And it's why he can cover smaller receivers such as Santana Moss. But here's the thing: Bailey is hurting and that could give the shifty Moss enough of an opening.
Debate: Who has gotten the better of the trade? So far
Denver because the Broncos received a second-round pick and turned that into
Tatum Bell, who has shown some flashes of being productive. Clinton Portis does
many things well and is darned tough, but, for whatever reason, he hasn't
produced in the red zone. Many factors are involved, but the fact is he went
from 29 TDs in two seasons with
Still effective: Receiver Rod Smith. He has 26 receptions and though he only averages around 11 yards a catch, he's a smart experienced wideout with good size. He'll be a good test for rookie Carlos Rogers when they're on the same side.
No go: K John Hall and CB Walt Harris are out because of injuries (see injury report). The Broncos don't have many dangerous wideouts so losing Harris shouldn't hurt them too badly. Ashley Leile can be a weapon, but hasn't yet done it consistently.
Tough D: Forget the Broncos' ground game, which is good.
Focus, instead on their run defense which is equally good.
Offensive key: The Redskins must hit some intermediate passes to soften the Broncos' run defense. It will be hard to run, so the way to move the ball initially might be through the air.
Dangerous: Returner Darrent Williams, both on kickoffs and punts. That means not only will the coverage be tested, but punter Derrick Frost needs a good game with directional kicks and Nick Novak's kickoffs must be good. Perhaps they'll try more pooch kickoffs.
Defensive key: Stop the run. If they don't, the Broncos will
test them with their bootlegs, which hurt many teams.
Stat of the Week: In 34 games since their new stadium opened
Prediction: I don't think the Redskins are the ‘‘worst 3-0
team in history.'' That's a ludicrous statement. They're capable of winning
this game, especially if they can force Jake Plummer into mistakes. But they
must keep him in the pocket to do so. It can happen. But I'm more concerned
about what the Redskins' offense will do, especially on the ground. That's why