3. Take away two of Russell Wilson’s top weapons
In recent weeks, the Seattle passing offense has looked very strong. Russell Wilson is carrying the group with his great mobility and excellent accuracy, but the pass catchers have stepped up in recent weeks as well. Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson, and Jimmy Graham are all producing and it will be hard for the Redskins to cover all of them.
That said, the team does have the personnel in the secondary to take away a couple of them. Josh Norman is one of the best cornerbacks in the league, and he will be tasked with covering whoever lines up across from him. He will shut down that player and in all likelihood, it will be Baldwin a high percentage of the time.
Finding a second man to stop becomes more difficult. The Redskins have had issues covering tight ends this year, and that’s unlikely to improve given Mason Foster’s injuries. That means Graham is likely to have a big game. Between Richardson and Lockett, it’s hard to pick which one would be easier to take away.
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Because Lockett has versatility, he can play in the slot and outside, the team will probably have more trouble stopping him. That said, Richardson can be limited by either Quinton Dunbar or Bashaud Breeland. Richardson has great speed and has made some impressive catches, but both Dunbar and Breeland have been successful in coverage this season. They should team up to limit the former Colorado Buffalo.
The Redskins don’t have to entirely take away Wilson’s offensive weapons. They just have to limit them at the least. If all members of the passing game are succeeding, Wilson could post a massive stat line which would render the Redskins defense useless. It all depends on how the secondary is able to contain the talented receivers.