Friday, September 18, 2009
Week 2 preview versus St Louis
After last Sunday disastrous loss, the Redskins should be very fortunate that they have a favorable schedule for the next three games. They start that stretch with the home opener versus the St Louis Rams, the same team that upset the skins last season 17-14 in week 5.
The Rams last week were manhandled by Seattle 28-0. They did had 247 yards of offense despite the loss, while the redskins had only 272. The Rams also on rebuilding mode by hiring Steve Spagnuolo as their head coach, their receiving corps doesn't involve Issac Bruce and Torry Holt, and only have one big play maker on the roster, which is running back Steven Jackson.
For the Rams to have any shot, they have to limit turnovers, pressure Jason Campbell, play solid defense, and hope that they lose in a close game like 17-14 or etc.
The Redskins really need this win badly. I know its week 2, but a loss will be catastrophic to the team physiologically, mentally, and the fan base. Another bad play calling day for Jim Zorn means that fans will questioning his job security all week and into the rest of season.
So look for Zorn to finally open up the playbook and let Quarterback Jason Campbell make plays down the field to his receivers. Hopefully, Malcolm Kelly will have a coming out party this Sunday, and step up to complement Santana Moss as the real number two receiver.
I expect the ground game to be established with running back Clinton Portis carrying most of the run game. But Portis is mostly a part time back currently, so expect backup running back Ladell Bettis to get some carries throughout this game.
Prediction: The Rams look dreadful last week, and I expect nothing different from them this week. The Redskins are very good in home openers, winning eight of eleven since Daniel Snyder bought the team in 1999. Expect that winning trend to continue this week, and the offense to finally make big plays and score some points. However, a loss, or a 17-14 win will put Zorn and Campbell under heavy scrutiny.
Redskins: 27 Rams: 10