Behind Enemy Lines: Chargers vs Redskins

Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) rolls out against the Chicago Bears during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers vs Redskins

This week the Chargers head to Washington to take on the Redskins. The Redskins are coming off a crushing defeat against the Denver Broncos in which RGIII got knocked out of the game after getting crushed by Broncos DT Terrance Knighton. Check it out.

RGIII was hit over 20 times in that game and it really knocked the Redskins’ offense off their game. The Chargers should look to do the same if they want to contain Griffin this week since we all know mobile quarterbacks are the crux of the Chargers this year. This week, with some suggestions earlier in the week, I asked Maurice Barksdale, editor of the Redskins blog Riggo’s Rag, some questions about the Redskins for Sundays game:

1. How do you think RGIII’s knee injury last week will affect him? Do you think he came back prematurely?
RGIII’s knee injury last week may affect him mentally more than physically.  As confident as he comes off, the fact that he’s had two torn ACL’s in the last five years has to do something to you mentally as to how you approach the game.  However, I don’t think he cam back prematurely.  He was going to have to shake off that rust at some point, and I think he’s closer to playing at a high level now than he would have been if he’d waited.

 

2. Is RGIII suffering from a lack of legitimate receiving options?
I think that’s part of it. Pierre Garcon is a good receiver, and rookie tight end Jordan Reed has emerged as a very good target for RGIII.  But other than those two, no one else has really given RGIII a consistent option in the passing game.

 

3. Who are some unknown guys that are potential game changers for the Redskins?
On offense, back up running back Roy Helu Jr. is has the potential to change the game not only as a runner, but also coming out of the backfield as a receiver too.  On defense I think rookie cornerback David Amerson has been coming on over the past three games.  He had a pick-6 a few weeks ago against the Oakland Raiders, and has been stepping up in coverage as well.

 

4. What is your opinion on the recent Brandon Meriweather controversy? Should Chargers receivers be concerned about getting hurt?
Any time a player comes out like Brandon Meriweather did saying he’s going to tackle players low, then yes receivers should be concerned.  Now, I don’t condone a player trying to hurt another player intentionally, so I think Meriweather is wrong when he says he will target player’s knees.  But I think the advantage that NFL offenses have received from the safety rules changes have created a circumstance where defensive players are becoming desperate in how they go about trying to stop them.

 

5. Which Chargers player on offense and defense are the Redskins most concerned about?
The Redskins will be most concerned on offense with QB Philip Rivers.  He is having a great season, and the Redskins are one of the worst teams against the pass in the NFL.  On defense, it’s Eric Weddle.  His versatility will give the Redskins problems, especially against the run.

 

6. Which Redskins player has been the biggest surprise? Who is the biggest disappointment?
The biggest surprise for the Redskins has been rookie tight end Jordan Reed.  He’s come on strong the last four games and has emerged as the top target for Robert Griffin III in the passing game.  The biggest disappointment has been the play of RGIII.  And that comes from the understanding of him coming off of a devastating knee injury last season.  He missed OTA’s and the all of the preseason, so while rehabbing he didn’t get the reps he needed to come back as sharp as he was last season.  I blame this on how head coach Mike Shanahan handled RGIII’s injury last season as to how it’s affecting RGIII’s performance now.

 

7. Have the Redskins felt the effect of AJ Smith yet?
I don’t think AJ Smith has had too much of an effect on the Redskins.  He and Redskins GM Bruce Allen are friends, so I think Smith was brought in to act as more of a sounding board by Allen than a truly strategic front office move.

 

8. What is your prediction for the outcome of the game?
I think the Redskins will win the game.  The Chargers offense is good, but I think the Redskins experience with the Denver Broncos offense last week has prepared them to face the Chargers.  The Redskins had success initially against the Broncos, before they fell apart.  So I think the lessons learned from that game will help them this week.  And while the Chargers are solid defensively, they don’t have the pass rushers to affect RGIII the way the Broncos did in the passing game.  So I think the Redskins win.
28-24 Redskins.

 
I actually agree with this core. I think this could be a rough game for the Chargers if they are rusty coming off the bye (3 weeks if you count the Jaguars). Hopefully the Chargers are ready for RGIII.

Let me know what you think in the comments or on twitter @kingofcahill

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