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Need to Know: Bye week has not been an advantage for the Redskins

Nov 6, 2015, 4:52 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, November 6, two days before the Washington Redskins visit the New England Patriots.

Five stats you need to know for Redskins vs. Patriots

—Jay Gruden talked about the need for the Redskins to get off to a fast start against the Patriots. They have been doing that this year, at least defensively. They have allowed 59 first-half points; only five other teams have allowed fewer. The Redskins have outscored the opposition in the first half 73-59 (it should be noted that the first-half margin was much more impressive before their last game, when the Bucs outscored them 24-7).

—Kirk Cousins has completed 184 passes, the most in team history through seven games. Robert Griffin III had the second most, with 158 in 2013. By comparison, Tom Brady has 199 completions so far this year. Cousins’ eight interceptions are the same number that Griffin had through seven games in 2013. Twenty-four Redskins quarterbacks have had seven or more interceptions through seven games.

—There is plenty of talk that the Redskins will have to be able to run the ball to stay competitive with the Patriots. They had better improve over what they have done in their last three games. In that span, the Redskins have 135 yards on the ground. That is the third-fewest rushing yards over a three-game stretch in team history. Only in September-October of 1994 (127) and November of 1944 (104) have they gained fewer over three games.

—So, how about some big plays to hit the Patriots with a little bit of shock and awe? Last year through seven games they had 10 plays that gained 40 yards or more. This year they have two, a 42-yard Chris Thompson run and a 43-yard pass from Cousins to Rashad Ross. Both of those plays came in one game, against the Eagles. The good news is that six of 2014 big plays were to DeSean Jackson, who should play on Sunday for the first time since early in the season opener.

—The bye week has not been good for the Redskins of late. Since 2008 they have gone 1-6 after getting a week off, a .143 winning percentage. Their only win in that time came in 2012 and it was the start of a seven-game winning streak that got the team to its last playoff appearance.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences and player availability after practice, approx. 1:00

Days until: Redskins @ Patriots 2; Saints @ Redskins 9; Redskins @ Panthers 16

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  1. bangkokben - Nov 6, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Who have been the opponents after a bye? Wasn’t last year’s game after a bye against another team off a bye? Horrible record for sure but if you’re playing teams like the Patriots with extra rest after a bye, you’re less likely to be successful. The same goes for the recent road woes. if you’re playing teams with better overall records in their place, the odd are stacked against you.

    • Rich Tandler - Nov 6, 2015 at 7:51 AM

      1st game after Bye Week – Last 7 seasons
      2014 vs Tampa Bay 27-7 L
      2013 at Dallas 31-16 L
      2012 vs Philadelphia 31-6 W
      2011 vs Philadelphia 20-13 L
      2010 vs Philadelphia 59-28 L
      2009 at Atlanta 31-17 L
      2008 vs Dallas 14-10 L

      • bangkokben - Nov 6, 2015 at 10:09 AM

        Thanks Rich. How can I forget that horrible Tampa game? The worst team in the league, off a bye week, still a chance to turn the season around.

        Only Dallas in 2008 was also coming off a bye. Here are their records compared to the ‘skins.

        2008 DAL 4-5 WAS 6-3 Zorn
        2009 ATL 4-3 WAS 2-5 Zorn
        2010 PHI 5-3 WAS 4-4 Shanahan
        2011 PHI 1-4 WAS 2-2 Shanahan
        2012 PHI 3-6 WAS 3-6 Shanahan
        2013 DAL 2-3 WAS 1-3 Shanahan
        2014 TAM 1-8 WAS 3-6 Gruden
        2015 NE 7-0 WAS 3-4 Gruden

        So plenty of winnable games between three different coaches.

        • sidepull - Nov 6, 2015 at 12:33 PM

          That Tampa game was one of the most sorry excuses of a game I can remember. Given the fact that they showed up to “play” like that after a bye made even more, humiliating, That was a no account sorry a$$ game.

  2. hk2000 - Nov 6, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    To me points scored is everything- I bet if you sorted out the NFL teams based on point differential from highest to lowest, you’ll arrive at a more accurate rankings than any power rankings ESPN ever came up with, or any body else for that matter.

    • hk2000 - Nov 6, 2015 at 8:12 AM

      What I’m trying to say, only 2 kinds of teams are scary- One that scores a lot such as NE and one that prevents other teams from scoring much such as Den and SEA, so this obsession with yards and completions is just ridiculous. Since 2001, I believe, 2012 was the only year where we flirted with one of the 2 categories- Third highest scoring offense)

  3. obxskins - Nov 6, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    I respectfully disagree…if nothing else we were given a week to rest and heal some..which some players def needed….thanks for all you do Rich!

  4. goback2rfk - Nov 6, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    We will see. I hope they come out and stomp Tom Bradys ass. Maybe a Keenan Robinson sack like he had on Tony Rhomo.

    • John - Nov 6, 2015 at 1:13 PM

      Unfortunately Robinson may not play this week. Missed practice yesterday with a shoulder injury of some sort. Fortunately Culliver is getting close to being ready to play. Hall is probably anotger week away. Breeland?

  5. bangkokben - Nov 6, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    So Cousins is on pace to throw more than 600 times for close to 4000 yards and more than 400 completions. Interesting to see how having Desean Jackson back affects those numbers and more importantly how many wins are as a result.

    • John - Nov 6, 2015 at 1:16 PM

      They were able to stretch the field a lot more when Jackson was in there last year. Caught bombs for touchdowns against Philly and Seattle and log passes against Dallas among others.

      • bangkokben - Nov 6, 2015 at 2:33 PM

        Yes, yards per pass attempt with Jackson on the field is 8.63 compared to under seven without him. His affect opens things up for the other receivers as well. So maximum yards Cousins throws for this year will be in the area of 4,700 – IF Jackson stays healthy and has the same affect on the passing game he did last year and the Redskins continue to throw the ball 38 times a game. None of that will matter if they don’t win games.

  6. JOHNNY B - Nov 6, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    In my opinion I think that our short yardage passes will be plentiful with Dejax back. I also think that we we will be competitive all the way to the end. But will that be enough. Maybe we do have a chance as long as Captain Kirk shows up not his evil twin the pick monster. We will see ,already got my beer and 1 personal day at work left.

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