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The Week That Was: White could return to Redskins

The Week That Was: White could return to Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 15, the day the Redskins play the Packers at Lambeau Field.

That Was the Week That Was

—The Redskins did not have a game all of last year without someone showing up on the injury report as questionable or worse. They were a Kai Forbath groin injury away from having one this year.

—I hope the Redskins worked on not holding during their blocks or at least holding better so that they don’t flagged for it. They had three holds last week and it seemed like each of them came at exactly the wrong time. They were flagged for holding only 21 times all of last year.

—The Redskins signed John Potter and brought him to Green Bay with them. It remains to be seen if he will be active for the game or Forbath will be good to go. If Forbath has to sit then Potter will have to try a field goal in a game that counts for the first time since he was at Western Michigan in 2011. That year he hit 57 of 57 extra points and 16 of 22 field goals.

—Is this game as simple as the Redskins getting a lead? Aaron Rodgers is 1-9 at home when the Packers trail by 7+ points. That’s at any point during the game.

—I enjoyed talking to Alfred Morris about the prospect of sometimes being the last man standing between Clay Matthews and Robert Griffin III. He takes his pass blocking responsibility seriously and he doesn’t really care if it’s Matthews or anyone else coming at him. All he cares about is getting in the way.

—I suspect that Pat White will be back as long as the Redskins manage to get out of this game without any moderately serious injuries. I would be surprised if any team claimed him off of waivers (deadline Monday 4 p.m.). As long as the Redskins have no need to put anyone else into that 53rd roster spot, White could reclaim it next week.

—Last Sunday Eddie Lacy led the Packers with 41 yards rushing. That was the 44th straight game for the Packers without a 100-yard rusher, the longest active streak in the NFL. The las time Green Bay had a 100-yard rusher? The last time they played the Redskins on October 10, 2010 Brandon Jackson rushed for 115 yards.

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Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked - and what didn't - against Arizona

Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked - and what didn't - against Arizona

CSN has teamed up with The Edge Systems to provide the occasional statistical review of Redskins game film. The Edge is analytical football software currently being used by coaches in the NFL, SEC, ACC and the media, providing some of the fastest and best data in football.

Below is a breakdown of the Redskins run game against Arizona - a game coach Jay Gruden admitted did not feature enough carries for Robert Kelley. 

The Redskins had a lot of success with their GAP runs early in the game.

In the first half they were successful on 75 percent of their GAP runs. 

As the game wore on the Redskins moved away from what had been successful and only ran two GAP runs in the second half.

As their power running game vanishing, mirrored their prospects for winning the game.

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State of the Redskins: Playoff chances trending in the wrong direction

State of the Redskins: Playoff chances trending in the wrong direction

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 14 of the NFL season.

Record: 6-5-1, 3rd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 2-2
vs. NFC: 4-4
vs. AFC: 2-1-1
Home: 4-2
Away: 2-3-1

Rankings and changes from Week 13

Offense (yards/game): 418.6 (2nd, no change from Week 13)
Defense (yards/game): 369.6 (23rd, +2)
Points for: 303 (10th, -1)
Points against: 295 (20th, -2)

Passer rating offense:  99.8 (8th, -2)
Opp passer rating: 95.0 (22nd, -3)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.5 (5th, no change)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.6 (29th, +2)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 9.8% (10th, no change)
Playoff chances per FO: 41.5%, -14.1% from last week

Trending the right way: Not much, really. Their ranking in rushing defense improved a couple of notches but mostly because other teams got worse, not because the Redskins put the clamps down on the rushing game.

Trending the wrong way: For the first time in a few weeks the Redskins’ playoff chances are below 50 percent. Two straight losses will do that.  

Top three storylines:

Letting them have it—Jay Gruden is usually supportive of his team after a loss but that was not the case following the Cardinals game. He could be heard speaking to the team in angry tones in the locker room following the loss. We will see if this rare tirade jump-starts the Redskins’ stretch run.

Dealing with injury issues—Not only do the Redskins have to be concerned about the condition of Jordan Reed, whose status is unclear as he rehabs from a shoulder injury he suffered on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas, their starting center is in the concussion protocol. If Spencer Long can’t go the Redskins may have to add a center to back up John Sullivan.

Help wanted—The Redskins need other teams to lose if they want to make the playoffs. They need a little help if they win out to finish 10-5-1; they need more help if they finish at 9-6-1. Scoreboard watching starts at 4:25 on Sunday when the Bucs, a half-game ahead of Washington, host the Saints and continues on Sunday night football with the Cowboys at the Giants.

Next three games

Sunday @ Eagles (5-7)—The Redskins handled them well in October; the final score did not indicate how Washington dominated the game. The Eagles look more like a rebuilding team than a playoff contender and the Redskins could elimate them for all practical purposes

December 19 vs. Panthers (4-8)—The season of the defending NFC champs officially came off the rails on Sunday night when Cam Newton started the game on the bench because he didn’t wear a tie and he ended it looking at the wrong end of a 40-7 beatdown by the Seahawks. Still, the Redskins have never beaten Newton so this is not one that will come easily.

Christmas Eve vs. Bears (3-9)—There is no such thing as an easy game in the NFL but if the Redskins can’t manage to win this one they don’t deserve to make the playoffs.