Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 15 of the NFL season.
vs. NFC East: 1-2
vs. NFC: 1-8
vs. AFC: 2-2
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 82-87
Opposition cumulative—wins: 12-26
Opposition cumulative—losses: 69-61
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 22-17
Rankings (through Sunday’s games)
Offense (yards/game): 357.5 (12th)
Defense (yards/game): 342.8 (10th)
Passer rating offense: 89.2 (16th)
Opp passer rating: 109.2 (32nd)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.2 (13th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 4.0 (12th)
DVOA through Week 14 (Football Outsiders): -27.8% (27th)
Current playoff position: Eliminated
Current draft position: 6th
Season to date MVP’s
Offensive: The value of DeSean Jackson was apparent even when he didn’t play against the Rams. St. Louis loaded up the box to stop the Redskins’ running game, something that they may not have risked if the speedy Jackson was lined up on the outside, ready to take the top off of the defense. The result was 27 yards rushing for the Redskins and a one-dimensional offensive attack. Jackson should be able to go this week but if not, look for the Giants to use the same tactic.
Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan had two sacks and he gave the Redskins a chance to make a big play early when he stripped the ball from quarterback Shaun Hill on the first one. Kerrigan now has 11.5 sacks on the season, eighth in the NFL.
Top three storylines:
Can Gruden survive?—Despite a report that Jay Gruden could be “one and done” as the Redskins’ head coach it seems likely that he will be back. But the fact that a Black Monday firing is even remotely in the realm of possibility is a sign of major issues.
If you have three QB’s you don’t have a QB—Colt McCoy may lose his starting job due to a neck injury suffered late in the loss to the Rams. But he may have lost his job anyway since the Redskins were shut out. It seems likely that Robert Griffin III will start against the Giants but we can’t rule out Kirk Cousins, based on Gruden’s statements. If there is no clear starter after 13 games, the most important position on the field is in bad shape.
No such thing as a meaningless game but . . .—. . . this one comes close. Of 16 games being played in the NFL in Week 15, all but two have playoff implications. Redskins at Giants is one of them.
Final three games
Sunday @ Giants (4-9)—Eli Manning will remember how he ripped through the Redskins defense in Week 4 and will be looking to get things right in the Meadowlands. Oh, and Manning didn’t have Odell Beckham for that game and, as we’ve seen, he’s pretty good.
Dec. 20 (Sat.) vs. Eagles (9-4)—The two teams looked evenly matched when they met in Philly in Week 3 but that turned out to be an illusion. Add in the fact that the Eagles are likely to be fighting for playoff position and this Saturday afternoon contest has the potential to get ugly.
Dec 28 vs. Cowboys (9-4)—The organization’s worst nightmare could unfold here as the Cowboys could need a win to get into the playoffs and disinterested Redskins fans could sell their tickets to fans of the other team. FedEx Field could turn into AT&T Stadium North.