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State of the Redskins, Week 17—Back in the driver's seat

State of the Redskins, Week 17—Back in the driver's seat

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
Home: 4-3
Away: 4-3-1

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.

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Titans rising, shake-up in Top 10


2018 NFL Power Rankings: Titans rising, shake-up in Top 10

The most surprising outcome from Week 10 in the NFL season was the Tennessee Titans 34-10 thrashing of the New England Patriots.

How far did New England fall? How high did the Patriots rise?


Despite missing three starting offensive lineman and several other key contributors due to injury, the Redskins got back in the win column with a 16-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a two game lead in the NFC East, their stock rose a tad.

Coming off their bye week, the Eagles fell to the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. How were each of their rankings affected?

The Saints won their eighth straight, while the Steelers won their fifth straight. Where do these two rank in the Top 5?


The battle for No. 32 is perhaps more interesting than the battle for No. 1, but the Raiders stay in control of the bottom spot for now.


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Adrian Peterson is fifth in rushing and, oh yeah, he finally feels fully healthy now


Adrian Peterson is fifth in rushing and, oh yeah, he finally feels fully healthy now

The version of Adrian Peterson the Redskins have been getting this year — the one who currently sits as the NFL's fifth-leading rusher and the one who has been the team's only consistent offensive threat — hasn't even been the fully in-shape version, according to Peterson.

If you take him at his word, that's a pretty frightening thought for non-Redskins defenses to ponder.

After practice on Wednesday, the 33-year-old was asked about how he's feeling after dealing with ankle and shoulder problems earlier in the season. Those problems are apparently now all behind him.

"Last week, I actually started feeling all the way healthy," he said in the 'Skins locker room. "My shoulder, I'm back to bench pressing. I hadn't done that in three weeks. And so I'm back to doing the normal things that I was able to do. My ankle's feeling good, my body's just feeling refreshed."

Oh, so the guy who's been averaging nearly 75 yards per game on about 17 carries per game and the guy who's scored four total touchdowns through nine contests is only just now back to normal?


"Second half has been a blessing to me, you know?" he said. "It was a grind the first eight weeks, and here now, as I stand in front of you, my body's feeling amazing."

Must be nice to be one of the sport's best players of this generation, huh?