Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 5 of the NFL season.
vs. NFC East: 0-2
vs. NFC: 0-4
vs. AFC: 1-1
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 18-16
Opposition cumulative—wins: 0-6
Opposition cumulative—losses: 18-10
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 32-27
Offense (yards/game): 395.8 (7th)
Defense (yards/game): 336.2 (10th)
Passer rating offense: 90.1 (18th)
Opp passer rating: 105.1 (28th)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.1 (17th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 4.1 (20th)
DVOA (Football Outsiders): -8.8% (24th)
Season to date MVP’s
Offensive: Anything that the Redskins are able to get done offensive goes through left tackle Trent Williams. After some inconsistency early this season he has become the rock the Redskins are accustomed to seeing. He has been solid in the run game and in the last three games he’s allowed no sacks, no QB hits, and just one hurry.
Defensive: With 6.5 sacks on the season, Ryan Kerrigan is second in the NFL. In a defense designed to get pressure on the quarterback, Kerrigan remains the only one to get it done consistently.
Top three storylines:
Turnovers—A chance to win a game in the fourth quarter vaporized with four turnovers. A highly questionable fumble by Andre Roberts and three Kirk Cousins interceptions killed the Redskins’ shot at a fourth-quarter rally. No team has give the ball away more often than Washington and only one team has taken it away fewer times.
Running game has no legs—It’s a chicken and egg quandary. Do the Redskins have trouble running the ball (23rd in yards/game, 20th in yards/attempt) because they’re trailing in games all the time? Or are they trailing because they don’t run the ball. Before the season started, Jay Gruden said that running the ball is the strength of the team. If the strength has become a weakness, it’s no wonder the team is struggling.
Opportunity knocking—Three of the Redskins’ next four games are against teams that are struggling as much as they are. Between now and Thanksgiving they face the Titans (2-4), Vikings (2-4), and Bucs (1-5). Certainly there are no guaranteed wins for this bunch but they have a chance to build a little confidence before getting into a tougher closing stretch.
Next three games
Sunday vs. Titans (2-4)—They were up 28-3 at home against the Browns before it all came apart for them. That doesn’t guarantee a Redskins win but at worst this looks like two evenly matched teams with Washington holding the home field.
Oct 27 Monday night @ Cowboys (5-1)—Last week I wrote here that we’d see if the Cowboys’ record was smoke and mirrors after the visited the Seahawks. After they beat Seattle I think you just have to say that they’re smoking hot right now.
Nov. 2 @ Vikings (2-4)—It’s the battle of the ex-Bengals, with former Cincy offensive coordinator Jay Gruden taking on his defensive counterpart there in Mike Zimmer. This might be the Redskins’ best chance to pick up a road win this year.