Redskins vs. Lions – Five Keys to the Game

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Aug 13, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin (11) catches a touchdown during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins in a preseason NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

3. Limit big passing plays

The Redskins secondary mostly kept the Browns receivers in check last week but they’re still struggling with injuries.  After making the start last week it’s not known if cornerback DeAngelo Hall will be able to start as he’s dealing with a toe injury.

That means David Amerson may have to start in his place.  Amerson is coming off of a 2014 season where struggled mightily down the stretch and he needs to reverse that trend this year.  The Lions will more than likely attack Amerson deep with wide receivers Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson.

Johnson didn’t play in the week one of the preseason but he may play some against the Redskins and if he does then you can bet the Redskins weakened corners and brand new safeties may get tested deep by the Lions receivers and quarterbacks.

How will the Redskins safeties handle coverage will be a key part of winning the game.  Free Safety Dashon Goldson will need to be on his game and if Duke Ihenacho starts at strong safety he can’t have lapses in coverage like he did last week on the Browns TD pass in the first quarter.

Next: 4. Improved performance from Special Teams