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    The Washington Redskins will be looking to extend their ‘winning streak’ this week against arguably the best team in the NFC this year, the Philadelphia Eagles. While at first glance this game would appear to be a walk for the 11-1 Eagles, there are many factors that will keep this game close… the Redskins defense, homefield advantage, and the Redskins having nothing to lose. Don’t expect a let down from the Eagles to help the Redskins’ cause, it will definitely take the Redskins’ best game of the season to have a chance to win. here are some key player match-ups.

    Jon Runyon vs Renaldo Wynn
    By Scott Hurrey

    Jon Runyon is a 9-year veteran, hailing from the University of Michigan. Much like our own Michigan left tackle, Runyon is known for his powerful and aggressive blocking style and his durability. Amongst active NFL players, Runyon is eighth in consecutive regular season starts (112) and consecutive combined starts (125). His 13 postseason starts lead the league for active players.

    Renaldo Wynn is often overlooked when people go down the list of the league’s best defensive ends. When the Redskins signed the former Jacksonville Jaguar as a free agent in 2002, he had shown his effectiveness and versatility as a defensive lineman, and yet most Redskins fans had never heard of him. He is a 7-year veteran, known for his work ethic and dedication to the game. Wynn may not be flashy, but the former first round pick puts forth a 100% effort on every snap of every game. Since joining the Redskins, he has been a consistent performer at both defensive end and defensive tackle, registering 7.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles, while never missing a start.

    At 6’7” and 330 pounds, Runyon definitely has the advantage in size. His feisty nature and overwhelming power make him one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. Wynn, at 6’3” and 292 pounds, will have to use his speed and technique to his utmost ability if he wants to win this battle. He will also need to remain dedicated to his assignments to help contain Brian Westbrook and Donovan McNabb. In the players’ first meeting earlier this season, Wynn posted 6 tackles and 1 sack for a loss of 2 yards – one of his most productive games this season.

    Advantage: Wynn

    Antonio Pierce v. Brian Westbrook
    By Fran Farren

    What do you get when you cross an over-achieving linebacker playing very well with a running back playing for a team looking to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs? A very good match-up, that’s what you get.

    This week pits LB Antonio Pierce against speedy RB Brian Westbrook. Last week, against the Packers, the Eagles used a pass-first, rush-second approach and it worked very well for them. Look for them to use a similar approach this week against the Redskins, who have the #3 defense against the run. Because Westbrook’s running style is more finesse (slash and dash) than physical (pound it up the middle), he is not capable of sustaining a power running game against the Redskins. Don’t expect him to get close to 100 yards on the ground this week against Pierce and Company.

    Pierce’s challenge this week will not come in trying to stop Westbrook rushing the ball. It will come with trying to stop Westbrook, the receiver. The Eagles love to use Westbrook as a safety valve out of the backfield and when they start having difficulty running the ball, look for McNabb to go to the air both downfield and also to Westbrook in the flat. Last week, for example, Westbrook racked up a whopping 156 yards receiving on 11 catches (14.2 yards/reception average) and 3 touchdowns! Westbrook has been dangerous as a receiver all year long and last week was his best day, as a receiver. Look for the Eagles to try to continue this trend this week against the Redskins.

    This week, however, Pierce will certainly be up to the challenge. Pierce’s speed and quickness to the ball should limit the “yards after the catch” numbers put up by Westbrook this week. Stop Brian Westbrook and you have an excellent chance to beat the Philadelphia Eagles. In the first meeting, the Redskins were able to do just that, limiting Brian Westbrook to 63 yards rushing (no touchdowns) and 42 yards receiving (no touchdowns). Yes, the Redskins *CAN* stop Brian Westbrook. They did it the first time. They’ll do it Sunday.

    Advantage: Pierce

    Clinton Portis vs. Jeremiah Trotter
    By Mark Solway

    What would match-ups be without looking at the most important piece of the Redskins’ offensive puzzle — Clinton Portis. Portis is coming off his best outing as a Redskin last week when he chalked up 148 yards on the ground and added two touchdowns. The job of stopping the runningback often falls squarely on the shoulders of the opposing teams’ middle linebackers, or inside linebackers… this week, that’s likely Jeremiah Trotter.

    Obviously Trotter is very well known to Redskin fans after spending the last two seasons in Washington. But do they know THIS Jeremiah Trotter? The linebacker had a tough time in Washington and never lived up to any expectations. There was also talk of Trotter being a ‘bad egg’ and a disruptive force. But not for the Eagles this season, and perhaps the whole Washington ‘experiment’ with Trotter actually helped him mature as both a person and a player. He has been a brilliant surprise for the Eagles, and has patiently went about his work and earned the starting job after only playing Special Teams. With him being on a roll, the Eagles will be counting on him on most downs to stop Portis.

    Last week, the Redskins offense finally showed signs of ‘clicking’. It’s no secret that Portis’ ability to earn effective yards is paramount to the Redskins’ offensive success. Against the Giants, Joe Gibbs returned to his ‘original playbook’ and called more of his faithful counter-type runs, than the ‘zone blocking’ runs that they have been running the last few weeks. But the difference last Sunday was mainly, that it was working. Portis had a much easier time waiting for the plays to develop and was able to utilize the lanes created for him to demoralize the New York defense all day long.

    This week, the Redskins will have the exact same gameplan. Trotter’s biggest troubles come when he gets too aggressive and over-pursues. By running right at Trotter, the Redskins will look to frustrate the 27-year old linebacker who will undoubtedly want to put on a good showing in his return to Fed Ex. By attacking the middle of the line, they force Trotter to cheat inside and he’ll be very susceptible to any run cut back against the flow of play. Portis may have many 2 and 3-yard runs inside trying to earn tough yardage, but they will set up multiple 15-20-yard runs when he breaks the first wave of tacklers and gets into the secondary.

    This match-up could decide the game.

    Advantage: Portis and the Dirtbags

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    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Game Day Staff

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    Key Player Match-Ups: Giants


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    With just three wins on the season to eight losses, the Redskins aren’t going to be challenging for any playoff positions in 2003. For a team that may have had higher aspirations this year, the time has come to hold their chin up and remember the proud tradition that goes along with wearing the burgundy and gold. The coaching staff will be paying close attention to the players that continue to put forth the effort each game, and show their worth as ‘team’ players. Here are this week’s key personnel match-ups:

    Jason Whittle vs. Cornelius Griffin
    by Scott Hurrey

    Jason Whittle is a versatile lineman out of Southwest Missouri. The 7-year veteran has played center this season for the Giants and with the return of Shaun O’Hara, will shift over to the right guard spot against the Redskins on Sunday. Whittle has spent the majority of his career with the Giants, playing one season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, before returning to the New York club.

