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Redskins' Cover 1 defense could cause problems

11/3/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

LANDOVER, Md. -- After watching film this week of the Washington Redskins' game against the Cleveland Browns, we noticed a defense that could give the Pittsburgh Steelers trouble.

Washington is one of the few teams that loves to play a Cover 1 defense on a fairly regular basis. Essentially, it's a man-to-man defense that keeps one safety deep and brings everyone else.

In the Steelers' first look against Washington's Cover 1, Pittsburgh gave up a sack on third down. This is the Redskins' favorite pressure package, so expect to see it a lot more tonight.

It will be interesting to see if Pittsburgh handles it better than it did the first time.