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Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Keys to the game: Big effort needed from the offensive line

The Redskins came dangerously close to clipping the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. Here’s what they need to do if they want to keep Seahawk fans sleepless in Seattle.

The last two teams to play Seattle, the Rams and Ravens, came in with strategies that reflected a commitment to the run game. But it didn’t take long before they realized they weren’t going to push around a strong and athletic Seahawks front that features Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, Alan Branch and Chris Clemons.

Even so, the Redskins must fight to control the line of scrimmage. They may not be able to truly establish the run, but they need to try.

Clemons is one of my disciples. He learned under me for the first few years of his career here as a Redskin. This guy is fast, fast and more fast. His getoff is one of his strong points, Why am I emphasizing this? Well he’s a right defensive end, which means he will be pass-rushing Rex Grossman’s blind side. And Grossman may not have starting left tackle Trent Williams to protect his back..

I don’t know what the O-line, short-handed once again, will do, but it blocked well against one of the premier pass rushers in the league, the Cowboys’ DeMarcus Ware, and defensive fronts in last week’s game. Grossman was upright for most of the game. The Redskins will need that type of effort again this weekend if they want to win on the road in a hostile environment.

On defense, they need to take care of two things and they will be fine: Stop the run and pressure the passer. Seattle’s offensive line is banged up too and the Redskins’ strong suit on defense is their D-line. They need to have a big day if the defense is to win their phase of the game.

I really can’t see Seattle holding off the pressure of Ryan Kerrigan, Brian Orakpo and the interior of the Redskins’ line. Stop Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch and force QB Tarvaris Jackson to throw and the Redskins should have a good day.

Returner Brandon Banks finally gave the Redskins a boost last week. Sav is Sav and K Graham Gano needs to get back on track. But Washington should win the special teams battle.

Washington matches up well against Seattle. I believe the Redskins will win this one if they play as hard as they did last week.

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