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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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Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

As the Washington Redskins family continues to mourn the passing of the legendary Bobby Mitchell, former GM Charley Casserly weighed in on how much he took away from knowing Mitchell.

“Bobby Mitchell was a dear friend and mentor to me during my time with the Washington Redskins,” Casserly begins. “He took me under his wing. He taught me scouting.”

Casserly first met Mitchell when the former was just an intern getting his start in the business. Rather than push him aside, Mitchell imparted upon Casserly the importance of attitude and demeanor.

“He taught me how to be a professional in the workplace,” the former GM continued. “He cared about people in the community. That’s what, to me, separated him from many other people.”

Mitchell’s longest-lasting impact is his role as one of the first players of color to integrate the Redskins back in 1962, but his role as a mentor and friend to so many in the Washington area lives on as well.

As Casserly says, Mitchell is sorely missed already.

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Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell died on Sunday at the age of 84, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mitchell, who became the first black player on the Redskins when he was traded to Washington in 1962, had a significant impact on another former Redskin, Brian Mitchell, both on and off the field. 

“He was a great football player but I think 25,000 times more of a human being,” said Brian, who was drafted by the Redskins in 1990. 

As Brian grew closer with the Hall of Famer, he was especially impressed by his efforts to fight for equality in the African American community.

“I knew that he was the first African American to come to D.C. and play, but then when I began to find out more about him he was the guy that was out there fighting, a social activist, doing things to help out our black community, which truly truly impressed me,” Brian expressed.

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Brian took great pride in not only knowing the Hall of Famer but having the same last name. 

“I remember someone asking if I was a relative and he said 'no.' And then he told me, he said ‘every time you ran another touchdown, I was like he’s a cousin. Oh, that’s my boy, that’s my son,” Brian said. 

To this day Brian strives to be as influential as Bobby was.

“This one man who did so much had so much impact on so many people throughout this community, it said a lot to me. He’s going to be sorely missed. We love you Bobby, take care,” Brian said.

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