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State of the Redskins, Week 6: Key stats, trends and storylines

State of the Redskins, Week 6: Key stats, trends and storylines

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 6 of the NFL season.

Top three storylines:

Walking wounded—There was a lot of concern about the Redskins’ early bye but it couldn’t have come at a better time. Had they been scheduled to play last Sunday on a short week coming off of a Monday night game you have to wonder if a number of mainstays like Trent Williams and D.J. Swearinger would have been able to play. After a week, there appears to be a chance that everyone except Josh Norman, who is out with a broken rib, will be able to play on Sunday.

Taking the next step—The two teams the Redskins lost to, the Eagles and Chiefs, are a combined 9-1. Those were “good” losses, if there is such a thing, but the Redskins need to move beyond quality defeats and turn them into stunning victories. If they take care of business against the winless 49ers they will have a chance to prove their mettle with games in Philadelphia, against Dallas at home, and at the Seahawks. A couple of wins in that stretch would make a statement.

Cousins catching fire—After a tepid start, the quarterback is on a roll, with five touchdowns, no interceptions, 10.8 yards per pass attempt, and a 138 passer rating in his last two games. There still are some issues connecting with receivers Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson. If those come along, the passing game to jump to the next level.


Record: 2-2, 2nd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 1-1
vs. AFC: 1-1
Home: 1-1
Away: 1-1

Rankings  and changes from Week 4

Offense (yards/game): 363.0 (8th, no change from Week 4)
Defense (yards/game): 311.3 (9th, -4)
Points for: 91 (13th, no change)
Points against: 89 (18th, -9)

Passer rating offense:  107.6 (4th, +2)
Opp passer rating: 87.5 (11th, -3)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.5 (9th, -2)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 3.8 (15th, -8)
Third down conversions: 38% (19th)
Opp. Third-down conversions: 42.0% (18th)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 24.1% (2nd, +4)
Playoff chances per FO: 49.2%, +1.8 percentage points from last week

Trending in the right direction: Don’t look now, but the Redskins are second in the league in DVOA behind only the Chiefs. That’s up from fourth last week. It looks impressive but it’s early; consider that the Jaguars are third and they have some awful losses.  

Trending in the wrong direction: The defense slipped in nearly every major category after facing Kansas City. They have a chance to right the ship this week against the offensively-challenged 49ers.   


Next three games

Sunday vs. 49ers (0-5)—Kyle Shanahan will want to put up a good showing against his former employer but he won’t be bringing a very good team to Washington on Sunday. But the Redskins tend to struggle as heavy favorites so they need to be very careful.  

October 23 @ Eagles (4-1)—It’s kind of an odd scheduling format here that the Redskins finished with the Eagles before they play either of their other NFC East rivals. Philly got a solid win in Washington in Week 1 and the Redskins won’t want to fall to 0-2 in the division. This could be for first place in the division, pending the Eagles’ result against the Panthers on Thursday night and Washington’s ability to handle the 49ers.

October 26 vs. Cowboys (2-3)—The two losses to the Cowboys last year were on the long list of reasons why the Redskins failed to make the playoffs. Washington’s run defense has improved but mobile quarterbacks like Dak Prescott still give them problems.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 17, 40 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Redskins and NFL free agency tracker—I started this a week ago today and it grew to 3,500 words. The problem was there wasn’t much to add by the time that free agency actually started at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The legal tampering period or, as I dubbed it to avoid an oxymoron being used, the “permitted tampering-like activities period” was when all of the news happened. By the time actual free agency opened on Wednesday afternoon it pretty much was all over. Thanks to those of you who followed along.

Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source—Since Kirk Cousins’ departure was a foregone conclusion, Brown was the Redskins’ most important free agent. His retention provides continuity in the defense and that will benefit both the team and Brown. His contract (preliminary numbers three years, $24 million) showed that the Redskins are willing to invest some money in the inside linebacker spot for the first time since Joe Gibbs brought in London Fletcher to play middle linebacker in 2007.

Report: Kirk Cousins to sign epic new deal with Vikings—We heard you, folks. The collective voice of the fans who visit NBC Sports Washington on a regular basis let us know that you were not interested in a lot of posts about the Cousins saga that was unfolding in Minnesota. So this was one of very few articles on Cousins that we posted even though Cousins posts have been popular, but with the vast majority of traffic coming from out of town. So, you’re welcome. It should be noted that we will write about Cousins in the future but infrequently.

Redskins officially announce 5-year deal with WR Richardson—He was the opening act for the Alex Smith press conference, and he handled himself very well. If Richardson is even moderately successful I think he will be a major fan favorite.  

Tweet of the week

Here is what fans need to know—a team can afford to do virtually anything it wants in free agency in a given year. If they wanted to the Redskins could restructure deals and sign all of their free agents to contracts that have very small first-year cap hits, creating room to sign the Honey Badger or Suh. The problems come in later years when the cap space you pushed back starts to pile up. The Redskins generally do squeeze free agent contracts into relatively small cap spaces. For example, Richardson’s deal average $8 million per year but the 2018 cap hit is just $4 million. But they don’t like to restructure deals to push money back into later years. That created problems during the Vinny Cerrato years.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 30
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 132
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 176

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.