Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 8, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Chargers in Los Angeles.
Today’s schedule: Practice 12:20 p.m.; Jay Gruden press conference and open locker room after practice approx. 2:00
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 9
—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 16
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 139
Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Chargers
QB Kirk Cousins—Since the team is not going to be truly healthy for the rest of the year, Cousins is likely to be on this list every week for the rest of the season. He needs to do more with less and if they can win two or three games down the stretch he will deserve a great deal of credit.
WR Jamison Crowder—Given the two turnovers he was responsible for last week, I trust this does not need too much explanation. He will be under pressure to make up for it.
LT Trent Williams—The Chargers have one of the top pass-rushing tandems in the game in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. They likely will flip sides during the game and Williams will face both of them during the course of the game. Cousins has been sacked 10 times in the last two games and he can’t get the job done if Bosa and Ingram are in his face the whole afternoon. Williams has been doing a good job playing through his injury and he will need to keep it up.
CB Josh Norman—Last week the Redskins didn’t have Norman shadow Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. That was a defensible position became Bryant has not had a huge impact this year. The same can’t be said of Keenan Allen, the Chargers’ receiver who is coming in on a record hot streak. Norman should locate Allen when he comes out of the locker room and follow him wherever he goes. It also would help if he could punch the ball out a time or two, something he hasn’t done in a while.
S D.J. Swearinger—The Redskins have become dependent on Swearinger to help with both the run and the pass. He needs to be all over the field in San Diego, who attack with Philip Rivers’ passing and the rushing of Melvin Gordon, who is on a 1,000-yard pace. His energy can spark the rest of the defense to hold down a team that has averaged 34 points in its last three games.
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