Washington Redskins Secondary: Under Fire and In Trouble vs. New Orleans Saints

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Washington Redskins Secondary: Under Fire and In Trouble vs. New Orleans Saints
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The Saints offense is good.

Which got me thinking about Friday’s World Cup draw and Brazil. Saying the Saints offense is good is like saying Brazilians are good at soccer. When Brazil plays at its best, they transform soccer from sport to art form: The Beautiful Game. (See the second half of the Confederations Cup final vs. US.)

The same principle applies to the Saints and their offense.

When they are in rhythm like they were on Monday night against the Patriots, the Saints are unstoppable.

On paper, this looks like a great matchup. The best offense in the NFL comes to Washington to face the No. 2-ranked passing defense. A battle of wills.

But oftentimes, one stat can’t tell the whole story.

Even though the Redskins have only allowed 170.4 passing yards a game, that can be attributing to all the putrid games they played earlier in the year. In four of their 12 games, neither quarterback has passed for over 200 yards.

Not exactly the beautiful game.

It’s not that the Redskins secondary is non-existent; they just have a propensity for giving up big plays, 35 yards or more. They’ve given up five big plays in the last three weeks, all to the Broncos and Eagles.

The Saints offense thrives on big plays.

So things may not look good, especially since the Redskins will be missing their best cover cornerback, DeAngelo Hall.

That will leave much of the burden to cover New Orleans’ dangerous receivers to the recently benched Carlos Rodgers, Fred Smoot, and Justin Tryon.

Look for Drew Brees to pick on Carlos Rodgers early and often. Rodgers, an aggressive cornerback with only six interceptions in five years, was benched because he was beaten on two long touchdowns against Denver. He has been incredibly susceptible to the slant-and-go double move.

Both Smoot and Tryon have done well in the last few weeks filling in for Rodgers and Hall.

There seems to be little chance that the Redskins stop or even slow down the Saints offense. Two weeks ago, when the Cowboys spread the field in their game winning drive in the final four minutes, the Redskins looked clueless on how to stop them.

Maybe the grounds crew will “forget” to clear off the field on Sunday, and Saturday’s blanket of fresh snow that fell on Washington can help to ugly up this game and prevent the Saints offense from putting on a beautiful show.

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