We have our first Redskin appearing in NFL Networks Top 100 players of 2012 list. Its London Fletcher at No. 87.If the list really meant much of anything, we might launch into a full-blown post about how there arent 86 better players in the NFL than Fletcher, how he is constantly underrated and overlooked, and so on. But the fact is that the list, which is drawn up using the vague criteria of current players ranking their peers (How many voted? Could the vote on players on their own team? Do they have to have played against that player?) is devoid of any significance makes it a wise decision to save outrage for things that matter.The video is pretty good, although you would think that they could have found a player currently on the teams roster to sing Fletchers praises instead of LaRon Landry.If any more Redskins make the list well be sure to greet the news with the appropriate yawn.
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, November 21, two days before the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants on Thanksgiving Day at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden press conference and open locker room, 11:45 a.m.; the team will conduct a walkthrough instead of a practice.
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 9
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 19
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 26
Quantifying the problem with giving up late points:
Anyone who has watched the Redskins this year knows that they have had problems keeping other teams from scoring points late in the first half and at the end of the game. How bad is the problem? Let’s look at the numbers.
The Redskins have given up 266 points on the season. That’s 31st in the NFL. Of those points, 96 have been scored in last three minutes of the first and second halves. Opponents have put up 12 touchdowns, eight one-point conversions, two two-point conversions, and four field goals.
For comparison, the average NFL team has given up around 40 points near the end of each half. Looking at defensive scores allowed only (two of the late touchdowns against Washington were on returns), the Redskins have allowed 10 touchdowns while no other team has allowed more than seven. The average is 3.96 touchdowns given up late by each team.
You can look at it this way. In the first 27 minutes of each half of their 10 games, the Redskins have given up 170 points, or about .31 points per minute. In the other six minutes of the games, the final three of each half, the Redskins give up 1.6 points per minute played.
How have the Redskins done scoring points late in each half? They have put up five touchdowns and three field goals, a total of 44 points.
How does this affect the big picture? On the season, the Redskins’ net point differential is minus-28. If you take out the late scores, they are at plus-24. It usually works out that the teams that have positive point differentials have winning records and those with negative performances are under .500.
We saw that big picture up close on Sunday. At the end of the first half, it looked like the Redskins were going to get at least a field goal as they had a nice drive going. But the drive stalled, a false start forced them to abandon even a field goal try and the Saints put together a quick drive for a field goal as time in the half ran out. Then, of course, there was the touchdown and tying two-point conversion with just over a minute left in regulation. That’s minus-10 in the last three minutes of a game they lost in overtime.
Tandler on Twitter
After giving up 38 and 34 points the last two weeks, the #Redskins are now 31st in the league in points allowed with 266.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) November 20, 2017
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Through 11 weeks, the NFL's playoff picture is far from clear. But one thing is: The NFC is the superior conference.
And that's not just because Nathan Peterman plays in the AFC.
In this week's rankings, seven teams in the top 10 come from the NFC. The middle and back-end of the rankings even out, but at the top, one side of the league is stronger than the other.
The bottom line is that a few deserving squads in the NFC will miss out on the postseason. Meanwhile, in the opposite conference, a couple of mediocre ones will be playing in January.
To see who lands where overall in the post-Week 11 breakdown, click the link above or below. You know who No. 32 is, but there was plenty of movement in the other 31 spots.