This week we get to see what happens when the best receiver in the league takes on the worst secondary in the league. That’s right Washington Redskins fans, prepare yourselves for 3 hours of absolute hell as the Detroit Lions come to town.
At this point in the season I think I could throw for three touchdowns and run for three against this sad excuse for a defense. It’s not Jim Haslett’s fault. I mentioned this after the Eagles game that he is doing the best he can with what he’s got. The team is not executing and they need to this week, so the Skins can get their season back on track.
For the Detroit Lions, running back Reggie Bush is questionable for Sunday’s game. But at this point it does not really matter. You might as well just air it out because this Redskins secondary can’t stop a nose bleed. Matt Stafford has looked sharp thus far and if the Lions can establish the passing game early, the Redskins’ defensive line will open up like the Red Sea and will be vulnerable to draw plays, delayed handoffs, and counters.
The defensive line for the Redskins has also looked soft so far and the Lion’s Joique Bell is a large, physical running back. Let’s not forget about the best wide receiver in the league, Calvin Johnson, on the outside. There isn’t anyone on this Redskins defense who can even try to contain him and he will be the key offensive player for Detroit in this game. If you own Calvin Johnson in a fantasy league, prepare yourself for a big week.
Defensively, the Lions are 15th in total yards allowed per game and are just looking for some consistency, especially from the secondary. Cornerback Chris Houston will have the task of checking the explosive Pierre Garcon for most of the game. He will be the key defensively for this team. The goal for Houston will be to remain focused and not allow Garcon to lull him to sleep with quick underneath passes and then surprise him with the long ball. The defensive line will need to contain this week as RGIII’s frustration might motivate him to make some plays with his feet.
For the Redskins offense, it’s evident the passing game is effective….. when they’re down twenty! This team has shown absolutely no desire offensively in these first couple of games. In the first two weeks of the season, the Redskins have seen their offense struggle as three or four play drives spanning little more than a minute have been the trend in the opening quarter. As much as I have ripped the defense, the offense is at fault for leaving them on the field for an eternity. This week it will need to be a mixture of run, play action short passes, and some downfield shots. I don’t usually like to say that Robert Griffin III is the key offensive player, but there is no way that I can deny his importance in this game. It is time for Redskins Nation and the NFL to see the old RGIII. These tough times will be a test of his character, but I think he prevails through it this week and has a huge game.
Defensively…. Well, the only positive is that they’ve got seven sacks on the season. Ryan Kerrigan is the only player who appears to be giving 100% and it’s been incredibly frustrating seeing the lack of form tackling all around from this defense. If this defense wants to make a stand, now is the time you have to do it. The offense will hold up their end of the bargain, but will the defense? Rookie Corner David Amerson will be tasked with slowing down Calvin Johnson. While not the most
skilled player in the secondary, Amerson’s height makes him the only candidate to guard Johnson. If he holds him under 100 yards and gives up just one touchdown, I will call it a success.
I pride myself in being a rational fan, but in this game, at home, season on the ropes, I am going with the Washington Redskins 31-27. (0-3) Is a death sentence in the NFL as teams who go (0-3) make the playoffs 2% of the time and the Redskins will be be fighting for their season here in week 3. The defense will get a big stop late and propel the Redskins to their first victory of the season.