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State of the Redskins, Week 4—Stats, trends, and storylines

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State of the Redskins, Week 4—Stats, trends, and storylines

The Redskins are officially streaking after back-to-back wins over the Rams and Raiders.

With a third straight game against a team from the West on Monday night, here is where the Redskins stand in Week 4 of the NFL season.

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Top Three Storylines:

— Sustainability
The defense was dominant and the offense was efficient against a quality opponent. Was the big win over the Raiders a one-time fluke or was it a sign that the team has improved and that game could be duplicated? That is a question everyone wants to have answered but it will remain in the “to be determined” category for several more weeks, at least.  

— A top defense
The Washington defense was excellent against the Raiders and solid in the team’s first two games. Have the five new starters, defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula transformed the unit from one that would bend and often break to what could be a legitimate top-10 defense? This element of the team’s success seems to be sustainable but, as noted above, time will tell.

— Running wild
The running game was conspicuously missing in Week 1 but it has recovered to the point where the Redskins are in the top 10 in the league in rushing. Like the defense, we don’t know for sure if this is sustainable. But the Redskins are taking advantage of it while it’s working.

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Redskins record through Week 3:

— Overall: 2-1, T-1st in NFC East
— vs. NFC East: 0-1
— vs. NFC: 1-1
— vs. AFC: 1-0
— Home: 1-1
— Away: 1-0

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Redskins' NFL Rankings

— Offense (yards/game): 273.7 (8th)
— Defense (yards/game): 272.0 (5th)
— Points for: 71 (13th)
— Points against: 60 (9th)

— Passer rating offense:  105.3 (6th)
— Opp passer rating: 81.2 (8th)
— Yards/rush attempt: 4.5 (7)
— Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 3.2 (7th)
— Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 27.6%% (6th)
— Playoff chances per FO: 52.1%, +17.8 percentage points from last week

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— In the right direction: To pick just one piece of the defense, you have to be impressed with the opposing passer rating, a number the statheads say is a pretty good measure of a pass defense. Last year they were a mediocre 20th.

— In the wrong direction: They’re down just one notch in points scored; they were 12th last year. But they have too much talent on offense to be outside of the top 10.  

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Redskins' Next Three Games

— Monday @ Chiefs—The Redskins’ numbers and rankings above look good but the Chiefs are ahead of them in virtually every category. This game is a big opportunity for Washington to make a big statement on a national stage for a second straight game.  

— October 15 vs. 49ers (0-3)—Kyle Shanahan will want to put up a good showing against his former employer but he won’t be bringing a very good team to Washington after the bye.

— October 23 @ Eagles (2-1)—It’s kind of an odd scheduling format here that the Redskins finished with the Eagles before they play either of their other NFC East rivals. Philly got a solid win in Washington in Week 1 and the Redskins won’t want to fall to 0-2 in the division.

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Why the Jonathan Allen injury will be tough to swallow for the Redskins

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Why the Jonathan Allen injury will be tough to swallow for the Redskins

The Redskins received bad news when tests revealed that rookie dynamo Jonathan Allen will miss at least the next three weeks with a Lisfranc Injury.

Losing Allen will be a serious blow for the Redskins. There's just no way to sugarcoat that. For fans looking for a silver lining, be happy the injury isn't more severe, and hope that Allen can be back inside of a month. 

Allen, spotted leaving FedEx Field in a walking boot on Sunday night after the Redskins 26-24 win over the 49ers, has been a tremendous boost for the Redskins defensive line.

He's started all five games for Washington this season, logged one sack and 10 tackles. 

Even more than his stats, however, Allen has provided a tremendous interior push for the 'Skins defensive line.

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Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan have already combined for eight sacks this year; much of that is thanks to Allen cratering the pocket and forcing quarterbacks to the edge. 

Per Pro Football Focus, Allen ranks as the third-best overall player on the Redskins defense. His partner in crime on the line, Matt Ioannidis, is having a truly incredible second season, and likely owes some of the growth from the 2016 season to playing next to the rookie from Alabama. 

With Allen on the shelf, the Redskins will be forced to rely more on a combination of Stacy McGee, Terrell McClain, Ziggy Hood and it would seem Anthony Lanier will see his first action of the season. 

The current three to four week timeframe for the Lisfranc injury would mean Allen misses the Eagles game next Monday night as well as the Cowboys game at the end of the month. In three weeks, the Redskins face the Seahawks in Seattle, and Washington is a month out from facing Minnesota at home. 

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Week 6 NFC East Update: Giants break through, Eagles fly and trouble looms in Dallas

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Week 6 NFC East Update: Giants break through, Eagles fly and trouble looms in Dallas

The Redskins got an important, if ugly, win on Sunday, but the other NFC East teams in play got victories too. Even the Giants. 

The biggest story in the division, however, didn't play out on the football field. A Texas judge reinstated the suspension of Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, which could have a big impact in Dallas. Here's the NFC East update:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1, 2-0) - The impressive start continues for the Eagles. Philly went to Carolina last Thursday and beat the Panthers 28-23 behind three touchdowns from QB Carson Wentz. Offensively, the Eagles rank in the top-10 in nearly every main offensive category, including third in the league with 383 yards-per-game. Up next: vs Redskins on Monday Night Football.
  2. Washington Redskins (3-2, 0-1) - The Redskins had to beat the 49ers, and while it was hardly easy, Jay Gruden's team got the victory. One odd statistic: The Redskins have only scored 13 TDs this season. That's just one more touchdown on the year than the Giants, and fewer than both the Eagles and Cowboys. Up next: @ Philly on Monday Night Football
  3. Dallas Cowboys ( 2-3, 1-0) - The Cowboys didn't even play this week, but they took a big loss in the court room. A Texas judge reinstated the six-game NFL suspension for star RB Ezekiel Elliott. Now, this suspension has taken a number of legal twists and turns, and more could come, but it continues to be a distraction for Jerry Jones' squad. Up next: @ San Francisco
  4. New York Giants (1-5, 0-2) - The Giants finally broke through with a win — and in an unlikely game at Denver. The Big Blue defense showed up like it was 2016, and the offense stuck with the run game throughout the Mile High contest.

 

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