Here is how the Redskins stand after eight games:
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 3-3
Opposition cumulative record: 33-26
Cumulative of teams beaten: 10-12
Cumulative of teams lost to: 23-14
Offensive MVP (season to date) Hey, it’s too bad that Robert Griffin III dropped all of those passes against the Steelers or he would have—wait, he didn’t drop those passes? Well, then, he’s still the offensive MVP. Honorable mention: Alfred Morris
Defensive MVP: Perry Riley hasn’t done much spectacular this year, he has been a tackling machine. Per Pro Football Focus he has 41 tackles, eight assists and just five misses. He has been steady all year long. Honorable mention: Stephen Bowen
Top three storylines:
Defenseless against the pass—They gave up only 215 passing yards to the Steelers last week but they still are on pace to give up over 5000 yards through the air this year. They played their bend but don’t break style against Pittsburgh but Ben Roethlisberger was perfectly content to slice and dice through the Redskins defense with short passes. Once he got his team near the goal line he threw two touchdown passes to tight ends and one to his fullback.
In no rush—Intertwined with the problems in pass defense are the problems rushing the quarterback. In four of the last five games they have only one sack and they barely laid a hand on Roethlisberger. Ryan Kerrigan, who started out hot, has just one sack in the last five games.
RG3 is still The Man—As noted above, Griffin wasn’t really responsible for his subpar statistical performance. If some of the 10 dropped passes had been caught, Griffin might have had a chance to work his magic at the end. He is what separating this team from being an unwatchable, one-win team.
Next three games
Sunday. 4 vs. Panthers—They just fired their GM and Cam Newton appears to be regressing; 1-5, in last place in the NFC South.
Nov. 18 (after bye) vs. Eagles—That he Eagles had to send out an announcement that Michael Vick will remain their starting quarterback tells you all you need to know about what a panicked mess this team is. 3-4, tied for second in NFC East
Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving) @ Cowboys—Either their talent level isn’t as good as advertised or they are playing as less than the sum of their parts. Or both. 3-4, second in NFC East.