That bye week seemed to fly by. The 1-8 Washington Redskins are back in action this week, hosting a team that recently lost to woeful Miami and seems to rival Washington in dysfunction, the New York Jets. The result may have more of an impact on next year’s draft order than anything else, but anyway, here’s what to watch for:
Opponent: New York Jets (2-7)
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m.
Radio: The Team 980, ESPN 630AM
What to watch for:
• Dwayne Haskins was named the starting quarterback for the rest of the season, so at least we can put that conversation to bed. The focus shifts now to what he’ll accomplish the rest of the year. Haskins, like the rest of the team, has had two weeks to prepare for a weak opponent, and during the bye he worked out with his quarterback coach from high school. In what areas will we see improvement? Will the offensive staff open up the playbook more for him?
• Ryan Kerrigan recorded double-digit sacks in four of the last five seasons, but through nine games this year he’s stuck at just two. Washington’s pass rush is disappointing as a whole, with just 21 sacks to date. But the Jets’ offensive line is among the weakest in the league — they’ve given up the second-most sacks with 39 and just placed veteran guard Brian Winters on injured reserve. How often will Washington’s front seven be able to take down Sam Darnold?
• Jets coach Adam Gase got a vote of confidence this week from CEO Christopher Johnson, who said Gase will remain their coach in 2020. It’s a different scenario than the Redskins, who fired Jay Gruden five games into his sixth year on the job, but it also serves as a reminder that these two teams are sitting in the same boat. Though neither team is winless, this game might resemble the Redskins-Dolphins snoozer back in Week 6 — especially with two offenses that rank bottom-three in the NFL in both points and yards per game.
“We will see if Haskins can show enough, given the constraints of the lack of offensive talent he will work with and a head coach who seems offensively challenged, to believe the former Ohio State star quarterback can play at a high level.” @thomloverrohttps://t.co/kbpx4bH7hX— WashTimes Sports (@WashTimesSports) November 13, 2019
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