Where are we?
Here is how the Redskins stand after 14 games:
Record: 8-6, first in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 3-1
vs. NFC: 6-4
Opposition cumulative record (games played): 100-95-1 (.513 winning percentage)
Cumulative of teams beaten: 54-58 (.482)
Cumulative of teams lost to: 46-33-1 (.552)
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 12-16 (.428)
Offensive MVP Kirk Cousins is the man of the week after he passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns in the Redskins’ win over the Browns. But he’s just the most valuable substitute. They are in playoff contention because of RG3, who is likely to return against the Eagles this Sunday. Still, this team might be on the outside of the playoff picture looking in if not for what Cousins did against the Ravens and Browns.
Defensive MVP: Rob Jackson had it last week and after he picked off a pass and forced a fumble against the Browns there certainly is no way we could move him out of it. The pass interception was the key play of the game as gave the offense a short field to the TD that put the Redskins ahead to stay.
Top three storylines:
The knee of III—It’s Groundhog Week at Redskins Park in regards to the condition of the right knee of Robert Griffin III. It looks more promising this week but we won’t know if he is starting until Friday at the earliest and even then an injury report designation of questionable is likely.
Win and in—There are scenarios for clinching a playoff spot this Sunday but it is very, very simple for the Redskins at this point—win two games and earn a third one at FedEx Field in January. The playoff spot would be their first since 2007; a division championship and home playoff game would be their first since 1999. It’s far from a sure thing but the Redskins did put tickets for a home playoff game on sale on Monday.
Record pace—Alfred Morris needs 195 yards rushing in these last two games to break Clinton Portis’ team rushing record for a single season. Morris has 1322 yards on the ground and Portis put up 1516 yards in 2005. Morris will have to average 97.5 yards per game to take the record, a pace just above his season average of 94 yards per game.
Next two games
Sunday @ Eagles (4-10, fourth in NFC East)—After showing some fight in a narrow loss to the Cowboys and a last-second win over the Bucs, Philly self-destructed on Thursday night football and lost to the Bengals. This will almost certainly be Andy Reid’s last home game as Eagles coach.
Dec 30 vs. Cowboys (8-6, second in NFC East)—For all the marbles. Do or die. A chance to punch a ticket to the dance. We’ll be pulling out all of the clichés for this one as playoff spots and seedings almost certainly will be on the line.