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Need to Know: Cousins, Crowder closing in on Redskins records

Dec 28, 2015, 6:46 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 28, six days before the Washington Redskins travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys.

Five numbers of note from the 2015 Redskins

137—In 2014 the Redskins were outscored by 139 points, scoring 301 and giving up 438. Through 15 games this year their point differential is minus-2 (354 scored, 356 allowed). That is a remarkable 137-point improvement, the equivalent of nearly 20 net touchdowns in one season.

63.6—The percentage of their red zone opportunities that the Redskins turn into touchdowns. That is the sixth best in the NFL and a substantial improvement over their 2014 red zone conversion rate of 47.9 percent.

120—The number of passing yards that Kirk Cousins needs to become the Redskins’ all-time single season leader in passing yards. He has 3,990 yards and the team record is held by Jay Schroeder, who passed for 4,109 yards in 1986.

5—The number of receptions that Jamison Crowder needs to set the team rookie record for receptions in a season. Crowder has 54 and Art Monk (1980) holds the record with 58. Crowder needs just two catches to pass Charley Taylor (55 in 1964) for second place. (Note: I am using the NFL’s definition of the term rookie here. In 1985 Gary Clark caught 72 passes in his first year in the NFL but he had played in the USFL so the league does not recognize him as a rookie).

47—The number of touchbacks on kickoffs that Dustin Hopkins has 14 games into his Redskins career. It also happens to be the exact same number of touchbacks that Kai Forbath had as the Redskins’ kicker in three years from 2012-2014.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Players off, no availability

Days until: Redskins @Cowboys 6; start of NFL playoffs 12

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  1. Skulb - Dec 28, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Looks like we might get Green Bay in the WC round now. What a season!

    • squawonthewarpath - Dec 28, 2015 at 7:37 AM

      We will play the loser of the Vikings/Packers game.

      • squawonthewarpath - Dec 28, 2015 at 7:46 AM

        We could also play Seattle (I think) if they upset Arizona next week AND Green Bay
        beats Minnesota.

    • ohioskins - Dec 28, 2015 at 8:03 AM

      The last report I saw on NFL.com, just a few minutes ago, says that if we went into the playoffs today, we would play Minnesota.

      • Rich Tandler - Dec 28, 2015 at 12:17 PM

        Well, but the season doesn’t end today.

        Here’s my post with the breakdown of the opponent possibilities: http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/redskinsblog/who-will-redskins-host-playoffs

      • Skulb - Dec 28, 2015 at 12:23 PM

        Yes but who do you think will win GB vs Minnesota next week? Clearly the Vikings are looking like the best team right now, and if they win we get GB.

        • ajbus1 - Dec 28, 2015 at 12:52 PM

          I think GB is still better but it’s a division game so you never know what could happen.

    • skinsgame - Dec 28, 2015 at 10:46 AM

      There is no telling who we play yet. Seattle and Pittsburgh losing along with GB getting destroyed yesterday just goes to show, it’s hard to win in the NFL.

  2. squawonthewarpath - Dec 28, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    Wow! Who would have ever guessed that the Skins would not only win the division, but have it all wrapped up before the final week of the regular season?!

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 28, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Wow.
    ~

  4. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 28, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Sounds like we’ll have Kory Lichtensteiger back at center for the playoff game. That’s significant plus.

    Also sounds like Jay is going to rest some injured players next week.
    ~

    • hitmeimopen - Dec 28, 2015 at 9:36 AM

      Wonder how much we can expect the run game to improve with Lichty back at C.

      • Jax4 - Dec 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM

        Probably no noticeable change. The big difference would be getting Matt Jones back and starting him over Alfred. Alf runs too tentative now, and is not reading the holes. Sorry but it time to move on.

