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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Rams

Sep 20, 2015, 6:17 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 40, the day the Washington Redskins host the St. Louis Rams.

Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Rams

—Although Jordan Reed is listed as questionable, technically meaning that there is a 50-50 chance that he will play, I would say there is an 80 percent chance that he will suit up. Not only does his team need him given how thin the tight end situation is and that they already are missing one passing threat in DeSean Jackson, but he needs to play for the sake of his own reputation. If he is going to shake his well-deserved reputation for being, well, let’s say it, soft, he needs to get out there. Reed may be hampered somewhat but he should be out there.

—The Rams’ defensive front is getting a lot of attention for the six sacks they got against the Seahawks. But Seattle did run against them some, picking up 125 yards on 32 carries. The Redskins probably need more rushing yards than that to have a chance and they will only accomplish that if they stick with the run.

—One reason the Rams got six sacks was that Russell Wilson dropped back to pass 47 times in a game that his team trailed by more than one score for just less than seven minutes. If Kirk Cousins drops back anywhere near 50 times the Redskins likely are doomed. He should keep it closer to the 32 he had against the Dolphins. If that happens it could be another game down to the wire.

—I think that the Redskins defender who has the best chance of getting multiple sacks is Jason Hatcher. He had a good game last week with a sack, four tackles, and a pass defensed. The veteran will line up against Rodger Saffold, one of the more experienced members on a young line. The best way to pressure Nick Foles is up the middle and Hatcher should have some success.

—Neither Joe Barry nor Jay Gruden was forthcoming with information on how the cornerbacks will line up with Bashaud Breeland back and Chris Culliver taking his place on the suspended list for a week. Justin Rogers, who was the nickel corner last week, also is out with a foot injury. I think we’ll see DeAngelo Hall and Breeland starting. In nickel situations it should be Breeland moving into the slot and David Amerson covering outside. The just-acquired Will Blackmon will come in in dime situations.


Today’s schedule: Rams @ Redskins, 1 p.m., FedEx Field, FOX

Days until: Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 4; Eagles @ Redskins 14; Redskins @ Falcons 21

  1. colorofmyskinz - Sep 20, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Rich I am glad you said it, “soft”. Come on a quad contusion?? For Christ sakes. You guys ever watch the first week of the Tour De France?

    I never thought I would say it but those boys in spandex are much tougher than most in pads in the NFL, and make Jordan look like sissi. They take crashes at 40 mph with no pads and hit the Tarmac of the road, tangle up in bikes with gears as sharp as razor blades, and fracture wrists, dislocate schoulders, and rip 30% of the skin off their body. You know what they do when they hit a crash like that, they steal their teammates bike and finish the race for their team. The entire time losing a court of blood, placing their own schoulders back in their socket, or tucking their broken wrist into their gut and riding the last 100 miles, climbing 10,000 ft, and 4 hours with one hand. That’s tough. Some finish races with broken backs, broken legs, and so much blood on their face they can only see through on eye. Helmets cracking off their heads like egg shells and the only think keeping the from getting back on the bike being a question from a team doctor like, what day is it, and who is the president of the US. Most start the next morning after those crashes with half of their body bandaged and ride 130 miles every day for 20 days straight after. Yes professional cyclists in spandex are extremely hardened.

    A quad contusion? He will forever be labeled a wus in my books if he does not take the field. Most everyone in his sport would. EVERYONE in the cycling world would not even consider sitting one pedal stroke out of their 21 day race over 2300 miles.

    Taking a game off for a “hang nail” would forever brand him as Jordan “limp” Reed.


    • gonavybeatarmy - Sep 20, 2015 at 8:10 AM

      Bravo. You could now just drop the mic and walkoff stage. Yours is the equivalent of that brilliant scene in the film “Patton” when the general slaps the private who gets treatment for being afraid. “You’re nothing but a God d coward! Get him the hell out here! Send him to the front line!

    • warpath1 - Sep 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM

      maybe we could find some out of work bicyclists to play football for us

      • bangkokben - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:42 AM

        They all have the body type of a smaller Robert Griffin the Third. Maybe the courage as well, but it doesn’t help if you’re built like a wiry scarecrow.

