My game predictions will be up tomorrow but here I’m starting a new weekly feature where I predict four other things that could happen during the game. I’ll go back next week and evaluate whether I was right or wrong in the prediction.
Santana Moss gets at least 80 yards receiving and a touchdown
Moss has been a great possession receiver this year, showing up as Rex Grossman’s go-to guy when he needs a first down. Combine that with the fact that he generally plays well against the Cowboys and you have a setup for a big game. Eighty yards isn’t a huge game and he could go higher but he will make some very important plays.
DeAngelo Hall gets his first interception of the year
A combination of a solid Redskins pass rush going up against a mediocre, inexperienced Dallas O-line and Tony Romo missing practice time with at least one new starting receiver will lead to some passes being thrown up for grabs. Hall probably won’t get a chance to pop Romo in the ribs but he should dish out a different form of pain by picking off one of his passes.
Tim Hightower will get fewer than 20 carries, Roy Helu will get more than 10
I think that the coaches have to be very conscious of Hightower’s workload. He has 45 carries the last two weeks and he has had no more than 35 in back to back games I his career and that was during his rookie season in 2008. Kyle Shanahan might give Helu a few more carries or maybe Ryan Torain will get a shot coming off of the bench. In any case, look for Hightower to get somewhere from 15 to 18 carries.
The Redskins will score 20 points or more for the third straight game
As I said, I’m holding off on publishing my prediction until tomorrow but regardless of the outcome I think they Redskins will score at least 20 points. The Dallas defensive backfield is a weakness that can be exploited and a takeaway or two will help. It would be the first time that the Redskins have posted 20 or more points in their first three games since 1999 and it would be the first time in any three consecutive games since December of 2009.
Do you agree with my predictions? Disagree? Have any of your own?