Redskins leading tackler Zach Brown has been dealing with an Achilles injury for several weeks now but it won’t stop him from being out on the field for the Washington Redskins on Sunday when they face Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Brown has become one of the most intriguing guys on the Redskins defense and can sniff out a run play and can always seem to be in the middle of the tackles as well. According to reports, Brown and the Redskins are in talks of an extension.
Brown’s currently working on a one-year, $2.55 million deal. Last season he led Buffalo with 143 total tackles, adding four sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles, and four pass breakups. According to 247Sports’ Brown was asking for something around $6 million when he hit the market last year.
Washington comes into the game 5-7 and since being off in Week 5 they have dropped five of their eight games with one of those losses coming in heartbreak fashion to New Orleans. Speaking of heartbreak though; Drew Brees and the Saints’ ripped out the hearts of the Redskins and their fans as they came back in the final six minutes of the game after being down 15 to earn a 34-31 win in overtime.
Out for his sixth consecutive game of the season is Jordan Reed. But, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden had this to say about Reed:
“I just hate that people sometimes label him as injury-prone. It’s just unlucky. You know, he had a bad toe coming into camp, and then I think with that bad toe, he’s tried to just put too much weight on the other leg, and I think that’s affected his hamstring. Big thing is to get him back to healthy – whether it’s this week, next week, or the week after, or in the offseason.”
Dealing with concussions, safety Montae Nicholson and receiver Maurice Harris will be out for the game Sunday. Trent Williams, Martrell Spaight, Chase Roullier, Morgan Moses, Terrell McClain are all listed as questionable game time decisions for Sunday.
The biggest key for the Redskins coming into Sunday’s contest with the Chargers is to run the ball. The Chargers run defense ranks 31st in the league; on the other hand they have a very proficient pass defense that is ranked fifth in the league and a lot of that is due to Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram getting off the edge and attacking the opposing quarterback.
According to ESPN.com, Bosa has 42 tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and one pass defended on the year for Los Angeles. Ingram, according to ESPN.com has 35 total tackles, six assisted tackles, 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery that he returned for 39 yards.
As for this game, the Redskins have a chance to play spoiler but, even if they win out the remainder of their schedule it will be hard for them to make the playoffs.
Fans score prediction via Twitter:
Chargers are bound to another one of their epic collapses, this along with it probably being a “Home” game; Skins fans will be in full force. Redskins 27 Chargers 24-Rose hits a game winner after a Breeland interception. Fight for old D.C.!
— Tom Renner (@TRSkinsfan22) December 7, 2017
42-17 skins. Team snaps back from the God awful performance against the Cowboys to make a little statement, only to keep the fans hanging on with playoff chances on life support
— Virginia TroutSlayer (@JoshuaLeary) December 8, 2017
— Jesse Jr Lim (@ROTGM_photo) December 7, 2017
Redskins 21 Chargers 14
— Faizy (@fmalik89) December 8, 2017
Injuries have ruined a once promising season and though they’ve played well with them IMO, the season was lost last week. I just can’t see them winning this one with their 2 outstanding edge defenders and Keenan Allen having a monster year. So with that in mind..
— Paul Cumberland (@Paul_Cumberland) December 7, 2017
— King Ant (@King_Ant91) December 7, 2017
Score prediction: Chargers win, 24-14.