    • lorcanbonda - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:38 AM

      What is a “court of blood”?

  2. kenlinkins - Sep 20, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Hatcher could have another big game today but as Rich pointed out earlier in the week, how long can Hatcher keep getting 50 snaps a game and still be effective? The Redskins have a Thursday night game next week so he will have a short recovery time frame. The investment made in the D-Line this off season has to start paying off soon. Baker and Hatcher had 72 snaps last week while Paea, Knighton and Francas only totaled 47! And the funny thing is that the D-Line played a pretty good game. If the rebuild is going to work this much change.

    • bangkokben - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:44 AM

      Where is the snap counts? I love that stuff.

      As for Hatcher, the Redskins are hardly in saving mode or in a position to have one of its better players on a snap count.

      • kenlinkins - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:48 AM

        “” or just google “nfl snap counts”. They have them Tuesdays afternoons.

        • bangkokben - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:50 AM


  3. nealc53 - Sep 20, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Little mistake in the article = September 40 ??

    • Someguy - Sep 20, 2015 at 2:02 PM


  4. troylok - Sep 20, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Given that everyone knows the Redskins are a little sketchy on depth in the secondary, I suspect the Rams will run a lot of 4 and 5 wideout plays. The d-line has got to get to the QB.

  5. hk2000 - Sep 20, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    “Neither Joe Barry nor Jay Gruden was forthcoming with information on how the cornerbacks will line up….”
    Why would you, or whoever, ask such a question? Isn’t it enough we have a head coach who is known to divulge all kinds of details of what he is thinking? To be honest I suspect he wasn’t forthcoming only because he truly didn’t know! Who knows, maybe Barry is keeping Gruden out of the loop because he knows he can’t keep his mouth shut!!!

  6. bangkokben - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Tom Compton a healthy scratch? Did this guy just make the team as a conditional 3rd tight end until the real 3rd tight end gets up to speed?

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 20, 2015 at 1:01 PM

      He’s a reserve for the line.

      I guess his ability to play T.E. in a real game depends at least on being 100%, as opposed to a 300 pound lineman trying to be a T.E. while hindered by a calf injury.

  7. bangkokben - Sep 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Love the length of Hopkins. 58 yards. Sweet! At least now we have options from the opponents 35.

  8. wncskinsfan - Sep 20, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    thinking good things about Breeland today, chances are he could be a real difference maker out there. HTTR!

  9. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 20, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    1st offensive play 21 yards Cousins to Reed.

    Keep it up!

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 20, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      So far, Rams punter Johnny Hekker is their most effective player.

  10. kenlinkins - Sep 20, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    My super secret, inside spy guy has confirmed that the Redskins new GM is on the phone trying to make a deal with the Seahawks to bring their back up haft time Gator Aid vendor to Washington for Thursday’s night game after being convinced that the current vendor is placing stupid pills in the Redskins OC and Head coach’s drinks! It is unsure if the Redskins will ask the NFL to investigate, but it was reported that the current vendor is a Cowboys fan!

    • kenlinkins - Sep 20, 2015 at 4:04 PM

      The Stupid pills quite working with 9:30 remaining in the game as the Redskins use 6:50 of the clock in a 12 play drive that had 8 runs and ended with a TD. Over all, a very nice win that the Redskins can use to build on.

  11. goback2rfk - Sep 20, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Way 2 go Skins!!! They made me eat my words today for sure!! WooHoo!!

    Went from Shut out last year to winning this year! Thats a big victory!

    Matt Jones fixing to take over the number 1 RB on the Depth Chart! Way to go Jones nice showing, bad fumble, but nice showing. Yeah!

    • gasngo14 - Sep 20, 2015 at 4:32 PM

      We surely did not hear that chant you were calling for all week ……HA!

  12. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 20, 2015 at 4:15 PM


    Did our O.L. just handle the two best defensive lines in football the last two weeks?

    • squawonthewarpath - Sep 20, 2015 at 4:22 PM

      Yep. That same OLine who have received so much crap because they allowed Robert to get killed

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 20, 2015 at 5:21 PM

        I wouldn’t say it’s the same O.L.

        Morgan Moses and Brandon Scherff have stepped in and done better than I even dared hope.

