Can the Redskins and Robert Griffin III survive and even thrive if Tyler Polumbus ends up playing right tackle instead of the ailing Jammal Brown?Many Redskins fans and analysts are cringing at the thought of the journeyman lineman taking over a key spot on the offensive line. They fear that Griffin will not get a chance to succeed, as he will spend most of the season running for his life.But are people saying this because they have really examined what he has done? Or is it because Polumbus was signed off of the street by the Redskins in the middle of last year and they really havent heard of him?Lets take an objective look at what Polumbus has done on the field the last couple of years and what the offenses of the teams he was playing for were able to do when he was in the lineup at tackle.2011Polumbus started three games at right tackle for the Redskins last year and one at left guard. Were only going to look at his games at tackle here.He started at right tackle and played every snap against New England at FedEx Field, and at the Giants and Eagles. According to the folks at Pro Football Focus, in those three games he gave up no sacks, three QB hits, and 10 QB hurries. Two of the hits and six of the hurries came against the Eagles, where he was lined up against Jason Babin most of the game.Earlier in the season, Brown started and played every snap against the Giants and Eagles. He gave up a total of one sack, three hits, and four hurries in those two games, a total of eight pressures. Against those two opponents Polumbus gave up no sacks, three hits and eight hurries, a total of 11 pressures.How did the Redskins offense do when Polumbus played? Lets take a look, with the caveat that we are dealing with a small sample size of three games.In the three games with Polumbus at right tackle, the Redskins averaged 141 yards per game rushing; in the other 13 games, they averaged 92. With Polumbus, the Redskins gave up 1.3 sacks per game; without him the averaged was 2.8.Again, take into account the small sample size, especially the fact that the Patriots defensive was one of the worst in the league last year (although they were in the middle of the pack in the two areas were looking at, 14th in sacks and 17th in rushing yards allowed). But the Redskins offense did not come apart at the seams when Polumbus was playing right tackle.2010We have a larger sample size to look at during Polumbus 2010 season in Seattle. He played six games at left tackle and one at right tackle. Polumbus also started three games at left guard including two playoff games but, again, were going to disregard those games and focus on his play at tackle.In his seven games at tackle, Polumbus gave up five sacks, four hits, and 11 hurries. Two of the sacks and five of the hurries came in one game, when Seattle visited the Rams and Polumbus was matched up against defensive end Chris Long.When he was at left tackle, he was filling in for rookie Russell Okung, the sixth overall pick in the draft. In the nine regular season games where Okung played all of the snaps (he started one game but left after being in for nine plays), he gave up four sacks, five hits, and 14 hurries.We do have a better sample size to work with when it comes to the teams performance while Polumbus was in the lineup as he started almost half of their regular season games.Seattles rushing performance was virtually the same with our without Polumbus at tackle, with an average of 88 yards per game with him and 89 without him. On average, however, the Seahawks pass protection was considerably leaker. They have up an average of 3.4 sacks per game with Polumbus at tackle and that dropped to 1.2 per game without him.The with Polumbus average was pushed up by a bad two-week stretch. They gave up five sacks to the Cardinals in Week 7 and the Raiders sacked Matt Hasselbeck eight times the next game. Individually, Pro Football Focus charged Polumbus with one sack in each of those games.Can they survive?Based on this limited look, it appears that an offense can function with Tyler Polumbus at tackle. Given his struggles against top ends like Long and Babin, the coaches should consider giving him some help when he is lined up against the better right-side pass rushers. But the rushing game seems to function reasonably well with Polumbus in the lineup rather than the more heralded Brown and Okung.Again, this is a small sample size but it seems to be a more systematic way of looking at it than the Tyler Polumbus is at right tackle, the offense is doomed level of analysis that we have been getting.
Everything looked different for the Washington Redskins during their Week 3 win over the Oakland Raiders. They looked like a different team.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins more than doubled his yardage from Week 2 — completing 25-of-30 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns — running back Chris Thompson was the Redskins' best receiver with six catches for 150 yards and one touchdown and the defense shined against Derek Carr and the Raiders.
