Sunday, September 14th, 1:00 p.m.
Kickoff Temperature: 75 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Redskins by 6.5
Redskins Offense vs. Jaguars Defense
Washington offense- 16th overall (16th passing, 10th rushing), T31st scoring- 6 ppg.
Jaguars defense- 27th overall (24th passing, 25th rushing), 22nd scoring- 27 ppg.
In Washington’s opening day loss to Houston, they moved the ball up and down the field but turnovers, penalties and bad breaks kept them out of the end zone. Washington had a much more horizontal than vertical offense, despite having very legitimate vertical threats. Much of that was likely due to the presence of Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, as he singlehandedly changes game plans.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin, III is learning a new offense which involves him staying in the pocket more, which isn’t one of his greatest strengths. RG3 throws a great deep ball and Washington will likely test the Jaguars secondary, especially if Jonathan Cyprien is out again (concussion). DeSean Jackson is as good of a deep threat as there is and Pierre Garcon can make big plays from anywhere. Andre Roberts is another speedy threat, as is smaller receivers Aldrick Robinson and Santana Moss, who was a healthy scratch last week.
Running back Alfred Morris is a nice cutback and downhill runner and the Washington offensive line is considered to be a pretty average unit as a whole. The Jaguars have to stay in their gaps to avoid a repeat performance of Darren Sproles 49-yard touchdown run which began to change last week’s game.
Robert Griffin looked tentative in the pocket last week and with all the different looks that the Jaguars can give on defense they should be able to confuse him as they did with Nick Foles last Sunday. If Jonathan Cyprien doesn’t play, the Jaguars will likely go with some more conservative looks on defense not to keep reserve Josh Evans out on an island against some very capable receivers.