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Redskins have second highest viewership in NFL so far this season

Redskins have second highest viewership in NFL so far this season

After the Thanksgiving showdown between the Redskins and Cowboys got record TV ratings, a story in Advertising Age included information about the most watched teams in the NFL through November 24. 

The article itself touted the incredible viewership Cowboys games have drawn, but coming in second behind are the Redskins. 

Here's the data cited by Ad Age. 

TOP 10 MOST-WATCHED NFL FRANCHISES

1) Dallas Cowboys: 25.3 million viewers

2) Washington Redskins: 22.3 million viewers

3) New England Patriots: 21.2 million viewers

4) Pittsburgh Steelers: 20.8 million viewers

5) Green Bay Packers: 20.5 million viewers

6) Philadelphia Eagles: 19.1 million viewers

7) Seattle Seahawks: 19.0 million viewers

8) Indianapolis Colts: 19.0 million viewers

9) Minnesota Vikings: 18.5 million viewers

10) Denver Broncos: 18.1 million viewers

That Washington comes in above marquee franchises like the Patriots, Steelers and Packers – not to mention the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos – speaks to a number of factors. 

This year, the Redskins are getting lots of national exposure. Their schedule includes five nationally televised games, the same number as the three teams listed above

They've also played popular opponents that get high viewership like the Steelers, Packers and Cowboys (twice) in those games. 

But there's also the fact that Washington is pretty good this year. When teams win and play exciting football, people tune in. It also helps to have attention-getting stars like Josh Norman, DeSean Jackson and now Kirk Cousins. 

Also remember that all of Maryland down through the Carolinas used to be Redskins territory before the Panthers arrived. This year, the Panthers have regressed and the Redskins are surging, so that could have something to do with it as well. 

Washington has one national game left on the calendar: Monday Night Football in Week 15 against Carolina. 

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Washington Football Team posts video of old name and logo being stripped from facilities

Washington Football Team posts video of old name and logo being stripped from facilities

The Washington Football Team continues to give fans a glimpse into the historic name change and rebrand that will take place over the course of the next season.

The team’s official Twitter account shared a time-lapse video on Thursday that showed various murals and imagery with the old name and logo beings stripped from the team’s facilities.

Phrases like ‘Hail to the Redskins,’ ‘HTTR’ and ‘Fight for Old D.C.’ were removed from in the video as well as the old logo and an overhead view of FedEx Field.

The team captioned the video “Taking everything down and starting fresh.” 

This video is one step in a long rebranding process that the team began a few weeks ago. On July 23, Washington announced it would use the name ‘Washington Football Team’ for the 2020 season and replaced its name and logos on social media that same day.

In addition to a new name and logos, the team released uniforms, including a helmet design that took Twitter by storm.

In the coming months, Washington will continue this transition to rid its facilities of the former name and logo and welcome in a new era in its history. 

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Josh Norman takes the high road when asked to reflect on his time with Washington

Josh Norman takes the high road when asked to reflect on his time with Washington

Josh Norman wasn't the most beloved player in Washington during his tenure with the organization, but he certainly was one of the more interesting.

Media members never knew when a routine interview at the corner's locker would turn into a passionate rant or some bizarre metaphor. That sort of unpredictability basically made every one of his pressers a must-attend event.

So, when Norman's time with the Burgundy and Gold came up during his Thursday Zoom call with reporters in Buffalo, it felt like a place where the now-Bills defender could really sound off. But instead, Norman kept things pretty simple in his answer.

"I don’t stick on what went wrong," he said. "I look at the positives. When everybody is trying to look at the negatives, they’re just harking on that and they think they know who you are just because of that. At the end of the day, I take a lot of bullets and I don’t come out and shoot them back. What for? It’s not needed."

If Norman wanted to lash out at his former coaching staff for how they used him or grumble about how he was essentially benched for the end of the 2019 campaign, it would've been somewhat understandable. He certainly deserves from blame for his less-than-sterling tenure with Washington, but others were culpable as well.

To his credit, however, he chose to mostly focus on his new employer.

"It feels so fresh," Norman said about the vibe with the Bills.

He did find a way to close out that particular part of the call with one unique quote, though. 

"What we’re trying to bring here is something truly special," he said. "I’m just gonna sprinkle a little bit of my pixie dust on it."

Well, for the sake of Bills fans, let's hope that pixie dust is different than whatever he was sprinkling in D.C. these last few years. The recipe for that pixie dust should probably be thrown away, honestly.

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