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Washington Redskins 2020 Schedule Analysis: Part III

  • Ben Roethlisberger
  • carson wentz
  • Chase Young
  • Dwayne Haskins
  • Ron Rivera
  • russell wilson
  • Washington Redskins
By Qbgraham4 June 24, 2020 0 Comment

With Washington in the home stretch, expect big things! A formidable defense and electric offense give a glimpse into the future of the Redskins franchise.

Part III of our series concludes our examination of the difficult Redskins 2020 season. Momentum carried into the new season from last will hopefully have resulted in an uptick in wins and a solidified unit under new head coach Ron Rivera. The Redskins franchise will have seen a dramatic turnaround from 2019. While the Skins will have enjoyed a brief respite in their schedule midseason, the tempo picks back up in week 13 with a trip to Pittsburgh.

Week 13: December 6, Sunday 1:00 PM at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers return one of the longest tenured and most prolific passers in the league this year with a healthy Ben Roethlisberger. Their own disappointing 2019 season can be epitomized by the, now infamous, Mason Rudolph and Myles Garrett altercation. The franchise will be eager to put 2019 behind them and milk the last bits of greatness out of Big Ben. But will he be the Big Ben of yesteryear or the the aging Ben we saw before his injury last season? Will Dwayne Haskins show up or will a playoff ready defense, including Minkah Fitzpatrick, rule the day.  The Steelers are hungry, the Redskins are young. Expect a decent game from the Skins but wins in Pittsburgh are hard to come by.

Week 14: December 13, Sunday 4:25 PM at San Francisco 49ers

After back-to-back road games in Dallas and Pittsburgh, the Redskins are treated to a 2,400 mile trip to Levi Stadium. The 2019 Superbowl runners-up have maintained an excellent core of players and look to return to the Superbowl once again riding a menacing defensive front.  Washington will face a 49ers squad emerging from a gauntlet of Packers, Saints, Rams and Bills and must exploit their potential fatigue to have a chance in this one. The biggest question is will the Skins’ line provide any protection against the 49ers formidable defensive line? Can defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio blitz Ryan Anderson enough to force Jimmy Garoppolo off his game, i.e throw the ball?  Dwayne Haskins and the Washington offense must utilize their quick game in order to score enough points.

Week 15: December 20, Sunday 1:00 PM vs Seattle Seahawks

Two NFC West teams in two weeks for the Redskins, luckily they find themselves at home for this one. The Seahawks are a notoriously tough team to face given Coach Pete Carroll’s craftiness and Russell Wilson‘s lethal accuracy. Seattle is always in the hunt for a Superbowl berth and 2020 will be no different. Can Sweat and Young capitalize on an average offensive line enough to rattle Russell Wilson? Who carries the load in the Washington backfield after two weeks of smash mouth football, Adrian Peterson perhaps? This game will be a prime opportunity for Ron Rivera to put on a show for his home audience. While no easy task, the Seahawks in D.C. provide setting for a major upset in the making for Washington.

Week 16: December 27, Sunday 1:00 PM vs Carolina Panthers

Finally, Ron Rivera’s chance to make fools of the franchise he resurrected. A shell of the team he once commanded, the Panthers do have direction under new coach Matt Rhule and may surprise in 2020. Teddy Bridgewater takes over for the oft injured Cam Newton and will be an immediate upgrade. Who gets to be the unlucky soul to cover Christian McCaffrey though? Who gets to claim coaching superiority? Will the Panthers defense provide any real resistance? The Redskins on paper should win this game but consistent quarterback play is crucial. With playoff hopes behind them, this game turns into a contest for pride.

Week 17: January 3, Sunday 1:00 PM at Philadelphia Eagles

And so things end as they began, with a match against the Eagles. In the final week of the regular season the Eagles will be cruising to a playoff berth with only the Redskins standing in their way. Philly will either get caught sleeping in this one or steamroll Washington if team morale is low. The question on everyone’s mind this time of year is will Carson Wentz be healthy or will Jalen Hurts be making an appearance? If Wentz is healthy, expect big numbers as by now he will have become accustomed to his new offense. While the Eagles receivers leave much to be desired, they will heavily target known quantity, Ronald Darby, in the Skins secondary. The Redskins should be able to split this series with Philly in 2020.

Conclusion:

The Redskins should expect to see significant growth on both offense and defense. Chase Young will likely be the defensive rookie of the year and with his continued success comes success from the other integral players upfront. Dwayne Haskins will also take a great leap forward in his second year at the helm. While wins may be hard to come by, this should not be discouraging.  Washington will find themselves in many close games and may be able to pull off a few upsets. A winning record is still a year away but breaking even is not out of the question. 2020 establishes Rivera as the coach the Washington Redskins’ has long needed.

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