Sunday, December 4, 2011
How you feeling? Redskins-Jets
By Dan Graziano
As you get ready for this afternoon's home game against the New York Jets, here's one reason for Washington Redskins fans to feel good and one reason for concern.
Feeling good: The Redskins' outside linebackers should be able to win all day against the Jets' offensive tackles, which will not only put pressure on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez but will also keep him from escaping the pocket. That's important, since Sanchez is pretty good outside the pocket and not as accurate as he should be while in it. Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan are the keys to the Redskins' defense, and they could be in line for a good game today.
Cause for concern: The Jets were able to run the ball with success against the Bills last week, and defending the run has been a problem for the Redskins for much of the year. If Shonn Greene can get into an early rhythm and stay healthy for the entire game (which has been an issue for him), that's the best way for the Jets to keep the Redskins' pass rush off of Sanchez. If the Jets succeed with it, Washington will have to alter its defensive game plan and won't be able to pressure Sanchez as much as they'd like.