We’re counting down to the start of training camp here by looking at some numbers that will be keys to the Redskins’ 2014 season.
29—Running back Roy Helu
There is no question that Alfred Morris will carry the load for the 2014 Redskins. But over the course of 70 snaps per game, 16 games per season some depth at the position will be necessary and Helu will be relied upon heavily throughout the season. It seems likely that the team’s third running back will be either rookie Lache Seastrunk or second-year player Chris Thompson, who did not take a snap on offense last year. Helu’s experience will come in handy.
They probably don’t want him playing as much as he played last year. In 2013 he took 547 snaps to 611 for Morris. That was because Helu was the back in passing situations and they found themselves trailing and in catch-up mode all too often.
Helu excels in pass protection. Per Pro Football Focus he was responsible for pass blocking on 134 snaps last year and he allowed just one sack.
He did get to handle the ball on occasion last year.
The NFL dropped the Redskins' 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday and you will not have to wait long for pundits and fans alike to begin predicting team’s season-long win-loss record.
It’s a fun exercise, and something the football world enjoys doing. Myself included.
But don’t read much -- if anything -- into the schedule right now.
Every year, some teams look mighty in the offseason only to fall apart in the regular season.
Need an example? Many predicted the Giants to be the beasts of the NFC East in 2017, and the Eagles to finish last in the NFC East. What actually happened? The Giants finished 3-13 and the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
The NFL cannot be predicted year to year. It can hardly be predicted week to week.
Last season, two December home games against the Broncos and Cardinals looked very daunting when the schedule came out. Instead, that was a two-game win streak.
Enjoy the schedule release. It’s a fun time to guess what will happen in 2018.
But remember, once the games start, anything can happen.
(For the record: My prediction is 9-7.)
— Another Thanksgiving game for Redskins
The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule is finally here.
We’ve known who the Redskins will play in the 2018 season and where the games will be played since the regular season ended.
Now we know the when.
Here is the Redskins 2018 schedule; games are at 1:00 Eastern unless otherwise indicated.
The first thing that jumps out is the Thanksgiving game. This will be the third straight year that the Redskins have played on Thanksgiving. Two years ago they lost at Dallas and last year the got a win over the Giants at home.
Three Thanksgiving games in a row for a team that is not the Lions or Cowboys, the two teams that traditionally host on Turkey Day, is not without precedent although it is unusual. Besides Dallas and Detroit, only two teams have played in three straight Thanksgiving games since the 1970 merger.
The Bears played every Thanksgiving from 1979-1981. The Cardinals also played three straight, but there is an asterisk there since they hosted the game instead of the Cowboys in 1975 and 1977. In between the played at Dallas on Thanksgiving.
Washington Redskins 2018 Regular-Season Schedule
Week 1: Sunday, 9/9. 4:05 PM at Arizona Cardinals
Week 2 Sunday, 9/16 vs Indianapolis Colts
Week 3 Sunday, 9/23 vs Green Bay Packers
Week 4 BYE
Week 5 Monday, 10/8. 8:15 at New Orleans Saints
Week 6 Sunday, 10/14. vs Carolina Panthers
Week 7 Sunday, 10/21. 4:25 vs Cowboys
Week 8 Sunday, 10/28. At New York Giants
Week 9 Sunday, 11/4. vs Atlanta Falcons
Week 10 Sunday, 11/11. At Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 11 Sunday, 11/18. vs Houston Texans
Week 12 Thursday, 11/22 (Thanksgiving). 4:30 at Dallas Cowboys
Week 13 Monday, 12/3. 8:15 at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 14 Sunday, 12/9. vs New York Giants
Week 15 Sunday, 12/16. At Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 16 Sunday, 12/23. At Tennessee Titans (Time TBD)
Week 17 Sunday, 12/30. vs Philadelphia Eagles
2018 REDSKINS SCHEDULE NOTES:
- If the Redskins are going to take advantage of home cooking, they will need to get off to a good start. They have five home games in the first half of the season. After Week 9 they have just three home games and they face a stretch of four road games in five weeks in late November and December. Three of the teams in that stretch, the Eagles, Jaguars, and Titans, made the playoffs and won at least one game. The Eagles, of course, won it all. The other road game in that stretch is against the Cowboys, who finished 9-7 last year.
- The Redskins will open on the road for the first time since 2014 when they opened in Houston. This year they will have to travel west to Arizona and try to win to remove the goose egg in Jay Gruden’s 0-4 opening-game record as coach of the Redskins.
- They get an early bye, in Week 4. That will be their earliest bye week since 2007 when the bye also came in Week 4.
- On the plus side, their two games in Florida come at times when hot weather is unlikely to be a factor. Their game in Tampa comes in November and the contest at Jacksonville comes in mid-December.
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