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8 statements about the 2017 Redskins that are crazy and also somehow true

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8 statements about the 2017 Redskins that are crazy and also somehow true

Calling a Redskins season "weird" is like calling a flight delay "miserable." 

That's because all Redskins seasons are weird, just like all flight delays are miserable.

Therefore, there's no need to write a blog post telling you that the 2017 Redskins season was weird, because you knew it was already. But there is a need to write a blog post pointing out why this particular year was weird, because you may not be aware of the exact reasons.

With that in mind, try to wrap your head around these strange, crazy and true statements about the 2017 Washington Redskins.

1) Ryan Grant finished the season with 333 more receiving yards than Terrelle Pryor

This is where you say, "Well, wait a minute, didn't Pryor's season end after only nine games? So of course Grant finished with more yards than him!"

And this is when I say, "Yes, smart reader, you're right. But Grant still had 39 more yards than Pryor when Pryor went to injured reserve with a foot injury, so the lowly-regarded backup receiver was still outdoing the highly-regarded free agent signing when both were healthy."

And this is when you say, "Wow, OK. You got me there. Yep, that's crazy."

2) Will Compton finished the season with one more interception than Josh Norman

Compton had one, and Norman had zero. Sure, Norman has never been a guy who racks up interceptions by the bunches, but it's still shocking to see him topped by a reserve linebacker when it comes to picks.

3) The Redskins ended the year 1-5 vs. the NFC East and 4-0 vs. the NFC West

Of course Washington beat the Rams in L.A. and the Seahawks in Seattle but got manhandled by the 2-13 Giants and Zeke-less Cowboys. That makes total sense.


4) Kirk Cousins led the team in rushing touchdowns for the second time in the last three years

Cousins' four ground scores paced the 'Skins, a feat he accomplished in 2015, too. This is both kind of neat and also a very big indictment on the state of Washington's running game.

5) Among players with at least five catches on the season, Vernon Davis led the Redskins in yards per catch

(In a hushed tone): Vernon Davis is a tight end who turns 34 in a month.

(In a more hushed tone): How could you possibly think Kirk Cousins is not worth all of the dollars considering his most dangerous target was a tight end who turns 34 in a month?

6) Josh Harvey-Clemons had a half-sack more than Ryan Anderson did in 2017

The second-rounder out of Alabama went his entire rookie campaign without bringing a QB down.

7) The Redskins' scoring defense was actually worse under Greg Manusky than it was under Joe Barry 

Remember how much people disliked Barry? Well, his unit allowed 23.9 points per game in 2016, while Manusky's gave up 24.3 a week in his first year at the helm.

8) Zach Brown finished in the league's top-10 for total tackles despite missing three games

A linebacker shouldn't be allowed to be as fast as Brown, who absolutely provided a good return on the one-year deal the Redskins gave him last offseason.


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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

There was some confusion about the Redskins’ Week 16 game in Tennessee when the NFL schedule dropped. The schedule pushed out by the Redskins said that the game date and time are to be determined. Other versions that went out, including the one on, says the game will be on Sunday, December 23 at 1 p.m.

So what’s the story? Well, if you’re thinking of making reservations to go to Nashville to watch the game you just might want to hold off for a while. Like, until early November. 

In an under the radar move, the NFL has established flex scheduling for its late-season Saturday games. Here are the details from the schedule press release from Redskins PR:

“Flexibility for Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16 is also part of the 2018 schedule. In Week 15, there will be two games played on Saturday on NFL Network, with the game times of 4:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. to be determined. In Week 16, two of four possible matchups will be scheduled for Saturday. Start times and Saturday games for Week 15 and 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.”

The way it sets up, if the Redskins and Titans are playing well in midseason there is a good chance the game will be played on Saturday, December 22 at either 4:30 or 8:20. If one or both teams are struggling, the league and networks could choose to flex two of the other four matchups to Saturday. 

This is taking flex scheduling to a different level. It’s one thing shifting a Sunday kickoff seven and a half hours from 1 p.m. to 8:30. It’s another to shift a whole day. The visiting teams can’t make travel arrangements, not knowing if they need to come into town on Friday for a Saturday game or on Saturday for Sunday. Fans who want to travel to the game are in the same boat. 

Of course, if you can afford it, you can just add a day to your Nashville excursion. There are worse things in the world than spending an extra day or two in Music City. 

If you have to wait to make your plans, as the Redskins do, you will find out no later than October 29, which is when Week 8 ends. 

Do you believe in trends? Then you should hope that the game does get flexed to Saturday. The Redskins have won three straight Saturday games, beating the Eagles in both 2014 and 2015 (the latter game clinching the division title for Washington) and the Bears in 2016. 

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