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Since 1999, top offensive performances rare

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Since 1999, top offensive performances rare

In 1999, the Redskins were second in the NFL in both points scored with 443 and yards gained with 5965. They have not come close to matching that offensive performance since then.The points soared in 99 because the Redskins had a quartet of offensive skill players who were very productive. Brad Johnson passed for 4,005 yards, Stephen Davis rushed for 1,405 yards, Michael Westbrook had 1,191 yards receiving and Albert Connell had 1,132 yards receiving.Since then the Redskins have not been able to come close to getting productivity like that from their quarterback, running back, and two wide receivers in the same season. In fact, they have struggled to get even one offensive skill position player to put up numbers like the four that they fielded in 1999.Here are the players who have started the most games at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver since that season. The players production when they exceeded 3,500 yards passing, 1,200 yards rushing, or 1,000 yards receiving for the season is noted:Year, QB, RB, WR, WR2000: Johnson, Davis (1318), Connell, James Thrash
2001: Tony Banks, Davis (1432), Westbrook, Rod Gardner
2002: Shane Matthews, Davis, Gardner (1006), Derrius Thompson
2003: Patrick Ramsey, Trung Candidate, Laveranues Coles (1204), Gardner
2004: Mark Brunell, Clinton Portis (1315), Coles, Gardner
2005: Brunell, Portis (1516), Santana Moss (1483), David Patten
2006: Brunell, Ladell Betts, Moss, Antwaan Randle El
2007: Jason Campbell, Portis (1262), Moss, Randle El
2008: Campbell, Portis (1487), Moss (1044), Randle El
2009: Campbell, Portis, Moss, Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly
2010: Donovan McNabb, Ryan Torain, Moss (1115), Anthony Armstrong
2011: Rex Grossman, Roy Helu, Moss, Jabar GaffneySo after having four noteworthy offensive skill performances in one season, the Redskins have had 11 in the ensuing 12 seasons. They had as many as two in one year just twice, in 2005 and 2008. They finished 13th in points scored in 2005 and 11th in yards gained. That is the only season since 1999 when they finished in the top half of the NFL in both points and yards. The Redskins have yet to place in the top 10 in either category since 99.Mike Shanahan, considered to be one of the best offensive minds in the business, has been unable to shake the Redskins out of their offensive malaise. His two Redskins teams have averaged 25th in points scored and 17th in yards gained. He now has his handpicked quarterback and some expensive new receivers at his command to try to fix the problem.

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Eagles

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 23, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.

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Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Eagles, 8:30 pm, ESPN

Days until:

—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 13
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 31

Final report on injures of note:
Out
: CB Josh Norman (rib),
Questionable: OT Trent Williams (knee)CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle),
See the full injury report and analysis here

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Eagles

—The first time these teams met, both scored defensive touchdowns. Ryan Kerrigan got the first Redskins points on the board with a pick six of Carson Wentz in the second quarter. With a minute and a half left, Fletcher Cox wrapped up the game for his team with a 20-yard return of a very controversial fumble. The difference tonight could well be a defensive or special teams score.

—In that game, the Redskins never let the Eagles get any sort of running game going. The Eagles rushed for 54 yards, the second-lowest total for a Washington opponent this year. And they had 24 attempts (2.4 yards per) so it wasn’t as though they didn’t try. The Redskins could use another strong effort against the run this time as well.

—I examined third downs in the first look at this game a few days ago. Since then, this was bought to my attention.

Third downs could be a fatal flaw for the Redskins. The Eagles’ ability to convert third and long situations was a key to them being able to survive without much of a running game in the opener. The Redskins need to hold the Eagles to 40 percent or less on all third downs and to 25 percent or less on third and long. And they will have to do it without Josh Norman, their best defensive back.

—In the first meeting, the matchup of the Redskins’ offensive line and the Eagles’ defensive front went decidedly in Philly’s direction. Washington rushed for just 64 yards and Kirk Cousins was sacked four times. There were plenty of concerns about the line, especially RT Morgan Moses, who gave up two sacks, and RG Brandon Scherff, who gave up four total pressures. Those two and the unit as a whole have been better since that game. The Redskins’ front will need to win that battle this time around.

Prediction: A Week 7 game is not really a must-win when you have a winning record. There is a lot of season left to be played. But if the Redskins are going to take the next step and stay in the thick of things for the ideal playoff seeding, they need to take this one. This year in the NFL, just when everyone thinks they have things figured out something happens to flip the script. Everyone now figures that the Eagles are the best team in the NFC and perhaps the best in the NFL. They are ripe for an upset.

Redskins 24, Eagles 20

Season prediction record: 2-3

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Trent Williams needs knee surgery eventually, but the timeline has many factors

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Trent Williams needs knee surgery eventually, but the timeline has many factors

PHILADELPHIA — Arguably the Redskins best player, all of the NFL knows that Trent Williams can still play at a high level while dealing with injury. 

How long Williams can play though injury seems the more important question though as reports emerged the left tackle will need knee surgery at some point. That could come in the next few weeks, or as Redskins fans hope, perhaps at the end of the season.

Currently playing with a torn medial patella-femoral ligament in his right knee, the six-time Pro Bowler has not practiced since sustaining the injury three weeks ago in Kansas City. He was able to gut out a strong performance last week against the 49ers, and is expected to do the same Monday night against the Eagles.

One factor that might be pushing Williams to play with such a damaged right leg is that backup tackle Ty Nsekhe is also out after having surgery on his core muscles. 

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Nsekhe is expected back relatively soon, but the timeline remains murky. When he can come back, perhaps Williams will reconsider his options. 

Surgery for the torn MPFL will leave Williams with a five or six-month recovery. 

It's obvious the Redskins' offense is best with Williams on the field. Nsekhe, however, proved a capable backup last season when Williams served a four-game suspension. 

Without Nsekhe, the Redskins would go to veteran T.J. Clemmings should Williams be unable to play. Nsekhe has not played since a Week 3 win over Oakland. The Redskins added Clemmings to the roster in early September, after their fourth preseason game. He spent the last two seasons with the Vikings. 

For now, the Redskins will continue to hope Williams can play through the pain.

"Trent is a tough guy, so we will see how it works, see how feels tomorrow and go from there," Jay Gruden said of Williams on Saturday. 

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