Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 7, one day before the Washington Redskins visit the New England Patriots.
Five players who need to step up for the Redskins to beat the Patriots
QB Kirk Cousins—This is obvious but I get busted by my readers for omitting the obvious so here you go. I am not of the belief that the Redskins can stay competitive in this game by keeping the ball on the ground and trying to move down the field with 12- or 15-play drives. The forward pass can be the great equalizer and if Cousins can be accurate and stay away from any mistakes—the latter certainly is a tall order—the Redskins could have a chance.
WR DeSean Jackson—The Redskins are going to have score often and occasionally from long distance if they are going to going to hang with the Patriots for four quarters. That’s because New England is likely to score often. They have some packages for Jackson and if he can get one bomb and catch one in stride short over the middle and turn it into a long score, things could get interesting.
DE Jason Hatcher—Brady will get rid of the ball quickly. He can be sacked but it’s usually with quick pressure up the middle. That means that Hatcher will need to get push up the middle and hit home with some of his pass rushes. The only way you can ensure that Brady can’t beat you is if he is holding the ball while on the ground.
LB Keenan Robinson—This just in: Tom Brady will complete a lot of short passes. The important thing to do will be to make the tackle. If Rob Gronkowski catches a pass, multiple players will have to be in on the tackle. Robinson will have to get to the spot and tackle either a slippery Julian Edelman or Dion Louis or be a part of the gang on Gronk.
FS Dashon Goldson—If Hatcher and company can’t make the sack and the linebackers and cornerbacks, can’t make the tackle, Goldson will be the last line of defense. He needs to take proper angles to players with the ball and make sure tackles to prevent easy touchdowns. Otherwise what could be a long day for the Redskins will become a much longer one.
—Today’s schedule: Travel to New England, no availability
—Days until: Redskins @ Patriots 1; Saints @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Panthers 15
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