Redskins-Packers keys to victory: special teams
The special teams will be very important this game. Here are the reasons why:
In last Sunday's game against the Eagles, the Redskins' special teams were able to help dictate field position. It helped both the offense and the defense.
The kickoff and punt coverage teams are going to have to keep the Packers pinned deep in their territory. The Packers' running game is suspect, so quarterback Aaron Rodgers will have to throw more if the field is longer. This would give the Redskins' defense more opportunities to make plays. There's a 50/50 chance Rodgers can out-do the defense solely by passing the ball. That percentage goes up, though, if the Packers start drives with great field position or are able to run the ball.
Continuing along this line of thinking, if the Packers offense stalls and has to punt, it will give the Redskins better starting field position.
This Sunday the Redskins will have a new, but old face at punter. Hunter Smith is back and he will need to have a big day.
Devin Thomas has continued to be a solid guy returning the ball beyond the 20-yard line for the Redskins. He has given the offense a good starting point all season. As for punt returns, the Redskins finally received that spark they have been looking for. Brandon Banks returned a punt that set up the first touchdown against the Eagles. It was a big confidence booster for him. He had fumbling troubles in the preseason, which was most likely the reason it took the team so long to use him. If he can stay consistent and fumble-free, Washington should be solid.
I love the moves with Hunter Smith and Brandon Banks. These two, along with the under-played and under-valued Devin Thomas, I believe gives them the Redskins the edge in this phase of the game.
What do you think? Who has the edge in the special teams battle and why?
| October 7, 2010; 1:16 PM ET
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