September 24, 2010

Redskins Vs. Rams: Five Keys To A Washington Win, Featuring 'Rookie Hazing' Of Sam Bradford

My bi-weekly column for SB Nation DC

Sep 24, 2010 - The Redskins have played in just two games this year, but they've already had to deal with a wide array of X's and O's and highs and lows. The week one win over Dallas sent Washington soaring despite the uneven, sloppy play throughout the game. Donovan McNabbposted pedestrian numbers and the defense won the day as Washington somehow clung to a hard fought victory. However, the Redskins came crashing down in a shootout with Houston last week. The game against the Texans might have been easier on the eyes, but the Redskins will take an ugly win over blowing a three score lead any day.
This week, the 1-1 Redskins travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams for the third straight year. Washington should cruise in this game, but we all know the Redskins struggle to score more than nine points or so whenever they play the Rams.
If I'm Mike Shanahan, I want to win decisively on Sunday. A convincing win would tell me the Redskins mean business and possess the killer instinct necessary to not only avoid losing a "trap" game, but to win it in style. The Rams have a new rookie quarterback and the 28th-ranked defense in the NFL. No disrespect, but they aren't in the same league as the Redskins this year. Washington needs to win this game in the first half, keep the foot on the pedal, and finish the game off in dominating fashion.
Here are the keys to making a beatdown in St. Louis a reality.

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