The Washington Redskins are going to be the fifth team this year to try to take down the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. If you’re going to make your NFL picks on the Skins, you’ll be getting a three-point head start. However, if the Washington defense doesn’t improve, none of that will matter.
Yes, QB Robert Griffin III has been an absolute beast. He has thrown for 1,070 yards with four scores against just one pick, and he has another 252 yards and four TDs on the ground. RB Alfred Morris has been great as a rookie running back as well.
The defense though, is a significantly different story.
All four teams that have played against the Redskins have scored at least 22 points against them. Yes, the schedule has been chock full of great offensive teams, but allowing 415.2 yards and 326.2 passing yards per game just isn’t excusable no matter who you’re playing against.
Unfortunately for Washington, this is going to be a tremendous uphill battle for the rest of the year. LB Brian Orakpo is out for the year, as is DE Adam Carriker. DB Tanard Jackson still hasn’t seen the field, as he has been suspended for the whole start of the year, and DB Brandon Meriweather has a knee injury that has kept him out for the first four games as well.
To make matters worse, DB Cedric Griffin was kept out of the fold last week with a hamstring injury to boot.
No one in the secondary has more than one INT in four games this year, and there are only a total of eight total turnovers forced thus far on the campaign. Sacks are few and far between when they’re not coming from DE Ryan Kerrigan as well.
With the high flying Falcons coming to town, it is going to be tough for Washington to get the job done. No matter how good RG3 is though, the team will never be able to get to the playoffs with a defense that is playing like this.