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Where are we? The Redskins after nine games

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Where are we? The Redskins after nine games

Here is how the Redskins stand after nine games:

Record: 3-6
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 3-4
Home: 1-3
Away: 2-3

Opposition cumulative record: 44-38-1
Cumulative of teams beaten: 15-13
Cumulative of teams lost to: 29-25-1
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 29-35

Offensive MVP (season to date) We will see if the Panthers and Steelers have found the key to stopping Robert Griffin III or whether a combination of a lot of dropped passes (vs. Pittsburgh) and being a little bit off in his accuracy (vs. Carolina) have contributed more to him coming back to earth. Still, he has been the man on offense all year and the main reason that they have a chance to win week after week.

Defensive MVP: I am going to have to leave this one vacant this week. Even though the defense was better against the Panthers—if you allow only 21 points your team should at least be competitive in the game—the unit’s record speaks for itself. While there have been some good individual performances in individual games, nobody has distinguished himself week in and week out.

Top three storylines:

Playoffs start now: If the Redskins want to make the postseason and avoid going into true “evaluation” mode, they can’t afford to lose another game. Running the table would be a very tall task when you consider the fact that they haven’t won more than two games in a row since 2008. But they are taking it one game at a time and they will see what they can do starting Sunday.

Kicking them while they’re down: The Eagles were in turmoil going into both of the games against Washington last year and both times the Redskins let them off the hook. But maybe those Eagles teams weren’t as bad as their record indicated. This time they aren’t facing Michael Vick and the Eagles have been outscored by 65 points this year, the worst scoring margin in the league. If the Redskins don’t win this one you have to wonder if they can ever be competitive in the division.

Rookie QB blues: The Redskins have lost their last eight games against rookie quarterbacks, a skid that goes back to 2006. They need to stop that streak this Sunday.

Next three games

Sunday vs. Eagles (3-6, tied for 3rd in NFC East)—The loser of this game has the NFC East basement all to itself.

Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving) @ Cowboys (4-5, second in NFC East)—The Redskins face a quick turnaround to face a team that may be putting it together at just the right time. Or, maybe the Cowboys are just setting up their fans for the crash and disappointment that seems to come every year.

Dec. 3 (Monday night) vs. Giants (6-4, first in NFC East)—The defending champs have been very beatable lately and they face a tough schedule down the stretch.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Both conferences are wide open through six weeks

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Both conferences are wide open through six weeks

Through six weeks of the NFL season, it's clear who the Super Bowl favorites are.

In the AFC, it's, um, well, OK, let's do the NFC first. In the NFC, you have to watch out for — actually, nevermind, this isn't that easy.

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The Chiefs and Eagles are the only two teams standing at 5-1, but there are quite a few 4-2 squads right behind them, as well as talented 3-win teams who can take any opponent down if they bring their best stuff. That means that as the halfway point approaches, both conferences are still open races.

And those races got a lot more interesting after a fun Week 6. The power rankings look a lot different than they did before the weekend because of Week 6's results, too.

So, click the link above or below to see who's moving up and who's sliding back. Or, in the case of the Browns, who's sliding but staying in the same spot simply because they can't be dropped any further.

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Five things that aren't being talked about enough from the Redskins-49ers game

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Five things that aren't being talked about enough from the Redskins-49ers game

Did you guys know C.J. Beathard is related to former Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard?

Of course you do, because that storyline, as well as others like the Vernon Davis fumble(?) and Pierre Garçon penalty have been talked about plenty following the Redskins' 26-24 W over the 49ers on Sunday.

But there are other angles that have been under analyzed from the Week 6 matchup. So as fun as it is to celebrate Chris Thompson's brilliance, put that on hold for a minute and think about these five discussion points.

1) A big recovery by a big man 

One of the most underappreciated plays in football is a fumble recovery by an offensive player. Most of the time, players and fans are just mad that the offense fumbled and ignore the fact that the outcome could've been a whole lot worse.

Do you remember Trent Williams falling on a Chris Thompson fumble early on the Redskins' first drive? Maybe some of you do, but plenty of others probably don't. But because Williams was aware and smothered the ball before a Niner defender could, the Redskins were able to continue their possession and eventually finish it with a touchdown.

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2) Kirk's questionable decision

Kirk Cousins provided what proved to be the game's deciding points with his fourth quarter read option touchdown. But it was an earlier run that could've been much more important, and not for the right reason.

On Washington's previous possession — which concluded with a 21-yard field goal — Cousins scrambled for an 18-yard gain, but instead of sliding at the end, he decided to take on San Fran safety Jimmie Ward. The two collided and thumped each other pretty hard, and while the QB may have earned some respect, he also said postgame that Williams immediately reminded him that he should've slid instead.

Was it entertaining to watch a signal caller try and run over a safety? Sure. But was it smart? Not at all. The Packers saw their star quarterback come out on the wrong end of a punishing hit Sunday, and the Redskins just as easily could be feeling their pain.

3) Samaje's second effort

Samaje Perine has a long way to go before he becomes the player many hoped he'd be when the Redskins snagged him in April's draft. But it was him traveling a short distance in the fourth quarter against the 49ers that was a crucial yet overlooked play.

Six snaps before Cousins' rushing TD, the rookie barely converted on a third-and-2 by pushing the pile and refusing to be brought down short of the sticks. Again, his first year as a pro hasn't been excellent, but that was one he deserves credit for.

4) A way too powerful punt

The Redskins' execution after recovering that late onsides kick wasn't just bad on offense. Tress Way's touchback was unsightly, too.

Even after Washington took a delay of game penatly to give their punter more room, Way booted his kick well into the end zone instead of forcing the Niners' returner to fair catch or giving his gunners a chance to down it. Next time, Way needs to use a little less club and force the opposing offense to start farther back than their own 20.

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5) Dunbar delivers

Perhaps because of all the injuries in the secondary, as well as an abundance of other things to chat about, a really strong performance from Quinton Dunbar isn't getting the necessary recognition. 

The visitors threw at Josh Norman's replacement often — 14 instances, to be specific — but he more than held his own, ending the contest as PFF's highest-graded 'Skin. Jay Gruden said earlier in the week Dunbar thinks he can cover "anybody, anywhere, anytime," and for the most part on Sunday, No. 47 did just that.