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State of the Redskins, Week 10: Key stats, trends and storylines

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State of the Redskins, Week 10: Key stats, trends and storylines

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.

RELATED: WEEK 9 NFL POWER RANKINGS

Record: 4-4, 3rd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-3
vs. NFC: 3-3
vs. AFC: 1-1
Home: 2-2
Away: 2-2

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

RELATED: FIVE UNDER PRESSURE AGAINST VIKINGS

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.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

 

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2

Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy

REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:

5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live

REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 

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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, defense

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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, defense

During training camp, it’s natural for the media coverage to gravitate towards the long shots and underdogs and the backups fighting to hang on to a roster spot. The starters go out and do their thing and those players doing their thing isn’t news. 

With that in mind, here is a one-liner review of how each anticipated starter fared in training camp. We started with the offense yesterday, the defense is up today. 

DE Jonathan Allen—On the first day of camp, he said that he wants the defense to be “badass” and he has done his part throughout camp. 

NT Daron Payne—After recovering from an ankle injury ahead of schedule he went out and started tossing around some Redskins offensive linemen and then did the same to Jets O-linemen when they came to town. 

DE Matt Ioannidis—He first battled turf toe and then he suffered ankle and knee injuries, so he is still working his way back to being 100 percent. 

OLB Preston Smith—He has been impressive although it must be noted that for most 11 on 11 snaps he has been working against rookie left tackle Geron Christian, not the rehabbing Trent Williams. 

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—He turns 30 today and he looks as good as ever. 

ILB Zach Brown—His pass coverage seems to have improved in his second year in the defense, although it must be noted that as camp went on he became familiar with what the offense was running. 

ILB Mason Foster—Like Brown, he needs to get some snaps against different teams after the grind of camp. 

CB Josh Norman—The veteran continues to set the pace as he continued to work on the field well after practice ended nearly every day, often giving pointers to young defensive backs, and then signing autographs for the remaining fans. 

CB Quinton Dunbar—One of his strengths has been his confidence and that will only grow after the release of Orlando Scandrick. 

S Montae Nicholson—The Redskins made some changes to how they use their safeties and the learning curve has had Nicholson struggling in coverage at times. 

S D.J. Swearinger—He has missed several days over the last week or so with an undisclosed injury but his taunting game is in midseason form, as evidenced by his fake punch at Terrelle Pryor. 

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