Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 17 of the NFL season.
vs. NFC East: 2-3
vs. NFC: 2-9
vs. AFC: 2-2
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 107-118
Opposition cumulative—wins: 25-35
Opposition cumulative—losses: 82-83
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 11-4
Rankings (through Sunday’s games)
Offense (yards/game): 355.0 (13th)
Defense (yards/game): 349.3 (14th)
Passer rating offense: 89.6 (15th)
Opp passer rating: 108.9 (32nd)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.2 (15th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 3.9 (8th)
DVOA through Week 14 (Football Outsiders): -26.5% (29th)
Current playoff position: Eliminated
Current draft position: 6th
Season to date MVP’s
Offensive: Trent Williams is the Redskins’ only Pro Bowl player but DeSean Jackson is the guy who makes the offense go. Hit two long catches that set up two of the Redskins’ touchdowns pushed his average for the season back over 20 yards per catch. We’d hate to see where the offense would be without him.
Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan now has 13.5 sacks, the only playmaker on a defense that was supposed to be loaded with them. His five forced fumbles lead the NFL and it’s He has a chance to earn himself a pretty good contract after his option year in 2015.
Top three storylines:
Did RG3 take a big and lasting step forward?—Robert Griffin III wasn’t perfect against the Eagles but he was better working out of the pocket than he has been all year. That continued the upward trend in his performance that started when he played most of the game against the Giants. Can he continue that trend against the Cowboys and, more importantly, in 2015?
Finishing strong—It won’t be that much less of a lost season if the Redskins finish 5-11 as opposed to 4-12. But a 3-3 record in the division and a sweep of the division champ Cowboys would give Jay Gruden something to hang his hat on.
Draft position—But there is a potential consolation prize if they do lose. Depending on how the three teams immediately in front of them in the current draft order fare on Sunday, the Redskins could move from picking sixth to picking as high as third.
Sunday vs. Cowboys (11-4)—The only way that Dallas benefits from a win in this 1:00 game is if the Packers and Lions game, which starts at 4:25, ends in a tie. How much will Jason Garrett risk the health of Tony Romo on the odds that that happens? The over/under is 1.5 zero blitzes by the Redskins.