Mike Shanahan on the loss to the Cowboys
Here is how the Redskins stand after 15 games (after Week 16 of the NFL season):
Record: 3-12, fourth place in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-5
vs. NFC: 1-10
vs. AFC: 2-2
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 116-107-2 (.520 winning %)
Opposition cumulative—wins: 20-25 (.444)
Opposition cumulative—losses: 96-82-2 (.539)
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 6-9 (.400)
Offense (yards/game): 9
Defense (yards/game): 21
Passer rating offense: 23
Opp passer rating: 30
Yards/rush attempt: 2
Opp. yards/rush attempt: 12
DVOA (Football Outsiders): 30 (through Week 15)
Power ranking (ESPN): 31
Offensive MVP: Pierre Garçon got the 11 receptions he needed to break Art Monk’s team record for receptions in a regular season. If he can do that again on Sunday and finish with 118 catches he will move into the top 10 all time for receptions in a season tied with Brandon Marshall (2012) and Wes Welder (2012).
Defensive MVP: For the first time since his rookie 2009 season Brian Orakpo has hit the elusive double-digit sack total. He now has 10 after getting 1.5 in Atlanta. Orakpo may not get a chance to add to that after suffering a strained groin that kept him out of much of the second half of the Cowboys game.
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Top three storylines:
Uncertainty abounds—Mike Shanahan said that he expected his future as the Redskins coach to be determined fairly quickly after the season ends. It will be good for the team to move forward, regardless of the direction.
Fletcher’s finale—The Redskins couldn’t get a win for London Fletcher in his last home game so the will try to make him victorious the last time he walks of the field in an NFL uniform.
Final audition—Kirk Cousins gets one more chance to show teams in the 2014 quarterback market that he is the guy they are looking for. One of his goals will be to get through his first NFL start without a turnover. He has a total of five in his three NFL starts (4 INT, 1 lost fumble) and with ball protection such a big emphasis around the league it would behoove Cousins—and the Redskins, who would like to get maximum value if they do decide to trade him—to hold on to the ball.
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Sunday @ Giants (5-9)--When the schedule was written, this had a chance to be a clash for the division title. But now it will simply be an attempt by both teams to have a good ending a sour season. In addition to this being the end for Fletcher, this could be the last game in burgundy and gold for Santana Moss, DeAngelo Hall, and others.