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Redskins Atop NFC East In New Rankings

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 25, 2013 – 4:19 pm

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Exactly seven months ago  the Washington Redskins were fresh off back-to-back thrilling victories over the Philadelphia Eagles (31-6) and Dallas Cowboys (38-31) and were preparing for a Monday Night Football showdown with their next division rival—the then defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

A victory over the Giants would pull the Redskins to .500 and straight back into playoff discussions despite being practically written off at 3-6.

Of course the Burgundy and Gold would end up beating the Giants 17-16 in one of the most memorable games at FedExField in years. A win over the Giants, however, was just another necessary step towards reaching the goal of the first NFC East title in the Nation’s Capital in 13 years.

With said goal now in the hand, the Redskins are sitting atop the NFC East once again in their quest to win consecutive titles for the first time since 1983-1984. A far cry from where the rankings had Washington this time last year.

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Rambo Recalls Interception Off Cousins

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 25, 2013 – 3:31 pm

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In the months leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, “experts” and fans alike predicted that the Washington Redskins would zero in on defensive backs that could help bolster the NFL’s third best team in terms of interceptions (21).

Despite sitting out the first round of the draft (the 22nd pick was sent to the St. Louis Rams as part of the trade that landed Robert Griffin III) the burgundy and gold landed an instant game changer in the form of NC State cornerback David Amerson. Amerson, led the NCAA in interceptions in 2011 with 13.

Then, just two rounds later, the Redskins landed the 2012 NCAA leader in interceptions (eight)—safety Phillip Thomas. While most thought the 2012 NFC East champs were done landing talented, ball-hawking defensive backs after the selections of Amerson and Thomas, they snatched Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo with the 191st pick.

While he didn’t led college football in interceptions like his fellow draftees, he did record a team-high eight interceptions in 2011 including this one in overtime against Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Yes, the same Kirk Cousins he now calls a teammate.

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WR Brings Championship Experience

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 25, 2013 – 2:37 pm

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Lost in all the shuffle of another successful minicamp for the Washington Redskins earlier this month, was the signing of Super Bowl winning wide receiver Devery Henderson.

Henderson comes to our Nation’s Capital after spending the last 12 years in Louisiana (eight with the New Orleans Saints and four at LSU).

After having 14 screws and two plates put in his arm after sustaining a devastating injury at the end of his junior season, some questioned whether his playing days were numbered.

In 2003, however, no one in the Bayou remembered the way his third year ended.

The Tigers secured their first National Championship in 45 years—a feat that would have never been reached if it weren’t for Henderson. On the season, the receiver recorded a school record 11 touchdown catches.

Winning championships and having his named etched into record books didn’t stop in Baton Rouge, though.

In Week 5 of the 2012 regular season, Henderson was on the receiving end of one of the most prestigious records in NFL history.

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Morris: 6th Hardest RB Fantasy Schedule

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 25, 2013 – 1:12 pm

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Last December when the Washington Redskins capped off an improbable seven game winning streak with a victory over the longtime rival Dallas Cowboys, rookie running back Alfred Morris did more than just rush for 200 yards and three touchdowns.

His efforts helped the burgundy and gold clinch the division for the first time since 1999, broke Clinton Portis’ franchise record for most rushing yards in a season and was the finale to one of the best “Cinderella” fantasy football stories in history.

With No. 46 vowing to Redskins Nation that he will be morphing into the unthinkable Alfred 2.0 for the 2013 season, NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano foresees a regression in his fantasy performance—thanks to his fantasy points allowed (FPA) rating system.

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