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State of the Redskins, wild card week: O-line change on tap

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State of the Redskins, wild card week: O-line change on tap

Here is where the Redskins stand at the end of the NFL regular season:

Record: 9-7, won NFC East title
vs. NFC East: 4-2
vs. NFC: 8-4
vs. AFC: 1-3
Home: 6-2
Away: 3-5

Key stats changes from 2014-2015

 

Rankings (through Sunday’s games)

Offense (yards/game): 353.8 (17th)
Defense (yards/game): 380.2 (28th)
Passer rating offense:  102.0 (3rd)
Opp passer rating: 96.1 (22nd)
Yards/rush attempt: 3.7 (29th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.8 (31st)
DVOA through Week 17 (Football Outsiders): -0.5% (15th)

Top three storylines:

On to the playoffs—The Redskins are going to try to get their first home playoff win since 1999 when they take on the Packers this Sunday. They are certainly a flawed team but they are on a roll and we will see if they can survive and advance starting a 4:40.

OL change on tap—It looks like Kory Lichtensteiger, who was just activated from the IR/return list, will start at center, sending Josh LeRibeus to the bench. The veteran has been very active around Redskins Park while on the shelf but he hasn’t played a full game since October 11. We will see if he can last 70 snaps.

Off year for elite QB—Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the game but he isn’t having a great season. In fact, he is behind Kirk Cousins is almost every major statistical category. But even if Rodgers is not at the top of his game he has 12 games of playoff experience to draw on and if only because of him the Packers will be a tough out.

The playoffs

Sunday vs. Packers (10-6)—The Redskins are slight favorites over the Packers. If they are going to avoid the upset, Kirk Cousins is going to need to have a big game and the Redskins’ defense will have to keep a Green Bay offense that has been struggling (4 TD’s in last 3 games) from getting healthy at their expense.

If the Redskins win, their next opponent will be determined by the result of the other NFC wild card game. If the Vikings win, the Redskins would go to Carolina for the second time this year. Should the Seahawks prevail, a Redskins win would send them to Arizona for a Saturday night game.

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Three plays that show why the Redskins' screen game is so effective

Three plays that show why the Redskins' screen game is so effective

By Ryan Wormeli

The Redskins eked out a close win at home on Sunday, coming away with a 26-24 final over the 49ers. One of the keys to the team's success on offense was their effective screen game. 

Doc Walker says running back Chris Thompson is the best in the NFL at catching screens and turning them into big plays. Still, he knows it takes more than just one great player to find success in the screen game.

On Redskins Gameplan, he turned to the film to break down three big plays from Sunday's victory, highlighting the offensive line in giving Thompson the room he needed to make something happen.

Play 1: Recievers getting in on the "Block Party"

Nearly half of the Redskins on the field for this play found themselves with someone to block. Walker points out how active the big guys are, shouting out Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao in particular. The receivers get some shine too, with Doc even pointing out, "You know you gotta give 11 some credit on that."

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Play 2: Trent Williams just keeps looking for guys to block

With the Redskins deep in their own territory, they once again call for a screen pass, and you know Doc gets really excited to see the big fellas move.

"Now watch the big uglies, downfield. Agile! Hostile! Getting after it! Staying on their feet, no belly floppers," exclaimed Walker. "That's the key to it."

Play 3: Brandon Scherff redeems himself later in the drive

Brandon Scherff started off this important drive with a holding penalty, costing his team valuable yards. He then saw the screen pass as an opportunity to make it up to his teammates, and he takes full advantage.

Doc has just one thing to say for players staring down an angry Brandon Scherff.

"You, my friend, are in trouble."

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The Redskins probably hoped their game against the winless 49ers would be a bit more comfortable than a 26-24 victory. Still, when they found themselves in a dogfight, they were able to rely on their quality screen game to get them big yardage when needed, and it helped them come out with a big Week 6 win.

For more segments like this, tune in to Redskins Gameplan at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

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All about the Lisfranc injury, the injury that Jonathan Allen is now dealing with

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Bob Youngentob

All about the Lisfranc injury, the injury that Jonathan Allen is now dealing with

Whether you're a medical expert or not, odds are that when you saw the words "Lisfranc injury" next to the words "Jonathan Allen," you had an inkling that wasn't a good thing. Unfortunately, that inkling was right.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Allen, who was originally expected to miss about a month, will actually be sidelined for the rest of the season because of the Lisfranc issue that popped up in Washington's game vs. San Francisco. So, what's the deal with this injury?

Here's some information on the ailment that ended the first-round pick's first year with the Redskins.

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What part of the foot is affected by a Lisfranc injury?

OrthoInfo.org says that a Lisfranc injury occurs when bones "in the midfoot are broken or ligaments that support the midfoot are torn." They're common with football players because often times they happen when one player steps on the foot of another, or when a player's cleat doesn't release normally from the field.

What's the recovery from a Lisfranc injury like?

Players affected by a Lisfranc injury can opt to take the surgery route or recover without surgery. According to Ian Rapoport, though, Allen has chosen to undergo surgery.

After the operation, Allen will probably stay off the foot for at least a month and a half or two months. He'll then be allowed to slowly bear weight on it, and eventually, the screws should be removed.

Reputable NFL doctor Robert Anderson said in a 2013 interview that the overall process usually takes five or six months. However, as is the case for most surgeries, recovery time does vary.

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What other NFL players have had a Lisfranc injury in the past?

As mentioned earlier, this isn't an uncommon injury in the NFL. Here's a sample of guys who've had it in the recent past:

  • Matt Schaub
  • Le'Veon Bell
  • Jake Locker
  • Morgan Moses (his rookie year was also ended by one)
  • Maurice Jones-Drew
  • Santonio Holmes
  • Jimmy Smith
  • Dwight Freeney

Some guys, like Bell and Freeney, emerged from the injury and continued to improve. But others, like Locker and Holmes, had major difficulty coming back from it.

Can a Lisfranc injury linger?

It sure can, and that's obviously something the Redskins are really, really hoping won't happen with Allen. A study published by the University of Pennsylvania reported that more than 90 percent of players who suffered a Lisfranc injury resumed playing within 15 months (Allen should apparently come back much sooner) and saw no noticeable decrease in performance.

With that being said, arthritis can flare up in the foot. In addition, players can still feel pain long after surgery and long after their return to action. So this is clearly a tricky thing and something that may affect the talented defensive lineman for a long time to come.