Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 6, six days before the Washington Redskins go to Arizona to play the Cardinals.
Redskins-Seahawks—5 final thoughts
—The Redskins will need good special teams if they are going to keep this game competitive. And that doesn’t mean simply not screwing anything up as was the case against the Giants. They will need to get a return, block a kick, do something to flip field position to either score or set up an easy score. They seem to be a long way from that but you never know.
—The Seahawks’ leading receiver is Percy Harvin, who has 15 catches for only 106 yards. That’s an average of 7.1 yards per catch. Doug Baldwin has 10 for 105. The numbers don’t scare you (it should be noted that Seattle has played only three games) but Harvin, especially, should. Those numbers just scream “he’s due”.
—Marshawn Lynch is tied for the team lead in TD receptions with two. He also has three on the ground. So “Beast Mode” is a dual threat.
—As has been noted all week, this is not the ideal defense for Kirk Cousins to face after throwing four interceptions in his last game. Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor can make you pay for mistakes in a variety of ways. It will be telling to see if Cousins is his usual gun slinging self going out there or if he tries to aim the ball and be too cautious. I think Cousins has the short memory you need to survive as a quarterback but we’ll see.
—And not playing afraid doesn’t apply only to Cousins. The whole team needs to have some swagger, whether it is justified or not. There are no moral wins in the NFL but some losses are worse than others. If the Redskins can keep the game respectable throughout they can go into the last 11 games of their season with the thought that they can get something done. If it’s a repeat performance of the Giants game, things could get ugly.
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—Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Seahawks 8:30 p.m.
—Days until: Redskins @ Cardinals 6; Titans @ Redskins 13; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 22
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