Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 4 of the NFL season. Statistical rankings won’t be included until several weeks into the season.
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 0-1
vs. AFC: 1-1
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 5-4
Opposition cumulative—wins: 0-3
Opposition cumulative—losses: 5-1
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 19-20
Offensive MVP: Kirk Cousins has come in and performed exceptionally well at the most important position on the field. He’s fourth in the NFL in pass rating and in the top 10 in nearly all of the other stats the league tracks officially. If he keeps it up the Redskins should have a chance in every game.
Defensive MVP: Ryan Kerrigan didn’t get a sack against the Eagles but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t effective rushing Nick Foles. He had two hits and seven pressures and that helps the pass defense. If he keeps that up he’ll post some more multi-sack games.
Top three storylines:
Special teams—Once again, issues on special teams cost the Redskins. They worked their way down the field to get a touchdown on their opening possession but the kickoff team gave it right back on a 102-yard kickoff return. Later Kai Forbath doinked a 33-yard field goal off the right upright. That’s 10 points in a game they lost by three. They have a new special teams coach, a lot of new players, but the results are the same.
Other assorted mistakes—Washington could have survived the special teams gaffes if not for some other assorted mistakes. The got hit with 10 penalties for 131 yards and some of them were at very inopportune times. Cousins threw a 4th quarter interception that ended up costing a field goal. Those also need to be cleaned up for this team to get on track.
Walking wounded—On Monday, the Redskins put two players on injured reserve and listed another 17 on the injury report. With a short week it will be difficult for some key players, including Jason Hatcher, to be ready to go on Thursday.
Next three games
Thursday vs. Giants (1-2)—It looks like the Giants got their new offense going against the Texans. Eli Manning was sharp and efficient, Victor Cruz caught a long touchdown pass, and Rashad Jennings ran 34 times for 176 yards.
Oct. 6 (Mon. vs. Seahawks (2-1)—We saw that the Seahawks were beatable in Week 2 in San Diego so the Redskins may have a shot here. But they will have to be at their absolute best and Seattle will have to be a little bit off.
Oct. 12 @ Cardinals (3-0)—Arizona has been winning with Drew Stanton, who has ridden various NFL benches since 2010, in at quarterback for an injured Carson Palmer. They are 2nd in the NFL with just 45 points allowed, surprising after they lost key members of the defense to injury, suspension, and free agency. That defense will get tested a week before the Redskins game when they go on the road to play the Broncos.