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Where are we? State of the Redskins, Week 17

Where are we? State of the Redskins, Week 17

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 17 of the NFL season.

Record: 4-11
vs. NFC East: 2-3
vs. NFC: 2-9
vs. AFC: 2-2
Home: 3-4
Away: 1-7

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.

Final game

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.

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The NFL fills in the blanks on the Redskins' schedule tonight

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The NFL fills in the blanks on the Redskins' schedule tonight

Since the 2017 regular ended we’ve known who the Redskins will play this coming season and we have known where the games will be played. Tonight we find out the when. 

The NFL schedule will be released tonight at 8 p.m. The NFL will fill in the blanks beside all of the prime time games, the Thanksgiving Day games and the Sunday doubleheader and night games. 

Last year, the Redskins were coming off of an 8-7-1 season where they just missed making a second straight playoff appearance. Kirk Cousins was becoming one of the more recognizable names in the NFL and the schedule makers thought they would be enough of a draw to warrant five prime time slots. They were scheduled for a Sunday night, two Monday nights, and two Thursday nights, including a first-ever home game on Thanksgiving. 

The Redskins may not be as attractive a prime time candidate this year. They went 7-9 and Cousins is gone, although replacement Alex Smith is fairly well-known. It’s nearly a given that two NFC East games will be on prime time. That has been the case every year but one since 2012. We will see what will happen beyond that. 

The prime-time games that the Redskins do have will start a bit earlier than they have in the past. The league announced yesterday that Monday night games will move up from 8:30 p.m. ET to 8:15 p.m. ET and Thursdays will move from an 8:25 p.m. start to 8:20 p.m. Sunday night games move up from 8:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

There has been speculation that the Redskins will play on Thanksgiving, perhaps at Dallas or against another opponent in the night game. That would make three years in a row on Thanksgiving for them. That is not without precedent although it would be unusual. Besides the Lions and Cowboys, who host Thanksgiving games annually, only two teams played in three straight Thanksgiving games. The Bears played every Thanksgiving from 1979-1981. The Cardinals also played three straight, but there is an asterisk there since they hosted the game instead of the Cowboys in 1975 and 1977. In between they played at Dallas on Thanksgiving. 

The availability of FedEx Field should not cause any schedule alterations. There are some events scheduled for the venue but concerts by Taylor Swift and Beyonce & Jay-Z, an international soccer game, and the Maryland-Texas college game are all going to be done before the start of the NFL season. 

Here are the Redskins regular season opponents. 

Road

  • Cowboys 
  • Giants
  • Eagles
  • Cardinals
  • Saints
  • Jaguars
  • Titans
  • Bucs

Home

  • Cowboys 
  • Giants
  • Eagles
  • Packers
  • Panthers
  • Colts
  • Falcons
  • Texans

The preseason opponents were announced earlier this month.

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Need to Know: Five players who are wild cards for the 2018 Redskins

Need to Know: Five players who are wild cards for the 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 19, seven days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Five wild cards for the 2018 Redskins

We know what to expect out of many members of the Redskins. Ryan Kerrigan will register between 10 and 13 sacks. Zach Brown will be among the league leaders in tackles. Jamison Crowder will compile about 800 yards receiving. But we really don’t know what to expect out of a lot of the players expected to play key roles. Here are five of them.

S Montae Nicholson—Although most of the uncertainty surrounding Nicholson is about his health, we really don’t know what he can do over a full season. Sure, he looked good in the six games he played last year but opposing offenses did not have much of a chance to probe his weaknesses. If he stays healthy, his ability to adjust to what the offenses are doing against him will be the next phase of his development. 

CB Fabian Moreau—As a rookie, he was impressive as a punt team gunner, but he got very limited playing time on defense (59 snaps, only seven after Week 5). The Redskins will be counting on him stepping into a bigger role after the departures of Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller. He has the tools but we won’t know how well he can handle the job until he gets extended playing time. 

WR Maurice Harris—Last year he went from spectacular to invisible in a hurry. He made a sensational catch for 36 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings the first time he was targeted. In five games after that, he had just three receptions for 26 yards. Should he have had more playing time (76 snaps)? Or did he just not earn more targets? The real Maurice Harris should come to the forefront in 2018.

NT Phil Taylor—You know the story here. He was looking great in training camp until a quad injury sidelined him for the season. Taylor is healthy enough for the Redskins to give him another chance but this is a player who has not taken the field since November of 2014. We simply don’t know what to expect out of him even if he does make into Week 1 in good health. 

RB Samaje Perine—His play improved as the year went on but he wasn’t good enough to keep both Jay Gruden and Doug Williams from saying that running back is a draft need. Ideally, he shares carries with the probable draft pick with a few going to Chris Thompson and they combine to rush for 1,800 yards. 

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Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 33
—Training camp starts (7/26) 98
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 143

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