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State of the Redskins Week 5: Key stats, trends, and storylines

State of the Redskins Week 5: Key stats, trends, and storylines

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 5 of the 2018 NFL season. 

Top three storylines:

Returning to the scene

The Redskins go back to the Superdome less than a year after suffering their worst loss of the 2017 season there. You don’t need the details of the Redskins blowing a 15-point lead with six minutes to play in Week 11. Will the Redskins be motivated by the loss or will they play scared if they do get a lead? 

On the personal side, Adrian Peterson will be facing the team that signed him last year only to trade him to the Cardinals after four games. And Chris Thompson returns to the scene of his season-ending broken fibula, an injury that derailed a career season for Thompson. 

Defense leads the way

In three games, the Redskins defense has gotten the job done. They nearly had a shutout in Arizona, they played well enough to win against the Colts, and they held Aaron Rodgers’ Packers to less than 20 points. 

Sure, there are some things that they need to tighten up - like the rushing defense - and they need to get more pass rush off of the edge. But they have improved from last year. The young defensive line is performing as advertised and the gamble they took in relying on young players at corner has paid off. 

A well-timed bye

Let’s get this straight—Week 4 is way too early to have a bye. I’ve never heard an adequate explanation as to why they have to start byes before around Week 6 or later. Despite that, the bye could work out well for the Redskins. Most importantly it allowed Trent Williams time to get surgery on his bursa sac and rehab that before playing. Brandon Scherff had a week to rehab his injured knee. Both Adrian Peterson (ankle) and Josh Norman (hamstring) may have been questionable or doubtful if they had played a game last Sunday. While they may show effects of playing 13 straight weeks somewhere down the line, the bye did provide the Redskins with some short-term help. 

Record: 2-1, 1st in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-0
vs. NFC: 2-0
vs. AFC: 0-1
Home: 1-1
Away: 1-0

Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 10.0% (9th)
Playoff chances per FO: 56.0%

Trending in the right direction: Against the Colts, Adrian Peterson had 11 carries for 20 yards. Not since September of 2016 had he rushed for so few yards in a game where he had at least 10 carries. He bounced back in a big way, averaging 6.23 yards on 19 carries against the Packers. That was his best average per rushing attempt since he averaged 7.8 in a game against the Raiders. 

Trending in the wrong direction: Josh Doctson tied his career high with four receptions against the Colts. He followed it up by posting a goose egg in the catches column against Green Bay. We’re at the point where we should forget about Doctson having a breakout season and just look for him to have a breakout game. 

Next three games

Monday @ Saints (3-1)—If they win, the Redskins will remain in first place in the NFC East and they will have everyone’s attention. Lose and the perception that they are a team that has some talent but is plagued by inconsistency will stick. 

October 14 vs. Panthers (2-1)—The Redskins haven’t won a game against the Panthers with Cam Newton at quarterback. In fact, they haven’t beaten them with anyone at QB since 2006. Newton is playing as well as he ever has and the decision to let second-year running back Christian McCaffrey run the ball more often has made the Carolina offense a force to be reckoned with.

October 21 vs. Cowboys (2-2)—Not much needs to be said here. They haven’t beaten the Cowboys since Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott arrived. Home division game.  

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Stefon Diggs is unsure about the NFL starting up with 'so many unanswered questions'

Stefon Diggs is unsure about the NFL starting up with 'so many unanswered questions'

On Tuesday, Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA president J.C. Tretter penned a letter questioning if the NFL is truly prioritizing player safety in its return to work plan, which is expected to begin with training camp at the end of the month.

Hours later, Buffalo Bills wide receiver and former Maryland Terrapin standout Stefon Diggs voiced similar concerns on Twitter, stating "I’d be lying if I said I was comfortable starting back up."

Earlier in the day, he tweeted that he missed football and that he loves the sport.

If and when the NFL does resume this fall, games will be played without fans in some stadiums. Diggs mentioned that it would be "weird" to play in front of an empty stadium, something he's never done before at any level of football.

Even if there are fans at NFL games this fall, they will be away from the playing field. The league has already announced that the first 6-8 rows of each lower bowl section will be blocked off from fans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, those sections will be covered with advertisements, similarly to how the Premier League has done during its restart.

Training camp is set to being on July 28, around the same time both the MLB and NBA will begin/resume their respective seasons. With live-action just a few weeks away, we've seen multiple players across both sports opt-out from playing, including Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans.

As the NFL season begins to get closer, it's likely only a matter of time before a few players opt-out, too.

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Don't expect the Redskins and Brandon Scherff to agree to a long-term deal before July deadline, per report

Don't expect the Redskins and Brandon Scherff to agree to a long-term deal before July deadline, per report

Brandon Scherff signed his one-year tender with the Redskins in April, and after doing so, told the team's website that he loves playing in Washington and hoped to do so for the rest of his career.

Well, the possibility of that happening may be taking at least a slight hit this offseason, according to a Tuesday report from ESPN's John Keim. Keim tweeted that "there isn't much optimism that a long-term deal will be struck" before the league's July 15 deadline.

If that does indeed happen, the 28-year-old will play out 2020 on the franchise tag and earn $15 million.

Ron Rivera and other members of the organization haven't been shy when it comes to praising Scherff. Back in February, the head coach referred to the guard as "somebody that we really believe is a big part of our offensive line." 

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However, whether it's the overall bizarre nature of this offseason, the uncertainty of how this coming season will unfold or Scherff's recent, serious injury history, it's looking like Scherff is only guaranteed to be a "big part" of the Burgundy and Gold's line for 2020. Simply put, this feels like a very weird time to launch into a major commitment.

If the deadline comes and goes without any unforeseen progress, it'll be up to Scherff to ball out in the franchise's next 16 games, and then look to cash out next March. At that point, this process will start all over again.

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