What: Washington Redskins at N.Y. Jets, today, 1 p.m., East Rutherford, N.J.

TV/Radio: WTTG-5; WJFK-FM-106.7, WBQB-FM-101.5, WPLC-FM-94.3, WKIK-FM-102.9, WAGE-1200, WNAV-1430, WFMD-930.

Line: Redskins by 1.


1. Protect Brad Johnson.

It has been so far, so good in that department, and Johnson has demonstrated what he can do when he has time to throw.

2. Contain Keyshawn Johnson and Curtis Martin.

The Jets are short on talented offensive players these days, so for them to have a big day on that side of the ball, they will need major contributions from WR Johnson and RB Martin.

Keyshawn Johnson has been the lone bright spot in the Jets' offense.

3. Eliminate special teams mistakes.

They weren't costly last week. But they were in the opener, and the Redskins can't afford to keep making them.


It's the NFL's top-ranked offense vs. the 28th-ranked defense. The Jets have given up 47 points in two games, and their opponents are rushing for 147 yards a game and completing 66 percent of their passes. Redskins QB Brad Johnson is the NFL's top-rated passer. RB Stephen Davis leads the league in rushing, and WR Michael Westbrook leads the NFC in receiving yards. The offensive line, which has permitted only two sacks in two games, will be tested by blitzes.

Key Matchup

Redskins WR Michael Westbrook vs. Jets CB Aaron Glenn

Glenn is a Pro Bowl player, but is six inches shorter and 35 pounds lighter than the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Westbrook. Is this the season Westbrook adds consistency to his flashes of brilliance?


The Jets' Super Bowl hopes may have dissipated when QB Vinny Testaverde suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in the opener. Rick Mirer started at that spot last week and threw two interceptions in a 17-3 loss at Buffalo. With WR Wayne Chrebet also sidelined, the Jets must hope WR Keyshawn Johnson carries the passing game. RB Curtis Martin has 28 carries in two games this season but should be a workhorse today. The Redskins probably will crowd the line of scrimmage to stop Martin and dare Mirer to beat them.

Key Matchup

Redskins CB Champ Bailey vs.

Jets WR Keyshawn Johnson

Bailey did a nice job against Cowboys WR Michael Irvin in the opener, but Irvin was too big and crafty for the Redskins' other defensive backs after Bailey was sidelined by leg cramps.


The Redskins botched an onside kick recovery and a potentially game-winning field goal attempt in Week 1, then allowed two long kickoff returns, a tipped punt and a blocked extra-point try in Week 2. The Jets have the NFL's second-ranked kickoff coverage unit. P Tom Tupa is averaging 46.2 yards per punt, but Jets opponents are averaging 12.5 yards per punt return.