Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 12 of the NFL season.
vs. NFC East: 1-2
vs. NFC: 1-6
vs. AFC: 2-1
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 46-54
Opposition cumulative—wins: 10-20
Opposition cumulative—losses: 36-34
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 33-27
Rankings (through Sunday’s games)
Offense (yards/game): 380.4 (7th)
Defense (yards/game): 332.3 (10th)
Passer rating offense: 90.2 (17th)
Opp passer rating: 104.4 (31st)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.2 (21st)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 4.0 (13th)
DVOA through Week 11 (Football Outsiders): -17.7% (22nd)
Current draft position: 6th
Season to date MVP’s
Offensive: After they scored just seven points against Tampa Bay, nobody moves up to take DeSean Jackson’s spot. He could have had a great game—and the Redskins may have won—if Robert Griffin III had been able to hit him on two or three occasions when he appeared to be open for a touchdown.
Defensive: Keenan Robinson has 20 more tackles than anyone else on the defense. He’s gone from being a first-time starter to being a veteran in a hurry. The defense would be in bad shape without him.
Top three storylines:
You talk too much—Robert Griffin III was trying to take responsibility for the loss to the Bucs and say that the team was all in it together. As things turned out, many thought he was trying to say he would be one of the greats of the game but for the play of his teammates. Another week, another PR disaster in Ashburn.
Harsh words for Griffin—Jay Gruden was very displeased with Griffin’s play on Sunday and he wasn’t shy about letting everybody know about it. Regardless of what the coach said, the Redskins need better play out of the position than they got on Sunday if they are going to pull out another win this year.
A bad loss—It’s hard to quantify just how bad the loss to the Bucs was. Tampa Bay had won a game but the numbers crunchers from Football Outsiders and Pro Football Reference had them rated as the worst team in the NFL by a large margin. In case you were wondering, a team favored by eight points, as the Redskins were, losing by 20 points is a very unusual occurrence.
Next three games
Nov. 23 @ 49ers (6-4)—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 getting close to being one of the elite QB’s in the game. 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.
Dec. 7 vs. Rams (4-6)—This looked like it might be an easy win for the home team at one point but in their last five games the Rams have beaten the Broncos, 49ers, and Seahawks. The boo-birds could be out in force at FedEx Field again.