    Cornelius Griffin has been the most outstanding defensive lineman on the team this season. He leads the line in tackles and is tied for the team lead in sacks with 4. In Coach Joe Gibbs’ conference call with the Giants media, he stated, “I would say that I can’t imagine anybody playing better than [Cornelius Griffin] has played for us this year”.

    Jason Whittle is a wily veteran, but he is staring at a tall order against Cornelius Griffin. If he is to win this matchup, he will need all of his experience to keep Manning upright and keep Tiki Barber rushes effective. Look for Griffin to have a huge game this weekend.

    Advantage: Griffin

    Clinton Portis vs. Kevin Lewis
    by Fran Farren

    Coming off his worse game of the year, Clinton Portis has something to prove this week against the New York Giants. Last week, the Redskins all but abandoned the running game, resulting only 6 attempts for Portis and a parse 17 yards rushing. This is not why the Redskins brought Clinton Portis to Washington D.C. so don’t look for this to ever happen again in his tenure.

    Look for Clinton Portis to improve those numbers this week dramatically against a Giants defense ranked 25th against the run. The defensive line of the Giants is banged up so they’ll have to rely on Kevin Lewis and the other linebackers to step it up in run support. For a middle linebacker, Kevin Lewis does not have a lot of tackles this year, averaging only 4 tackles and about 1 ½ assists per game. A big part of that is his small size for a middle linebacker. Standing only 6’1” and weighing only 235, Lewis should easily be pushed around by offensive linemen and tight ends. Look for that to continue this week.

    The days of giving Clinton Portis the ball only 6 times per game are likely few and far between. Look for Joe Gibbs to start hand it to Portis at least 20 times this week. Portis presently has 945 yards rushing…and can reach the 1,500 yard mark (which he so desperately wants to do) if he averages 111 yards rushing per game from here on out. This is a goal that he certainly can reach…and it will start this week, with Portis easily gaining over 100 yards against the Giants.

    Advantage – Portis

    Laveranues Coles vs. Will Peterson
    by Fran Farren

    It is often difficult to assess a wide receiver match-up without also equating the quarterback’s ability to get him the ball. So far this year, the Redskins’ QBs have simply not gotten the job done in getting the ball down field to their wide receivers.

    You will see a lot of short passes like the “quick out” to the wide receiver, especially to Coles. What we’re not seeing, however, are those 20-yard post pattern passes or 20-yard out passes. The downfield passing game of the Redskins is simply non-existent right now.

    Giants cornerback Will Peterson is good, but he certainly can be beat. He has the speed to make up ground on a wide receiver, however, he tends to play off receivers which will present openings for Ramsey and Coles to exploit.

    But the way the offense has been struggling, will they?

    Probably not.

    Advantage – Peterson

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Game Day Staff

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    Key Player Match-Ups: Eagles


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    The Eagles are again the class of the NFC – East. The Redskins are again at the bottom of the rankings. This week, the Redskins visit Lincoln Financial looking to prove a point. They are a team with nothing to lose and a starting quarterback trying to make his case to stay the starter.

    Ray Brown vs Jevon Kearse

    “The Freak” – a nickname he picked up at the University of Florida for his rare combination of size, speed and athleticism – has been one of the best pass rushers in the NFL during his 6-year career. While he has battled numerous injuries throughout his time with the Titans, the time he has spent in the lineup has been spectacular. Coming into this season, Kearse had registered 47.5 regular season sacks. This season he has a team-leading 6 sacks as part of an Eagles defense that leads the NFL in sacks at 27.

    Ray Brown is playing admirably this season. Filling in for the injured Jon Jansen, Brown has been one of the team’s most consistent offensive linemen. Brown is known for his power and agility, although he has played guard for most of his 19-year career.

    Brown will need every trick he has picked up over his 19 seasons. “The Freak” will be using his speed to try to rush the outside corner, and given quarterback Patrick Ramsey’s penchant for getting sacked, Brown will need to be on the top of his game.

    Advantage: Kearse

    As an interesting side note, Kearse has sacked Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell more than any other quarterback in the NFL. “The Freak” sacked Brunell 6.5 times, with Tim Couch a distant second at 4. No wonder Brunell was so positive about the quarterback change.

    Clinton Portis vs Jeremiah Trotter

    Most Redskins fans know Trotter for his time spent as the middle linebacker during the Spurrier era. Most also remember how good he was in Philadelphia before that. While a knee injury tarnished his time with the Redskins, he still led the team in tackles last year. He is big and fast and uses those attributes to wreak havoc on opposing offenses. This season, he has been mostly used in a reserve role, but due to the lack of run defense by the Eagles, he was elevated to starter last week.

    Clinton Portis is having another excellent season. Portis is third in the NFC and sixth in the league with 891 yards with a 4 yard per carry average. In the last 4 games however, he is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and has rushed for 469 of those yards.

    With the Eagles perceived weakness against the run and Ramsey at the helm, I expect the Eagles will get a healthy dose of Portis, early and often. While Trotter is big enough and strong enough to battle with Portis, in the end he can’t do it alone.

    Advantage: Portis

    Shawn Springs vs. Terrell Owens

    T.O. is known for his flashy moves on the field and his big mouth off the field. He is a big receiver who makes big plays; just ask him. Unfortunately for the Redskins, T.O. and Donovan McNabb have developed a chemistry that has proven deadly for the rest of the league.

    Shawn Springs was brought in this season to replace Champ Bailey. So far he has not disappointed. The Ohio State product has been making big hits and even bigger plays. Even more important, his attitude and work habits have brought a bit of a swagger to the defense, and that swagger has kept the defense in the top 5 all season.

    Owens has some history of playing well against the Redskins. One memorable play came on a failed Wide Receiver option play during the Redskins – 49ers game two seasons ago. Owens took a screen pass and scanned the field for an open receiver. Finding no one open, Owens took off running. He weaved back and forth across the field dodging would be tacklers. After what seemed like an eternity, Owens scooted into the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown.

