You know what this week is, don’t ya? It’s Week 6 for most NFL teams and Week 5 for a few. Duh. Seriously though, the pretenders are starting to play like they have weights wrapped around their ankles, and the contenders are playing like they have a real sense of purpose.
As the 4:00pm games start, there are five 4 and 2 teams in the NFC – the Giants, Eagles, Saints, Falcons, and Bears. Atlanta and Chicago lost today to get to 4 – 2; the others won to get there. Nonetheless, they’re all division leaders. If Washington wins tonight, the Skins will remain in that special group. That has a nice ring to it, Redskins, Division Leaders. Among those division leaders, only Washington and New York would have zero conference losses. By the way, I haven’t forgotten Arizona and Seattle who lead the NFC West. They’re 3 and 2 with one conference loss each. Until further notice, the West makes me yawn.
Tonight’s game is not a “do or die” affair for Washington. The Colts are a non-conference opponent. Washington would clearly be within striking distance of the division leaders at 3 and 3. Tonight will, however, force the Redskins to come up with some answers.
Will we protect our home? Will we win three games in a row, establishing a warranted air of confidence before going on the road to face Chicago and Dallas before our bye week. Will our battered offensive line hold up? Will we finally establish a strong ground game?.
Those are the questions the Redskins will answer for themselves tonight.
I’ve looked at the Redskins and Colts’ statistics. I don’t like what I see. Indianapolis looks like a touchdown favorite. Then again, they haven’t played particularly well on the road, and their defense is porous against the run. Run the ball, and you limit the amount of time Number 18 has to perform his wizardry. You don’t want him improvising against your defense, unless you’re able to sack and pressure him multiple times throughout the game. Then he gets a bit careless. Good luck with that. The Colts give up one sack per game. Sure, you have to pressure Manning. And of course, you have to disguise your coverages. But more than all of that, you have to keep Eli’s brother off the field.
If you see Washington running the ball well early and converting third downs, get your popcorn and kick back. If you see Carlos Rogers catch the ball when it hits his hands, play the lottery, ask your girlfriend to marry you, and buy some stocks no one in his right mind would buy. There’s good, and there’s downright charmed.
I’m not going to predict this game because our readers won’t like my best guess. The Redskins can certainly win tonight. They absolutely must dominate the line of scrimmage to do so. Go Skins!