12.17.2012 / Blog Posts Redskins
About six weeks ago, the Washington Redskins had hit their lowest point of the season, having lost to the then 2-5 Carolina Panthers 21-13 Nov. 4 at FedExField to fall to 3-6 on the season.
The Redskins were in last place in the NFC East and their chances of even sniffing a playoff spot had almost dwindled completely.
But five wins later – including Sunday’s 38-21 win over the Cleveland Browns – Washington finds itself leading the NFC East Division, and at 8-6, controls its own destiny to make the postseason.
Though the final score of the Browns game looks like a blowout, Cleveland actually took a 14-10 lead into halftime and had possession of the ball to start the third quarter. But two plays into that drive, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden threw across the middle and was intercepted by Redskins outside linebacker Rob Jackson, who took the ball all the way to the Cleveland 15-yard line.
From there, it only took three plays for the Redskins to score on a three-yard touchdown run by running back Alfred Morris, and, after the extra point by kicker Kai Forbath, the Redskins took a 17-14 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. In fact, that touchdown was the beginning of a 28-7 run to end the game for Washington.
One of the key storylines heading into Sunday’s game was the Redskins’ starting quarterback. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan elected to go with rookie Kirk Cousins – who made his first-career start Sunday vs. the Browns – instead of fellow rookie Robert Griffin III, who had sprained the LCL in his right knee in the fourth quarter of the team’s Week 14 win against the Baltimore Ravens.
Cousins performed admirably in relief of Griffin III, and the offense didn’t miss a beat. He completed 26-of-37 passes for 329 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. It’s not yet known which quarterback will start next Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, but the team has confidence in all three of its quarterbacks, including veteran Rex Grossman.
The Redskins travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles (4-10) on Sunday before playing host to the Dallas Cowboys (8-6) on Dec. 30 at FedExField. The Redskins, Cowboys and New York Giants are all currently tied for the NFC East lead with an 8-6 record, but, if the season ended today, the Redskins would be awarded the divisional title due to their superior interdivisional record and their head-to-head win on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys.
Playoff scenarios aside, Washington knows it simply needs two wins to finish the regular season to completely ensure a playoff spot. So, about six weeks after hitting its lowest part of the season, the Redskins are in the driver’s seat and primed for a playoff run.
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