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Kerrigan always had faith Redskins could be first in division

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Kerrigan always had faith Redskins could be first in division

Ryan Kerrigan has remained confident in the Redskins all season despite their ups and downs.

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Who to root for in Week 12 if you are a Washington Redskins fan

Who to root for in Week 12 if you are a Washington Redskins fan

The playoff picture in the NFC is extremely crowded with only six weeks left in the regular season. Right in the middle of that muddled playoff picture is none other than the Washington Redskins. 

Up until this point, many Redskins fans were sure that the only way their team could make the postseason was by winning the division. With Alex Smith’s season-ending injury, that mindset has not changed for many of the Burgundy and Gold faithful.

While that may be true, they still are a half game up over the second Wild Card in the NFC. As the division leader, they are fighting for a better spot in the NFC playoff bracket. Heck, before Week 11 Washington was only two games out of homefield advantage in the conference.

The Redskins are 6-4 and still control their own destiny. They will finish somewhere between 12-4 (normally first-round bye territory) and 6-10 (well out of the playoff picture). 
Help would be much appreciated from the Redskins this week. So, here are the results that would greatly benefit the Redskins in Week 12. 

Redskins Week 12 Rooting Guide

Chicago Bears (7-3) vs. Detroit Lions (4-6)
Thursday, Nov. 22 at 12:30 p.m.

This is one of those matchups that hinges on the Redskins taking care of business this week. Chicago affects the Redskins placement in the NFC bracket. Detroit is still trying to stay alive in the Wild Card race. With Washington currently in the driver’s seat for the division title, root for the Lions

Atlanta Falcons (4-6) vs. New Orleans Saints (9-1)
Thursday, Nov. 22 at 8:20 p.m.

Losing to both of these teams gives both the Falcons and the Saints an extra half game edge over the Redskins. With the way that the Saints are playing right now and enjoying a three-game lead (essentially a 3.5 game lead) over Washington, it is hard to imagine the Redskins catching New Orleans. The Falcons, meanwhile, are a legitimate threat in the Wild Card. Root for the Saints.

Seattle Seahawks (5-5) vs. Carolina Panthers (6-4)
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

This is a tough game to decide on. Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the Wild Card, and Washington has the head-to-head over them. But Seattle is the first team outside of the Wild Card, a half game back from Minnesota. The Redskins want neither of these teams to win this week, but if you have to pick one root for the Seahawks since they have a worse winning percentage.

New York Giants (3-7) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

A pretty easy decision here. If the Giants win, no matter what the Redskins do in Dallas, will have at the very least a two-game advantage over both of these division opponents. Root for the Giants.

San Francisco 49ers (2-8) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7)
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

Neither team should be a factor at all for the Redskins. If you find yourself watching this game you can root for the 49ers.

Arizona Cardinals (2-8) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (7-3)
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 4:05 p.m.

AFC vs. NFC, always root for the AFC (for now). Root for the Chargers.

Green Bay Packers (4-5-1) vs. Minnesota Vikings (5-4-1)
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 8:20 p.m.

A second tie between both of these teams would help make the playoff picture look a lot less confusing. That wouldn’t be the best result for the Redskins though; they have the tiebreaker over the Packers. Root for the Packers, and against Kirk Cousins’ Vikings.

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Adrian Peterson says he still uses corporal punishment on his children

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Adrian Peterson says he still uses corporal punishment on his children

In 2014, Adrian Peterson was suspended for the entire season after he was charged with felony child abuse. The MVP running back was placed on the exempt/commissioner's permission list by the Vikings after it was revealed that he disciplined his 4-year-old son by beating him with a long tree branch, often referred to as "a switch."

"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson told USA Today in 2014. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."

In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, however, Peterson revealed that he still disciplines his son.

Four years removed from the trial, he still uses physical forms of punishment to discipline his children—"I had to discipline my son and spank him the other day with a belt," Peterson says—though he employs other techniques as well. He will take away their electronics, place them in different timeouts around the house, have them do wall squats. "There's different ways I discipline my kids," he says. "I didn't let that change me."

The new quotes could lead to legal or NFL punishment, according to Pro Football Talk. Part of Peterson's reinstatement was dependent upon counseling and improving his parenting skills.

 "You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in an official release at the time.

Peterson and the Redskins return to action on Thanksgiving when they head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys at 4:30 p.m. ET.