    Owens and Sean Springs have some history of their own. The two faced each other twice a year in the NFC – North, when T.O. was a 49er and Springs was a Seahawk. Also, it was Springs who was covering T.O. on the infamous “Sharpie play”.

    This matchup should be a good one. They both know each other well from years of playing against each other, and both are having excellent years with their respective new teams. In the end, this matchup could determine the outcome of the game.

    Advantage: Owens

    Patrick Ramsey vs The Eagles Defense

    The Eagles have always been a team defined by their defense. This year, they have a high-octane offense and a good secondary, but the rush defense has left a little to be desired. The defensive coordinator is still Jim Johnson and that means an aggressive, well-disciplined defense.

    In spite of not being able to consistently stop the run, they still remain aggressive in the pass rush. Their front four have been relentless. Kearse leads the team with 6 sacks, and the Eagles defense leads the league in sacks with 27.

    Patrick Ramsey has played some of his finest games as a Redskin against the Eagles. As a rookie, Ramsey hit 23 of 35 passes for 213 yards, while throwing for 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. In his second season, Ramsey was 25 for 50 for 271 yards and two interceptions, but rallied the team late to almost come away with the victory.

    Ramsey has seen very little action this year and as a result, timing is the key to this game for the Redskins. As we saw last week, Ramsey can hit the open man. If the receivers have adjusted to the velocity of his passes this week, we could see a breakout performance. If the receivers continue to drop the ball it could make for a long day for Redskins fans.

    The Eagles will likely blitz early and often to test Ramsey, who was hit on nearly every play last season. This will likely afford the Redskins’ receivers single coverage in the secondary. If Ramsey and the Dirtbags can pick up the blitzes, the Redskins will get some opportunities early. Unfortunately for the Redskins, that’s just too many ifs against an 8-1 team.

    Advantage: Eagles Defense

    — JansenFan

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Scott Hurrey

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    Key Player Match-Ups: Bengals


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    Fresh off of a much needed victory last week against the Lions, Washington returns home to face the Bengals at 4:00pm at Fed Ex Field. The Redskins will be looking to move their record closer to .500 with a win against former Redskin defensive co-ordinator, now Cincinnati head coach, Marvin Lewis. Here are some of the key player match-ups for the contest…

    Shawn Springs vs. Chad Johnson
    By Dan Hines

    When Shawn Springs takes the field on Sunday afternoon, he will line up against one of the NFL most gifted wide receivers, Cincinnati’s Chad Johnson. Johnson comes out of the same mold as Terrell Owens, a big, strong, fast and physical receiver. And just like Owens, Johnson loves to talk to, and taunt his opponents. Springs will have to play as good a game mentally as he will athletically.

    Johnson emerged last year as one of the NFL’s best receivers, scoring 10 TD’s on 90 receptions for 1355 yards. Johnson is on pace to do the same this year, with 2 TD’s on 44 receptions for 624 yards midway through the season. Known for his outbursts, Chad apologized to the team for his actions during the Bengals 26-3 win over the Cowboys last week. Johnson felt that he was not getting the ball enough. Springs can expect Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis to come right after him, just as he did against Champ Bailey and the Broncos two weeks ago. Johnson will look to take advantage of a very aggressive Skins defense.

    Shawn Springs has all but made Redskins fans forget about Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey. Springs has thrived in Gregg Williams’s #1 rated defense. While Williams has had to shuffle the D-line, linebackers and safeties, Springs has been rock solid on the corner compiling 35 tackles, 3 INTs (2 off Brett Farve) and 3 sacks.

    Springs will have to bring his “A” game Sunday. Williams will continue to use the formula that has worked, using everyone including Springs to apply pressure to second year QB Carson Palmer. Disrupting the rhythm of the Bengals passing game will be one of the keys for a Redskins victory, and Springs is up to the challenge.

    Advantage: Springs

    Eric Steinbach vs. Cornelius Griffin
    By Scott Hurrey

    Eric Steinbach is a second year offensive lineman out of Iowa. At 6’6” and 297 pounds, one would think that Steinbach would rely on power, but he has deceptive speed and agility for such a big man. In his first season with the Bengals, Steinbach missed only one game, and has played in every contest this season, starting all but one.

    Cornelius Griffin is listed at 6’3” and weighs in at 300 pounds. Entering into free agency last year, Griffin was touted as one of the most talented defensive linemen in free agency, but labeled as a classic under-achiever. Griffin blames this on poor technique, which he has spent countless hours correcting with the Redskins coaching staff. The hard work has paid off. Griffin leads the team in sacks with 4 for 25 yards. He also leads the team in tackles by a defensive lineman with 39.

    Steinbach and Griffin are both big men with the speed and athleticism to make this an intense match-up. But Corny has the hot hand, and really seemed to turn the corner last week against the Lions. He is becoming more comfortable with his role in both the defense, and as a spark plug for this team. Look for him to continue his recent success and consistently put Steinbach on his heels in the Bengal backfield. It should be a fun match-up to watch for Redskins fans, as Griffin’s improving technique combined with his natural power should allow him to control Steinbach all afternoon long.

    Advantage: Griffin

    Clinton Portis vs. Caleb Miller
    By Fran Farren

    In the first eight games of the 2004 season, Clinton Portis has rushed for over 100 yards in just three games. This week will surely be the fourth time Redskins fans see Portis break the 100 yard mark.

    Coming off an impressive game against the Lions, rushing for 147 yards on 34 carries (4.3 yards/carry average), Portis will be facing a Bengals defense that is rated absolutely last against the run. Combine that with the fact that the Redskins simply cannot rely on QB Mark Brunell to generate much of a passing offense, and you can expect the Redskins to run Portis again and again and again. When the Redskins played the Bears this season, Portis ran a whopping 36 times for 171 yards. Portis asked Coach Gibbs, “Do you see my tongue hanging out?…….Keep giving me the ball until you see my tongue hanging out!” This week, against the Bengals, keep a close eye on Portis’ mouth. You’ll likely see that tongue of his in the fourth quarter because fans should expect to see Portis carry the ball 30+ times again this week.

    Does MLB Caleb Miller have what it takes to limit Portis’ production this week? The short answer is simply “no”. Miller, who is in his rookie year, did not play in last week’s game against the Cowboys. When he does play, he doesn’t get as many tackles as a middle linebacker can. In the five games that he has played in 2004, Miller has managed just 16 tackles (3.2 tackles/game average) and 8 assists (1.6 assists/game average). These are low numbers for a middle linebacker.

