By Jay Skurski
NEWS SPORTS REPORTER
1. At least they’re resilient. At 6-7, the Redskins are far from world beaters (just like the Bills!), but they’re alive in the NFC East race after a 24-21 win over Chicago on Sunday. After blowing a 14-0 lead, the Redskins overcame an ugly interception by quarterback Kirk Cousins to get the win. Washington bounced back from a brutal loss to Dallas on Monday Night Football to stay tied for the divisional lead by winning its first road game of the season. It came at a good time, because after hosting Buffalo in Week 15, Washington will finish the season with two road games. The Redskins control their destiny in the NFC East race, meaning they can win the division by winning out.
2. Jordan Reed is hot. Washington’s third-year tight end had nine catches for 120 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against Chicago. Reed now has 251 receiving yards in his last three games and seven touchdowns on the year, despite missing two weeks because of a concussion. He’s proven to be a matchup problem for opposing defenses because of his size (6-foot-2, 237 pounds) and speed.
3. Matt Jones is splitting time with Alfred Morris at running back. Jones, a rookie out of Florida, has gained 462 yards on 134 carries this season, an average of just 3.4 yards per rush. Despite those pedestrian numbers, he seems to be emerging as Washington’s No. 1 option in the running game. Morris has struggled in his fourth season, also compiling an average of 3.4 yards per rush. He’s not close to the receiving option that Jones is, one reason the Redskins may turn to the rookie more down the stretch. Morris has averaged just 2 yards per carry in the last two games, rushing 17 times for 36 yards.
4. They have a decision to make at quarterback. Cousins has started the entire season and, true to his career form, had flashes of good play followed by flashes of terrible play. He’s scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the season, putting Washington in a tough spot. It’s clear former first-round pick Robert Griffin III will not return next season, meaning the only choice for Washington may be to bring Cousins back. He hasn’t shown he’s worthy of a big contract, but has leverage knowing the Redskins might not have any other choice.
5. The debate about Washington’s nickname is not going away. On Sunday, some evidence arose that the team itself operates a Twitter account with the handle @redskinsfacts, a purportedly independent website that provides information in support of the debated nickname. The team’s official Twitter account and the @redskinsfacts account tweeted out an identical correction of a previous tweet from the team account. The chances of that being a coincidence is just about zero. When redskinsfacts.com launched last year, the team neither confirmed nor denied that it ran the account, but implied that it was independent.