This is a similar situation to quarterback. The Redskins have two good running backs in Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. But the Saints’ Alvin Kamara has 100 yards either rushing or receiving in three of the Saints’ four games. And New Orleans will get back Mark Ingram, who rushed for over 1,100 yards last year.
Strong advantage Saints
41.0 percent—The 2018 Redskins’ third-down conversion rate on offense. That’s not great, 15thin the league, but it is a solid improvement over their 32.3 percent performance last year (31st). If they keep up that rate over the full season they will 18 more first downs than they did last year.
Both RB Adrian Peterson and CB Josh Norman were injured late in the game the last time the Redskins played, which was on September 23 against the Packers. Peterson suffered a sprained ankle on the last of his 19 rushing attempts in the game and Norman strained a hamstring in the late going.
Ginn, who is used often as a deep threat, has 12 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns this season. He ranks second among Saints receivers behind Michael Thomas in every category, although running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Benjamin Watson have more catches and yards.
On top of that, Washington will need to make more out of their pressures because they’re sacking opposing quarterbacks at a bottom-third rate in the league. This has been the story of their outside linebackers corps in particular, with perennial Pro-Bowler Ryan Kerrigan still chasing his first sack of the season.