November 20, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys guard Kyle Kosier (63) blocks Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Looking Ahead: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

It isn’t common that a team scores 48 points and loses. Even though Tony Romo threw a game-costing pick, he still should be credited with giving his team a change against the best offense in the NFL. The offense that the Cowboys put forth last Sunday serves as hope for this weekend.

Redskins Offense:

Dec 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) runs for a first down against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at FedEX Field. The Redskins won 28 – 18. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA Today Sports

Robert Griffin III hasn’t played up to the standards h e set last year. His completion percentage is down 3 percentage points and his QBR, a statistic used by ESPN that gauges how effective quarterbacks are by context. In other words, a throwaway isn’t always counted as a bad play and rushes aren’t either. The rating is on a 100 point scale, with 50 as the average. Basically no quarterbacks score above 80. Last year, Griffin had a 73.2. This season, that number has dropped to a 29.1, which indicated a thoroughly poor performance in almost every facet of the game. He also plays more timidly than he did last year. Up to this game, he isn’t the elite quarterback he was last year. In last week’s game against the Raiders, Griffin posted arguably his worst game of the year. His QBR doesn’t say it, but he posted his lowest completion percentage (58.1) and and threw for only 227 yards. In a truly ground-breaking piece of analysis, I’m willing to say that Robert Griffin III doesn’t have much momentum going into this week’s game.

In the rushing game, the read-option influenced attack the Redskins featured last year has been tamed somewhat by Griffin himself. Griffin has only rushed for 72 yards. His explosiveness is down as well. His yards per rush is down 1.8 from last year and his longest rush in only 21 yards. Alfred Morris, the running back, isn’t having the same year he had last year, but it isn’t entirely his fault. His rush attempts are down, but his yards per rush are actually up some. He could give the Cowboys some trouble.

Pierre Garcon, known decent speed and brick hands, is the team’s leading receiver, with 339 yards. Leonard Hankerson, a receiver three years separated from his term at Miami, is second with 185 yards. Santana Moss is third. I confess that I actually had no idea Moss was even in baseball, but nonetheless, he is still capable. Basically, the Redskins’ receiving corp isn’t great. There honestly isn’t that much to say, at least that I think of.


Redskins Defense:

The Redskins have been, bluntly, sloppy. Even the fanbase admits as much. However, at least in terms of points scored, it’s gotten better each week. This week, it dropped to 24 points against the Raiders in an effort that aided their first win. The Redskins give up points in bundles, but they also force sacks. Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan both are on pace for double digit sacks. Kerrigan is actually on pace for twenty.







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