    But Miller is quick and very good at working the edge. He has the speed to cover a lot of ground when tracking the outside run. He also has very good range moving laterally. What he lacks, however, is size. Miller can be pushed around by aggressive offensive linemen….which is probably why his tackle and assist totals are not very impressive thus far this year. Until he bulks up, this will be a problem he faces every week.

    This week against the Bengals, look for the Redskins offensive line to dominate the Bengals front four. Don’t expect the Bengals linebackers (Caleb Miller & Co.) to be much of a force stopping the run this week either.

    Portis has the opportunity this week to show the Redskins fans exactly what he is made of. Don’t be surprised if the Skins put this game solely in the hands of Clinton Portis. When that happens, look for Portis to rush for 200+ yards this week and at least one touchdown.

    Advantage: Portis

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Game Day Staff

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    Key Player Match-Ups


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    The 2-5 Redskins limp into Detroit needing a victory. The Lions much improved play this season has staked them to a 4-3 start and they will be looking to stay in their respective division hunt with a win this week at their home field. Here are some of the key player match-ups:

    Derrick Dockery vs Shaun Rogers
    By Scott Hurrey

    Shaun Rogers is one of the league’s best young defensive tackles, and also one of the biggest at 6’4”/ 345 lbs. After leading the league in tackles by a defensive lineman at 97 in his rookie season, Rogers, dubbed “Bib Baby” by his teammates, was looked at by some as a force to be reckoned with. The 2002 season wasn’t his best, but in 2003, Rogers had a break out season that has carried over into 2004.

    So far this season, Rogers has recorded 4 sacks (tied for the lead league in sacks by a defensive tackle), 32 tackles, a blocked field goal and a fumble recovery. In week 7 against the New York Giants, Rogers recorded 4 tackles. 1 sack and 1 pass defended earning NFC Player of the Week honors for the first time in his young career.

    Derrick Dockery is also no slouch when it comes to sheer size. Dockery is listed at 6’6” / 345 lbs. Dockery was thrust into action last season, when Dave Fiore shut down his season early due to a nagging knee injury. He has shown improvement in every game, especially since the return of Coach Joe Bugel.

    This season, the Dirtbags have had good and bad moments, but they continue to get better with each game they play together. So far on the season, the team has allowed 17 sacks, and blocked for the fourth-best rushing attack in the NFC.

    This battle of the Longhorns — both men hail from the University of Texas – should prove to be one worth watching. Both men are mammoths and the sheer power on display will be breath taking. To win this battle, one of these men will need to do so with technique. Neither man can count on overpowering his opponent.

    Last week, Dockery struggled a bit guarding Cletidus Hunt. With Grady Jackson demanding a double team next to Hunt, Dockery wasn’t able to rely on his line mates to help him. This week, “Big Daddy” Dan Wilkinson will be the other tackle, meaning that Dockery will likely get help from Cory Raymer on big passing downs. During the week three matchup with the Cowboys, Dockery was able to keep La’Roi Glover in check for most of the game. If that Dockery shows up on Sunday, this could make for an exciting battle.

    Advantage: Shaun Rogers

    Laveranues Coles vs Dre Bly
    By Mark Solway

    It has been a tough season for anyone on the Redskins’ offense to date… including Laveranues Coles. Washington has not managed to put up more than 18 points in a game yet this year. Considering that, it’s not really all that surprising that Coles himself is also off to a slow start.

    Coles leads the Redskins in almost all receiving categories regardless. His 38 catches are 12 more than Rod Gardner’s and his 452 yards are about 70 yards more than Gardner; however, his yards per catch are only 12 yards (Gardner – 14.7) and Coles has yet to register a touchdown in 2004 (Gardner has 5 TD catches).

    This week, Coles will line up against Dre Bly more often than not. Bly is one of the most talented cornerbacks in all of football and as such, usually draws the assignment of the opposition’s top receiver. Bly has already logged two interceptions this year, including one that he returned for a touchdown. His speed allows him to stay step-for-step with almost anybody and his blanket coverage often means the opposition look away from Bly’s side of the field.

    With Washington’s offense struggling mightily at the moment, don’t expect Sunday to be their ‘breakout’ game. But expect them to try.

    Detroit’s defense is exceptional against the run and will make it difficult for Clinton Portis all day. The Redskins must have some success throwing the ball if they are going to have any success moving the ball. Obviously a lot of that load has to fall on the #1 receiver. Look for Coles to get his catches all day long, but don’t expect him to get his first TD of the year. Coles will inevitably get open for short gains and make possession type grabs because of his toughness, but it will be difficult for him to actually get behind Bly. Expect somewhere in the range of 7 catches for 90 yards for Coles, but it will be a moral victory for Bly if he can keep #80 off the score sheet.

    Advantage – Bly

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Game Day Staff

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    Key Player Match-Ups: Packers


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    The Redskins come into Sunday’s match-up with the Green Bay Packers fresh off of a bye week. Washington needed the time to get some bodies healthy and will look to stop the surging Packers. Green Bay destroyed both Dallas and Detroit in their last two games while putting up almost 80 points, and their offense seems to have really found a groove now that Mike Sherman is calling the plays. Here are some of this week’s key player match-ups:

    Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila vs. Chris Samuels
    By Scott Hurrey

    Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, or KGB as he is called, is one of the elite pass rushers in the NFL. KGB is small for a defensive lineman at 6’2” / 252 lbs, yet surprisingly strong. He has had an impressive career in Green Bay, starting on the practice squad in 2000 and working his way to full-time starter and his first Pro Bowl appearance last year – the first Packer defensive lineman to do so since Reggie White in 1998.

    After only five seasons (54 games, 27 starts), KGB is already fourth on the Packer’s all-time sack list with 37. He is also the first Packer in history to record three consecutive seasons with 10 or more sacks. While KGB has been effective the last few seasons, he is off to a slow start in 2004 with17 tackles and 1.5 sacks. All of the sacks came in the loss to the Giants.

    KGB is a well-rounded pass rusher, using a multitude of techniques depending on what the Tackle gives him. If the outside is open, he can use his speed to come around the corner. If the tackle blocks outside, he has the speed to go inside and the power to bullrush his man into the backfield.

