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Patriots – Redskins, Who Has the Razor’s Edge? Key Matchups

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7 years ago at 6:00 am ET
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Patriots – Redskins, Who Has the Razor’s Edge? Key MatchupsGreg M. Cooper - USA TODAY Sports

Patriots RBs vs Redskins Front Seven – Razor’s Edge New England
The Patriots controlled the line of scrimmage against a very tough Miami front four, despite having a limited and banged up offensive line and having one of their key running backs, Dion Lewis not at 100 percent physically either.

Washington has ranked in the bottom third of the league in rush defense all season and is currently 26th allowing 128.4 yards per game. They have some big bodies up front starting with Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton and Chris Baker but look for the Patriots to mix things up and attempt to run more this week than they’ve been doing lately.

Patriots WRs vs Redskins Secondary – Razor’s Edge New England
Brady continues his outstanding play on the season and has a plethora of weapons at his disposal, including Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell and Dion Lewis out of the backfield.

The Redskins are banged up at the cornerback position and 2nd year player Bashaud Breeland has filled in admirably as the team’s #1 corner in the absence of both DeAngelo Hall and Chris Culliver. Their best pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan had surgery on his hand and is questionable for this one.

The Patriots will attempt to spread them out vertically more in this game which will open up things underneath and over the middle for Rob Gronkowski to operate in against the Skins LBs and safeties. The Patriots just have too many weapons for Washington to cover, adding Dion Lewis to the mix just compounds things. The Skins will need a very good pass rush on Sunday to keep this close.

Next up the Redskins offense:


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