Redskins-Rams preview: Getting defensive

The Redskins look to avoid an 0-2 start as they take on the visiting the Rams. Breaking Burgundy provides the details.

Matchup: Washington Redskins (0-1) vs, St. Louis Rams (1-0)

Kickoff: Sunday, September 20, 1PM EST

Location: FedEx Field

Television:CBS

Radio:Redskins Radio Network

Odds: Rams (-3)

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Last week: Washington lost 17-10 to Miami at home. St. Louis defeated Seattle 34-31 in overtime.

Matchup History: The Redskins lead the all-time series with the Rams 22-11-1. Lately it's been one-sided the other way as the Rams have won five of the last seven match-ups, including a 24-0 shutout last season.

Rankings (yards gained/allowed)

Washington - Offense (16th), Defense (4th)

St. Louis - Offense (15th), Defense (17th) 

Links

* Can Rashad Ross replace DeSean Jackson?

* Lessons learned from RG3 trade

* Behind enemy lines - We answered questions about the Redskins for Gridiron Gateway, the Rams site on Scout.com.

Scouting report

Strength: Just like Miami, who the Redskins played last week, the Rams have an elite defensive front. Second-year defensive tackle Aaron Donald registered two sacks in the opener. The St. Louis defense sacked a very mobile QB, Russell Wilson, six times last week. Cousins will have to deal with arguably the NFL’S toughest blitz package and be very aware of the pressure around him if he wants to keep his head on his shoulders. More insight from Scout.com's Rams Insider Nate Latsch, who spoke with Breaking Burgundy this week.


Weakness: The Rams managed only 76 rushing yards in week one. Granted, they were shorthanded without Todd Gurley and Tre Mason, who is expected back this week. Washington is coming off a solid defensive performance against a dynamic runner in Lamar Miller, so look for the Skins to try to take the running game away early in this one, and force the Rams to rely o quarterback Nick Foles.

Fantasy Focus: Alfred Morris, though typically a reliable fantasy starter, may be a player to avoid this week against the Rams stout defensive line. The Rams receivers, on the other hand, are quality spot starters due to the lack of available bodies in the Redskins secondary. That being said, go with you studs if they’re still healthy, as Rams pass-catchers are historically unreliable, and have a less than stellar QB to work with. On the whole, avoid everyone in this game in fantasy, other than the Rams defense.

Prediction: If the Rams can beat the defending NFC champs, they can beat the Redskins. Speedy receivers and intelligent defense will propel St. Louis to a 27-13 win. 


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