Saturday, December 3, 2011

Redskins vs Jets: Gameplan

Roy Helu Jr. will need to be unstoppable once again. (Photo: turner.com)
Tomorrow, the Washington Redskins travel to New York to take on the New York Jets. Since the bye week, the Jets have gone 2-2 with both wins coming over the Buffalo Bills. This past week the Redskins finally broke their 6 game losing streak with an impressive 23-17 win in Seattle against the Seahawks. This week their opponent is much better. Here are a few things that the Redskins should focus on if they want to win tomorrow.

Offense
I certainly would not expect the Redskins passing attack to be much of factor tomorrow...well, at least not what should be the focal point. Roy Helu Jr will have to, once again, put the team on his back. The Jets are ranked 15th in the NFL in rush yards allowed. They give up an average of 114 yards on the ground. In his first game as the starter, Helu Jr. ran for 108 yards and he is expected to start again tomorrow.

He will be running into stiff competition on the other side of the ball such as Bart Scott (who is rumored to be able to stop a nose bleed), Eric Smith, Calvin Pace, and David Harris. The offensive line will need to get bodies on bodies and keep tabs on the whereabouts of those players.

If the Redskins have to throw the football, Rex Grossman will need to locate Darrelle Revis and simply stay away from him.

Special Teams
This is no team to fall asleep on on special teams. Kick returner Joe McKnight averages of 34 yards a return and is not afraid to bring it out of the endzone.

Defense
The Redskins pass defense will have to show up tomorrow. With the absence of LaRon Landry, the secondary is sure to be on the hot seat tomorrow. Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes, and Dustin Keller will be running wild tomorrow if they do not keep tabs on them. While Burress started the season quiet, he has certainly come on strong as of late. On paper, it looks as though the Redskins are severely outmatched throughout the secondary. The young and inexperienced secondary will need to step up tomorrow. Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan will need to play like men possessed tomorrow to force Mark Sanchez into making mistakes.

Shonn Greene is another player the Redskins will need to contain. Greene only average under 60 yards per game, but, can still create plays and run defenders over in the open field.

Conclusion
The Redskins are, for sure, not the better team between these two. Most players will need to play their best game of the year in order for them to have a chance. The Jets are tough, mean, and most of all...talkative. The Redskins can not afford to listen to what Rex Ryan or any other member of the Jets will say. That will only get them into trouble.

My Prediction
Redskins: 23 vs Jets: 20