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Redskins' schedule only moderately difficult based on 2015 results

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Redskins' schedule only moderately difficult based on 2015 results

There is plenty of talk about how difficult the Redskins’ schedule is and, no question, there are some very tough stretches. However, when you take the birds-eye view the Redskins path to try to make the playoffs for a second consecutive year for the first time in 24 years the slate is only moderately difficult based on what their opponents did in 2015.

The teams the Redskins play this year lost more games than they won last year. They went 126-130, a winning percentage of .492. That ranks 17th in the NFL, so they face a schedule of about average difficulty.

But perhaps more relevant to their playoff hopes is the fact that they face the toughest schedule in the division. All three of the other teams in the NFC East play against relative bottom feeders. The Eagles’ opponents had a winning percentage of .469 (26th in terms of difficulty), the Cowboys’ slate was .465 (T-27th) and the Giants’ opponents won at a .461 clip (T-30th).

This is all interesting to talk about while we’re waiting for the draft and OTAs to get underway. But once Week 1 is complete all of that pretty much gets thrown out the window and the focus will be on which teams’ offseason moves are bearing fruit and which are not, who is hot, who is struggling, and which teams are suffering from key injuries. 

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.

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Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

When you don't hear from someone you wanted to hear from, you typically follow up.

But on Sunday during the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers, Jay Gruden actually didn't follow up with Adrian Peterson about a plan the two first discussed leading up to kickoff.

Everyone associated with burgundy and gold should be OK with that, however, after seeing how things played out.

During his weekly, exclusive interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, Gruden explained how Peterson's injury situation almost prevented the running back from posting his crucial 17-carry, 97-yard stat line. 

"I talked to him before the game, had a sit-down with him," the head coach said. "I told him I was probably only gonna use him on short-yardage and goal line if that, you know? Because I want him to heal, we have a long season ahead of us." 

Heading into Week 6, Peterson was dealing with shoulder, ankle and knee issues. Plus, he's 33 years old at a position where that number is way more common on a player's jersey than in his bio under "age."

So, Gruden's concern made some sense, especially considering how necessary a productive Peterson has been to the 'Skins' success in 2018. Problem is, the two never connected again, so the coach's pitch count was never executed.

"He says, 'Oh, just let me go early, I'll let you know how I'm doing,'" Gruden recalled. "We let him go early and I never heard from him so I just kept him in there. He played great. He's a pro, he's a stud."

For those of you now wondering if this means you should start ignoring emails from your boss or not text your buddy back and still expect success, let's not get too carried away here. In this instance, a lack of communication worked for the future Hall of Famer, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.

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