INJURY UPDATE: QB Robert Griffin III practiced almost fully yesterday and looked fine. Still has to pass some concussion tests before he can play, but right now the odds seem to favor him starting against the Vikings.
Dan Graziano looks at some good work OLB Ryan Kerrigan is doing in coverage. Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett is using some exotic schemes to have his linebackers help the secondar in coverage. Let's face it, the secondary can use all the help it gets. Haslett says offenses are paying a lot more attention to Kerrigan this year, particularly with OLB Brian Orakpo done for the season.
I've written a lot about Washington's offensive problems on third down. but if you want more, Mark Maske has it.
Brian Burke correctly points out that third down conversion can be deceptive. An offense can still work well if it gets first downs on first or second down and the Redskins are pretty good at that. The Skins get a first down on 68 percent of their drives, which is just about league average. The Skins are terrible on third down, whiche means they are making up for it on first and second down. That's all well and good, of course, but if the Skins could improve on third down their offense would be even more potent. And that's what you want.
Vikings DE Jared Allen is someone to watch. You can bet RG3 will be watching him. The one who worries me more, though, is TB Adrian Peterson, who blew out his knee against the Skins last year. He's back at the scene of the wreck this Sunday and, unfortunately for the rest of the NFL, he looks a lot like the old A.P.
When nobody was looking, WR Santana Moss caught his 500th pass last Sunday, joining Art Monk, Charley Taylor and Gary Clark as the only Redskins to have done so.
Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan talking about WR Pierre Garcon's foot injury:
“He’s battling it, I can tell. You can see him on the practice field and stuff and in the games that it hurts him to run. He has a lingering foot problem and it does hurt him. He’s been able to play through it here the last couple weeks and it helps us having him out there, but no, I don’t think he’s 100 percent. I appreciate him battling through it and being out there for us. I just hope that each week it gets better.”
That's fine, as far as it goes, but I had Garcon down for three drops last Sunday. Not sure what his foot injury has to do with that.
Rich Campbell asks five questions about the upcoming game against the Vikings, including whether or not the Redskins' pass rush will show up and how the defense will handle the multi-multi-talented WR Percy Harvin.