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Need to Know: Redskins' home record a good omen

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Need to Know: Redskins' home record a good omen

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 28, one day before the Redskins host the New York Giants.

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—The Redskins are 4-1 at home, tied for their second-best record through five home games since 1990. In that time they started 5-0 at home once, in 1991 which was their last Super Bowl season. They have started 4-1 at home five times prior to this year, making the playoffs in three of those seasons (1990, 1992, 2005). Looking ahead, they have made the playoffs all three seasons they have gone 5-1 or better in their first six home games.

—The Redskins are 1-2 since their bye. Since 2008 they have won more than two games after their by just once, in 2012. That includes two seasons, 2011 and 2013, when they had 12 games after the bye.

—After have a few solid third quarters in a row, the Redskins reverted to their early season form right after halftime against the Panthers. They were outscored 10-0 with both of Carolina’s scores coming after Redskins turnovers. For the year they have given up 48 points off of turnovers in the third quarter. By contrast, the Giants have given up just 23 points off of turnovers all year.

—The Giants have led at the two-minute warning on four of their five losses this season. In three of their losses the winning touchdown came with under 10 seconds left to play.

—The most rushing yards a Giants player has gained in a game this season is 63 by Rashad Jennings in Week 6 against the Eagles. The Redskins have allowed five individual running backs to go over 100 yards against them this season.

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Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park; no media availability

Days until: Giants @ Redskins 1; Monday night Cowboys @ Redskins 9; Redskins @ Bears 15

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Mock drafts, cap bargains

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Mock drafts, cap bargains

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 22, five days before the April 27 NFL draft.

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Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 20
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 32
—Training camp starts (7/27) 96
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 141

The Redskins week that was

Redskins full 2017 schedule released—Even with the Caps and Wizards in full playoff mode, the DMV stops to take a look and see when the Redskins will be playing. The Thanksgiving game was surprising. It’s another working day but I worked at various places since I was 14 and last year was the first time I’ve had to work on Thanksgiving so I can’t complain too much about working two in a row. It’s a small price to pay for having the best job in the world.

Don't count out any RB for Redskins at 17—Yeah, I know that NFL teams aren’t supposed to take running backs in the first round any more. But that is one of those trends that comes and goes. In 2013 and 2014 there were no RBs taken in the first. Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott in the last couple of years began to shift the thinking. If the Redskins think that Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey can help them win games more than any other player on the board they should pull the trigger.

Rise of Patrick Mahomes could bring big payoff for Redskins—It seems likely that quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky will be taken before the Redskins pick at No. 17 goes on the clock. That means that two players in whom the Redskins might be interested will be available, pushed back by the quarter backs. Could Mahomes, out of Texas Tech, push a third player back to Washington. The buzz is that a team might grab him in the first half of the first round.

The Redskins' five best salary cap bargains for 2017—When I started pulling the numbers for this post I thought I’d find more key players with salaries of under $1 million. I only found three and one of them is the kicker. This means that they don’t have very many late-round or undrafted players who are contributing a lot of value. They need more out of players like Anthony Lanier, Matt Ioannidis and Maurice Harris. That is how a team thrives in the salary cap era. A couple of Saturday picks could make or break this draft.

Redskins mock 2.0 goes offense early, defense often—There are a lot of ways the first 16 picks of this draft can work out. It seems almost certain that everyone’s favorite first-round pick, a stud defensive lineman, won’t be a realistic option on the board. This could send things in an odd direction for the Redskins. It’s fun to do a mock and I’ll do one or two more prior to draft day but there are too many variables to think that it has a high degree of accuracy. 

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Chris Thompson will be with Redskins for at least one more year, team announces

Chris Thompson will be with Redskins for at least one more year, team announces

Coming into Friday the Redskins had two unsigned restricted free agents. Now, they have just one. 

The team announced that running back Chris Thompson has re-signed. If he signed his restricted free agent tender, he will be under contract for one year with a salary of $2.7 million. 

The announcement came just as the deadline for RFA’s to sign offer sheets with other teams passed. That meant that Thompson had no other practical options than to sign with the team. 

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Still unsigned is linebacker Will Compton. He got a restricted free agent tender for $1.8 million. We will see how his situation plays out. 

Last season, Thompson was the team’s third-down back and he played in all 16 games for the first time in his career. He posted 68 rushing attempts for 356 yards and three touchdowns and 49 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns. All those stats were career highs for Thompson, a fifth-round pick of the Redskins in 2013.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.