Redskins-Rams keys to the game: the defense
The keys are clear for the Redskins' defense in Sunday's game against the Rams.
First and foremost, the Redskins must stop Steven Jackson in the running game. Jackson is a dangerous player, and if given the opportunity to find a groove, he can be virtually unstoppable. This defense will be tasked with making sure that doesn't happen.
If the defense is successful in stopping the running game, it will put the game solely on the arm of rookie Sam Bradford, who has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns so far. Nonetheless, Bradford was the number 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft and is very talented, so the defense better not underestimate his ability to make plays.
The Redskins' pass rush failed in the second half of Sunday's game, allowing the Texans to come back and win. That can't be the case this week; the defense must make it to Bradford. Brian Orakpo and Andre Carter had relatively quiet games; they must find a way to get to the QB this week. This Rams team has given up five sacks and 12 hits on the quarterback in two games. Let's hope that total increases significantly Sunday.
As a rookie, Bradford may not know how to identify coverages or where pass rushes may be coming from, so defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will need to disguise his blitzes as much as possible to ensure success. LaRon Landry has had a monster start to the season and had great pressure on Matt Schaub on Sunday, so Haslett should expect the bulk of attention to go Landry and Orakpo's way this week.
The Redskins forced only one turnover last week; that total also needs to increase this week. Against a young QB, the defense needs to take advantage with multiple turnovers.
The Rams don't have any receivers that scare me at all so I believe the base coverages will be okay in this game.
This offense has struggled but has been competitive in the season's first two games, coming up just short against the Raiders last week. If the Redskins' defense handles its business, there should be no reason why it won't have a good day against the Rams.
What are your keys for the defense this week?
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