With tough games against the Raiders at home and the Chiefs in Kansas City coming in Weeks 3 and 4, the Redskins need a win Sunday. Lose, and they’ll be in a 0-2 hole with games against two of the NFL’s best teams coming before the bye. Here’s a look at several critical elements that will likely decide who wins and loses.
Reed pointed to one play in the opening 30-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles as an example of bad timing. On a second-and-6 in the red zone, Reed ran a crossing pattern and was open. But quarterback Kirk Cousins missed him high and to the inside. Cousins, though, hit his drop step, and Reed already had come out of his break. Reed felt he had done so too soon.
According to the NFL Media report that Cravens will return to the team there still appear to be some moving parts with Ian Rapoport writing, “Simply reporting may not be the end of the story.” When he left his teammates were publically supportive but some anonymously said that they might have a problem with trusting Cravens again.
The task of the Redskins defense will be to keep Gurley bottled up while reacting to the play-action passes. After a very good rookie season, Gurley has fallen off considerably. He hasn’t gained 100 yards in a game since December 13, 2015. The 10th overall pick in the 2015 draft has only gained as many as 70 yards in a game just once since Week 5 last year. Can they rely on the line and inside linebackers Zach Brown to bottle up Gurley and dare Goff to win another game with his arm?