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Despite shortcomings, the Redskins are playoff contenders

Despite shortcomings, the Redskins are playoff contenders

The Redskins may not be a playoff caliber team yet. But they could well make the playoffs.

At 4-5 they are in second place in the NFC East, a half game behind the 5-5 Giants in the division and tied with the Eagles. The Redskins do have a win over the Eagles in their pocket but since they have another game to play in Philly that tiebreaker is not yet settled.

Here are the remaining games for the NFC East contenders (not including the Cowboys because at 2-7 they are not contenders):

Redskins: @Panthers, Giants, Cowboys, @Bears, Bills, @Eagles, @Cowboys
Giants: Bye, @Redskins, Jets, @Dolphins, Panthers, @Vikings, Eagles
Eagles: Bucs, @Lions, @Patriots, Bills, Cardinals, Redskins, @Giants

The toughest game left on the Redskins’ schedule is against the 9-0 Panthers this Sunday. They will be playing with house money in that one. A win would be a huge boost. But a loss would have them no more than a game out of the division lead.

Besides the Panthers, the only game the Redskins have left against a team with a winning record is the home game against the 5-4 Bills.

If they do lose to the Panthers the games against the Giants and Cowboys would become critical. If they take those two games at home they would be no worse than a game out of division lead, depending on what the Eagles do. Philly hits its tough stretch starting in mid December with games against the undefeated Patriots and 7-2 Cardinals.

There are way too many “what if” scenarios to play out to draw a road map for the Redskins to take the NFC East title. But Redskins fans who have been making travel plans for after the regular season ends on January 3 might want to hold off and let this play out. There could be a home playoff game for the Redskins the next weekend.

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Redskins struggling O-line takes hit as Spencer Long gets knee scope, per report

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Redskins struggling O-line takes hit as Spencer Long gets knee scope, per report

The Redskins offensive line struggled through the first two games of the 2017 preseason, and more bad news arrived Monday night when CBS Sports reported that center Spencer Long underwent a knee scope and is expected to miss the next two weeks.

Long moved to center last season when Kory Lichtensteiger got injured, and the results were solid. In 2015, Long started a number of games at left guard, but at center in 2016, he seemed a natural fit as a leader and a quick learner calling the Redskins protections. 

With Long expected to miss some time, rookie Chase Roullier will take over the top center job. Rouillier played center his senior season at Wyoming and earned All Mountain West honors. At 6-foot-4 and 312 lbs., Roullier has comparable size to Long, who goes 6-foot-5 and 320 lbs. Both players also played some guard in college. 

Washington coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly talked about the importance of a backup center, and with Roullier now moved to the top line, expect the Redskins to move quick to bring a veteran in for depth. This will make sorting out the offensive line roster even murkier as the Redskins approach roster cuts after their fourth preseason game. 

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Odell Beckham Jr. leaves Giants-Browns game after nasty-looking hit

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Odell Beckham Jr. leaves Giants-Browns game after nasty-looking hit

NFL preseason games usually don't cause a stir on the Internet. That is, until a very important player suffers an injury in one.

That's exactly what happened during Monday night's Giants-Browns game in Cleveland. While going up to snag an Eli Manning pass, Odell Beckham Jr. was cut down by Briean Boddy-Calhoun on what was a gruesome-looking play:

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At first, Beckham Jr. somehow looked like he was going to be OK. But he eventually had to head to the New York locker room, and the team later said his ankle is what they were concerned about:

If that's all it turns out to be, consider the receiver and the Giants lucky. In looking at replays of the hit, it's remarkable to think that he could emerge from it with no knee issues. 

New York will surely update his status once they find out more.

UPDATE - 10:26 P.M.

The entire Big Apple sighs a giant sigh of relief:

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