Upcoming schedule provides litmus test for the Washington Redskins

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The Washington Redskins have played six games in 2017, and no one can quite figure out what kind of team they are.  NFL Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells once said “You are what your record says you are.” As of this writing, the Redskins have a 3-3 record. While that’s not a bad record, they’re currently in third place in the competitive NFC East behind the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.

The main Redskins’ storyline involves quarterback Kirk Cousins. He is playing for a long term deal after signing Washington’s franchise offer for almost $24 million for 2017. Cousins has played well thus far, completing 68 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Offensive inconsistency has hindered the team’s progress, resulting in the benching of wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

Injuries have become an issue on both sides of the ball. Four of the Redskins’ five starting offensive linemen are dealing with injuries that could jeopardize their status for Washington’s next game. On defense, the Redskins have already lost rookie defensive end Jonathan Allen for the season with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot. Inside linebacker Mason Foster will have season ending shoulder surgery, dealing another blow to a defensive unit that has actually improved this season. Top cornerback Josh Norman missed the Redskins’ 34-24 loss to the Eagles with a rib injury. Luckily, Washington will have Norman available for their next game, considering the team’s other injuries at key positions..

Speaking of Washington’s next game, their next opponent will be the rival Cowboys at Fed Ex Field this Sunday. Each team has a 3-3 record, reinforcing the critical nature of this Week 8 contest. Washington and Dallas want to keep pace with the 6-1 first place Eagles. A Washington loss will give them three divisional defeats, thus making a run at the  divisional title an impossibility.

The schedule doesn’t get any better afterwards, as the Redskins must head on the road to face the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9, then face the Minnesota Vikings at home in Week 10. But first thing’s first. The Redskins need to defeat the Cowboys if they have any chance of saving their season.

 

 

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