The Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans meet on Saturday night with playoff aspirations on the line. Both teams hold less than a 50 percent chance of reaching the playoffs, but the situation looks a whole lot direr for the Redskins. While it’s a must-win for both of these teams, the Redskins need a lot more to go their way elsewhere, too.
The Titans have a 39% chance of going to the playoffs, while the Redskins are running on fumes at 12%. A win for the Titans on Saturday would bolster their odds to 51% with a final regular season game against the Colts next week. A win over the Colts in Week 17 and they are at 94%. In other words, this is an important game on Saturday night in Nashville.
The Redskins are going to have to do it with two quarterbacks down. With Alex Smith out indefinitely and Colt McCoy missing at least one more week, the spot under center belongs to Josh Johnson. Mark Sanchez? Okay, we won’t go there, but he was a major failure other than handing the ball off correctly.
Johnson, a University of San Diego product, who played under Jim Harbaugh in college, hasn’t seen much action since 2009. He was drafted by the Buccaneers that year in the fifth-round and spent three years there. The most action he saw was in his rookie season, where he passed for 4 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
Since 2009, Johnson has thrown 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Before getting the call from Washington, the last time he was with an NFL team was 2014 with the 49ers. Johnson has appeared in two games this season and has passed 2 touchdowns and an interception.
So, if he can throw 2 more touchdowns, Johnson will match his career-high from 2009. With that in mind, the QB situation will go from horrible to desperate if he happens to get injured. At what point does Kaepernick get considered? There’d probably have to be a lot more injuries.
This is one of the better defenses in the NFL that Johnson is going to have to find yards against. He does have a quality defenses to back him up, which is the only way the Redskins are going to find a way into the playoffs. Head below for our free Redskins vs. Titans pick in NFL Week 16 on Saturday night.
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It’s not going to be easy for the Redskins to move the ball in this contest. Of course, we see surprising things happen in the NFL, so it’s not out of the question. It’s just going to be difficult for Johnson, as this should be the most difficult game of his career. He made his debut against the Giants and he passed for a touchdown and interception on 195 yards passing.
The following week he did lead the Redskins to 16-13 win over the Jaguars, with 125 passing yards and a touchdown. Though, keep in mind that the Jags have been a shell of what they were last season. Still a good defense, but there hasn’t been a sense of urgency from them at all this season.
This is going to be on the road in a marquee time slot with the only game being played. The Titans are fighting for the playoffs, while the Jags had nothing to play for last week. Johnson should expect to see the intensity meter notched up a level or two in Nashville. The Titans have allowed 18.1 points per game in 2018. That puts them in a tie for 1st with the Ravens. At home that number looks even better with 17 points allowed per game.
In a primetime spot against Josh Johnson, the Titans’ defense is expected to look elite against the Redskins. The Skins are likely going to have to lean on their defense in this contest. They’re tied with the Patriots in 13th, allowing 22.1 points per game. With 357.4 yards allowed per game, the Redskins are 18th in the NFL.
Marcus Mariota was a full participant in practice this week, so that’s a good sign for the Titans on Saturday. You can get double digits with the Redskins in this game, but I don’t want them with Josh Johnson on the road against a top-notch defense. I expect around a 27-13 final score in favor of the Titans, which would be enough to cover the 10 points. The Titans deliver a death sentence to the Redskins’ season, setting up another do-or-die situation next week against the Colts.