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Jackson wishes the Eagle who will be covering him good luck

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Jackson wishes the Eagle who will be covering him good luck

If DeSean Jackson is itching to get back at the team that cut him in 2014 by having a big game in Philadelphia he isn’t showing it.

“It’s just another game,” said Jackson told the media at Redskins Park when asked about the Saturday night showdown against the Eagles. “I’m excited about it, highly anticipate it, but I’m not going to make it more than what it is. We’ve got a game to do, to go win. That’s really all that matters. Regardless of what team it is or the name on the jersey, we don’t really care about that. We’ve just got a game to go win and it’s a must-win for us.”

It would be hard to make the game more than it is. If the Redskins win they will clinch the NFC East title and the right to host a playoff game at home. Should the Eagles win, control of playoff destiny goes to them. They would just need to beat the Giants in Week 17 to take the division.

Jackson had a chance to fan the flames a bit during a conference call with Philadelphia media on Wednesday. But he declined the opportunity to do so, deflecting questions about the current state of the Eagles and Chip Kelly, the coach who decided that it was best to let a 27-year-old player coming off of a career year walk to a division rival for no compensation.

One Eagles writer tweeted that his colleagues were desperate for Jackson to drop any sort of negative nugget about the team. “NovaCare media room was giddy w/anticipation over DeSean conf. call. DeSean said he's only thinking about task at hand. Cue sad trombone...,” tweeted Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “Some reporters really needed DeSean to come up big. The stage was set, w/Eagles struggling. He wouldn't play. Questions became panic-tinged.”

The only Jackson quote that got some play came when someone asked about the Eagles banged-up secondary.

"I could care less about who's covering me,” he said. “Whoever is, good luck to them."

A perusal of the websites of the top Philadelphia media outlets reveals no articles dedicated to the Jackson call.

At least before the game, Jackson is keeping things in perspective, making sure that the conversation centers on the game and not on his homecoming.

“We just want to take care of the opportunity that is at hand and that is at stake right now, which is win a football game,” Jackson said at Redskins Park. Regardless of anything else, like I said, I’m not going to let it be bigger than what it is. We need to win.”

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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?

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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? 

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