Washington Redskins vs Tennessee Titans : The Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins are both still in the playoff hunt as Week 16 in the NFL is set to get underway. If you’ve had a chance to see either team play this season, that revelation may come as a surprise. The struggles have certainly been evident.
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Washington Redskins vs Tennessee Titans Live
Saturday, December 22
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With that being said, the Titans (8-6) have won three in a row, the last two in impressive fashion. Last week they went into MetLife Stadium and shutout the Giants 17-0. It was the first shutout for Tennessee since Dec. 25, 2000, which was against another NFC East team, the Dallas Cowboys.
At 7-7 the Redskins are still technically in the wild-card hunt in the NFC but the Titans seem to be in better position to find a way into the playoffs. Saturday’s matchup will go a long ways towards determining which team will keep its postseason hopes alive heading into Week 17.
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The Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama will be going against several former teammates on Saturday. Washington has used back-to-back first-round picks in the last to select former Crimson Tide defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Redskins also have former Alabama linebackers Shaun Dion Hamilton (sixth-round pick in 2018) and Ryan Anderson (second, ’17), as well as safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who was acquired via trade with Green Bay, on the roster. Allen’s and Payne’s presence up front has helped Washington improve from the NFL’s worst rushing defense in 2017 to 18th this season. So which Tide standout will fare better in this matchup?
As of right now, third-year player LeShaun Sims seems like the logical choice to replace Ryan. He’s made seven starts in three seasons with the Titans and played in 40 total games during that span. With Jamison Crowder starting to look healthy, Tennessee is going to need to be wary of who lines up across the Redskins’ best slot receiver.
The Redskins’ unfortunate luck with quarterback injuries – including Alex Smith and Colt McCoy – forced the team to sign Johnson off the streets. Since then, he’s actually performed pretty well all things considered. The journeyman has completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns while also adding 94 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
He struggled last week against Jacksonville’s talented defense, getting sacks three times and fumbling the ball away once (Washington recovered). But he also finished with 200 total yards (151, passing, 49 rushing) and threw the game’s only touchdown pass.
The Redskins are going to struggle to find any sort of consistent offensive success against a Tennessee defense that is littered with young, ascending talent. Will Josh Johnson’s legs be enough to lead to at least a scoring drive or two? It’s possible, but expecting touchdowns is asking too much.
As much as the Titans are favored, the over/under is still only 37 points. With the offensive success only coming from one team, that still seems to be a little much — especially when you consider that 12 of Washington’s last 18 games have gone under. There are two games left in the Redskins regular season, and they are still alive in the playoff hunt at 7-7. This week’s game is away facing an 8-6 Tennessee Titans team that are 10 point favorites. The Titans are still looking to get a spot in the AFC playoffs, and like the Redskins, are currently the 8th seed.