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Washington Redskins (5-10) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (7-8)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Wednesday 28 December 2011 at 7:12 pm

The Redskins and Eagles are playing for pride and little more this weekend.  So the team that wants this game more will probably win.  The Redskins have lost three of their last four games as they are limping to the finish line of the 2012 season.  The Eagles have won three games in a row by a combined score of 91-34!  The Eagles won the earlier meeting between these teams, 20-13 in Washington.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins are likely going to try to run the ball a lot in this game with Evan Royster and Roy Helu against an Eagles’ D that is giving up 111.4 yards rushing per game and 4.3 yards per carry so far this year.  Rex Grossman is going to have to be careful with the football in this game as the Eagles intercepted him four times in the first meeting.  I don’t think he will be careful though as I see him trying to attack the Eagles’ secondary down the field to WRs Jabar Gaffney, Santana Moss and Donte’ Stallworth.

When the Eagles have the ball:  Lesean McCoy might miss this game with an ankle injury.  Even if he does play, he will share carries in the backfield with Ronnie Brown.  The Redskins are going to have to contain Michael Vick in the pocket, or he’s likely to do damage both running the ball and throwing it down the field.  TE Brent Celek and WRs Desean Jackson, Jason Avant and Jeremy Maclin give the Redskins a lot of players to worry about when the Eagles drop back to throw.

PREDICTION:  EAGLES 27, REDSKINS 17

Washington Redskins (5-9) vs. Minnesota Vikings (2-12)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 24 December 2011 at 6:41 am

The Redskins have won two of their last four games, as they have been playing solid football lately.  The Vikings on the other hand, have lost six games in a row and they have looked terrible doing it.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins are going to keep Roy Helu’s workload down in this game as he is banged up right now.  Look for Evan Royster and Ryan Torain to also be involved in the running game against the Vikings tomorrow.  The Redskins must find a way to keep DE Jared Allen (17.5 sacks) and his buddies out of the backfield.  That will be easier said than done.  If Grossman has time to throw the ball, he’s going to make a lot of plays down the field to Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth.  Opposing QBs have a 110.8 Rating against the Vikings, so Grossman should have a pretty solid game tomorrow.

When the Vikings have the ball:  The Redskins are going to key on stopping Adrian Peterson.  They are also going to come after rookie Christian Ponder, who has been really sloppy at times so far this year.  Percy Harvin is the Vikings’ top playmaker, so the Redskins are also going to key on him.  None of the rest of the offensive skilled players scare the Redskins’ D at all.

PREDICTION:  REDSKINS 27, VIKINGS 16

Washington Redskins (4-9) vs. New York Giants (7-6)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 17 December 2011 at 2:36 pm

The Redskins have lost 8 of their last nine games, but they are likely still confident coming into this game.  That is because they thumped the Giants 28-14 in the season opener in Washington.  The Giants broke a four game losing streak last weekend in a huge win over the Cowboys in Dallas.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins are going to keep playing like they have all year.  They are going to feed the rock to Roy Helu and throw the ball deep.  Helu has been hot lately and he should have little problem finding running room against a Giants’ D that is allowing 127.9 yards rushing per game and 4.7 yards per carry.  If Rex Grossman has time to throw the ball, and that is iffy, he will have success throwing the ball down the field as the Giants’ secondary is banged up right now.  WRs Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth are going to be the guys that Grossman is looking for as they all played well last weekend against the Patriots.

When the Giants have the ball:  The Giants are a pass first team.  The Redskins are going to have to get after Eli Manning, because if he has time to throw the ball, they are in deep trouble.  The Giants’ receivers are a huge mis-match for the Redskins’ secondary right now.  WRs Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and TE Jake Ballard are all playmakers for the Giants.  The front seven will be responsible for stopping RBs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, and that won’t be easy either.

PREDICTION:  GIANTS 30, REDSKINS 27

Washington Redskins (4-8) vs. New England Patriots (9-3)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Friday 9 December 2011 at 6:19 pm

The Redskins have lost 7 of their last 8 games and the Patriots are coming to town.  The Patriots have won 5 games in a row by a combined score of 164-83.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins are going to try to pound the ball on the ground with Roy Helu in an attempt to control the clock and keep the ball away from Tom Brady.  The Patriots are giving up 102.1 yards rushing per game and 4.2 yards per carry, so the Skins could have some success running the ball.  The Redskins need to give Rex Grossman time to throw the ball, because he will be able to make some plays down the field to Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney against a Patriots’ D that is allowing 310.0 yards passing per game so far this year.  But, throwing the ball also comes with danger as Grossman has tossed 15 interceptions so far this year (against 10 TD passes) and the Patriots already have 17 interceptions this year.

