2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
6-7, 2nd in NFC East
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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Chris Thompson said he's frustrated but tells players to remember what they did right before the quarterback injuries hit.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Mark Sanchez posted a Total QBR of 1.0 today. That's the second-worst qualifying QBR game this season (only ahead of Nathan Peterman in Week 1) and the worst of Sanchez's career.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger said this was one of the most talented defenses he's been on "but the results ain't there." Early in the season the Redskins dominated vs. the run, but not lately and, Sunday, the Giants rushed for 222 yards. The difference from early in the season to now? "Can't say the players, man. We're the same players. We're the same guys. We put in the same work. We're practicing, bro. I don't know. I can't give you no answer to that because I'm not the coach." And he said he's been on teams that were talented and went 2-14 and less talented but made the playoffs. The difference? "The difference is the chemistry. The chemistry. I can't say nothing else."

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Skidding Redskins to stick with Johnson at QB

With their playoff hopes in peril amid a four-game losing streak, the Redskins will start Josh Johnson at quarterback after Mark Sanchez struggled.

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Barkley rushes for 170 yards, Giants rout Redskins 40-16

Saquon Barkley rushed for 170 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown to surpass 1,000 for the season, Eli Manning threw for three scores and the New York Giants routed the Redskins 40-16 Sunday to effectively end Washington's already-slim playoff hopes.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins had one of their worst-ever home losses at FedEx Field and only some fourth quarter play from quarterback Josh Johnson kept it from being a lot worse. The Redskins are alive in the playoff race in name only after Sunday's 40-16 loss to the Giants. New York rushed for 222 yards -- and it would have been a lot more had Saquon Barkley played in the fourth quarter. The Redskins played like an undisciplined disaster and now there must be questions about the direction the organization wants to go. Coach Jay Gruden has two years left on his contract, but games like this will be hard to ignore.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants had this game wrapped up when Josh Johnson entered. And you can't assume he can look this sharp when a team can game plan for him. But there's no doubt that Josh Johnson has looked more comfortable than Mark Sanchez did. He's making quicker decisions and when something isn't there, he's able to run. The Redskins have no choice but to start him next week at Jacksonville, when he'd become their fourth starter this season.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

One bettor at the William Hill book in West Virginia wagered $8,000 on the Redskins to win the NFC at 350-1 odds. The bet would win $2.8 million.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Earlier in the week Redskins coach Jay Gruden said they had some packages ready for quarterback Josh Johnson. Gruden said they wanted to get him some snaps, thinking, of course, that the game would be close and they could use him as a changeup. Now he's their guy for the rest of the game, but it's clear they need someone who can run a little bit given the line issues.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

With the Redskins now assured a loss today, their chance to reach the playoffs has dropped to 6%, according to live projections from FPI. Washington entered the day with a 20% chance to reach the postseason.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins were booed off the field at halftime, though the thousands of Giants fans here should be applauding them. Washington played an abysmal half of football in trailing 34-0 at halftime. The Redskins have just two first downs and 51 total yards. They committed seven penalties for 75 yards. The defense consistently breaks down -- and they're the healthy side of the ball. Their lack of discipline has been astounding over the last month or so. It results in missed run gaps, missed assignments and wide open receivers. And it results in getting blown out by a team that entered 4-8.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' defense, which has been relatively healthy, has been bad lately. The touchdown run by Saquon Barkley highlighted the same issue that's plagued them. They are consistently hurt by cutback runs because it's too easy to get defenders out of their gaps -- or to block them. And safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has not shown he can be a good last line of defense in Washington. The offense has been decimated by injuries; the defense by bad play.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have all sorts of issues today, but they also have a quarterback in Mark Sanchez who is not comfortable in the pocket. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said earlier in the week that this often happens when a quarterback is new to the system. When they're unsure, they'll see their first read then start looking at the rush -- or feeling it -- because they're not always certain where to go next.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have used rookie Shaun Dion Hamilton at linebacker next to Mason Foster on the first two series, instead of Zach Brown. Brown missed a practice this past week with an undisclosed illness. But he's viewed as being inconsistent with his execution in the building. Whether or not that's the reason for Hamilton playing more is uncertain. Brown is capable of making big stops.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The hard part with starting a big offensive line, using converted tackles at guard, is not having blockers who can help in space. It will impact the Redskins' screen game all day -- and it did on a third-down screen to Chris Thompson that had a chance to work with decent blocking.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' offense will need to avoid third-and-long situations or they'll have a difficult game. It will be hard for this line to get in sync vs. the Giants' blitzes. They must rely on communication and trust and it's hard to do that with converted tackles at guard for the first time.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins will start four tackles today with Ty Nsekhe moving to left guard and Austin Howard going to right guard. It's a big lineup which should result in more power inside.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing and his players are attending the Redskins-Giants game.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins inactives: QB Colt McCoy, RB Samaje Perine, RB Kapri Bibbs, LB Ryan Anderson, OL Demetrius Rhaney, G Tony Bergstrom, DL Caleb Brantley.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

It makes sense if tight end Jordan Reed and running back Chris Thompson remain key focal points today. With safety Landon Collins out, the Giants lose an excellent run defender in the box but also someone who often covered, or helped cover, Reed. Also, with a quarterback new to the offense in Mark Sanchez these are two players he can trust.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Saquon Barkley averages 5.38 yards per carry out of three-receiver sets. He managed 12 yards on five carries vs. the Redskins in their first meeting. But since week 9 the Redskins have allowed 5.12 yards per carry vs. three-receiver sets. The Eagles and Cowboys gained a combined 192 yards vs. them out of this look. Again, missed tackles, blown gaps and failed assignments have been culprits.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' defense held Saquon Barkley to 38 yards on 13 carries in their first meeting. They did it by getting off blocks in the front seven and with good secondary support—neither of which they're now doing. Barkley averaged a season-low 0.77 yards after contact vs. Washington.

Team Stats

Passing Yards206.6
Rushing Yards114.1
Points For19.2
Points Against22.8

2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(13)Da'Ron PayneDTAlabama
2(27)Derrius GuiceRBLSU
3(10)Geron ChristianOTLouisville
4(9)Troy ApkeSPenn State
5(26)Tim SettleDTVirginia Tech
6(23)Shaun Dion HamiltonILBAlabama
7(23)Greg StromanCBVirginia Tech
7(38)Trey QuinnWRSMU