One look back at some of the key numbers from the win over the Saints.During the Redskins 40-32 win over the Saints on Sunday, Robert Griffin III had 320 yards passing, Pierre Garcon had 109 yards receiving in an appearance abbreviated by injury, and Alfred Morris rushed for 96 yards. The last time the Redskins had a 300-yard passer, 100-yard receiver, and 95-yard rusher in a win was on October 26, 2008 when they beat the Lions 25-17 in Detroit. Jason Campbell completed 23 of 28 passes for 328 yards, Santana Moss caught 9 of those passes for 140 yards and Clinton Portis carried 24 times for 126 yards.Prior to Sunday a Redskins quarterback has matched or beaten RG3s Sunday stat line of at least 300 yards passing, two or more touchdown passes and no interceptions in a win 10 times since 1960. Sonny Jurgensen was the first, in 1964. That was the only time he did it. Joe Thesmann did it twice and Mark Rypien had that stat line three times. The most recent quarterback with 30020 was Rex Grossman, who accomplished it in last years opener against the Giants.The Redskins had 44 rushing attempts on Sunday, the most since Mike Shanahan came to the team. The previous high was 40 attempts; they did that twice last year. Since the 2000 season the Redskins have run the ball 40 times or more 25 times. They are 24-1 in those games.Sunday was just the second time since 2000 that the Redskins scored at least 40 points on the road. The other time they played in the same building. They beat the Saints 40-10 in New Orleans in 2001. They have given up over 30 points in road game and still won just one other time since 2000. They beat the Falcons in Atlanta 33-31 in 2003.
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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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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