Since the Redskins are not participating in this year’s playoffs, CSN Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay are going to pick the NFL playoff games and offer a little analysis along the way. Need we say that this is for recreational purposes only?
Let us know where we went wrong in the comments section. Playoff records to date: Tandler (8-2), Finlay (7-3).
Super Bowl LI
Falcons vs. Patriots (-3.0)
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Tandler: For the last two weeks I’ve been trying to talk myself out of picking the Falcons. After hearing all of the talk about Belichick having two weeks to prepare for an opponent and how he will take Julio Jones out of the game I haven’t heard anything to change my mind. The Patriots aren’t playing the string of trash heap and inexperienced quarterbacks that helped them lead the league in scoring defense. Scheme is great but you can’t scheme out Jones, Sanu, Gabriel, Coleman, and Freeman. I’m sure JP will tell you about how the sharps Vegas has this all figured out because of a half point move in the spread or something. But the Falcons have the horses and that’s enough for me to pick them. Falcons 28, Patriots 20
Finlay: Before we get to Vegas, and before we get to Julio, did Tandler forget that the Pats held Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell to 17 points last week? Last I checked that Steelers offense is pretty dynamic. So I don't think this is as simple as saying Atlanta has the horses. One spot I do think the Falcons have an edge over New England is the screen game, as I'm not sure the Patriots have linear speed to keep up with Freeman and Coleman out of the backfield. Yet, I will still take the Patriots. I don't think Tom Brady wins this game; I think LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis do. If Tandler and I are smart enough to know Atlanta's offense is a real threat, I'm guessing Belichick has sorted that out as well. Best way to stop the Dirty Birds? Keep them off the field. Patriots 27, Atlanta 20
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The story of the Lion King is one that takes many of us to our childhood, a feel-good story about a young cub going through adversity to become King.
It's a story Redskins new quarterback, Dwayne Haskins Junior, has related to since he was a child himself, having taken on the moniker Simba.
Disney first came out with the movie in 1994 and just released a photorealistic live-action re-make. Haskins made sure he was there for the world premiere in Los Angeles walking the red carpet with his girlfriend Savhana Cousin earlier this month.
"The new Lion King brought so many great old memories!" he tweeted. "A blessing to be a part of. "
Haskins sees many parallels in Simba. He told me before the draft that the nickname first came from when his aunt was combing out his hair saying he looked like a lion.
Beyond that, he liked the story of the young cub going through adversity to become King.
"The story behind him growing to king, going through adversity, and having to fall to get up and that's just something that resonates with my story. Everyone sees the highs of everything but not what it takes to get there," he said.
He has even used the story for his own clothing brand as well, Kingdom of Pride.
Haskins fell in the draft to number 15 and the Redskins but has every intention of proving he is worthy of the pick and one day winning what he declares will be multiple Super Bowls.
That would certainly fall in line with the story of Simba taking back the kingdom.
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Each NFL player has their own way of preparing for the upcoming season.
Russell Wilson boxes. James Harrison plays beach volleyball – with 25 lb. medicine balls.
But come May 6th, teams begin a series of mandatory offseason workouts. This is a time for new teammates to get familiar and seasoned veterans to get back up to speed ahead of training camp.
The Washington Redskins had 36 in total, and required their players to attend at least 33 of them or face financial consequences. That didn't seem to faze six of Washington's biggest names.
Josh Norman, Landon Collins, Trent Williams, Paul Richardson, Quinton Dunbar and Vernon Davis will all be losing a cut of their salary after failing to attend the minimum number of Washington's off-season workouts.
For Norman, that's 26 business class round-trips from Reagan National Airport to Pamplona, Spain for future "Running of the Bulls."
That being said, neither Norman nor Collins, Richardson, Dunbar and Davis are question marks for Week 1.
Williams, however, may prolong his holdout until well after the start of training camp on July 28.