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Loudoun board formalizes agreement with Redskins

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Loudoun board formalizes agreement with Redskins

The headlines two weeks ago said that the Redskins are moving their training camp to Richmond starting in 2013. But the lead was buried.The location of training camp only matters for about three weeks per year. For the next eight years at least, the Redskins will spend the other 11 months out of the year in Loudoun County, Virginia.On Tuesday, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors formalized the agreement that had been reached with the team earlier, one that will keep the Redskins in Loudoun.We are a proud business partner, said Mitch Gershman, the teams chief marketing officer. We look forward to staying in Loudoun for years to come.The county will pay the Redskins 2 million over four years starting in 2013. As part of the deal, Loudoun will be receiving a good amount of advertising and PR from the team including banner ads on the website, mentions in press releases, and placement on press conference backdrops at Redskins Park.The Virginia legislature was not entirely pleased with the states part of the deal, which pays the Redskins 4 million. That did not appear to be the case in Loudoun as nary a dissenting voice was heard.Im just delighted that you all are staying here in Loudoun, said Supervisor Suzanne Volpe.I just want to say to the critics that I think this is a good deal. I really do. And I think that the Redskins add value to our local economy, added Supervisor Ken Reid.The payments to the Redskins will come from hotel taxes. The Redskins estimate that the promotional services they will provide Loudoun will be worth 16 million over the eight years on the deal.

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Pierre-Paul injury a big loss for Redskins' playoff rival

Pierre-Paul injury a big loss for Redskins' playoff rival

When you’re fighting for a playoff spot, it’s not only about what happens to you. It’s also about what happens to the teams you’re competing against for that playoff spot. And one of the Redskins’ main competitors got some very bad news this morning.

The Giants, who are in the No. 5 spot in the NFC, the first wild card spot, got word today that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has had sports hernia surgery. The recovery time is at least four weeks, probably more like six. The Giants’ season is likely to be over by the time six weeks elapse, barring a playoff run without one of their best defensive players.

Pierre-Paul has helped solidify what was a shaky Giants defense last year. He has seven sacks and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. He has been heating up down the stretch with 5.5 sacks in his last three games.

His loss is a big blow for the Giants. They are a game ahead of the Buccaneers, who hold the No. 6 spot, and a game and a half ahead of the Redskins, who are currently seventh.

The Redskins play New York in Week 17 so the Redskins have to pick up just one game on the Giants over the next three to have a shot at passing them in the season finale.

The chances of that happening looked pretty good with Washington playing playing three teams with losing records in the Eagles, Panthers, and Bears and the Giants going against division leaders Dallas and Detroit in addition to the Eagles. With the Giants now without Pierre-Paul, the Redskins’ probabilities got tilted in their direction a little bit more.

Just finishing a win ahead of the Giants wouldn’t guarantee a playoff spot but it would come close. It would mean that the Redskins would have at least nine wins and the Redskins’ tie means that two teams would have to get to 10 wins to knock them out of the playoffs. The Bucs have to win three more games to get to nine wins and the Packers and Vikings would have to run the table.

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Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

CSN has teamed up with The Edge Systems to provide the occasional statistical review of Redskins game film. The Edge is analytical football software currently being used by coaches in the NFL, SEC, ACC and the media, providing some of the fastest and best data in football.

Below is a breakdown of the Redskins run game against Arizona - a game coach Jay Gruden admitted did not feature enough carries for Robert Kelley. 

The Redskins had a lot of success with their GAP runs early in the game.

In the first half they were successful on 75 percent of their GAP runs. 

As the game wore on the Redskins moved away from what had been successful and only ran two GAP runs in the second half.

As the Redskins power run game vanished, so did their prospects for winning the game.

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