Found November 01, 2013 on
Jordan Reed is one of the few bright sports on the Redskins offense this season (Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Today, people all across the world will put a final X on the calendar for October, and turn the page to November. That means the NFL season is ready to hit its stretch run, and for teams who got off to less-than-ideal starts to the year, it means that there is no longer any margin for error. When the Washington Redskins (2-5) take on the San Diego Chargers (4-3) at FedEx Field on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), they cannot afford to lose. Somehow, the struggling ‘Skins are only 1.5 games out of first place in the NFC East, but a loss Sunday (combined with a likely Cowboys win against Minnesota) would make a second half run akin to 2012′s almost impossible. I’d love to use this space to rant about how talented the Redskins really are, and that they’ve just been underperforming thus far in 2013. But the reality of the situation is this: Washington is an extremely mediocre football team with very little depth and sub-par coaching. The ‘Skins’ WR depth is abysmal. Pierre Garçon is solid, but really is more of a #2 receiver than a #1. Leonard Hankerson has been a disappointment and still has issues with drops. Aldrick Robinson cannot get separation from NFL CBs, and Santana Moss has seen his age finally catch up to him this season. When a rookie TE (albeit an extremely talented one) is your first/second best option in the passing game, you have some issues. There isn’t much to say about the quarterback situation either. Robert Griffin III just does not have the accuracy he had last year. Until he finds it again, the offense will be crippled severely. The Redskins need to get hits like this one on Philip Rivers in order to win (Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America) Defensively . . . yeesh. Before last week, the unit seemed to be making strides. And the Peyton Manning and the Broncos score 38 unanswered points en route to a blowout. That’s, uh, not good. They couldn’t stop either the run or the pass, and this week they get to face the energized Phillip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen, and the rest of the skillful Chargers offense. I feel like I write a paragraph similar to this one every week, which is not a good sign, but once again I cannot foresee the Washington defense stopping San Diego offense unless the defensive line gets pressure up front. They didn’t last week. Speaking of pressure, the Redskins’ O-line must be a whole lot stouter than they were against Denver on Sunday. RGIII, while not playing particularly well, never had a chance to plant and throw, getting hit on almost half of his dropbacks and being forced to scramble out of the pocket on a higher percentage than that. Pretty much everyone on the line besides Trent Williams is replacement-level talented or worse. Nothing can be done about it now, but this is a position that MUST be upgraded in the offseason, or Griffin will keep taking big hits and increasing his (already high) injury risk. Some keys to victory for Washington on Sunday: - Get the ball to Jordan Reed, like, a whole lot:  He had 8 catches last week for 90 yards, and honestly should have had more than that, as he was targeted by RGIII 14 times. I’ve said it a lot, but the guy is simply a monster, and it’s not just me tooting his horn anymore. Noted NFL analyst Andy Benoit (Sports Illustrated, The New York Times) said on Twitter this week that Reed would be the second best TE in the NFC at this time next season. - Run run run never stop running ever: The team has relied on the pass way too much this season, including last week. OC Kyle Shanahan has had a tendency to get away from the running game even when it’s working, as evidenced by Alfred Morris going almost 8 minutes of game time with only two touches to start the fourth quarter against Denver (he averaged 5.5 YPC). San Diego has only an average run defense (16th overall, approx. 105 yds/gm), so Washington needs to utilize the read option and get them on their toes. Keep getting Roy Helu Jr. into the mix as well, to keep Morris fresh. This is what the Redskins are designed to do. It baffles me when they abandon the run, and if they do it Sunday, they’ll lose. Again. - Keep Rivers under pressure: I touched on this earlier, but it’s worth repeating: No pressure on the QB, no victory. Not with this secondary. Enjoy Halloween weekend, everyone. Hopefully watching this game Sunday is more of a treat than a trick. Related articles: NFL trade rumors: Washington Redskins edition Can the Washington Redskins tame the Broncos? Rejuvenated RGIII pilots Washington Redskins over Chicago

A struggling Robert Griffin III laments sophomore slump: 'It sucks'

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's speedy recovery from a devastating knee injury at the end of his rookie season had many fans expecting the same if not a better RG3 to come out of the gate in 2013. But Griffin's lofty 2012 stats seem like a lifetime ago compared to where he is now, and many are left scratching their heads as they come to the realization...

