Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 14, one day before the Washington Redskins play the 49ers at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: No media availability
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 9
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 15
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 22
The Redskins week that was
Five who must step up the rest of the season—I drew some heat for including Kirk Cousins on this list. And although his last two games have been solid, his body of work for the season is not quite up to his standards and not quite what the Redskins need. Against the Eagles and Chiefs, the Redskins had the ball with a chance to win in the late going and didn’t get it done. While the quarterback is not completely responsible for getting it done in those situations he gets the credit when they do pull out the game and he gets a lion’s share of the blame when they don’t. That effect is magnified when the QB is taking up 14 percent of the salary cap.
Redskins looking to snap 12-year streak vs. 49ers—We don’t write much about point spreads but the fact that the Redskins are double-digit favorites for the first time this decade (last in 2009) was an interesting reflection on the state of the team, at least how the team is perceived. And their struggles when they have been heavy favorites is also reflective of how the team tends to play down to the competition.
Redskins player one-liners—offense—Come for talk about the underachieving (except for Ryan Grant) receivers and stay for looks at the state of the offensive linemen.
Progress in some areas, others still lagging—The Redskins went into the offseason looking to improve the performance of the defense on third downs and the production of the offense in the end zone. At the quarter pole of the season, they have achieved one but not the other.
First look at Redskins vs. 49ers—Maybe the Niners should have won a game or two this year instead of being 0-5. Pro Football Reference pegs their “Expected W-L”, based on their points scored and give up, at 1.6-3.4. Forget the concept of decimals here, round them to the nearest whole number and you get 2-3. But don’t let that make you think that they are a good team; they’re not. If the Redskins really are taking that next step into the top 10 teams in the league, as Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric and some power rankings have them, they should easily handle Kyle Shanahan’s squad.
Check out what was happening on Friday at Redskins Park via this Twitter Moment.
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From the locker room
Most of the time players express confidence about their ability to play when talking to the media. Not Trent, not here.
Trent Williams is hoping that the 48 hours between now and game time will allow his knee to heal enough to play. He's listed as questionable pic.twitter.com/0Sv8VEjb9r— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) October 13, 2017
In case you missed it
- What will Redskins do to cope with injuries?
- Fan questions—Will Mack Brown play Sunday?
- The truth about Pierre Garçon