March 28, 2017

Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers: 5 Takeaways

Before we get into the nitty gritty and try to breakdown what all went wrong in the Washington Redskins Wild Card Round loss to the Green Bay Packers, it’s important to take a minute to recognize what was accomplished by the Burgundy and Gold this season.

After entering the bye week at 3-4 and with plenty of questions surrounding the future at quarterback and head coach, Jay Gruden’s team responded after a historic come-from-behind win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Redskins finished the season 7-3 to win the NFC East Division and earn a home playoff game.

At the beginning the season, the Redskins were a consensus pick to finish in last in the division. So to go from worst to first, even in a division as poor as the NFC East, is certainly quite an accomplishment.

But in football, there are no morale victories. The Washington Redskins storybook season came to an end on Sunday night at FedExField, a place where they lost just two games all season long. It’s on to the offseason for Scot McCloughan, who will have to negotiate a new contract with quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Here are my five takeaways from the Redskins’ final game of the season. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins vs Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Takeaways

In the hometown of their division rivals, the Washington Redskins locked up the NFC East Division Championship, and a playoff spot, with a 38-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

After the Eagles marched down the field to score on the game’s opening drive, the Redskins responded two drives later with a score of their own. Once Jay Gruden’s bunch got going, they didn’t look back. Washington stretched their lead over the course of the game, making Saturday night’s playoff-clinching victory seem fairly easy.

Just by looking at the play selection, it’s clear what the Redskins’ gameplan was. Kirk Cousins finished with 365 yards on 31-of-46 passing, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. On the flip side, running backs Alfred Morris and Pierre Thomas combined for 21 carries and 69 yards. The Redskins passing attack is strong, but their running game is not.

As soon as the Redskins run into a team that forces them to run the football, they’ll falter. They have yet to prove that they can win the game running the football, but that doesn’t matter when the scoreboard shows them as the victors, as it has the past three weeks.

Along with that takeaway, here are five more from the Redskins’ victory over the Eagles. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins vs Buffalo Bills: 5 Takeaways

The Washington Redskins had themselves a day on Sunday afternoon at home against the Buffalo Bills.

It’s been well documented that the Redskins can simplify their playoff picture by winning. And with two of their last three games coming on the road, Sunday’s matchup with the Bills at FedExField was an important victory for Jay Gruden’s club since they have struggled on the road.

But a week after they picked up their first road win of the season at the Chicago Bears, Washington won their second consecutive game for the first time since Weeks 8 and 7 in 2014. Back at .500 for the first time since 2012, the Redskins are doing all they can to reach the playoffs.

And not only are they taking care of business, they’ve been doing it in an impressive manner. Are the Redskins beginning to peak at just the right time? Here are five more takeaways from Sunday’s impressive win. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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For the first time all year, the Washington Redskins left the friendly confines of FedExField and returned winners.

With a 24-21 victory over the Chicago Bears, the Redskins solidified the fact that they control their own destiny when it comes to the playoffs. Win, and they’re in. It’s that simple.

The pundits have taken notice of the Redskins increasingly good level of play. Just by looking at the power rankings, it’s clear that they are front-runners to win the NFC East division. Check out where they rank.

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Redskins Week 14 Preview: at Chicago Bears

Following a heartbreaking loss to the rival Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, the Washington Redskins travel to Soldier Field in Chicago to take on the Chicago Bears. Both teams sport mediocre 5-7 records, but Washington still has control of the NFC East division lead via tiebreak. Chicago is coming off of a disappointing loss last week to the lowly San Francisco 49ers.

The Bears are in a similar situation as the Redskins this year, with a new General Manager trying to go through a rebuilding process with a younger team, resulting in inconsistent (and many times ugly) play. Jay Cutler, the much-maligned franchise QB, has been relatively steady compared to years’ past, throwing for 14 TDs and 7 interceptions on the season. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 12 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

After a blowout loss at the hands of the undefeated Carolina Panthers, the Washington Redskins are now looking to rebound in a division race that they still aren’t out of.

Despite the a handful of blown calls by the officiating crew, I have a hard time not pinning this loss on the Redskins. As head coach Jay Gruden put it, when you lose by 28 points, there’s a much larger problem than a couple of blown. To say that the referees have it out for the team because of the name is shedding light on the wrong topic, and reopens a discussion that the franchise has been working hard to put away.

Take a look at wear the Burgundy and Gold rank among the major weekly power rankings. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 11 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

After a dominating win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon, the Washington Redskins have caught the eyes of those around the NFL national media.

That fact was ever so apparent in the latest power rankings. On most lists, they moved up. Some, surprisingly enough, have begun to look ahead at not just the remaining games on their regular season schedule, but also where they stand in the playoff race. Granted, the NFC East is an awful division, but Washington is only a half game back of first place.

Take a look at wear the Burgundy and Gold rank among the major weekly power rankings. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Game 8: New England Patriots – Five Takeaways

The Washington Redskins flew up to Foxborough and put together a performance against the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots that has left me shaking my head.skins

In truth, the Redskins missed an opportunity to continue the momentum they built with their thrilling victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to their Week 8 bye. The Patriots were playing down the Redskins level and Washington couldn’t even match the intensity and had far too much trouble executing. It makes one wonder what on earth were they up to over the long weekend?

Along with that question, here are five more takeaways from the Redskins 27-10 loss at the hands of the Patriots. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Game 6 Preview: at New York Jets

The Washington Redskins head into MetLife Stadium for the second time this year to face the much-improved New York Jets. The Redskins look to get back on the winning track after a brutal close loss to the Atlanta Falcons, while the Jets are fresh off of a bye week and ready to add another win to their 3-1 record.

The Redskins took a tough one on the chin last week in Atlanta when they climbed back to send the game into overtime, only to have a pick 6 do them in. The Jets have been nice and rested and will definitely feel confident going into this game, so it is up to Gruden and co. to put together a creative game plan to knock them off their rhythm. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Game 4 Preview: Philadelphia Eagles

The Washington Redskins, weather permitting, are scheduled to face their first division foe of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles, at FedEx Field this Sunday. Both teams enter this game looking to get to the .500 mark for the first time this season. Philadelphia looks to build off of a 24-17 win in New York vs. the Jets, while the Redskins try to erase the memory of a 32-21 loss to the Giants on Thursday Night Football.

The last time the Redskins faced the Eagles at home was Week 16 of last year, when they beat them in a 27-24 thriller, a rare bright spot in an awful 2014 campaign. The Redskins look to duplicate that success against an Eagles offense that looks very different from 2014. Sam Bradford is now the starting QB for coach Chip Kelly rather than Nick Foles/Mark Sanchez, and RBs DeMarco Murray Ryan Matthews join the party in place of LeSean McCoy. The Eagles will stick to the classic Chip Kelly offensive scheme, just with different personnel than the Redskins are accustomed. [Read more…]

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