HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans rushes Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter in a NFL game on September 13, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

What each wild-card team must do to advance in 2015 NFL playoffs

Eight teams will participate in the Wild Card Round of the 2015 NFL playoffs. Only four will advance. Here is how each of the eight teams can score a first-round win and advance to the Divisional Round: Kansas City Chiefs: Win turnover margin The Chiefs won 10 straight games to finish the 2015 season, largely […]

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders is sacked by line backer Mike Neal #96 and line backer Julius Peppers #56 of the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum on December 20, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Packers must pressure Kirk Cousins to win in Washington

Without the comfort of leaning on Aaron Rodgers and the offense, the Green Bay Packers must look to their defense—and its ability to pressure the quarterback—to lead the team to a win over Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins in the NFC Wild Card Round. It seems ever more unlikely, given the sheer volume of evidence […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 04: Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter after recovering a fumble against the Kansas City Chiefs during a Wild Card Playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 4, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

10 greatest wild-card games in NFL history

It’s wild-card weekend. Perhaps the 2015 playoffs will provide games that can be added to lists of the greatest ever. Before the ball is kicked off at 4:35 p.m. Saturday in Houston, let’s take a look at the greatest wild-card games in NFL history up to this point. Comebacks, lead changes and plays so memorable […]

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 13: Wide receiver Tyler Lockett #16 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after scoring a first quarter touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Eight rookie stars who will emerge during 2015 NFL playoffs

There’s no greater stage in the NFL than the postseason, where the lights shine bright and every play can be the difference between advancing and going home. Here are eight rookies with an opportunity to solidify themselves as emerging stars in the playoffs: WR Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks Lockett finished third in the NFL in […]

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“Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen rescued the salary cap from disorder. McCloughan seeded the team with a nucleus of developing talent already contributing to the team.

“Doggonit if the Redskins aren’t operating like a real NFL club with genuine football intelligence.”

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Who has the edge at QB in NFL’s first-round playoff games?

The winners of playoff games in the NFL are often times determined by the team with the best quarterback, or the team with the quarterback playing the best down the stretch. No position impacts the game more, especially when talent level is mostly even among the league’s 12 playoff participants. Here is a look at the […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after a 4th quarter touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  during their game at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

2015 NFL Award predictions: MVP, Rookie of the Year and More

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for weeks and weeks of 2015 entertainment awards shows. The NFL holds its own NFL Honors ceremony the night before the Super Bowl, and here are the players who should be taking home the hardware. MVP: Cam Newton Cam Newton is like a sleek sports car that seats […]

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10 X-factors to watch in 2015 NFL Playoffs

The 2015 NFL playoffs begin this week, with a pair of Wild Card Round matchups in both the NFC and AFC kicking off the action. Here are 10 players that could make-or-break this year’s postseason: QB AJ McCarron, Cincinnati Bengals Barring a miraculous recovery from Andy Dalton (broken thumb), McCarron will start Cincinnati’s first round […]

Washington Redskins tackle Morgan Moses (76) warms up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Washington won 20-17 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Redskins linemen knocking people on their butts

Click the links to see Redskins linemen Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe and Brandon Scherff in action. h/t to Emmanual Benton for the cut-ups. Image credit: Redskins.com

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a touchdown pass in front of defensive end Cliff Avril #56 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Biggest hurdle to the Super Bowl for every team in the NFC playoffs

With the NFC playoff field set, here is a look at the biggest hurdle for all six teams on the road to the Super Bowl: 1. Carolina Panthers: Secondary Depth The Panthers are beat up in the secondary, with Charles Tillman dealing with a partially torn ACL and Bene Benwikere out for the season with […]

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 29: Running back C.J. Anderson #22 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 29, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

How NFL’s playoff teams fared against postseason competition in 2015

With the NFL’s postseason field set, here’s a look at how all 12 teams fared against playoff competition this season: AFC  1. Denver Broncos (5-2) The Broncos beat three of the five other AFC playoff teams, while also notching wins against the Packers and Vikings from the NFC field. Among postseason participants, only the Chiefs […]

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Quarterbacks Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks and Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals talk on the field following the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 36-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Which NFL team has the easiest path to the Super Bowl?

The Panthers, Cardinals, Broncos and Patriots secured the coveted first-round byes in the 2015 NFL playoffs. Those teams have to win two games to get to the Super Bowl, the other eight playoff teams have to win three. Theoretically, the top two seeds in each conference will have the easiest path to Super Bowl 50. […]

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 13:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Ranking the best NFL Wild Card round matchups

For 20 NFL teams, the 2015 season is over. But for the lucky 12 postseason participants, the beat marches on for at least one more game. Eight of the 12 clubs will start preparing to play during the NFL’s Wild Card round next weekend. Here is a brief rundown that ranks the best matchups in the […]

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Fans wear ‘RGIII’ Cowboys jerseys to game

If Tony Romo misses extended time with an injury again next year, these two Cowboys fans have made it clear who they want to step in at quarterback. We were not expecting to see RGIII COWBOYS jerseys today in Dallas. (via

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The Top 5 Hog Heaven stories of 2015

Two of the Top 5 (most read) stories on Redskins Hog Heaven were written by Native American fans in defense of the team name. No. 1 – The Letter from a Navajo Redskins fan The Washington Post does not want you to read. Redskins Hog Heaven published a letter by Mark Yellowhorse Beaseley that The […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 27: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball against the New York Giants during the first quarter of the game on December 27, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 17

There still is one playoff spot up for grabs and a few seeding positions to sort out in Week 17 of the NFL season. There’s a good chance that an upset in one of those games will affect the playoff brackets. These are the Sports Book Review consensus point spreads as of Wednesday night. Steelers […]

Redskins Playoff Tickets Averaging Nearly $350 On Secondary Market

After all of the quarterback turmoil the Washington Redskins have gone through over the years, it seems that the organization has finally found their guy in Kirk Cousins, who put in another terrific performance as Washington clinched the NFC East division title with their Saturday night win over the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. Cousins […]

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Will Johnny Manziel squeeze Robert Griffin III off the Cowboys’ roster?

My pappy said, “Never miss an opportunity to troll ‘Johnny Manziel’ and ‘Robert Griffin III’ in the same headline.” Potboiler Mike Florio is boiling the pot that Johnny Football is conniving to be bounced from Cleveland to land in Dallas. Dallas is where a lot of Redskins fans hope RGIII lands if the Redskins release […]

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 27: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons runs after a catch during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Best and worst from Week 16 in the NFL

Week 16 of the 2015 NFL season saw the New York Jets dispatch a rival foe, the Atlanta Falcons give a perfect team the taste of defeat and the NFC East crown a champion. The week also gave us another chapter in the Green Bay Packers’ tailspin, a blown opportunity in Baltimore and meltdowns in both […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26: Quarterbacks Sam Bradford #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles and Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins shake hands after a football game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Redskins defeated the Eagles 38-24. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Redskins over Eagles: A win of historic proportion

Washington’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles, was not simply a win that clinched a playoff berth. It had notable milestones: The victory was the Redskins’ 600th in team history, including postseason play. Washington is the fifth NFL franchise to reach the 600-win mark (Bears, Packers, Giants and Steelers). The Redskins clinched their 15th division title […]

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