When the Patriots have the ball:  The Redskins are going to have to get a good pass rush on Tom Brady, or he’s going to likely torch their secondary.  If Brady has time to throw the ball, he’s going to spread it around to TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Wes Welker, WR Deion Branch and TE Aaron Hernandez……and that’s going to be big trouble for the Redskins’ secondary.  The Redskins’ front seven is going to have to stop BenJarvus Green-Ellis as London Fletcher will likely be in his face often in this game.

PREDICTION:  PATRIOTS 31, REDSKINS 17

Washington Redskins (4-7) vs. New York Jets (6-5)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 3 December 2011 at 7:08 pm

The Redskins snapped a six game losing streak last weekend with a nice 23-17 on the road against the Seahawks.  The Jets snapped a 2- game losing streak last weekend in beating the Bills 28-24 in New Jersey.  Only one of these two teams are going to keep the good vibrations after this game is over.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins would like to be more balanced than usual tomorrow.  With that in mind, this could be the game that they hand the ball off to Roy Helu 20-25 times.  The Jets are giving up 114.1 yards rushing per game but only 3.9 yards per carry so far this year, so Helu is going to have to fight for every yard he gets.  The Redskins are hoping that the O-Line gives Rex Grossman time to throw the ball tomorrow.  If he is under a lot of pressure in this game, bad things are going to happen.  CBs Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie are likely to be looked up with WRs Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney, and that’s not good for the Redskins’ passing game.  But, not all is bad as TE Fred Davis is going to have a size advantage over the Jets’ safeties, so he could have a big game for the Skins tomorrow.

When the Jets have the ball:  The Jets are probably going to come out conservative early in this game.  That means the front seven of the Redskins are going to have to shut down power runner Shonn Greene of the Jets.  The Redskins are going to have to also get after QB Mark Sanchez, because, like Rex Grossman….he has really good and really bad days.  If they get a good rush on Sanchez, he might make some big mistakes.  WRs Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress will be Sanchez’ favorite targets down the field, but TE Dustin Keller will probably have the most catches.

PREDICTION:  JETS 17, REDSKINS 13

Washington Redskins (3-7) vs. Seattle Seahawks (4-6)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 26 November 2011 at 12:28 am

The Redskins have lost six games in a row as the wheels have some off.  The Seahawks have actually won 2 games in a row and they are 2-2 at home this year.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins are likely going to come out throwing the ball in this game.  The Redskins will need to give Rex Grossman time to throw the ball, if he’s going to have success.  If the good Rex Grossman shows up, he will be able to move the ball on the Seahawks who are giving up 233.0 yards passing per game.  The Redskins will likely be getting Santana Moss back this Sunday, which will give them a lot of options for Grossman to throw to.  TE Fred Davis, WR Jabar Gaffney and WR Donte Stallworth will also likely get in on the action in this game for the Redskins.  The Seahawks are only giving up 3.5 yards per carry so far this year, so Roy Helu and Ryan Torain are going to have to fight for every yard they get in this game.

When the Seahawks have the ball:  The front seven better be ready to deal with RB Marshawn Lynch, who will likely have a heavy workload in this game.  The Redskins are giving up 117.3 yards rushing per game and 4.1 yards per carry, so they are going to need to step up to stop Lynch.  The Redskins will probably be coming after Tarvaris Jackson heavily with the blitz due to the injuries the Seahawks have along the O-Line.

PREDICTION:  SEAHAWKS  20, REDSKINS 17

Washington Redskins (3-6) vs. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 19 November 2011 at 5:17 pm

The Redskins have been terrible lately as they have lost five games in a row by a combined score of 115-53!  They lost to the Cowboys 18-16 in the 3rd week of the year in Dallas, when everyone was healthy.  The Cowboys have won two games in a row by a combined score of 67-20!  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins need to try to establish a running game early tomorrow with Roy Helu and Ryan Torain.  The Cowboys are giving up 106.0 yards rushing per game and 4.6 yards per carry so far this year, so they could have some success on the ground.  The O-Line is in shambles due to injury, so I think they are going to have a hard time keeping Rex Grossman clean.  Grossman will have to throw shorter passes tomorrow, which isn’t his strength.  Fred Davis, Anthony Armstrong and Jabar Gaffney are going to have to make some plays after they catch the ball.

