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Sunday Slop: Redskins NFC East Champs!

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A look at the top Redskins stories of the day!

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Redskins players say this team always had 'it' even when season looked bleak | Washington Post

"We just always believed," defensive end Jason Hatcher said. "If you look back over all my interviews, and I'm talking about going back to Game 2, I always say, ‘There's something about this football team, man.' I done been on 10 football teams, and I knew there was something special about this team. I really did. First time I stepped on the field in OTAs, I knew it was something special. Even when we played sloppy ball, I always said, ‘It's something. I just can't give up on this team. It's something special.' And we showed that tonight, and the end of the day, we're not done. We've got a goal in mind."

Redskins win division by ignoring preseason doom and gloom | ESPN Redskins Blog

Here they are: champions of the NFC East after beating Philadelphia 38-24 Saturday night. Go ahead and scoff at the bad play of the division, but remember this: In 2011, the division champion won only nine games, and the Redskins still lost 11, so just because the division was bad did not mean the Redskins would contend -- not after the team lost double-digit games in five of the past six seasons, not after a 7-25 record the past two years combined, and not after losing key players and switching to a turnover-prone quarterback to open the season.

Kirk Cousins to Jordan Reed connection is one of the best ones going right now | ESPN Redskins Blog

The Elias Sports Bureau notes Cousins became the first quarterback in Redskins history to have consecutive games with at least 300 yards passing and four touchdown passes. Reed now has 11 touchdown receptions this season, one shy of the club's single-season record.

Kirk Cousins up, Will Blackmon down in Redskins win | ESPN Redskins Blog

Redskins DL Kedric Golston: "it's a special moment" | ESPN Redskins Blog

Washington's journey this season included a quarterback change that seemed controversial to the fan base but wasn't to the players in the locker room. They were rewarded with stellar play by Kirk Cousins down the stretch and watched him throw 20 touchdowns with just three interceptions in the last nine games. Some might never forgive Jay Gruden for benching Robert Griffin III, but inside the locker room, that change was among the early reasons for optimism.

First round playoff scenarios for the Redskins | CSN Washington

Rest the starters vs the Cowboys? Jay Gruden says health of team a top priority | CSN Washington