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State of the Redskins, Week 6: Still road kill, not road warriors

Oct 14, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT


Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 6 of the NFL season.

Record: 2-3, T-2nd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 1-1
vs. NFC: 2-2
vs. AFC: 0-1
Home: 2-1
Away: 0-2

Key numbers changes from 2014-2015


Rankings (through Sunday’s games)

Offense (yards/game): 360.4 (11th)
Defense (yards/game): 314.0 (6th)
Passer rating offense: 81.9 (21st)
Opp passer rating: 90.4 (12th )
Yards/rush attempt: 4.1 (14th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.4 (9th)
DVOA through Week 4 (Football Outsiders): 2.7% (15th)

Top three storylines:

—Still road kill, not road warriors—The Redskins almost pulled out a road win for just the third time since the start of the 2013 season but they couldn’t quite get it done. They will have a problem getting back to respectability until half of the games on their schedule are not virtually automatic losses.

—Spinning their wheels on the ground—It was cute when the Redskins’ backfield duo of Alfred Morris and Matt Jones received the nickname “MoJo” when they were rolling after two weeks of the season. Now the moniker is a reminder that such titles should not be bestowed until the group accomplishes something over a period of time. Now, instead of backs cranking out 100-yard games, they haven’t mustered 100 as a team in two of their last three games.

—Takeaways coming—Defensive coordinator Joe Barry said a couple of weeks ago that he believes that takeaways come in bunches. He turned out to be right, as the Redskins have five takeaways in their last two games. The next step in the big play department is to get a turnover return touchdown, something they haven’t done since 2013.

Next three games

Sunday @ Jets (3-1)—Former Redskins safety Todd Bowles (1986-1990, 1991-1992) has the Jets playing pretty well. They are getting it done the way the Redskins want to get it done, with a stout defense, a game managing QB, and a productive rushing attack.

October 25 vs. Bucs (2-3)—Jameis Winston is struggling like, well, a rookie quarterback. But he’s not getting a whole lot of help from the defense and other factors are contributing to the Bucs’ 2-3 record. It should be remembered that they were on a five-game losing skid last year when they came into FedEx Field and enjoyed one of their few 2014 bright spots with a 27-7 win over the Redskins.

November 8 @ Patriots (4-0)—After the bye, the Redskins travel to Foxborough to play the Patriots. I hear that they have managed to avoid the post-Super Bowl hangover and are pretty good again this year.

  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Oct 14, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Road krill, he typed shrimpishly.

    • ajbus1 - Oct 15, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      Wa, wa, wa….lol

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Oct 14, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Mike Jones ‏@MikeJonesWaPo 2h2 hours ago

    Kory Lichtensteiger played on Sunday with a broken thumb and a shoulder injury.

    I think I made an unkind remark about Lichty’s efforts on Sunday, and now I feel bad. Maybe Lichty’s backup should feel bad, too, for not being a better option under the circumstances.

  3. Cal - Oct 14, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Yea.. Good old information…. Did u know that Jon Gruden was hired as an OC to work with QB Randall Cunningham… Jon Gruden had benched Cunningham & gave up on him…. The next season Cunningham was traded to Minnesota & had a very successful career

    • Skulb - Oct 14, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Are you saying we should sign Cunningham?

    • goback2rfk - Oct 14, 2015 at 11:37 PM

      Jon Gruden will always be the better Gruden. Jay will never win a superbowl as H.C.

  4. bangkokben - Oct 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    I heard that the Jets have not allowed a 3rd down converted in their last 18 opportunities. Sick!

    • Johnny B. - Oct 14, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      Well I guess that was good for them better get it while you can because when the skins come to town you won’t.

    • goback2rfk - Oct 14, 2015 at 11:35 PM

      They have not met Kirk “stare down” Cousins yet. He will get the job done on 3rd down this week. Skins over 50% on 3rd down against the Jets.

      • abanig - Oct 15, 2015 at 11:47 AM

        Stare down because he stares down his receivers?

        • goback2rfk - Oct 15, 2015 at 3:25 PM

          Absolutely he does. Look closely at him, he does not scan the field quick enough. He also has in his mind who he is going to before the ball is snapped. I would like to see him move through his progressions quicker. He likes that ‘hot route’ to much. I rather see him take a sack every now and again than throw the ball into coverage. Cousins hardly ever takes a sack cause he throws the ball up regardless. I think Rich said that sacks are down like 70% this year. That is a wild stat.

        • abanig - Oct 15, 2015 at 3:42 PM

          I agree with that, just wondering. I think he also gets caught on his first read too much, has a tendency to stair down receivers and doesn’t move around enough in the pocket or run when those opportunities present themselves and there is nothing open down field.

          There are several things I need to see Cousins get better at as qb on top of improving his accuracy, throwing off his back foot and his stride while he’s throwing. Most of the reason he is high or wide of his target is because of poor mechanics.

        • ajbus1 - Oct 15, 2015 at 10:11 PM

          Like Rich’s post a week or so ago, this is what Cousins is.

  5. goback2rfk - Oct 14, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    We can beat the Jets. Its Fitzpatrick for goodness sakes. If Alfred shows up and the running game can get going we should win. I am thinking beat the Jets get back to 3 – 3…
    Next week beat the Bucs 4 – 3 , lose to the Patriots back to 4 – 4
    I will take 4 – 4 at this point any day of the week! .500 ball club.. cooool. Middle of the pack!

  6. goback2rfk - Oct 14, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    No need to even bring Reed up at this point. He is out for a long time. He has that MCL on top of that concussion. The injury prone Reed is more of a liability at this point. Can not trust him to stay on the field. He is a great player but some guys just do not have the strong bones to stay in there. Hell T.O. played with a broken leg. London Fletcher never missed a game. Reed gets a little bump across the middle and is out half the season. Reed is like a Foreign Made Sports Car that you have to take to the expensive dealer every time it needs an oil change. I feel bad for the guy, however, parting ways with Reed may be in the future plans.

  7. abanig - Oct 14, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Jets get Sheldon Richardson back this week to add to their stellar DE rotation of Wilkerson & Williams. Their D is only going to be better this week and moving forward.

    I noticed our run D is getting worse and our running game. If we don’t fix those two things, we won’t have a winning season.

    Cousins’ rating is now 81.6, which is 5 points worse than it was at any point last year, he’s not throwing for as many TDs or yards. He’s gotta step his game up, especially if his #1 WR Djax comes back this week.

    I think he will step his game up when Djax comes back. He’s gotta be better.

    • goback2rfk - Oct 14, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      Pretty boy, injury prone, one trick pony, Desean Jackson will be quite a help when he gets back. The threat of him going deep should open things up a little bit. Ross can go deep but Gruden has not tried that option very much which has hurt the run game and the play action passing.
      Maybe they can use Jackson on some bubble screens and stuff before they send him deep on that hammy again. He can break one at any given time so they need to feed him. We will see what happens, should be an interesting game Sunday.

    • ajbus1 - Oct 15, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      Ya, that Jets’ D is scary. Gonna be an uphill battle even if Djax is back. Archives

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