The Redskins have yet to win a game against a team that had a winning record as of kickoff (the beat the Giants, who are now 6-5, when they were 0-0). This may be their last chance to do that this year as they take on the 6-5 New York Jets. Our CSNwashington.com Redskins coverage team members make their predictions.
Ryan O’Halloran 8-3
For all of the hubbub the Jets have received this year, they enter December with a near-average 6-5 record and are a dismal 1-4 on the road. Add the lack of a running game and the Redskins’ mini-turnaround offensively and expect a tight game. The difference will ultimately be Plaxico Burress – all 6-foot-5 of him – out-jumping DeAngelo Hall or Josh Wilson in the end zone for the winning touchdown.
Jets 16, Redskins 14
Jennifer X. Williams (7-4)
You have to take the good with the bad right? Although, Rex Grossman threw 2 interceptions last week, he did lead the Redskins to a win on the road in Seattle. Grossman completed 25-of-35 passes for 314 yards with 2 touchdowns, but more importantly he established himself as a leader. Look for Rex to be more confident in his 4th consecutive start versus the Jets, but I wouldn't count on him not throwing any picks.
Meanwhile, the Jets have been relying to heavily Mark Sanchez, who seems to have a 'Good Mark, Bad Mark' thing going on lately to employ the other Sexy Rexy's 'Ground and Pound' belief of running the ball.
We all know the Skins D has struggled this season to constantly stop the run. They allowed 111 rushing yards last week to the likes of Marshawn Lynch.
Washington has also struggled running the ball and all eyes will be on starting rookie RB Roy Helu. He'll be tested as faces linebackers David Harris and Bart Scott who have a combined 133 tackles. Keep an eye on Helu Sunday. Just don't blink, you might just miss him.
DeAngelo Hall is also coming off an amazing performance in Seattle, nabbing his second interception of the year and in doing so earning NFC Defensive POW honors. He'll also have an uphill battle proving he can perform consistently at a high level with the task of shutting down Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes.
Ultimately, If 'good' Rex Grossman and 'bad' Mark Sanchez show up Sunday….
Well that's where this game will get interesting.
Redskins 27, Jets 21
Rich Tandler (8-3)
I’m going to make a prediction because, well, I have to. My advice is not to bet a dime on this game between two inconsistent teams led by two inconsistent quarterbacks. It’s almost literally a coin toss. Grossman has been slightly better than Sanchez lately and the Redskins have been significantly better at sacking the quarterback than have the Jets. So I’ll go with those two edges to lift the Redskins to a win. But then again, ask me in 10 minutes and I could change my mind.
Redskins 17, Jets 13