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Simplified but not simple, Redskins path to playoffs could get big boost from Cowboys

Simplified but not simple, Redskins path to playoffs could get big boost from Cowboys

CHICAGO - After a dismal showing last Monday night against the Panthers, above everything else, the Redskins needed to show how good they can be against Chicago. Washington did just that, smashing the Bears at Soldier Field in a 41-21 win.

With the victory, the Redskins kept alive their playoff hopes. Almost as important, Tampa Bay lost at New Orleans.

Moving forward, the ‘Skins playoff hopes are simplified but not exactly simple. Much will hinge on the result of the Cowboys game against the Lions on Monday night. 

Here is what we know:

  • The Cowboys have clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC playoffs. 
  • The Giants have clinched the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs.

If Dallas beats the Lions on Monday night, then the Redskins path to the playoffs is simple. They must beat the Giants on New Year’s Day, and the Burgundy and Gold will take the 6th playoff spot. 

If Detroit beats the Cowboys, things get a bit more complicated. 

For the Skins to make the postseason, Detroit would then need to beat Green Bay next week. That would leave the Packers with a 9-7 record, and assuming the Redskins beat the Giants, Jay Gruden’s team would make the playoffs at 9-6-1. 

Much will be decided after the Dallas/Detroit tilt, including the possibility of flexing the Skins vs Giants to Sunday night. But no matter what happens, there will be no playoffs if the Redskins don’t beat Odell Beckham and the Giants next week. That much is certain. 

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Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

As NFL training camps open, teams are taking every protective measure to ensure player safety. Extensive testing protocols agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA and daily testing until at least September 5 prove safety is the league's number one priority.

But in order for the NFL's plans to work, players have to do their part

On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks cut rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand after he was caught trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel, according to Tom Pelissero. Siverand and the woman, who was wearing Seattle gear in an attempt to disguise herself as a Seahawks player, were both caught on camera.

The Seahawks' quick action shows how serious teams are handling COVID-19 protocols. Head coach Pete Carroll is sending a clear message that actions that put the entire team at risk will not be tolerated.  

Fans got a glimpse of what the NFL's safety protocols were like during Hard Knocks this week. The quick decision to cut Siverand shows that irresponsible action won't be tolerated as the NFL season approaches.

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Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Dan Snyder is facing mounting pressure from three of his minority investors to sell the Washington Football Team according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

“The stakes have attracted interest from a variety of potential buyers, but Mr. Snyder has been reluctant to give any of them the option to eventually buy control despite the attempt to oust him,” the Journal wrote in its story Thursday afternoon.  “That has prompted some would-be buyers to walk away.”

Snyder’s ownership seems to face battles on nearly every front.

In the last six weeks the team dropped its more than 80-year old “Redskins” moniker amid threats from multiple sponsors of significant lost revenue due to its racist connotations. 
Last month, a Washington Post story alleged widespread sexual harassment and verbal abuse against women inside the organization and the team is now conducting an internal investigation on the report.

The three minority investors combine own about 40% of the team but their shares would be worth much more if the entire organization was up for sale. 

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Snyder has also filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court this week that loosely claims a conspiracy against him from one of the team’s current investors. A lawyer for Snyder told NBC Sports Washington on Tuesday that a former team employee bribed an Indian media company to put out a defamatory and false story against him. 

The Journal reports that tensions between Snyder and his minority investors have simmered for “at least a year.” It writes that FedEx founder and chairman Frederick Smith, one of the three minority owners and the man whose company has the naming writes to Washington’s home stadium, attempted to sell his share of the team last year only to have a slow approval process involving Snyder sink a potential deal. The interested investor instead purchased a minority stake in another NFL team. 

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