Do the Redskins think they can repeat last season's run?
Here is how the Redskins stand after 9 games (after Week 10 of the NFL season):
Record: 3-6, tied for third place in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-2
vs. NFC: 1-5
vs. AFC: 2-1
Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 43-40
Cumulative of teams beaten: 12-15
Cumulative of teams lost to: 31-25
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 33-32 (.508)
Offensive MVP: Alfred Morris’ season got off to a rocky start with a lost fumble on his very first carry of the year and he had just one 100-yard game in his first seven. But he’s getting on a roll now with 825 yards on the season after averaging 130 yards per gam in his last two. Now if they would only give it to him more in the fourth quarter.
Defensive MVP: The one impressive effort on defense last Thursday came late in the third quarter when Vikings QB Christian Ponder took off scrambling and headed for the goal line. DeAngelo Hall came flying across the field and met Ponder right at the pylon. After a replay review, it turned out that Hall got Ponder out of bounds just short of the goal line. Although Adrian Peterson scored on the next play, Hall’s effort was impressive.
Top three storylines:
Looking for another miracle—As everyone knows, the Redskins were 3-6 a year ago and embarked on a seven-game winning streak to end the season and take the NFC East. Their remaining schedule now is a bit tougher than the one the faced a year ago. On the positive side for the Redskins, they are closer to the division lead now. Last year they were three games behind the Giants when they took the field to play the Eagles after their bye week. Today they are just a game and a half out.
RG3 in a row? For the first time this season, Robert Griffin III is on a mini-roll with solid performances in back to back games. It goes without saying that the Redskins will only go as far as Griffin will take them. If he’s on fire the Redskins can compete with any team remaining on their schedule. If he is off, they will be hard pressed to win.
Pounding the rock—Another factor in the Redskins’ season-ending streak last year was Morris. He got at least 20 carries in all seven games to close out the season and he went over 100 yards in four of them. He looks like he’s primed to become the workhorse again, as noted above.
Next three games
Sunday @ Eagles (5-5)—The Redskins have to be concerned with Nick Foles, who has 16 touchdown passes and no interceptions on the season. But if the Redskins can contain running back LeSean McCoy this time around (31 carries, 184 yards in the season opener) they will have a much better chance in the rematch.
Nov. 25 vs. 49ers (6-3)—This Monday night game was supposed to be a matchup of two young quarterbacks who were on the rise. But both Griffin and Colin Kaepernick have had up and down seasons and the game could come down to Morris vs. Niners RB Frank Gore.
Dec. 1 vs. Giants (3-6)—New York is on a three-game winning streak after starting 0-6 and they think they have just as good a chance as the Redskins do to get hot and steal the weak NFC East. This game is still scheduled to NBC’s Sunday night game although the network has until next Tuesday to flex another game into prime time.