Where are we? The Redskins after 12 games

Where are we? The Redskins after 12 games
December 5, 2012, 11:15 am
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Here is how the Redskins stand after 12 games:

Record: 6-6, second in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 3-1
vs. NFC: 6-4
Home: 3-3
Away: 3-3

Opposition cumulative record (games played): 73-70-1 (.510 winning percentage)
Cumulative of teams beaten: 33-39 (.458)
Cumulative of teams lost to: 40-31-1 (.563)
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 29-31 (.458)

Offensive MVP (season to date) We know that the MVP of the team is Robert Griffin III. Given that, let’s give kudos to Alfred Morris who, like RG3, is not playing like the rookie that he is. He has blown past the Redskins rookie record for rushing yards in a season with four games left to play. He is on pace to have one of the 10 best rookie rushing seasons in NFL history. Without him creating a running threat, RG3 might be more like just plain Bob.

Defensive MVP: It looks like London Fletcher is rounding back into form after his ankle injury and other maladies but Perry Riley is still the man on this defense. He’s just seven tackles behind Fletcher, playing sideline to sideline and always being in the middle of things on defense.  

Top three storylines:

Can anybody spare a nickel? Nickel cornerback Cedric Griffin has been in on over three-fourths of the Redskins’ defensive snaps during their current three-game winning streak. You hate to mess with success but they will have to as Griffin has been suspended for the remaining four games of the season. Richard Crawford, D. J. Johnson are candidates but can they get the job done?

Learning how to win—In recent years, whenever the Redskins would drop a close game there would be talk among the players and coaches about learning how to win, how to finish off games. It was a circular problem; you had to learn how to win games but without winning some you couldn’t learn. After winning three very different types of games in the past three weeks, the Redskins are now getting that badly-needed eduation.

Getting help—Even if the Redskins win out and finish the regular season on a seven-game winning streak, they will need some help to make the playoffs. If they win three of their last four they will need even more help. The football gods have been pretty good to them over the last few weeks, can their good fortune continue?

Next three games

Sunday vs. Ravens (10-2, first in AFC North)—They were able to escape against the Chargers thanks to the fourth and 29 conversion by Ray Rice but they went a lost at home to the Charlie Batch-led Steelers.

Dec 16 @ Browns (4-8, fourth in AFC North)—What looked like a layup for the longest time, even when the Redskins were struggling, now appears to be a challenge. The Browns have won two in a row and playing a young team that is gaining confidence at its place is a dangerous spot.

Dec 23 @ Eagles (3-9, fourth in NFC East)—Philly showed some life in Dallas on Sunday night and even though Andy Reid is a dead Eagle walking the player still like him and will play hard for him.