5 Reasons Why Washington Redskins will Lose In Week 1
5 Reasons Redskins Will Lose Week 1
All is right with the world -- the NFL is back. Thursday night's action between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens was just the beginning. On Sunday, we will have a full slate of games, capped off by the always-popular Monday Night Football doubleheader.
The first game on tap on Monday night will be between two rival NFC East opponents: the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles. These are two teams that went in completely different directions last season. The Redskins were able to make the postseason behind the play of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Eagles basically did everything in their power to run head coach Andy Reid out of town by putting together a disastrous 4-12 season.
You could say the Redskins overachieved last season with unexpected stellar performances from RGIII and Alfred Morris. But this year, the expectations are high in our nation’s capital. A healthy Fred Davis and Pierre Garcon give RGIII even more options at his disposal. On the defensive side of the ball, a healthy Brian Orakpo could be all the difference this year as he was only able to play in two games last season due to injury.
Opening night will be a good test for the Redskins to see where they stand. They will be hosting the Eagles on Monday Night Football, and would love a win to start off their quest for another postseason berth. But, here are five reasons why Redskins fans will be thoroughly disappointed on Monday night.
5. Ground and Pound
In two games against the Redskins last year, LeSean McCoy only ran the ball a total of 28 times. In Chip Kelly’s new offense, Shady will be the focal point against a defense that was in the middle of the pack last year, giving up 4.2 yards per carry.
4. Michael Vick on MNF
Obviously it's under different circumstances here, but the last time Michael Vick played the Redskins on Monday Night Football, all he did was throw for 333 yards and four touchdowns and rush for another 80 yards and two scores. With everyone thinking Vick is washed up, I’m sure he would love nothing more than to put on a show in DC again.
3. No Game Plan For Chip
The Redskins have been dealt the task of being the first team to have to try and stop Chip Kelly’s fast-paced, intriguing offense. No one knows what to expect at this point, and the Redskins really do have no way to plan for it until they see it in action. Just like the read-option and the wildcat formation, this offense will not get figured out right away, so the Redskins may be in for a long night.
2. Lack of Read-Option
With this being RGIII’s first game back, you would think Mike Shanahan would limit the number of read-option plays run to keep his star QB upright. Lake of creative play-calling could result in a lack of points on the board.
1. The Rust of RGIII
Griffin is coming off of a devastating ACL tear in the playoffs last year. He sat out the entire preseason, but claims to be ready to go for Week 1. Regardless, the rust will be there and so will the nerves until he takes those first couple of hits. It might take RGIII some time to feel comfortable on the field again.