As I wrote yesterday, my first step in pre-training camp prep for the upcoming season was to study the Las Vegas odds.Step No. 2? Plunk down 50 at the local bookstore for a stack of preview magazines so you dont have to, assuming, of course, youre only interested in the CliffsNotes version.Heres a brief on the four previews I picked up:Athlon SportsRedskins predicted finish in NFC East: Last.Money quote: The Redskins return everyone in the defensive front seven, which was their biggest strength in 2011. also upgraded a punchless receiving corps. Considering that they lost six games by only one possession last season, dont be surprised if the Redskins compete for a playoff spot.Intriguing nugget: Robert Griffin III was tapped best rookie QB over Indys Andrew Luck and is predicted to be the NFCs offensive rookie of the year. Griffin will have more talent around him than him, the magazine says, Thus, Griffin should have more success this season than Luck. But, it continues, RG3 better bring his Superman socks to D.C.Lundys Predicted finish: Last.Money quote: Thanks to tackling machine London Fletcher and new comers Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen and Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins were much improved in 2011. Rookie running backs Roy Helu and Evan Royster showed promise. But after three straight-double digit losing seasons and four consecutive last-place finishes, hopes for a turnaround in Washington are in Griffins hands.Intriguing nugget: On Coach Mike Shanahans future: Turning the offense over to Griffin should buy Shanahan the fourth year on his contract. However, the 60-year-old Shanahan knows this is the last season hes playing with house money.Pro Football WeeklyPredicted finish: Last.Money quote: Robert Griffin III could be this years Cam Newton or Andy Dalton, and the Redskins weapons appear to be stronger. It could come down to the play of two key units the offensive line and secondary to determine whether this is a comeback season or another hear at the bottom of the still-loaded NFC East.Intriguing nugget: No position earned a grade higher than a B, which went to the defensive line and linebackers. Running backs received the lowest grade, a C-.Phil Steeles Pro FootballPredicted finish: Last.Money quote: Factors pointing upward this year are that they were -14 in turnovers last year, had two net close losses, were only -3.1 yards per game (like an 8-8 team) and had 65 starts lost to injury. On the negative side of the ledger us that the schedule gets a lot tougher this year (18 to 3) and they play in the same division with a pair of Top 5 NFL teams (NYG & PHI)Intriguing nugget: In Shanahans 32 games as the WAS HC, his QBs ran the ball 61 times total! The team wants Griffin to improvise on third down but also stay in the pocket as much as possible.As you can see, there are two common themes in each of the four previews: the Skins are expected to be division basement dwellers once again, but theres also optimism that RG3s arrival could signal the start of a turnaround.
Is DeAngelo Hall at the end of the line?
The Redskins cornerback turned safety suffered a torn ACL against the Giants on Sunday. That will end his 2016 season.
This is the second time in three seasons that Hall has suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3.
In 2014 he suffered a torn Achilles in Philadelphia. In between, in 2015, he had a toe injury that sidelined him for five games.
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Hall was once the model of durability. From when he joined the Redskins in 2008 with seven games left in the season he played in 100 of a possible 103 games through the 2013 season. Since the start of 2014, counting to the end of the current season, he will play in 17 of a possible 48 games.
Will the Redskins bring Hall back in 2017?
It might be difficult for them to do so. One factor is money. Hall will be in the last year of his contract, a deal that will pay him a salary of $4.25 million. That’s what they are paying him this year and their return on investment is rather low. It would be hard to justify that cost for a player who has appeared in so few games since he signed the $17 million deal in 2014.
The Redskins and Hall could agree to a deal with a decreased salary, perhaps one with incentives that would let him make some or all of the money back if he stayed healthy and performed well. But you still have to wonder if he will stay on the field. He turns 33 in November and players rarely get healthier as they get past that age. The organization may want to avoid spending the whole offseason planning to have Hall fill a role only to see him go out with what at that point would be a predictable injury.
The organization should proceed carefully and respectfully as they decide Hall’s fate for 2017.
They don’t have to do anything until after the season ends. But it will not be surprising if the decision is to move on from Hall.
The Washington Redskins return to FedEx Field on Sunday play the Cleveland Browns in Week 4 of the NFL season after beating Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants in Week 3.
With Robert Griffin III injured, the Sunday game isn't the must-watch matchup everyone was hoping to tune in for. But it's s chance for the Redskins to get to 2-2, while the Browns will be looking for their first win of the 2016 schedule.
Here is how to watch Redskins vs. Browns in Week 4:
WHEN IS THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS GAME?
The Redskins vs. Browns game takes place in Week 4 on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET.
WHAT CHANNEL IS THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS GAME ON?
You can watch the Redskins vs. Browns game on CBS at 1:00 p.m. ET. Redskins Kickoff airs at Noon on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (Channel Finder)
HOW CAN I WATCH THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS LIVE STREAM ONLINE?
The Redskins vs. Browns game can be streamed on NFL GamePass (subscription only).
HOW CAN I LISTEN TO THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS GAME ON THE RADIO?
You can listen to the Redskins vs. Browns in Week 4 on the Redskins Radio Network. It will also be on Sirius/XM Radio channel 227.
WHAT ARE THE BETTING ODDS FOR THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS IN WEEK 4?
The opening line has the Redskins as 6.5-point favorites to beat the Browns, and the Over/Under is 45.5, according to Oddsshark.com
Washington Redskins 2016 Regular Season Schedule:
Week 1 (Mon. 9/12): 16-38 loss, Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
Week 2 (Sun. 9/18): 27-23 loss, Dallas Cowboys (0-2)
Week 3 (Sun. 9/25): 29-27 win, New York Giants (1-2)
Week 4 (Sun. 10/2): vs. Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. — CBS
Week 5 (Sun. 10/9): at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
Week 6 (Sun. 10/16): vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
Week 7 (Sun. 10/23): at Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
Week 8 (Sun. 10/30): vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 9:30 a.m. ET in London — FOX
Week 9 (Sun. 11/6): BYE WEEK
Week 10 (Sun. 11/13): vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
Week 11 (Sun. 11/20): vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. — NBC
Week 12 (Thurs. 11/24): at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. — FOX
Week 13 (Sun. 12/4): at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. — FOX
Week 14 (Sun. 12/11): at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
Week 15 (Mon. 12/19): vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 p.m. — ESPN
Week 16 (Sat. 12/24): at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
Week 17 (Sun. 1/1): vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
The Redskins Kickoff pregame show begins an hour before kickoff only on CSN Mid-Atlantic