The Washington Redskins are playing for pride, coming into the home game against the Detroit Lions. The Redskins are also looking for their first win of the 2019 season. The Detroit Lions, once in the playoff race, will be without their star quarterback, Matthew Stafford. The teams have a combined four wins and struggles on both sides of the ball.
Offense vs. Defense
The Washington Redskin offense is ranked 31st overall: (26) rush, (32) pass. And the Detroit Lions defense is ranked 30th overall: (24) rush, (30) pass. Simply put, it’s bad versus bad. The Lions, however, have the eighth-ranked offense overall: (19) rush, (5) pass. This doesn’t bode well for the Redskins 22nd overall ranked defense. The Redskins are (28) in rush defense and (16) in pass. The Redskins will not be facing Matthew Stafford’s arm, but instead, The Redskins will have to contend with quarterback Jeff Driskel’s legs. Mobile quarterbacks notoriously give the Redskins fits.
If either team wants to come away with a victory, they will have to win critical matchups at various spots on the field. If Washington wants to win, then Terry McLaurin, the Redskins emerging rookie wide receiver, has to win his matchup against the speedy veteran Darius Slay. McLaurin is tied for the rookie touchdown lead with five.
On the other side of the ball, cornerback, Quinton Dunbar, must shut down Detroit’s leading receiver, Kenny Golladay.
Defensively, the Redskins front seven also needs to disrupt the play of signal-caller Jeff Driskel. Driskel is making his third consecutive start due to the injury to Stafford. Driskel has played well, accumulating 478 yards, three touchdowns with only one interception. But perhaps the resurgence of Washington’s outside linebacker, Ryan Kerrigan, can rattle Driskel. Kerrigan had just two sacks coming into last week before doubling that total against the Jets. Pressure will be a key to victory.
The Lions defense, however, needs to rely on their edge rushers. The Redskins surrendered six sacks last week to the Jets. The Lions tandem of edge rushers, Trey Flowers and Devon Kennard, have combined for ten sacks. The Redskins offensive line needs to allow their young quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, more time if they hope to see improvements. Haskins is making just his third career start but had a better command of the offense in the second half last week.
The Washington Redskins running back, Derrius Guice, returned last week after missing the previous nine. Guice only saw 29% of the offense’s snaps but was impressive in the limited action he saw. Guice carved out 24 yards on the ground but took a screen pass 45 yards for his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter of last week’s game. Now, with an entire game under his belt, Guice should see more action and increased touches.
Back to back home games give the Washington Redskins the slight edge in this battle of struggling teams. The youth on the Redskins offense is the deciding factor. In a close game, I see the rookie wideout Terry McLaurin securing a late touchdown pass from his college teammate Dwayne Haskins. Final score 27-23, Redskins! HTTR!
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