Tough Loss to Dallas last night. Forget about it. The Skins can still get to 3-1 going into the bye.
1. Containing Stephen Jackson- This is the only player on the Rams offense that is a real threat. He has KILLED the Skins in the past and is capable of doing it again. The Skins run defense has been up and down. They are giving up 97.7 yds/gm rushing BUT they are giving up 4.8 yds/car. That is not good at all. Luckily the teams they have played so far have been pass happy. I have to believe that if teams ran the ball at the Skins more, they could have garnered even more yards then they had. The run defense has to be consistent all 4 QUARTERS.
2. Big Plays in the Passing Game- The Skins need to start taking some shots down the field. The longest pass play this year is 40 yards. Need more of that. The Rams got burned by Ravens rookie Torey Smith last week to the tune of 3 TOUCHDOWNS.The Skins suck in the Redzone so they need to see if they can quick strike teams with big plays for TD's.
3. Special Teams- The Skins offense really cannot be trusted to light up the scoreboard, so they need some big plays on Special Teams. Banks has to get some explosive returns, the freaking kicking team needs to make sure the snap and holds for field goals are good, etc. Make a freaking play special teams! They need to win the field position game.
4. Playcalling- The playcalling last night kind of upset some fans. The all out blitz on 3rd and 21, the pass-happy approach in the second half, etc. We need Jim Haslett and Kyle Shannahan who are GOOD playcallers to really come through here. Its a chess match that both of these guys need to win. Kyle CANNOT abandon the run. The Rams run defense is giving up 174 yds/gm. Even if they struggle early on, they just got keep pounding 'em. James has to be judicious with his pressure packages. I like the blitzes, but you have to know when to pull back. 3rd and 21 does not require an all out blitz.
Redskins better win on Sunday and they better win CONVINCINGLY. After Sunday's game, i want all of you to come back to this fanpost and see if the Skins succeeded at the keys listed here.I'm going to do this every week. :)