It's week 5 people, and the Redskins have the privilege of hosting the 3-1 Lions this Sunday. It's a matchup of one loss teams, and the Redskins are actually favored to lose this game by many. Well, it looks like once again the doubters will be proven wrong, and you need look no farther than one place. The Lions defense.
That's right, the team with the fourth ranked offense in yards per game is also the team that is ranked 29th in yards given up and 30th in average points allowed. Hell, I like the Skins matchup without the Lions crappy D, as they have the 8th ranked defense in yards per game. This is a heavily one sided matchup, as the Lions lack of defense is going to kill any chance they have this Sunday. Put it this way, the Eagles, a team the Redskins beat 20-12, destroyed the Lions 56-21 not two weeks ago.
Even with this huge advantage to the Skins, my homerism will always cloud my visions, as there are still key things the Redskins must accomplish in order to win.
Sack the QB and force turnovers- The Lions are last in the NFL in sacks allowed, their dismal O-Line has left Jon Kitna banged and bruised up until this point. It is important the Redskins D-line is able to penetrate early and Sack Kitna, forcing him to make bad throws or fumble the ball.
Cover the pass, Very well- As bad as the line is up front for the Lions, Jon Kitna seems to be that good this year. He leads the NFL in passing yards, and has been tearing defenses up. It is important that the Skins can drop back and defend against the excellent receivers on the Lions team. Wait, I got it! Jon Kitna isn't that good, the receivers are.......man, busted.
Jason Campbell: NO INTERCEPTIONS- Jason Campbell has looked good this year. He hasn't made the flashiest plays in the world, but he is keeping the mistakes down to a minimum, which is vital to the Redskins chances. We don't need any interceptions to set the Lions up for an easy score. We're already going to have a tough time defending them all day.
Give Clinton Portis the ball!!!- Clinton needs to touch the ball at least 20 times this game, I'd love to see it 27-30 times in his hand. As long as we can control the clock and tear up that run defense, they don't stand a chance.
Final Score: 34-17 REDSKINS