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Meet this week’s Chargers opponent: Washington

By in Press Enterprise on December 6, 2017

By Jack Wang

Washington last won the Super Bowl following the 1991 season, with a squad described earlier this year as “the most underrated team in NFL history.”

The franchise has been climbing futilely back toward that mountaintop ever since.

Since Mark Rypien lifted the Lombardi Trophy, Washington has reached the postseason six times – winning only one playoff game after the turn of the millennium. This year’s team is not going to get a second.

Kirk Cousins and his teammates haven’t been officially eliminated from the playoff race, but last Thursday’s blowout loss in Dallas all but knocked them out of the running. Washington (5-7) sits near the middle of the league in most statistical categories, so a miracle run pushes the boundaries of the imagination – especially in the NFC, where wild-card spots are currently held by eight-win teams.

WHO’S COACHING WASHINGTON?

Owner Dan Snyder extended Coach Jay Gruden this past March, locking him in through 2020 with a two-year contract extension. Still, it’s unclear whether or not Gruden will actually last through the end of the decade. Embarrassing losses to the Saints and the Cowboys last month dropped the 50-year-old’s career coaching record to 26-33-1. And although Gruden rose through the coaching ranks as an offensive mind, his team has slipped from third in the league in total yards to 12th, following the offseason departure of former coordinator Sean McVay.

McVay’s instant success as Rams head coach has prompted at least one D.C.-area radio host to wonder if Washington kept the right man.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 107.2 — Kirk Cousins’ passer rating through his first six games of the season
  • 92.6 — Cousins’ passer rating through his last six games
  • 34 — Millions of dollars Washington will owe Cousins if they franchise tag him for the third time

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