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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Seahawks

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Seahawks

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, November 3, two days before the Washington Redskins go to Seattle to play the Seahawks.

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Today’s schedule: Practice 12:20 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference, open locker room after practice, approx. 2 p.m.

Days until:

—Vikings @ Redskins (11/12) 9
—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 16
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 20

UPDATE Key injury update
Out:
OT Williams (knee), G Lauvao (stinger), G Scherff (knee), C Long (knees), WR Crowder (hamstring), TE Reed (hamstring)
Limited: G Scherff (knee), RB Kelley (ankle), CB Breeland (knee, groin)
The big change here is the upgrade of Scherff from out to limited. Although he didn’t do anything beyond individual drills (and he didn’t do much then), the fact that he was able to get out there and move is a good sign for Sunday. That doesn’t mean he’s definitely in but it’s a step in the right direction.  

Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Seahawks

QB Kirk Cousins—With the offensive line likely to be hurting still, Cousins will have to provide the team with a lift. The Redskins’ running game is still a mess with the line likely missing three starters and top running back Rob Kelley still dealing with an ankle injury, according to Jay Gruden. Cousins likely will need to pass for 300 yards or more if the Redskins are going to pull off the upset.

RB Chris Thompson—I usually have an offensive skill player who hasn’t been productive in this spot. But at this point in the season, unless and until a receiver or another running back breaks out, the pressure has to go on Thompson to continue to produce both on the ground and catching passes.

C Chase Roullier—This is a heck of a spot for a rookie sixth-round pick. But he is the backup center and with the starter likely to be out, it will be up to Roullier to get the protections communicated up and down the line in one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. Roullier is likely to get some help from Cousins and the moment will not be too big for him. Still, it’s a tall order.

ILB Zach Brown—It’s not fair to say that the Seahawks are a one-man team but it is safe to say that they go as Russell Wilson goes. If the Redskins are going to contain Wilson, the team’s second-leading rusher, Brown is the player in the front seven who has the speed and the sure tackling ability to do that. Greg Manusky indicated that the Redskins will occasionally use a spy to try to contain Wilson and Brown seems to be the likely candidate for that job.

CB Josh Norman—Actually, I could put either Bashaud Breeland (assuming he plays) or Kendall Fuller here as well. The Seahawks have a very good trio of wide receivers with Doug Baldwin and Paul Richardson on the outside and Tyler Lockett in the slot. When the Redskins are in man coverage, the corners have to stay with their receivers while Wilson scrambles and buys time. They also need to be sure they are aware when Wilson takes off and crosses the line of scrimmage so they can help bring him down. There will be a lot of stress on the cornerback position and Norman will need to shine.  

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Week 11 Redskins at Saints: Getting desperate against the surging Saints

Week 11 Redskins at Saints: Getting desperate against the surging Saints

Though the Redskins sit just a game below .500, things are getting desperate if Washington wants to make the playoffs. Winning in New Orleans is hard, but it's a necessary evil for a Wild Card spot. 

The Saints have won seven straight. Seriously, the Saints are on a longer win-streak than the Redskins have wins. New Orleans hasn't lost since the Nats were still a viable option to win the 2017 World Series. 

It's no fluke either. For years now Drew Brees and the Saints offense has been productive, but this year, the New Orleans defense is more than capable. 

RELATED: FIVE REDSKINS UNDER PRESSURE AGAINST SAINTS

Winning on Sunday will be a tall order for the Redskins, but should they accomplish the task, here are three areas to watch:

