Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 17 of the NFL season.
Top three storylines:
Back in the driver’s seat—Everything fell into place after the Redskins took care of business against the Bears. The Buccaneers and Lions lost and all of a sudden Washington is win and in, barring a tie in Lions-Packers.
Reed still a question mark—The Redskins sure would feel a lot better about their chances against Giants on Sunday and in the playoffs if they get there if Jordan Reed can play at the same level he did earlier this season. It’s been a month since he suffered a Grade 2 sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder. Since then he has missed two games and play a combined 29 snaps in two others. Is that enough rest for the Redskins to be able to get a productive 40 snaps out of him on Sunday?
Norman vs. Beckham—The last time they faced off the only physical violence came when Beckham hit the kicking net and it hit back. In Week 3 the individual rivalry, or feud, or whatever you want to call it, was the headline; this week there are much more important matters at hand
Record: 8-6-1, 3rd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 3-2
vs. NFC: 6-5
vs. AFC: 2-1-1
Rankings and changes from Week 15
Offense (yards/game): 411.3 (3rd, no change from Week 15)
Defense (yards/game): 380.9 (29th, no change)
Points for: 386 (9th, +1)
Points against: 364 (22nd, +2)
Passer rating offense: 98.8 (6th, -1)
Opp passer rating: 91.5 (20th, +3)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.6 (7th, +5)
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 4.6 (27th, no change)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 13.5% (8th, +2)
Playoff chances per FO: 59.0%, +38.2% from last week
Trending the right way: The Redskins moved up to No. 8 in Football Outsiders’ weighted DVOA. They are the fourth best team in the NFC per this metric.
Trending the wrong way: Not much after this week. The team passer rating went down a tick as Kirk Cousins didn’t need to have a super statistical day for the Redskins to beat the lowly Bears.
Final regular season game
New Year’s Day vs. Giants (10-4)—The Redskins must win. The Giants want to get the taste of a subpar performance against the Eagles out of their collective mouths. What that adds up to will determine if the Redskins’ season will continue.