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


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.

Welcome to State of the Redskins: Week 4


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.


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


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

Redskins Trending

— 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.  


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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Redskins fail to be competitive on offense or defense vs. the Chargers

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Redskins fail to be competitive on offense or defense vs. the Chargers

CARSON, Calif. — The Redskins limped to the finish line in Week 14 against the Chargers, resulting in the team's least inspiring game of the season.

Here are my observations during the Redskins’ 30-13 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

—The Chargers had a opening good drive going but Anthony Lanier tipped a third-down pass to stall it in the red zone.

A lot of fans missed the drive as this photo shows.


—It was shades of the Redskins’ loss in Kansas City as the Redskins gave help in the form of major penalties to give a hand to an offense that didn’t really need it. The drive was 10 plays, 92 yards, with a pass interference, facemask, and personal foul moving things along for the home team. It’s 10-0 and the Redskins have run five plays with one first down.

—It’s getting late early for the Redskins. Kirk Cousins overthrew a pass intended for Vernon Davis with two defenders in the vicinity. The safety tipped it and linebacker Kyle Emanuel picked it off and returned it to the Redskins 29. The defense held and the Chargers got a field goal to take a 13-0 lead.

—The Redskins got what they needed with some good plays by Cousins to make up for the bad interception. He found Ryan Grant down the middle for 28 yards and then he threw a nice pass to Niles Paul to convert and fourth and two. Three plays later he bought time and threw to Vernon Davis for 23 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins had life at 13-6. 

— One play after the Redskins made it a one-score game, Rivers aired it out to receiver Tyrell Williams, who had left Josh Norman a few steps behind him. The pass was on the money to complete the 75-yard TD play.

—After Cousins and Davis just missed connections on a fourth-down pass:

—The Redskins make it to halftime trailing by “only” 17. The Chargers have racked up 354 yards of offense in the first half. Six times this year the Redskins have given up fewer than that in an entire game. 

—After the Chargers’ first punt:

—Just before the Chargers made it worse by scoring a TD to go up 30-6:

—The Redskins didn’t come to play today. The defense, which is missing only three Week 1 starters, just couldn’t stop the Chargers offense. And the offense had some chances to make it a shootout type of game but something always went wrong.

—My friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. sums it up well here:

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Redskins-Chargers Live Blog: Scores, Stats, Highlights, Updates, Analysis


Redskins-Chargers Live Blog: Scores, Stats, Highlights, Updates, Analysis

The NFL sent two teams to LA this offseason, and the Redskins wasted no time visiting both. 

For the second time this season, the Redskins are in Los Angeles; this time, it's to take on the surging Chargers. Having won four of their last six, the Chargers find themselves right in the thick of the AFC title race. 

The stakes are somewhat lower for the Redskins, who find themselves playing the role of spoiler today. 

So far, the Redskins have released their Inactive List for this afternoon's game. 

Second Quarter

5:30 PM: The Redskins avoid disaster to end the half, as a Chargers draw play brings them down to the 4 before the clock runs out. At half, it remains Chargers 23, Redskins 6. 

5:13 PM: Stop me if you've heard this before. The Chargers kicked another field goal. Chargers 23, Redskins 6. 

5:00 PM: Phillip Rivers beats Josh Norman on a long TD, and everything is TheWorst™ again. Chargers 20, Redskins 6

4:53 PM: Hey, a Redskins touchdown! Cousins connects with Vernon Davis and the Redskins are showing signs of life. PAT is no good. Chargers 13, Redskins 6

4:47 PM: Let's take a moment to get a feel for how Redskins media/fans felt that quarter went:

First Quarter

4:43 PM - The Chargers tack on another FG as the 1st quarter expires. The Redskins are probably going to want to forget that quarter happened. Chargers 13, Redskins 0 

4:36 PM - On the insuing kickoff, Byron Marshall hurt himself on the return. Then Cousins comes out and immediately throws an interception. *inserts This Is Fine meme*

4:30 PM - Make it 10-0. Chargers march down the field and Rivers throws his first TD of the day. Chargers 10, Redskins 0. 

4:22 PM - People are thrilled with the Redskins' offense:

4:12 PM - Well, that was fast. Chargers get a FG and grab an early lead. Chargers 3, Redskins 0