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The Biggest Win Of Week 12? How About The Redskins

The Redskins took first place in the NFC East with their 20-14 victory over the Giants Sunday at FedExField. In other words, it was a big win for a team that hadn't been atop its division since the end of the 2012 season.

So, it's presumably easy to consider Sunday's game as the biggest victory of Week 12, considering what it means for the franchise, the fan base and the Redskins' chances to make the playoffs.

The analysts of NFL Total Access, when posed with that question, tended to agree.

Check out these photos of the Redskins' offense preparing for their Week 12 match up against the New York Giants Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

"I'll take the Redskins here," Brian Baldinger said. "Because the Giants really had a chance to take a short stranglehold on the NFC East -- they come off a Bye week and try and take a winning record here in the stretch run. The Redskins upset them. And not just upset them, but they took the ball away and made a lot of plays. I like Jay Gruden's offense. I think it can work. They have to do it consistently, they have to stack some wins, but they've got pieces there."

Baldinger drew up a couple plays from Sunday and said, somewhat facetiously, that tight end Jordan Reed should probably become a wide receiver, highlighting his effectiveness running routes and drawing defenders. Reed established new career highs for receptions (55) and receiving yards (541) in a single season after compiling team highs in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (98) on Sunday.

Michael Robinson said the Redskins had the most important win (I'm not sure if that's different than the biggest win) but went with his former team the Seahawks.

But Willie McGinest closed out the conversation with some more perspective.  

"You talk about a team that started at 2-4. You talk about a team that started out with a little bit of quarterback controversy. Coach comes out, he eliminated the distraction, he said 'I'm going with Kirk Cousins,'" McGinest said. "He's No. 2 in passer rating. I don't like numbers, but this is saying a lot about a quarterback that we didn't think had it. He's playing great, he's grabbed the system. He's going out, he's hitting his people."

Of course they all had one caveat, which is that the Redskins need to win on the road to continue their progression into December.

If they do, then this game would definitively be the biggest game of Week 12.  




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