Thursday, October 27, 2016

Approaching the Bye Week, The Redskins Enter a Critical Point Of Their Season

At 4-3 and sitting tied for last place is a very competitive NFC East, the Redskins go to London entering their first of many must win games this season. The Redskins nearly left the Motor City with a victory despite committing two turnovers in the red zone and leaving 10 points off the board in the first quarter. However, the defense got beat by Matthew Stafford in the final 1:05 in the 4th quarter. Everyone can say what they want on the defense, but they did not lose the game in Detroit, the offense and special teams did. Also, give credit to quarterback Matthew Stafford because he's having a career year this season with the Lions. Last Sunday was Stafford's 24th game winning drive in his NFL career. When a quarterback finds a way to win that amount of games in the last minute, it is a challenge for any defense.

Now, let's focus to the next opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals. They have plenty of talent on both offense and defense, but they are off to a 3-4 start. The Bengals have a great running back tandem in Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. Containing Hill and Bernard will be a major challenge for the Redskins, who have struggled defensively against the run all season. Another major challenge is the health of Trent Williams, Josh Norman, and Jordan Reed. Those three players must be healthy and ready to play if the Redskins have a chance of winning in London.

There is still plenty of football left to be played, but the difference between 5-3 and 4-4 going into the bye week is huge because the second half schedule is brutal. At 5-3, it gives the Redskins a chance to play some meaningful games. At 4-4, the chances of making the playoff odds and winning the NFC East takes a hit, and the Redskins will be need to get on a winning streak against the Vikings, Packers, Cowboys, Cardinals, and Eagles. Those teams are in the NFC playoff race.

So wake up early, enjoy your breakfast, and hope for a big Redskins win on Sunday morning.

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