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Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr (8) flexes after tight end John Bates (87) scored a 16-yard touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at FedEx Field, Landover, MD, November 27, 2022. (Photo by Brian Murphy)

Brian Robinson's big day -- and hat -- could be sign of bigger things to come after beating Falcons

- The Washington Times

To win their third straight game, to improve to 7-5 after a 1-4 start, the Commanders had to hold on until the very end. Cornerback Kendall Fuller grabbed an interception in the end zone with less than a minute left, killing an Atlanta drive that had gotten all the way to the 4-yard line. Defensive tackle Daron Payne helped create the crucial turnover by tipping Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota's pass, which landed right in Fuller's arms.

Washington Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) makes an interception against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Landover, Md. Washington won the game 13-19. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Commanders hold on with win over Falcons

- The Washington Times

Cornerback Kendall Fuller reeled in an end zone interception with less than a minute left to kill an Atlanta drive and preserve a win that lifts Washington to 7-5. Defensive tackle Daron Payne helped create the crucial turnover, tipping Atlanta quarterback Marcus Mariota's pass at the line of scrimmage. The throw landed in the arms of Fuller.

Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) speaks with defensive line coach Sam Mills III, left, as they arrive for the the team's NFL football training camp practice in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Rivera's coaching shakeup now looks like the right move

- The Washington Times

Given the dominant performance of this defensive line, my money for the Commanders' turnaround is on the day Ron Rivera announced he was firing his longtime coaching colleague Sam Mills III and replaced him with assistant defensive line coach and 17-year NFL veteran Jeff Zgonina.

Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson (24) celebrates his touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Commanders back in the playoff hunt after slow start

- The Washington Times

Ron Rivera couldn't help but smile when a reporter noted this week that the Washington Commanders are now back in the thick of the NFL's playoff race. Despite a 1-4 start, the Commanders now sit at 5-5 -- and are only a half-game back from the final wild-card spot in the NFC.

A general view of FedEx field during the first half of an NFL football game between the Washington Commanders and the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Al Drago)

Commanders sale: How fast do sports teams sell? Faster than you think.

- The Washington Times

Multiple reports indicate that if Dan Snyder does sell the Washington Commanders, the deal could be finalized as soon as March at the NFL's owners meeting in Phoenix. That's less than five months from now. While that timeline may seem surprising, it wouldn't be out of the norm from how the NFL has operated over the last eight years.

FILE - Washington Commanders' Dan Snyder poses for photos during an event to unveil the NFL football team's new identity, Feb. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. Part or all of the NFL’s Washington Commanders could soon be for sale, after owners Dan and Tanya Snyder said they have hired Bank of America Securities to “consider potential transactions.” The team announced the surprising decision Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Dan Snyder poised to cash out at right time if he sells Commanders

- The Washington Times

Snyder, who purchased the team in 1999 for $800 million, is the common thread running through the fabric of two decades of football misery in Washington. But if the embattled billionaire does go through with a sale of his beloved childhood team, his consolation prize will be considerable: Forbes estimates the franchise is now worth $5.6 billion.

Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young (99) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 23, 2022, in Landover, Md. Young is expected to practice with the Washington Commanders this week for the first time since tearing the ACL in his right knee 11 months ago, according to coach Ron Rivera on Monday, Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) **FILE**

Chase Young set to return to practice

- The Washington Times

Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young is expected to practice Wednesday for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last fall, coach Ron Rivera said Monday.

Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson (24) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Terry McLaurin in the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

McLaurin, Heinicke lead dramatic comeback win over Colts

- The Washington Times

Terry McLaurin hauled in a dramatic 33-yard bomb from quarterback Taylor Heinicke at the 1-yard line to set up Washington's 17-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts. After McLaurin's catch, Heinicke punched in the go-ahead, come-from-behind touchdown with just 22 seconds left.