    Chris Samuels is a perennial pro bowler. A core member of the “Dirtbags”, his performance can dictate whether or not the Redskins offense is successful on any given week. With Jon Jansen out, other offensive linemen are asked to help Jansen’s replacement leaving Samuels on an island at times. Still, the right defensive ends he has faced have only registered three sacks this year. Samuels came into this season healthy and close to his ideal playing weight and it is evident in his play.

    Early in Samuels’ career, the burly left tackle often had trouble picking up a bullrush. He has amazingly quick feet for such a large man, and that foot speed may have led to Samuels relying on his ability to catch up to the rusher. This would cause the bull-rushing defender to get the jump on him and push him into the backfield. Since those early troubles, Chris Samuels has improved his reaction time and can typically pick up the bull rush, although Alex Brown from the Chicago Bears used it successfully on at least one occasion, pushing Samuels back far enough to block a Brunell pass.

    KGB has had quite a bit of success in his two previous games against Washington. In 2001, KGB came in on pass-rushing downs and recorded 1 tackle and 1 sack. The following season, he started the game against Washington and recorded 7 tackles (6 solo), 2 sacks and a forced fumble.

    Samuels will have to use his quick feet and his superior size to counteract KGB’s speed and versatility. Given KGB’s slow start and the fact that the Packers are susceptible to the running of Clinton Portis, KGB will have limited pass-rushing attempts and therefore Samuels will have the advantage.

    Advantage: Chris Samuels

    Fred Smoot vs Javon Walker
    By Dan Hines

    This match up features two young rising stars, Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot and Green Bay wide receiver Javon Walker. Both are making strong cases for their first Pro Bowls respectively.

    As Brett Farve’s favorite receiver, Walker comes into this game leading the league in receiving. (726 yards, 41 receptions) He has posted four 100 yard games already this season, including a 200 yard game (11 receptions, 3 TD’s) against Indianapolis. At 6-3, 215 Walker creates problems for most cornerbacks in the NFL. Walker has become the “go to” receiver on the NFL’s # 2 rated offense.

    After playing in the shadow of Champ Bailey for the past three seasons Fred Smoot is enjoying his finest year as a pro. He is now the #1 cornerback on the NFL’s #1 ranked defense. What Smoot lacks in size he makes up for in heart and his physical play. Smoot suffered a pinched nerve in one shoulder and a strained rotator cuff in the other in the Redskins last game against the Bears. He remained in the game and made a key tackle late in the in game to help preserve the win.

    Smoot will face his toughest challenge of the season this Sunday. The bye week came at the right time for Smoot. He, along with fellow defensive starters Lavar Arrington and Phillip Daniels are healthy and scheduled to be in the lineup on Sunday. Smoot will need their presence in this game. Just as Smoot will be ask to help the defensive line stop Green Bay running back, Ahman Green. The line and linebackers will be asked to help Smoot by getting pressure on Brett Farve. The Packers have one the best offensive lines in football, if they establish the run and give Farve time, Smoot will be one frustrated cornerback come Sunday.

    Advantage: Walker

    RB Ahman Green v. LB Antonio Pierce
    By Fran Farren

    Which Green Bay Packer team will show up at Fed Ex Field on October 31st? For that matter, which Ahman Green will show up?

    Ahman Green started out the 2004 season fairly strong, rushing for 119 yards on 33 carries (3.6 yards/carry) and 2 touchdowns in game one and 128 yards on 24 carries (5.3 yards/carry) in game two. In the next four games, however, Green rushed for only 239 yards on 63 carries (3.8 yards/carry) and no touchdowns.

    Just when fantasy owners were surely about to give up on Green, Green had his “break out” game of the year last week against Dallas, rushing 15 times for 163 yards (10.9 yards/carry) and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard run for a touchdown at the end of the 3rd quarter. Without that 90-yard run, Green would have rushed for only 73 yards on 14 carries (5.2 yards/carry).

    As a running back, Green is quick to hit the hole and has very good down-field vision. He is also a dangerous receiver out of the backfield. Green fumbled once in four of the first six games of the year, however, which has certainly not helped his reputation as a secure ball carrier. This is why Green has not been able to claim the title as one of the league’s “premier” running backs. Which Ahman Green will show up this week?

    Redskins fans should not worry. There is no chance that Ahman Green will have similar success this week against the NFL’s #1 rushing defense.

    Entering the 2004 season, many fans and critics of the Redskins were quick to condemn the Redskins defensive line to a season of mediocrity. While they may not be among the elite defensive lines in the league this year, the Redskins front 4 are certainly holding their own. When it comes to rushing defense, however, it’s not just the front 4 doing the job. A large part of that success against the run this year is also due to the play of LB Antonio Pierce and the other Redskins linebackers.

    Antonio Pierce has been filling in quite nicely for injured LB Mike Barrow thus far. Pierce is constantly swarming on defense and always seems to find his way to the ball. When he is not making the tackle himself, he always seems to be assisting another player in making the tackle. Simply put, Pierce is one of the more aggressive players for the Redskins on the defensive side of the ball.

    While the Green Bay Packers and RB Ahman Green may be somewhat inconsistent this 2004 season, the play of LB Antonio Pierce has been nothing but consistent. Look for him to continue his aggressive play this week against the Packers and RB Ahman Green. For the Packers to succeed against the Redskins, it will have to be in the “air” because Green will surely be limited to under 100 yards this week against a solid Redskins rushing defense.

    Advantage: Pierce

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    Key Player Match-ups: Bears


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    One of the two teams will come away with their second win of the season as the 1-4 Washington Redskins travel to Soldier Field to face the 1-3 Chicago Bears. Here are some of the game’s key player match-ups:

    Thomas Jones vs. Marcus Washington
    By Dan Hines

    This week’s match-up features the NFC 6th leading rusher, Thomas Jones (364 yards on 79 carries,4.6 avg.) going up against Marcus Washington and the NFL’s #2 rushing defense.

    Jones was brought in (from Tampa) by new head coach Lovie Smith to compete with Anthony Thomas for the starting running back job. Jones is a threat to go all the way anytime he touches the ball. Jones is also among the league leaders in receptions with 21 for 156 yards. With starting QB Rex Grossman on the shelf, look for the Bears and backup QB Jonathan Quinn to get the ball to Jones early and often.

