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Hoge's Tape Room: Breaking down Redskins, Bills

Updated: October 3, 2008, 7:40 PM ET
By Merril Hoge | ESPN

I've spent the past week trying to figure out who's going to lose the least to win the NFC North and West. I've had no such luck. But I did watch a bunch of tape in the process. Here are the nuggets you can use to get a leg up in the fantasy competition.

Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesJason Campbell is finally hitting his stride under center.

Redskins are Getting Red-Hot
Against the Cowboys last week, Washington's offensive line proved it's starting to jell. The Redskins executed well on and off the ball, keeping Jason Campbell upright and allowing Clinton Portis to run. That means all their skill players benefit, including Santana Moss and Chris Cooley. Speaking of Campbell, I've talked about how Campbell struggled to start off the year, but what needs to come together is the right mix of philosophy and talent. In the Redskins' case, it's Jim Zorn's West Coast scheme combined with his offense's skill set. Now that we're four weeks into the season, they're finally starting to execute.


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Former NFL fullback Merril Hoge is an analyst for a wide variety of NFL programs on television and ESPN Radio. An eight-year NFL veteran, Hoge spent 1987-93 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and joined ESPN in 1996.