Redskins’ top storylines ahead of Sunday against Steelers

10/28/12 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Washington Redskins (3-4) are headed in a crucial game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in a bout to improve on their bottom of the division standing at the end of Week 8. The Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) who host the Washington Redskins on Sunday are 2-0 at home this season with a record of nine wins in their past 10 homefield games at Heinz Field.
Although the Washington Redskins are 2-2 on road this season, the team will try to maximize their offensive advantage after the offense averaged 28.7 points per game compared to Pittsburgh Steelers’ 23.3. However, their rivals seemingly fair better in the defensive department after the defense allowed only an average of 22.0 points a game compared to Washington Redskins’ 28.6.
But we’ll only be focusing on the Washington Redskins’ top storylines ahead of Sunday’s game.
London Fletcher’s impact: The Washington Redskins linebacker is returning from a hamstring injury after being named questionable only hours earlier for Sunday’s game. While its good news for London Fletcher, who’d no longer lose his league best 231 consecutive games streak, there are doubts about the limitations of his capabilities. London Fletcher underwent six hours of testing on Thursday after initially informing the team about the injury and other balancing issues. He appeared fragile at practice on Friday.
Whoever starts at the spot will have a daunting task of limiting Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller, who is averaging 9.4 yards per reception and five touchdown passes this season.
Pass rushing efforts: the Washington Redskins have also struggled to limit the quarterback and Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger is agile and quick to shake off potential tacklers to extend plays. Ben Roethlisberger will try to pass the ball field and spread some hitters along for its protection. Multiple Washington Redskins defenders will have to synch their movements to collapse the pocket and takeout the quarterback.
Secondary struggles: The Washington Redskins defensive back have been inconsistent at most so far this season as was evident last week. But the Pittsburgh Steelers boast additional speed in receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. The defensive backs will have a lot on their hands Sunday.
Replacements: The Washington Redskins were already trying to cover wide receiver Pierre Garcon spots and now tight end Fred Davis is also out against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tight end Logan Paulsen is slated to start and receivers Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson may also find themselves on field Sunday. Leonard Hankerson had some bright moments this season but remained overall inconsistent. Josh Morgan has failed to make an impact. His best play this season was a 35-yard touchdown that was lost to a penalty. Both must help Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III compete against a Pittsburgh Steelers offense that ranked first in the league against pass rush.
Moreover Chris Cooley has made it back but his level of participation Sunday remains doubtful after he took part in only three practices.
Robert Griffin III’s heroics: Each week, the rookie quarterback has emerged with big plays to put the Washington Redskins in a favorable position to win, although what the team has made of such opportunities remains another issue.
On Sunday Robert Griffin III will face-off against one of the toughest defenses that ranks sixth against the run. The Washington Redskins will attempt different routines to take the Pittsburgh Steelers defenders off-guard.
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