The Redskins had a big win in prime time but it really didn’t get the much of anywhere in the short term.
After their 42-24 win over the Packers, the Redskins are 6-3-1 and they are right where they started the day in their two most important races. Washington is in third place in the NFC East, still a half game behind the 7-3 Giants and two and a half behind the Cowboys, who are 9-1. Both of their rivals won earlier on Sunday so they gained no ground.
They did pick up a game on the Eagles, who lost to the Seahawks on Sunday. They are now a game and a half clear of the NFC East cellar.
The Redskins also started and finished the day in position as the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoff hunt, the second wild card spot. They had to win or the Vikings, winners over the Cardinals today, would have elevated into that spot.
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So, certainly, the win today was more than just running in place. In addition to staying ahead of the Vikings they picked up ground on the Cardinals and Eagles, who are further back in the playoff race.
They face the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day, a tough task under any circumstances but made even more challenging by the Dallas’ 9-1 record and the very short week they have after this night game.
But even if that proves to be too much, they will have an opportunity to put together a stretch run to the playoffs. After Dallas, none of their next five opponents currently has a winning record. They have trips to play the Cardinals (4-5-1) and Eagles (5-5) before coming home to face the Panthers (4-6) and taking a Christmas Eve trip to Chicago (2-8). If they can find three wins in that group of games they would finish the season at least 9-6-1, a record that would very likely land them in the postseason.
Dwayne Haskins will be the Redskins' starting quarterback the rest of the 2019 season, head coach Bill Callahan announced on Monday.
The news came one week after Haskins’ first career start in Buffalo. The 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins played decent against the Bills, avoiding any major mistakes and mostly operating the vanilla game plan.
In the minutes after the 24-9 loss to the Bills, Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan hesitated to name Haskins the starter. The coach said he needed to review the game film and check on the health of former starter Case Keenum. Callahan continued his privacy around the quarterback decision throughout the team’s Week 10 bye before making the announcement.
On Monday, Callahan committed to Haskins, and frankly, it makes sense.
At 1-8, the Redskins season is shot and the team should focus on developing their young passer for the 2020 season and beyond.
The Jets come in at 2-8, and while they’re coming off a win over the Giants, this game marks a real opportunity for a Washington win. His start Sunday vs. the Jets will be his first-ever start at FedExField in front of a home Redskins crowd.
Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jets in Week 10, and that should be a real reason for optimism with Haskins and the Redskins.
Additionally, running back Derrius Guice should be back on the field for Washington when the Jets come to town.
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It ends up that not playing might be the best move the Redskins could make this season. On Sunday, while Washington rested for their bye week, the Dolphins won their second game in a row and the Jets beat the Giants.
That leaves the Redskins with the second-worst record in the NFL at 1-8; the lone one-win team in the league. At 0-9, only the Bengals are worse.
While very little of this is good news, there is a silver lining: Washington is now in line for the second overall draft pick. If the season ended today, the draft order would be as follows:
- Cincinnati Bengals (0-9)
- Washington Redskins (1-8)
- New York Giants (2-8)
- Miami Dolphins (2-7)
- New York Jets (2-7)
- Atlanta Falcons (2-7)
- Cleveland Browns (3-6)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)
- Denver Broncos (3-6)
- Arizona Cardinals (3-6-1)
Plenty can still change as the Redskins have seven games remaining and will face the New York Jets on Sunday. It will be the first time this season the Redskins are favored at home, though that line could shift by the weekend. The Jets dropped 34 points on the Giants in Week 10 and second-year QB Sam Darnold impressed. The Redskins haven't scored a touchdown since October 13th.
Looking ahead to the 2020 Draft might be the focus for many Redskins fans, but this Sunday could show its own glimpse of the future. Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice should be on the field together, and along with Terry McLaurin, that could be the beginning of a young talented offensive trio.
Still, the second overall pick in the draft should hold tremendous value, either with the pick or via trade.
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