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 Saturday, May 27, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp on June 13.
It’s been 146 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 106 days.
—Redskins minicamp (6/13) 17
—Training camp starts (7/27) 61
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 75
The Redskins week that was
Here are some of the most popular post from the last week on www.CSNmidatlantic.com and on www.RealRedskins.com
How well will the Redskins' defense adjust to six new starters? The Redskins unquestionably got an infusion of defensive talent but as we have seen in the past that does not guarantee better results. Throw a new defensive coordinator into the mix and it could take some time for this unit to reach its full potential. I think that there will be struggles early in the season and a better (but not dominant) unit by the time November rolls around.
Which Redskins will surprise in 2017? Every player carries expectations into the season. Some will be better than we believe right now (think of what many thought Vernon Davis would do last year) and some will play worse (Josh Doctson). I take out the crystal ball to figure out who will exceed expectations and who will fall below them.
Don't count out 3rd straight franchise tag for Cousins—Yes, Bruce Allen said that he is willing to franchise tag Kirk Cousins for a third time next year, a move that would cost $34 million for one season. But I think that’s a total bluff; the Redskins’ salary cap situation for 2018 would make such a move very difficult for them to pull off. The best hope for Cousins being a Redskin in 2018 is getting him signed to a long-term contract by July 15 of this year. The tone of the conversation regarding a new deal has been positive lately but the team must come up with a serious offer for a deal to happen.
For Redskins, finding a nose tackle needs to be a priority—Well, it’s up to Jim Tomsula to “make” a nose tackle. Phil Taylor is a true NT and he will get a shot. But he hasn’t played a snap since 2014. Undrafted free agent Ondre Pipkins also has nose tackle size at 6-3, 325. But he is a long shot, as are the Redskins’ chances of being significantly better against the run if they don’t find someone, anyone to be an adequate solution as the nose tackle.
Did Vernon Davis make the NFL change celebration rules? Although I prefer the John Riggins way of celebrating a touchdown—hand the ball to the referee because you’ve been in the end zone before and you expect to be back again soon—elaborate celebrations don’t bother me. After a TD in a game I’m covering I’m focused on writing about the scoring drive. When I’m watching at home, my attention goes to Twitter or to the refrigerator. I do think that it was dumb for the Redskins to lose 15 yards of field position because Vernon Davis put a jump shot over the crossbar so that’s why I’m glad that the NFL changed the celebration rules.
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Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is always open to some coaching no matter who it comes from. On Friday that coaching came from Veronica, an 85-year old woman who works at Congressional Country Club and is a die-hard Redskins fan.
Cousins posted a picture of the pair together on his Instagram account Friday afternoon.
Veronica made some solid suggestions, especially the one about him getting the ball out of his hands quicker.
Despite the rocky contract situation with the team, there's no question that Cousins loves the passionate Redskins fan base.
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