    Marcus Washington continues to impress. He leads the team in tackles with 29. Marcus will get plenty of help up front stuffing Jones and the Bears rushing attack. Where Marcus will earn his money on Sunday is in pass coverage, he must be aware of Jones’ pass catching ability out of the backfield.

    With the exception of Ravens (in the second half of their game with the Skins) no team has been able to establish the run against the Redskins defense. Look for that trend to continue on Sunday, forcing Quinn to use the short passing game. Marcus has excellent pass coverage skills and should be able to limit Jones and the Bears offense. The key will be stopping the Bears on first and second down leaving them in a third and long situation for most of the day.

    Advantage – Washington

    Ray Brown vs. Adewale Ogunleye
    By Scott Hurrey

    Ogunleye is one of the best young defensive ends in football. After entering the NFL as an un-drafted free agent out of Indiana, he has quickly found success in the NFL ranks. In 2002, he spent the year as a reserve and recorded 9.5 sacks. In 2003, Ogunleye led the AFC in sacks and tied Simeon Rice for second in the league with 15 sacks, earning his first Pro Bowl appearance.

    Ogunleye is a good run stopper, but his bread and butter is his ability to pressure the opposing quarterback. He basically is able to generate pressure with his two favorite moves. Ogunleye uses the outside speed rush that former Redskins defensive end Bruce Smith made a career out of, or he uses Reggie White’s patented “hump move”, which consists of establishing a low center of gravity and good leverage and then maneuvering his hand under the tackles armpit, using the tackles own weight to lift him off the ground and throw him up field.

    Ray Brown is as old school as it gets. The 41-year-old Tackle was signed in the preseason to fill the leadership void left when Jon Jansen suffered a season-ending injury in the first pre-season game of the year. The 19-year veteran quickly found himself thrust into the starting line-up in week 2, when Kenyatta Jones suffered an ankle injury in week one’s victory over Tampa Bay. In week two the 2001 Pro Bowler held Michael Strahan without a sack.

    Brown has lasted 19 seasons in the NFL, not because he is the best offensive lineman in the league, but because he is very consistent. He has played for some of the best offensive line coaches in the league and uses those experiences to his advantage. He is known as a powerful run blocker and an excellent pass protector that uses good leverage and strength to make holes in the running game and keep the quarterback upright in the passing game.

    This match-up is the epitome of a great match-up. We will see speed vs. power, the experienced veteran vs. the athletic up-and-comer. Ogunleye only has 1 sack s far this season, and still hasn’t proved how much of his success was attributed to being on the other side of the line from Jason Taylor. This will be a close match-up, and the more experienced player usually wins close match-ups.

    Advantage – Ray Brown

    RB Clinton Portis v. LB Brian Urlacher
    By Fran Farren

    It is no secret that the play of Clinton Portis has been somewhat of a disappointment this season for Redskins fans. Ever since the electrifying “first touch” for a touchdown, Portis’ numbers have been mediocre at best. His fumbles have also certainly not helped this team. Will he be able to get on track this week versus the Bears?

    Not if you ask LB Brian Urlacher, who will be returning to the lineup this week after recovering from a right hamstring injury. Urlacher initially pulled his hamstring on the first day of training camp. After missing the entire preseason, he played in the first two regular season games and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after registering 14 tackles and
    forcing a fumble that Mike Brown returned 95 yards for a TD in a stunning Week 2 victory at Green Bay. A few days later, however, Urlacher aggravated the injury and missed the next two games against the Vikings and the Eagles.

    Ironically, the Bears rushing defense functioned fairly well both with and without Urlacher. In the first two weeks of the season, with Urlacher, the Bears gave up a total of 229 yards on the ground with no touchdowns. In the next two weeks, without Urlacher, the Bears gave up a total of 247 yards on the ground and one touchdown. Thus far, the Bears are giving up an
    average of 119 yards rushing per game.

    As this season progresses, the Redskins faithful hope and prey that the Redskins will slowly learn Joe Gibbs football. With the trouble Mark Brunell is having, don’t be surprised if you see the Redskins focus more on the running game this week, hoping that Urlacher isn’t fully healed from his injury. Look for Portis to get between 20-25 carries this week for 80-90
    yards. It certainly won’t be a “stellar” day for Portis; however, it should be an improvement on previous games.

    Advantage – Even

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    ESPN 2K5 Simulation: Bears


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    This is the sixth installment of TheHogs.net 2004 NFL season simulation using the NFL2K5 title on the Playstation 2 video game system.

    Washington Redskins (1-4) at Chicago Bears (3-1)

    (Chicago) The Redskins came into the game with renewed optimism after the team jettisoned the high priced QB Mark Brunell in a trade with the Bills to Buffalo for another veteran QB, Drew Bledsoe. Due to an elbow injury to Patrick Ramsey, Bledsoe headed into the game as starter with just one week to digest the Redskins playbook.

    The Bears started the scoring off after they force the Redskins to punt on their first drive. They then move the ball 30 yards in 10 plays and score the first points of the game when K Paul Edinger connects on a 49 yard field goal.

    Bears 3 -0.

    The Redskins are again forced to punt after a decent drive but dropped balls prevent the drive from progressing. The Bears take over after a Redskins punt but they are unable to move the ball after three plays are also forced to punt. On the punt, Sean Taylor breaks through and blocks the kick. Matt Bowen recovers for the Redskins at the Bears 26. After a 4 yard run by Clinton Portis, Drew Bledsoe hooks up with Laveranues Coles for a 22 yard touchdown.

    Redskins 7-3.

    The teams then became entrenched in a defensive struggle as they played the battle of field position for the remainder of the half. The Redskins had the best opportunity to score as a wide open James Thrash dropped a huge pass down the left side that could have gone for a touchdown but certainly would have left a seemingly easy field goal.

    The second half opened with the teams again struggling to move the ball until the Redskins, on their second drive of the half, went 68 yards in 9 plays and scored their second touchdown when Portis found room over the right side from 20 yards out.

    Redskins 14-3.

    The Bears seemingly found their offense at the half as well as on the first play after the kickoff; QB Rex Grossman goes deep and hits a streaking Marty Booker for an 80 yard touchdown. The Redskins defense was caught in a blitz and a blown coverage on the same play.

    Redskins 14-10.

    At the end of the third quarter, the Redskins missed an opportunity to open a 7 point lead after John Hall came up short on a 42 yard field goal attempt.

