Redskins coming Sunday’s diversion opposite Jacksonville as a ‘must-win’

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The Washington Redskins wish to run a round some-more in Sunday’s home opener than they did in last weekend’s better during Houston, where Pro Bowl using behind Alfred Morris carried usually 14 times.

They also wish to modify some-more third downs; 3 for 12 (25 percent) simply isn’t good enough.

And they wish to discharge a turnovers that negated so many of a yards they gained, with dual fumbles inside a 10-yard line spendthrift a intensity 14 points and relegating them to a 17-6 season-opening loss.

The usually thing Washington can’t do Sunday opposite Jacksonville is lose.

One group or a other will walk off FedEx Field with an 0-2 record (barring a tie) that will expel doubt on a rebuilding efforts, endanger a playoff hopes and, positively in Washington, rile adult a fan bottom that approaching so most more.

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Washington fullback Darrel Young knows a stakes well, carrying slogged by final season’s 0-3 start and a NFC East-worst 3-13 record that followed.

“We’ve got to come out of this diversion 1-and-1,” pronounced Young, a fifth-year actor from Villanova. “There is no other choice for us right now. We’ve got to try to spin this thing around and get behind to Redskins Nation.”

The Carolina Panthers overcame an 0-2 start final deteriorate to make a NFL playoffs. But that’s a rarity, a sole instance given 2008 of a playoff-clinching miscarry by a group that non-stop 0-2.

For a Redskins, who have finished final in their multiplication 3 of a past 4 seasons, winning Sunday is about something some-more evident than gripping alive playoff hopes.

It’s about demonstrating that a tumult of a past 10 months — a benching of Robert Griffin III, a banishment of Coach Mike Shanahan and a employing of first-year Coach Jay Gruden — has put Washington’s authorization quarterback on some-more plain balance and launched a authorization on a some-more earnest course.

“You can’t do it,” reserve Ryan Clark pronounced of an 0-2 start. “You can’t put your group in that form of a hole — generally when you’re entrance off a year like we had final year.

“You don’t wish people who were in this locker room start to get a feeling, ‘It’s a same aged thing; here we go again,’ when we come into a year with such high hopes and carrying new people, carrying a new conduct coach.”

Young didn’t demur when asked either Sunday’s diversion was “a must-win.”

“I feel like it is, usually for us in this locker room, to kind of still [the] sound around here in terms of all a disastrous stuff,” Young said. “We’ve got to win some games to kind of take that disastrous courtesy off of us.”

Washington’s 2014 report seemed probably gift-wrapped for a feel-good start. The Redskins non-stop opposite Houston, a usually 2-14 group in a joining final season, afterwards will follow in Sunday’s home opener opposite Jacksonville, that finished 4-12.

After that comes a tough stretch: Back-to-back multiplication games during Philadelphia and opposite New York, followed by a Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. And no one relishes a idea of rising into that 0-2.

Clark rejects a idea there are any games an NFL group should win.

“I don’t demeanour during any teams as a slouch,” pronounced Clark, 34, who was partial of Pittsburgh’s 2008 deteriorate Super Bowl championship group before he rejoined a Redskins this spring. “Even teams that remove 10 and 11 games during a deteriorate — it’s not like they remove ’em all by 40.”

Jacksonville jumped out to a 17-0 lead opposite Philadelphia in a deteriorate opener before removing steamrolled in a second half and descending 34-17.

“No matter what they did opposite Philadelphia, we have to honour this team,” Clark pronounced of Jacksonville. “Last time we checked, we were ostensible to collect before them final year [in a NFL draft, by trait of carrying usually 3 wins to Jacksonville’s four], so this is not a group that we can come in and take easily during all.”

Ideally, Gruden said, a Redskins will get a boost from a FedEx Field throng in their bid to avert an 0-2 start. The Texans’ throng of 71,770 during NRG Stadium, whose voices were amplified underneath a domed room, done it formidable for Griffin to promulgate with his teammates via a game.

Gruden forked to a fumbled snap in a second entertain and another late snap as evidence.

“It creates disharmony for your offense when a home margin is opposite you,” Gruden said, “so it’s really critical for a fans to be loud.”

It’s also important, Gruden added, for Washington’s offense to give their fans something to hearten about early.

Against Houston, Washington punted on a initial 4 possessions. While a offense gained traction as a diversion unfolded, rolling adult 372 sum yards, it translated to a sole touchdown and usually dual completions of some-more than 20 yards, one of that was ripped from a receiver’s palm 9 yards bashful of a idea line.

“We need to strike quick and strike early,” pronounced Gruden, a former descent coordinator who helped Cincinnati strech a playoffs any of a final 3 years. “We have got to do something early in a diversion to get a people vehement so we get rolling.”

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