12.04.2011 / Blog Posts Redskins
The Redskins return to FedExField for the first of two consecutive games against the AFC East when they take on the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 4. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.
The Redskins are 0-2 against the AFC East this season, with losses to Buffalo and Miami. The Jets are 1-0 against the NFC East with a Week 1 vs. Dallas.
In the regular season, the Redskins and Jets have played nine times since the series began in 1972. The Redskins have won the last four games and lead the all-time series 8-1, including a 4-1 mark in home games.
The last time the two clubs played was on Nov. 4, 2007 at the Meadowlands. The Redskins won 20-17 as Shaun Suisham kicked a game-winning 46-yard field goal in overtime. It was the fifth field goal of the game for Suisham.
Clinton Portis rushed for 196 yards and one touchdown on 36 carries in the Redskins' win. In all, the Redskins pounded out 296 rushing yards against the Jets, with a lofty 6.2 yards-per-carry average.
GROSSMAN vs. REVIS, CROMARTIE
Since reclaiming the Redskins’ starting job three weeks ago, Rex Grossman has found a rhythm leading the offense. Last Sunday in Seattle, he completed 26-of-35 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Redskins to a much-needed win.
Grossman also tossed two interceptions, giving him 14 for the season. Overall, the Redskins’ 18 interceptions are tied for most in the league heading into Week 13.
The Jets’ secondary boasts opportunistic cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Revis leads the defense with four picks and his coverage skills are so highly regarded that he has an island named after him. Cromartie is perhaps more athletic and he has three picks.
Grossman has had some success playing aggressively, but a conservative approach against the Jets’ 7th-ranked pass defense may be in order.
WHAT CAN HELU DO?
The Redskins’ running back job officially belongs to rookie Roy Helu after he rushed for 108 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown, on 23 carries in last week’s win in Seattle. He also caught seven passes for 54 yards.
Helu, the Redskins’ fourth-round draft pick last April, has an opportunity to show he can be an every-down back. He flashed elusiveness, power, speed and an ability to break tackles. Can he do it again? The Redskins are still ranked 31st in rushing offense, so there’s work to be done.
The Jets’ run defense is ranked 16th in the NFL and they have yielded 10 rushing touchdowns, seventh-most in the league. Still, they are stout enough against the run, allowing just 3.9 yards per carry.
Inside linebackers David Harris and Bart Scott provide the tackling punch to the Jets’ 3-4, with Harris leading the defense with 83 tackles and Scott posting 50.
HALL, WILSON vs. BURRESS, HOLMES
The Redskins’ pass defense has improved dramatically, jumping up from 31st in 2010 to 10th so far this year. DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson have mostly been solid, save for a handful of big plays.
Hall picked up his second interception of the season in last week’s win at Seattle, and he earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Wilson has been equally solid in pass defense, logging 10 passes defended.
The Jets’ passing game may be ranked 21st in the league, but wide receivers Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes provide size and speed on the outside.
Hall and Wilson may need to play physical with Burress, given that his 6-5, 232-pound frame, presents a tough matchup, especially in the red zone. And Holmes’s blazing speed should test the entire Redskins’ secondary downfield.
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