TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 3, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: FedEx Field
Weather: High 57, Low 39
Line: San Diego (-1)
It has been a rough season for Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. Heading into the season, the Redskins were thought of as a favorite to win the NFC East, but a 2-5 start to the season has them on the outside of the playoff race looking in. Griffin III has struggled coming back from an ACL injury a year ago, but has come on a bit more in recent weeks. Washington runs out of the best offenses in the league, on paper, week after week, but Griffin III needs to lead more. He has 1,878 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 240 rushing yards on a weak knee. Pierre Garcon is his favorite target, catching 47 passes for 512 yards and two touchdowns on the year and giving Griffin the help he needs. Alfred Morris continues to be one of the best young backs in the league, rushing for 565 yards and four scores on the year.
The San Diego Chargers have had a bit of a surprising start to the season as no one really believed they could contend in the AFC West. However, they are 4-3 and Philip Rivers is having one of his best seasons in recent memory, passing for 2,132 yards and 15 touchdowns while leading the sixth-best passing offense in the league.The Chargers’ offense has been so successful because of Rivers’ ability to spread the ball around, but his favorite target in the passing game is an old favorite, tight end Antonio Gates. The veteran tight end has 42 catches for 497 yards and two scores, leading the team in receiving. Ryan Matthews leads the rushing attack with 446 yards and a touchdown on 110 carries this season.
Defensively, the Chargers rank ninth in the league in points allowed per game, but they are a completely different story when it comes to yards. San Diego allows the 10th-most yards per game in the league while allowing the seventh-most passing yards per game. Washington was once the worst unit in the league in terms of yards allowed. Now the Redskins are the fourth-worst defense in the league in terms of total yards allowed, third-worst in rushing yards allowed and second-t0-last in points allowed per game — what an improvement.
PREDICTION: Chargers 31, Redskins 34