The New York Jets (2-7) head to D.C. to take on the Washington Redskins (1-8) in a Week 11 matchup. Neither team has a legitimate shot at a playoff berth, and the season so far has been one to forget for both fan bases. Both teams are guilty of playing some disgraceful football in 2019. But diehard fans of both teams will tune in to watch the New York Jets at Washington Redskins. Here’s what to look for in this Week 11 matchup.
New York Jets at Washington Redskins Week 11 Prediction
Jets Defense vs. Redskins Offense
The Jets defense is, at least, consistent. They’re stout against the run, ranking second in the NFL in rush defense. Unfortunately for the Jets, it’s 2019, not 1979, and pass defense is more crucial to winning games in the NFL. And the Jets rank 26th in passing yards allowed per game, and are missing their starting cornerbacks. Additionally, the Jets are missing five linebackers, including perennial pro-bowler C.J. Mosley, who has only managed to be on the field for 1.5 games all year. Look for several coverage breakdowns to occur in the game, and for a screen or slant to turn into a huge chunk play.
However, the Redskins offense is arguably more anemic than the Jets defense; the ‘Skins haven’t scored a touchdown in 13 quarters. Dwayne Haskins will start for Washington, giving the Jets an opportunity to potentially make some plays against the rookie signal-caller. Haskins has shown a penchant for turnovers in limited action so far this season and the Jets defense just might be able to get some additional possessions for their offense. Look for safety Marcus Maye to be around the ball. If anyone is going to pick off Haskins, it very well could be him.
Jets Offense vs Redskins Defense
Which Jets team will come out of the tunnel at FedEx Field is anybody’s guess. The team that scored 34 points last week, or the one that lost to the Miami Dolphins just two weeks ago? The key to this is, of course, the play of Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. If Darnold looks the way he did against the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, then the Jets should have little trouble scoring against Washington.
The Redskins are similar to the Jets defensively, featuring a strong defensive line, but a very questionable secondary. If the Jets can get on a roll and score points relatively consistently, that would be a tall task to ask Haskins to match. All eyes should be on Darnold, and if he can move the ball and avoid turnovers, the Jets should walk out of D.C. with a win.
Storylines of Note
Darnold is actually younger than his rookie counterpart in Haskins, despite this being Haskins’ second start, to Darnold’s 19th. Whichever quarterback plays clean, avoids turnovers, and is simply efficient should lead his team to victory.
This marks wide receiver Jamison Crowder‘s return to D.C. for the first time since he left the team in the off-season to sign with the Jets. Crowder has been a great addition for the Jets; look for him to be targeted early and often, especially when pressure mounts on Darnold.
How will Jamal Adams follow-up his AFC Defensive Player of the Week performance against the Giants? Adams was an animal last week and if he can consistently play at that level, the Jets defense would suddenly be much more imposing.
The Jets roll against the Redskins defense, finding the endzone a few times and moving the ball efficiently down the field. Haskins plays well, but makes key mistakes that lead to points for the Jets. The Jets win on the road, 27-19.