Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 19, eight days before the Washington Redskins travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys on Monday night football.
Five final thoughts on Redskins-Titans
—There has been some talk this week about Colt McCoy at quarterback and it’s not all a media creation. Jay Gruden addressed the interception issues that Kirk Cousins has been experiencing and said, “if things continue in this downward spiral there is always a chance to see Colt.” My reading of that is that if the Redskins are trailing, say, 13-3 at halftime and Cousins has thrown two interceptions, Gruden might make the move the McCoy. I don’t anticipate that happening but that would be a possible scenario.
—Alfred Morris hasn’t been completely forgotten by the Redskins. He is 10th in the NFL in rushing with 386 yards and six in rushing attempts with 97. But he clearly has been more of an afterthought than a focus. That would seem to be a bad strategy under any circumstances but considering that Cousins has been struggling at times and is starting just his eighth NFL game today the case for using Morris more is that much stronger.
—It looks like Charlie Whitehurst will start a quarterback for the Titans and as Ben Standig, CSNwashington.com’s fantasy guru notes, he has been sacked six times in very limited action this year. If the Redskins can get a bit of a lead, Ryan Kerrigan should have a good shot at regaining the league lead in the sack department.
—Stephen Bowen was activated off of the PUP list and should play anywhere from 10 to 20 snaps today. That won’t transform the defensive line but it will improve it. They haven’t been as good against the run as they’d like to be (3.9 yards/carry, 9th in the NFL, 107.8 yards/game, 12th). It would be a bonus is Bowen could regain the pass rushing form he had in 2011, when he had six sacks. But the team will be happy with improved performance against the run.
—When a team is 1-5 with 13 losses in its last 14 games going back two seasons and it seems it has enough good players to be better than that, the team’s state of mind starts to get examined. It started for the Redskins when some of them, including the head coach, admitted that they were a bit too full of themselves after losing in Philadelphia by “only” three points. Then there was the jocular behavior in the locker room after they went “toe to toe” with the Seahawks. Reporters who were in the locker room after the Arizona game noted the sullen silence. Do they know who they are now, a team with some talent that has to nail down the details of the game play after play, series after series, in order to win? We should find out starting today.
—Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Titans, 1 p.m., FedEx Field
—Days until: Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 8; Redskins @ Vikings 14; Bucs @ Redskins 28
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