NFL Week 3 Match Ups: Washington Redskins Giving Three Points To St. Louis
September 21st, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The Washington Redskins and the St. Louis Rams meet in Week three of the 2010 NFL Season, with both coming off close losses a week prior.  For St.Louis, it was a two-point defeat to Oakland on the road.  For the Redskins, it was a tough loss at home in over time to the Houston Texans.

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford continued his development process, playing in his first regular season road game against the Raiders, throwing for two touchdowns and one interception.

On the other sideline Washington quarterback Donovan McNabb had himself quite a game against the Texans, throwing for 426 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the losing effort.  The Redskins had a chance to win it, but missed a field goal and wound up in over time.  However, The Redskins still remain 1-1 through two weeks of the season, and must flip the calendar and look ahead to this match up with St. Louis.

Looking ahead at this one for Washington on offense, if nothing else, McNabb has to be confident in the offense and the players around him after producing so many yards against a good Houston defense.  On paper, the Texan defense is tougher to move the ball on than the Rams defense, and McNabb will likely continue the pass-first attack.  Running back Clinton Portis saw the end zone twice against Houston, despite only gaining 33 yards on the ground.  Portis has proven to be an asset in red-zone offense for Washington, while McNabb has seemingly become more and more comfortable in Mike Shannahan’s game plan.

For the Rams on defense, they will have to pressure McNabb, and the secodary will have to blanket speedy receiverSantana Moss and tight end Chris Cooley.  McNabb has shown the ability to scramble and make play, so St. Louis will have to stick to their assignments and not blow coverages even if the Redskins play has blown up.

On the opposite side for the Ram on offense, Bradford threw half the pass attempts in the second week as the first, instead giving the ball off to running back Steven Jackson.  Jackson is the cornerstone to the Rams on offense and getting him going early relieves the pressures on the rookie quarterback.

Just like the Rams want to get Jackson going, for the Redskins on defense their first assignment will be to stop the All-Pro back, and put the game squarely on the shoulders of Bradford.  While Bradford has not made too many mistakes through two weeks of the season, if the run game isn’t going, it will be tough for St. Louis to get a win in this one.

USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Weekly Betting Lines have set the Redskins as a three-point favorite on the road in this one, with the over/under sitting at 38 points.  The line opened at three points and has held steady, but it is still early in the week.  Weather will be a non-factor in this one, as the game will be in the dome in St. Louis.

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