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Weatherspoon: RG3 hit was a 'bang-bang play'

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Weatherspoon: RG3 hit was a 'bang-bang play'

When the Redskins hosted the Bengals in week 3, it was Robert Griffin III's toughness that left a lasting impression,not Griffin's ability not to run or throw the ball, or lead his team but his gritty play. The young quarterbacks ability to get back up after being hitafter hitafter hitafter hit...It left many to wonder about the rookie's durability over the course of a entire NFL season.That question was answered just seven quarters later.Sunday, as the Redskins hosted the 4-0, Atlanta Falcons, RG3 was taken out of the game by a shoulder-to-helmet blow delivered by Falcons linebacker, Sean Weatherspoon."It's just a bang-bang tough play. He got outside of our end, I was in pursuit and he didn't go out of bounds, so I just tried to get a good hit on him. Unfortunately he left the game, I wish the best for him, hope everything's going alright," said Weatherspoon."Most quarterbacks either slide or run out of bounds, but he's a tough guy, a tough guy, but I think he'll learn a little bit. He's tough, he's fighting, I commend him for that."Weatherspoon also added that the hit was clean, saying it was, 'a good hit, a good play and it gave us a little bit of energy,' while reiterating his concern for RG3's health while clarifying that it wasn't a helmet to helmet hit, "I'm not that kind of guy to go up top like thatI'm just trying to get a good hit."Weatherspoon said he gave RG3 a tap on the head as Griffin was walking away, and Griffin told him he had done a 'good job.'"He definitely made us prepare" Weatherspoon said with a laugh, "all week man, that's all we talked abouttrying to find a way to stop the run game, even the quarterback running. He's been doing some great things, play action pass, stick it in there and pass it right over your linebacker, so you know, he's a tough guy to go against."Weatherspoon who plays with arguably the hottest QB in the league right now, Matt Ryan, said when comparing RG3 to the veteran signal caller, 'He's an electric player, I know that he's going to do some great things for the Redskins and they'll win a lot of football games with him. I played against him in college so I've seen him for awhile so I know what type of athlete he is, what type of quarterback he is, you know people just think about him being a an athlete but he's a really good quarterback."Cornerback, Dunta Robinson who registered half of a sack versus Griffin said, 'he almost led his team to a victory' and noted that Griffin will have a long and successful season in the NFL.Defensive tackle, Jonathan Babineaux, didn't think the victory was pretty, but would take it to extend the Falcons streak to a 5-0 start to the season. Babineaux also had a tough critique of RG3's performance,"He's still a rookie quarterback, he won the Heisman last year, but he's a professional now. I think for a rookie he played well. He led his team well, he seemed like he was the leader out there, the older guys really seemed to listen to him, so personally I felt like he did a good job. You know he still is a rookie, so we didn't expect much from him, but he did will."It is yet to be determined what Griffin will take away from this game and whether he will continue or curb his tough play. Coach Mike Shanahan said the quarterback did indeed suffer a mild concussion (link to either Tarik or Rich's story) and that he would need to pass an NFL mandated concussion test this week, so while Griffin's future availability may be up in the air, one thing that isn't, is the rookie's grit. He tweeted just after the game that he would be ready to play Sunday as the Vikings take on the Redskins at FedEx Field at 4:25PM.

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State of the Redskins, Week 7: Key stats, trends and storylines

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State of the Redskins, Week 7: Key stats, trends and storylines

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 7 of the NFL season.

Top three storylines:

Walking wounded—Yeah, this is the same as a top storyline from last week. The good news was that it looks like Bashaud “Gumby” Breeland will be able to play against the Eagles after taking a hit that made his left knee bend at an unnatural angle. But rookie DL Jonathan Allen will be out 3-4 weeks with a Lisfranc sprain. Kicker Dustin Hopkins is on injured reserve and replacement Nick Rose will make his first NFL kick on Monday. All eyes are on Josh Norman, who has not been ruled out of Monday’s game with broken rib he suffered against the Chiefs.   

Thompson on a roll—Chris Thompson is on pace to get 1,000 receiving yards. He has 340, the most on the team by far. That’s great for Thompson but you’d like to see a receiver within 100 yards of him after five games. Terrelle Pryor is third on the team, behind Thompson and Vernon Davis, with 209 yards. If the Redskins offense is going to reach its full potential, Pryor, Jamison Crowder, or Josh Doctson has to start catching up with Thompson’s productivity.

Missing Rob Kelley—Rob Kelley has been out two full games and has missed more than a half of two others with ankle and rib injuries. He’s averaging 4.5 yards per carry and his substitute, rookie Samaje Perine, is averaging 3.0. The Redskins sure could use that extra yard and a half per carry.

