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Where are we? The Redskins after seven games

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Where are we? The Redskins after seven games

Here is how the Redskins stand after seven games:

Record: 3-4
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 3-3
Home: 1-2
Away: 2-2

Opposition cumulative record: 26-20
Cumulative of teams beaten: 9-10
Cumulative of teams lost to: 17-10

Offensive MVP (season to date): In Robert Griffin III, the Redskins have one of those rare players who makes those around him better. He almost dragged the Redskins to a road win over the Giants without Pierre Garçon and, after the first drive, Fred Davis. Logan Paulsen filled in for Davis. Last year, Paulsen started four games and caught four passes. On Sunday he had four receptions. You have to think that Rex Grossman being the quarterback for those 2011 games and RG3 pulling the trigger now is the difference.Honorable mention: Trent Williams, Alfred Morris

Defensive MVP: The Redskins are one of the better teams in the NFL against the rush. One reason is that it is so easy to pass against them, why run. Another reason is the play of Stephen Bowen, who is helping to clog up the line. Bowen is also contributing to what little pass rush there is with three passes defensed.Honorable mention: London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan

Top three storylines:

RG3 magic—As noted above, Griffin did a lot on Sunday despite being down some key contributors. Out of the Redskins’ four losses, the only one where they didn’t have the ball in the other team’s territory in the last two minutes with a chance to tie or win the game was the Falcons game, the one RG3 didn’t finish with a concussion.

Opponents’ air raid—The Redskins are on pace to give up more yards through the air than any team in NFL history. That’s the big picture. The little picture is plays like the one at the end of the game on Sunday. What was shaping up to be one of their better days—they had held Eli Manning to just 260 yards passing and Victor Cruz had done very little damage—went up in smoke in one 77-yard game winning bomb.

Morris rolls on—Alfred Morris could be one of those guys that RG3 makes better but it’s apparent that the rookie has some ability of his own. He’s now leading the NFC in rushing with 658 yards, a total that is just a yard behind league leader Arian Foster. We don’t know how good Morris might be without Griffin, who distracts the offense as a threat to run, but we do know that they work well together.

Next three games

Sunday @ Steelers—The Steelers are 3-3, second in the AFC North

Nov. 4 vs. Panthers—They just fired their GM and Cam Newton appears to be regressing; 1-5, in last place in the NFC South.

Nov. 18 (after bye) vs. Eagles—The Eagles are panicking, firing their defensive coordinator and making changes along the offensive line; 3-3, tied for second place in the NFC East.

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One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

The Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. While his record at Ohio State was impressive, Haskins didn't log many starts. 

Washington head coach Jay Gruden talked about Haskins back in March during the league meetings, before the Burgundy and Gold drafted the quarterback, and said that because he played just one year in college he would need significant time to learn the NFL game. 

"You would like a guy to play more than a year to see how he’s developed over the years. Haskins has a unique skillset. He’s big, strong and can really throw it," Gruden said. Then, "Is he going to be ready for the first year?"

After OTAs and minicamp, it's obvious Haskins has all the talent needed to play quarterback in the NFL. He's made touch throws and he's rifled balls into tight windows. At the same time, he seemed confused in spots about play calls and struggled with the speed of the pass rush. 

All of that is normal for a player with just 14 starts. But it's that number, the one year of starting experience in college, that makes one statistic stand out about Haskins. 

That's some serious company, both good, bad and ugly. 

As a rookie in 2011, Cam Newton went 6-10 with 35 total TDs and 17 interceptions, not to mention a Rookie of the Year trophy. His running prowess made up for average numbers in the pass game. The more important comparison for Redskins fans is that Newton eventually developed into an NFL MVP and got the Panthers to the Super Bowl. 

For Mark Sanchez, the rookie numbers and the career comparison aren't as kind. Sanchez threw 12 TDs and 20 INTs in 15 games as a rookie, though he was at the helm as the Jets got to two straight AFC title games. Still, for his career, Sanchez threw more INTs than TDs and could not keep a starting job after his rookie contract. 

Trubisky is a different deal. He's only started 26 games since being the second overall pick in the 2017 draft with a record of 15-11. He's thrown 31 touchdowns against 19 interceptions, and run for another five scores. It's hard to describe Trubisky's game. At times he's terribly inaccurate, but in other spots, he looks like a future Pro Bowler. 

Newton is the sure thing, Sanchez is the poor outcome. Trubisky is still to be determined. 

For Haskins, it's not good company or bad company. With only 14 starts at Ohio State before the Redskins drafted Haskins, it's just the company he's in.

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Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Darnell Savage was the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect

Darnell Savage has been getting a lot of buzz since the Packers traded up to the 21st overall pick to select him in the 2019 NFL Draft, and his teammates are on board.

The Maryland star was one of the draft's biggest risers, and it was well warranted.

The Packers' Instagram account posted a video of Savage Wednesday, and his teammate Davante Adams chimed in.

“The boy gonna be special,” Adams wrote.

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“He’s going to be that guy — I can tell," Adams said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. "We definitely got a steal." “I know we got him early, but I still think that he could have gone even earlier just based on what he’s doing out there. He plays like a vet, he knows how to practice, and he’s smart, man.

Savage will face the Redskins in Week 14 when the Burgundy and Gold head up to Lambeau Field on December 8 for the matchup against the Packers.

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