Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 3, four days before the Washington Redskins play the St. Louis Rams at FedEx Field.
Three and out—First look at Redskins vs. Rams
1. After Week 8 the Redskins were 3-5 and coming off of a big Monday night win in Dallas. They had the Vikings and Bucs coming up on their schedule and a .500 record going into the stretch seemed to be possible. In Week 8 the Rams lost to the Chiefs 34-7 to fall to 2-5. They had the 49ers, Cardinals, and Broncos coming up on their schedule and it looked like they were headed for a free fall to the end of their season.
2. But we’re now in Week 14 and the Rams are 2.5-point favorites to beat the Redskins at FedEx Field. St. Louis beat the 49ers and Broncos and will come to Washington fresh off of a 52-0 pasting of the Raiders. After posting just one sack in their first five games they have 22 in their last five. The Redskins, meanwhile, haven’t won since that night in Dallas and are in a free fall.
3. This will be a battle of journeyman quarterbacks with Shaun Hill, 34 and on his fourth NFL team facing Colt McCoy, 28 and on his third team. Hill had not started a game since 2010 when he was thrust into the lineup after Sam Bradford went out for the season with an injury; McCoy went from 2011 until that Monday night game in Dallas without a start. Both started this year and then stepped aside for a while. Hill was injured and then when he was healthy Jeff Fisher decided to stick with Austin Davis. McCoy yielded to Robert Griffin III for three games before Jay Gruden decided to sit Griffin down and return to McCoy.
Out: The Rams saga over the last five weeks just goes to show you that things can take unexpected turns during the course of an NFL season. At the end of October nobody thought that that the Rams had any chance at beating the 49ers and Broncos (although they had beaten the Seahawks, that game had the feel of a fluke). I don’t think that the Redskins can suddenly get it together and win, say, three out of their last four. Nobody does and they probably won’t. But just when you think you have everything figured out, strange things happen.
—Today’s schedule: Colt McCoy news conference 11:30; Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference and open locker room after practice, approx. 3:00
—Days until: Rams @ Redskins 4; Redskins @ Giants 11; 2015 NFL Draft 148
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