When the Cowboys have the ball:  The Redskins didn’t see much of D’Marco Murray in the first meeting between these teams.  That is going to change tomorrow as the Cowboys have played much better with a more balanced offense.  Tony Romo is back to being a deadly passer, so the Redskins are going to have to get after him and hit him early and hard in this game.  Because, if Romo has time to throw the ball, he’s going to find WRs Laurent Robinson, Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten early and often.

PREDICTION:  COWBOYS 27, REDSKINS 10

Washington Redskins (3-5) vs. Miami Dolphins (1-7)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Friday 11 November 2011 at 7:20 pm

This will be a battle of two teams heading in different directions.  The Redskins have lost four games in a row by a combined score of 95-44!  The Dolphins in the meantime won their first game of the season last weekend at Arrowhead Stadium by a score of 31-3.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins have morphed into a pass first team, which is o.k. if you have a good QB….which they don’t.  I’m sure Redskins’ starting QB John Beck would like to stick it to his old team this Sunday, but I’m not so sure that he’s capable of doing it.  The Dolphins are giving up 265.3 yards passing per game this year, so if he’s every going to turn things around, this is the weekend.  TE Fred Davis, WR Jabar Gaffney and RB Roy Helu are going to be the top targets in the passing game for the Redskins this weekend.  Rookie RB Roy Helu has taken over as the Redskins’ feature back in the offense but he might have a rough time against a Fins’ D that is only allowing 3.8 yards per carry this year.

When the Dolphins have the ball:  The Dolphins have been a lot more balanced on offense the last few weeks.  With that in mind, the Redskins better be ready to stop RBs Reggie Bush and Donald Thomas.  The Redskins have not defensed the run lately, so the Dolphins are going to try to take advantage of that.  QB Matt Moore is suddenly playing a lot better and he has a nice set of WRs in Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Brian Hartline.

PREDICTION:  DOLPHINS 24, REDSKINS 13

Washington Redskins (3-4) vs. San Francisco 49ers (6-1)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Friday 4 November 2011 at 9:36 pm

The Washington Redskins have lost three games in a row by a combined score of 76-33!  The Niners have won five games in a row in which they have outscored their opponents 130-63!  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins are likely going to try to run the ball on the Niners, who are only giving up 73.4 yards rushing per game and 3.5 yards per carry.  So Ryan Torain and Roy Helu are going to have to fight for every yard they get this Sunday.  John Beck needs to get rid of the ball faster because if he gets sacked 9 times like he did last week, the Redskins’ passing game is not going to take flight.  TE Fred Davis and WR Jabar Gaffney are going to get their shots this weekend for the Skins, but they need someone else to step up and help the passing game.

When the 49ers have the ball:  The Redskins are going to have to gang up to try to stop RB Frank Gore, because the Niners’ whole offense revolves around him.  The Redskins also need to put pressure on QB Alex Smith.  Smith has really played outstanding football and the passing game is starting to evolve for the 49ers right now, as he is throwing the ball down the field.  He does an excellent job of protecting the football too as he only has 2 interceptions so far this year.  WRs Michael Crabtree and Braylon Edwards are stepping up for the Niners in the passing game, while TEs Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker are still getting the ball.

PREDICTION:  49ERS 26, REDSKINS 3

Washington Redskins (3-3) vs. Buffalo Bills (4-2)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 29 October 2011 at 5:41 pm

This is actually a home game for the Bills but it will be played at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada.  The Redskins are really beat up right now to a big rash of injuries, mostly on offense.  The Bills had two weeks to get ready for the Redskins as they are coming off their bye week.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins are running out of healthy players.  Luckily for them, they are playing against a Bills’ D that can’t stop the run (135.7 yards rushing per game and 5.1 yards per carry) or the pass (284.8 yards passing per game).  The Redskins are likely going to unleash Ryan Torain and Roy Helu on the Bills’ front seven tomorrow.  The Redskins will likely keep the offense balanced as the Bills only have 4 sacks so far this year.  John Beck should have plenty of time to throw in this game, so look for TE Fred Davis, WR Jabar Gaffney and WR Anthony Armstrong to have solid games.

When the Bills have the ball:  The Redskins are going to have to go all out to stop Fred Jackson in this game as he is the guy who makes the Bills’ offense go.  The Skins are then going to come after Ryan Fitzpatrick with all guns blazing as they already have 21 sacks this year.  Fitzpatrick has only been sacked six times this year, so something will have to give tomorrow in Toronto.  WRs Steve Johnson and David Nelson are Fitzpatrick’s two favorite guys to throw to, so the Skins are going to have to be ready to deal with them.

PREDICTION:  BILLS 27, REDSKINS 24