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Where are we? The state of the Redskins, Week 8

Where are we? The state of the Redskins, Week 8

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 8 of the NFL season.

Record: 2-5
vs. NFC East: 0-2
vs. NFC: 0-4
vs. AFC: 2-1
Home: 2-2
Away: 0-3

Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 22-24
Opposition cumulative—wins: 3-11
Opposition cumulative—losses: 19-13
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 34-26

Rankings

Offense (yards/game): 389.4 (5th)
Defense (yards/game): 321.9 (7th)
Passer rating offense: 91.3 (17th)
Opp passer rating: 103.6 (27th)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.1 (20th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 3.85 (10th)
DVOA (Football Outsiders): -10.3% (23rd)

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 four games he’s allowed no sacks, no QB hits, and just one hurry.

Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan lost a sack against Tennessee due to a penalty so he’s eighth in the NFL with 6.5 instead of second with 7.5. He’s going to have to step it up and get it done with extra attention and possibly having to face more highly paid left tackles more often now that Brian Orakpo is out for the season.

Top three storylines:

QB carousel—It’s probably going to be Colt McCoy. It could be Robert Griffin III. We know it won’t be Kirk Cousins. The identity of the Redskins’ starting quarterback against Dallas is up in the air. It will be Griffin if he can persuade doctors and coaches that he’s ready, which seems unlikely. If not Griffin, it’s McCoy. We should find out in the next couple of days. In any case, it’s likely to be Griffin the following game against the Vikings on November 2

Orakpo sacked—It’s another torn pectoral muscle for Orakpo, his third in the last two and half years. The injury ends his season and likely his Redskins career. It also means that Ryan Kerrigan will have to step up his game and that, as Jay Gruden said, Trent Murphy will have to grow up fast.

Still in search of the running game—The Redskins got a much-needed win against Tennessee but were unable to get the running game going. Alfred Morris mustered just 54 yards on 18 carries. Gruden placed the blame for the unproductive rushing attack on everyone, including Morris.

Next three games

Monday night @ Cowboys (6-1)—It’s hard to figure out a way the Redskins can win this one unless Dallas plays a clunker, which is always a possibility.

Nov. 2 @ Vikings (2-5)—It’s the battle of the ex-Bengals, with former Cincy offensive coordinator Jay Gruden taking on his defensive counterpart there in Mike Zimmer. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater might be good one day but he is struggling so far.

Nov. 16 vs. Bucs (1-5)—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.

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199