Sunday, September 16, 2012
How you feeling? Redskins-Rams
By Dan Graziano
As the Washington Redskins get set to take on the Rams later this afternoon in St. Louis, here's one reason for Redskins fans to be feeling good and one cause for concern.
Feeling good: The Rams' offensive line has major injury problems, and the Redskins' defensive front seven is one of the strengths of their team. They should have little trouble getting pressure on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford with outside rushers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, and if the Rams are determined to attack them with Steven Jackson and the ground game, they should have little trouble remaining stout on the defensive line. Even if Robert Griffin III isn't as brilliant as he was last week in New Orleans, the Redskins should be able to control this game on the other side of the ball.
Cause for concern: St. Louis did play very tough last week against the Lions, especially on defense and especially in the secondary. They had a historically poor run defense last year, when the Redskins were able to gash them on the ground with Ryan Torain, so you should expect to see a heavy diet of Alfred Morris and the Washington ground game at least to start. But if they can't get it going on the ground and have to take to the air, the Redskins could conceivably meet more resistance than many expect.