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The Washington defense will attempt to contain New York QB Eli Manning in the second 2015 meeting between the Redskins and Giants.
Manning threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns when these teams met in Week 3, with both touchdown passes coming in the fourth quarter of a 32-21 Giants win. The Redskins D/ST is coming off a loss at Carolina, where Panthers QB Cam Newton tossed five touchdowns, and will look to turn things around in Week 12 against their divisional foe. The Redskins D/ST won't be a recommended fantasy option this week. Nov 26 - 2:22 AM

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The Washington Redskins will host the red-hot passing game of the New Orleans Saints in Week 10.

Drew Brees has thrown 10 touchdowns and averaged 446 passing yards per game over the last two weeks, led by his magnificent Week 8 performance against the New York Giants. Brees hasn't been quite as good on the road as he has been at home in 2015, but the passing prowess of the Saints will still be a tough task for the Washington defense. The Redskins D/ST is a bottom-tier fantasy option in Week 10.
Nov 13 - 3:33 AM

The Washington defense will face the New England Patriots and the NFL's highest scoring offense in Week 9.

New England is averaging an impressive 35.6 points per game this season and has scored less than 30 points just once in their seven wins. The Washington defense has struggled against the run in 2015, so stopping LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis will provide a challenge in addition to scheming against Tom Brady. The Redskins D/ST is not worth starting consideration in fantasy leagues this week.
Nov 5 - 7:13 AM

The Washington defense rolls into their Week 8 bye with just three interceptions in seven games.

The Redskins D/ST failed to force Tampa Bay rookie Jameis Winston to throw a single pick in Week 7 and only one NFL team (Dallas) has fewer than Washington's three interceptions on the season. Things won't get any easier for the Washington pass defense after the bye, as they travel to New England to face the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, who has thrown just one interception in 2015.
Oct 29 - 12:54 AM

The Washington Redskins will face Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston in Week 7, who has thrown seven interceptions in his first five games in the NFL.

The Washington pass defense has been solid in 2015, with the Redskins checking in at 222.5 passing yards allowed per game, good for eight-best among NFL defenses. The Washington D/ST will be a startable fantasy option this week playing at home against the turnover-prone rookie Winston and the Buccaneers.
Oct 24 - 1:45 AM

The Washington D/ST will look to rebound in run defense this week after allowing 176 rushing yards on 32 attempts in Week 6.

Devonta Freeman and the Falcons ran over the Redskins last week and the team hopes to have more success stopping Chris Ivory and the New York Jets on Sunday. "We were all out of gaps, and I’ll take responsibility first and foremost and that’s in the D-line room. We were all over the place," said DE Jason Hatcher. The Redskins have quietly been solid in pass defense this season so an improvement on their defensive front would make this group even better. The Redskins D/ST is a borderline top-12 fantasy option this week.
Oct 17 - 5:46 PM

The Washington Redskins will travel to Atlanta in Week 5 to face the red-hot Falcons offense.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense are averaging 43.5 points and 408 yards of total offense per game over the last two weeks. This scoring surge has coincided with the breakout of running back Devonta Freeman, who has created big problems for opposing defenses who also have to be mindful of wide receiver Julio Jones. The Washington D/ST has been better than expected this season, but won't be a viable fantasy option this week on the road at Atlanta.
Oct 9 - 1:25 AM

The Washington Redskins have just four sacks on the 2015 season and failed to sack New York's Eli Manning in Week 3.

Washington is well aware of their pass rushing deficiency, as DC Joe Barry told the Washington Post, "Our whole D-line room would tell you, 'They’re greedy. We’re greedy. We want to sack the quarterback. We want to get after the quarterback.'" The Washington defense will have to work to improve their sack total this week, as Sam Bradford and the Philadelphia Eagles have allowed just two sacks this season. Fantasy owners shouldn't bother starting the Washington D/ST in Week 4.
Oct 2 - 2:34 AM

The Washington defense will attempt to keep their strong 2015 start rolling on Thursday night when they travel to New York to face the Giants.

Washington's defense has allowed a league-low 469 yards to opposing offenses through two weeks and will look to shut down the New York Giants on a short week. The Redskins secondary has held up so far this season, with opposing quarterbacks averaging just 164 yards per game against Washington in 2015. Turnovers are the only piece missing from this defense, as the Redskins D/ST has created only one takeaway in two games. Despite this unit's surprising start, they will be a middling option this week on the road.
Sep 24 - 2:49 PM

The Washington Redskins will move on without SS Duke Ihenacho after the strong safety was placed on injured reserve with a fractured wrist.

The Washington secondary did a decent job of containing Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill in Week 1, but will now be thin on the back-end of their defense with the injury to Ihenacho. DC Joe Barry's defensive backs were already a suspect group, so they will need quality replacement production to stay afloat. The Washington D/ST is not a recommended Week 2 play in a home matchup with St. Louis.
Sep 16 - 11:58 PM

Mark Bullock of the Washington Post believes Lamar Miller and Jarvis Landry pose the biggest threats to the Washington defense in Week 1.

Landry and Miller are two of Miami's top playmakers, so the emphasis on stopping the duo makes perfect sense in preparation for Week 1. Miller especially presents a challenge, as Bullock said, "Once he reaches the second level, Miller can punish defenders for poor angles and tackling form. That is bad news for a Redskins secondary that has struggled over the past few years to make open-field tackles." The Washington D/ST is not a starting fantasy option in Week 1.
Sep 11 - 11:32 PM

CSN Washington believes the ability of the Redskins defense to get pressure will be key when they face Miami in Week 1.

This report also noted that the Washington secondary is "shaky," which is why the Redskins defensive line will need to apply plenty of pressure to Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Redskins D/ST is not a recommended fantasy option in drafts or Week 1.
Sep 5 - 1:07 AM

The Washington defense struggled with the Baltimore first-team offense on Saturday, allowing Joe Flacco to throw for 137 yards and touchdown with a 122.9 passer rating.

Washington did come out on top in this contest by a score of 31-13, but the first-team issues are concerning for a team that struggled against the pass in 2014. New offensive coordinator Joe Barry’s defense should be shelved in fantasy leagues and will have a tough time handling the offenses of the NFC East.
Aug 30 - 2:20 AM

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