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Need to Know: The 5 worst pass defenses on the Redskins’ 2014 schedule

Jun 10, 2014, 5:36 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, June 10, seven days before the start of Redskins minicamp.

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Here are the five worst pass defenses the Redskins will face in 2014 (as determined by 2013 opponent’s passer rating).

Vikings (opp. passer rating 98.6)—Robert Griffin III had one of his best days last year against them, completing 24 of 37 passes for 281 yards in a Vikings win. They added CB Captain Munnerlyn and safety Kurt Coleman in free agency.

Jaguars (96.5)—The Jaguars intercepted only 11 passes all year. They made an effort to upgrade their pass rush by signing ex-Seahawks Red Bryant and Chris Clemons.

Cowboys (96.0)—With the loss of Sean Lee, their best coverage linebacker, to injury and the departures of Jason Hatcher (free agent to Washington) and DeMarcus Ware (released, signed with Denver), who had half of Dallas’ sacks last year, the Cowboys are the early favorites to have the worst pass defense in the NFL this year.

Rams (94.7)—The started a very young secondary with three second-year players and a rookie. They got 19 sacks from Robert Quinn and they’re hoping to get more from first-round pick Aaron Donald.

Texans (93.9)—Ed Reed didn’t bring much to their secondary and was released in midseason. JJ Watt’s had only half as many sacks as he did in his stunning 2012 season. They are hoping that top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney will bolster the pass rush and free agent safeties Chris Clemons and Kendrick Lewis will help in the back end.

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Timeline

—It’s been 163 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 89 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 7; Training camp 44; Redskins @ Eagles 103

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  1. Newsuit - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Vikings may be a tougher matchup than normally since they added Zimmer as head coach. He may have a lot of insight into what Gruden likes to do.

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      True, but Gruden knows what Zimmer does pretty well, too. It should be an interesting chess match.

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  2. RussianBreadMaker - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Probably should just rename the website “Rich Tandler’s 5 Things”

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Perhaps. But only if on most days you name what most Redskins beat writers do “So and So’s Zero Things” since most of them aren’t posting something every morning. That would be appropriate. I write Redskins content 7 days a week. Yes, it is easier to come up with ideas if I stick with a formula.

      I also have at least one, usually 3 or 4, additional posts that is not a “5 things” up on CSN every day.

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  3. kenlinkins - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Rich: How many wins do you see in these 6 games? (3 at home / 3 on the road, 4 before the bye). If the Redskins hope to go 8-8 ( or better) in 2014, IMO they need 4.

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      I think the pivot game is the Houston game. If they can get the upset there (HOU a slight favorite last I saw) and split with Dallas they’ll be in position to go at least 3-3. Jags game should be a W.

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