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Need to Know: State of the Redskins, Week 11

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Need to Know: State of the Redskins, Week 11

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 16, three days before the Washington Redskins play the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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Today’s schedule: Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky news conferences and open locker room after practice, approx. 3 p.m.

Days until:

—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 3
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 7
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 14

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The Redskins rounded out their roster by signing inside linebacker Zach Vigil. He was with the team all offseason and in training camp and the preseason so he is familiar with the defense.

State of the Redskins

Note: I have decided to abbreviate the State of the Redskins post and omit the stats. I will occasionally include them when I break this out into a separate post.

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The injury bug continues to bite—It’s the old two steps forward, one step back scenario. The Redskins have most of their starting offensive line back but now two starters, RB Rob Kelley and ILB Will Compton, have been put on injured reserve. Maybe they can take another couple of steps forward this week if they can get DE Matt Ioannidis and TE Jordan Reed back. But the way this season is going it will be time for another shoe to drop.

Rushing game missing—The Redskins have not rushed for 100 or more yards in a game since the loss to the Chiefs right before the bye. Not surprisingly, they have been 2-3 in that stretch, with the wins coming against the woeful 49ers and in near-miracle fashion in Seattle. Like most teams, the Redskins need a sustained running game if they are going to have sustained success.

No home cooking—The Redskins’ loss to the Vikings dropped them to 2-3 at FedEx Field. That’s after going 4-4 there last year. It’s probably not a coincidence that the last time they played well at home when they went 6-2 in 2015, they made the playoffs. Yes, the visiting team jerseys in the stands are annoying but it’s up to the Redskins to play well enough to keep their voices out of it and put a compelling product on the field, and a compelling experience in the entire stadium, to make ticket holders feel they are getting great value and hold on to their tickets.

Record: 4-5, 3rd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-3
vs. NFC: 3-4
vs. AFC: 1-1
Home: 2-3
Away: 2-2

Next three games

Sunday @ Saints—The Saints’ offense has remained strong while their defense has gone from awful to better than average. With Drew Brees as good as ever throwing the ball and running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara pounding the rock, this is the toughest game left on the Redskins’ schedule.

Thanksgiving vs. Giants—It’s easy to look at this as a game where the Redskins carve up the Giants, a team in utter disarray and without many key players. But the team and fans would be well advised to look at New York’s Sunday night win in Denver a few weeks ago and not write off their NFC East rivals.

Nov. 30 @ Cowboys—The Redskins go back-to-back Thursday nights for the first time ever. The Cowboys will be without Ezekiel Elliott, who won’t have a court hearing on his suspension being lifted until the day after this game. They looked bad without Elliott, and perhaps more importantly, left tackle Tyron Smith against the Falcons. We will see how they look in two weeks.

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Redskins Inactives: Trent Williams a late scratch vs. Cardinals

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Redskins Inactives: Trent Williams a late scratch vs. Cardinals

LANDOVER, MD—The weekly question of whether Trent Williams will be able to play today against the Cardinals has been answered.

The Pro Bowl left tackle is inactive and will not play against Arizona. Ty Nsekhe will start in his place.

The following players are inactive for the Redskins:

RELATED: REDSKINS VS. CARDINALS GAME PREVIEW

  • S Montae Nicholson
  • ILB Zach Brown
  • C Demetrius Rhaney
  • OL Kyle Kalis
  • OT Trent Williams
  • DL Terrell McClain
  • WR Robert Davis

Williams will miss his fourth game of the season with a right knee injury that will require surgery in the offseason. Nsekhe is an adequate replacement but he will be up against Chandler Jones, who has 14 sacks on the season, much of the day.

Brown is the key subtraction from the defensive lineup. The NFL’s leader in combined tackles has dealt with injuries all season but an illness plus injuries to his toe, Achilles, and hip kept him out of practice all week. It was announced that he would be out for Sunday when the final injury report was released on Friday.

Nicholson will miss his fourth straight game after sustaining a concussion. That injury and shoulder problems have sent what appeared to be a promising rookie season off track.

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Redskins Schedule: Week 15 vs. Cardinals game time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch and Betting Odds

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Redskins Schedule: Week 15 vs. Cardinals game time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch and Betting Odds

Heading into Week 15 for a lot of Washington Redskins, the burning question is no longer about the team's outside chance of getting to the playoffs.

It's now about how well the Redskins could do in the 2018 NFL Draft

The Redskins' awful 30-13 loss on the road to the Los Angeles Chargers ended any hope Washington had of winning out and getting some help from other teams to make the playoffs. The Redskins dropped to 5-8 and still have three more games on the schedule vs. the Cardinals, Broncos and Giants. 

First up are the Cardinals, who will take on the Redskins at FedEx Field on Sunday. Maybe a home crowd is what they need to light a little fire under them so they can finish the season strong, even if it'd be for empty victories. 

Washington's defense will have to play better than it has to stop the combination of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald. Plus, in case you forgot, Adrian Peterseon is leading the Cardinals rushing offense, and he's always a threat.

RELATED: 2018 NFL MOCK DRAFT 3.0

But before the Week 15 Redskins-Cardinals matchup, here's everything you need to know going into the game, including start time, TV channel, how to stream it and betting odds. 

Week 15 Redskins vs. Cardinals

Who: Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins

Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

What: Week 15 of the 2017 NFL season

When: Sunday, December 17, 1 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FOX

Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (Try for free)

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Betting Odds: According to OddsShark.com, the Washington Redskins are 4.5-point favorites over the Cardinals. 

Washington Redskins 2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1 (Sun. 9/10): 30-17 loss vs. Eagles (0-1)

Week 2 (Sun. 9/17): 27-20 win at Rams (1-1)

Week 3 (Sun. 9/24): 27-10 win vs. Raiders (2-1)

Week 4 (Mon. 10/2): 29-20 loss at Chiefs (2-2)

Week 5 (Sun. 10/8): BYE WEEK

Week 6 (Sun. 10/15): 26-24 win vs. 49ers (3-2)

Week 7 (Mon. 10/23): 34-24 loss at Eagles (3-3)

Week 8 (Sun. 10/29): 33-19 loss vs. Cowboys (3-4)

Week 9 (Sun. 11/5): 17-14 win at Seahawks (4-4)

Week 10 (Sun. 11/12): 38-30 loss vs. Vikings (4-5)

Week 11 (Sun. 11/29): 34-31 OT loss at Saints (4-6)

Week 12 (Thurs. 11/23): 20-10 win vs. Giants (5-6)

Week 13 (Thurs. 11/30): 38-14 loss at Cowboys (5-7)

Week 14 (Sun. 12/10): 30-13 loss at Chargers (5-8)

Week 15 (Sun. 12/17): vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 p.m. 

Week 16 (Sun. 12/24): vs. Denver Broncos, 1:00 p.m.

Week 17 (Sun. 12/31): at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. 

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