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Redskins get a little help from unlikely sources in playoff race

Redskins get a little help from unlikely sources in playoff race

Week 15's early games looked like they could deliver some great results for the Redskins, but in the end, only a Vikings loss helped Washington.

Minnesota got drubbed by the Indianapolis Colts while the Green Bay Packers escaped Chicago with a narrow victory.

Going into the day, the Redskins remained a half game behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the sixth and final NFC playoff spot. That hasn't changed, as the Bucs play Sunday night, but Jay Gruden's team did get a bit of breating room behind them with the Vikings loss. 

After the 1 p.m. games, the Vikings move to 7-7 while the Packers get to 8-6. Remember, the Redskins are 7-5-1 and don't play until Monday night when they host the Panthers at FedEx Field.

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The New York Giants continued their impressive run with a win over the Detroit Lions. That victory moves the Giants to 10-4, and still in position to fight the 11-2 Cowboys for the NFC East title.

With the loss, the Lions go to 9-5, meaning the Packers are just one game off the pace for the NFC North title with two games to play. Green Bay will travel to Detroit in the final week of the season for a game that could determine the division champ

Dallas plays Tampa tonight in the game that has the most impact on the Redskins playoff chances. No result can be better for Washington than a Tampa loss.

And remember, should it end up mattering in a tiebreaker a few weeks from now, the 'Skins have a head-to-head victory over Green Bay.

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Derrius Guice out for Week 15 vs. Eagles as he awaits MRI results

Derrius Guice out for Week 15 vs. Eagles as he awaits MRI results

The injuries just keep coming for Derrius Guice.

The second-year running back will miss the Redskins Week 15 contest against Philadelphia after suffering a left knee injury against Green Bay, interim head coach Bill Callahan announced on Monday. The injury is on the same knee that Guice tore his ACL in just a year ago that caused him to miss the entire 2018 season.

The severity of the injury is still unclear. Guice underwent an MRI on his knee earlier on Monday. The team is still waiting for the results.

Guice missed eight weeks earlier this season after tearing the meniscus in his right knee during the Redskins Week 1 loss in Philadelphia. He was placed on injured reserve and returned in Week 11.

Entering Sunday's contest, Guice was coming off the best game of his young career. In Week 13, the second-year veteran ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries in the Redskins' victory over Carolina.

Guice seemed on his way to another big game in Green Bay before getting hurt. He finished with 42 yards on just five carries, including a 23-yard run, the play he suffered the injury on.

The LSU product has shown flashes of how good he can be, but injuries keep occurring for Guice. He's played in five NFL games in his two-year career and been forced to leave the game early in three of those.

Whether the injuries are just a series of bad luck or not, the Redskins need Guice to stay healthy.

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    2020 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: College football's elite well represented

    2020 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: College football's elite well represented

    The College Football Playoff committee announced the four schools selected for this playoff, and each program is full of NFL talent.

    So it's not a shock to anyone that in our latest mock draft, LSU, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma all have multiple players projected to go in the first round.

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    LSU, the No. 1 seed in the playoff, also has on its roster the likely Heisman Trophy winner and consensus No. 1 overall pick in quarterback Joe Burrow. The Tigers have multiple players in their secondary expected to go in the first round, such as safety Grant Delpit and cornerback Kristian Fulton. Where will they end up?

    While Burrow may be the consensus top pick, Ohio State has whom many consider to be the best player in the draft in edge rusher Chase Young. Could he be an option for the Redskins at No. 3, where they would select if the season ended today, or will he be off the draft board by then? 

    The Buckeyes defense is a lot more than just Young. Cornerback Jeffrey Okudah is widely considered the top cornerback in this year's class, and safety Jordan Fuller would likely be a first-round pick in past years.

    Clemson's offense deserves a lot of credit, but perhaps their best NFL prospect comes from the defensive side of the ball in linebacker Isaiah Simmons. He has the ability to go after the quarterback, but also make plays in coverage and is all over the field.

    A little undersized, Simmons will be an impact player for any team right away. Where does he land?

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    Oklahoma has had the NFL's No. 1 overall pick the past two seasons in quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. While Jalen Hurts has had a spectacular season, he's not the prospect either one of those signal-callers was.

    However, the Sooners do arguably have the best wide receiver in the draft in CeeDee Lamb. In a deep wide receiver class, can Lamb jump over Alabama's Jerry Jeudy or Clemson's Tee Higgins to be the first receiver selected?

    The 2019 College Football Playoff will be without Alabama for the first time in history. Although the Crimson Tide won't compete for a National Championship, the amount of NFL talent they have on their roster is impossible to ignore.

    In our latest Mock Draft, the Crimson Tide have nine (!!) first-round selections, by far the most of any school. 

    A lot can change between now and April, but college football's elite programs are expected to dominate the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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