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State of the Redskins, Week 12: How do you like them now?

State of the Redskins, Week 12: How do you like them now?

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
Home: 4-2
Away: 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.  

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Ron Rivera doesn't anticipate Dwayne Haskins being bothered by Redskins talking to top QBs

Ron Rivera doesn't anticipate Dwayne Haskins being bothered by Redskins talking to top QBs

Ron Rivera figured he'd make headlines (like the one on this exact website). He just doesn't really think what he revealed deserved to be so newsworthy.

The comments that generated some chatter came on Wednesday, when the Redskins head coach told reporters at the Combine that the team will speak with both Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa.

Washington, of course, already has Dwayne Haskins on the roster and appears poised to take Chase Young second overall in the upcoming draft. But Rivera still wants to sit down with the two top passers in this year's class, and he doesn't really see what's wrong with that.

"I just think it's what you're supposed to do," Rivera told the Redskins Talk podcast on Thursday in Indianapolis. "Of course, that's one thing that people want to jump on and sink their teeth into and create stuff. All we're doing is our due diligence. If we don't look at those guys and something crazy happened, then we'd sit there and look silly."

Burrow is the overwhelming favorite to be selected by the Bengals to kick off April's event, but it makes sense for the Redskins to familiarize themselves with him just in case something wacky happens (it is the Bengals, guys). 

Tagovailoa, meanwhile, has been getting positive reports on his health, which is really the only thing to doubt about the polished product from Alabama. While Burrow currently seems like a complete longshot to end up with the Burgundy and Gold, Tagovailoa does not.

Still, Rivera maintained that the Redskins are just completing their research.

"We're going to cover all our bases and just see what happens," he said. "Everybody wants to know what we're going to do. We can't tell you what we're going to do because we don't know what's going to happen in front of us."

Now, is Rivera worried at all about how Haskins will take these meetings? His rookie year was rife with stories that the 2019 coaching staff didn't want him, after all, so isn't it risky to possibly restart those stories again in 2020? 

Short answer? Nope. Long answer? Here it is.

"I think Dwayne is smart enough to understand," the head man said. "I really do. It's been a neat development of a relationship right now between he and I. I think the one thing that I really do appreciate is his hard work already. And I think that's what everybody needs, to just take a step back and understand that all we're doing is our due diligence."

Rivera indicated that Burrow and Tagovailoa could very well visit the Redskins at their facility later this offseason, too, so this talk of QB drama may pop up again shortly. It doesn't feel like drama to him, though.

To him, and hopefully to Haskins, this is all a part of having the No. 2 pick in the draft, a spot that gives Washington a lot of options.

"I think if this is something that's bothering him, he'll say it," Rivera finished. "But he's a mature, young man who's just growing in his role. I just think that everybody needs to just relax and let us go through our process."

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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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