Originally posted on NBC Washington  |  Last updated 12/10/11
The Redskins host the New England Patriots on Sunday hoping to put a dent in the Patriots' chance at the number one seed in the AFC. Here's what they need to do to make that happen: 1. The Patriots have scored 30 or more points nine times this season. The Redskins haven't scored 30 points since Week 15 of last season. This isn’t a game for Washington to get involved in a shootout, because Tom Brady will win. The Patriots' weakness is in the secondary so it will be tempting to air it out, but the thing to do is hand the ball to Roy Helu 25 times, control the clock and keep Brady off the field. 2. That doesn’t mean Rex Grossman shouldn’t play a part in this game. The Patriots have the worst passing defense in the league and Vince Wilfork will make it difficult to automatically establish the run. Grossman needs to make timely throws – especially if the Redskins get down early – and keep the offense two-dimensional. 3. In 2007, the Patriots flat out intimidated Washington and you could ...
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