DALLAS—Here are five things we’ve learned about the Redskins as they enter the NFL playoffs.
1) Sean McVay may be a pretty good offensive coordinator
When the Redskins were struggling earlier this year, many were wondering if the Redskins’ young offensive coordinator was in over his head. But in their last six games, the Redskins have jumped out to big leads four times—20-0 against the Giants, 14-0 in Chicago, 28-3 against the Bills, and 21-0 today. And they have a streak of three straight games with 34 points or more. Certainly it’s not all McVay but when he’s getting the blame when the offense isn’t moving the ball he should get some credit when they are.
2) The Redskins are a deserving playoff team
The Redskins are the fifth NFL team since the 2010 season to get into the playoffs with nine or fewer wins. Something that happens almost once a year is not a fluke. They have won seven of their last 10 games, making them one of the hotter teams in the league going into the playoffs.
3) Alfred Morris could be a valuable asset in the playoffs
Morris posted a 100-yard game for the first time since Week 1. Some of that may have been due to playing a Cowboys defense that was not very good. But he was breaking tackles and running hard like the three-time, 1,000-yard back that he was coming into this year. The Redskins will need a running game if they are going to make any noise in the playoffs. No. 46 just might be able to provide it.
4) The Redskins’ defense is effective as long as they are opportunistic
The stats against the Redskins defense were not pretty, as the Cowboys racked up 512 yards with Kellen Moore throwing for 435. But they got four takeaway, recovering two fumbles and picking off two of Moore’s passes. And that was the difference between what may have been a sticky game near the end and one in which the Redskins maintained a comfortable lead throughout. They finished the season with 23 takeaways; only 10 NFL teams had more.
5) Kirk Cousins could be very, very good
He just keeps getting better. His teammates appreciate him and he posted his third QB rating of over 150 in the last six games. This one doesn’t count really as he didn’t have enough attempts for the NFL to recognize it. He finished the season with a passer rating of 101 with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Those are franchise QB numbers.