Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 28, one day before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: No media availability
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 8
—Vikings @ Redskins (11/12) 15
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 26
Key injury update
Out: ILB Mason Foster (shoulder, IR), C Spencer Long (knees)
Questionable: OT Trent Williams (knee), OT Morgan Moses (ankles), G Brandon Scherff (knee), C Josh Norman (rib), OLB Preston Smith (groin)
You can find the injury report article here. To engage in some speculation here, I think that all three of the starting O-linemen will go, although I’m not as confident about Scherff as the other two. And any of the three could come out before the end of the game. Norman is nearly 100 percent. Smith should start but he could be on a limited snap count.
The Redskins week that was
Five takeaways from Philly including a silver lining—In two of the Redskins’ losses they had an early lead and failed to hold it. And they got scares against the Rams and 49ers because they failed to keep the hammer down, turning potential routs into close games. The Redskins have outscored their opponents 30-7 in the first quarter and 85-57 in the first half. But they need to adjust as they are getting outscored 90-55 in the second half.
Wide receiver decisions: A swing and a miss—Some interesting thoughts from J.P. Finlay on how the Redskins handled the Jackson-Garçon free agency decisions this offseason. The most eye-opening fact presented is that the Redskins don’t have a wide receiver in the top 90 in receiving yards. I agree with Finlay that paying Garçon and/or Jackson made no sense for this team at this time. As to the replacements, we have 10 more games to see how the bodies of work of Josh Doctson and Terrelle Pryor turn out.
Mounting injury concerns—Several of our top posts dealt with injury news. It’s been a while since they have been this banged up going into a game with Mason Foster going to injured reserve, two other players out, and 10 players questionable. Usually, players who are questionable end up playing but if gutting it out through an injury significantly diminishes the effectiveness of the likes of Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff, and Josh Norman, the Redskins could have a very tough mountain to climb tomorrow.
Is Cousins the long-term answer for the Redskins at QB? I got a ton of feedback about this post, in which I wondered if a Redskins team with a highly-paid Kirk Cousins at quarterback could compete with an Eagles team with a cheap Carson Wentz and a Cowboys team paying Dak Prescott a fourth-round salary. I didn’t draw a grand conclusion but just pointed out that it’s a tough decision for the front office to make. Take a look at the post and let me know what you think.
Don't let a skewed Redskins stat fool you—A couple of late scores have distorted how the Redskins’ defense performs in two-minute situations in each half. They haven’t been as good as you’d like them to be with the clock winding down but they aren’t the worst, as a graphic on ESPN implied.
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From the locker room
Zach Brown on dealing with the injury to Mason Foster, who is headed to IR with a shoulder issuePosted by Rich Tandler on Friday, October 27, 2017
In case you missed it
- Who's In and Who's Out
- Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Cowboys
- Dallas Week + Must Win
- Redskins might need help, but Boldin isn't a fit