        • bangkokben - Dec 28, 2015 at 10:26 AM

          Alf had a much better game against Buffalo than Philly. The writing is on the wall that Jones will have the first shot to be the bell cow next year but for all Jones’ clear upgrades in measurables he has missed games due to injury that Morris hasn’t missed in four years. Alf may get a couple nine yard burst with Stieger back but Minnesota, Green Bay, and Seattle are tough to run on.

        • skinsgame - Dec 28, 2015 at 10:32 AM

          I agree that Morris has not been what he has in the past but, tell me, is it that Matt Jones averages less yards per attempt than Morris or is it his 5 fumbles lost compared to zero for Morris that makes you think that he is deserving to take over?

        • brucefan1 - Dec 28, 2015 at 12:10 PM

          “that makes you think that he is deserving to take over?”

          Sure … for whatever reason, Jones HAS moved ahead of Morris as the go-to back in the Skins’ running attack — but I think that unless one of them really ups their game the team can do better than all of the guys they have now.

          Alf, Matt & Chris may be serviceable RBs (perhaps even very serviceable), but I don’t see any of them as dependable playmakers. Man, I’d love for the Skins to come up with one of those babies!

        • skinsgame - Dec 28, 2015 at 2:12 PM

          I agree Bruce. There is little evidence that any of the current RB’s is a long term solution.

  5. berniebernard666 - Dec 28, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    its a good position to be in. Redskins can rest about 10 starters and should rest as many as possible while both Minnesota and Green Bay have to go all out and knock each other around all day long. Seattle will play all their starters vs Arizona because its just what Pete Carrol does, even in pre season plus they want to come to Washington.

    REST YOUR PLAYERS JAY GRUDEN….

    • brucefan1 - Dec 28, 2015 at 12:21 PM

      Resting the guys may very well be the way they will go … but I just don’t want them to lose this edge they’ve honed themselves to while doing so.

      To me, that goes for individuals as well as the team as a whole. I’d really hate to see them lose this game and then have to go into the playoffs on the downbeat.

      So to that end, I say rest only those guys who REALLY need a game to heal up, and then pull any others in question as the game dictates … especially if things are well in hand.

    • wvredskins - Dec 28, 2015 at 5:20 PM

      If your Green Bay do you want to lose and play the Redskins? Or win and play the Seahawks. At least if they play the Seahawks it would be at home.

    • wvredskins - Dec 28, 2015 at 5:20 PM

      If your Green Bay do you want to lose and play the Redskins? Or win and play the Seahawks. At least if they play the Seahawks it would be at home.

  6. bangkokben - Dec 28, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    I love the numbers.

    – The Redskins are – 2 in net points. What would the difference in points be if the Redskins didn’t stop passing in the fourth quarter of the Giants, Bears, Bills, and Eagles games? It seems like the mode of taking a big lead and then trying to run out the clock and stop moving the ball with short passes is the only reason the Redskins aren’t on the positive side of the ledger here or why Cousins doesn’t have the single season yardage record yet either. Chip Kelly was waiving the white flag with the score 38-17 until the fans booed and Breeland’s cramps stopped the clock. 28-3 midway in the 3rd quarter against the Bills, 21-7 against the Bears, 20-0 against the Giants. Sure, the Redskins last super bowl victory was one similarly but the team either needs to find a way to run the ball or continue to do what has been successful to get the lead for nearly three quarters.

    – Red zone? Or should we call it the Reed zone for Jordan Reed? The man is a monster there. Get him the ball at the five and watch his will to get it in.

    – Cousins should run the scripted plays with the first team non-injured players get his record and have a seat on the bench. Of course, he’d likely have this record by now if he was allowed to throw on 3rd downs with the lead in the fourth quarter.

    – Jamison Crowder should have a good shot at breaking Monk’s rookie record with the likelihood of Jackson and Garcon playing sparingly. I suspect though that Pierre Thomas will have the most receptions Sunday.

    – Dustin Hopkins doing the same thing and Cobra Kai in 1/3 the time. Wow. Credit Jay Gruden’s offense for giving him the opportunities to achieve this.

