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The Washington Redskins’ final two 2018 opponents added to their schedule include one team with a top quarterback coming off an injury and another team that might have a new coach.

Every team has 14 games already locked in place and only two are based on where a team finishes. The Redskins’ final two spots included the common place finisher in the NFC West and the NFC North.

Therefore, the Redskins will play at Arizona and host Green Bay. The latter is a tricky opponent because the Packers likely would not have finished third had Aaron Rodgers not missed nine games because of an injury. Otherwise, Washington would have hosted Detroit, who may or may not be playing for a new coach. The Packers and Lions play in the season finale and could actually end up tied. But Detroit won the first meeting and owns the better division record and would therefore finish second regardless of the outcome.

As for Arizona, the Cardinals also might have a new coach. Even if Bruce Arians returns, Arizona might need a new quarterback. Carson Palmer turns 38 on Wednesday and will be coming off an injury. So there are questions about the direction of the organization. It’s best that Washington faces Arizona rather than the other three teams in the NFC West. The 49ers, with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, are a hot team and could be much improved in 2018. But they’ll end up in last place this season.

The Redskins’ other 2018 home opponents: Dallas, Philadelphia, New York Giants, Carolina, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Houston.

Their other road opponents: Dallas, Philadelphia, New York Giants, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Tampa Bay.

As of right now, the Redskins’ 2018 opponents have a combined record of 120-120. Five have four wins or less; five have 10 wins or more. But the true strength of schedule comes as the games unfold and not months before the season begins.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — If you want to talk about the playoffs, don’t try to do so with the Baltimore Ravens.

The blinders are up. The ears are covered. The Ravens only want to discuss Saturday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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“You write about it and analyze it and think about it and discuss it, and it’s cool and fun — but not for us,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s not what we’re thinking about. It doesn’t matter if it’s easy or hard or what would be better or what if this happens. That’s a distraction for us. Our thing is, ‘Man, we have to get in here Tuesday, and we have to get to work on the Colts.’”

But, if everything goes as expected, the Ravens will be planning for the Kansas City Chiefs in a few weeks.

The NFL’s most likely playoff matchup is Baltimore playing at Kansas City. ESPN’s Football Power Index has it at a 67 percent chance of occurring.

The reason is the Chiefs appear locked in as the No. 4 seed and the Ravens are the favorites to be No. 5. Baltimore (8-6) can move into the fifth seed if it wins its last two regular-season games, and the Tennessee Titans (8-6) lose at least once. This is considered likely based on the teams that the Ravens and Titans have to face.

Baltimore has the easiest remaining schedule of the four major wild-card contenders (Titans, Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Chargers are the others). The Ravens play the Colts (3-11) and the Cincinnati Bengals (5-9) at home.

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The Baltimore Ravens have the most favorable remaining schedule of the four major contenders for an AFC playoff spot:
TEAM OPP. RECORD OPP. WIN PCT.
Ravens 8-20 .286
Chargers 11-17 .393
Bills 17-11 .607
Titans 20-8 .714
The Titans are tied for the toughest remaining schedule in the NFL. Tennessee plays host to the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars, both of whom are 10-4.

“We kind of got to wear blinders,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “You’ve got to run your own race. You can’t be worried about what everybody else is doing. You have to handle your own business. You take care of your own business and then you can look and see where you’re at.”

In focusing on the Ravens’ own race, they have a 72.3 percent chance of winning out, according to FPI. Only the New England Patriots have a better shot at winning their last two games (81.8 percent).

If Baltimore beats Indianapolis and Cincinnati, the Ravens will clinch a playoff berth for just the second time since winning the Super Bowl in 2012.

The Ravens hold tiebreakers over Bills (8-6) and Chargers (7-7). Baltimore’s conference record (6-4) is better than Los Angeles (4-6), and the Ravens have a better record against common opponents (3-0 vs. Cincinnati, Oakland, Miami and Indianapolis) than the Bills (3-1).

“If you look ahead, you set yourself up for a trap,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “All we can focus on is feeling good about this game and looking forward to the next game.”

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LOS ANGELES — It was exactly one year ago today, if you can believe it, that the Los Angeles Rams rid themselves of Jeff Fisher.

What an uncertain time that was.

The Rams were coming off a 42-14 blowout loss at home to the Atlanta Falcons, their fourth of seven consecutive defeats to end their first season back in the nation’s second-largest media market. The Rams knew then that they needed to make a change at head coach. So they fired Fisher 13 games into his fifth season — but they didn’t really know what was next.

