says, Mitchell is sorely missed already.

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Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell died on Sunday at the age of 84, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mitchell, who became the first black player on the Redskins when he was traded to Washington in 1962, had a significant impact on another former Redskin, Brian Mitchell, both on and off the field. 

“He was a great football player but I think 25,000 times more of a human being,” said Brian, who was drafted by the Redskins in 1990. 

As Brian grew closer with the Hall of Famer, he was especially impressed by his efforts to fight for equality in the African American community.

“I knew that he was the first African American to come to D.C. and play, but then when I began to find out more about him he was the guy that was out there fighting, a social activist, doing things to help out our black community, which truly truly impressed me,” Brian expressed.

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Brian took great pride in not only knowing the Hall of Famer but having the same last name. 

“I remember someone asking if I was a relative and he said 'no.' And then he told me, he said ‘every time you ran another touchdown, I was like he’s a cousin. Oh, that’s my boy, that’s my son,” Brian said. 

To this day Brian strives to be as influential as Bobby was.

“This one man who did so much had so much impact on so many people throughout this community, it said a lot to me. He’s going to be sorely missed. We love you Bobby, take care,” Brian said.

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