Week 2 Tale Of The Tape: Washington Redskins At Los Angeles Rams

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 10: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins throws a second half pass Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on September 10, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams passes the ball under pressure from Johnathan Hankins #95 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of a game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
  • Quarterback
    Kirk Cousins got off to a slow start in Washington’s season-opening home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Instead of shredding the Philadelphia defense, Cousins appeared to be feeling his way and never found his rhythm. He completed 23 of 40 for 240 yards with one TD and one interception, and he needs to be much more aggressive and proficient in this game and the rest of the season.
    While the Rams and quarterback Jared Goff got off to a flying start against the Indianapolis Colts, looks can be deceiving. The Rams took on a team that appears to be in early-season disarray, and head coach Sean McVay would be wise to move on and ask second-year QB Jared Goff to keep on working hard and striving to improve. If Goff can learn to read defenses consistently, the Rams have a chance.
  • Offense
    The Redskins want to establish the run with Rob Kelley, and that was something that didn’t happen in Week One as Kelley was held to 30 yards on 10 carries. The Redskins need Terrelle Pryor to establish himself as their No. 1 receiver because of his play-making ability, while tight end Jordan Reed is one of top pass catchers at his position.
    While the Rams blew out the Colts and hammered them from start to finish, running back Todd Gurley struggled and was held to 40 yards on 19 carries. He needs to do much better if he is going to remain a key part of the game plan. Sammy Watkins is a big-play maker on the outside, while rookie Cooper Kupp looks like he has an excellent future because he knows how to get open.
  • Defense
    The Redskins are a tough and hard-hitting defense when they are playing well, but this team does not have a lot of speed and that could be a problem against the Rams. Weakside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has the skills and the first step to cause issues for opposing quarterbacks. The Redskins need rookie defensive Jonathan Allen to become a difference maker.
    Aaron Donald is perhaps the premier defensive tackle in the league. He has exceptional quickness and the ability to dominate on the interior, and his return makes the Rams a much more dangerous team. Outside linebacker Robert Quinn has the outside speed to punish quarterbacks, and he had a sack and two tackles for loss against the Colts.
  • Special Teams
    The Redskins had a solid year on special teams a year ago, but they are going to have to upgrade their play if they are going to contain the Rams. Washington punt returner Jamison Crowder has the kind of quickness to pull off long returns. Tress Way is an adequate placekicker.
    The kicking duo of Greg Zuerlein and Johnny Hekker gives the Rams one of the best PK-P duos in the league. Those two can win games for the Rams with their consistency. Tavon Austin has gamebreaking speed and can be a dangerous punt returner.
The Rams have a chance to get off to an excellent 2-0 start, but it will not be easy. Look for the Redskins to play much better in this game than they did in the opener and for Cousins to show off his accuracy.

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