Patriots vs. Redskins: 6 Bold Predictions

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3. Patriots won’t allow more than 60 yards rushing

Keeping the focus on the rising defense, the next bold prediction involves the run defense. The Redskins won’t register more than 60 yards on the ground against the Patriots’ stout front seven.

While the Redskins’ rushing attack isn’t terrible, it is susceptible to being shut-down. The last time the ‘Skins faced an elite run defense, in Week 6 against the New York Jets, Alfred Morris and Chris Thompson were held to an elementary 33 yards.

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Speaking of the Jets, the Patriots showcased their ability to stop the run the following Sunday, holding Chris Ivory and Zac Stacy to just 60 yards between the two of them.

Combining these two items provides us with the very real possibility that the Redskins will get next to nothing accomplished on the ground this week. The rotation of Alan Branch, Sealver Siliga, Malcom Brown and Dominique Easley at defensive tackle creates for a thick interior on the line, and the presence of Collins and Dont’a Hightower behind them means that gaps are few and far between for opposing running backs.

So there you have it. The Redskins won’t do much on the ground this week.

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