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Redskins Roundup: Tuesday, October 9

Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather will miss another four weeks with an injured knee. By Keith Allison (Flickr) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Coming off a painful loss to the Atlanta Falcons, which unfortunately broke my perfect streak of being wrong in my predictions of Redskins games this season, there's been a load of news generated by the team. Here's a look at the stories that caught my eye:

  • Out with the old new guy, in with the new new guy. I'm referring, of course, to the Skins decision to cut Billy Cundiff and replace him with Kai Forbath. So, in the space of six weeks, the Skins have gone from Graham Gano (a young, strong-legged kicker with average accuracy) to an older version of Gano in Cundiff (and older strong-legged kicker with average accuracy) to Forbath (a very young kicker with a strong leg and who knows? accuracy). In software iterations, I guess that would make Forbath Gano 3.0. Or something. Maybe he'll be good.
  • Safety Brandon Meriweather's knee injury, which he aggravated in that weird pre-game collision with Aldrick Robinson last week, will miss four more weeks.
  • Mike Jones at the Washington Post has up a story about Washington's struggles on third down. The Skins have been the league's worst offense converting on third down. Kinda amazing they've scored as many points as they have considering how bad they've been on third down. In my view, it would help if they took the training wheels off Robert Griffin III. His throws have largely been limited to screens, short stuff and dump-offs, with only the occasional deep ball. According to the data at Advanced NFL Stats, Griffin has thrown deep on just 12% of his pass attempts. Only Tennessee's Matt Hasselbeck has gone downfield less often.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, rookie Alfred Morris became just the second running back in NFL history to gain at least 75 yards in each of his first five games. The only other runner to do it: Eric Dickerson. Nice company.
  • Mike Shanahan said that Griffin had no concussion symptoms on Monday. He was to be evaluated again today and could practice Wednesday. Which is great news -- I don't share the positive vibe about Kirk Cousins performance Sunday. The TD pass to Santana Moss was nice, but it was a blown coverage, not a special throw. When he was pressured, he threw two picks. Washington needs Griffin in the game if they hope to win. Now they have to figure out how to protect him.
  • Two weeks ago, Washington was that very bottom of Brian Burke's by-the-numbers version of a power rating. They've now fought their way up to 22nd by virtue of the 3rd ranked offense and the 30th ranked defense, according to Burke.

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