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Record: 3-2, 2nd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 2-1
vs. AFC: 1-1
Home: 2-1
Away: 1-1

Rankings  and changes from Week 6

Offense (yards/game): 374.2 (2th, +2 from Week 6)
Defense (yards/game): 316.0 (12th, -3)
Points for: 117 (14th, -1)
Points against: 113 (19th, -1)

Passer rating offense:  106.4 (3rd, +1)
Opp passer rating: 81.8 (9th, +2)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.1 (17th, -8)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.0 (17th, -2)
Third down conversions: 40.6% (12th, +7)
Opp. Third-down conversions: 40.3% (20th, -2)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 24.1% (6nd, -4)
Playoff chances per FO: 51.7%, +2.5 percentage points from last week

Trending in the right direction: They were below average in third down conversions on offense but going seven for 14 on Sunday got them up to 12th.  

Trending in the wrong direction: They averaged 2.8 yards on 33 rushing attempts against the 49ers, dragging their average per attempt on the season from a solid 4.5 yards down to 4.0. It becomes difficult to stick with the run when it isn’t as effective as it needs to be.

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Next three games

Monday @ Eagles (5-1)—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. Right now, the Eagles have the best record in the NFC and their quarterback is a legitimate MVP candidate. It will be a tall task to for the Redskins to keep from falling 2.5 games behind the Eagles with Philly holding a head-to-head sweep.  

October 29 vs. Cowboys (2-3)—The two losses to the Cowboys last year were on the long list of reasons why the Redskins failed to make the playoffs. Washington’s run defense has improved but mobile quarterbacks like Dak Prescott still give them problems. Will Zeke Elliott play? Consult with your local bar association for guidance.

November 5 @ Seahawks (3-2)—Seattle looked vulnerable at times early in the year but they have it back together despite an offensive line that is held together with duct tape and chicken wire. This could be the Redskins’ toughest test of the season.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Need to Know: The Redskins will face the NFL MVP favorite on Monday night

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Need to Know: The Redskins will face the NFL MVP favorite on Monday night

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, October 18, five days before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night football.

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Today’s schedule: No media availability

Days until:

—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 11
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 18
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 36

Redskins facing the MVP favorite on Monday

The Redskins will be going up against one of the hottest players in the NFL on Monday night. In fact, Carson Wentz is now the betting favorite to become the league’s MVP.

Take a look at these odds via Bovada.lv:

Yes, the second-year quarterback is at the top of the list, right ahead of 13-year veteran Alex Smith and GOAT Tom Brady.

And while you may wonder why Wentz is at the head of the class ahead of such stalwarts, it’s hard to deny that he is having a stellar season. He is the main reason the Eagles have the best record in the NFC at 5-1.

The big challenge the Redskins will face on Monday is holding Wentz and the Eagles in check on third down. Wentz has a passer rating of 130.5 on third down, the best in the NFL.

Wentz was even better than that on the money down in Week 1 against the Redskins. He completed 9 of 11 passes, eight for first downs, for 148 yards and two touchdowns. That’s a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

Don’t be surprised to see a ton of No. 11 Wentz jerseys in the stands on Monday. Dick’s Sporting Goods is reporting that his is the highest-selling jersey in its stores nationwide.

It’s hard to imagine Wentz keeping this up over the course of a full season. But he only needs to do it for one more game to put a serious crimp in the Redskins’ division title hopes. If the Eagles protect their home field, the Redskins will be 2.5 games back in the division with Philly holding the tiebreaker via the head-to-head sweep.

The impact of Allen’s injury

JP Finlay, special guest John Keim of ESPN, and I recorded a podcast yesterday (if you don’t subscribe, you can find it right here) and we discussed the impact of the injury to Jonathan Allen. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being Aaron Rodgers out for the season, JP and John came up with a seven.

I agreed and disagreed with that assessment. Allen was playing very well and his absence will be felt on the defensive line for the three or four games he will miss. But he should be back at around the halfway point of the season. Assuming he is close to as good as he was before the injury the line will be fine when he returns.

If that happens, then we’re not talking about anything near the impact of the loss of Rodgers to the Packers. Allen is good but he’s not the best in the league at the most important position on the field. To be sure, if the Redskins lose a game because they were unable to get pass rush up the middle, that loss could be very damaging. And, as John pointed out, if you pile the loss of Allen on top of the other injuries on defense the impact could be magnified. But the Redskins should be able to survive Allen being out for the next month or so.

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