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Griffin will face a mixed bag of pass defenses in Redskins' last seven games

Griffin will face a mixed bag of pass defenses in Redskins' last seven games

Jay Gruden said, “the jury is still out” on the Redskins quarterback position. The jury, which consists of Gruden, offensive coordinator Sean McVay, general manager Bruce Allen and a few others, will look at the performance of Robert Griffin III over the team’s last seven games. How Griffin performs in those games will go a long way in determining the direction the team will take at the position during the offseason.

Since these seven games are so critical for the future, let’s take a look at who the Redskins play and how they rank in some key pass defense categories:

Average net yards per attempt includes sacks in yards lost; defensive DVOA from Football Outsiders includes both run and pass defense.

It looks like Griffin should have a pretty good chance to play well. Of the seven upcoming opponents only the 49ers could reasonably said to have a top 10 passing defense. San Francisco and Philadelphia are in the top half of the league in pass defense and Dallas and Indy are in the middle of the pack. The Giants are a mixed bag and the Bucs and Rams are just bad.

Fortunately for Griffin, he gets a good opportunity to do well right off the bat going against the Bucs. In five of Tampa Bay’s last six games the opposing team has thrown for over 300 yards and they have allowed a completion rate of 70 percent or higher in five of their eight games this season.

Griffin should have a chance to go deep to DeSean Jackson against the Bucs. They have allowed 19 plays of 25 yards or more this year. The NFL team average is 15.

It is likely to be tougher going the following week in San Francisco. They have allowed just nine big plays this year.

This is just a snapshot of the way things stand after Week 9. Things could change by the time these teams play Washington. The 49ers, for example, will have outside linebacker Aldon Smith back from suspension by Week 12. He sacked Griffin twice when the teams played in 2013. And the Giants just lost starting cornerback Prince Amukamara for the rest of the year to a torn bicep so we will have to see how that affects their pass defense.

 

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2018 Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?

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Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.

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