Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 8 of the NFL season.
vs. NFC East: 0-2
vs. NFC: 0-4
vs. AFC: 2-1
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
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.