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NFL Network analysts don't like Redskins' chances against Cowboys

NFL Network analysts don't like Redskins' chances against Cowboys

The Redskins (6-3-1) head to Dallas on Thanksgiving to take on the Cowboys (9-1) in a pivotal rivalry game on Thursday afternoon.

The Cowboys beat the Redskins 27-23 in Week 2, the first of Dallas' nine consecutive victories.

But since Week 2, the Redskins are 6-1-1 and are coming off their best performance of the season, a Sunday Night Football drubbing of the Green Bay Packers.

The Cowboys are -6.5 favorites to beat the Redskins on Thursday, and are 9-0-1 ATS this season. But the Redskins are clicking on all cylinders, which means anything goes when the bitter rivals take the field.

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That being said, the analysts at the NFL Network don't like the Redskins' chances. On their Thursday morning pregame show, analyst Steve Mariucci gave the Cowboys the advantage in every category: quarterback, receivers, running backs and defense.

The running back position is not up for debate. While Robert Kelley has done a solid job solidifying the ground game, Ezekiel Elliott is one of —if not the — best running backs in the NFL and is almost a lock to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

The only person who could dethrone him from that is his teammate, quarterback Dak Prescott. But is Prescott playing better than Kirk Cousins? It's hard to give the edge to either team given they are being asked to do different things. The jury is out on that.

Cole Beasley has emerged as a strong threat in the passing game for Dallas and a healthy Dez Bryant is a dangerous weapon, but it's hard to go against the Redskins' receiving corps. Jamison Crowder is having a sensational season, and Pierre Garcon is as reliable as ever. Add in a healthy DeSean Jackson and physical freak Jordan Reed and there just aren't many teams with a more talented passing attack than that.

The Redskins' defense certainly isn't great, but it's much improved. Dallas' defense is probably a bit better, but not by much.

Needless to say, the tale of the tape should still lean in the Cowboys' favor, but not 4-0. 

It won't be too long before we find out whether or not the NFL Network was right or wrong.

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Report: Redskins to sign edge rusher Noah Spence after slow start up front

Report: Redskins to sign edge rusher Noah Spence after slow start up front

Through two games the Redskins logged two sacks. The defensive front is supposed to be the strength of this team, and through two games, it hasn't been.

Well, looks like Washington is trying to do something about it. 

A second-round pick in 2016, Spence played three seasons for the Bucs before being waived before cutdown day this August. In three years with the Bucs, he logged 6.5 sacks and started six games, but 5.5 of those sacks came during an impressive rookie season.

Though Spence entered the NFL from Eastern Kentucky, he started his college career at Ohio State after being the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Pennsylvania. He was a big-time recruit but was thrown out of Ohio State and the Big Ten conference after repeated failed drug tests. 

Still just 25-years-old, Spence stands 6-foot-2 and 251 lbs., prototype size for an NFL outside linebacker. He has talent or certainly did. 

It will be interesting to watch what the Redskins corresponding roster move is to sign Spence. The team needs more production from their outside linebackers and their pass rush in general. 

Stay tuned for updates. 

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 3

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 3

Week 2 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top tight ends for Week 3.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

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

Flex Rankings: Week 2

TIER 1: Best of the best

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Opponent: vs. Ravens
2019 Stats: 10 Receptions, 195 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 35.5 PTS, 2019 TE3
Previous Ranking: 1

2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: vs. Steelers
2019 Stats: 11 Receptions, 108 Receiving YDS, 21.8 PTS, 2019 TE14
Previous Ranking: 2 

TIER 2: High-end TE1's

3. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: vs. Lions
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 126 Receiving YDS, 27.6 PTS, 2019 TE6
Previous Ranking: 3

4. Evan Engram, New York Giants
Opponent: at Buccaneers
2019 Stats: 17 Receptions, 164 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 39.4 PTS, 2019 TE2
Previous Ranking: 4

5. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: at Chiefs
2019 Stats: 16 Receptions, 220 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 50 PTS, 2019 TE1
Previous Ranking: 7

6. Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers
Opponent: at 49ers
2019 Stats: 9 Receptions, 78 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 28.8 PTS, 2019 TE5
Previous Ranking: 12

7. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Opponent: vs. Giants
2019 Stats: 4 Receptions, 32 Receiving YDS, 5.2 PTS, 2019 TE42
Previous Ranking: 5

8. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
Opponent: at Colts
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 111 Receiving YDS, 24.1 PTS, 2019 TE11
Previous Ranking: 8

TIER 4: Low-end TE1's

9. Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Vikings
2019 Stats: 13 Receptions, 133 Receiving YDS, 26.3 PTS, 2019 TE8
Previous Ranking: 15

10. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Opponent: at Jaguars
2019 Stats: 9 Receptions, 94 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 30.4 PTS, 2019 TE4
Previous Ranking: 6

11. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: at Seahawks
Previous Ranking: 10

12. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
Previous Ranking NR

TIER 5: High-end TE2s

13. T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions
Opponent: at Eagles
Previous Ranking: 13

14. Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks
Opponent: vs. Saints
Previous Ranking: NR

15. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
Opponent: vs. Rams
Previous Ranking: 14

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

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

Flex Rankings: Week 2