Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 21, three days before the Washington Redskins visit the Chicago Bears.
—Today's schedule: No media availability
—Days until: Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 3; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 11; Wild card playoff round starts 17
Injuries of note:
Injured reserve: LB Bates (knee)
To be monitored: OLB Kerrigan (elbow), CB Dunbar (concussion)
Last look at Redskins vs. Panthers
Who’s to blame? I’ll say this again—those who are blaming the loss on the defense should take their buckets of tar and bags of feathers elsewhere. No, they did not play great. But they were good in the red zone and good on third down. Had the offense not turned the ball over twice in Redskins territory, one of those at the one-yard line, they would have given up 16 points. That is a winning effort.
Monday, Monday: It’s impossible to explain the futility of the Redskins on Monday nights at FedEx Field. Their 1-16 record there spans seven head coaches, about a dozen quarterbacks, and multiple different heads of player personnel. There is simply no reason why a 45-10 loss to the 49ers in 1998 by a team that was coached by Norv Turner, quarterbacked by Trent Green, and featured Terry Allen as the lead running back has any link to what happened two days ago. Yet unless and until the Redskins string together a few Monday night wins at home they will continue to be part of either a simple run of bad luck or a massive jinx.
Are there Cam rules? I don’t know if a personal foul should have been called against Trent Murphy for hitting Cam Newton in the head while he was sliding or not. I do know that I have seen similar contact flagged before and I would not have had much of a beef if they have penalized Murphy. For that matter, Jay Gruden said yesterday that he thought the flag might go against Murphy when it was thrown. After seen that and some other hits on Newton not called, particularly hits in the pocket, I think it’s fair to ask if Newton does get treated differently than others.
Snap judgements: Jordan Reed almost doubled his snap count from the Eagles game, playing 19 snaps, but he still caught the same number of passes—one . . . Martrell Spaight got his first NFL start and played all 73 defensive snaps . . . DeSean Jackson led the offensive skill position players in snaps with 58
This ‘n’ that: Kory Lichtensteiger was inactive after being activated, suiting up, but not playing in the Eagles game. We may have seen the last of him in a Redskins uniform . . . Although the safety play was bad on Monday and has been bad this year it’s actually been improved over the last few seasons. That doesn’t mean that the organization should stand pat there. To the contrary, they need to blow it up completely and find some safeties instead of continuing to try to convert cornerbacks.
Tandler on Twitter
After Week 15 results, the #Redskins are locked in to third place in the NFC East, whether they make the playoffs or not.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 21, 2016
In case you missed it
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- Redskins' coach and QB get low marks
- Redskins playoff formula: Win out and get help
- Redskins' rushing game stuck in neutral
- Cousins on struggles vs Panthers: It's not just one thing
- Norman gives Panthers props for Monday night win
- Rypien critical of Redskins' effort Monday night loss
- Four Redskins selected to 2017 Pro Bowl
- Don't blame Cam Newton or Trent Murphy. Blame the NFL