    The Redskins defense opened the final quarter by clamping down on the Bears offense and after three plays (-12 net yards) forced a punt. The pumped up Redskins offense came out and on a 6 play 68 yard drive which saw Bledsoe go 4 for 4 on pass attempts, they score when the final pass to Thrash goes for a 40 yard touchdown.

    Redskins 21-10.

    The Bears, however, showed why they are 3-1 as they march 86 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown, but take 4:37 off the clock. The touchdown came on a 40 yard catch and carry by David Terrell. The drive was sustained by two key penalties against the Redskins defense, the most costly a roughing the passer call against Brandon Noble. The Bears attempted a two point conversion but failed when the Grossman pass was batted down at the line.

    Redskins 21-16.

    With only 1:05 remaining and trailing by 5, the Bears go for the onside kick and recover (Jerry Azumah) at the Redskin 48. They waste no time as the Bears score two plays later when Grossman hits Justin Gage for a 44 yard touchdown. On the play, rookie Sean Taylor went for the interception rather than the tackle and in the process knocked down fellow defender, Todd Franz, thus allowing Gage to walk untouched into the end zone. They would also tack on the 2 point conversion after former Redskin, Bryan Johnson, bowled his way over the end-stripe from 2 yards out.

    Bears 24-21.

    So, with only :51 left in the game and trailing by a field goal, the newly acquired Drew Bledsoe was looked to for some last minute heroics. The Redskins started their final drive on their own 23. On first down, Bledsoe hit Darnerian McCants for a 15 yard pass on the far sideline. With: 47 seconds left, Bledsoe found Coles for a quick hitter on the sideline that takes only 3 ticks off the clock. : 44 seconds left and the Redskins are at their own 38 yard line. Bledsoe stood in the pocket long enough to find Coles across the middle for 16 yards. Timeout called by the Redskins with: 36 seconds left in the game. The next play, Taylor Jacobs appeared to haul in a huge 23 yard catch as he went out of bounds that would have had the Redskins in field goal position but the replay booth nullified the catch. The Redskins show their resiliency as on the next play, as Bledsoe found Ladell Betts somehow open at the 9 yard line as he scored on the 46 yard pass to put the Redskins up with only: 25 seconds left in the game.

    Redskins 28-21.

    The Bears were unable to do anything with the remaining time as the Redskins came into their backyard and posted an impressive road victory behind Drew Bledsoe’ 16-30 for 263 yards and 3 touchdown performance. The defense was paced by Lavar Arrington’s 15 tackles.

    28 – WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-4)
    24 – CHICAGO BEARS (3-2)

    POWER STANDINGS

    The Redskins remain at 30th in the league. The top three teams are Denver, Minnesota and the New York Jets.

    DIVISION STANDINGS

    New York Giants 3-2
    Philadelphia Eagles 2-3
    Washington Redskins 2-4
    Dallas Cowboys 1-4

    TRANSACTION WIRE

    The Redskins were again active as the trading deadline draws close.

    The Washington Redskins announce the trade of WR Rod Gardner and the 2005 2nd round draft pick to the New York Giants for WR Amani Toomer.

    The Washington Redskins announce the trade of their 2005 1st and 4th round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for TE Todd Heap. The Redskins also announce the release of TE Walter Rasby.

    Tune in next week for a recap of the NFL action as the Redskins use their BYE week to get healthy and refocus for the remainder of the season. They will return to action the following week against the Green Bay Packers.

    -Wingman

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    ESPN 2K5 Game Simulation


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    This is the fifth installment of TheHogs.net 2004 NFL season simulation using the NFL 2K5 title for the Playstation 2 system.

    Baltimore Ravens (1-3) at Washington Redskins (1-3)

    The match-up couldn’t be bigger as the battle for Maryland supremacy takes center stage for a Sunday night tilt in front of a packed house at FedEx Field. The Redskins, riding a
    wave of momentum from the road win last week at Cleveland, open the scoring after they stuff the Ravens opening drive and force them to punt. Chad Morton takes the punt and returns it 89 yards for the touchdown as FedEx reaches a new high in noise. 

    Redskins 7- Ravens 0.

    The Ravens silence the crowd as they take the kickoff and drive 80 yards in 11 plays (mostly by Jamal Lewis).  They cap the drive with a 3 yard touchdown run by Musa Smith.

    Redskins 7-Ravens 7.

    Later in the 1st quarter, the Redskins pressure Kyle Boller into an interception (Matt Bowen) and take over at their own 22.  They put together a nice drive against
    the tough Raven defense but are forced to attempt a 48 yard field goal which John Hall pushes wide right.  The Ravens take over but can not move the ball and turn the ball back over to the Redskins.  This time, they take the ball to the end zone after Mark Brunell finds Rod Gardner for a 69 yard catch and carry.

    Redskins 14- Ravens 7.

    The Ravens close the first half with a 9 play 63 yard drive that ended with a 16 yard touchdown pass from Boller to Todd Heap.

    Redskins 14- Ravens 14.

    The second half starts off with some fireworks as in the first drive of the half; Boller is intercepted by Shawn Springs at the Ravens 34.   The Redskins then turn around
    and give the ball back as Mark Brunell is intercepted by Chris McAlister at the Ravens 38.  The Redskins defense forces a three and out and Michael Barrow finds a seam in the line to block the punt.  He also recovers the blocked punt at the Ravens 27.  The fireworks continue as the Redskins find pay dirt on their first play after Clinton Portis goes off the right side for a 27 yard touchdown scamper.

    Redskins 21- Ravens 14.

    Keeping the fans on their feet, the Ravens return the kickoff to the Redskins 43 and on the first play, Boller connects with Travis Taylor for a 43 yard touchdown reception to tie the game once again.

    Redskins 21- Ravens 21.

    The game then settled down as the teams exchanged punts throughout the remainder of the third quarter.  The Redskins had an opportunity to go ahead at the end of the third quarter as they drove into Ravens territory but Brunell was intercepted by Gerome Sapp.  The Ravens also missed an opportunity after Matt Stover missed a 53 yarder to the left. 

    The game remained tied at 21-21 until the Stover connected on a 33 yarder to give the Ravens the lead, 24-21, with 2:00 left in the game.

    Ravens 24- Redskins 21.

