Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 11 of the NFL season.
vs. NFC East: 1-2
vs. NFC: 1-5
vs. AFC: 2-1
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 41-41
Opposition cumulative—wins: 10-19
Opposition cumulative—losses: 31-22
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 31-32
Rankings (through Sunday’s games)
Offense (yards/game): 386.9 (7th)
Defense (yards/game): 333.3 (11th)
Passer rating offense: 92.1 (17th)
Opp passer rating: 104.0 (28th)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.1 (19th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 4.1 (14th)
DVOA through Week 9 (Football Outsiders): -9.3% (22nd)
Games out of playoff spot: 3.5
Current draft position: 7th
Season to date MVP’s
Offensive: The Redskins scored three touchdowns against the Vikings. DeSean Jackson set up two of them with long pass receptions and he scored the third. It’s hard to imagine where their offense might be had he not fallen into their laps last April.
Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan’s sack total hasn’t bee impressive lately but he continues to pressure the quarterback and do a solid job in coverage and against the run.
Top three storylines:
The jury is out—That’s what Jay Gruden said in regards to Robert Griffin III being the team’s quarterback of the future. He has seven games to prove himself, or at least to establish himself as the starter for 2015. It is unclear how much progress will be needed for him to do that but his play will continue to be dissected from week to week.
Bye week improvements—The coaching staff spent the bye week reviewing the first half of the season. Usually they don’t find anything earth shattering when doing this but maybe they can pick up a few things here and there, some things they need to stop doing and some things they want to do more of during the last seven games.
Play to your strength?—Coaches always have to establish a balance between what their teams do best and the strengths and weaknesses of their opponent on a given Sunday. We saw this with pass pressure coming in waves against the Cowboys and a much less aggressive scheme against rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Which way will they go?
Next three games
Nov. 16 vs. Bucs (1-8)—Lovie Smith’s bunch was a popular dark horse pick but their season has quickly faded to black. They have had some truly ugly moments, trailing the Falcons 56-0 in the third quarter, being behind the Ravens 35-0 a minute into the second quarter, and blowing an 11-point fourth-quarter lead before losing in overtime to the Saints.
Nov. 23 @ 49ers (4-5)—It’s hard to get a handle on the 49ers, who lost to the Bears but beat the Cowboys, Eagles and just topped the Saints in the Superdome. Their defense should be stronger with the return of outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who sacked Griffin twice when the teams met last year, from suspension.
Nov. 30 @ Colts (6-3)-- This game will match the top two picks in the 2012 against each other. The jury is still out on Robert Griffin III while Andrew Luck is currently on a streak of seven straight games with over 300 yards passing. The Colts’ defense is in the middle of the pack and they don’t have much of a running game but Luck keeps them rolling.