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Where are we? State of the Redskins, Week 17

Dec 24, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 17 of the NFL season.

Record: 4-11
vs. NFC East: 2-3
vs. NFC: 2-9
vs. AFC: 2-2
Home: 3-4
Away: 1-7

Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 107-118
Opposition cumulative—wins: 25-35
Opposition cumulative—losses: 82-83
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 11-4

Rankings (through Sunday’s games)

Offense (yards/game): 355.0 (13th)
Defense (yards/game): 349.3 (14th)
Passer rating offense: 89.6 (15th)
Opp passer rating: 108.9 (32nd)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.2 (15th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 3.9 (8th)
DVOA through Week 14 (Football Outsiders): -26.5% (29th)

Current playoff position: Eliminated
Current draft position:
6th

Season to date MVP’s

Offensive: Trent Williams is the Redskins’ only Pro Bowl player but DeSean Jackson is the guy who makes the offense go. Hit two long catches that set up two of the Redskins’ touchdowns pushed his average for the season back over 20 yards per catch. We’d hate to see where the offense would be without him.

Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan now has 13.5 sacks, the only playmaker on a defense that was supposed to be loaded with them. His five forced fumbles lead the NFL and it’s He has a chance to earn himself a pretty good contract after his option year in 2015.

Top three storylines:

Did RG3 take a big and lasting step forward?—Robert Griffin III wasn’t perfect against the Eagles but he was better working out of the pocket than he has been all year. That continued the upward trend in his performance that started when he played most of the game against the Giants. Can he continue that trend against the Cowboys and, more importantly, in 2015?

Finishing strong—It won’t be that much less of a lost season if the Redskins finish 5-11 as opposed to 4-12. But a 3-3 record in the division and a sweep of the division champ Cowboys would give Jay Gruden something to hang his hat on.

Draft position—But there is a potential consolation prize if they do lose. Depending on how the three teams immediately in front of them in the current draft order fare on Sunday, the Redskins could move from picking sixth to picking as high as third.

Final game

Sunday vs. Cowboys (11-4)—The only way that Dallas benefits from a win in this 1:00 game is if the Packers and Lions game, which starts at 4:25, ends in a tie. How much will Jason Garrett risk the health of Tony Romo on the odds that that happens? The over/under is 1.5 zero blitzes by the Redskins.

  1. goback2rfk - Dec 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    RG3 is the man of the hour and the man of the future. There is no one to challenge him at this point. He has secured the QB job through 2018 more than likely. I think they will offer him a new contract.

    Unless they move on someone like Jameis or Marcus it is hard to see anyone but RG3 in there as QB for many years to come.

    • brian - Dec 25, 2014 at 1:58 AM

      One game has you starry eyed, I see. Hate to break it to you, but he’s not going to be in the NFL much longer.

      • goback2rfk - Dec 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Who are they going to get if it is not RG3? There is no one to replace him and they wont make Colt a starter for next year. It looks like RG3 has won by default.

  2. ndmone23 - Dec 24, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Rich-

    What are the chances we have an old school performance on Sunday and absolutely maul the cowboys? If the O-line just absolutely obliterated the cowboy’s d-line and we put up 40 or 50 points would that muddy the water about the state of our o-line or just be viewed as an outlier? What would that do the cowboy’s psyche going into the dance?

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      I think the odds are pretty slim; Cowboys are playing pretty well now.

      • David - Dec 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        The last time we played the Cowboys they were doing “really well” and we beat them so I definitely think we have a good chance of winning the game!! :)

    • brian - Dec 25, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      What would it do to our psyche? Lol Nothing. This game is meaningless. Oh, we’ll trot out our starters but your not going to see any risky play calling or doubling down. Why would you even give a shit about that? It hurts when we win doesn’t it? Lol You are the only fansthat appear to hate your (ex) rival more than you love your own team. That’s really .

  3. bowlregard - Dec 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    The third pick isn’t high enough. There are two QBs that could demand close to RG type compensation, and will likely go one-two after those with the top picks trade out of decide to select one.

    But boy would it be great if one fell and the Skins could trade down and get a couple of high picks in return. So many holes…

    • bangkokben - Dec 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      I agree about the sentiment that it would be nice to trade our pick in MAY for a boat load of picks but disagree that that ever was on the table. Every team learned from the Redskins deal. No one wants to be the poster child of how not to draft. The NFL has swung away (slightly) from the paradigm of needing a franchise QB. Joe Flacco and Russell Wilson are the last two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks and neither are elite – although they would be in that next tier – and both teams won it more so with inspirational defense and a total team effort. Prior to the last two Super Bowls you needed a quarterback with a name like Brady, Manning, Roethlisberger, Rodgers, or Brees. Mariota and Winston aren’t even in the same conversation with Luck and Griffin let alone the elite. Moreover, today’s quarterbacks require more foundational development due to the different college game and there is less time for that due to the latest CBA. Winston also has more baggage than Randy Moss and that was before the Commissioner’s special exempt list. Lastly, a boat load of picks didn’t help the Redskins build a consistent winner when they traded with the Saints and the Rams have yet to turn their extra picks into a winning season.

  4. colmac69 - Dec 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Would like to wish all skin fans a merry xmas…….hope santa gd to yous all

  5. dcfaninecuador - Dec 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Well…at least they aren’t the Browns. And, a little off subject, but whoever said Bob is “taking food off our table” should be traded, released, fined, or whatever. What does he think? Every QB is a Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rogers? What self serving statement. Maybe he should be traded to the Jets…see how he likes that.

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