Enemy Intelligence: The Redskins' Road Ahead

Enemy Intelligence: The Redskins' Road Ahead
November 5, 2010, 7:26 pm
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By Rich Tandler
Redskins Blogger
CSNwashington.com

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The Redskins sit at 4-4 halfway through the NFL season and they have a tricky road to navigate the rest of the way. Here is a game by game look at the seven remaining opponents (they play the Giants twice), how they might match up with the Redskins, and a prediction for each game. Philadelphia Eagles, Nov. 15 Quick Take: 4-3, second in NFC East, offense 5th 372.6 YPG, defense T-12th, 316.0 YPG Outlook: When the teams first met in Week 4, the Redskins did a good job of handling the big-play wide receiver duo of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and they knocked Michael Vick out of the game in the first quarter. Well probably find out if there was a causal relationship between Vicks departure and the Redskins ability to keep Maclin and Jackson under wraps. LeSean McCoy had 174 yards rushing and receiving combined and the Redskins probably will again dare the Eagles to beat them that way. Prediction: Redskins 17, Eagles 13 @ Tennessee Titans, Nov. 21 Quick Take: 5-3, second in AFC South, offense 24th, 310.6 YPG, defense 20th, 344.1 YPG Outlook: The Titans are greater than the sum of their parts. They have been outgained by 268 yards, opponents have a time of possession advantage of about five minutes and game and they have given up 34 more first downs than they have earned. Yet they are 5-3 and have outscored the opposition by a margin just short of 1.5 to 1 (224-150). They are 6 in turnovers and that more than any other single stat explains their 5-3 record. Randy Moss will be making his debut with the Titans, who have a bye this week. Although Moss shouldnt have much of an effect on the game, they are the kind of physical team that gives the Redskins fits. Prediction: Titans 24, Redskins 14 Minnesota Vikings, Nov 28 Quick Take: 2-5, tied for third in NFC North, offense 18th, 331.6 YPG, defense T-12th, 316.0 YPG Outlook: In contrast to the Titans, the Vikings are less than the sum of their parts. Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Jared Allen, the Williams Wall in the middle of the defensive line and other are playmakers and potential Pro Bowlers. Bret Favre has struggled due to age and injury and that seems to be the crux of the problem. Coach Brad Childress could be a dead man walking by the time this game comes around thanks to his butchering of the Randy Moss situation and the overall underperformance of the team. If a demoralized team comes into FedEx Field, the Redskins should be able to win. Prediction: Redskins 30, Vikings 20 New York Giants @ Dec 5, FedEx Field Jan. 2 Quick Take: 5-2, first in NFC East, offense 3rd, 388.7 YPG, defense 2nd, 263.3 YPG Outlook: Right now, the Giants are playing as well as any team in the NFC. They are humming on offense with Eli Manning throwing to a plethora of targets including Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith and with Ahmad Bradshaw running effectively. On defense, the pass rush that lifted them to the Super Bowl title after the 2007 season is back with Osi Umenyiora leading the way with eight sacks. The good thing going for the Redskins, especially in the second meeting, is that the Giants have had a tendency to fade down the stretch the last couple of years, losing three of their last four in both 2008 and 2009. If they do keep playing well, the season finale could be meaningless to the Giants and very important to the Redskins. Prediction: New Meadowlands Stadium, Giants 28, Redskins 17, at FedEx Field, Redskins 24, Giants 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dec. 12 Quick Take: 5-2, second in NFC South, offense 21st, 321.7 YPG, defense 25th, 359.9 Outlook: It doesnt always look pretty with second-year quarterback Josh Freeman at the helm but the Bucs are getting it done. Coach Raheem Morris claim that the Bucs are the best team in the NFC may be more brag than fact but theyre playing well. Again, all you have to do is look at their turnover ratio, which is 8, and you have a good indication as to how they are getting it done. Prediction: Bucs 14, Redskins 13 @ Dallas Cowboys, Dec. 19 Quick Take: 1-6, fourth in NFC East, offense 4th, 381.3 YPG, defense 14th, 327.3 YPG Outlook: Were not sure who will be at quarterback as Tony Romo may be ready to come back but they may decide to keep him on the shelf if the season is lost. If they do, it may be veteran John Kitna or second-year player Stephen McGee calling signals. And we dont know who will be deciding who will play since Wade Phillips may or may not be the head coach by then. Its possible that this imploding mess will have started to get it back together by the time this game comes around but its not likely. Prediction: Redskins 28, Cowboys 14 @ Jacksonville Jaguars, Dec. 26 Quick Take: 4-4, fourth in AFC South, offense 23rd, 311.8 YPG, defense 30th, 386.2 YPG Outlook: The Jags have looked awful at time, losing to the Chargers by 25, to the Titans by 27, and to the Chiefs by 22. But they upset the Colts and have taken care of business against the leagues bottom feeders, including the Cowboys. David Garrard is an underrated quarterback who is completing 68 percent of his passes and carries a 98.8 rating and Maurice Jones-Drew is having a solid season as well. But if they fall out of contention in early December, this one could be played on the day after Christmas in front of a few thousand friends and family in EverBank Stadium. Prediction: Jaguars 20, Redskins 17You can reach Rich Tandler by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter at @RealRedskins