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OPEN THREAD: What NFL team will jump worst to first?


OPEN THREAD: What NFL team will jump worst to first?

So what if the Redskins have won just seven games in the last two seasons. So what if questions remain for a rebuilt offensive and defensive line, and more importantly, at quarterback. So what if Washington has a new defensive coordinator and is overhauling the bottom two thirds of its roster.

This is the NFL, and almost every year, one surprising team makes a run to completely shift the outlook of the franchise. Could that be the Redskins in 2015?

The good news is that it was a tumultuous offseason throughout the NFC East. The Cowboys lost star running back DeMarco Murray, and with him much of their offensive identity. The Eagles gained Murray, but lost QB Nick Foles and brought in the ever-injured Sam Bradford. Philadelphia should have a very strong run game, but can Bradford last 16 games? If not, expect more of Mark Sanchez. The Giants had the least major turnover, but with an aging Eli Manning and defensive holes, stability in the Meadowlands might not be enough to overcome last season's 6-10 record.


A scenario can be explained where the 'Skins go on a run, but it must start with strong QB play. Robert Griffin III needs to revert back to his 2012 form, which means using his legs to penetrate defenses and setting up the play action pass. There is little reason to believe it will happen this fall, but the NFL is chock full of surprises. 

Elsewhere around the league, one team stands out as the type that could make a jump in the Minnesota Vikings. MMQB's Peter King predicted Mike Zimmer will win the NFL Coach of the Year award this season, and with star running back Adrian Peterson back and young QB Teddy Bridgewater developing, the Vikes offense should have enough firepower to keep up with a very stout defense.

Looking at other sub-.500 teams from 2014, the Atlanta Falcons could be in line for a jump in wins, especially playing in a down NFC South. The Falcons have a ton of offensive weapons - Matt Ryan, Julio Jones top among them - and a new coach and scheme. If Atlanta went from 6-10 in 2014 to 10-6 in 2015, it would not register as a total shock. 

Somebody will make a worst to first run. Who will it be? Could it be the Redskins? Let us know in the comments.

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, defense

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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, defense

During training camp, it’s natural for the media coverage to gravitate towards the long shots and underdogs and the backups fighting to hang on to a roster spot. The starters go out and do their thing and those players doing their thing isn’t news. 

With that in mind, here is a one-liner review of how each anticipated starter fared in training camp. We started with the offense yesterday, the defense is up today. 

DE Jonathan Allen—On the first day of camp, he said that he wants the defense to be “badass” and he has done his part throughout camp. 

NT Daron Payne—After recovering from an ankle injury ahead of schedule he went out and started tossing around some Redskins offensive linemen and then did the same to Jets O-linemen when they came to town. 

DE Matt Ioannidis—He first battled turf toe and then he suffered ankle and knee injuries, so he is still working his way back to being 100 percent. 

OLB Preston Smith—He has been impressive although it must be noted that for most 11 on 11 snaps he has been working against rookie left tackle Geron Christian, not the rehabbing Trent Williams. 

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—He turns 30 today and he looks as good as ever. 

ILB Zach Brown—His pass coverage seems to have improved in his second year in the defense, although it must be noted that as camp went on he became familiar with what the offense was running. 

ILB Mason Foster—Like Brown, he needs to get some snaps against different teams after the grind of camp. 

CB Josh Norman—The veteran continues to set the pace as he continued to work on the field well after practice ended nearly every day, often giving pointers to young defensive backs, and then signing autographs for the remaining fans. 

CB Quinton Dunbar—One of his strengths has been his confidence and that will only grow after the release of Orlando Scandrick. 

S Montae Nicholson—The Redskins made some changes to how they use their safeties and the learning curve has had Nicholson struggling in coverage at times. 

S D.J. Swearinger—He has missed several days over the last week or so with an undisclosed injury but his taunting game is in midseason form, as evidenced by his fake punch at Terrelle Pryor. 


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