The Redskins Thanksgiving Day miracle never happened and the hated Dallas Cowboys walked out with the victory and the tie for first place in the NFC East. Washington’s defense continues it’s late season decline. Colt McCoy took over for Alex Smith and couldn’t lead the Redskins past their own mistakes. There are still 5 games left for the 6-5 Redskins to get right, but they need a bit of luck and a lot of improved play.
The Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football for a game that will decide their season. Luckily the Cowboys will be running into the Drew Brees buzzsaw this week, so we could have a 3-way tie if the Redskins can’t take care of business. If the Redskins win and Dallas loses, they are right back in the driver’s seat in the NFC East. Washington is currently the 6th seed in the NFC playoffs. This season is far from over, will someone please tell them that this week?
Where should this week’s Washington Redskins team be ranked?
Highest Ranking: W1: 14 W2: 8 W3: 12 W4: 7 W5: 7 W6: 13 W7: 9 W8: 9 W9: 6 W10: 11 W11: 9 W12: 11 W13: 14
Lowest Ranking: W1: 26 W2: 23 W3: 27 W4: 20 W5: 19 W6: 20 W7: 20 W8: 20 W9: 19 W10:20 W11: 21 W12: 23 W13: 25
Average Ranking: W1: 20.5 W2: 15.5 W3: 22.7 W4: 15.1 W5: 14.3 W6: 16.4 W7: 14.3 W8: 11.2 W9: 9.8 W10: 15 W11: 12.3 W12: 15.3 W13: 17.8
14. SB Nation
The Alex Smith injury had the impact we thought it would as Washington lost its spot as the NFC East’s first place team less than five days he was lost for the season. Washington has dropped a few spots as a result and the Cowboys have moved all the way up to No. 12, their highest ranking this season. Last Week: 11
With veteran signal-caller Alex Smith out for the season, Colt McCoy would be making his first NFL start since 2014 as the Redskins visited Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. Jay Gruden’s squad was in position as sweep this series for the first time since 2012. The Redskins got off to a tough start but by the third quarter, the team owned a 13-10 lead thanks to McCoy’s second touchdown pass of the game. But Dustin Hopkins missed the PAT and that seemed to take the wind out of Washington’s sails. The Cowboys responded with three straight touchdowns and despite a late rally of sorts, McCoy would finish with three interceptions. Last Week: 11
15. Sporting News
The Redskins’ offense looked about the same with Colt McCoy, but their defense continues to get exposed against halfway decent offenses. Washington might not win another game this season, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone. Last Week: 11
15. USA Today
Kudos to S D.J. Swearinger for keepin’ it 100. “If you don’t do the simple things right, you gonna get embarrassed on national TV.” Yup. Last Week: 12
I’m not going to throw out Washington yet. Colt McCoy didn’t play great in his first start, but it was a tough spot in a short week on the road. He’ll benefit from the extra days to prepare for this week’s game, as will the coaches. The Cowboys have to be considered NFC East favorites now, but don’t totally count Washington out yet. Last Week: 12
Without Alex Smith, they have problems on offense. They play a must-win type of game this week against the Eagles. Last Week: 14
Toughest game left: Week 13 at Philadelphia. The Redskins still have road games at Tennessee and Jacksonville, but those won’t mean a whole lot if Washington can’t win Monday night at the Eagles. Philly is always a tough place to play, and after beating the Giants, the Eagles are only a game out of first place in the NFC East. That means this will be a huge game for the Eagles in what should be a hostile environment. The Redskins are dealing with injuries but are still tied for first. They can rightly project a nine-win season with a victory Monday -- and that might be good enough for a playoff berth. Last Week: 14
16. The Score
It’s unfair to expect a carbon copy of Alex Smith, but Colt McCoy must curb his costly picks for the Redskins to survive in the playoff race. Last Week: 13
If Alex Smith were healthy, things would be different. Don’t be shocked if a free fall starts with Colt McCoy at the helm. Last Week: 15
The Redskins showed something on Turkey Day. Yeah, I know they lost. But this team is all sorts of banged up, and coach Jay Gruden had Washington ready to play. A few stanzas changed the shape of the game, like the ridiculous interception by DeMarcus Lawrence (a great effort that could have victimized any quarterback) or the no-call on the defensive holding of Cole Beasley ... which was far more evident than the hold the refs missed on Colt McCoy’s final pick. Troy Aikman, who I am pretty sure is not a favorite among Washington fans, was appropriate in mentioning Gruden toward the end of the broadcast. Gruden has kept this group together despite many moving parts and, last we checked, his team is still in a tie for first place in the NFC East. Last Week: 16
18. Bleacher Report
Hit the panic button, folks.
