Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 13 of the NFL season.
Record: 6-4-1, 3rd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 2-2
vs. NFC: 4-3
vs. AFC: 2-1-1
Rankings and changes from Week 12
Offense (yards/game): 426.4 (2nd, no change from Week 12)
Defense (yards/game): 369.6 (25th, -2)
Points for: 280 (9th, no change)
Points against: 264 (18th, no change)
Passer rating offense: 101.7 (6th, +3)
Opp passer rating: 93.8 (19th, -1)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.5 (5th, +1)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 4.7 (31st, no change)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 9.7% (10th, -3)
Playoff chances per FO: 55.6%, -7.0% from last week
Trending the right way: The passer rating has ticked up three notches in each of the last two weeks. That’s what will happen when your quarterback passes for over 1,000 yards in three games with eight touchdowns and no interceptions.
Trending the wrong way: Any loss is going to hurt your playoff chances but the loss in Dallas did minimal damage. The chances of postseason play did drop seven percentage points per Football Outsiders but they are still over 50 percent.
Top three storylines:
Gamblin’ Jay—Redskins coach Jay Gruden was hailed as a gutsy gambler when he had his team go for it on fourth and one in his own territory in the fourth quarter with a five-point lead. They got the first down, went in to score the touchdown, and won the game. When he called for a surprise onside kick against the Cowboys Dallas recovered and Gruden was panned for the decision. It will be interesting to see how aggressive he is in such situations the remainder of the season. No matter what, it seems likely that fans and many in the media will continue to judge such decisions strictly by the results and not by the logic and circumstances at the time.
Reed toughs it out—Jordan Reed left the Dallas game in the first half with a sprained shoulder. He came back and had a spectacular second half basically playing with one arm. His participation in practice this week and his status for the game on Sunday will need to be closely watched.
Now the hunted—Last year the Redskins were trying to catch up with the competition to make the playoffs. Now they are trying to retain or improve their status as a wild card team. Will Compton said he knows they will get other teams’ best shots.
Next three games
Sunday @ Cardinals (4-6-1)—This looked like a game that was going to 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 (5-6)—The Redskins handled them well in October but the Eagles will be fighting for their playoff lives when this one comes around. For that matter, the Redskins might be, too.
December 19 vs. Panthers (4-7)—The Panthers’ chances of defending as NFC champs are very slim and they may well be eliminated by the time they play at FedEx Field on Monday night. Regardless, the Redskins have had a tough time handling Cam Newton, who is 3-0 vs. Washington.