Here is how the Redskins stand after seven games:
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 3-3
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.