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John Clayton arguing that the Redskins are now co-favs to win the NFC East:


Despite being 33 years old, McNabb can add to the Redskins what Brett Favre added to the Minnesota Vikings last season and Steve McNair added to the Baltimore Ravens in a trade in 2006. Franchise quarterbacks add points to the scoreboard. Favre added 5.7 points per game to the Vikings last season and they advanced from a 10-win team to a 12-win team. McNair added 5.5 points per game to the Ravens in 2006, and they had a 13-3 season. 

Maybe, maybe not. Again, this strikes me as rather simple analysis of a really complicated situation. I think the Cowboys could be anything from 7-9 to 12-4. Who knows? Same for the Redskins. I suspect McNabb helps--I'd certainly rather see Jason Campbell--but I don't know how much.

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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