Redskins vs. Lions: Players and positions to watch

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Washington Redskins are looking to extend their winning streak to five games this Sunday, with a victory over the Detroit Lions.

The Redskins, who were practically written off after starting the season 0-2, have rattled off four straight victories.

Here are a few people and positions to watch in the Redskins game against the Lions:

Stopping Stafford

Detroit’s offense is ranked 12th in the league in points per game, led by QB Matthew Stafford who is having the best season of his career. Stafford is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes and has thrown 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions.  Last week, the Redskins pass rush took advantage of a rookie left tackle and punished Philadelphia’s rookie QB, Carson Wentz, all night, racking up five sacks. This week, Stafford was more experience and confidence under his belt, and the Redskins need to find a way to be just as, if not more aggressive in trying to rattle Stafford

Defense: keep on, keepin’ on

The Redskins Defense has kept this team in ball games. Even more impressively is how this defense has been able to buckle down in the second half. They have allowed ZERO touchdowns and just 15 points in the second half of the last four games. They are full of swagger and confidence right now, and need to be prepared to make those big stops again this week. The Redskins secondary will have their hands full with Detroit’s receivers, Marvin Jones, Anquan Boldin and Golden Tate

Balancing Act

The Redskins have put out a more balanced game plan as of late. Against Philadelphia, they had a 34 pass/ 33 run ratio. Allowing the Redskins run game to find a groove. The running back group, led by Matt Jones and undrafted rookie Robert Kelley amassed 230 yards against the Eagles. Aside from similar hair styles, Jones and “Fat Rob” say they work well together because each other’s mere presence promotes healthy competition which in turn pushes each one to get better and demand more carries each week.

Welcome Home, Kirk

Quarterback Kirk Cousins is slowly coming along this season. I don’t know if he is getting used to the pressure that comes with getting paid $20 million or was spurred by his star receiver saying he deserves more look. Whatever, it is, Cousins put up his best performance of the season against the Eagles. He was confident, was more aware in the pocket and found a groove. Now, he gets a chance to show off his new found confidence in front of friends and family. A large group is expected to be present for Sunday’s game as Cousin’s returns to his home state.

 

 

 


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