The Washington Redskins are searching for balance and it won’t be easy to find. In last week’s loss, it was the defense that broke down and allowed too many big plays and too many points. The offense actually held its own, but against a much below average Carolina defense. Sunday, the Redskins will face a surprisingly improved Buffalo Bills team.
Here’s what I think the Redskins need to do in this game.
First they need to establish a rhythm on offense. Usually I say they need to establish the run. This week, I don’t care how they find a rhythm. Just find it. This team has been decimated by injuries on offense and the only bonafide threat left is Fred Davis.
The game plan must play off the fact that the Bills know they have to stop Davis. Other players need to step up and create opportunities for themselves, and for Beck, to make plays. Anthony Armstrong could really be the guy who emerges as the go-to guy on the outside. We will also get to see whether the younger guys, such as Niles Paul and Terrence Austin, can show they have the ability to play in this league.
With Tim Hightower gone for the year, running backs Ryan Torain and Roy Helu have to be better. If they can find running lanes in this game, the Redskins will have a chance for success on offense.
The defense has to do two things: stop the run and pressure QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. If it can stop the Bills’ potent running attack, which features RB Fred Jackson, it puts them in great position to pressure Fitzpatrick. The Redskins’ secondary has the potential to be a good one, it hasn’t proven that yet. As a matter of fact, the Redskins’ defensive backs have proven to be a liability. This week they will need to cover long enough for the pass rush to be effective.
Linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan have been somewhat quiet as of late. These two need to find a way to get to Fitzpatrick and dislodge the ball. Turnovers could give the Redskins the edge, but they haven’t shown they can generate them.