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Where are we? The state of the Redskins, Week 9

Where are we? The state of the Redskins, Week 9

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 9 of the NFL season.

Record: 3-5
vs. NFC East: 1-2
vs. NFC: 1-4
vs. AFC: 2-1
Home: 2-2
Away: 1-3

Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 31-29
Opposition cumulative—wins: 9-15
Opposition cumulative—losses: 22-14
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 30-28

Statistical Rankings

Offense (yards/game): 391.9 (5th)
Defense (yards/game): 331.0 (11th)
Passer rating offense: 92.1 (17th)
Opp passer rating: 104.0 (28th)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.1 (19th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.2 (18th)
DVOA (Football Outsiders): -6.5% (24th)

Season to date MVP’s

Offensive: Whenever the Redskins need a shot in the arm, whoever is playing quarterback can launch it up for DeSean Jackson for an instant jolt of offense. He has an average of over 20 yards per catch and he has caught every catchable deep ball thrown to him.

Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan is now the man on that front seven with Brian Orakpo out for the season. He stunted a late first-half drive by the Cowboys with a sack and he’s always in the right place at the right time for the Redskins defense. With 7.5 sacks at the midway point he is one away from his career high for a full season.

Top three storylines:

10 is back—With the usual “barring a setback” caveat, Robert Griffin III will be back behind center on Sunday against the Vikings. We will see how fast he can knock of any rust that may have accumulated during what will end up being a seven-week layoff.

Big win—The Redskins finally got a signature win by going into Dallas and beating the 6-1 Cowboys. Now they need to take advantage of an opportunity to build off of it with games against the 3-5 Vikings and 1-6 Bucs coming up next.

Defense by design—The Redskins’ defensive “ranking” fell from 7th to 11th after their Monday night win but nobody cared at bit. They gave up plenty of yards but they stopped Dallas drives with sacks and takeaways. This is the “unleashed” Jim Haslett defense we were supposed to see from the start of the season. Will Haslett keep the D in attack mode?

Next three games

Sunday @ Vikings (3-5)—The pressure will be on Griffin to get the win after Colt McCoy led a rally against the Titans and was instrumental in the win in Dallas. It’s also a battle of ex-Bengals as former Cincy offensive coordinator Jay Gruden takes on his defensive counterpart for the past couple of seasons, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

Nov. 16 vs. Bucs (1-6)—Lovie Smith’s bunch was a popular dark horse pick but their season has quickly faded to black. They have had some truly ugly moments, trailing the Falcons 56-0 in the third quarter, being behind the Ravens 35-0 a minute into the second quarter, and blowing an 11-point fourth-quarter lead before losing in overtime to the Saints.

Nov. 23 @ 49ers (4-3)—It’s hard to get a handle on the 49ers, who lost to the Bears but beat the Cowboys, Eagles, and Chiefs. Their defense should be stronger with the return of outside linebacker Aldon Smith returning from suspension and, by then, outside linebacker NaVorro Bowman possibly being back from a devastating knee injury suffered in the playoffs last January.

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.


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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?