Chargers vs. Redskins: A look into how the Washington Redskins offense matches up with the San Diego Chargers defense.
Redskins rushing offense – 6th in the NFL at 137.3 yards per game,
Chargers rush defense – 16th in the NFL at 105.4 yards per game
The Redskins had success early last week against the Denver Broncos running the ball, but went away from the run late in the game. RB Alfred Morris has been running the ball well all season, and is at his best wearing defenses down late in games. But since the Redskins have been behind so much, Alfred hasn’t really been a factor late.
Backup Roy Helu, Jr. has been performing well too especially in the red zone. QB Robert Griffin III seemed to get on track running the ball against the Bears, but considering he’s nursing a left knee injury, I doubt we’ll see RGIII running much except on a scramble here and there, but you never know.
The Chargers have good size on the defensive line in their 3-4 defense. They have decent speed at linebacker, and have one of the best safeties in the league in Eric Weddle, who is the team’s best tackler. The Redskins run a 3-4 defense themselves, so they will be familiar with how it works, and I expect they will get good production on the ground as usual.
Redskins passing offense – 10th in the NFL at 257.1 yards per game
Chargers passing defense – 26th in the NFL at 273.1 yards per game
The Redskins struggled passing the ball against the Broncos. They had so much success running the ball, that when they needed to move the ball through the air, they couldn’t get it done. The offense seemed bland and predictable, and the receivers had a problem getting open against the Broncos coverage. Plus RGIII took a pounding on pass attempts.
I look for the Redskins to make it a point for RGIII to get the ball out a lot sooner to minimize the damage he takes on passing attempts. The Chargers are not a very good team rushing the passer, so Griffin will have more time in the pocket if needed. Also, the Redskins should employ their “Turbo” no-huddle offense more than they did against the Broncos.
The no-huddle worked to jump-start the Redskins offense in previous games, and the Redskins need to ensure the offense get off to a good start early. Plus RGIII can improvise more and keep the defense off-balance. The Chargers have decent corners and Weddle makes a lot plays, but the Redskins should be able to find a way to move the ball through the air against them.
Chargers vs. Redskins – Most Intriguing Individual Matchup:
Alfred Morris vs. Donald Butler – Redskins running back Alfred Morris is averaging 5.2 yards per carry this season, and is the center of the Redskins running attack. Chargers ILB Donald Butler will be one of the players the Chargers will have trying to stop Morris. Look for these two to meet on the field often during Sunday’s matchup.