Redskins-Texans matchups: Haslett's 3-4 defense vs. Matt Schaub
Matt Schaub, the Houston quarterback, led the NFL in passing yards last season and has had success against the 3-4 defense, winning 4 out of the last 4 games. I think it's safe to say Schaub won't be intimidated by this defense on Sunday afternoon.
In this matchup Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will have to do much of what he did in last Sunday night's game, which is as follows:
-- Stop the run and force Houston to to pass the ball.
-- Mix up pass defense coverages to try and confuse Schaub in his reads.
-- Blitz Schaub from different places on the field to keep him off balance.
-- Blanket cover Andre Johnson, roll the coverage over the top of him, limit his catches and yards, and therefore force the other Houston receivers to have to win their individual battles.The Redskins executed this to perfection against the Cowboys. Miles Austin got his yards but was not enough of a factor to win the game by himself.
As for Schaub, he will need to have a running game to help keep the defense from blitzing him. It will also help if the Texans use play action.
He will need for his other targets to step up to keep the coverages honest, and give Johnson more of an opportunity to break free for the big play.
Schaub will need to identify the coverages and where the pressures may be coming from before the ball is snapped. If the Houston coaches or Schaub are able to get a fix on what Haslett is scheming it could be a very long day for the Skins.
After the Cowboys game I have no reason to think that this Redskins defense won't be able to accomplish the same thing it did last week. The edge goes to Redskins defense.
September 16, 2010; 7:11 PM ET
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