  7. bangkokben - Dec 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Where are the guys that posted all off-season and all through the early part of the season multiple times a day? Surely, they want to join in the celebration. Surely they want to double down on Gruden’s inability to lead men and Cousins never developing into a starting quarterback – or at least retract those sentiments. Some wanted festivus before Thanksgiving and have been missing since then.

    Meaningful games in December and the Redskins win the division. It seems that if the Redskins can get to “meaningful games in December” they can get to the playoffs. Next hurdle: meaningful games in January. I’d personally like to exercise all demons and beat Seattle at home the second weekend in January. Then again, bring on Aaron Rodger’s offensive line or the Vikings. What a great opportunity to make a run.

    • colmac69 - Dec 28, 2015 at 12:50 PM

      Now now ben….no nd for sarcasm on here….they all converts to the glorious gruden/cousins revolution……..httr

      Couple things that stand out above is the job Hopkins has done overall especially on kickoff. ……..also big is difference in red zone td efficiency from last yr……obviously Jordan reed makes big difference in that regard

      If I could choose what team to play I would take green Bay. ….their o-line is a mess and arizona defense knocked seven bells out it….would also fancy our offense vs greenbay defense…….regardless we should have confidence no matter what one of the three we play……

    • brucefan1 - Dec 28, 2015 at 1:35 PM

      “Where are the guys that posted all off-season and all through the early part of the season multiple times a day?”

      Awww … ya really wanna go there, ben? We’re tryin to CELEBRATE here! LOL

      I’m loath to lecture, but you should leave that kind of post to our lesser lights who don’t ever have as much to bring to this table as you usually do! They love the “cheap & easy”, but yer way better than that imho. ;^}

    • timwillhide - Dec 28, 2015 at 2:36 PM

      We won the division because everyone in our division got hurt or played down to us. Thank You extremely weak schedule. Cousins is still not that accurate down field with his WRs catching behind or stopping on the route to catch the ball down field. Gruden went to the playoffs with Cindy and better Talent but ended up nowhere

      • colmac69 - Dec 28, 2015 at 4:18 PM

        That’s right we won the division with a full squad….nobody on IR…..every starter played 15 games……players made coach and qb better…….gee whiz man gie us a break……

        U just can’t admit that the coach and cousins are perhaps slightly better than you thought…that they deserve some credit for helping win division. ….

        • timwillhide - Dec 28, 2015 at 7:36 PM

          I have given both credit when they do well. The problem is most on here ignore half of what people write and try to put words in people’s mouthsthat weren’t actually said. Same is done concerning RG3 and the made up diva tag. No actual proof

      • ET - Dec 28, 2015 at 4:39 PM

        HATE IT when my team exceeds expectations!

        It’s the worst!

    • ericstylezz - Dec 28, 2015 at 9:26 PM

      0 wins against winning teams. I feel like we should try and remain humble in this situation

  8. bangkokben - Dec 28, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    For those of you who lament the loss of a high draft pick here is where the NFC East is currently picking:

    4th Dallas
    10th Giants
    12th Eagles
    21st-25th Redskins

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 28, 2015 at 12:12 PM

      There will be someone good on the board when we pick, we just need McGlue to find him.
      ~

      • samhuff96 - Dec 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM

        Oh yes! It’s much more important what you do with your pick than when the pick is. The Rams haven’t done anything with all their picks they got in the RG3 trade. Plus finding free agents who can help in a big way.

        • brucefan1 - Dec 28, 2015 at 1:50 PM

          “The Rams haven’t done anything with all their picks they got in the RG3 trade.”

          Gotta LOVE the way we Skins fans been able to turn THAT narrative on its head recently!

          Just business as usual in the UNpredictable NFL!!

  9. jonevans511 - Dec 28, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Here’s another number for you:

    0- The number of media talking heads, both locally and nationally, who gave the Skins even a tiny bit of respect before the season and up to just about week 10. They called our team out for being talentless, they said we had no shot of winning the division and in some cases predicted we’d be the worst team in the league, and they said Kirk was not the answer.

