Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, October 2, four days before the Washington Redskins host the Seahawks on Monday night football.
Five questions on Redskins vs. Seahawks
Can the Redskins hang with Seattle? Looking at their last game, a 45-14 blowout loss to the Giants, who are at best a middling NFL team, the simple answer would be no. But this is the NFL and strange things happen from week to week. It would be shocking for the Redskins to win this game but only mildly surprising if they can keep the game respectable.
Can Washington get to Russell Wilson? The Redskins got 10 sacks in their only win and there is certainly some cause and effect there. They won’t get that many against Seattle QB Russell Wilson. But the shifty, intelligent Wilson has been sacked six times in Seattle’s three games so it’s not impossible to get to him. The more Jason Hatcher, Ryan Kerrigan and company can pressure him, the better the Redskins’ chances will be.
Will Marshawn Lynch run wild? Two weeks ago in Philadelphia, the Redskins handled the speedy, shifty LeSean McCoy, holding him to 22 yards on 19 carries. But the Giants’ Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams, who are more powerful backs, combined to gash the Redskins for 121 yards on 28 carries. Lynch, of course, is in the power back category and controlling him will be a major challenge for the Redskins.
How will Kirk Cousins’ confidence be? Cousins appeared to be down in the dumps after throwing four picks and losing a fumble against the Giants. Just when he needs a major confidence boost, however, along comes the Seattle secondary with Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, and Kam Chancellor. That’s not the recipe for having a big day passing. Add in a pass rush that features Michael Bennett (3 sacks) and you have the formula for a long day.
Can Alfred Morris get some traction? A good strategy this game might be a heavy dose of Alfred Morris to take the pressure off of Cousins. But the Seahawks have been ultra stingy against the run, giving up an average of 2.8 yards per carry, best in the league. It won’t do much good if Morris just runs up against a brick wall all day.
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—Former Redskins quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien was born on this date in 1962.
—Today’s schedule: Kirk Cousins news conference 11:10; Open locker room 11:15; Practice 1:00 (closed to reporters after first 30 minutes); Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00)
—Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 4; Redskins @ Cardinals 10; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 25
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