This seems to be the question asked almost every year for the past 20 years by Redskins fans all over, and this year is no different. Upon entering bye-week, the Skins hold a current record of 3-6 after dropping three-straight. HC Mike Shanahan has made it clear, “Every game is a playoff game,” regarding the rest of the season.
It’s not like this situation is out of the ordinary for the burgundy and gold. The only difference this year is that the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are also sitting at 3-5, which makes all of Redskins nation feel a little bit better about themselves because we love to see those teams struggle. A lot of people are starting to question if RG3 is still the Redskins savior after this struggling record. Well, ladies and gentlemen, here are the facts:
Griffin is sitting pretty with a total QBR of 68.7, 10th best among active QB’s behind the likes of Super Bowl winners, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady. He has converted 172 passes on 262 attempts (which keep in mind, half of those passes have been dropped by their receivers, ouch,) passing for 1,993 yards for eight touchdowns while only throwing three interceptions and two fumbles. Griffin has also rushed for 529 yards for 6 TD’s, which is first in the NFL among QB’s. He has also single-handily rushed for 27 first downs and compiled one tackle on the season, thus far.
If these stats don’t have you in awe then maybe I should also mention that he and RB Alfred Morris broke the single season record for rushing yards by a QB-RB duo in a season, compiling over 1,000 yards total and 500+ yards each. Morris also leads the NFL with 793 rushing yards for five touchdowns. This deadly duo could be exactly what the Redskins need in order to take them to their next Super Bowl. Remember, they’re only rookies.
With these powerful offensive stats and the team looking to move forward to make it to playoffs, I still see a contending team among them. With a tough schedule ahead, including three-straight divisional games, there’s still a lot of work to be done. RG3 has promised the fans, “You will see a whole new team (after bye week).” I hope that’s the case.
Following their two weeks off, the Redskins open up with a home game against division-rival Philadelphia, who also seems to be struggling this year with a constant questioning of a QB change and replacing current QB Mike Vick. HC Andy Reid also knows his job is on the line, so you can bet that the Eagles are going to come out hungry because neither team has anything to lose at this point.
Do the Redskins have what it takes to continue their journey into the post-season? We can only hope. Enjoy a nice, relaxing, stress-free week off fans, and tune in next Sunday at 1 pm when the Skins host those birds from Philly we all love to hate. There’s still a lot of football left to be played, so don’t stop believin’.