After two August affairs resembling that of dipping ones toes into the pool… Redskins Nation looks to what in theory is the biggest indicator of how good or bad a team might be– although there’s enough evidence to the contrary.  How sharp this team plays… and how cohesive the units that work together look (OL & DB’s) will be much more important than the scoreboard, stats or uniform minutae (PLEASE NO BURGUNDY ON BURGUNDY).

As Luck Would Have it– who’s ready to compare and contrast the #1 and #2 picks in this year’s draft?  Be prepared for the season-long split screen of stats, right or wrong.  Still, youth is being served leaguewide– rookie Ryan Tannehill will start Miami’s season opener and Russell Wilson starts for Seattle in this Friday’s preseason tilt.  And did you know both Redskin rookie QB’s have 95+ passer ratings?

Break out the Bumper Stickers?– that said, both rookie quarterbacks are off to solid starts.  Even though Robert Griffin III has been involved in two lost fumbles, he has a higher passer rating than “4th quarter phenom” Kirk Cousins.  But the Michigan State product did look rather good against 3rd and 4th stringers Saturday night (3 fourth quarter TD passes).  And he’s yet to get sacked in the preseason while posting 45 passing attempts;  Griffin has been sacked 3 times with 14 attempted passes. 

Hold the Line…please?– part of Griffin’s problem staying upright can be attributed to a patchwork offensive line with Kory Lichtensteiger out until at least opening day… both Trent Williams and Chris Chester banged up while Jamal Brown resides in the medical phantom zone.  It’s nice to know the first round pick can run– it would be even better if it weren’t a necessity.  And that begins with an offensive line that works together well.

Runningback Roulette– Alfred Morris is well on his way to take the “Babe Laufenberg Trophy” in honor of impact preseasons of the past.  The rookie led the team in rushing for the second straight week and is making his case for a roster spot;  at the very least there’s probably enough tape on him out there to have other teams interested enough for the Practice Squad to be a risky move.  He may make the final 53 outright with Tim Hightower’s knee and both of Roy Helu’s achilles tendons limiting both backs.

Wide Receiver Bubble– once one gets past Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson– 3 candidates compete for 1-2 spots.  While Aldrick Robinson leads the team in receptions and yards (8-132)… Brandon Banks showcased why he’s a special teams dynamo with a 91 yard punt return for a touchdown.  That means potential trouble for Anthony Armstrong (1 play in 2 games while recovering from a shoulder injury).  Unless they keep 7 wideouts.  Then all bets are off.

Defensive Dings– linebacker Brian Orakpo’s left shoulder and safety Brandon Merriweather’s left ankle will keep both on the shelf until the regular season.  That with London Fletcher’s limited August- could there be cause for concern that a defense that improved 18 spots in the rankings last fall may be in store for a sluggish start?

Kicking Contest– much like presidential debates… the early tie goes to the challenger, the late ones go to the incumbent.  If Neil Rackers makes that 54 yard attempt, it may be a different story.  Advantage Gano- by default.

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