The Redskins (and some Seahawks) by the numbers, wild card playoff week.
—The Redskins are first playoff team since 1943 New York Giants to be led in both yards passing (Robert Griffin III) and rushing (Alfred Morris) by rookies. That wartime Giants team was led by rookies Emery Nix in passing (396 yards) and Bill Paschal in rushing (523).
—Washington led the NFL with 88 runs of 10-plus yards. Eighteen of those runs covered 20 yards or more. Last year, the Redskins had 10 runs of 20 yards or more.
—Griffin has passed for 230 yards or more in a game five times and the Redskins have won four of them. Add in Kirk Cousins’ 329-yard effort in the win over the Browns and you have a .833 winning percentage when passing for at least 231 yards.
—Of course, you can’t overlook Alfred Morris’ contribution. During the season-ending seven-game winning streak he averaged 117 yards per game. During the season, the Redskins were 8-3 when Morris rushed for at least 80 yards in a game.
—If the game comes down to a late field goal, the Redskins could have an edge if the kick is from a longer distance. Kai Forbath has attempted 12 field goals from 40 yards or longer and has made all of them. Seattle’s Steven Hauschka has tried nine from 40+ and has missed three of them. But Hauschka might have an edge in the “what have you done lately” category. Forbath missed his last kick against the Cowboys, while Hauschka hasn’t missed a field goal since Oct. 28.
—A lot has been said about each team’s secondary but not much about the wide receivers. Seattle uses three wide receivers, Golden Tate, Sidney Rice, and Doug Baldwin, who combined for 124 receptions and 1,802 yards. Tate (688 yards) and Rice (748) both have more receiving yards than any Redskins wide receiver. The Redskins use a quartet of wideouts (Pierre Garçon, Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan, and Santana Moss) that caught a total of 171 passes for 2,299 yards.
Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 22, 95 days before the NFL draft.
—NFL franchise tag deadline 38
—NFL free agency starts 46
—First Sunday of 2017 season 231
Sunday morning quick hitters
—Talk that Greg Manusky is the favorite to get the promotion to Redskins defensive coordinator seems to be based more on deductive reasoning than from any reports from Ashburn. I think he is likely to be the guy but I’m not sure that there won’t be a surprise selection for the job.
—The four-year, $42 million contract extension the Rams gave WR Tavon Austin will set the market for DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. Both of their expiring contracts averaged about $8 million per year so they could be in line for healthy raises the year after turning 30. As in other sports, the market is often set by what your dumbest competitior is willing to pay.
—I didn’t give a second thought to leaving DeAngelo Hall off my projection of the defensive roster for the coming season. He said that he would be willing to redo his contract, which calls for him to make $4.25 million this year. That’s fine but I think that the organization will look at the 32 games he missed in the last three seasons combined and decide that they can’t keep a player that they can’t rely on at any price.
—How hot is Jay Gruden’s seat in 2017? Assuming he keeps his quarterback, I think that he will be fine with a 10-win season and he will be toast with double-digit losses. The tough call will be if they finish 8-8 or even 9-7 with a playoff miss.
—There was a lot of talk about how the Redskins’ salary cap spending on defense last year ($36 million) was dwarfed by what was spent on offense ($78 million). As of right now, the Redskins’ spending is about even, with $57.3 million going to offense and $59.2 million to defense. We’ll see how even the expenditures wind up being when the season starts in September.
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As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.
No. 7 worst play of 2016
Giants at Redskins, Week 17
4:02 left in Q4, Giants ball 1st and 10 at their own 31, game tied 10-10
Eli Manning pass deep left to Tavarres King pushed ob at WAS 25 for 44 yards (Will Blackmon).
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Tandler: It looked like the Redskins were on the verge of saving their season. They were down 10-0 in the third quarter but they battled back to tie it up in the late going. But after lulling the Redskins defense to sleep with running plays and short passes, Manning launched one deep down the left sideline. King, who had one reception for six yards on the season coming into the game, had a step on cornerback Greg Toler and he hauled in the pass for 44 yards. Four plays later Robbie Gould kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Giants the lead.
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Finlay: In a terrible game that led to many more questions than answers for the Redskins, this play was just a huge, huge disappointment. Washington fought back to tie up a game that they had largely been outplayed in, particulrly in the first half. Remember, the Giants had nothing to play for while for the 'Skins, a win would put them in the playoffs. The New York offense was laregly nonexistent in the second half of this game, as it became obvious Eli Manning did not want to get hit. And still, the embattled Redskins defense gave up a long pass play to a dude that had contrbuted basically nothing all season.
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