PHOTO: RGIII on crutches was a popular Halloween costume

Halloween has come and gone and we’re all hungover or super at from candy or all torn up from the razor blades in our Reese’s Cups. And while there were plenty of suggestions for NFL players’ costumes, it seems a popular costume for fans of The Team Who Plays Professional Football In The Washington, D.C. Metro Area was their quarterback Robert Griffin, III, for trick or treaters...

RG3 is Active

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III (knee) is active for Week 9 as expected..Fantasy Spin:Griffin left Sunday's game with an injury to his left knee, which is not the one he hurt last season, but it was a precautionary move. he could have a big game against the Chargers pass defense which is yielding almost 275 ypg through the air.

Fantasy Football: Week 9 start ‘em sit ‘em QB

Start Robert Griffin III against the Chargers. San Diego has allowed the third most rushing yards to opposing QBs among AFC defenses. Additionally, the Chargers defense has only intercepted opposing QBs 3 times this year – tied with the Jaguars for a league worst. The last time the Redskins failed to score at least 21 points against an AFC team was over a yea ago. Start Tony Romo...

Redskins’ Injury Report: Robert Griffin III and Pierre Garcon probable

The 2-5 Washington Redskins host the 4-3 San Diego Chargers who are coming off their bye week and have been playing solid football this season. After last week’s 45-21 thrashing at the hands of the Denver Broncos, the Redskins need a win in the worst way. Beating quarterback Phillip Rivers and the Chargers is no easy task. Luckily however, the Redskins come into this matchup pretty...

Nebraska Shocks Northwestern With Last-Second Hail Mary, Cornhuskers’ Quarterback Goes Bonkers (Video)

Robert Griffin III earned his nickname, RG3, with some unbelievable performances during his college career at Baylor. Nebraska’s Ron Kellog III isn’t exactly on the Heisman fast track like Griffin was once, but he may have earned himself a nickname of his own after his memorable performance on Saturday. Kellog, a seldom used senior quarterback, was forced into action after freshman...

Chargers score fat guy TD on RG3 interception

Robert Griffin III got intercepted by the Chargers’ Sean Lissemore during Sunday’s game at FedEx field. The int resulted in a bizarre score for San Diego, who is up 14-7 on Washington at the half.  

Bolts Banter: Chargers-Redskins

The Chargers look to carry their momentum across a bye week as they take on Robert Griffin III and his Redskins in Washington. This contest between playoff hopefuls comes at a crucial juncture in the schedule for both teams. Discuss all the day's action as it unfolds in this official game-day discussion.

RG3 Fully Practices Wednesday

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III (knee) fully participated in Wednesday's practice.Fantasy Spin:Griffin left Sunday's game with an injury to his left knee, which is not the one he hurt last season, but it was a precautionary move. Prepare to have him in Week 9 against the Chargers.

Chargers' QB can't miss; Redskins' RG3 looks human

If Philip Rivers' passing stats look familiar, it's because they used to belong to Robert Griffin III. At least it looks that way. Nothing Rivers throws seems to hit the ground or find the wrong-colored jersey. He leads the NFL in completion percentage, hitting 73.9 percent anchoring the offense installed by new coach Mike McCoy. Rivers has 15 touchdowns and five interceptions...

Breaking Bad Week 9: Robert Griffing III, Marshawn Lynch Struggling

Each week, I’ll take a look at some of the top fantasy players that have been struggling lately. This week, we’re talking about Robert Griffin III, Marshawn Lynch among others. I’ll go deep into the tape and stats to let you know why they are struggling, what they need to improve on and what the chances are your fantasy star picks up his play in the coming weeks. This week...

Chargers-Redskins Preview

Philip Rivers' revival has him again performing like one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Robert Griffin III doesn't look to be anywhere close to approaching that lofty level. Rivers and the San Diego Chargers emerge from a bye in search of their first three-game winning streak in almost two years Sunday when they visit Griffin and the struggling Washington Redskins...

Redskins can find their passing attack vs. San Diego

After a real struggle to move the ball through the air last week, a home date against the Chargers could be just what the doctor ordered for the Washington Redskins. The team that led the NFL last season in yards per attempt finished the game last week with just a 3.9 average. Robert Griffin III finished with a career low quarterback rating of 45.4. Many people expected a shootout...
Redskins News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.