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Key Redskins matchups: New-look defensive line gets shot at revenge on Trent Williams

Key Redskins matchups: New-look defensive line gets shot at revenge on Trent Williams

In what should be one of, if not the most anticipated game on the Redskins' 2020 schedule, Washington will go on the road to take on Trent Williams and his new team. 

The Redskins and their revamped defensive line will get a shot at a bit of redemption in Week 14 against the 49ers. Williams, of course, was traded to San Francisco for a 2020 fifth-round pick (Keith Ismael) and a 2021 third-round pick, which ended a year-long saga between Washington and the seven-time Pro-Bowler.

How much of a chance do the Redskins have against their old friend? Let's break it down and find out.

Tale of the tape

It'd be an understatement to say the defensive line is Washington's strongest unit. After selecting Chase Young with the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Redskins have now used four of their last five picks on defensive linemen. 

Young joins Montez Sweat, Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Ryan Kerrigan on what should be one of the league's best front-fours. This roster-building strategy should look plenty familiar to the 49ers, who took Nick Bosa No. 2 in 2019 despite having Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner already holding up a formidable defensive line. 

Washington's defensive line has a nice blend of size, speed and power across all four spots, and whoever matches up with Williams, whether it be Sweat, Young or Kerrigan, most likely won't have to face a double team all game. The Redskins posted the eighth-best sack percentage in the NFL last season, and that was before they added a generational pass rusher in Young. 

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Dominating the line of scrimmage is key to any victory in the NFL, and it'll be a significant challenge for Washington when they go up against the 49ers. San Francisco sported a dominant rushing attack last year, averaging 144.1 rushing yards per game. The only team who averaged more yards on the ground were the Ravens (206).

On the flip side, the Redskins gave up the second-most rushing yards-per-game last season (146.2). Williams is one of the most athletic left tackles the game has ever seen, and head coach Kyle Shanahan will likely use that to his advantage on running plays in an attempt to get Williams blocking into the second level. The left side will not be an easy edge to set for Washington. 

When it comes to getting to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the Redskins should expect that to be a battle as well. Garoppolo is known for getting the ball out quickly and the 49ers were in the middle of the pack last season when it came to sack percentage. Washington will have its work cut out getting him to the ground, which will grow more difficult over the course of the game if they can't stop the run. 

Who has the edge?

It's hard not to give the team who went 13-3 last season and added Trent Williams to their offensive line the advantage over the Redskins. By the time this game rolls around, Washington could be in a very different place than they're perceived right now. 

Until then though, they're going to be considered major underdogs against the 49ers. 

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If the Redskins go with a new name, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a favorite

If the Redskins go with a new name, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a favorite

As the Redskins name-change debate continues to gain steam, people everywhere are weighing in on potential options for a switch.

Scanning social media, the leaders in the clubhouse seem to be the Washington Warriors, Redtails and Redhawks.

At least one of those names has the blessing of a player fans hope will eventually become the face of the franchise.

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With several former Ohio State players on the team -- Dwayne Haskins, Chase Young, Terry McLaurin -- Bleacher Report's Matt Miller tossed around the idea of changing the Redskins to the Buckeyes. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins responded saying he liked the Redtails.

The Redtails were a group of Tuskegee airmen, all-black fighter pilots during World War II.

Haskins said "that's if we have to change the name," making clear he isn't taking a stance on whether the team should change the name.

Reports have suggested a name change is likely before the 2020 season begins.

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Report: Globetrotters willing to sell Washington Generals name to Redskins

Report: Globetrotters willing to sell Washington Generals name to Redskins

As the Washington football team mulls over the increasingly likely decision to change its name from the Redskins, the parent company of the Harlem Globetrotters suggested Friday that it'd be interested in giving the team another option.

According to Action Network's Darren Rovell, a spokesman for Herschend Entertainment said the company would "love" for the Redskins or NFL to call about buying the rights to the Washington Generals name.

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The Generals are the frequent opponent of the Globetrotters, almost always on the losing end of the fun basketball competition. Herschend Entertainment owns trademarks for both the Generals and Globetrotters.

“We think that the Globetrotters are right up there as the most liked team in the world with Manchester United and the New York Yankees,” Brett Meister, the spokesman, said. “Our heritage includes the Washington Generals.”

The Generals also have other local ties, as the team's former owner/coach/player Red Klotz was a member of the 1948 title-winning Baltimore Bullets.

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