    Lo and behold, the Giants choked so much this season they should be renamed the NY Heimlich’s. The Cowboys lost some key players due to injury but more than that the team gave up on the season by week 8 or so (and I don’t want to hear ANYTHING about injuries, as the Skins have been decimated at several key positions this year!). The Eagles are currently the laughing stock of the division because they thought they’d be competing for a ring and in reality they have very little talent and a bunch of pass-dropping offensive players who have not bought in to Chip’s college system. Even as of today, the narrative in the media is about how the Skins won an abysmal division by sheer luck; Maybe not luck, but you get the point. The idiots at ESPN and elsewhere love to make it seem like we won by default. That the Eagles and Giants “gave away” the division and the Cowboys lost a year due to Romo’s injuries. I am sick and tired of hearing it, as I know all of you are as well. We fought our way back against Tampa, rebounded after getting spanked in New England, took a tough loss at home to the Boys in stride, and worked our tails off these past 3 games to show the league we don’t back down when we get to “must-win” mode. Meanwhile the other teams in the division proved they cannot win must-win games, so what does that really say about the division? To me, it says in a down year for the NFC East the team that showed the most resiliency and worked the hardest to overcome adversity won the division and as a result the Skins are a dangerous team heading in to the postseason. I know one thing: I would not want to play against Kirk and company right now. Reed is un-coverable, the D is making plays and getting after the quarterback (still not as much as we’d like, but I’ll take it), and Kirk is playing as well as any QB in the league the last several weeks. Good luck against that, especially when we play at home! HTTR

    • ET - Dec 28, 2015 at 1:50 PM

      I dislike the Cowboys as much as the next feller, but losing Romo is clearly a huge deal for them—especially with substandard backups coming in to run the offense. Betcha Garrett & Co. wish they had former Texas college stars Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin warmin’ the bench like we do! If not for the loss of Romo, I’m fairly confident Dallas would’ve been in the mix, too, even with their other injuries.

    • brucefan1 - Dec 28, 2015 at 2:05 PM

      “gave the Skins even a tiny bit of respect before the season and up to just about week 10”

      Up to then?! They’re still doing it today! Someone posted about a major put down from the “why-is-he-still-a-thing?” ex-coach Brian Billick yesterday and ESPN’s site has a video of O.G. (Original GRINCH!) Skipper Bayless bitterly ripping the NFCE a new one, in a lame attempt at papering over the demise of his beloved Cowboys! LOL

      I think we’ll all either have reject or embrace — as is your wont — the slings & arrows of outrageous criticisms for as long as the B&G last in these playoffs.

      Me? I hope the Skins embrace them — and beat them into weapons.

    • hail74 - Dec 28, 2015 at 5:13 PM

      There was a show on the NFL network that was just oozing praise for Cousins on Sunday. There was plenty for Gruden as well for the change in record and culture from year one to two. It was all about the “you like that” game and DJax return opening up offense. However no one is saying we will win anything. Also, why isn’t the AFC south getting such disrespect?

    • wvredskins - Dec 28, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      Yeah I am afraid that the only way we will get respect this year is to win ATLEAST the first playoff game against a team with a winning record. If we go 1 and done I guarantee that we will be projected to be in last place once again next year while Dallas and New York will get all the praise. You know what though? I like being the underdogs. I like the fact that the Skins are proving people wrong because at the end of the day we have found our Franchise QB and we have a team that are playing TOGETHER rather than playing for their selves. You can see the bond this team has and it is only gonna get better! HTTR

    • ohioskins - Dec 28, 2015 at 7:37 PM

      NY Heimlichs…. I love it! LOL!

