Friday, October 9, 2009
Week 5 preview vs Carolina
So far, the Redskins had created more drama off the field then on it. First, Daniel Snyder brought in Sherm Lewis as an offensive consultant, then Greg Blache refuses to talk to the media, and just reported last night from Dan Hellie, Clinton Portis and Mike Sellers got into a heated verbal argument after the loss to the lions. I really can careless about that fight, or Portis is just being himself. The fact is that this team is very dysfunctional from top to bottom, even before this altercations began. We'll see if that incident brings the team together or divide amongst themselves.
But Sunday, the Redskins will face their fourth win less team this season, the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are coming off a bye and begin a favorable four game stretch after starting the season 0-3. The Panthers believe they can get back on track this week against an inconsistent Redskins team. They have a strong offense led by Quarterback Jake Delehome, wide receiver Steve Smith, and running backs De-Angelo Williams and Johnathan Stewart. The Redskins defensive line will have their hands full all day. If they give nearly 200 rushing yards versus the Lions, and they easily do the same at Carolina.
The Redskins offense still hasn't improve at all this season, and another lackluster start in the 1st half could lead them to another loss. It is clear that this team is not built for the west coast offense. Quarterback Jason Campbell needs to play better offensively and avoid turnovers. The running game needs to be existent, and Clinton Portis needs to have a big day against a mediocre run defense from Carolina. After watching his first four games, Portis is just a back who will average just only 3 to 5 yards per carry, and he will rarely get over 100 yards rushing. Hopefully, his previous fight with Sellers may motivated him to have a huge game.
Prediction: The Panthers loss their first three games to three good teams, the Eagles, Falcons, and Cowboys. They also home and coming off a bye week. The Redskins have not great so far and they could easily be 0-4. The offense is still struggling, but the defense is coming together. But they will have a tough task facing this Panthers offense. Given the amount of drama (dysfunction) the Redskins had, and the Panthers having extra week's rest, the results should show it. Look for the Redskins to struggle against another win less team on the road.
Redskins: 10, Panthers: 24