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WAS – NE Week 14 Preview

December 7, 2011

Pre-Game


The Patriots come to FedEx field this Sunday for Week 14 of the regular season. New England (9-3) leads the AFC East while the Redskins (4-8) hang at last in the NFC East, behind Philadelphia (4-8).

The Patriots are one of the powerhouses of the AFC, with elite Quarterback Tom Brady at the helm. The top two receivers have compiled more touchdowns than the Redskins team as whole. The Patriots rank 2nd in overall yards and passing yards, 3rd  in points per game, and a deep 21st in rush yards per game.

Let’s be honest here, there is only one way to beat the Patriots for the Redskins, a stout defense. Brady is easily a future hall of famer, and doesn’t get jittery too easily.  LaRon Landry has been plagued with injuries, missing most of the pre-season as well as week 13 against the Jets. Hopefully he will be in the mix to try and quell the Patriots’ oober-productive pass offense.

Fred Davis and Trent Williams will be out of the mix due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. This basically cuts the head off of the Redskins’ offense, as Davis is the teams leading receiver. An offensive “shootout” and the Redskins shouldn’t go in the same sentence together. Especially not this week.

Redskins’ runningback Roy Helu has shown promise as a starting back, posting consecutive 100 yard games against the Seahawks and the Jets. Santana Moss has returned from a hand injury that might still be slowing him down. He dropped a few passes that aren’t the kind that he lets get away. These might be the only weapons the Redskins have left to take advantage of the crappy New England D (32nd Overall), but even with both of them, and their offensive line in tact, the Redskins STILL haven’t been able to get into the endzone on a regular basis.

Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski has had a breakout season posting 13 touchdowns and has already surpassed his 2010 numbers (10). Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan will have to tighten up their coverage abilities to try and take Gronkowski out of Brady’s options in the Redzone. Wes Welker, the Patriots’ leader in Receptions will likely test Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall throughout the game. Brady is known for his ability to throw his receivers open, if the Redskins’ defensive front can pressure him enough, they might be able to force him to make lesser decisions enabling the Redskins secondary to make a play (even though the Redskins rank 26th in interceptions on the season). The Redskins’ defense is tied for 5th in sacks with 33 overall. The Patriots’ offensive line is ranked 6th in the league, allowing only 21. It will be interesting to see the two battling.

In all, the prognosis looks pretty bad. The Redskins are still rebuilding and are missing their best offensive weapon and arguably their best offensive lineman. Rex Grossman has shown inconsistency in the pocket and the Patriots’ pass defense is no joke, tied for 2nd in interceptions with 17. The likely outcome is a win for the Patriots, but hey, who knows. This game shouldn’t even be considered a game, even with a win the Redskins’ won’t be able to secure a playoff birth and it’ll likely be considered a fluke. To be honest, I’m really not looking forward to the game, but I will watch it, because I’m a fan no matter how shitty they play.

Images via: washington.cbslocal.com, trendsandlifestyle.blogs.com

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One Comment on “WAS – NE Week 14 Preview”

  1. Dean of Ball So Hard University Says:

    Would be a fatal mistake to have an Orakpo/Kerrigan cover Gronkowski.

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