  10. jonevans511 - Dec 28, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Forgot to add- A special shoutout to Preston Smith, who has quietly had himself a solid rookie campaign. Many folks were down on him earlier in the year, and rightfully so, but it was clear he just needed to stop thinking and play football the way he was taught. I’ve been reading how he’s listening to the veteran leaders as well as the coaching staff, which sounds obvious but these players come in to the league expecting to be studs from day 1 so the fact Preston is willing to sit down and study with the coaches and leaders tells me he wants to get better as quickly as possible. Well, Mr. Smith, your hard work is very clearly paying off and if you keep up this pace we’ll be hearing your name multiple times every Sunday.

    • ET - Dec 28, 2015 at 2:11 PM

      Yes, kudos to Preston!

      I take issue with fans being “rightfully” down on him earlier in the year, however. A lot of fans expect pass rushers to be great out of the box, and it’s simply not realistic for most of them. Guys like Smith, Murphy and Kerrigan are not just “pass rush specialists,” they have other responsibilities on run and pass downs. Measuring these players by one metric (sacks) is short-sighted, especially when Smith and Murphy are still refining their technique. I expect to see continued improvement from all three next season. If Galette comes back healthy? Watch out!

      Also: a shout-out to Will Compton and Mason Foster, who’ve both been playing great ball at the inside ‘backer positions. Compton in particular has made a believer outta me.

  11. JOHNNY B - Dec 28, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    The way that Green Bay is playing right now I think that they will lose. So it will be Green Bay that we will beat 1st. That will be game 4 in our 7 game winning streak. This team can do it but will they. I love my Redskins win or lose but will be happier with the win. Go Redskins HTTR

  12. colmac69 - Dec 28, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Since we still full of kool aid after Saturday let’s play devils advocate

    Assume we win wildcard game what would b the better option for skins? Away to arizona or a re-match with carolina? (Obviously we b big underdogs )….any thoughts?

    • hail74 - Dec 28, 2015 at 5:18 PM

      I’d rather we have to make a quick trip a little down south for some payback than have to go out west.

  13. abanig - Dec 28, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    How has Hopkins done on touchbacks over the past month?

    I feel like he’s done worse. He had some short kick offs ever since the Giants game. He had short kick offs vs Dallas & Phila for sure and other games. He missed a 43-yardFG vs Dallas & an extra point vs Phila.

    I think he’s been a good kicker for the Redskins and has a bright future, but I feel like he’s tapered off the last month.

    • ohioskins - Dec 28, 2015 at 7:39 PM

      Seems to me that most kickers can be kinda streaky at times. Hopefully he’ll pull out.

  14. goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    And the Seventh rated QB in the entire NFL is: drum roll… One Captain Kirk ‘franchise’ Cousins who is now 7th overall in the league. Is Kirk a true top 10 QB.. Maybe.. Only time will tell but its been a solid year for the 4th Round Talent out of Michigan State Captain Kirk.

  15. chris - Dec 28, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Hate to say it but these records are irrelevant If you’re comparing the NFL now to the 80’s. Totally different game then. But that’s okay HTTR

  16. kenlinkins - Dec 28, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    IT IS DALLAS WEEK! and not one of us care. HTTR!

  17. ericstylezz - Dec 28, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    “You like that” is annoying and I’m a fan. If I played defense against him it would motivate me it’s not even genuine anymore. Beat a winning team and I’ll like that

    • goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      It should be used sparingly. Should not be used after every big play. A couple times or few times a year type of thing. Like use it when you beat a playoff team or something not after every td.

    • skinsgame - Dec 29, 2015 at 3:42 AM

      People are excited and he’s doing far more than anyone thought. He’s whooping up on bad teams, sure. Isn’t that what good QB’s do?

  18. JOHNNY B - Dec 29, 2015 at 3:52 AM

    To all of you people that saysthat we have not beaten a winning team think of it this way. The Eagles if we did not beat them twice they would have a 9 and 7 record. To me that is a winning team. There’s two more teams just like that. So we caused them not to be a winning team. Hahaha

  19. Ralph Jones - Dec 29, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    This Is Really Time To Show up against Our Worst Rival.We OWE THEM.!!!!!

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