Redskins Game Day Post: It’s London time

The Washington Redskins face the Cincinnati Bengals in London this MORNING.  The Redskins are coming off a loss to the Detroit Lions and the Bengals enter the game off a win over the Browns.  Here are the Redskins inactive for this morning’s game.

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QB Nate Sudfield

RB Matt Jones

WR Rasah Ross

CB DeShaun Phillips

DE Matt Ioannidis

OT Vinston Painter

OL Arie Kouandjio

Of one here is Matt Jones.  Jones is hobbled by injury and coming of  a two fumble performance in which he faced criticism from head coach Jay Gruden.  Of bigger note is the fact that CB Josh Normand TE Jordan Reed, both of whom were in NFL concussion protocol, are not on the above list. The Redskins need Reed and Norman back in the lineup and they got their wish.  Both Reed and Norman indicate they are cleared and will play.  DE Anthony Lanier is active for the first time this season, as Ioannidis is inactive.

Our Notes for the Game:

Ground Game . . . Matt Jones is sidelined.  Probably to a bad thing.  Jones worked hard to rectify fumbling issues last season, but that work appears to have regressed as he coughed up the ball twice last week, earning he scorn of Jay Gruden.  The Redskins will now turn to Chris Thompson and Robert Kelley.  Mack brown was also moved to the active roster and is active today.  Could this be the start of the Robert Kelley era?  Kelley has been effective when used, gaining 103 yards this season on 17 carrier, averaging a nice 6.1 yards per carry.  The spot light on Kelley will be his pass protection skills today.  We also expect to see a lot of Chris Thompson today.  Thompson is a small back with great speed and has the knack for getting into he secondary on runs.  Thompson has rushed for 193 yards on 38 carries, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.  I suspect we will see a running back by committee approach.  They will need an effective ground attack to keep the pressure off QB Kirk Cousins.  I loved the play calling two weeks ago with mixing up the different running backs, but we didn’t see that last week.  Let’s see if they get back to utilizing the varying skills of Thompson and Kelley.  Also, will be interesting to watch if they utilize Mack Brown at all, who has an impressive preseason.

Controlling Green . . . The Redskins need to control WR AJ Green.  He is going to get his catches.  What they need to do is eliminate opportunities for big plays down the field to Green.  Will the Redskins position Josh Norman on Green the whole game or will it vary to Bashaud Breeland as well?  Is Norman healthy, although active?  Green has the knack for the big play and the Redskins simply can’t afford this big plays.  See above ground game.  One of the keys to stopping Green from being the difference maker is sustained drives and clock control.

Spot light on Moses . . . That is Morgan Moses, the Redskins right tackle.  He has a tough assignment today with protecting Cousins from Carlos Dunlap.  Dunlap leads the Bengals with 5 sacks and has tremendous speed coming off the edge.  Moses will likely need some help not he right side.

Run Defense . . . Bengals have a capable running back in Jeremy Hill.  Hill had a huge game against Cleveland last week, gaining 168 yards on just 9 carries.  The Redskins have struggled against the run at times this season.  They have to get push up front and eliminate the big runs by Hill.

Tying Reed Back In . . . The Redskins get their primary passing great back this week in TE Jordan Reed.  Reed is so good he just creates mismatches innerly every game.  The Redskins have to take advantage of mismatches that occur on Reed.  Vernon Davis played well last week, but lets face it, they missed Reed.  They missed the mismatches and Reed’s ability to gain chunks of yards after the catch.

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