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A good bye Sunday for the Redskins


A good bye Sunday for the Redskins

Yesterday the Redskins had about as good a Sunday as they could have had without playing and winning a game. As they looked on, two of their division rivals saw late leads disappear as they lost in gut-wrenching fashion.

Well, gut-wrenching for the players and their fans, anyway. There was some delight expressed by Redskins fans on Twitter as the Cowboys and Giants both lost in the final minutes of the game.

The Giants were involved in a shootout in the Superdome, as Eli Manning and Drew Brees combined to throw 13 touchdown passes, the most in any game in NFL history. Brees threw seven, tying the NFL record for TD passes in a single game. His last one came with 36 seconds left and it tied the game at 49.

Then a combination of yet another case of bad late game situation management by the Giants and a former Redskin’s late heroics won the game for New Orleans. After three incomplete passes, the Giants punted with 30 seconds left. But instead of punting it out of bounds to set up overtime, the ball went to returner Marcus Murphy, who dashed up the middle of the field for 24 yards to the Giants 47. A facemask penalty moved the ball to the 32.

Kai Forbath, who was the Redskins’ kicker for 41 games up through Week 1 of this season, booted a 50-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints the win. It was Forbath’s first field goal of 50 yards or longer since 2013.

The late game had the Seahawks playing in Dallas. If the game in New Orleans, the third-highest scoring game in NFL history, was too much offense for you, this one was the antidote. The Cowboys did not score a touchdown while Seattle mustered only one. Dallas took the lead early in the fourth quarter on a 27-yard Dan Bailey field goal. Seattle had a couple of chances in the fourth quarter, including a field goal try that was blocked, before finally getting a 24-yard game-winning Steven Hauschka field goal with 1:06 left to play.

The Eagles, tied with the Redskins for second in the NFC East with a 3-4 record, also enjoyed Sunday’s results from their couches while on their bye week. The Giants are 4-4, a half game up but tied with Washington and Philadelphia in the loss column.

It sees doubtful that the Redskins will have only four losses for long, with road games against the undefeated Patriots and Panthers coming in the next three weeks. But both the Giants and Eagles have New England looming on their schedules. The Giants get Carolina in December. Philly has already lost to Carolina and has a date with the NFC West leading Cardinals in Week 15.

The Redskins still should be considered the underdogs to win the NFC East, perhaps even behind the Cowboys, who will get Tony Romo back in Week 11. But Washington can get some of its injured players back on the field and rediscover how to move the football on the ground, they could be playing meaningful games in December for the first time since 2012 and the second time since 2007.

As is usually the case, the division games will be key. The Redskins are 1-1 in the NFC East with a loss at New York and a home win over the Eagles. They have two shots at Dallas (both should be with Romo back behind center) and one more each with Philly and the Giants. Again, they are underdogs but if they can win three of those four division games they could have a shot. 

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.


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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?