Redskins vs. Lions – Five Keys to the Game

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Aug 13, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker Nate Orchard (48) gets a hand on Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) as Washington Redskins tackle Willie Smith (60) blocks during the second quarter in a preseason NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

5. Control the Line of Scrimmage

Just like last week the Washington Redskins offensive line will be under the microscope.  Success in the passing game will be aided tremendously by the O-line creating holes for the running backs and gaining good yardage on first and second downs.

The running game needs to be effective in order for the quarterbacks to be able to use play action.  Robert Griffin III will need this especially.  He made good reads last week in his limited time on the field but with a few more possessions this week he’ll have more chances to keep drives going.

Pass protection continues to be a key.  The Redskins starters didn’t give up any sacks last week and that trend needs to continue.  The young right side of the O-line, guard Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses must build upon their solid outing against the Browns.

Center Kory Lichtensteiger had his hands full last week against Danny Shelton and the Lions Haloti Ngata will be challenge as well.  Scherff and the other guard Shawn Lauvao will need to help him with double teams against Ngata.

More continuity must be established with the Redskins O-line and in order to win games this year they will need to perform at a high level.  The power running game and play action will be important all season and the Redskins need to master it now to be proficient during the regular season.

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