Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 10, four days before the Washington Redskins open their home season against the Jaguars.
Here are five questions about the Redskins’ home opener against the Jaguars on Sunday.
—Can Robert Griffin III keep up what he had going in the second half against the Texans? He completed 14 of 20 passes for 193 yards with no interceptions or touchdowns in the last 30 minutes of play. That’s an average of 9.6 yards per attempt and a stellar passer rating of 118.8. Yes, he had the bad play with the fumble and the ball has to get into the end zone but the Redskins can win a lot of games with passing stats like those.
—Will Alfred Morris get 20+ carries? After what Jay Gruden said yesterday, I’d take the over. Although he defended the 40-23 pass-run ratio as a product of passing durng two-minute drills, he did say, “If I had to do it all over again Sunday [vs. Houston, I probably would have run the ball more than I did.” He gets a chance to do it again on Sunday.
—Will the Redskins take the Jaguars too lightly? Yes, I know that the Redskins have the longest current losing streak and they can ill afford to drop to 0-2. But players are human and it will be a challenge to get up for the woeful Jags. It will test the ability of Gruden to fire up the troops.
—Will an X factor player pop up for the Jaguars? Last Sunday an undrafted rookie receiver named Allen Hurns burned the Eagles with two touchdown receptions in the first quarter. The Eagles managed to fight their way to the win after trailing 17-0 at halftime but the Redskins had better not rely on a big rally if they plan to win this game.
—Can the defense get some takeaways? The Redskins played OK defensively, allowing just 10 points and getting some pass rush pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick. But they got only one sack and one takeaway. The defense is designed to be more aggressive and get multiple sacks and pressures leading to multiple takeaways. If the opposing QB gets time to throw, we saw what even a career mediocrity like Fitzpatrick can do to the secondary. And if the offense, which lacks a big-play element at the moment, has to drive the length of the field consistently there are chances for things to go wrong.
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—Today’s schedule: Open locker room player availability 11:15; Practice 1:00 (closed to media after first 30 minutes); Ben Kotwica media availability, Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00)
—Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 4; Redskins @ Eagles 11; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 15
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