    The Redskins then start their drive at their own 20, needing a field goal to tie.  They drive the ball deep into Ravens territory and have a touchdown slip through their hands after Brunell overthrows a wide open McCants at the Ravens 3.  With 1:07 left in the game during the same drive, the Redskins on 3rd and 2 (from the Ravens 38), Brunell again goes up top and this time it looks like the lefty was baited into the pass as McAlister steps in front of the pass and returns it 78 yards for the touchdown to slam the down shut on the Redskins.  The Ravens come into the Redskins backyard and steal one from the burgundy and gold.

    Ravens 31-Redskins 21.


    BALTIMORE31

    WASHINGTON21

    PLAYERS OF THE GAME

    Rod Gardner 3 catches for 92 yards and 1 TD
    Michael Barrow 9 tackles and 1 blocked punt
    Matt Bowen 5 tackles and INT
    Khalid Abdullah 12 tackles

    POWER RANKINGS

    Redskins slide from 28 to 30th in the league.  Top three: Denver, Minnesota and Tampa Bay.

    DIVISION:

    New York 3-2          
    Dallas 1-3      
    Philadelphia  
    1-3     
    Washington 1-4

    TRANSACTION WIRE

    *The Washington Redskins announce the trade of QB Mark Brunell to the Buffalo Bills for Drew Bledsoe.
    *The Washington Redskins report that CB Fred Smoot could miss remainder of season due to a broken kneecap suffered in the loss to Baltimore.

    The Redskins (1-4) will be on the road next week to face the Chicago Bears (3-1) at the new Soldier Field.  It remains to be seen if the addition of Bledsoe will change the Redskins fortune.

    -Wingman

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    Key Player Match-Ups: Ravens


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    Both teams come into this game having lost a game that they felt they should win last week. The Redskins were of course defeated by the Browns in Cleveland, while the Ravens were the victim of Kansas City’s first victory of the season. The Ravens’ loss came on Monday night, thus giving Baltimore a shortened practice week, but they’ll be ready for their geographic rivals. Here are some of the key player match-ups:

    Jonathan Ogden vs. Ron Warner
    By Scott Hurrey

    Jonathan Ogden is widely regarded as the best all-around offensive lineman in the game today. He is a seven-time pro bowler and coming into this season, he had started 58 straight games before missing the first game of this season with a knee injury. Ogden is amazingly agile for a 6’9” tall man that weighs in at 345 pounds. Ogden is athletic enough to take off down field as a lead blocker for Jamal Lewis on one play and then use his enormous wingspan to pick up pass rushers on the next.

    With Phillip Daniels set to miss another start with a groin injury, Ron Warner will get his third straight start for the Washington Redskins. Warner was a pleasant surprise for the coaching staff during training camp, and made the team because of his dedication, hard work and his ability to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Warner is one of the fastest guys on the defensive line and uses his speed to get to the quarterback. Warner has 1 sack and 5 tackles as a starter in Gregg Williams’ defense, with an additional .5 sacks and 2 tackles as a reserve against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Warner is known for his high motor and quickness off the ball, although there has been some question about his ability to play the run.

    Warner suffered a bruised lower leg and an ankle sprain in Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns. For Warner to have a shot at winning this match-up, he needs his legs to be at 100% in order to take advantage of his speed. If there has been a knock on Ogden, it has been that he can lose focus on some downs and that he doesn’t always show the “killer instinct” when finishing blocks. If Warner is 100% and Ogden takes a few plays off, and Warner will need to take advantage of these opportunities. With Ogden’s rare combination of size, speed and athleticism, this match-up is his to lose.

    Advantage: Jonathan Ogden

    Chris Cooley vs. Ed Reed
    By Dan Hines

    When Chris Cooley lines up this Sunday, he will find one of the games best players, Baltimore Ravens strong safety Ed Reed, waiting for him. Reed in his third year, has already picked off 14 passes in his short career. While Reed draws the task of stopping Cooley, his first order of business will be helping to stop the Redskins running game. As all teams who have faced the Redskins this year, Baltimore will bring seven and eight men up to the line. Reed will serve as the eighth man in the box and is a big part a Ravens run defense that has underachieved in the first four games yielding 116 yards a game.

    The Redskins must get Cooley involved in the offense if they have any hopes of establishing the running game. Look for the Redskins to use short to medium range passes (as the Chiefs did on Monday night) to Cooley, to force Reed out of the box and into coverage. If the Redskins can hit a few passes early to Cooley, the Baltimore defense could be in for a healthy dose of Clinton Portis. Conversely if the Redskins don’t the offense could sputter as it has in the first four games.

    Ed Reed is an All-Pro and one of the games best strong safeties. Look for Reed to dare the Redskins to throw to the rookie Cooley. Reed is talented enough to play run first and still cover Cooley.

    Advantage: Reed

    Laveranues Coles vs. Chris McAllister
    By Fran Farren

    The 2004 version of Laveranues Coles has thus far been not as explosive as the 2003 version. While he is on pace to top last year’s number of receptions, he will not likely match the number of yards accumulated last year at this pace. Why? Because this year, Brunell has been throwing mainly short to mid range passes to Coles. Coles simply hasn’t been used as the deep threat, even though he is certainly capable of becoming one. During the first 3 weeks of this year, for example, Coles’ longest pass was only 22 yards. Last week against the Browns, however, Brunell finally caught Coles on his favorite pattern (the slant over the middle) for a 45-yard gain, Coles’ longest of the year. As Brunell becomes more and more comfortable with Gibbs’ offensive system, look for him to start stretching the field a little more. We saw glimpses of that against Cleveland. We should see more of that against a Ravens team that gave up a lot of long passes against the Chiefs last week.

    CB Chris McAllister is a very physical player that will try to match up against Coles this week. McAllister likes to play tight off the line and bump the receiver, trying to prevent the receiver from getting into his pattern early. Because of that, there is potential for him to get burned deep if Coles is able to get off the line clean. To do well against McAllister, Coles will need to get off the line clean and run tight routes this week.

    Against a tough Ravens defense, look for Brunell to once again play more conservatively and use the short-mid passing attack at first. With the success of the short passing game this week, look for Brunell to then throw 3-4 balls deep to spread the offense resulting in Coles’ first touchdown pass of 2004. Notwithstanding a decent effort by McAllister, look for Coles to catch 7-8 balls for just over 100 yards and one touchdown. This week will be the week that we finally see Laveranues Coles take back the #1 wide receiver position for the Redskins.

    Advantage: Coles

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