Cravens missed the past two weeks with a concussion, but he increased his repetitions in practice this week and was full-go on Friday. Cravens has had to wear prescription glasses since his concussion but said he’ll either wear contacts or nothing on Sunday.
Second-year linebacker Preston Smith has had a quiet season, but that doesn’t mean he’s been ineffective. Smith has been very good at times, especially against the run. But his versatility has been a bonus. And that shows up when the Redskins use their three-linebacker alignment along the defensive line. They’ve used that at least three times in the last two weeks with two sacks. They’ll put Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy at end with Smith over the nose. Not many outside linebackers could slide inside and be effective, but at Mississippi State, Smith rushed well from inside. So the Redskins tinkered and came up with this alignment for third-and-long situations.
Cage the Lions – Detroit’s offense is quite effective, in fact the Lions rank No. 12 in the NFL in points-per-game, three spots ahead of the Redskins. QB Matt Stafford is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes and has thrown 14 TDs through six games. The Redskins defense, however, has been nearly dominant in their last two games and hasn’t given up an offensive touchdown in the last seven quarters
Can the Redskins get Matt Jones and Rob Kelley rolling in the rushing game? The Lions’ rushing defense is not much better statistically than the Redskins’ is. They rank 27th at 4.7 yards per carry. It looks like the only reason they aren’t down near the bottom in yards allowed is because nobody runs against them. It’s an opportunity for Jones and Kelley but there’s no guarantee they will be able to take advantage of it