After a disappointing month and half of football, the Washington Redskins got a much needed victory against the Seahawks. Even though play-off chances are slim, the 'Skins should still try to play like they are fighting for the last spot, and hope Tony Romo takes the Cowboys on a free fall. Here are 5 keys that will help the Redskins beat the New York Jets this Sunday:
1) Keep protecting Grossman: Ever since he got the starting job back, Rex Grossman has not been hit a lot, and it has nothing to do with the 3 pounds he
lost while he was on the bench. It’s all in the once again reformed offensive line. They have been buying Rex more than enough time to find his receivers, and
make great passes. If they can hold against a terrifying Jets defense, expect a decent passing game from the home team
2) Take advantage of Sanchez: Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has had a rocky year, much like Rex Grossman. He gets hit often, and when under pressure, Mark throws terrible passes. Last week however, Sanchez led a comeback to defeat the Bills in the final minutes. One of the biggest reasons is the Bills did not go after him in an agressive fashion. A big factor in Sunday’s game will be the Redskins taking advantage of Sanchez’s weaknesses and inconsistencies. If ‘Kerrakapo’ can get their hands on the Jets QB, expect a couple of turnovers.
3) Stay off Revis Island: Darrelle Revis has been pretty quiet this season, but that does not mean he has been giving up plays. The Jets cornerback has had a solid season so far, and will look to shut down the Redskins top receiver. That guy will most likely be tight end Fred Davis, Washington’s biggest offensive threat. Davis leads the team in every receiving category, and has had a veryproductive year. If the ‘Skins star can switch up his routes, he will have opportunities to catch the ball. If not, Davis better book a hotel room because he’ll be on “Revis Island” all night.
4) Let Helu do his thing: One of the few good things about the Redskins season so far is the talent they have found in their young guys. Rookie Roy Helu finally got his chance at the starting job and had a break-out game. Helu blew through the Seahawks secondary many times, even making Sportscenters “Top 10 Plays” with his amazing hurdle TD. It looks like he will be starting again this week, and will most likely receive the majority of the carries. One of the great things about Helu is his ability to build throughout the game. If the coaching staff allows him to do his thing and run when he his hot, you may witness another career day from the former Nebraska star.
5) Excel in Special Teams: Sav Rocca continues to nail punts, always putting the defense in a great position. Joe McKnight of the Jets will be looking to return a punt, so Rocca must try to keep it away from him, and punt coverage has to stay strong. Oh poor Gano. The Redskins place-kicker continued his downward spiral against the Seahawks last week, having a field goal and extra point blocked. If he wants any chance of being in a Redskins uniform next year, he needs to have a good day, and impress the front office