Keys to victory for the Redskins
The offense must finish drives this week. They got away with field goals last week, but this offense needs to prove to itself and other teams that it can score touchdowns.
This week is a great week to continue to try and establish the run; this team will enjoy success if it can get Portis and Johnson clicking on all cylinders.
The passing game needs to improve. Cooley and Moss were solid in the home opener as expected, but I expect this Texan defense to try and limit Cooley and Moss, forcing guys like Joey Galloway and Anthony Armstrong to make plays. McNabb will have to get more production from them this week.
The offensive line will have to be better. It only gave up one sack, but pressure was there and it was weak in run blocking. This will need to improve if the offense is to continue to improve this week.
Donovan McNabb had no turnovers in his debut as a Redskin quarterback; that's called game management and McNabb is very good at it, he will need to manage the game again this week but he may also need to take some shots to jump start this offense.
As for the defense, I believe the message is clear this week. First, stop Arian Foster and the running attack.
Cover Andre Johnson, roll the coverage over him so that he has to run through multiple cover zones. If Johnson catches a ball it should be because he had to work extra hard to get it. If the Skins are able to pull off coverage on Johnson and limit him they have a really good chance to limit the Texans offensive output.
The defense will also have to try and make Matt Schaub uncomfortable with his reads of the defense. If the Skins defense can confuse him enough it may lead to bad throws or sacks.
It will be key to win the battle of turnovers in this game. The Skins don't want to give Schaub, too many opportunities to try and find his rhythm.
As for special teams, they must have a better day punting the ball. Poor punting is unacceptable this week.
Coverage was solid on kickoff and punt teams. They will need to maintain that consistency this week.
Field goals were the only points from the offensive drives last game. Graham Gano will need to stay ready and be consistent in the kicking game just in case the offense struggles again this week.
If the Redskins read my keys to victory, they should win the game against the Houston Texans. Of course I'm being sarcastic: enjoy the game.
September 17, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
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