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Hopefully the Wizards and Caps handle Atlanta and Toronto better than the Redskins have

Hopefully the Wizards and Caps handle Atlanta and Toronto better than the Redskins have

Spring has sprung in the DMV, and so has playoff season. The Wizards and Caps are about to embark on journeys for the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals, and their first steps in those trips will be against the Hawks and Maple Leafs, respectively.

So, should John Wall, Alex Ovechkin and Co. look to the Redskins for ideas on how to beat teams from or in Atlanta and Toronto? Eh, not exactly — at least when it comes to recent results.

The Falcons have dropped the Redskins in their last five meetings after the Redskins dominated the majority of the first 20 matchups. The most recent was a 2015 overtime game, in which Robert Alford intercepted Kirk Cousins and returned it for the walk-off touchdown in the Georgia Dome.


Meanwhile, while there is no NFL team based in Toronto, the 'Skins did travel there in 2011 to take on the Bills in the Rogers Centre. Some fans will recall that one, though others may have zapped all memories of it. 

Among the events that occurred on that October Sunday: Mike Shanahan was shut out for the first time as head coach and John Beck was sacked every time he dropped back nine times. In hindsight, losing all of their passports and using the weekend to rake some leaves would've been a better use of Washington's time.

The opponent whom the Redskins own the most is the Jaguars; they've won five of six vs. Jacksonville, which comes out to a .833 winning percentage. Unfortunately, there are no NBA or NFL franchises located in Jacksonville, so they can't help the Wiz or Caps there.

Therefore, they'll have to join the rest of D.C.'s fans and hope the area's postseason representatives can get the job done. After all, if you can't beat 'em, what do you do? Root for your brethren to do it.


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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?