Kevin Demoff, the Rams’ chief operating officer, addressed the media for 45 minutes that Monday and called the 2016 season “an organizational failure.”

“This team is not where it needs to be,” Demoff said at the time. “And we need to own up to that from a coaching perspective, from a personnel perspective, from an administration perspective. I think all of us need to get better.”
Sean McVay has the Rams at 9-4 in his first season as head coach, the franchise’s first winning season in 14 years. Harry How/Getty Images
Nobody could’ve predicted the Rams would get this much better. Not this quickly. They’re 9-4 now, sitting as the No. 3 seed in the NFC after having already guaranteed themselves their first winning season in 14 years.

At this time last year, the Rams were lost. They didn’t know what they had in Jared Goff, their potential franchise quarterback and former No. 1 overall pick. They didn’t know if Todd Gurley could re-establish himself among the league’s most dynamic running backs. They didn’t know if the best years of defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s career would be wasted on deficient teams. And they didn’t know how they fit in this robust market of L.A.

Now the Rams have a head coach and a quarterback to grow with, not to mention plenty of young talent around them. They’re starting to build real, sustainable excitement in Southern California, less than three years before the opening of their opulent new stadium. And their concerns of a year ago have basically subsided. The first step was letting go of Fisher, who never got the offense right and, in hindsight, might have fostered an atmosphere that was too relaxed.

But that was only the beginning of a long process, which we’ll recap here.

The coach: The Rams’ hiring contingency — a group composed mostly of Demoff, general manager Les Snead and senior assistant Tony Pastoors — didn’t know what to make of Sean McVay when they met over dinner and discussed potential head-coaching candidates last December. But they were more intrigued by him than anybody, because he was so young and because the reviews about him were so glowing. McVay blew the Rams away in his first interview, so much that they thought about cancelling an East Coast trip to interview a handful of other candidates in the coming days. Demoff was unreasonably anxious about McVay’s meeting with the San Francisco 49ers, and that’s when it hit him that McVay needed to be his head coach — even if he was only 30 at the time. He was a sharp offensive mind, but also a magnetic leader. A star in the making. The Rams made him their new head coach — and the youngest head coach in modern NFL history — on Jan. 12.

The staff: Wade Phillips didn’t really know McVay. Phillips’ son, Wes, was a tight ends coach on the Washington Redskins while McVay served as their offensive coordinator. Wes spoke well of McVay. So when McVay asked Phillips to join him as his defensive coordinator, Phillips agreed, never thinking somebody so young could be a head coach. Phillips, 70, helped build a quintessential support staff for a young head coach. With Phillips, McVay doesn’t have to worry about defense. With John Fassel, in his sixth year with the Rams, McVay doesn’t have to worry about special teams. His quarterbacks coach (Greg Olson) and offensive line coach (Aaron Kromer) have a combined 14 years’ worth of experience as offensive coordinators. McVay’s offensive coordinator (Matt LaFleur) spent the previous two years working with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. His linebackers coach (Joe Barry) has been a defensive coordinator for four years, and his defensive line coach (Bill Johnson) has coached in the NFL for 17 years.
Rookie Cooper Kupp quickly developed into a reliable target for Rams quarterback Jared Goff. Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports
The draft: Their 2016 trade up to No. 1 left the Rams without a first-round pick and a need to be both efficient and creative. They needed more weapons for Goff, but they also needed to fill some gaps on defense. They wound up targeting mostly smart, high-character players who might have been overlooked at smaller schools. The Rams traded down, from 37th to 44th, to gain an additional third-round pick and made an athletic tight end out of South Alabama named Gerald Everett their first selection. They drafted Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp, who now leads rookie receivers in most categories, in the third round. That round also netted Boston College safety John Johnson, who quickly forced his way into the starting lineup. In the fourth, they selected Texas A&M receiver Josh Reynolds, whom the Rams thought could go in the second round, and Eastern Washington linebacker Samson Ebukam, who’s already an important part of their defense. It became one of the Rams’ best drafts.

