Shanahan on RG3: 'We feel like we can give him more'
Here is how the Redskins stand after 6 games (after Week 7 of the NFL season):
Record: 2-4, third place in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-2
vs. NFC: 1-4
vs. AFC: 1-0
Opposition cumulative record (games played): 21-19
Cumulative of teams beaten: 6-7
Cumulative of teams lost to: 15-12
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 31-33 (.500)
Offensive MVP: Robert Griffin III wasn’t perfect against the Bears but he was good enough to lead the team to a shootout win. Most impressive was his performance in the last drive of the first half and the last drive of the game. In the two TD drives he completed 11 of 14 passes for 124 yards.
Defensive MVP: DeAngelo Hall went up against another big, bad wide receiver on Sunday as Brandon Marshall came to town. Marshall left with six catches for 75 yards and had minimal impact on the game.
Top three storylines:
Special teams woes continue—They say that winning is a great deodorant and that was in evidence this week as the continued problems of the special teams got overlooked because the Redskins won the game. A kicking game mishap with Tridon Holliday on the other side would change the Redskins’ chances of pulling off the upset of the Broncos from slim to none.
No numbers at safety—There is never a good time to get suspended but Brandon Meriweather picked a particularly bad game to have to sit out. Add in Reed Doughty’s concussion issue and you have a team that will have to piece together something at the position when facing the NFL’s top air attack.
RG3 gearing up—Griffin has been getting better week by week. Has he peaked or are there better things yet to come? If there is, Sunday in Denver would be a great time and place for him to pull it out.
Next three games
Sunday @ Broncos (6-1)—Shanahan returns to Denver, the Redskins try to build momentum after last week’s win, the Broncos try to recover after their first loss of the season to the Colts. The elements are there for a classic if the Redskins, two-touchdown underdogs, can hang in the game.
Nov. 3 vs. Chargers (4-3)—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 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 (1-5)—The Vikings already are reeling and with games coming up against the Packers and Cowboys they could be in free fall by the time they play the Redskins. Who will be the QB for Minnesota in this game? Will short-timer Josh Freeman still be the guy? Or will Leslie Frazier have turned back to Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder?