Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 14 of the NFL season.
vs. NFC East: 1-2
vs. NFC: 1-7
vs. AFC: 2-2
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 57-51
Opposition cumulative—wins: 12-24
Opposition cumulative—losses: 57-51
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 25-23
Rankings (through Sunday’s games)
Offense (yards/game): 370.2 (11th)
Defense (yards/game): 344.0 (11th)
Passer rating offense: 91.9 (13th)
Opp passer rating: 107.2 (32nd)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.3 (10th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 4.0 (11th)
DVOA through Week 11 (Football Outsiders): -21.4% (27th)
Current playoff position: Eliminated
Current draft position: 6th
Season to date MVP’s
Offensive: When the season is over one of the things that will be dissected and discussed is why the Redskins didn’t go to deep to DeSean Jackson more often. The 42-yard touchdown pass he caught against the Colts, where he adjusted to an underthrown pass and stepped into the end zone, shows that he always has a chance of coming down with the ball. He is still averaging over 20 yards per catch.
Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan gave the Redskins a shot at getting off to a fast start against the Colts with his sack and strip of Andrew Luck. On a defense that desperately needs to make big plays to survive, Kerrigan is one of the few who has made them this year.
Top three storylines:
Can Haslett survive?—As the Colts racked up big play after big play and the defense looked lost at times, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s job security seemed to be slipping away before our eyes on Sunday. Perhaps there are reasons to give him another shot but the bottom line is that if the team posts double-digit losses again somebody is going to have to go and that could well be Haslett.
QB stability—Colt McCoy got off to a slow start against the Colts, with the Redskins unable to take full advantage of two early takeaways by their defense. But he got rolling near the end of the first half and played well enough to lock up the starting job—for this week, anyway.
Flipping the script—The Rams and Redskins went in opposite directions in the month of November. Washington couldn’t muster a win while the Rams posted some impressive victories, including one over the Broncos. What looked like an excellent opportunity for the Redskins to post a win a month ago now has them playing to home underdog role.
Next three games
Sunday vs. Rams (5-9)—McCoy will need to have his head on a swivel. The Rams have racked up 22 sacks in their last five games. After a slow start end Robert Quinn now has nine sacks and the Redskins need to hope that Trent Williams is healthier this week than he was against the Colts.
Dec. 14 @ Giants (3-9)—The Giants are imploding and everybody’s job there seems to be on the line. But Eli Manning will remember how he ripped through the Redskins defense in Week 4 and will be looking to get things right in the Meadowlands. Oh, and Manning didn’t have Odell Beckham for that game and, as we’ve seen, he’s pretty good.
Dec. 20 (Sat.) vs. Eagles (9-3)—The two teams looked pretty even when the Eagles won a Week 3 shootout in Philadelphia but that turned out to be an illusion. Chip Kelly’s team could be looking to wrap up its second straight division title while the Redskins once again play out the string.