Redskins-Lions keys to victory: defense
The four-week streak of knocking players out of the game is over, but last Sunday's game against the Bears was by far the defense's best performance of the season. Jim Haslett's 3-4 defense is slowly gaining momentum and, after the performance of Albert Haynesworth against Chicago, it would seem that it will be a terror for opposing offenses the rest of the season.
On Sunday they play against an offense that is very talented and competitive, but still hasn't figured out a way to win. There's no need for a letdown by Washington. Here's what the Redskins defense must do to win the game.
The Lions have a very talented young running back in Jahvid Best. He is versatile and very important to the Lions' offensive success. The Redskins must contain Best. If the defense limits his running and catching yards it will force Lions quarterback Matt Stafford to win the game. So yes. stop the run first and make sure to contain Best.
Stafford is coming off of a significant injury and this will be his first game back. I believe he will be rusty after the long layoff. Stafford does have weapons in the passing game -- particularly wide receiver Calvin Johnson and tight end Brandon Pettigrew. The key to stopping Stafford will be a combination of coverage and pressure.
The Redskins secondary is talented enough to shut down the Lions receivers, and with some good pressure the secondary may be able to come up with some interceptions again this week. The Redskins need to continue to get more hits on the QB. Hits rattle quarterbacks into mistakes. If the pass rush is there, the combination of Stafford's rustiness and the pressure will force him to throw the ball away.
So stop Best and the running game. Force Stafford to throw the ball. Pressure Stafford and force him into mistakes. And don't let Johnson or Pettigrew beat you in the passing game.
The edge clearly goes to the Redskins defense.
| October 27, 2010; 11:22 AM ET
Save & Share: Previous: Redskins-Lions keys to victory: offense
Next: Video: Should the Redskins be concerned about McNabb?
Posted by: robzombie | October 27, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: robzombie | October 27, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: myeldell | October 27, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: albertat | October 28, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: swimmer11 | October 28, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: robzombie | October 28, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: mhadidia | October 29, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: notthecrochunter | October 29, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: zickzack | October 31, 2010 2:48 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: albertat | November 1, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse