Here is how the Redskins stand after 2 games:
Record: 0-3, tied for last in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 0-3
Opposition cumulative record (games played): 4-5
Cumulative of teams beaten: N/A
Cumulative of teams lost to: 2-4
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 18-21 (.461)
Offensive MVP: If not for a couple of critical mistakes and/or a perfect pass that Aldrick Robinson couldn’t quite hang on to, Robert Griffin III would be a strong candidate for this spot. However those turnovers and that drop did happen so Trent Williams, the QB’s personal protector. Williams did pick up a key holding penalty but he still hasn’t allowed a sack.
Defensive MVP: Ryan Kerrigan was held without a sack on Sunday but he still leads the team with three. On a team where missed tackles are an epidemic, Kerrigan has been charged with just two this season (per Pro Football Focus).
Top three storylines:
Still looking for the RG3 of 2013—Griffin took off and ran a few times but it doesn’t appear that his feet struck any fear into the hearts of the Lions’ defense. If the other team doesn’t respect Griffin’s ability to take off with the ball the offense will struggle with consistency.
Still defenseless—More missed tackles, bad coverage, and a few ill-timed penalties were seen throughout the Lions game. It was business as usual and the Redskins have now allowed more yards through three games than any team in NFL history.
Pivotal point—The Redskins’ season could careen out of control if the Redskins can’t pull out a win in Oakland. Even if they do end up with an 0-4 record going into the bye the vibe around Redskins Park is that no heads will roll. But nobody’s safe for very long if the Redskins get into November in the midst of what looks like a lost season. Things are usually not as bad as they look when you’re losing but if you keep losing change is inevitable.
Next three games
Sept. 29 @ Raiders (1-2)—Terrelle Pryor’s participation is in doubt after the got a concussion on Monday night. He was playing well and has the potential to five the Redskins a tough time. The Redskins likely will be happy to see Matt Flynn, Pryor’s backup, if he plays.
Oct. 13 @ Cowboys (2-1)—After the bye it’s a Sunday night game in Dallas. The Cowboys have “command” of the NFC East now, if a 2-1 mark can be called that. If the Redskins manage to beat the Raiders, this could be their chance to make some noise.
Oct. 20 vs. Bears (3-0)—Chicago is one of the NFL’s surprise unbeaten teams under new coach Mark Trestman. The subplot here is Mike Shanahan vs. Jay Cutler, the coach’s hand-picked QB in Denver.