Redskins-Giants keys to the game: offense
Sunday's game against the Giants is a do or die game for the Redskins. They must win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Here's what the Redskins must do on offense to have a chance.
They must try to control the ball and time of possession. Although the Giants have a very talented defense, they have been prone to getting worn down during the course of a game. That means the Redskins must use their running backs even though they are down to the bottom of their depth chart. Run the ball. Commit to it, whether successful or not. Commit to trying to run the ball on Sunday.
Also, Kyle Shanahan would best serve the team and himself by loosening up and opening up the playbook. If Shanahan just opens the playbook and stops worrying about whatever it is that keeps him from being creative, I believe it will go a long way with the players. Mix up the pace of the game and the calls. This could help with blocking up front. Changing the pace could slow down the Giants defensive linemen.
Donovan McNabb will need to deliver the ball with accuracy, and his receivers will need to catch the ball better. There have been too many drops.
Receivers will need to work the under zones of the Giants defense. Shorter passes will help get yards, extend drives and keep McNabb in three-step drops. That means he will be out of harm's way of that vicious Giants pass rush. This to me is a giant key in this game, no pun intended. Chris Cooley and Fred Davis need to be a pass priority. Find every way possible to use them.
So here it is Run the ball and stay committed to it. Open up the playbook. Take chances. Mix up the pace of the game in an attempt to keep the New York defense off balance. Throw the ball with accuracy, and catch the ball. Work the underneath zones of the defense to keep gaining yards. Use three-step drops to limit the amount of time that the pass rush can get to the quarterback.
I give the edge to the Giants defense this week.
| November 30, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
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