        • squawonthewarpath - Sep 20, 2015 at 5:45 PM

          That was my point exactly. This same oline was criticized last week against Miami for some reason. I think they are doing a fabulous job!

    • bangkokben - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:47 PM

      My only problem with the o-line is the holding calls; although most are on the tight ends. I think Reed was called for two, although the first was on McCoy and the second on Carrier.

  13. squawonthewarpath - Sep 20, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Love how all the “predictions” were soooooooooo wrong!!!! HTTR!!!!

  14. squawonthewarpath - Sep 20, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Love how all the “predictions” were soooooooooo wrong!!!! HTTR!!!! And Matt Jones…he’s one of the main reasons we won this game..and the only reason the Rams even managed to score 7 pts against us. Great game defense!!!!

  15. gasngo14 - Sep 20, 2015 at 4:33 PM


    Where are all those fans crying about this terrible OLine?????

    • bangkokben - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

      That first sack was Aaron Donald beating the Lauvuao and Lichtensteiger double team. Great work by the o-line but there is room for improvement as well. Team, not good enough to overcome drive killing penalties.

  16. goback2rfk - Sep 20, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    The 1st Half Skins looked amazing. Thought Matt Jones looked very explosive. He has a great first 5 yards lots of explosiveness. Much more initial burst of speed than Morris. Should be a nice pair moving forward.
    Cousins looked shaky I still do not trust him Did not pass the ball down the field at all which scared me. Thought the Skins offense looked a lot like the Chiefs offense which is fine if it keeps Cousins from throwing INT’s all day.

    • gasngo14 - Sep 20, 2015 at 4:56 PM

      only one shaken was your boy Rob… shaken hands on the sideline :))

      • colmac69 - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:02 PM

        What happened to the two picks and the sack fumble my friend?

        Cousins hardly touched ground all day…Two sacks were cover sacks…only bad pass he threw should bn intercepted for sure (got break there)

        Rest of his game was spot on and with running game picking up 180+yrds…defense playing outstanding. ..all adds up to great win

        Let’s all enjoy it for couple days

    • bangkokben - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:53 PM

      Four incompletions. Two downfield throws. One of which was an incompletion. One ball dropped by the defense. What’s so shaky?

  17. gonavybeatarmy - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    *#%k Jeff Fisher and his two winning seasons in twenty years as a head coach.

    • gonavybeatarmy - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:08 PM

      Six winning seasons…

      The most overrated coach in NFL history.

  18. goback2rfk - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    We are in this race for sure especially for the division. Eagles suck ass real bad and we can beat the Giants. We may just win out the division this year. Sam Bradford lmao.

  19. goback2rfk - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    YEAH!! Tony Rhomo is injured also!!! Yeah we can take this thing to the top of the division

    • gonavybeatarmy - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:53 PM

      It looked like a possible left clavicle fracture.

    • bangkokben - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:58 PM

      Oh but isn’t Dallass’ offensive line unstoppable? Who can stop them? Don’t they have like seven number one draft picks on the o-line?

      I mock because we won today and mostly I mock our nancy fans that say that kinda crap all year long.

      • skinsgame - Sep 20, 2015 at 7:13 PM

        The starting 5 on the Cowgals offensive line is made up of nine 1st rounders.

  20. squawonthewarpath - Sep 20, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    It is kind of quiet here. I notice an absence of RG3 fans and Cousin bashers. Never understood it anyway. A true fan supports the entire team and not just one player.

    • goback2rfk - Sep 20, 2015 at 8:37 PM

      Its not that I am an RG3 fan but I could not help but wonder what Rob what look like under this somewhat new and improved offensive line.

      • brucefan1 - Sep 20, 2015 at 10:38 PM

        I wonder that too, goback, but I guess we’ll never know.

        I was glad to see that they didn’t mention Griffin during the broadcast, and they kept the camera off him for the most part (expect when he hadda jump outta the way of almost getting taken out on a sideline play. (Imagine of he was wiped out for a year because a something like THAT!! Better keep Robert BEHIND the bench — or just freakin RELEASE him! LOL)

    • warpath1 - Sep 20, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Get off me

  21. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 20, 2015 at 7:28 PM

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