The vets: The Rams had been one of the NFL’s youngest teams for a while, and the thought heading into the offseason was that perhaps that needed to change. They needed strong veteran leadership in their locker room. They also needed to weed out players they deemed unreliable. As Snead likes to say: “If you rely on the unreliable, you basically become unreliable.” Gone were Kenny Britt, an enigmatic wide receiver, Greg Robinson, a failed left tackle, and T.J. McDonald, a suspended safety. The Rams’ first move was to splurge on Andrew Whitworth, one of the game’s best left tackles. They then signed John Sullivan, a 10th-year center familiar with McVay’s system, and Connor Barwin, a ninth-year linebacker familiar with Phillips’ system. Robert Woods was signed in free agency and Sammy Watkins was acquired via trade, significantly bolstering the Rams’ receiving corps with two former Buffalo Bills. Cornerbacks Kayvon Webster and Nickell Robey-Coleman boosted the secondary.

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The wins: It didn’t take long for players to notice how sharp McVay was. They bought in quickly, and as they navigated through the offseason program and training camp, they felt that maybe — just maybe — they had the makings of a much better team than others projected. A playoff-caliber team, perhaps. But they couldn’t be certain until the games started counting. The Rams blew out a short-handed Indianapolis Colts team to start the season. Then they bounced back from a loss to the Redskins with back-to-back road wins, against the 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. They lost a game they should’ve won against the Seattle Seahawks, and then they won four in a row — against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants and Houston Texans — by a combined 103 points. It was clear by then that the Rams had vaulted themselves among the NFL’s elite, their offense humming along, their defense improving every week and their special teams a consistent force.

All in a year’s time.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — After more than 100 career starts, Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom finally has his first NHL shutout.

Markstrom made 30 saves and the Canucks blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.

Vancouver defenseman Derrick Pouliot had a goal and two assists. Nikolay Goldobin and Thomas Vanek also scored for the Canucks (14-10-4).

In his ninth NHL season, Markstrom had gone 129 career games and 115 starts without a shutout. He came close on Saturday night in a 2-1 victory over Toronto, but the Maple Leafs spoiled the party by scoring with just under three minutes left.

This time, the 27-year-old Swedish netminder would not be denied, and his Vancouver teammates swarmed him after the buzzer.

“I guess they were really happy about that win,” joked Markstrom. “We have a good group here. We battle together and we win and lose together. It’s a good group of guys and it’s nice when stuff like this happens.

“It’s nice to be able to contribute. If you don’t let in any goals, that’s a good way to do it.”

The Hurricanes (11-10-5) dropped the opener of a six-game road trip, their longest of the season. They have lost 10 consecutive games at Rogers Arena (0-7-3), where they last won in October 1999.

Scott Darling stopped 19 shots for Carolina, which carried the play in the first period.

“We are trying to find a way to continue that play we had in the first period and carry it into the second and not get disappointed that we didn’t score, that we didn’t get a lead,” defenseman Justin Faulk said.

The Hurricanes, who entered leading the league in shots on goal per game, outshot Vancouver 12-3 in the first. Darling didn’t have much to do at the other end, even though the Canucks had a power-play opportunity.

That all changed quickly in the second, though. Canucks wing Bo Horvat missed on a breakaway chance in the first minute and then Pouliot scored the first goal at 2:58. Pouliot carried the puck into the slot, made a nice deke to fake out Darling and snapped it over the goalie’s shoulder.

“I’m starting to add things to my game,” said Pouliot, who had a breakout offensive performance. “So if I’m playing well defensively that’s where it starts and I can add the offensive stuff after that. For me, it’s a confidence thing. I feel better each night.”

Vanek scored on a power play to make it 2-0 at 13:50. Sam Gagner fired from the top of the faceoff circle and Vanek, parked in front of Darling, tipped the puck into the top corner of the net. Pouliot also got an assist on the goal.

Justin Williams had the Hurricanes’ best chance in the second with five minutes left on a point-blank shot from the slot that Markstrom just got a glove on.

Carolina came out firing against Markstrom in the third, but Vancouver extended its lead at 6:26. Goldobin took a pass from Horvat in the slot, hit the post, collected his rebounded and scored his first of the season to make it 3-0. Pouliot added his second assist of the night on the goal.

“Without a doubt his best game, especially offensively,” Canucks coach Travis Green said. “He did a lot of good things. He moved the puck up well when he needed to, and he’s a young D-man that is slowly feeling good about himself and finding his game.”

Game notes
Horvat left in the third period and did not return. There was no update on his status after the game. … The Canucks were without defenseman Erik Gudbranson (upper body) and forward Brandon Sutter (lower body). … The teams meet once more this season, Feb. 9 in North Carolina.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: Thursday night at San Jose.

Canucks: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

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