Sunday, November 27, 2011
How you feeling? Redskins-Seahawks
By Dan Graziano
As you get ready for Sunday afternoon's game against the Seahawks in Seattle, here's one reason for Washington Redskins fans to feel good and one reason for concern:
Feeling good: This is the healthiest the Redskins have been in some time. Their best wide receiver, Santana Moss, looks set to return from his broken hand, and they've missed him as pass-catcher, a blocker and a leader on the field. It also appears as though both of their starting tackles -- Trent Williams and Jammal Brown -- will be healthy enough to play, and that safety LaRon Landry will return from his injury and play Sunday. Injuries aren't the only reason this Redskins' season has fallen apart, but they've been a major underlying factor in this six-game losing streak. Getting back closer to full strength gives the Redskins hope that they might be able to pull out of it.
Cause for concern: The Seahawks present a poor matchup for the Redskins as Washington tries to get back to its ball-control ways from the early part of the season. Seattle is a very difficult team against which to run the ball, and the Redskins would like to run the ball a lot more and a lot better than they have in recent weeks. Look for rookie Evan Royster to get into the mix at running back, since Ryan Torain and Roy Helu haven't been able to elevate the run game to its September heights. But whoever's in there is going to find the going extremely tough against a Seattle defense that allows just 3.5 yards per carry and is among the most physical in the league against between-the-tackles run games.