The Redskins are in serious trouble.
There was some hope that the loss of quarterback Alex Smith wouldn’t be a death knell for Washington’s playoff chances. This was a team that won with defense and the running game, not with Smith throwing the ball 50 times.
After watching a game with Colt McCoy in action—um, no.
McCoy was dreadful against the Dallas Cowboys, tossing three interceptions and misfiring on numerous throws. Whereas Smith at least minimized mistakes, McCoy peeled off gaffe after gaffe.
Washington doesn’t have an especially daunting schedule the rest of the way—it doesn’t play a team over the last five weeks that entered Week 12 with a winning record.
It’s still hard to imagine Washington holding on to its share of first place after what we saw in Dallas on Thanksgiving.
Last Week: 13
Colt McCoy threw three picks and the Redskins’ defense was torched as Washington surrendered the division lead to Dallas. Is McCoy has any magic left in his right arm he needs to find it Monday night against the Eagles. Last Week: 14
18. Chicago Tribune
They are clinging to the sixth spot in the NFC, but how long do they stay there with Colt McCoy at quarterback? He was bad on Thanksgiving in Dallas. Last Week: 17
Redskins fans have hated our rankings all season. Now that they’ve given up the division lead and watched Colt McCoy throw three interceptions… they’ve actually gone up half a spot. But the Redskins are still in position for either the NFC East or a wild-card berth if they can beat Philly this week. It’s possible a full week and a half of prep makes life easier for Colt McCoy. Last Week: 19
Doesn’t seem like they’re going anywhere fast with Colt McCoy as their starting quarterback for the rest of the season. The veteran threw three poor picks against Dallas on Turkey Day. Last Week: 16
19. Washington Post
Colt McCoy will benefit from having some practice time to get ready for Monday night’s game at Philadelphia, something he didn’t have before his Thanksgiving start at Dallas after taking over for the injured Alex Smith at QB. It’s not easy to feel good about the Redskins’ chances. But they’re certainly not out of it, and just about anything still can happen in the NFC East. Last Week: 17
Last Week: 17
22. Athlon Sports
What an awful sight it was to see Alex Smith suffer that horrific leg injury. That it came 33 years to the day of Joe Theismann’s injury was spooky for a franchise that seems a little bit cursed. Last Week: 21
23. Walter Football
“I’m not even sure there’s much of a difference between Smith and Colt McCoy, really. Both have limited arm strength with plus mobility, and I don’t think either can take a team deep into the playoffs.”
I wrote this last week before reading over what I wrote about Alex Smith back in 2014. Smith had one great game, then was awful enough to get benched for Robert Griffin. Sadly, we may have just seen McCoy’s best game.
Of course, it didn’t help that the officiating was awful. Last Week: 18
Winning 42 Percent of Neutral Field Simulations PROJECTED RECORD: 8-8
They have a 42% chance of making the playoffs. Their chances are down from 85% back on 11/2. Their power ranking is down 8 spots since 10/29. They are not as good as their projected win-loss record would indicate. Their rank based on projected wins is #15. Last Week: 23
Last Week: 17
Where should the Redskins rank this week?
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