Here is what you need to know on Monday, October 1, seven days before the Washington Redskins visit the New Orleans Saints.  

Talking points

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Fantasy Football: Week 4 rankings — Yes, we have fantasy rankings and analysis. Ben Standing, doing some moonlighting from his regular job at The Sports Capitol, brings you some quality data to help you set your lineups. 

5 observations from the Redskins' Week 3 win — The key observation here is that Adrian Peterson got back on track. I had to laugh at people saying that all of a sudden, he looked all of his 33 years against the Colts when he picked up just 20 yards rushing in 11 carries. That was lazy analysis; he had nowhere to run. Peterson had holes against Green Bay and he hit them. All of a sudden, he’s back in his prime—until the next time the O-line has trouble creating running room for him. 

Allen, Payne and Ioannidis are changing the Redskins D — The Redskins have seven sacks this year and all but one of them comes from the defensive line. The pressure from the edge will come. 


The Redskins are just as confused as Clay Matthews — The NFL didn’t change the wording of the rushing the passer rule that has caused so much controversy. But after Matthews was flagged for what nearly everyone, including “victim” Alex Smith, thought was a 15-yard flag for making a normal tackle, there has been change nonetheless. The interpretation will change including saying that the referee has to be absolutely certain that all of the defender’s body weight fell on the quarterback. In short, enforcement shifts from throwing the flag if there is any doubt to letting it go if the official isn’t sure. 

Tweet of the week

I’m not sure if a flag got thrown in this picture from USA Today Sports Media. There could well have been one as Green Bay was called for offensive holding six times against the Redskins. One was declined so the tally was five accepted for 50 yards. 

Some fans who replied to this tweet were critical of Kerrigan, saying that he just needs to deal with it and get through to the quarterback anyway. Maybe, but holding like that is illegal for a reason; it’s almost impossible to get past a lineman doing that. 

But he still somehow got 13 sacks last year. That’s good production. It’s not elite production but Kerrigan isn’t an elite edge rusher and he isn’t paid like one. Eleven other edge rushers have a higher 2018 cap number than Kerrigan does and the $11.5 million average annual value of his current deal ranks 17th among edge rushers. At those numbers, you could argue that he’s a good value at his current number. 

I get the “what have you done lately” aspect here and obviously he has to get the quarterback down a few times over the next few weeks. We will see how it all plays out. 

The agenda

Today: Practice 11:00; Jay Gruden press conference after practice, approx. 1:00

Upcoming: Redskins @ Saints (October 8) 7 days; Panthers @ Redskins 13; Cowboys @ Redskins 20

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