Here is where the Redskins stand after Week 2 of the NFL season. Statistical rankings won’t be included until a few weeks into the season.
vs. NFC East: 0-0
vs. NFC: 0-0
vs. AFC: 1-1
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 2-2
Opposition cumulative—wins: 0-2
Opposition cumulative—losses: 2-0
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 13-15
Offense (yards/game): N/A
Defense (yards/game): N/A
Passer rating offense: N/A
Opp passer rating: N/A
Yards/rush attempt: N/A
Opp. yards/rush attempt: N/A
DVOA (Football Outsiders): N/A
Year to day MVP's:
Offensive: Alfred Morris followed up a good game in the opener with another solid effort against the Jaguars. He’s now third in the NFL 176 yards rushing and he will be a key to Sunday’s game against the Eagles. A good running back is an inexperienced QB’s best friend and he and Kirk Cousins, who will be making his fifth NFL start, should be good buddies on Sunday.
Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan led the Redskins record-setting sack brigade against the Jaguars with four sacks. He forced a fumble that kept the Redskins in the game against the Texans and has generally become the all-around defensive force the Redskins envisioned he would be when they took him in the first round in 2011.
Top three storylines:
Griffin out, Cousins in—For a few brief moments on Sunday we saw the RG3 of 2012 operating at FedEx Field. Then Griffin’s left ankle gave way, and Kirk Cousins came in. He had a very good game, leading Washington’s rout of the Jaguars. Now it’s Cousins’ team for at least the next month, likely longer. We can sort out the controversy when Griffin is back but for right now the team will rely on the backup.
How good is the D—The Redskins are leading the NFL in a few key defensive stats including sacks and yards allowed. But not only is the sample size of two games small but it has been accomplished against the Texans, quarterbacked by career mediocrity Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Jaguars, who are such a train wreck at the moment that they cut the player who was trying to block Kerrigan yesterday, right tackle Cam Bradfield. Washington will get a stiffer test in Philly this week.
Meriweather returns—Brandon Meriweather is back from his two-game suspension and that could mean that the defense will get even better. Both of the touchdowns the defense has allowed this season have come as a result of gaffes by Meriweather’s replacement, Bacarri Rambo. The team waived Rambo yesterday to make room for Meriweather on the roster.
Next three games
Sept. 21 @ Eagles (2-0)—We don’t know if the widely anticipated return of DeSean Jackson to face the team that unceremoniously dumped him in the spring will happen as Jackson is dealing with a sprained AC joint. But there is plenty at stake here in any case as the Redskins have their first crack at a division win after going 0-6 against the NFC East in 2013.
Sept. 25 (Thur.) vs. Giants (0-2)—Everyone thought the Giants were the beneficiaries of a big break when it was revealed that Carson Palmer would miss last Sunday’s game in the Meadowlands. However, the Cardinals won with Drew Stanton, who had not thrown a pass in a regular season game since 2010 and New York dropped to 0-2. But the Giants have a habit of getting well against the Redskins so this will be a big test on Thursday night.
Oct. 6 (Mon. vs. Seahawks (1-1)—Well, at least we know that the defending champions are not unbeatable as they fell to the Chargers last Sunday. But the Redskins certainly will have their hands full with that Seattle defense. The fact that Washington will be coming off of a mini bye week, with 11 days off between their Thursday and Monday night prime time games, will get them plenty of time to game plan.