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State of the Redskins, Week 9: Getting healthy

Nov 4, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

DeSean-Jackson-vs-Cardinals

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

Record: 3-4, T-2nd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 1-1
vs. NFC: 3-2
vs. AFC: 0-2
Home: 3-1
Away: 0-3

Key numbers changes from 2014-2015

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Rankings (through Sunday’s games)

Offense (yards/game): 340.3 (25th)
Defense (yards/game): 360.4 (17th)
Passer rating offense: 84.7 (21st)
Opp passer rating: 97.9 (24th )
Yards/rush attempt: 3.7 (28th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.9 (30th)
DVOA through Week 8 (Football Outsiders): -5.6% (18th)

Top three storylines:

Returning to health—It looks like wide receiver DeSean Jackson will be back for Sunday’s game against the Patriots, although we still have to see how much he can participate in practice this week. Cornerbacks Chris Culliver and DeAngelo Hall appeared on the field this week for the first time in a while. Center Kory Lichtensteiger was wearing a helmet during Monday’s workout for the first time in a couple of weeks. It’s unlikely that they will go into New England at full strength but they should be there at some point later this month.

Tall tasks ahead—This team has struggled on the road and they have two road games with undefeated teams coming up in the next three weeks. The Patriots are dominating while the Panthers are just getting by. The odds are very much against the Redskins winning either game but how resilient they are will tell us a lot about how they may do the rest of the season.

Get a running back going—Jay Gruden said that both Matt Jones and Alfred Morris would get touches. But he has to find a hot hand to get a rushing attack that is now ranked 30th in the NFL in terms of average yards per carry going.

Next three games

Sunday @ Patriots (7-0)—It’s no insult to Gruden or Kirk Cousins to say that this one is a big mismatch at both head coach and quarterback with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady on the other side.

November 15 vs. Saints (4-4)—The Saints look a whole lot better than they did a few weeks ago, after they handed the Falcons their first loss and then moved the ball at will against the Giants as Drew Brees threw a record-tying seven touchdown passes. Historically they are a different team playing outdoors on grass; we will see.

November 22 @ Panthers (7-0)—They lost a 17-point fourth-quarter lead to the struggling Colts so the strength of their vaunted defense has to be questioned. But Cam Newton seems to be able to move the chains whenever he really needs to and that has helped to keep them spotless in the loss column.

  1. hitmeimopen - Nov 4, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    What’s the matter Skins fans? Everybody giving up on Sunday? C’mon and crank up the froth – the Skins CAN win!

    • Darren - Nov 4, 2015 at 2:54 PM

      Finally a real skins fan. Hail yes we can!!

    • ajbus1 - Nov 4, 2015 at 6:39 PM

      Hail ya! A win would be great but the Pats are good, no doubt about it. I like to think we will win every week but take the reality of the match-up into consideration. It’s what I like to call it the H.A.L.E. credo: High Aspirations Low Expectations. HTTR!!

    • goback2rfk - Nov 4, 2015 at 7:11 PM

      The sports world would shit their pants if Cousins goes to Foxborough and dethrones Belicheck and pretty boy Tom Brady.

  2. goback2rfk - Nov 4, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    We got this. I have faith in the offense being able to move the ball some especially through the air. The running lanes will be tight but I think we can work the ball down the field through the air.
    However, I do not think the defense can get enough stops, turn overs , or sacks to slow down the Patriots enough. I think they might actually keep it close but fade away late in the 3rd and 4th quarters. N.E. wins by at least 14.

    • ajbus1 - Nov 4, 2015 at 11:57 PM

      That’s a pretty good assessment. I got it at 40-23.

  3. brucefan1 - Nov 4, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Never knew quite what to make of these State of the Redskins reports, with their ever-unchanging projections and comparisons to last season and all (dang … I HOPE they are better than LAST season), but I decided to go back through them and see if I could get a feel for any trends that are occurring.

    As best as I can find, Rich submitted the first of these snapshots before week 4, and then before weeks 5, 6, 7 and 9. (Couldn’t find one for week 8… going into the bye week?)

    The Redskins’ league-wide rankings in the categories Rich lists evolve as follows:

    Offensive yards per game: Going into week 4 they ranked 12th in the NFL. By week 5 they improved to 8th; week 6 – 11th; week 7 – 25th ; week 9 – 25th.

    Defensive yards per game: week 4 – ranked 2nd; week 5 – 4th; week 6 – 6th; week 7 – 8th; week 9 – 17th.

    Offensive passer rating (in order of week): 22nd; 19th; 21nd; 31st; 24th.

    Defensive Passer rating: 20th; 26th; 12th; 20th; 24th.

    Off. Yds. per rush: 5th; 3rd; 9th; 25; 30th.

    Def. Yds. per rush: 11th; 13th; 9th ; 25th; 30th.

    Football Outsiders’ “DVOA” holds fairly steady, week-to-week: 13th; 18th; 15th, 15th, 18th.

    What’s it all mean right now? That many of those stats are trending downward in the league-wide rankings – but that might not be a huge shock, what with their recent run-offense & run-defense woes.

    What’s it mean for the future? Impossible to predict … but hopefully the Skins will find some way to turn a few of them around a bit, especially with crucial division games upcoming.

  4. JOHNNY B - Nov 4, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Watch this game will come down to whom ever has the last possession. The Redskins will be milking the clock taking their sweet time. The Patriots will be shoving it down the field quick. 1 score per quarter per team down to the bitter end. The Patriots will lose and the Redskins become the most dangerous team in the NFL. Dam why did someone wake me up I was having a good dream.

    • goback2rfk - Nov 5, 2015 at 12:58 AM

      The way were are going in about 2 more seasons we should be pretty dangerous. We got some good talent to build around. I really like Clam Chowder Crowder. I also think Ross can do big things but they dont give him a chance at all on offense.
      The offensive line is improving once the injuries settle down and the RB position looks pretty good with Jones and Thompson. Really want 1 big tall tough reciever to add to the mix. Offense looks promising in the coming years.
      Get that defense tightened up and we got something. I think we would look a lot different with Gallete in there and less injuries at CB. Im excited about this team for the first time in a long time. Damn Right.. Hail to the Fukking Redskins!

      • Skulb - Nov 5, 2015 at 3:58 PM

        This is what I´ve been saying since August too. We´re some tinkering, a lot of coaching and another draft away from having a legitimately good team. Not elite but good. We need 4-6 players and we just don´t have them right now. A pass rusher, a quality ILB to pair up with Robinson, a #1 WR and a safety at minimum away from yearly NFCE title bids.
        What are the odds Snyder decides to blow everything up before this can happen? I say about 50-50.

    • Tommy - Nov 5, 2015 at 6:59 AM

      Had me going too….

  5. hk2000 - Nov 4, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    I’m still sour from the beat down Joe Gibbs and the Redskins took in the last game we played there (56-7 or something) Alas, this team is not even as good as the one we had back then., but NE is even better than they were then, so if we lose by less than we did in that game, I’d call it a win.

  6. John - Nov 5, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    The key to beating the Patriots is to keep the ball away from Brady and be disciplined on defense when they have the ball. All receivers need to be lights out so they can’t take away Reed. Run it down their throats and eat up the clock. Make the Patriots work for the win. The Patriots defense is not filled with stars but is very disciplined. You just can’t make mistakes against them. It will be tough sledding. The Skins will need to score around 30 points to be in the game at the end.

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