RG3 on preparing for a short week
Here is how the Redskins stand after 8 games (after Week 9 of the NFL season):
Record: 3-5, third place in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-2
vs. NFC: 1-4
vs. AFC: 2-1
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 38-28
Cumulative of teams beaten: 12-12
Cumulative of teams lost to: 26-16
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 31-36 (.470)
Rankings (Monday night not included)
Offensive MVP: The numbers that Robert Griffin III posted on Sunday would not have been nearly as good if Pierre Garçon was not playing out of his mind. Griffin has said that Garçon plays “angry” and he certainly was aggressive out there as he caught seven passes for 172 yards including some highlight-quality grabs.
Defensive MVP: When the game was on the line on Sunday the Redskins put DeAngelo Hall on the Chargers’ best receiver, Antonio Gates. The fact that Gates is a tight end didn’t matter to Jim Haslett as he put Hall on Gates for all three plays after the Chargers moved to a first and goal at the one in the last 30 second on Sunday.
Top three storylines:
Two in a row for RG3? In the four games since the bye the Redskins have alternated losses and wins and, not coincidentally, Griffin has alternated bad and good games. It’s very difficult for this team to win if Griffin is having an off day so if the team is going to go on a winning streak he need to put together a string of solid performances.
Still in the NFC Least—Even though both the Eagles and the Cowboys won on Sunday, the NFC East remains wide open with Dallas in the lead at 5-4 and the Eagles in second place at 4-5. If the Redskins win against the Vikings they’ll be tied for second place and a game behind the Cowboys.
Pounding the rock—Alfred Morris finally got over 20 carries in a game and, as is usually the case when that happens, the Redskins won. The Vikings rank 11th in overall rushing defense and eighth in yards per carry allowed so it might be a challenge for Kyle Shanahan to stick with the run to the extent he might like to.
Next three games
Thursday @ Vikings (1-7)—It looks like Christian Ponder will be the starter at quarterback for Minnesota for better or for worse. Adrian Peterson is in the midst of merely a very solid season and not one for the record books. If the Redskins can keep him from running wild they should win.
Nov. 17 @ Eagles (4-5)—It’s likely that his seven touchdown passes against the Raiders last Sunday will give Nick Foles the starting QB job for at least a few weeks so he’s likely to be the guy behind center for this one. Just like the Vikings game, it’s not as much about the quarterback as it is the running back. LeSean McCoy can’t run wild on the Redskins again (31 carries, 184 yards) if they expect to win the rematch.
Nov. 25 vs. 49ers (6-2)—This will be a true measuring stick for the Redskins as they welcome in the defending NFC champs into FedEx Field on a Monday night. They are getting healthier now and the home team will have to be on top of its game to stay competitive in this one.