Here is how the Redskins stand after nine games:
vs. NFC East: 1-1
vs. NFC: 4-4
Opposition cumulative record: 51-48-1 (.515 winning percentage)
Cumulative of teams beaten: 20-20 (.500)
Cumulative of teams lost to: 31-28-1 (.525)
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 29-31 (.483)
Offensive MVP (season to date) Robert Griffin III is up for two NFL awards this week thanks to the perfect 158.3 QB rating he posted against the Eagles. He found the deep ball that has been missing most of the year as he chucked TD passes of 49 and 61 yards. And, oh yeah, he led the team in rushing with 84 yards. For the year, his QB rating is back over 100 and he is completing better than two out of every three passes. Pointing to the three interceptions he has thrown this year, on TV commentator said that Griffin is providing big plays and thrills without making killer mistakes, a rare combination indeed.
Defensive MVP: It’s pretty obvious who the defensive MVP is after the Philly game—it has to be Brandon Meriweather. He played his first game of the season and the defense allowed its fewest points since 2008. Meriweather got a pick and seemed to energize the entire unit. The Redskins, of course, will have to figure out how to get along without him the rest of the season as he tore his ACL in the third quarter.
Top three storylines:
Are things really different?
Kicking them while they’re down: The Eagles were in turmoil going into both of the games against Washington last year and both times the Redskins let them off the hook. But maybe those Eagles teams weren’t as bad as their record indicated. This time they aren’t facing Michael Vick and the Eagles have been outscored by 65 points this year, the worst scoring margin in the league. If the Redskins don’t win this one you have to wonder if they can ever be competitive in the division.
Rookie QB blues: The Redskins have lost their last eight games against rookie quarterbacks, a skid that goes back to 2006. They need to stop that streak this Sunday.
Next three games
Sunday vs. Eagles (3-6, tied for 3rd in NFC East)—The loser of this game has the NFC East basement all to itself.
Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving) @ Cowboys (4-5, second in NFC East)—The Redskins face a quick turnaround to face a team that may be putting it together at just the right time. Or, maybe the Cowboys are just setting up their fans for the crash and disappointment that seems to come every year.
Dec. 3 (Monday night) vs. Giants (6-4, first in NFC East)—The defending champs have been very beatable lately and they face a tough schedule down the stretch.