The Redskins are now on a two-game winning streak, but can they continue it through to Week 4 against quarterback Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs on the road at Arrowhead Stadium?
Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Week 4 Redskins vs. Chiefs game Monday night.
Redskins vs. Chiefs, Week 4 of the 2017 NFL season
Who: Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City Missouri
What: Week 4 of the 2017 NFL season
When: Monday, October 2, 8:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Betting Odds: According to VegasInsider.com, the Washington Redskins are a 6.5-point favorite against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Washington Redskins 2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Week 1 (Sun. 9/10): 30-17 loss vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 2 (Sun. 9/17): 27-20 win at Los Angeles Rams
Week 3 (Sun. 9/24): 27-10 win vs. Oakland Raiders
Week 4 (Mon. 10/2): at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.
Week 5 (Sun. 10/8): BYE WEEK
Week 6 (Sun. 10/15): vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1:00 p.m.
Week 7 (Mon. 10/23): at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m.
Week 8 (Sun. 10/29): vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
Week 9 (Sun. 11/5): at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
Week 10 (Sun. 11/12): vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m.
Week 11 (Sun. 11/29): at New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m.
Week 12 (Thurs. 11/23): vs. New York Giants, 8:30 p.m.
Week 13 (Thurs. 11/30): at Dallas Cowboys, 8:25 p.m.
Week 14 (Sun. 12/10): at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Week 15 (Sun. 12/17): vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16 (Sun. 12/24): vs. Denver Broncos, 1:00 p.m.
Week 17 (Sun. 12/31): at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m.
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The Redskins and their fans thoroughly enjoyed the team’s domination of the Raiders on Sunday night football.
As spectators’ voices return to normal and the team’s high settles into the routine of getting ready for the next game, it will be time to wonder what’s next?
Is what the Redskins did last night sustainable? Or will it end up being one of a few pleasant memories during another frustrating campaign?
There is no crystal ball that can give us the answer here.
The NFL is a week-to-week league and we often see a team show up for one game that bears little resemblance to the one who puts on the uniform the following week.
But there were some common traits from the Redskins’ last two games, both wins, that will help them going forward. Among them are:
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— Speed on defense — In particular, the additions of linebacker Zach Brown and rookie safety Montae Nicholson have given the Redskins a dimension they have lacked in the last several seasons. They say that speed doesn’t take a game off; it’s always there. If Nicholson and Brown show up for every game this year the defense has a chance to be great on a given day.
— Pass rush — The Redskins have at least one sack in their last 27 games and they have at least two sacks in every game this year. Pass defense starts with pass pressure and while the rush hasn’t been dominant throughout those 27 games, often they at least get some hurries and hits on the quarterback and over time those are nearly as effective as sacks. In that 27-game sack streak, the Redskins are 16-10-1, a .611 winning percentage.
— Quality cornerback play — Per Pro Football Focus, in three games Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland have played a combined 116 snaps in pass coverage and have allowed a total of 10 receptions for 117 yards. Throw in nickel corner Kendall Fuller, who has an interception and a forced fumble on his ledger, and you have a group that can limit the damage done by opposing wide receivers. That often forces teams out of their comfort zones.
— Pass protection — Kirk Cousins has been the starting quarterback since the start of the 2015 season. In those 35 regular season games, he has been sacked zero or one time in 19 of those contests. If your quarterback has time, you have a chance.
— A good running game — For right now, this is the most problematic element of their recent success. Running the ball depends on, well, running the ball. If Jay Gruden sticks with it, the running game can help the team dominate time of possession and help the defense by keeping them off the field. Their ability to keep the ball on the ground is dependent on Cousins picking up third downs when necessary by throwing the ball and on the defense keeping the score close enough to allow for rushing to be a sound strategy.
The Redskins are unlikely to bring all five of these elements with them every week. But if they have three or four of them working they can expect to be competitive.
And on the occasions when they have all five you can get games like the one last night.