This Sunday, December 10th, our Washington Redskins will play the Los Angeles Chargers at 4:05 pm Eastern Time, 1:05 pm Pacific Time in Los Angeles at StubHub Center. The Chargers started off the 2017 regular season 0 and 4 but now are virtually tied for 1st place in the AFC West at 6 and 6 with the Kansas Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders. They are big favorites to beat the Redskins for their 4th straight win.
They believe since they beat the Dallas Cowboys easily 28 to 6 and the Cowboys beat the Redskins by the lopsided score of 38 to 14, they will have an easy “W” over the Redskins. Those scores are misleading because the Redskins had a bad day in Arlington, Texas when everything went the Cowboys’ way. Four turnovers, 4 sacks, dropped passes and mistakes all gave the game to Dallas. It happens to the best teams sometimes. The Washington Redskins are proud and want to show they are better than how they played against the Cowboys. They are not going to Los Angeles to lose. They are going there to win. I believe they will defeat the Chargers.
Keys to a Redskins victory: Balance attack, run and pass. Pass when they load the box expecting run and run to set up play-action passes. Let Samaje Perine pound that rock at least 20 times. Throw it high for Josh Doctson and Jeremy Sprinkle and include Sprinkle in the red zone. Target Vernon Davis more as well as receiver Brian Quick. These guys are good running after the catch. Jay Gruden has to make adjustments especially at halftime. Not having Chris Thompson hurts, but Samaje Perine can be used in screens as well as Byron Marshall. Finally, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has to be pressured the entire game. The defense has to get to him, shake him, hit him, rattle him and pressure him into bad throws.
Philip Rivers, the Chargers quarterback will probably be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday, and about 5 of the Chargers players will probably be selected to the Pro Bowl. They are a good team, but they have not met Greg Manusky’s defense. I believe Philip Rivers will be sacked at least 4 times in the game. I predict Kirk Cousins will show he is worth a big long-term contract. Many Redskins players know they are probably playing to keep their jobs and possibly save Head Coach Jay Gruden’s job.
The Redskins’ goal is to win the last 4 games and have their 3rd consecutive winning season in spite of the vast number of injuries. This team has character, pride and will not quit. Look for the Redskins to upset the heavily-favored Chargers in their house.
In this last quarter of the 2017 NFL regular season, I would like to see, when practical, more playing time with the young guns on the offensive line. Tyler Catalina 6’8″ tall, 325 lbs. can play either guard or tackle positions, a rookie, undrafted, but proved he deserves to be in the NFL and made the 53-man active roster. Redskins claimed Kyle Kalis off waivers so he is back along with John “Kling Kong” Kling, 325 lbs. and 6’8″ tall. Put that with center Chase Roullier and 6’9″ tall, 346 lbs. tackle Kevin Bowen on injured reserve (IR) who will be healthy in 2018 and we may be looking at the future HOGS 2.0. Bill Callahan, offensive line guru has some good pupils in these young guns. I hope Catalina, Kalis, Kling and Roullier can get more playing time in these last 4 games. Kevin Bowen is still on IR.
The Redskins also recently brought back wide receiver Robert Davis, 6’3″ tall, 217 lbs. and made an impression on many in the preseason. In my opinion, Head Coach Jay Gruden should involve wide receivers Brian Quick and Ryan Grant more in the game planning. Tight end Jeremy Sprinkle is a good target in the red zone because he is 6’5″ tall and 252 lbs. He would make a good blocker in a “jumbo package” to block for the running back to score a rushing touchdown also. Many of us remember when Head Coach Joe Gibbs sent in his “jumbo package” and punched the ball into the end zone using extra tight ends. He carried 5 tight ends on his roster.
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