Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, October 20, three days before the Washington Redskins travel to Detroit to play the Lions.
—Today's schedule: Joe Barry press conference 12:40; Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 3 p.m.
—Days until: Redskins vs. Bengals in London 10; Vikings @ Redskins 24; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 36
Injuries of note:
Did not practice—Jackson (shoulder), Doctson (Achilles)
Limited—Reed (concussion), Cravens (concussion)
Wednesday injuy report
Around Redskins Park
—While fans may be happy with the Redskins’ four-game winning streak, most of the players don’t think that they’re really accomplished anything. “The only thing we're doing is what we're supposed to do, win games,” said DE Ricky Jean Francois. “We're supposed to go out and execute each and every week. We're winning because that's what we're to do. I ain't going to be happy about it. If you win, you win, OK, cool. Only time I'm going to be happy is the at I'm sitting in Houston and we're holding up that Lombardi Trophy.”
—Here’s more along the same lines from Will Blackmon: “Right now, it's just one game at a time. I feel like we really haven't done anything significant yet as a team. Yeah, right now we've won four games in a row but some of those games we could have won by more. A game that we lost we could have had, little mistakes here and there. We have yet to put together a complete, dominant game where we just wipe someone off the field.”
More Redskins: Jackson confident he'll play despite injured shoulder
—Even though it’s early in the season the fact that the Redskins’ starting quarterback is not under contract for next year does cross my mind. John Keim of ESPN wrote a stats-based post comparing Cousins to other quarterbacks who are making more than the $20 million that he is pulling in this season. Stats are important but the quarterback market does strange things. There is no way that numbers justified Brock Osweiler’s deal with the Texans. I’ll take a closer look at this over the bye week but I will say that right now I do think they will get a long-term deal hammered out.
—Is the Redskins’ running game sustainable? They have 525 yards rushing in their last four games. The teams they faced are currently ranked first, 10th, 18th, and 27th against the run. The team ranked first was the Ravens and the Redskins gained only 60 yards on the ground against them, by far their worst rushing game in that stretch. In the next two weeks they face the teams ranked 20th and 21st. But after that they have the Vikings and Packers who are fourth and second, respectively. Those games will be the test to see if the Redskins’ offensive line can get it done against another top rushing defense.
—Jamison Crowder has been targeted just 10 times in the last three games. He has eight receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown. For the season, he’s fourth on the team in targets but second in receiving yards. That’s excellent productivity. Not that the offense has been struggling lately but it seems that targeting Crowder more often is a strategy that would pay off.
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