Lions wide receiver Roy Williams vs. cornerback Shawn Springs and Washington's secondary
Defenses have treated Williams, a rookie, as if he's a Pro Bowler -- which he will be in a matter of time. With speed, size and athletic ability, Williams has a polished game that belies his first-year status. Even when double-teamed, Williams has a penchant for acrobatic, highlight-reel catches. Williams leads the Lions with 24 receptions for 362 yards plus five touchdowns. Washington assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams doesn't delineate between a number one and number two cornerback, but Springs likely will match up with Williams because of his size and strength. Springs appears to be rejuvenated playing in his home town and has kept his aggressive style despite the NFL's emphasis on no contact by defensive backs after five yards. Springs has hardly been tested this season, and responded last week against Green Bay's dangerous passing attack, intercepting quarterback Brett Favre twice. Cornerback Fred Smoot will get his turn against Williams, and Washington will provide its cornerbacks with safety help.
Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels vs. right defensive end James Hall
Chris Samuels started with a flourish, looking for redemption from a mediocre 2003 season. Samuels hasn't been as stellar lately as early in the season mainly because of an ankle sprain. Samuels remains Washington's best offensive lineman and will have to maintain that status against defensive end James Hall. If not, Brunell may hear the boos coming all the way from Washington. Hall isn't a big-name pass rusher, but his 5.5 sacks put him among the NFL elite. Hall can almost match Samuels's athletic ability, and won't be easy to seal off in the running game.