Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 29, seven days before the Washington Redskins go to Seattle to play the Seahawks.
Today’s schedule: Redskins kickoff, 3:30, NBC Sports Washington; Cowboys @ Redskins 4:25
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 7
—Vikings @ Redskins (11/12) 14
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 25
Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Cowboys
—The Redskins will be without Trent Williams and it would not be a shock of we were to find out at about 3 p.m. that Brandon Scherff also is inactive. Even if Scherff can play through his MCL injury, he may not be as mobile and effective as he usually is. With Ty Nsekhe still a week or two away from returning after a core muscle injury, T.J. Clemmings, who has started 31 NFL games, will start in place of Williams. He allowed nine sacks for the Vikings last year, although it should be noted that Sam Bradford takes a lot of sacks.
—We’re not even sure who will start if Scherff can’t go. Tyler Catalina was listed as questionable as he recovers from a concussion. If he is out, they may have to start Arie Kouandjio, a familiar face who was signed yesterday. But he should know the playbook, having spent the last two seasons plus all of the offseason and training cap with the Redskins. It’s far from ideal but it’s one of those desperate times call for desperate measures situations. One sign of the quandary the Redskins are in is that the backup who inspires the most confidence is sixth-round rookie center Chase Roullier, who will start in place of Spencer Long.
—The Redskins should be in better shape defensively. Of course, they are without Mason Foster and Jonathan Allen, who are on injured reserve. But it looks like Josh Norman is set to return from the broken rib that has kept him out the last two games. And Preston Smith, who had to leave the Eagles game with a groin injury, is expected to start, although he may be on a limited snap count.
—The key to the Redskins’ chances will be the defensive front holding up against the running of Ezekiel Elliott. The second-year player is heating up after a tepid start to the season. He has averaged 131 yards rushing the last two games. If Elliott runs that well in what are expected to be rainy and windy conditions, the Redskins will be in trouble. If they can hold him to about 90 yards, which is what Elliott averaged in two games against them last year, they could have a fighting chance on a day where points could be hard to come by.
Prediction: I am giving the Redskins a puncher’s chance of pulling out a win. Sometimes you can get by for a game or two with some of your best players on the sideline. Clemmings for 16 games could be a big problem; for a game or two, maybe not. Maybe they can load up to stop the run, have an intact group of defensive backs keep tight coverage on the receivers, and pull out a win. Maybe, but it’s not likely. Even if the defense plays well, it’s difficult to see the Redskins scoring enough to pull out this one.
Cowboys 20, Redskins 14
Season prediction record: 2-4
Tandler on Twitter
The Redskins now have 12 O-linemen on the 53. To do that they had to release a guy they probably would rather keep. https://t.co/ocqCOo8FDB— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) October 28, 2017
In case you missed it
- Trent out, per report
- As injuries mount up, Redskins add offensive line help
- The Redskins week that was—Receiver decisions, injury woes
- After slow start, Terrelle Pryor apologizes