  1. Wrong side - At 4-5, the Redskins are on the wrong side of the ledger when it comes to the playoff picture. While in past years, some teams could sneak into the final Wild Card spot at nine wins, that does not appear to be the case in 2017. Six teams are ahead of the Redskins in the Wild Card chase, and all of those teams have at least five wins. Yes, Washington has an advantageous final six games of the schedule, but with a loss in New Orleans, getting to 10 wins would require the Redskins to run the table down the stretch. That leaves no margin for error for a team with a recent, and not so recent, history of inconsistent play. 
  2. Run for your life - The Saints have not one, but two running backs averaging more than 4.5 yards-per-carry. Mark Ingram is the bell cow for this team, and he has rushed for 614 yards in seven starts. Rookie Alvin Kamara has another 417 yards on the ground. The entire Redskins offense has rushed for 870 yards. Since the Saints traded Adrian Peterson after Week 4, New Orleans has not had less than 100 yards rushing. Last week in Buffalo, the Saints posted 298 yards on the ground. In their last four games, the Redskins have rushed for 256 yards. The Redskins defense has given up at least 100 yards on the ground in each of their last four games. 
  3. So you're saying... - There is a chance. Don't count out the Redskins yet. Remember, this team won games both in Seattle and in Los Angeles, against two of the best teams in the NFC. Further, the Saints have been committing plenty of turnovers, but largely, their opponents haven't made them pay. (Listen to Saints analyst Deuce McAllister in the video above). If the Redskins can run the ball at a decent rate, Kirk Cousins protects the ball and gets the offense into the end zone, Washington could pull off another road upset. Winning eight games in a row is very hard in the NFL.

Quote of the Week: "We know that we don’t have a lot of margin for error right now. We have to go in there and play our best football. Knowing we’ve won on the road is great. We’ve played well on the road, which is great, but going out and doing it again is a different story," Redskins coach Jay Gruden on the team's success away from FedEx Field this season.

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News & Notes

  • Vernon Davis needs three TD catches to pass former Redskins great Jerry Smith for sixth on the list of career touchdown receptions by a tight end in NFL history.
  • Kirk Cousins ranks sixth among NFL quarterbacks with three rushing touchdowns. Cousins ranks 12th among QBs with 130 rush yards.
  • With 1.5 sacks, Ryan Kerrigan  will join join Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, DeMarcus Ware and Reggie White as the only players in NFL history to record 7.5 sacks in each of the first seven seasons of a career since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982.
  • The Redskins hold a 9-3 all-time record playing in the Superdome. 
  • Zach Brown is first in the NFL and the NFC in tackles (96).
  • Chris Thompson is first in the NFL and the NFC in receiving yards amongst running backs (494).

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Saints

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Saints

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, November 17, two days before the Washington Redskins play the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes Benz Superdome.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 12:05 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference and open locker room after practice, approx. 1:30 p.m.

Days until:

—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 7
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 14
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/19) 24

Quick Redskins news hits

WR Terrelle Pryor missed practice on Thursday with an ankle injury. Jay Gruden said that he was getting an MRI done so he was not on the field doing rehab work. Pryor did not appear on the injury report on Wednesday.

5 Under pressure vs. Saints

QB Kirk Cousins—The theme among the offensive players is simple—the Redskins are going to have to put up at least 30 points to win. The Saints average 29.8 points per game so if the Redskins can hold them to a bit under that 30 points will do it. Since Cousins has been the starter the Redskins have put up 30 points without passing for at least 290 yards just twice. Cousins will need to be on point.

RB Samaje Perine—Welcome to the big time, kid. In his second NFL start and his first as “the guy” after Rob Kelley was put on injured reserve, he will need to be productive. The Saints’ main defensive weakness is stopping the run and if the Redskins are going to exploit it, Perine will have to get the job done.

WR Josh Doctson—He had his chances last week. A corner made a great play to break up a potential TD. The Turf Monster got him on another potential score. And a third touchdown chance turned to dust when Cousins overthrew him on a deep pattern. His chances may be limited but it’s hard to see the Redskins pulling out this game without a key catch or two from their most talented receiver.

ILB Martrell Spaight—Like Perine, Spaight has had a start or two under his belt but now he’s at the top of the depth chart for the rest of the season due to injuries. The Saints are a top-five rushing team and it will be up to Spaight and Zach Brown to make tackles close to the line

S D.J. Swearinger—He was all over the field for most of the second half on Sunday, picking off passes and providing support in the run game. He will have to do the same thing on Sunday. Swearinger will have to read what Drew Brees is doing when he throws the ball and get to the line in run support when the ball goes to Mark Ingram or Alvin Kamara. He will have to play like he is in the box and like he is the last line of defense.

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