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And the Redskins' 2012 record will be . . .

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And the Redskins' 2012 record will be . . .

Earlier this week, we asked Redskins fans to vote on who they thought would win each game. Now, its Rich Tandler's turn to do that. Here are my picks for all 16 games along with how the fans voted.Tandlers predictions add up to an 8-8 season. The fans came up with an 11-5 record; looks like we should have asked for playoff predictions, too.@ Saints: LossI think that RG3 and company will hang with the Saints for a while but its just too much to expect them to outscore Drew Brees and the Saints.
Fans: Loss 55-45@ Rams: WinThe Redskins probably wont want to face the Rams in a few years when they have had a chance to utilize all those draft picks they got in the RG3 deal but right now the Redskins are better.
Fans: Win 97-3Bengals: WinEven if they dont go back to being a cupcake like the seem to do in alternating seasons, Cincinnati should be beatable in RG3s official FedEx Field debut.
Fans: Win 80-20@ Bucs: WinThe Redskins will pass the test and beat a bad team on the road.
Fans: Win 93-7Falcons: LossToo bad this isnt a playoff game as Atlanta just cant win in the postseason.
Fans: Loss 64-36Vikings: WinFor the third year in a row, a bad Vikings team comes to FedEx Field. After two Minnesota wins, the third time should be a charm for the home team.
Fans: Win 97-3@ Giants: LossHard to imagine winning in the Meadowlands two years in a row.
Fans: Loss 51-49@ Steelers: LossThey may be starting to decline a bit but its hard to see the Steelers losing this one.
Fans: Loss 62-38Panthers: WinThe more experienced Cam may outplay RG3 but the Redskins should do enough to pull this one out.
Fans: Win 90-10Eagles: WinThe Eagles will be very good but very inconsistent. It says here the Redskins catch them on a down week in this one.
Fans: Win 67-33@ Cowboys: LossMaybe someday the Redskins will win in Dallas on Thanksgiving. It doesnt look like this is the year.
Fans: Win 65-35Giants: LossUnder the bright Monday night lights, the Redskins will show well but the Giants end up stealing a win.
Fans: Win 80-20Ravens: LossThe Redskins just arent in the Ravens classyet.
Fans: Loss 55-45@ Browns: WinThe Browns look like one of the worst teams in NFL right now. They will be better by mid-December but so will the Redskins.
Fans: Win 97-3@ Eagles: LossThey wont catch Philly looking past them twice in a row.
Fans: Win 53-47Cowboys: WinRedskins end the season on a high note, either knocking Dallas out of the playoffs or at least damaging their playoff seed.
Fans: Win 88-12

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Eagles coach's comments on effort create a stir in the locker room

Eagles coach's comments on effort create a stir in the locker room

The day after the Eagles 32-14 loss to the Bengals on Sunday, Philadelphia coach Doug Peterson said that he didn’t think that all his players played hard.

Not everybody, and that’s the accountability that I talk about,” Pederson said, via the Birds 24/7 blog. “I hold coaches accountable for that; I hold myself accountable for that because it all starts with me. I pride myself each week to make sure the guys are ready to go, but at the same time, it comes down to a mentality by each individual player. This is a business where we have to be ready to go every single weekend because every team in the league — there are some teams that are better than others, but for the most part anything can happen any weekend.”

This sort of vague shot fired at the team did not sit well with the players. Safety Malcolm Jenkins, one of the most respected voices on the team, said that the comments put players in a bad spot.

“I know the intent of the guys that I practice with and play with every day, and I didn’t see effort being an issue,” Jenkins said. “It puts us in a little bit of a tough position as players because now everybody wants to know, ‘Well, who were you talking about?’”

Some in the media in Philadelphia surmised that two of the players Pederson was talking about were tight end Zach Ertz and safety Rodney McLeod. One on play it looked like Ertz failed to block Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on a Carson Wentz scramble.

“I’m not going to get into the details of every thought I had on that play,” said Ertz. “I’m focused on giving this city everything I have on each and every play. I promise going forward, I will do that. I think I have done that in the past.”

It didn’t look like McLeod did everything he could to keep Bengals running back Jeremy Hill from scoring a touchdown on a two-yard run in the first quarter.

“I thought the ball was going to hit somewhere else, and then obviously it came through. By the time I could react, Hill already crossed the plane,” said McLeod. “Just got caught flat-footed, tried to react and by the time I did, I feel like if I were to hit him it could possibly be late. Just a tough situation.”

You can see both of the plays in question here.

We don’t know if Ertz and McLeod are among the players that Pederson was talking about when he spoke of issues with effort. Leaving things vague like that doesn’t do much for the coach’s credibility in the locker room. And when that starts to be in doubt the coach gets asked about his job security. Pederson said that owner Jeffrey Lurie and GM Howie Roseman have been supportive.

“From both of them, it’s been 100 percent support on everything. I meet with Jeffrey and Howie every week and we discuss a lot of things and go over a lot of things. Every week, it’s very positive,” Pederson said. “I just don’t think you can base a guy’s career on one season. I think you got to give it time to develop.

But the fact that these questions are being asked after he has been in his job for a dozen games is an indication that he is facing at least a minor crisis as his team prepares for four games that are likely to be meaningless in terms of the playoff picture. We will see if he can get the train back on the tracks by Sunday.

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Poll: What is your approval rating for the play of Redskins QB Kirk Cousins?

Poll: What is your approval rating for the play of Redskins QB Kirk Cousins?

As usual, answer the poll and either rely on Twitter or come back here and hit the comments section.