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Redskins Playbook: 2 stats that show just how good Josh Norman is

Redskins Playbook: 2 stats that show just how good Josh Norman is

Josh Norman pulled down only three interceptions last season, but that doesn't tell the full scope of his impact with the Redskins. Throughout the season, Norman provided his own blend of gutsy bravado and playmaking ability for Washington. 

The results were mostly strong, but came with a lot of penalties. Dig deeper into the numbers, though, and Norman proved to be one of the best corners in the NFL. 

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In the last three seasons, two in Carolina and last year in Washington, Norman ranked second in the NFL in two advanced metrics measured by Pro Football Focus used to determine the best corners in football. The first was opposing passer rating.

Quarterbacks testing Norman found themselves with a passer rating of 61, trailing only Seattle's Richard Sherman with a 60.2.

The second metric, perhaps easier to visualize, comes in the form of yards are allowed per snap in coverage. The same timeframe (2014-2016) applies. 

Norman gave less than a yard per snap in coverage, an average of 0.81. That ranked second behind Denver's Chris Harris at 0.7, and ahead of Sherman at 0.83. Adam Jones of the Bengals placed fourth at 0.85 and Arizona's Patrick Peterson fifth at 0.91.

Granted, the numbers reflect the last three seasons, and Norman played on a tough Panthers defense before joining the Redskins. That his numbers didn't slip in D.C., however, shows his level of play didn't slip in 2016 either.

Norman believes 2016 was his best season yet. Some of these numbers back it up. 

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Redskins get Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan into Pro Bowl and another 5 to alternate team

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Redskins get Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan into Pro Bowl and another 5 to alternate team

The Redskins landed two players on the Pro Bowl roster in left tackle Trent Williams and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. This marks the seventh and fourth Pro Bowl honors for the players, respectively. 

Williams has been named to the past seven Pro Bowls, a remarkable feat, and joins Ken Houston as the only Washington players to make seven straight Pro Bowls. He trails only Charley Taylor (8) and Chris Hanburger (9) in total Pro Bowl selections.

After a two-sack performance last Sunday in Jacksonville moved him into second all-time on the Redskins sack list, Kerrigan got named to his fourth Pro Bowl and third straight selection. He has 11 sacks on the season, his third straight year with double-digit sacks. 

Beyond Kerrigan and Williams, five other Redskins players were named alternates to the Pro Bowl: D.J. Swearinger, Josh Norman, Jordan Reed, Tress Way, and Adrian Peterson. 

Many thought Swearinger or Way would make the Pro Bowl for the first time in their careers, but both players came up just short. Things look good for Swearinger to make it to Orlando, as Giants safety Landon Collins made the Pro Bowl squad but will miss the game with an injury. 

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How Kirk Cousins' next two games will directly impact the Redskins' playoff chances

How Kirk Cousins' next two games will directly impact the Redskins' playoff chances

A week after it felt borderline irresponsible to talk about the Redskins' 2018 playoff chances, it now feels completely necessary. 

Sure, you can make a pretty easy argument that this team doesn't look like a postseason team. But the fact of the matter is they're in a position to possibly become one in a handful of days.

And who's going to have a lot of say in whether the 'Skins do advance beyond Week 17? Kirk Cousins, because DUH.

Thanks to Dallas' Week 15 loss, Washington isn't out of the division hunt yet. However, their far more likely path to the playoffs is via the wild card, a spot that Cousins and the Vikings currently occupy.

To take that spot, the 'Skins really need to win out (they could still take the sixth seed by finishing 8-8, but that would take a lot more help). That means, first and foremost, Josh Johnson has to lead the Burgundy and Gold to victories over the Titans and the Eagles, which would have them finish the year at 9-7.

If that happens, the Redskins will then only require one Minnesota loss in the next two weeks to steal the second wild card. The Vikings square off with the Lions and Bears to wrap up their schedule, with the former happening in Detroit and the latter taking place in Minneapolis. 

The Eagles are also a factor in all of this, but Jay Gruden's squad could make them less of one by beating them in the 2018 finale.

Earlier this season, when everything was going right for the Redskins, it looked like a January showdown between Cousins' former franchise and his current one could happen. Now, though, the two squads are vying for the same position. 

So, it's really simple, 'Skins supporters — root for your guys to win two more and root against Cousins as well. This time around, No. 8 coming up short down the stretch would really benefit Washington.

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