Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 12 of the NFL season.
Record: 6-3-1, 3rd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 2-1
vs. NFC: 4-2
vs. AFC: 2-1-1
Rankings and changes from Week 10
Offense (yards/game): 418.5 (2nd, +2 from Week 11)
Defense (yards/game): 371.3 (23rd, -2)
Points for: 254 (9th, +7)
Points against: 233 (18th, -1)
Passer rating offense: 99.1 (9th, +3)
Opp passer rating: 92.8 (18th, -2)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.6 (6th, +2)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 4.6 (31st, -3)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 12.7% (7th, +1)
Playoff chances per FO: 62.6%, +16.9% from last week
Trending the right way: Going into the bye the Redskins’ passer rating was in the middle of the pack, 15th in the NFL. Kirk Cousins has been hot for the last two weeks and the rating has risen three spots in each of the last two weeks. Also, putting up 42 points on Sunday night pushed them up into the top 10 in scoring.
Trending the wrong way: Although Aaron Rodgers was the Packers’ leading rusher on Sunday, the Redskins dropped three spots in rushing yards per attempt, back to 31st. That does not bode well for tomorrow’s matchup against Zeke Elliott and the Cowboys.
Top three storylines:
“How do you like me now?”—As he came off the field after the win over the Packers, Cousins delivered that line to Scot McCloughan on the sideline. Many took it to mean that Cousins is looking towards a big payday when his contract is up after the season. Cousins says it was just a spontaneous celebration. In any case, it’s could be a rallying cry, retiring “You like that!”
Defense scuffles but wins—The Redskins are in the bottom half of the league in nearly every defensive stat but they are playing well enough for the team to win. They are a “bend but don’t break” unit and when they do break they can come up with a play when they need one. Last week’s example was Josh Norman’s punch of the ball from the grasp of tight end Jared Cook that essentially wrapped up the win.
Fat Rob keeps rolling—All it took was a 137-yard, three touchdown performance on national TV, an effort that made him the top fantasy scorer in many leagues, for Kelley to get attention. You have to think that the coaches at Tulane are wondering why they didn’t give him the ball more. After his third start he’s already a vital part of the Redskins’ offense.
Next three games
Thanksgiving @ Cowboys (9-1)—The Redskins will get about eight possessions in this game. They need to score touchdowns on at least half of them if they are going to win.
December 4 @ Cardinals (4-5-1)—This looked like a game that would be Mission Impossible for the Redskins when the schedule came out. Now it certainly looks winnable, although playing them on the road will be very tough.
December 11 @ Eagles (5-5)—The Redskins handled them pretty well in October but the Eagles may be fighting for their playoff lives when this one comes around. For that matter, the Redskins might be, too.