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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Redskins-Buccaneers keys to the game: special teams

By LaVar Arrington

In this weekend's game against the Bucs the Redskins special teams units should have chances to make plays and have an impact on the game. Here's how they can do it.

First on returns, if the blocking is good Brandon Banks should be able to get solid returns consistently on kick-offs and punts. Returns will be a major factor in the game because the offense has struggled all season. Some of its best moments came about after a really good return. So it will be vital for the Redskins to have the return game assist the offense.

Secondly, coverage will be equally as important this week. The Bucs have a very strong running game and the Redskins defense has struggled with the run as of late. So solid coverage will help lengthen the field for this defense to defend. If the coverage teams can find a way to cause a sudden change of possession it could be the difference in the game. It hasn't happened in quite some time now, so this could be a game where coverage teams finally pop the ball loose.

The third key will be to concentrate on not having any breakdowns in blocking upfront on field goals or punts. Last Sunday we saw a blocked punt that led to more Giants points. This team cannot have those types of breakdowns if it is to win the game.

Last, but certainly not least, make those field goal attempts. This has been the Redskins' life line many times this season and they will need that to continue. Graham Gano needs to be as accurate as possible on Sunday. This is a good Tampa Bay defense and points may be hard to come by so whenever Gano has the opportunity to kick one he needs to make it. Again, Gano's leg will have an impact on this game.

If the Redskins can execute on special teams they should be okay in this phase of the game. I give the edge to the Redskins special teams.

By LaVar Arrington  | December 10, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
 
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