Where are we? The Redskins after five games

Where are we? The Redskins after five games
October 17, 2013, 11:15 am
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Here is how the Redskins stand after 5 games (after Week 6 of the NFL season):

Record: 1-4, third place in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-2
vs. NFC: 0-4
vs. AFC: 1-0
Home: 0-2
Away: 1-2

Opposition cumulative record (games played): 15-14
Cumulative of teams beaten: 2-4
Cumulative of teams lost to: 13-10
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 31-33 (.484)

Rankings

Offense (yards/game): 4
Defense (yards/game): 27t
Passer rating offense: 20
Opp passer rating: 29
DVOA (Football Outsiders): 30
Power ranking (ESPN): 28

Offensive MVP: Robert Griffin III is not all the way back yet but he’s getting very close to being the dual-threat weapon we saw last year. He still has some mechanical issues to get buttoned down to improve his accuracy and when that happens we’ll see him going from being Bob back to being RG3.

Defensive MVP: Don’t look now but the Redskins’ defense has been improving and DeAngelo Hall is one of the big reasons why. He helped hold a healthy Dez Bryant to five catches for 36 yards against the Cowboys. Hall is gearing up for a similar effort against Brandon Marshall this week.

Top three storylines:

Stayin’ alive—The Redskins are far from being a playoff-quality team but they continue to be in contention. They are a game out of the NFC East lead in the loss column and anything is still possible if they can put their game together.

Not-so special—Through the first three games you could say that the Redskins’ special teams, while they weren’t very good, had not substantively hurt the team. That has changed in the last two games with a blocked punt and a punt return going for touchdowns and a 90-yard kickoff return creating a very short field for another touchdown. Now the alarm bells are ringing.

The return of RG3—As noted above, it looks like Griffin is rounding back into form. It will be interesting to see if the Bears play Griffin and the offense any differently after he rushed for 77 yards against Dallas.

Next three games

Sunday vs. Bears (4-2)—Chicago started out 3-0 and then lost two before edging the winless Giants last Thursday. Mike Shanahan hopes that two players he drafted in Denver, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall, don’t come back to haunt him.   

Oct. 27 @ Broncos (6-0)—Another subplot as Shanahan returns to where he had a long career as an assistant coach and, of course, as a two-time Super Bowl winning head coach. He ultimately was fired and while he certainly would love nothing better than to come back and knock off the Broncos, Peyton Manning will have a lot to say about that.

Nov. 3 vs. Chargers (3-3)—The Chargers will be coming off of their bye week before making what will be their third trip of the season for a 1:00 Sunday game in the Eastern time zone. They beat the Eagles in Philly in Week 2 and they take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville this Sunday. New coach Mike McCoy has helped quarterback Philip Rivers tremendously. Rivers, a 64 percent career passer, is completing almost 73 percent of his throws.