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Week 2: Offense Scores More Than the Defense

One of the keys to a Redskins victory that LaVar Arrington pointed out in his blog, Hard Hits, was the Redskins ability to stop Arian Foster and force Houston to pass the ball.

Arian Foster is not a well-known back, but if you ask Shannahan, he is the back of the future for the Texans. And in last week’s 34-24 win over Indianapolis, the Texans rushed for a franchise high 257 yards, led by 231 from running back Arian Foster.

While the Redkins held the Cowboys’ rushers to under 100 yards combined, I don’t think the Cowboys have an Arian Foster caliber running back in their backfield.

Another point Arrington made regarding the defense was the play of #92. I’m tired of hearing about this guy, but the point has to be made that his play is not right for this style of defense. We all saw him shooting gaps trying to get up field, to be left in the dust or on his back and not near the play.

As Arrington points out, “the success against the run [comes] by pushing offensive linemen back and creating traffic jams, allowing linebackers and safeties the time to get to the ball carrier.” This is not happening and needs to if we are going to continue to rely on the defense to win games for us.

Then there’s the receiver for the Texans. I think DeAngelo Hall says it best, regarding Andre Johnson – he is “the best receiver in the game, hands down.”

So once again, it’s the defense we look to as keys to the Redskins victory. A defense whose 100MM nose doesn’t know how to play in a 3-4 – a position that’s crucial for a 3-4 to stop the run. A defense whose starting safety is practicing in pads, but probably won’t see play this week.

I’m not trying to be a downer. I am confident our defense will come through again and I will continue to be confident in their ability, as I have been over the last few years. But there comes a point when the keys to winning have to be put back on the shoulders of the offense. I was impressed with the defensive play calling and execution, but let’s face it, these guys are playing hard and beating the crap out of their bodies more than they have to every game. They can’t be expected to be in there relentlessly while the offense goes four and out or maybe makes it two series occasionally.

Charley Casserly on says we should be watching the Redskins defense. I watched the Redskins defense and am ready to watch the offense take control of the game and bring home a win. Let’s take some of the point scoring pressure off the defense and put it back where it belongs.

So this week, I think the offense will find their groove. I feel so good about it that I can tell you their rebound will come in the second half and they will score 14 unanswered points to win the game. It’s a hunch. Just like my hunch that if we keep continuously hammering and counting on our defense to win games, it will lead to crucial injuries from which our season can not survive. ?

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