Running back Stephen Davis did not practice because of his sprained knee. Again. Don't look for him…
Washington (4-4) vs. Jacksonville (3-5)
What to look for: Receiver Willie Jackson is expected to play, which makes the receiver rotation interesting. Who will get less time? Jacquez Green hasn't helped much at all, but he'll always be active because he returns punts. Chris Doering doesn't scare anyone, but he's a solid blocker--important with all the receiver screens--and is reliable. Darnerien McCants is the most talented, but still very raw. We're guessing it all depends on the opposition as all three wideouts have different styles.
Going up: Kick returner Ladell Betts. In the last three games Betts is averaging 33.4 yards on four returns. He catches the ball, runs where he needs to and is getting comfortable, allowing his instincts to take over. When that happens, long returns follow.
Going down: Guard Wilbert Brown. Not his fault, but the more Tre Johnson gets acclimated, the less Brown will play. And Johnson is getting close to playing for an entire series, not just a play at a time.
How the Redskins can win: By staying patient on offense and blitzing Mark Brunell on defense. The Redskins should attack Jacksonville's ends, who are used to getting hammered. Running back Kenny Watson is a good slashing runner and should be able to find holes against this defense. But don't stick to the ground attack. The Jags linebackers don't cover well, which means lots of intermediate and crossing routes. We'd also like to see Ladell Betts a little more. He's making us curious, which is good. Defensively, the Jags struggle to pick up the blitz and the Redskins need to keep Brunell in a slump. And they must keep swarming against cutback runner Fred Taylor. Jags receiver Jimmy Smith is coming off a 10-catch game, but many of his receptions came when Jacksonville fell behind by 24. Observers say he's lost a step, plus he gets little help from the other receivers. Stop Smith and the Redskins will stop the passing game.
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