Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 2, three days before the Washington Redskins go to Seattle to play the Seahawks.
Today’s schedule: Practice 2 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences, open locker room after practice, approx. 4 p.m.
—Vikings @ Redskins (11/12) 10
—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 17
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 21
Key injury update
Out: OT Williams (knee), G Lauvao (stinger), G Scherff (knee), C Long (knees)
Limited: RB Kelley (ankle), CB Breeland (knee, groin)
The complete injury report is here. Suffice it to say that when news that third-string tackle T.J. Clemmings was a full go in practice is cause for celebration, it’s a dire situation. Today will be important as we see if some of these players can get back to practice before the team leaves for Seattle tomorrow.
State of the Redskins, Week 9
Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 9 of the NFL season.
Top three storylines:
Walking wounded—It’s now four weeks in a row that injuries have been the top storyline. Rarely does a team go into a game with severe injury woes and emerge in worse shape but that’s what happened on Sunday. Jay Gruden said that there are 13 players who may not be able to play against the Seahawks on Sunday. There are only seven inactive spots.
A tough stretch—There is never a good time to get blasted with injuries but the Redskins are getting hit during the meat of their schedule. The Seattle game is the midpoint of a five-game stretch against teams that either made the playoffs last year (Cowboys, Seahawks) or are currently leading their respective divisions (Eagles, Vikings, Saints). They are 0-2 so far and they will have to find a way to pull out a win or two or risk being irrelevant before Thanksgiving.
Someone besides Thompson—Third-down back Chris Thompson is leading the team in both rushing yards and receiving yards. That’s a great story but it speaks volumes about the inability of anyone else to be consistently productive on offense. Step right up, Rob Kelley! Looking at you, Josh Doctson! You, too, Terrelle Pryor!
Record: 3-4, 3rd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-3
vs. NFC: 2-3
vs. AFC: 1-1
Rankings and changes from Week 8
Offense (yards/game): 357.1 (14th, -6 from Week 8)
Defense (yards/game): 322.6 (12th, no change)
Points per game for: 2.9 (12th, -1)
Points per game against: 25.7 (28th, -3)
Passer rating offense: 103.3 (3rd, no change)
Opp passer rating: 88.3 (16th, +1)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.1 (17th, +1)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 4.0 (17th, No change)
Third down conversions: 38.2% (16th, +1)
Opp. Third-down conversions: 40.9% (23rd , +1)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 8.5% (14th, -5)
Playoff chances per FO: 16.5%, -22.7 percentage points from last week
Trending in the right direction: The Redskins didn’t play bad defense against the Cowboys. They were up a tick in third-down conversions and in opponent passer rating. That’s not much to celebrate but it’s better than sliding down the rankings as they have in recent weeks.
Trending in the wrong direction: The offense has been sluggish, with the running game mostly on the shelf. They fell six notches in yards per game and three in points per game.
Tandler on Twitter
Four of the Redskins' five O-line starters are in sweats, will not practice. Only Morgan Moses is in uniform pic.twitter.com/aSqL9JGyHw— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) November 1, 2017
From the locker room
Terrelle Pryor on adjusting to not being the focus of the offense.Posted by Rich Tandler on Wednesday, November 1, 2017
In case you missed it
- Redskins practice once again dominated by injury talk
- Another Redskin to IR, could mean return of Hall
- Running game is key to Redskins getting back on track