The Washington Redskins welcome the New York Jets to FedEx Field this Friday night for their preseason home opener. Washington is coming off a loss to the Atlanta Falcons 23-17 in their first preseason game.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: FedEx Field
Coverage: CSN (TV); ESPN 980 (radio)
What happened last week:
Quarterback Kirk Cousins only played in just the opening drive in the 23-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, completing all five of his pass attempts for 39 yards. Washington's first touchdown came in the second half with sixth-round pick Nate Sudfeld under center, capped by Robert Kelley's 1-yard run in the third quarter. The defensive starters stymied the Matt Ryan led offense, but the second-unit secondary surrendered multiple deep passes as the game progressed.
Meet the Jets:
New York opened its preseason with a 17-13 win over the Jaguars. Both Jets touchdowns came in the second quarter with Bilal Powell scoring on a four-yard run and backup quarterback Geno Smith finding Charone Peak for a 17-yard score later in the quarter. Starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, who worked over Washington's defense in winning performance during the 2015 regular season. completed 3 of 4 of his passes for 72 yards.
Things to watch for:
* Ground and Pound:
The Redskins only produced 79 total yards on the ground last week and most of that came via the backups. Kelley impressed with 40 yards on seven attempts with a touchdown and Mack Brown had a solid performance. The backup RB battle is important, but getting starter Matt Jones on the move is truly the story. Expect Jones and the starters on both sides to play at least the first quarter and perhaps into the second. Kelley, Brown and Keith Marshall are each fighting for a spot on the team so expect these three to get plenty of touches on Friday night.
* Jets passing game vs. Skins defense:
The Jets won't have injured running back Matt Forte, but their weapons at wide receiver, namely Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, will provide plenty of danger. Marshall and Decker combined for 189 receptions last season and each caught a touchdown in New York's 34-20 over Washington. This will be a good test for the Redskins starting corner combo of Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland.
* Nate Sudfeld
The third string rookie quarterback was one bright spot in the loss to Atlanta last week. After completing 10 of 15 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in his preseason debut, will Sudfeld be able to replicate his performance this week? Depending on game flow perhaps he could receive some even more work this week While Cousins and McCoy are locked in for the starting and backup quarterback positions, Sudfeld's spot on the 53-man roster isn't secured, but it's getting there.
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