September 17, 2010

Five Keys To A Redskins Win: Is Kyle Shanahan The X-Factor Against The Texans?

My weekly column for SB Nation DC

Sep 17, 2010 - The Redskins are coming off one of the most important victories for the franchise in years in front of the largest crowd at a home opener in team history. A win over archrival Dallas is always a perfect way to start the season, but the Redskins still have plenty of work to do if they wish to live up to the hype of the new Mike Shanahan era.
Some have criticized the Redskins for their "flawed" victory over the Cowboys, and they are right when pointing out Washington struggled to put the game away. But hold the phone. You tell me the Redskins would have won this past week's game last season. I dare you.
That's right, you can't. Last year the team couldn't catch a break and they would have lost that game someway, somehow. This year, things are working out a little differently so far as luck smiled on the Redskins in the form of Alex Barron putting Brian Orakpo in a chokehold.
Of course the team admitted they had some work to do in the postgame locker room. We know the team isn't perfect and the players expressed the need to tighten up in several facets of the game this week against the Houston Texans.
So what can the Redskins do to ensure an encore performance in front of the home crowd this Sunday? Here are your five keys to seal the deal on the Redskins second win of the season.

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