The 10 scariest players who the Redskins could face in their first playoff game
10) Julius Peppers
He may be in his 14th NFL season, but the outside linebacker can still apply the heat. With 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2015, Peppers is a disruptive player in the passing game. If the Packers are the team to come to D.C., expect Trent Williams to have his hands full.
9) Tyler Lockett
The rookie can do damage in a lot of ways: He has 49 catches for 628 yards and 6 scores, and has also picked up a touchdown on both a punt return and a kick return. Washington has been better with their tackling and special teams this year than they were last year, but they've had their fair share of trouble with guys like Lockett in the past. He could hurt them at any moment.
8) Anthony Barr
The second-year linebacker out of UCLA will be a problem in this league for a long time, and he'll get his first taste of the playoffs this season. Barr can run (4.66 40-yard dash) is big (6'5", 255 pounds) and is versatile (2.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 interception and 6 passes defensed). #55 would affect all facets of the game if Minnesota travels to D.C. for their postseason opener.
7) Harrison Smith
Barr is the guy to watch for in the Vikings' front-7, while Smith is the main part of their secondary.The fourth-year pro has 12 career picks (2 this year), plus 4 career defensive touchdowns. He can cover and he can hit, so Kirk Cousins and Washington's running backs and receivers will have to be aware of where he is at all times.
6) Richard Sherman
Going by his typically high standards, Sherman is having a bit of a down year (only 2 interceptions and lackluster coverage at times). With that being said, the confident corner has been shutting down one half of the field his entire NFL life, and he absolutely could return to that form at any time. He could stifle the Redskins' top receivers and make Kirk Cousins look elsewhere for a whole game, meaning he should absolutely be feared even if he's slumping.
5) Michael Bennett
Bennett can bring it from his defensive end spot, and has been bringing it for a long time. This year is no different: With 9.5 sacks thus far to go along with 2 forced fumbles, he's been a headache for opposing offensive coordinators in 2015. Sean McVay and Jay Gruden would be required to come up with plays that neutralize #72 in some form or fashion, or else he could end up wrecking the whole gameplan.
4) Doug Baldwin
Something has gotten into Doug Baldwin this year, especially as of late. The normally secondary receiver has become Russell Wilson's main target, and he's capitalizing on the increased attention: Before the season, he had 15 career touchdowns; he's scored 14 in 2015 alone, however, and a ton recently. He's hauled in 73 passes and has a 14.0 yards-per-catch average to go along with all those end zone trips, meaning whoever's covering him for Joe Barry needs to be on their toes from the first quarter to the fourth if Seattle is their playoff opponent.
3) Russell Wilson
Wilson has already dispatched the Redskins from the postseason once, and if he comes to FedEx Field this January, he could very well do it again. With almost 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns through 15 contests this year, the 27-year-old has long silenced any doubts about whether he can be relied on as a passer. Of course, he must be accounted for on the ground as well, evidenced by his 541 rushing yards so far. All 11 sets of eyes of Washington's defense will need to be on him throughout.
2) Adrian Peterson
Yeah, this guy's a decent running back: 1,418 rushing yards at 4.6 yards a pop, plus 10 rushing TDs. He's also caught 29 balls for an additional 221 yards up to this point. Peterson can break four tackles and take it the distance in the blink of an eye, and he can also wear down a defense four yards at a time. Stopping him would be priority No. 1 in a Redskins-Vikings game.
1) Aaron Rodgers
A-Rod has a ton of playoff experience under his belt, and could go down as one of the NFL's best quarterbacks ever. Sound like someone you want to go up against in the postseason? With 3500+ yards and 30 TDs in 2015, Rodgers has kept an undermanned Green Bay offense afloat almost on his own. He's without some top weapons, sure, but that right arm can do some dangerous things, and could absolutely take out the Burgundy and Gold if called upon.