Keys for Redskins Pivotal Week 5 Matchup


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Washington is heading to New Orleans for a primetime Monday Night football matchup. This could be one of the toughest games on the Redskins schedule. To beat the Saints is no easy task since they hold a Top 5 offense in league, with star running back Alvin Kamara and standout receiver Michael Thomas. So, what are the keys to defeating the Saints?

Key #1: Defensive line shutting down Alvin Kamara

So far this season Kamara has 270 yards with 5 touchdowns. He has been the driving force in New Orleans offense. To shut down one of the best running backs in the league will come a long way for the Skins. To counter Kamara, Washington’s defensive line will be the deciding factor in this game.

The impressive D-line has recorded 7 sacks, with Zach Brown being ranked 2nd in the NFL at Inside Linebacker. If the Skins can limit Kamara to under 100 all-purpose and no touchdowns, then they should be rolling to an outstanding 3-1 place record.

Key#2: Contain the Saints lethal passing offense

Brees and Thomas have been the dynamic duo no defense has been able to shut down this year. Brees has thrown for 1295 yards and 8 touchdowns, and his success is mostly due to the terrific play by star receiver Michael Thomas. Thomas has 42 receptions for 445 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Washington’s secondary has been real good this year, led by Safety DJ Swearinger who is Top 5 in the NFL with 2 interceptions. After shutting down future Hall of Fame member Aaron Rodgers, the Skins will look to defeat another HOFer in Brees. Washington ranks 1st in pass yards allowed. Although not being an easy task, if the Skins can lock down an All-Pro WR and QB then they will find theirselves in the win column.

Key #3: Stay consistent on offense

Alex Smith will once again enter a monumental game for the Skins. But, the defense he will be facing has not performed well this year. New Orleans ranks 25th on yards allowed and 29th on points allowed. With playing a bottom half defense, comes with added pressure on Alex Smith and the rest of the offense.

Smith’s success will need to start by involving TE Jordan Reed. When Reed is fully involved in the offense, it gives any defense in the league trouble. He leads the team in receiving yards with a touchdown to go along with it. But, Smith can’t rely on one man to do the job.

Washington’s all-purpose back Chris Thompson will need to show up in a large way on Monday. With his speed and upfield awareness, Thompson has the ability to shred the Saints apart. This matchup is looking to be a shootout so, if the Skins want to have a chance of winning this matchup then, they will need to stay consistent and make smart decisions on offense.




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