Today is the day that the Washington Redskins find out what they are truly made of. Here’s a look at their keys to victory against the New Orleans Saints.
Week 11 is a crucial moment for the Redskins. It’s been talked about all week. They are sitting at 4-5 and they are behind in the NFC Wild Card race. They are No. 3 in their own division and they need to improve to have a chance to qualify for postseason play. Their chance is now.
This week, the Redskins are traveling to the Superdome to take on the red hot New Orleans Saints. The Saints, winners of the past seven games, are a well-balanced team with a strong defense, a terrific run game, and an offense that is led by one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. They are not going to be easy to beat.
Jay Gruden and his staff know what is at stake here. A loss likely means that the Redskins will be playing for nothing more than pride to finish the season, barring a crazy win streak. They are capable of going on a tear, but this team hasn’t inspired as much hope as the Skins of the past two years has. They are a team that sees erratic swings in their quality of play on both sides of the ball. It’s hard to trust them to be consistent each week.
Regardless of the situation, the Redskins can win this game. It’s always possible. But they have to make sure that they attack the points of weakness on the Saints. They have to bottle up certain offensive playmakers to give them a chance to stay close. Without further ado, here’s a look at the keys to victory for this week’s contest.