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Grant's Slant: Skins must stop 'wrecking ball' Derrick Henry

December 21, 2018 - 4:13 pm

By Grant Paulsen

The Redskins head to Tennessee looking to keep their playoff hopes alive and riding the Josh Johnson wave. The journeyman passer has Washington back even at .500 with two games to play and his ability to avoid turning the ball over last week has given his teammates hope.

Here are my slants for this week.

Redskin to watch: Jamison Crowder

The Redskins are just about out of weapons. Jordan Reed is out. Vernon Davis won't play. Paul Richardson is long gone. Maurice Harris won't participate tomorrow, either. Time for Crowder to step up. He had as loud a four-catch, 46-yard performance as a receiver can have last week in Jacksonville. Crowder's 33-yard circus grab in the second half kept a drive alive on an ominous 3rd-and-15, ultimately leading to Washington's only touchdown. If the Redskins are going to upset the Titans, Crowder will have to make a few game-changing plays.

Titan to Watch: Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry, a human wrecking ball who has posted consecutive banner performances, is playing the best football of his career. Henry rushed for an incredible 238 yards and four touchdowns in an unstoppable Week 14 outing against the Jaguars. The former Alabama star followed that up with 170 hard-earned yards last weekend in New York. The 247-pound back is one of the toughest players in the NFL to tackle. Expect him to get at least 20 carries on Saturday. If Washington stops him they can stop the Titans.

Stat of the Week: If the Redskins win in Nashville, Washington will enter week 17 without having been eliminated from playoff contention for the third time in four years. For all the heat Jay Gruden takes, no other coach during Daniel Snyder's tenure as owner has accomplished that.

Prediction: Titans 23, Redskins 13

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