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At least Redskins fans were rewarded for rooting for the Cowboys

At least Redskins fans were rewarded for rooting for the Cowboys

During Thursday night football Redskins fans were put in the uncomfortable position of rooting for a win by the hated Dallas Cowboys. While it was a painful experience for many, there was a payoff at the end.

The Cowboys beat the Vikings 17-15 after stopping a two-point conversion try in the last minute. As has been the case too often around the NFL this year, the game was marred by an apparent officiating error. Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was clearly hit in the helmet on the two-point try. Minnesota should have had another shot at the two points to tie but the flag stayed in Tony Corrente’s pocket.

Regardless, the loss dropped the Vikings to 6-6. They were a half game behind the Redskins; Minnesota now the must pick up two full games on Washington to pass them for the second and final NFC wild card spot. The loss didn't eliminate the Vikings as a threat to the Redskins' hold on a playoff spot but it does give Washington some breathing room. 

Going into Sunday’s games, the Buccaneers are the only NFC team at 6-5, a half game behind Washington. They play at San Diego in a game that starts at the same time as the Redskins-Cardinals game. If the Bucs lose, the Redskins could fall to the Cardinals and remain in position as the second wild card. A Redskins win plus a Bucs loss would give the Redskins a game and a half lead and the ability to wrap up the wild card with three wins in their last four games.

Here are the NFC non-division leaders with six wins and their remaining schedules:

Redskins (6-4-1), @Cardinals, @Eagles, Panthers, @Bears, Giants
Bucs (6-5), @Chargers, Saints, @Cowboys, @Saints, Panthers
Vikings (6-6), @Jaguars, Colts, @Packers, Bears

While the Bucs and Vikings are the teams closest to the Redskins, there are several teams hanging around on the fringes. Look for your complete “root for” guide tomorrow in Enemy Intel.

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

Even during this relatively quiet period of the NFL calendar, there's still plenty of controversy around the league.

Take Jacksonville for example, where Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been firing back at executive vice president Tom Coughlin for saying he wants every player to attend the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Ramsey, as you may have already guessed, has elected to skip these workouts. 

Seeing an opportunity, new Redskins safety Landon Collins invited Ramsey to Washington via Twitter, going into full Suge Knight "Come to Death Row" mode to make his pitch. 

Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C. 

While it's unlikely Washington trades for Ramsey, nothing's stopping you from firing up the NFL Roster Builder and putting the two-time Pro Bowler in burgundy and gold, Redskins fans! 


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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to


Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

For some reason — whether it's because they like another quarterback better, or because his college numbers don't exactly pop, or because he went to college at Duke — a ton of Redskins fans really don't like the idea of their team drafting Daniel Jones 15th overall.

In fact, its gotten to the point where some have even changed their handle on Twitter to names that reflect their anti-Jones stance. 

In a Mock Draft Special on NBC Sports Washington's MyTeams app, though, Charley Casserly has the Redskins taking Jones at pick No. 15. Now, before you punt your phone or spike your laptop, hear Casserly out on what there is to like about Jones. 

"He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft," the former GM explained. "Why do I say that? Vision and anticipation. Vision is the ability to see the field and go in a progression from one to two to three in the receivers. Anticipation — see the blitz coming, get it to the hot receiver, get the ball out before the receiver makes his break. He's very good at both of those things."

What Jones doesn't have, such as a top arm, is something you can see right away in workouts and on tape. But his strengths, such as his ability to find the right read or throw a wideout open, aren't as simple to notice.

Perhaps that's why 'Skins fans are so against him — because you have to do more projecting when it comes to his future as opposed to someone like Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, guys with tons of college success and tape that will wow you.

Jay Gruden has mentioned this offseason how, if Washington does grab a QB, he expects that player to come in early and compete. They can't be treated like a minor leaguer, someone who can slowly work their way up to a place where they're ready for Sundays. 

According to Casserly at least, Jones won't need much grooming. Maybe that catches Gruden's eye.

In his mock, the analyst slotted the Duke product to the Redskins instead of Missouri's Drew Lock due to, among other things, Lock not being as accurate. Other players the Burgundy and Gold could've selected but didn't were Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell and DK Metcalf.

In the end, Casserly kept lauding Jones' readiness. In addition to his athleticism, Casserly expects Jones to come into the league and make a difference early with his eyes and his mind.

"Super smart guy," he said. "He's a natural at that stuff. That's not natural. That's stuff you have to learn."