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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins scratches his head as he walks the sidelines during preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Hey Redskins fans, do the names Tim Layden and Kerry J. Byrne ring a bell?

    No?

    What if we told you they are your favorite writers at Sports Illustrated?

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    What? You didn't know you had one favorite writer at SI, let alone two? Well, it's your lucky day.

    Layden and Byrne, you see, picked the Redskins to make the playoffs! That's two heroic SI.com playoff prognosticators ... out of nine.

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    Should Dallas beat the Redskins Sunday? Yes, but an upset shouldn't shock anyone.

    Sigh.

    High hopes for the season, eh boys?

    Well, Layden and Byrne are true Americans nonetheless. They both correctly picked the Skins to make it as a Wild Card team in the NFC, although neither picked them to make it to the NFC Championship Game.

    Who did SI.com's "experts" pick to win the NFC East? All but one writer picked the Cowboys to win the division. Way to go out on a limb, fellas.

    The outcast? The one and only Peter King, who picked the New York Football Giants.

    King's pick of the Giants raised a few eyebrows, but not as many as his Super Bowl selection. The scribe pulled a Kreskin and prognosticated that the Steelers will win the Super Bowl over the Green Bay Packers.

    Hold your pierogies, there, Kinger! Steelers fans are just about the biggest backers of the home team in all of sports, but you'd be hard-pressed to find many who actually think the Stillers will get Super Bowl No. 7 this season.

    Nevertheless, King boldly went where no other expert has gone. His reasoning?

    "I think the Steelers are going to win the Super Bowl, and I expect Dennis Dixon to hand Ben Roethlisberger, at worst, a 2-2 team when he returns from suspension. The locker room likes Dixon and thinks he should have had more of a chance to beat out Byron Leftwich this summer before Leftwich's knee injury handed Dixon the job. He'll be a handful for Atlanta, Tennessee (away), Tampa Bay (away) and Baltimore to prepare for."

    Well, take it for what it's worth, 'Skins fans. The "experts" don't think much of the Redskins, and one clearly has been drinking a few too many Irons this offseason.