2. The Reality Is: The Redskins are starting Colt McCoy, who will look rusty.
Jay Gruden loves Colt McCoy. He would have started him last year if Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder hadn’t plopped Alex Smith and his $90 million contract in his lap. He genuinely believes McCoy is the perfect fit for his system… so much so that he wanted Colt to rush back from his broken leg at the end of 2018, so that they could ride into the playoffs (insert big laugh here) together!
So, given the opportunity to bench Case Keenum and activate Colt McCoy for the first time this season, Jay wasn’t able to resist. And it’s very possible Dwayne Haskins will actually be inactive for this game, per Craig Hoffman of 106.7 TheFan in DC.
Unfortunately, McCoy hasn’t been able to plant and drive off his right foot since that freak injury against the Eagles last December, and there’s no reason to think he’s got the polish or requisite skillset to pull a rabbit out of his hat and perform well against the reigning Super Bowl champs. If he stays upright the entire game, it will be a minor upset in and of itself. But in doing so, he won’t complete more than 60 percent of his passes, he won’t compile 250 yards, and he won’t have a positive touchdown-to-turnover ratio.