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Redskins #7—A Cold, Hard Fact?

Redskins #7—A Cold, Hard Fact?

According to the guys at the blog ColdHardFootballFacts.com, the Washington Redskins are the NFL's #7 franchise.

Not this year. Not over the past few years.

Ever.

CHFF rated all 32 current NFL franchises from #32 to #1. The rankings were far from cold, hard facts, although in the introduction they tried to make it sound like they used objective criteria.

So here's what we did: we tackled the challenge of ranking the franchises from the point of view of the fans, using our Misery-to-Joy Theory of Fan Relativity. Essentially, we measured the amount of misery a franchise has forced upon its fans against the amount of celebratory games, moments and titles a franchise has gifted upon its fans.

The fans who have endured the most misery will find their teams at the bottom of the list. The fans who have enjoyed the most celebratory moments will find their teams at the top of the list.

They don't reveal any sort of formula, though, so it seems that a high degree of subjectivity was the order of the day.

Regardless of the method used, the CHFF guys put a lot of work into it and the list is fairly valid. You can't argue much, for example, that the Arizona/Phoenix/St. Louis/Chicago Cardinals are the worst franchise in NFL history. One title in the title game era and that came in 1947. If it's before I was born, and it is, it was a long time ago.

And it's also hard to dispute their ranking of the Green Bay Packers at the top of the heap. Twelve titles, more than anyone else, and they claimed three in a row twice. No other team has accomplished a threepeat even once.

The Redskins were ranked seventh on the strength of their five NFL titles and the fact that those championships came in distinctly different eras. They also have titles in four different decades.

Unlike many, including a lot of Redskins fans, the CHFF crew recalls an upset that was on par with the Giants' win over the Patriots earlier this year.

It never got any better for Redskins fans than it did on: Dec. 13, 1942

The Redskins, 14-point underdogs, pulled off one of the great shockers in pro football history as they bested the undefeated Bears, 14-6, in the 1942 NFL championship game.

The 11-0 Bears entered the game as the single most dominant team in the history of the NFL, outscoring opponents 376 to 84. They were unstoppable … or at least it seemed that way. The Redskins (who were 10-1) not only shut out the juggernaut Bears offense (the only Chicago points came off a fumble forced by the defense), they produced one of the great goal-line stands in history: the Redskins stuffed the Bears on four straight plays after Chicago had reached 1st-and-goal at the 2.

Of the six teams ranked ahead of the Redskins, I have an issue with one of them, the #5 San Francisco 49ers. The Niners have the same number of championships that the Redskins do, five, but all of those came in the 1980's. They entered the NFL in 1950, so they have zero titles—and zero appearances in the championship game—in five of the six decades they've been around. That seems to be a lot of "moments of misery" to me.

But, regardless, seventh still is a pretty good ranking for the Skins. That puts them in the top 25% and that seems to me to be about where they belong.

Hats off to the guys at Cold, Hard Football Facts for having a sense of history that starts before they were born and coming up with some excellent work.

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When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon just filled out his ballot for the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.

Let's just say it's pretty one-dimensional. 

Straight like that

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As you can see, the form asks guys to rank who they consider the top 20 players in the league. But instead of naming 20 different players, Garcon voted for the same player 20 times. Talk about stuffing the ballot box. 

No surprise, but he's hyping his quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

Cousins is having a career year with the Redskins. His stock has soared over the last three weeks especially. Take a look at his numbers in that span: 84 completions on 116 attempts for 1,086 yards (72 percent), eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

Those efforts earned the Michigan State product NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors. And more importantly, Cousins has the Redskins in favorable position to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

So far this season, Garcon has caught 52 passes from Cousins for 636 yards and two scores. 

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Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

The Redskins made a couple of roster moves just before departing for Arizona to play the Cardinals.

They signed cornerback Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad and cut offensive tackle Blaine Clausell. The Redskins also waived safety David Bruton Jr. off of injured reserve.

Phillips was the Redskins’ nickel corner for the first three games of the season, and he made four tackles and recovered a fumble. But they moved rookie Kendall Fuller up into the slot corner role in Week 4 and Phillips spent several weeks on the inactive list before being waived on November 12 and added to the practice squad three days later.

The moves became known after Redskins coach Jay Gruden had spoken to the media for the day so we can only speculate as to the reasoning behind them. Actually, the release of Clausell isn’t hard to figure out. He was signed after Trent Williams started his four-game suspension and with Williams set to return on Monday and the other options at backup tackle healthy there was no point in keeping him around.

Phillips is likely going to Arizona as an insurance policy. The Cardinals like to spread the field with a lot of wide receivers. They will want to have five cornerbacks active. They do have Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler. But Breeland is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and they Redskins don’t want to take any chance of being caught short-handed at cornerback if he suffers a setback. That’s especially true when they don’t need to bring an extra tackle along.

Depending on how things shake out injury-wise against the Cardinals there is a good chance that we could see Phillips on the waiver wire once again as a roster spot will be needed for Williams.

Bruton started the first four games of the season at safety before going on injured reserve with a concussion. This past offseason he signed a three-year, $9 million free agent contract with $3.4 million full guaranteed. There will be a deal cap hit of approximately $1.7 million in 2017 to account for the prorated bonus.