August 14, 2022

Washington Redskins Game 7 Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Washington Redskins return home to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday after two losses on the road. The Redskins have been showered with criticism after losses to Atlanta and the New York Jets back-to-back, while 2-3Tampa Bay represents the second-straight team coming off of a bye to face the Redskins. Each team came into the year with tempered expectations, and while there have been flashes for both sides, reality has met those expectations for the most part.

The Redskins’ biggest criticisms thus far are its turnover-prone QB play, and horrific point differential in the third quarter. Kirk Cousins now has 4 multi-interception games this year, and the Redskins are, not coincidentally, 0-4 in those contests. Washington has also been outscored 46-3 in the third quarter through 6 games, and has allowed second half comebacks to the Dolphins, Falcons, and Jets. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Power Forward

The Wizards’ power forward position may be the most talked-about position on the team (and perhaps around the league) this offseason. It also may be the biggest mystery. The Wizards experienced success vs. the Raptors and the Hawks in the postseason by utilizing Paul Pierce, Drew Gooden, and Otto Porter as a “stretch 4” alongside Marcin Gortat, rather than putting Nene at the 4 for a more slow, powerful offense.

With the emergence of Porter during the playoffs, the emphasis Kris Humphries has made on shooting 3-pointers, and the acquisition of veteran Jared Dudley, Ernie Grunfeld and Randy Wittman are obviously going for a more modern, stretch 4 design. This Golden State Warriors-esque strategy showed so much success with players like Draymond Green, a guy who could body up in the paint and defend, but also step back and hit from 25 feet. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Shooting Guards

The shooting guard position for the Washington Wizards inevitably begins and ends on the performance of fourth-year man Bradley Beal. Beal is one of the most talented young athletes in the NBA, and has drawn comparisons to future Hall of Famers like Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade. He has a sweet shooting stroke and has shown more aggressiveness on defense and off the dribble, especially in last year’s playoffs.

Unfortunately, a couple of factors have led to the former University of Florida star to still be known as an “up-and-comer” rather than a full-fledged star like his backcourt counterpart, John Wall. First, nagging injuries have cut into each of his first three seasons. Beal has missed 54 out of 246 games since 2013, and as it normally goes in the NBA, injuries can be killer to a player’s stat line. Beal has been relegated to minute limits and coming off the bench at times, and his career points average of 15.6 could be much higher if he were in the lineup on a more consistent basis. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Game 6 Preview: at New York Jets

The Washington Redskins head into MetLife Stadium for the second time this year to face the much-improved New York Jets. The Redskins look to get back on the winning track after a brutal close loss to the Atlanta Falcons, while the Jets are fresh off of a bye week and ready to add another win to their 3-1 record.

The Redskins took a tough one on the chin last week in Atlanta when they climbed back to send the game into overtime, only to have a pick 6 do them in. The Jets have been nice and rested and will definitely feel confident going into this game, so it is up to Gruden and co. to put together a creative game plan to knock them off their rhythm. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Game 5 Preview: at Atlanta Falcons

The Washington Redskins face maybe their biggest test yet this season at the Georgia Dome vs. the first-place Atlanta Falcons. The Redskins look to build momentum off of their biggest win of the season, a 23-20 victory over division foe Philadelphia. The Falcons look to remain undefeated on the year and repeat the performance they had vs. the Houston Texans, which they won handily, 48-21.

The Falcons are one of the NFL’s biggest surprises thus far, carrying a 4-0 record behind a potent offensive attack. The Falcons’ offense is led by QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, and RB Devonta Freeman. Jones and Freeman have combined for 11 TDs in the first 4 games, and the Falcons are 5th in the league in total offense, averaging 403 yards per game. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that former Redskins’ Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, now with Atlanta, will draw up a great game plan vs. his former team. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals 2015-16 Season Preview: Defense

When looking at the Washington Capitals’ defensive unit for the 2015-16 season, longtime fans will be quick to notice one name missing, rather than any new names on the roster.

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Washington Redskins Game 4 Preview: Philadelphia Eagles

The Washington Redskins, weather permitting, are scheduled to face their first division foe of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles, at FedEx Field this Sunday. Both teams enter this game looking to get to the .500 mark for the first time this season. Philadelphia looks to build off of a 24-17 win in New York vs. the Jets, while the Redskins try to erase the memory of a 32-21 loss to the Giants on Thursday Night Football.

The last time the Redskins faced the Eagles at home was Week 16 of last year, when they beat them in a 27-24 thriller, a rare bright spot in an awful 2014 campaign. The Redskins look to duplicate that success against an Eagles offense that looks very different from 2014. Sam Bradford is now the starting QB for coach Chip Kelly rather than Nick Foles/Mark Sanchez, and RBs DeMarco Murray Ryan Matthews join the party in place of LeSean McCoy. The Eagles will stick to the classic Chip Kelly offensive scheme, just with different personnel than the Redskins are accustomed. [Read more…]

Virginia Tech – East Carolina Preview

The East Carolina Pirates are one of the better non-Power Five schools to never make a top bowl game. There’s still a significant talent gap, but the Pirates’ 5-11 record against Power Five opponents the past five seasons shows a school that can surprise a team when given the chance. The Virginia Tech Hokies, however, are all too familiar with the talents of the Pirates, having lost to them 28-21 last season.

The Pirates biggest challange is their Air Raid offense, designed to keep opposing defenses under a constant barrage of quick, hard to defend pass plays. Last season star quarterback Shane Carden and top receivers Cam Worthy and Justin Hardy beat the Hokies’ vaunted secondary time and again in one-on-one to amass a 21 point lead in just 12 minutes. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Game 2 Preview: St. Louis Rams

The Washington Redskins look to steer their ship on the right track as they face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday in an important Week 2 home match up. The Redskins lost a tough one to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, 17-10, after leading 10-0 late in the first half. The Rams come in on a high after defeating division nemesis Seattle 34-31 in Overtime, and sport one of the NFL’s top defensive lines, just as the Dolphins did last week.

Washington also has the taste of a disgusting 24-0 home loss at the hands of these same Rams late last season, a game in which nothing went right for them, including the opening coin toss (Jeff Fisher sent out all the players acquired by the Rams during the blockbuster Robert Griffin III trade).  Needless to say, the Rams coming to town will provide more than enough motivation for the boys in Burgundy and Gold. [Read more…]

2015 Washington Redskins Position Preview: Secondary

One of the major issues for the Washington Redskins in recent years has been the struggle of their defensive secondary unit to hold opponent’s aerial attacks at bay. With that being said, DSP finishes our preview of this year’s defense with a look at this group that has great potential to improve this season.

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