Redskins-Lions keys to victory: special teams
Special teams are always an important part of the game. Here is what the Redskins must do on teams this Sunday.
In last weekend's game against the Bears, Washington's special teams had success and more consistency. They held Devin Hester in check all game, which was a giant hurdle cleared for this unit.
This week against the Lions, the kickoff and punt coverage teams just have to maintain their consistency. Nothing really jumps out at me looking at the Lions' return units. I believe the Lions offense will struggle with a rusty quarterback. So if the Redskins cover like they have been doing, they should be okay.
In the Redskins' return games, Brandon Banks has been showing consistency and explosiveness. He is an exciting return man. If he can break loose this weekend it could be the difference in the game. That will always be true.
As for the punting game, Hunter Smith can boot the ball this Sunday. The game will be played indoors, and the Lions have no dangerous return men. Kicker Graham Gano has struggled but this is the perfect game to get his confidence back. Again, it's an indoor stadium so kicking conditions will be perfect for Gano. He needs to take advantage of his opportunity to kick indoors. Again, don't have any breakdowns in blocking.
The Redskin's special teams covered well and returned the ball okay against the Bears. I look for them to keep up with their solid coverage going into Detroit. I also believe Gano will get back on track. Edge: Redskins
| October 28, 2010; 11:25 AM ET
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