Another scout gives his take on what’s going to happen in Sunday’s game between the Patriots and Redskins
|12.09.11 at 11:35 pm ET|
We’ve already done this week’s edition of “scout’s take,” as one NFL scout who has watched the Patriots and Redskins opened his notebook for us and provided an idea of what’s going to happen in Sunday’s game. But we got a hold of another NFL scout – one who has broken down video on both teams — who provided more depth and insight into the matchup between New England and Washington. Here’s a six-part plan as to what to look for on Sunday:
1. Washington will struggle offensively because of the loss of two key players in left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis. Davis allowed them to create plays in the middle of the field with his speed and route running, both of which could have caused some problems for the Patriots defense. Williams was big part of the zone running scheme the Redskins use, and he was their best protector. It is going to be difficult for Washington to generate sustained drives to keep the New England offense off the field.
2. Look for interior pressure from New England to disrupt Washington quarterback Rex Grossman. With Trent Williams out of the lineup, the Patriots should be able to create edge pressure with defensive ends and outside linebackers. Because of his height, interior pressure really affects Grossman.
3. New England could have some problems with the vertical speed the Redskins have on the perimeter. Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Anthony Armstrong are all very fast and could test the Patriots’ secondary if Grossman has time.
4. Redskins pressure players – Brian Orakapo and Ryan Kerrigan — could give some pressure to the New England offense. Orakapo could have favorable matchup on Light because of the style of rusher he is. You could see New England use Solder at tight end to help secure him if passing situations. Kerrigan is somewhat like the outside linebackers that Belichick likes — strong, with a high motor and heavy hands. He can set the edge.
5. The Redskins don’t play with great discipline on defense, and matchups against the Patriots passing game are not good when you don’t play with discipline. They have smart physical safeties, but if Tom Brady can find good match up on O.J. Atogwe, he will take advantage of that, especially if matched on either New England tight end. LaRon Landry is a downhill beast and disruptive player, but still a tough matchup in man situations on Rob Gronkowski. Their linebackers are too small to handle either tight end. The New England offense might have a chance to have vertical success on cornerback Josh Wilson. Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is impatient and if things don’t work early for the Washington defense, his impatience can be exploited by Brady.
6. New England will have a tough time running the ball against the Washington front seven. Linebacker London Fletcher is still a very good player.
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