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The 5 games that will determine the Redskins season

The 5 games that will determine the Redskins season

How will the Redskins do in 2012? That depends in large part on how they do in five key games. If they win more of these than they lose, they probably will have a pretty good year.Vikings Oct. 14In each of the last two seasons a bad Vikings team has come into FedEx Field and has beaten the Redskins. The Vikings dont look to be that much better this year and if they win again, you have to question how much progress Mike Shanahans team has really made.Panthers Nov 4The Panthers are a year ahead of the Redskins with Cam Newton in his sophomore season. Newton beat the Redskins with both his arm and his legs in Charlotte last year. But playing at home the Redskins should be competitive with Carolina.Eagles Nov. 18This will be the Redskins first division home game. They may not be on equal footing with Philly in terms of talent but if they are progressing as they should they can play the role of spoiler and feisty underdog. This isnt a game they should or have to win but they do need to be competitive.@ Browns Dec. 16Its likely to be cold, perhaps even snowy, when the Redskins go to the Mistake by the Lake in mid-December. If the Redskins are still motivated and focused they should win this game against a team many believe will be among the worst in the NFL. And there is no reason for them not to be motivated and focused.Cowboys Dec. 30Who knows what will be at stake for the Redskins or the Cowboys at this point in the season? Regardless, a home win over Dallas will finish up the year on a good note.Do you want to add a game to the list? Hit the comments or tweet me @Rich_Tandler

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Usher can't save Su'a Cravens from being booed off stage by Redskins teammates

Usher can't save Su'a Cravens from being booed off stage by Redskins teammates

Redskins safety Su'a Cravens might have thought an interception in Friday's practice would earn him good will for his rookie skit later that night. Boy, was he wrong. 

In a delightful tale relayed by ESPN's John Keim, Cravens was literally pelted with paper balls and booed off the stage as he attempted to perform "Confessions" by Usher. 

“Everyone likes Usher. I’m thinking this is easy money,” Cravens said. 

“The first two acts in front of me, they sung. Everyone let them go. I’m like, ‘OK, it’s going to be a smooth transition.’ Soon as I start it’s like, ‘Booooo!’… I started and I’m getting paper balls, boos and, ‘Stone him!’”

Stone him? What is this, ancient Greece? 

When asked what happened, Cravens pointed the finger at linebacker Will Compton. “Will had it out for me,” he told Keim. “He told everyone to boo me before I even started.”

Defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois didn't deny Compton was behind it. 

“All you see is paper balls flying across from everywhere. [Cravens is] trying to get it off. He wanted to use his music and he had strobe lights," Jean-Francois said. 

"Even people that did get a song off, all you saw is flying paper balls left and right. [Compton] was setting him up for failure. We wanted him to go up there to see how it feels.”

Is this sour grapes by veterans who don't appreciate a rookie showing off at camp?

Or do people genuinely not like Usher anymore? Yeah, nah. Usher is the best. 

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VIDEO: Niles Paul mercilessly beats Chris Baker with pads during CSN interview

VIDEO: Niles Paul mercilessly beats Chris Baker with pads during CSN interview

Chris Baker always seems to be the guy photobombing his teammates. This time, they exacted revenge. 

As Baker sat down with Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay, a parade of Redskins clowned in the background. The best was Niles Paul, who battered Swaggy with what look like foam bats used in ball security drills. 

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Is Tony Romo fat? An investigation

Is Tony Romo fat? An investigation

Is Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo fat? That's the question of the day on the NFL Internet. 

It all started with this photo of the 36-year-old jogging onto the field at the start of training camp. 

At first glance, yes, Romo does look quite porcine. The 6-foot-2 veteran has been listed at 230 pounds, significantly slimmer than this image would suggest. 

Could missing the second half of last season with a fractured collar bone have kept him from staying in shape? Twitter, of course, had jokes. 

Laughs aside, it's hard to determine from a single image whether someone has gained weight. Any number of factors can make a person look fat. Angle, lighting, the way clothes hang, etc. 

In this case, it seems some confluence of those forces created a misleading shot. Here's another from that same moment. 

Yeah, not so fat here. 

Cowboys alum Michael Irvin also insisted that he'd seen Romo recently and he looked "fine."

The verdict of our investigation: unflattering photo, nothing to see here. Let's all go back to picking at Eddie Lacy, shall we?