Here is how the Redskins stand after 7 games (after Week 8 of the NFL season):
Record: 2-5, third place in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-2
vs. NFC: 1-4
vs. AFC: 1-1
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 31-22
Cumulative of teams beaten: 7-7
Cumulative of teams lost to: 24-15
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 32-37 (.464)
Offensive MVP: Jordan Reed just finished one of the best two-game stretches for a tight end in team history with 17 receptions for 224 yards. While the offense is struggling to find a consistent threat at wide receiver to compliment Pierre Garçon, Reed is become a favorite target of Robert Griffin III and, when he came in late against the Broncos, Kirk Cousins.
Defensive MVP: Deion Sanders knows cornerback play and he said that DeAngelo Hall is playing as well as any CB in the league right now. Not many defenders pick off Peyton Manning twice in a game like Hall did last Sunday. His first interception was easy as Demaryius Thomas fell down and the pass went right into Hall’s hands. He ran it back to score his third TD of the year. Hall just flat-out stole the second INT right out of Thomas’ hands.
Top three storylines:
Failing grades in the passing game—The Redskins had a chance in Denver but they were undone by a sputtering passing offense. Griffin was guilty of a variety of errors of commission and omission—holding the ball for too long, throwing behind his receivers, throwing to covered receivers when others were wide open, and on down the line. Whether it’s the lingering effects of the knee reconstruction, his inability to properly prepare in the offseason, or the defenses having had all offseason to study him, Griffin needs to get better if the team is going to accomplish anything this year.
Can DB’s gel?—In seven games the Redskins have started five different combinations of players at safety. The musical chairs game has been necessitated by Brandon Meriweather being both injured and suspended and the inability to find a suitable partner for him. Perhaps Bacarri Rambo, who played 57 snaps with Meriweather out against the Broncos, can work his way back into the lineup and create some stability at safety.
Looking for a WR to step up—Sure, Griffin deserves his share of the blame for the passing game issues but it’s not like he’s getting much help from anyone not named Reed or Garçon. Leonard Hankerson is inconsistent, Santana Moss has four receptions in the last four games, Josh Morgan is doing nothing to justify his $5.1 million cap charge, and Aldrick Robinson has made as many key drops as key plays. Somebody has to step up.
Next three games
Sunday vs. Chargers (4-3)—The Chargers are 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 are 2-0 in the east this year, beating the Eagles and Jaguars. New coach Mike McCoy has helped quarterback Philip Rivers tremendously. Rivers, a 64 percent career passer, is completing almost 74 percent of his throws.
Nov. 7 @ Vikings (1-6)—The Vikings are reeling at 1-6 and a trip to Dallas isn’t likely to make things better. They can’t settle on a starting quarterback and Adrian Peterson is on pace to rush for about half of what he ran for a year ago.
Nov. 15 @ Eagles (3-5)—It looks like the Eagles peaked in their opening game against the Redskins. They have yet to beat a team that has a win on its record going into the game. Chip Kelly’s vaunted offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in the last two games due in part to having difficulty keeping Mike Vick and Nick Foles healthy enough to play.