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5+1: Can the Redskins control Suh?

Sep 20, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

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The Redskins take on the Lions at FedEx Field in what may or may not be a must-win game. Here are five things to look for plus a prediction:

1. If they can’t control Ndamukong Suh it’s going to be a long day—and it could be a short day for Robert Griffin III. A vote of players has named the Lions’ defensive tackle the NFL’s dirtiest player two straight years and even when he plays cleanly he has the potential to wreck an offensive game plan and cause bodily harm to opposing players. One offensive lineman I talked to hinted that they could try to use Suh’s aggressiveness against him by calling some draws and screens.

2. The Lions ranked third in the league in yards gained last year but 17 in points scored. That points to a very inefficient operation that had to settle for field goal attempts a lot (36 of them) and turned the ball over way too often (33 times). They seem to be buttoning up some of these issues this year. With the required small sample size warning, they are eighth in yards and fifth in scoring.

3. But if coach Jim Schwartz has to call for a field goal attempt, he doesn’t have longtime, reliable Jason Hanson answering. David Akers is now the kicker and he’s been shaky at best. Last week he missed from 52, got a reprieve thanks to a penalty but was wide right from 47 and then he had another 47-yarder blocked. He struggled last year in San Francisco and you have to think the Lions will have limited confidence if they have to call on him.

4. Not sure what more can be said about Robert Griffin III that hasn’t already been said. If he plays like he did last year the Redskins should win and do so easily. If he is off the Redskins will struggle. Does the old RG3 return all of a sudden, like flipping a switch? Or will it come in fits and starts?

5. The Lions have never won in Washington, a streak that goes back to 1939. It includes 18 regular-season wins and three in the playoffs. You can say either say that the Lions are jinxed or that they are overdue.

Redskins 28, Lions 24

  1. Yankee Fan - Sep 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Stop Suh?!? How in the H E double hockey sticks are we going to stop Megatron??? Detroit 49 Washington 24

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      I see where you’re coming from. But the fact is that Johnson set the all-time NFL record for receiving yards in a season last year but the Lions won just four games. He’ll get his but limit the damage from the others and the Redskins have a decent shot at winning.

      • junior - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        The lions won 4 games, get it right

        • Rich Tandler - Sep 21, 2013 at 5:25 AM

          Don’t know what I was thinking, fixed it. Thanks.

  2. polofourme - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    If we are going to stop Suh we will have to double team him and that means one of two things..we will have to keep a TE or RB in to block or we will give up of the middle of the field with DET coming right up the middle…either way, if we squeeze the balloon one place it just opens up holes in other places. As for Johnson..we don’t have ANYONE that can come close to matching up with him..he is going to eat our secondary alive. However can DET win just with Johnson? I don’t think so..they need Bush to play and if he does its going to be all over for WAS. The only way I see WAS having a chance is if Bush cant play and then it turns out to be a battle over stopping Johnson and even if we double team him he is going to make some catchs and score some points. If the D can hold him down…even a little bit that will WAS a shot but not a big one…but like they say, its better than a sharp stick in the eye…WAS by 1.

  3. cyberedskins - Sep 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Run the ball. That is how you stop Suh. Tire him out make it so he doesn’t get the chance to rush the QB often. A lot of movement in general the Redskins OL is built to move not to stand still so they should also try to run more bootlegs etc. I like the draws/screens idea as well. Will Montgomery HAS to have a better game than he did against the Packers though.

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