Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 24, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff, noon, NBC Sports Washington; Redskins vs. Broncos, 1 p.m., FOX
—Redskins @ Giants (12/31) 7
—NFL free agency starts (3/14/18) 80
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 123
News update: On Saturday, the Redskins place RB LaShun Daniels on injured reserve. He suffered a broken hand while fielding a kickoff in practice (yes, you read that right). To take his spot on the roster they signed RB Kenny Hilliard, who was on the team during training camp.
Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Broncos
The Kapri Bibbs factor—With Samaje Perine a game-time decision with a groin injury, Bibbs will start or get a lot of the action today against his former team. He played in a combined 13 games with Denver in 2015 and 2016. He said that “they took me for granted” and he wants to show the Broncos that they made “a huge mistake” when they let him go. Hey, let’s dub it the Bibbs Bowl, it might add a little spice to the game.
Can they run? The Bibbs revenge stuff sounds good, but the fact is that the Redskins will be going with their No. 6 running back and will be without three Week 1 starters on the offensive line including Trent Williams, who is their best O-lineman against the Broncos, who have the No. 4 rushing defense in the league. Under Jay Gruden, the Redskins are 5-24 when they rush for fewer than 90 yards. But two of those wins came this year including last week against the Cardinals so maybe they have a good shot at winning even if they struggle to move the ball on the ground.
Osweiler to start—It looks like the Redskins will face Brock Osweiler at quarterback and not Paxton Lynch. Neither player is anything to be scared of although Osweiler did have a good game when he came in to relieve an injured Trevor Siemian against the Colts last week. For the season Osweiler has completed 55 percent of his passes with an average per attempt of 6.7 yards. Add the Brock Lobster factor to a Denver rushing game that averages 4.0 yards per carry (20th) and you have a situation where the Redskins should be embarrassed if they give up more than 17 points.
Other keys to a win:
- Let the Broncos put presents under the tree: Only the woeful Browns have a worse turnover margin that the Broncos, who are minus-15. Let them help you win.
- Get after the quarterback: The Redskins got on a good pass rushing roll against the Cardinals. They can keep it going against the Broncos, who have allowed 44 sacks, the fifth most in the NFL.
Prediction: On the Redskins Talk podcast this week, I predicted a Broncos win. Since then I have tried to talk myself into predicting a Redskins win but I can’t. The game is a coin toss. So was the Cardinals game and the Redskins came up winners. I’m not sure if the Redskins can win in their depleted state.
Broncos 17, Redskins 13
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