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State of the Redskins, Week 15: Still in control

Dec 16, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT


Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 14 of the NFL season.

Record: 6-7, T-1st in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 2-2
vs. NFC: 6-4
vs. AFC: 0-3
Home: 5-2
Away: 1-5

Key stats changes from 2014-2015


Rankings (through Sunday’s games)

Offense (yards/game): 336.5 (25th)
Defense (yards/game): 363.7 (21st)
Passer rating offense:  93.0 (13th)
Opp passer rating: 95.2 (22nd)
Yards/rush attempt: 3.6 (29th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.6 (29th)
DVOA through Week 14 (Football Outsiders): -5.6% (17th)

Top three storylines:

Still in control—By getting their first win on the road, the Redskins stayed in control of their playoff fate. If they win out, they are in. There are some complex scenarios that will let them get in if they don’t put together a 3-0 finish. But there is a good sound to win and in.

Injuries continue to pile up—Another week, another season ending injury for the Redskins. This week it was second tight end Derek carrier, who went out with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. Carrier joined over a dozen teammates on injured reserve as the team signed Alex Smith, who played for Jay Gruden in Cincinnati. Just another case of next man up.

Cousins stays hot—Kirk Cousins’ future in Washington was looking shaky after he threw two interceptions and posted a passer rating of 57.9 against the Jets in Week 6. But since then he has been on fire. Since then he has thrown just three interceptions and has five games with a passer rating over 100 including his last three in a row.

Next three games

Sunday vs. Bills (6-7)—The Bills’ defense was supposed to be dominant but that hasn’t materialized. LeSean McCoy, who burned the Redskins on occasion when he was with the Eagles, seems to be healthy and is playing better the last five games than he has all year. We will see what Rex Ryan brings to town on Sunday.

December 26 @ Eagles (6-7)—The only thing this game will mean is everything. The winner probably wins the NFC East, the loser likely heads home for the playoffs. We’ll take a closer look at where these two inconsistent teams as we get closer to the Saturday prime time contest.

January 3 @ Cowboys (4-9)—This game could be critical for the Redskins or it could be the January equivalent of a meaningless preseason game. We know it won’t mean anything for the Cowboys.

  1. john - Dec 16, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Redskins will win NFC East!!!

  2. bangkokben - Dec 16, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Just goes to show you that a west coast system is designed to give you a good pass rating. You don’t have to make the best decision every play. There are options to avoid trouble and stay positive. Will the coaches get credit? No. Not until they sack up and stay aggressive in play calling and play not to lose. But they do deserve credit for the play design and Cousins does deserve credit for his part of the execution. Imagine if he did make the best decision in every case. Then we’re all on board. I think – hope – both will get better and I do think the future looks bright but at least they will get a shot.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 16, 2015 at 3:18 PM

      Imagine if we had an actual NFL center snapping the ball…everything on offense would look better.

    • John - Dec 16, 2015 at 6:26 PM

      If only we had running backs that ran to the right hole and were decisive. Alfred looks lost out there. Jones is decisive but hits the hole to fast (not waiting for the blocks to come together) at times and but that will come. I’m sure they’ll be looking for a running back who can make 2-3 cuts per play in the draft (early). They also need to press the edge more.

      • brucefan1 - Dec 16, 2015 at 11:05 PM

        Liked the little bit I saw of Lucky Pierre Thomas last Sunday (anybody named Pierre gets the nickname “Lucky” from me. Just a habit.), especially that nice catch over the middle; Cuz hit him in stride, he pulled it in like a champ and made a nice first down. Maybe HE will get a chance to flash a little more v. Buff with another week under his belt.

    • brucefan1 - Dec 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM

      “a west coast system is designed to give you a good pass rating”

      Whatta YOU consider a good passing rating, ben? Gotta be over 100, right? Because more than half the league is over 90, which seems to make that number pretty average these days. (Fwiw, the upper echelon in ESPN’s “Total QBR” are over 70. Fwiw.)

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 16, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Leonard Hankerson has moved on, again:


  4. goback2rfk - Dec 16, 2015 at 9:22 PM


  5. goback2rfk - Dec 16, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Great to see the team in position to make a go at the Playoffs… Playoffs?! Playoffs?!?! It could not be. I hope we get the Vikings game 1 and win that sh|t. HTTMFR

    • brucefan1 - Dec 16, 2015 at 11:09 PM

      Vikes, huh? Lotta talk about the East’s champ getting Seattle in Round 1.

      • goback2rfk - Dec 16, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        Vikes and Seattle have the same record right now. The Vikes could easily finish 1 game ahead of the Seahawks.
        I would rather have the Vikings than Seattle for game 1 of the playoffs.

        • greed - Dec 17, 2015 at 6:48 PM

          why you want the vikings rather seahawks ?IF and i say IF skins make the playoffs they would have a home game, it shouldnt matter who you play if your a contender and not a pretender you should have the mindset that you can beat any team no matter what team it is especially at home! Makes no difference if you loose to a good team in wildcard or championship round either way you gotta beat a good team to get to the superbowl , wishing to play one team over another is fan and media looser talk players and winning teams dont think like that

        • goback2rfk - Dec 17, 2015 at 7:31 PM

          We are not a winning team and therefore precisely why you want to play certain teams over others. Obviously, we are not strong playoff contenders even if we make it to Wild Card Weekend. I would like to see them win a playoff game regardless so I would rather play the Vikings than the Seahawks. It is just my worthless opinion and I am sorry you seem offended. But you are a Rg3 holdout so I can understand your animosity towards the Skins and the playoffs. If we go to the playoffs people will be saying Kirk took the team to the playoffs which is a disgraceful thing to the die hard Rg3 fans.

  6. squawonthewarpath - Dec 16, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    I am just happy that it is mid December and we are discussing the Skins potential to make the playoffs! I don’t think anyone who follows this team comprehended for one moment at the start of this season that this would have been even a remote possibility. Archives

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