Sep 20, 2016, 6:05 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 20, five days before the Washington Redskins visit the New York Giants.
—Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability
—Days until: Browns @ Redskins 12; Redskins @ Ravens 19; Eagles @ Redskins 26
First thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants
—Here’s a look at what we might expect to see from the New York offense on Sunday:
—In the lead up to Norman-Beckham Round 2 the Redskins are making Josh Norman available to the media for 10 minutes on Wednesday afternoon. His press conference will be at about 3:20. Don’t be late. My quick early thought is that they will move Norman to stay near OBJ a lot more often then they matched him up with Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant. Bashaud Breeland has had trouble with Beckham in the past and it’s probably better to match up Norman. The best way to battle Beckham is to rattle him and Norman can do that.
—Breeland could have his hands full with receiver Sterling Shepard. So far the rookie leads the team in receiving yards with 160, one more than Beckham.
—It’s funny what a difference a few plays can make. If Terrance Williams can get out of bounds in Week 1 and if Drew Brees can muster another touchdown on Sunday, the Giants could well be 0-2 and the finger pointing in New Jersey would be well underway especially with a new coach and no playoff appearances since 2011. Instead, they are 2-0 and on top of the world.
—Can Kirk Cousins get it together in time to save the Redskins’ season? I don’t know but he’s done it before. You don’t have to think back any further than the second half of the Bucs game at FedEx Field last year. But just because he has done it before doesn’t mean he can do it again. The real question isn’t if he can turn it around, it’s why is he playing poorly in the first place? Progress isn’t necessarily linear as we’ve learned but this seems like quite a precipitous dip. Perhaps defenses have adjusted to him but that doesn’t account for him overthrowing Jamison Crowder early or underthrowing Josh Doctson later on. Is it money/contract pressure? The amateur psychologist in many observers thinks that may be the answer.
—Will this be the week the Redskins start running ball some more? Last year the Giants were only slightly better against the run than the porous Redskins but so far this year they have been fairly stingy, giving up 71 yards per game. Perhaps the Redskins can try to keep Eli Manning, Beckham, and company off the field by handing the ball to Matt Jones 20 times, maybe give Robert Kelley a few carries as well. I mean, only the Redskins coaches have really stopped Washington’s running game so far, right?
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