Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 11 of the NFL season.
Record: 5-3-1, 3rd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 2-1
vs. NFC: 3-2
vs. AFC: 2-1-1
Rankings and changes from Week 10
Offense (yards/game): 407.8 (4th, no change from Week 10)
Defense (yards/game): 365.4 (21st, +1)
Points for: 212 (16th, -2)
Points against: 209 (17th, +2)
Passer rating offense: 95.1 (12th, +3)
Opp passer rating: 91.7 (16th, -3)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.5 (9th, -2)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 4.2 (28st, +3)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 8.5% (8th, +8)
Playoff chances per FO: 45.7%, +15.5% from last week
Trending the right way: The Redskins’ DVOA, an overall measure of team efficiency compiled by Football Outsiders, jumped up eight spots from last week from 16th to 8th. It should be noted that there are a few head-scratching DVOA rankings this year, including the standing of the Eagles, the last-place team in the NFC East, as the top team in the metric.
Trending the wrong way: Opposing quarterbacks have been dinging them lately. Matthew Stafford, Andy Dalton and Sam Bradford all passed for 250 yards or more and their opponent passer rating has suffered.
Top three storylines:
Questions about Jackson—DeSean Jackson has nursed a variety of ailments this season but he had not missed a game until he sat out against the Vikings with a shoulder injury. According to a media report he could be out this week, too. You have to wonder how a lack of availability this year will play into the team’s plans for him when he becomes a free agent next spring.
Division looking strong—After Week 10 a year ago, no team in the NFC East had a winning record. Now, every team in the division is over .500. With only two wild card spots available it’s possible that one pretty good team from the division will stay at home. The Redskins don't have much of a margin
Looking for Smith to stay on a roll—Last year Preston Smith got six of his eight sacks in the second half of the season. He got his stretch run off to a good start with two sacks and his first career interception against the Vikings. If he can continue getting sacks and creating takeaways the Redskins defense will be markedly better.
Next three games
Sunday vs. Packers (4-5)—The Packers are reeling, coming in off of a three-game losing streak. But keep in mind that when they came to FedEx Field for the wild card playoff game they had lost two straight to fall from the division lead to the wild card spot. They got well in a hurry.
Thanksgiving @ Cowboys (8-1)—The Redskins had a chance to drop the Cowboys to an 0-2 start back in September but they couldn’t take advantage of some red zone chances and Dak Prescott rallied his team to a win. This one will be critical if the Redskins have any slim hope of chasing down the Cowboys for the NFC East title.
December 4 @ Cardinals (4-4-1)—This is one game where head to head results could come into play in a tiebreaker. The Redskins will want a head-to-head win in their pockets should they find themselves with the same record as the Cardinals when the season is over.