The main concern for most Redskin fans this week is facing the ultra tough Jacksonville defense. The Redskins offense has looked downright terrible against every somewhat competent defenses they’ve faced this year. So how can the Skins score against a defense that managed to hold Peyton Manning in check last week? Let’s take a closer look:
- Run the Ball: The Jaguars pass defense is lethal. Their rush defense is solid, but it hasyet to be tested against a top notch rush offense. The Jaguars defensive success has been helped by teams becoming pass heavy against them. Consider through three weeks they’ve faced 86 pass attempts and only 55 rush attempts. That’s not to say that teams have had much success running the ball to date, but staying balanced is the key to getting a win.
- Don’t fear their tackles:Its only three games, but the Jags rank in the bottom half of the league on runs up the middle. They also ranked in the lower half of the league last year. They gave up over 4.3 yards/carry on runs straight back up the middle. In week one, Julius Jones was able to break a 23 yard touchdown run on a play up the gut.
- Don’t Turnover the Ball: As mentioned above, the Redskins have to stay out of situations where they are forced to pass. In order to do this, they can’t get behind early. In three games, the Jaguars have forced five turnovers. They’ve turned 3 of those turnovers into scores and the other two led to game ending drives (i.e. kneel downs).