Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 9 of the NFL season.
vs. NFC East: 1-2
vs. NFC: 1-4
vs. AFC: 2-1
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 31-29
Opposition cumulative—wins: 9-15
Opposition cumulative—losses: 22-14
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 30-28
Offense (yards/game): 391.9 (5th)
Defense (yards/game): 331.0 (11th)
Passer rating offense: 92.1 (17th)
Opp passer rating: 104.0 (28th)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.1 (19th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 4.2 (18th)
DVOA (Football Outsiders): -6.5% (24th)
Season to date MVP’s
Offensive: Whenever the Redskins need a shot in the arm, whoever is playing quarterback can launch it up for DeSean Jackson for an instant jolt of offense. He has an average of over 20 yards per catch and he has caught every catchable deep ball thrown to him.
Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan is now the man on that front seven with Brian Orakpo out for the season. He stunted a late first-half drive by the Cowboys with a sack and he’s always in the right place at the right time for the Redskins defense. With 7.5 sacks at the midway point he is one away from his career high for a full season.
Top three storylines:
10 is back—With the usual “barring a setback” caveat, Robert Griffin III will be back behind center on Sunday against the Vikings. We will see how fast he can knock of any rust that may have accumulated during what will end up being a seven-week layoff.
Big win—The Redskins finally got a signature win by going into Dallas and beating the 6-1 Cowboys. Now they need to take advantage of an opportunity to build off of it with games against the 3-5 Vikings and 1-6 Bucs coming up next.
Defense by design—The Redskins’ defensive “ranking” fell from 7th to 11th after their Monday night win but nobody cared at bit. They gave up plenty of yards but they stopped Dallas drives with sacks and takeaways. This is the “unleashed” Jim Haslett defense we were supposed to see from the start of the season. Will Haslett keep the D in attack mode?
Next three games
Sunday @ Vikings (3-5)—The pressure will be on Griffin to get the win after Colt McCoy led a rally against the Titans and was instrumental in the win in Dallas. It’s also a battle of ex-Bengals as former Cincy offensive coordinator Jay Gruden takes on his defensive counterpart for the past couple of seasons, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.
Nov. 16 vs. Bucs (1-6)—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.
Nov. 23 @ 49ers (4-3)—It’s hard to get a handle on the 49ers, who lost to the Bears but beat the Cowboys, Eagles, and Chiefs. Their defense should be stronger with the return of outside linebacker Aldon Smith returning from suspension and, by then, outside linebacker NaVorro Bowman possibly being back from a devastating knee injury suffered in the playoffs last January.