Washington is headed to L.A. to duel a familiar face in the form of Jay Gruden offensive protege Sean McVay.
Here are my five keys to the game.
– Forget about Josh Doctson. It has to be tiring if you are a Redskin fan to hear me updating you all week with bad Doctson news from practice. Yet, how important is he? If Terrelle Pryor and Jamison Crowder can’t be dominant players in this offense then it won’t matter how marginally banged up the 2nd year receiver out of TCU is. This offense has plenty of pass catching weapons. Outside of Pryor and Crowder there is Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, and Chris Thompson who all are capable of having 100+ yard games.
– The offensive line must grow quickly and become more versatile. A lot of people aren’t pleased with this position group. Some say they set themselves up for high expectations by utilizing the Hogs 2.0 theme. This is their second year playing together so there is little room for excuses.
– Bother Jared Goff. He was only sacked once by the Colts, and their pass rush didn’t hurry him enough, so he picked the Indy secondary apart. I don’t believe Goff is that great a QB. He shrunk under pressure a lot last year. The Skins need to get in his head early and then get to his body late.
– Get L.A. off the field on third down. If the Rams are allowed to convert 8 for 14 3rd downs like the Eagles did last week, then this game will not go the Redskins way.
– Get some momentum going into two games against Super Bowl contenders. Earlier this week I wrote how D.C. doesn’t have time to play around and get cute in this game with games against Oakland and Kansas City coming up next on the schedule. The Redskins need to find something they can build on, and quick.