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Need to Know: Predicting how the Redskins will finish the season

Need to Know: Predicting how the Redskins will finish the season

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 11, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Bears in Chicago.

How will the Redskins finish the season?

With the Redskins headed into the last quarter of the season, it’s time to break out the $100 in imaginary casino chips and bet them on what their record will be when the dust settles after the game at AT&T Stadium on January 3.

5-6 wins—$30: It’s hard for me to see them going winless the rest of the way. I think that just one more win is a possibility given their road woes and the fact that three ofthe remaining four are on the road.

7 wins—$50: This seems to be the sweet spot. Under this scenario, they go into Chicago and beat the Bears (1-8 at home) but lose to the Bills, who are a pretty good team, at FedEx Field. Then they split their last two on the road, probably losing in Philly and then beating the Cowboys, a team they never should have lost to last Monday.

8-9 wins—$20: This would be drawing to an inside straight, forcing them to win multiple road games and put a winning streak together and they have done neither this year. The thing is, winning each game individually seems possible so that’s why I’m putting a twenty down on this. But too much has to go right for them to run the table or go 3-1. Maybe if they can get the running game going they could put up a good finish.

Let’s pull out another C-note and put it down on their chances of these win totals getting them into the playoffs:

Playoffs with 5-6 wins—$0: There’s just no way that both the Eagles and the Giants win just one more game. Even if that happens I don’t think the tiebreakers would come out in the Redskins’ favor.

Playoffs with 7 wins—$35: If the two wins are against the Eagles and Cowboys, a 4-2 division record and a sweep over the Eagles would have them in pretty good shape.

Playoffs with 8-9 wins—$65: They are automatically in with nine wins of course and they have a pretty good shot with eight if two of the wins are division games. The Giants would have to win out in order to finish ahead of them.

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Today’s schedule: Practice 11:55; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences and player availability after practice, approx. 1:00

Days until: Redskins @ Bears 2; Bills @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Eagles 15

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Snap Chat: Preston Smith makes the most of his limited playing time

Snap Chat: Preston Smith makes the most of his limited playing time

Here is my weekly look at playing time for the Redskins during their win over the Raiders:

—Defensively, the Redskins were in nickel a lot. Slot corner Kendall Fuller played 46 of the 51 defensive snaps. That generally means that they are playing fewer defensive lineman and indeed, nose tackle Ziggy Hood played only 18 snaps.

Junior Galette played only 15 snaps, down from 19 against the Rams. He did get half a sack.

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—It was surprising to see that Preston Smith got only 23 snaps. That is by far a season low but it’s hard to argue with the strategy. He was very effective with his limited snaps, getting a sack and tackling Marshawn Lynch for no gain on a third and two play.

—Rookie OLB Ryan Anderson is getting worked into the lineup more and more. He got 24 snaps on defense, one more than he had in the first two games combined, and another eight on special teams.

—The two defensive players who were in for 100 percent of the 51 defensive snaps were S D.J. Swearinger and ILB Zach Brown. CB Josh Norman played 47 snaps and ILB Martrell Spaight, Fuller, and CB Bashaud Breeland played 46 each.

—On offense, Josh Doctson (36) got more playing time than Ryan Grant (34) for the first time this year.

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—Between Kirk Cousins and the five starting offensive linemen, only Shawn Lauvao missed any of the 68 plays run. Lauvao came out for one play to have his helmet fixed.

—TE Jeremy Sprinkle made his NFL debut, getting seven snaps.

—Besides Colt McCoy, the only player who was active who did not get into the game was rookie ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons.

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Need to Know: Last look at Redskins vs. Raiders

Need to Know: Last look at Redskins vs. Raiders

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 26, six days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.

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Today’s schedule: No media availability

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 27
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 33

Last look at Redskins vs. Raiders

—I could fill up this entire post with numbers that demonstrate just how dominant the Redskins defense was on Sunday. Here’s one that impressed me—with the exception of two series that started with turnovers deep in Washington territory, the Raiders ran one play on the Redskins’ side of the field. Early in the second quarter, Derek Carr threw a short pass that Marshawn Lynch turned into an eight-yard gain to the Washington 48. On the next play, Kendall Fuller picked off Carr’s pass. That was it until Jamison Crowder muffed a punt, giving Oakland the ball at the Washington 21 with 47 seconds left in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins passed for over 350 yards with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions for the fourth time as a Redskin. It is the first time Washington quarterback to do that more than once; Joe Theismann did it in 1982 and 1983. Colt McCoy and Mark Rypien did it once each. Cousins is the only one of the group to complete over 80 percent of his passes in such a game; he was 25 of 30, 83.3 percent.

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—Again, there are plenty of numbers but what set this game apart was the confidence and attitude on display, particularly on defense. The images that stick in my mind are plays like D.J. Swearinger leveling Marshawn Lynch, Preston Smith just dismissing a Lynch stiff arm to get the stop on third and two, Montae Nicholson getting a textbook legal hit on Michael Crabtree and Zach Brown sending ball carriers to the ground with a vengeance.

—Some are wondering if Mack Brown should be the main backup at running back when Rob Kelley returns from his rib injury, which could be this week. Samaje Perine seemed to miss some openings and at times he seemed to go down with a one-arm tackle. And he fumbled the ball away. But on Sunday night Jay Gruden said that once Kelley is back, Perine will be the backup and Brown is likely to return to the game-day inactive list.

—Let this sink in for a minute—prior to last night’s Cowboys-Cardinals game, the Redskins were fifth in the NFL in rushing attempts (90) and sixth in rushing yards (409). They are on pace to have 480 rushing attempts for 2,180 yards. Last year they ran it 379 times for 1,696 yards.

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