Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 14, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Rams in Los Angeles


Today’s schedule: Practice 2 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky news conferences and open locker room after practice

Days until:

—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 10
—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 18
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 45

Five numbers that must improve for the Redskins this week

0—That’s the number of points the Redskins scored in the first quarter. They had the ball three times in the opening period. Those series went six plays and punt, five plays and fumble, and three plays and punt. A team that relies on its offense can’t put the team in a hole like this.

3—The number of rushing first downs they had for the game. Usually, when they played well last year they were getting double-digit rushing first downs (with some exceptions; in consecutive wins over the Vikings and Packers they got a total of one rushing first down). While Kirk Cousins is getting his feet under him the team needs more of a boost from the running game. Of course, handing the ball off to the running backs more than 14 times would help. Two of the three rushing first downs came on runs by Cousins.

4—The number of times that Cousins was sacked. He dropped back 44 times so that’s a sack rate of 9 percent. Cousins will not survive the season at that rate, much less be as effective as he needs to be. Pass blocking is the strength of the offensive line and they need to do better. Back to the previous item, a greater threat of the run would help.


57.1%—Yes, I know this has been beaten to death but they have to get off of the field on third down. The tone was set on the Eagles’ first possession when Wentz scrambled for nine seconds on a third and 12 play and threw a 58-yard touchdown pass. The third and long conversions simply have to stop or it’s going to be a long season.

30—That was the distance of Tress Way’s first punt. The line of scrimmage was the Washington 26 so he just needed to boom it. Instead, it was a weak punt that put the Eagles a couple of first downs away from being in field goal range. Of course, they did better than that, getting a touchdown. The weather conditions were perfect, and as noted, the situation called for a boomer. Way didn’t get it and it made scoring a touchdown a lot easier for Wentz and company.

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