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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are back for Episode 52 of the #RedskinsTalk Podcast.

With franchise tag day fast approaching, JP and Rich continue to discuss the Kirk Cousins contract situation. Cousins is a positive guy with a great attitude.

But does his happy-go-lucky demeanor actually hurt him at the bargaining table?

Fire up the podcast below. 

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Cole Holcomb and Mitchell Trubisky were college roommates. On Monday, they'll be NFL opponents

Cole Holcomb and Mitchell Trubisky were college roommates. On Monday, they'll be NFL opponents

Stopping Mitchell Trubisky on Monday night will be very key for the Redskins in Week 3. Luckily for them, they've got one defender who knows the Bears quarterback quite well.

Rookie linebacker Cole Holcomb, who seized a starting job in the season opener and who's been a major contributor so far, was college roommates with Trubisky at North Carolina for two years. In an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast, Holcomb explained what he learned about the signal caller during that time.

"He's a competitor," Holcomb told JP Finlay. "He hates losing. He's one of those perfectionist people. Maybe if we can rattle him up a little bit, get him nervous back there, we'll be able to make some things happen with him."

Holcomb caught the attention of Redskins coaches early in training camp thanks to his devoted studying habits, so it sounds like he's a perfectionist, too. Even so, the two have made room in their schedules to chirp at one another.

"Yeah, we've been texting all week," Holcomb said. "We've got a group chat with a bunch of the teammates. They're all like, 'Oh, it's Mitch vs. Cole this week. It's Mitch vs. Cole this week. What's going to happen?'"

Hopefully for Washington, what's going to happen is that the Burgundy and Gold will "rattle" Chicago's starter like Holcomb wants to. Through two contests, the Redskins have the second-to-worst pressure rate of any defense in the NFL.

If they can fix that starting Monday, that bodes well for them notching their first win of 2019. If not, on the other hand, then the heat will be turned up even more (if that's even possible) on Holcomb's boss, Greg Manusky, and Manusky's entire unit.

Perhaps Holcomb can have a mid-game reunion with Trubisky in the Bears' backfield and help that cause. Pregame, though, they'll likely catch up, and in that catch-up, Holcomb will probably refer to Trubisky as "Mitch."

But according to Holcomb, shortening his friend's name doesn't work everywhere. It turns out Holcomb picked up something about his ex-roommate's mom as well back at UNC.

"I call him Mitch when it's just me and him," he said. "I don't say it around his mom, though. You say it around his mom, you might get punched."

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Fantasy Football: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 3

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Fantasy Football: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 3

We're now two weeks into fantasy football and hopefully you have a spotless record with consecutive wins or you were able to get back up to .500.

Before we can get ready for Week 3, lineups need to be set, decisions need to be made and let's take a look at how last week's predictions fared.

Week 2 Results

Start 'Em

QB: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: 320 Passing Yards, 3 Passing TD, 3 INT, 19.1 PTS
RB: Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills: 57 Rushing Yards, 1 Rushing TD, 11.7 PTS
WR: Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys: 6 Receptions, 68 Receiving YDS, 12.8 PTS
TE: Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens: 8 Receptions, 112 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 25.2 PTS

Sit 'Em

QB: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings: 230 Passing YDS, 1 Passing TD, 2 INT, 8.9 PTS
RB: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams: 63 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 3 Receptions, 4 Receiving YDS, 15.7 PTS
WR: Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars: 1 Reception, 3 Receiving YDS, 1.3 PTS
TE: David Njoku, Cleveland Browns: 0 Receptions, 0 Receiving YDS, 0 PTS

Week 1: 5/8

Week 2: 6/8

WEEK 3

Start 'Em

QB: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Opponent: vs. Bengals

Josh Allen has posted at least 253 passing yards in each of his first two games; which came on the road against the Jets and Giants respectively and have the Bills headed into ther home opener undefeated. A nice matchup against a poor Bengals defense sets Allen up nicely as a quality streaming option as well as to see if he can establish himself as a weekly fantasy contributor.

RB: James Conner
Opponent: at 49ers

Despite getting banged up in the Week 2 loss to Seattle, James Conner will look to lead the Steelers, sans Ben Roethlisberger to their first victory of the 2019 season as they try to upset the surprisingly 2-0 49ers this Sunday.

WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Opponent: vs. Panthers

Larry Fitzgerald has blossomed in Kliff Kingsbury's offense through two games. For the first time in his 16-year career, he's posted back-to-back 100 yard games from the get-go. A good matchup tips the scale in favor of another big showing in Week 3 against the Panthers

TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Opponent: vs. Dolphins

After bolting from the Monday Night Football booth after just one season, most questioned the move for Jason Witten to return to the Cowboys. Through two weeks of the season, he has thrived. No longer the ain cog in Jason Garrett's offense, the veteran tight end has gelled in his new role as evident by the two receiving touchdowns he's accrued. A matchup against the putrid Dolphins should set Witten up for his third-straight week of fantasy relevance.

Sit 'Em

QB: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Opponent: at Eagles

Matt Stafford has put up respectable numbers through two games against the Cardinals and Chargers, but a tough matchup against Carson Wentz and the Eagles doesn't provide enough upside to warrant a streaming consideration.

RB: Joe Mixon Cincinnati Bengals
Opponent: at Bills

Despite being taken off the Bengals injury report, it is clear that Joe Mixon is not at 100%. Through two games he has 27 rushing yards on 17 carries. Until further notice, he needs to be on your bench. If he turns a corner against the Bills and puts in  supreme effort, you'll be set for the future, but for Week 3, he's not worth the risk.

WR: Allen Robinson
Opponent: at Redskins

Allen Robinson has yet to make his mark since joining the Bears. Despite a relative resurgence in the season opener, the former Penn State star was a non-factor against the Broncos and will be facing Redskins cornerback Josh Norman on Monday Night Football, who has something to prove after a subpar performance in the team's home opening loss to Dallas.

TE: O.J. Howard
Opponent: vs. Giants

O.J. Howard was primed for his breakout campaign but through two games has seen his role diminish in Bruce Arians' offense. While any improvement against the Giants will be a welcome sign, you cannot afford to have him in your lineup in Week 3.

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3