The Redskins look to go 3-2 and keep themselves in the discussion of winning the NFC East. In order to do that, they will have to beat the undefeated birds of Atlanta at FedEx Field. So how can the home dogs come out with a winning record as of Sunday night? Here are the three things that need to happen.
Shut Down Either White or Jones: Everyone knows that our secondary has been pretty beaten up thus far this season. The Falcons come in with a trio of weapons through the air in the form of Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones and Roddy White. Gonzo is a pros pro, knows how to use his body, and will get his touches and make first downs. He’s just that good. But he won’t kill you. The guys on the outside will. The secondary has been inconsistent but Josh Wilson and/or DeAngelo hall will have to have one of their best games to limit Matt Ryan’s options to only one of his lethal weapons.
Control the Clock: Robert Griffin III has been excellent in managing the air attack, but it will be up to Alfred Morris along with RG3 to control the clock on the ground. I absolutely have no idea why pundits say you have to control the ball in order to limit the time the other side has the ball. Really? These guys get paid how much to tell you that? What I do believe in, is that upsets are usually won by shortening the game and adding a little bit of chance to the mix. (This is why MLB wild card teams are complaining they are in a one game playoff this year. ) The Redskins boast the league’s second best rushing game and should be able to do just that.
Robert Griffin III Takes a Page from Matty Ice: If the Redskins are to pull off this upset, this game will not be a blowout which means RG3 will have to duplicate last week’s performance and composure late in the game. We have seen him do this against the Rams too. Once is luck, twice is coincidence, three’s a trend. The Redskins’ quarterback can show he really does have ice running through his veins tomorrow, and prove he needs to be taken very seriously. He will do just that if he can pull out a last second win for the second week in a row, or make key plays that seal the game late in the 4th quarter. They aren’t playing the Buccaneers this week, so he won’t have to worry about the kneel down.
So if the Redskins can shut down one of Matt Ryan’s top 3 weapons, control the clock and have the ball for 35 minutes, and RG3 comes up big in the clutch again this week, I don’t see why the Redskins won’t host Minnesota next week with a winning record.
What do you think? Did I miss a more important key to victory? Let us know what you think.