We do this every week, provide different previews for the upcoming Patriots game, and today we are focusing on the three key players for the Patriots to keep an eye on, on Sunday.
1. RT Cameron Fleming:
He will be the most important player on Sunday along the offensive line for the Patriots because when the Redskins blitz, he gets to deal with LB Ryan Kerrigan, Washington’s best pass rusher. Kerrigan has 3.5 sacks on the season. The Redskins love to blitz, they blitz as much as anyone else in the league, and they said you can’t play vanilla against Tom Brady, so blitz city here we go. Fleming and maybe Cannon, if he can return this week which I doubt, will get to handle the blitzes by Kerrigan and if they can handle those, Brady should be able to make big plays down the field.
2. SS Patrick Chung:
He’s been an extra linebacker for the Patriots this year, making tackles and covering tight ends like an all-pro. He’s been awesome and on Sunday he will get his biggest and best tight end test of the young season when he covers Jordan Reed. Reed, 6’2 and 237 pounds, is Kirk Cousins’ favorite target for the entire team. He has caught 35 passes on 47 targets for 350 yards and 3 touchdowns in five games. He’s only had one down game where he caught 5 passes for 37 yards. He caught two touchdown passes in their win over Tampa two weeks ago, so that tells you how important he is to the Redskins and how important it will be for Chung to stop him. Chung might be the most important player on defense for the Patriots when the game starts, and if he continues his level of play, the Pats defense should have no problems.
3. LB Dont’a Hightower:
He’s so good it’s almost unfair to the rest of the league. Dare I say, he’s the best linebacker in the league right now? I dare say it, he’s that good. He’s the leader of the defense, he makes the calls, he gets everybody in place, he’s the Ray Lewis of the defense. He will be the guy that can and hopefully will make Washington’s offense one-dimensional and take away the running game like he and the Pats did to the Dolphins last Thursday. When he’s done doing that, he can also put a lot of pressure on the QB, so he can do a lot of things for the benefit of the Pats on Sunday.