Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 10, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.
—Today's schedule: Joe Barry news conference 12:40; Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference, player availability after practice approx. 3 p.m.
—Days until: Packers @ Redskins 10; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 14; Redskins @ Cardinals 24
Five Redskins who are under pressure against the Vikings
QB Kirk Cousins—Maybe I’m being a stickler here but I’ve said that he needs to throw for over 300 yards in a win in order to get off of this list. He still hasn’t done that. Some improved results in the red zone will get him out of the “under pressure” category.
OT Ty Nsekhe—There is plenty of pressure inherent in replacing Trent Williams and knowing that you are going to have to protect Cousins’ blind side for the next four games. Add in the fact that Nsekhe will line up against Everson Griffen, the best pass rusher on a tough Vikings defense, and the intensity of the spotlight goes up.
DE Chris Baker—The Vikings are having a tough time running the ball. At 2.7 yards per carry they are on pace to have the most woeful rushing attack in over 70 years. (via Pro Football Reference) They are probably going to look at the Redskins’ rushing defense as a chance to get rolling on the ground. It’s up to Baker and the rest of the line to make sure that Minnesota running backs Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata don’t all of a sudden become attractive fantasy options.
OLB Preston Smith—So we set criteria for Cousins to be removed from permanent status on this list so let’s set it for Smith. He needs a game with a sack and a forced fumble that the Redskins recover. They don’t have to happen on the same play but they do have to be in the same game. Against the Vikings the opportunity could be there against a weak offensive line.
CB Bashaud Breeland—I'd make him a permanent fixture on this list, too. But that would be three players of the five under pressure and that's too many. Still, his one interception was all the way back in Week 1 and he has yet to force or recover a fumble. Sam Bradford has thrown only one pick all year so maybe this isn't the week for that but he needs to make more of an impact.
Tandler on Twitter
When I found out during training camp that Bobby Beathard would go into the #Redskins’ Ring of Fame my reaction was, “He’s not already?"— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) November 9, 2016
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