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Need to Know: Redskins' five-pack of picks most since 1983

Need to Know: Redskins' five-pack of picks most since 1983

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 25, seven days before the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants.

**Merry Christmas to all!**

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Today's schedule: No availability

Days until: Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 7; Wild card playoff round starts 13

Injuries of note:
RB Kelley (knee), CB Breeland (ankle), S Whitner (quad), WR Jackson (jaw)
Postgame injury report

Redskins vs. Bears by the numbers

—The Redskins intercepted five passes. Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland had two each and Will Blackmon had one. The last time they intercepted more was on 10/31/1983 when the intercepted six against the Chargers. Mark Murphy picked off three passes in that game and Vernon Dean, Neal Olkewicz, and Anthony Washington had one each. 

—The Redskins will finish no worse than 8-7-1. That means that they have clinched a second straight winning season for the first time since 1996-1997.

—Kirk Cousins did not take a sack. That was the Redskins’ fourth sack-free game of the season, their most since 2006 (six)

—Cousins completed 18 of 29 passes for 270 and one touchdown. On his 14th completion he topped the team record for completions in a season with 384. Cousins set the record last year.

—Cousins also ran for two touchdowns. He is the only quarterback in the NFL with a multiple rushing TD game this season.

—The rushing touchdown was Cousins third of the seasons. He joined Aaron Rodgers as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to have 4,000 yards passing and three rushing touchdowns in the same season. Rodgers did it twice (2008-2009).

—DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 114 yards. He now has three straight games with 100 or more receiving yards, tying the team record set by Santana Moss in Weeks 5-7 in 2005.

—Preston Smith blocked a field goal attempt in the first quarter. It was the first time the Redskins have blocked a field goal since DeAngelo Hall blocked one against Carolina in 2012.

—The Redskins have beaten the Bears seven straight games, their longest active streak against any team.

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Washington Football Team posts video of old name and logo being stripped from facilities

Washington Football Team posts video of old name and logo being stripped from facilities

The Washington Football Team continues to give fans a glimpse into the historic name change and rebrand that will take place over the course of the next season.

The team’s official Twitter account shared a time-lapse video on Thursday that showed various murals and imagery with the old name and logo beings stripped from the team’s facilities.

Phrases like ‘Hail to the Redskins,’ ‘HTTR’ and ‘Fight for Old D.C.’ were removed from in the video as well as the old logo and an overhead view of FedEx Field.

The team captioned the video “Taking everything down and starting fresh.” 

This video is one step in a long rebranding process that the team began a few weeks ago. On July 23, Washington announced it would use the name ‘Washington Football Team’ for the 2020 season and replaced its name and logos on social media that same day.

In addition to a new name and logos, the team released uniforms, including a helmet design that took Twitter by storm.

In the coming months, Washington will continue this transition to rid its facilities of the former name and logo and welcome in a new era in its history. 

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Josh Norman takes the high road when asked to reflect on his time with Washington

Josh Norman takes the high road when asked to reflect on his time with Washington

Josh Norman wasn't the most beloved player in Washington during his tenure with the organization, but he certainly was one of the more interesting.

Media members never knew when a routine interview at the corner's locker would turn into a passionate rant or some bizarre metaphor. That sort of unpredictability basically made every one of his pressers a must-attend event.

So, when Norman's time with the Burgundy and Gold came up during his Thursday Zoom call with reporters in Buffalo, it felt like a place where the now-Bills defender could really sound off. But instead, Norman kept things pretty simple in his answer.

"I don’t stick on what went wrong," he said. "I look at the positives. When everybody is trying to look at the negatives, they’re just harking on that and they think they know who you are just because of that. At the end of the day, I take a lot of bullets and I don’t come out and shoot them back. What for? It’s not needed."

If Norman wanted to lash out at his former coaching staff for how they used him or grumble about how he was essentially benched for the end of the 2019 campaign, it would've been somewhat understandable. He certainly deserves from blame for his less-than-sterling tenure with Washington, but others were culpable as well.

To his credit, however, he chose to mostly focus on his new employer.

"It feels so fresh," Norman said about the vibe with the Bills.

He did find a way to close out that particular part of the call with one unique quote, though. 

"What we’re trying to bring here is something truly special," he said. "I’m just gonna sprinkle a little bit of my pixie dust on it."

Well, for the sake of Bills fans, let's hope that pixie dust is different than whatever he was sprinkling in D.C. these last few years. The recipe for that pixie dust should probably be thrown away, honestly.

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