Looking to get back in the win column after riding high for three straight weeks, the New Orleans Saints face the Washington Redskins in FedEx Field today. However, the Redskins understand that they must take advantage of playing at home and look to continue their win streak at FedEx. Washington’s defense will be tested early and often by a resurgent Drew Brees led offense. The signal caller has been sharp as of late and this game may come down to a shoot out.
Last season, the Redskins found themselves in a very similar predicament. Their record was 3-5, but they couldn’t turn things around and proceeded to lose seven of their last eight games. “The heat has to be turned up,” said Coach Jay Gruden.
Washington has suffered through a number of injuries this season. Dashon Goldson injured his hamstring last week and Keenan Robinson injured his shoulder, both of which won’t be on the field today for Washington as they’re ruled out. These personnel losses take a toll on the Redskins defense as both Goldson and Robinson are Washington’s leading tacklers.
Despite the way the season is going and the number of injuries sustained, Gruden constantly challenges his team to raise to the occasions and turn the season around. He is not one to dwell on the past, but only what can be improved. “We’ve got to challenge our guys, challenge our coaching staff. Everybody’s got to work a little harder, prepare a little better” said the Head coach.
Key Matchup of the Game: Desean Jackson VS. Keenan Lewis
Redskins receiver Desean Jackson is back in the lineup for the second consecutive week after recovering from a tough hamstring injury. DJax aims to make up for lost time and make an immediate impact, he played last week but the ball didn’t come his way.
Allowing 292 passing yards per game puts the struggling Saints pass defense 30th in the NFL. With this in mind, Jackson can really pose a threat to New Orleans. However, defensive back Keenan Lewis has a history of shutting Jackson down. In Desean Jackson’s best season during the 2014 wild-card game, Lewis held Jackson to only three receptions for 53 yards. Jackson will fight to come out on top, but it won’t come without a fight back from Lewis.