Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 10 of the NFL season.
Top three storylines:
Fewer walking wounded—They aren’t out of the woods yet and injuries are still the top storyline. But Jay Gruden said that it felt like the epidemic had bottomed out and that the team’s health was on the upswing. Of course, that’s a relative term. This week 15 players have been either out of practice or limited.
Josh Doctson come up big—It could be the play of the year if the Redskins go on to do something special. His diving, sliding catch in the late going against the Seahawks set up the winning score. It also may have given Kirk Cousins the confidence he needs to give the 2016 first-round pick a chance to take advantage of his large catch radius. If he gets going in the second half, the Redskins offense will be hard to stop.
Running game still stuck in neutral—The Redskins managed to beat the Seahawks while gaining just 51 yards on the ground. That followed consecutive losses where they gained just 75 and 49 yards rushing. They are now 4-21 under Jay Gruden when rushing for fewer than 90 yards and some unusual events must take place for them to win with a weak rushing game. They need to get the running game going if they are going to make a push.
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Record: 4-4, 3rd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-3
vs. NFC: 3-3
vs. AFC: 1-1
Rankings and changes from Week 9
Offense (yards/game): 343.0 (14th, no change from Week 8)
Defense (yards/game): 336.9 (18th, -6)
Points per game for: 22.1 (14th, -2)
Points per game against: 24.3 (24th, +4)
Passer rating offense: 102.0 (5th, -2)
Opp passer rating: 85.3 (14th, +2)
Yards/rush attempt: 3.8 (23rd, -6)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 4.2 (24th, -7)
Third down conversions: 37.2% (21st, -5)
Opp. Third-down conversions: 40.2% (19th , +4)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 6.0% (16th, -2)
Playoff chances per FO: 22.8%, +6.4 percentage points from last week
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Trending in the right direction: The Redskins gave up a lot of yards in Seattle but they held Seattle to four of 15 on third-down conversions (21.4%) and just 14 points
Trending in the wrong direction: With their patchwork offensive line, the Redskins have been unable to run the ball effectively. A few weeks ago they were in the top 10 in yards per rushing attempt and now they sit in the bottom 10.
Next three games
Sunday vs. Vikings—The Vikings have won four in a row but their hot streak has been built against a series of questionable opponents. The Redskins, on the other hand, have faced the toughest schedule in the NFL. Regardless, the Vikings have a tough defense and they will test the Redskins.
Nov. 19 @ Saints—The Saints’ offense has remained strong while their defense has gone from awful to better than average. Assuming the Zeke Elliott suspension stands, this could be the toughest game left on the Redskins’ schedule.
Thanksgiving vs. Giants—It’s easy to look at this as a game where the Redskins carve up the Giants, a team in utter disarray and without many key players. But the team and fans would be well advised to look at New York’s Sunday night win in Denver a few weeks ago and not write off their NFC East rivals.