A Redskins win 'serves notice' to NFL, Theismann says

Ben Krimmel
October 20, 2018 - 3:32 pm

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Sunday's game against the Cowboys will be decided by the play of the Redskins' offensive line, says former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann.

"What's our front five going to be able to do?" Theismann told 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes Friday. "Are they going to be able to create running opportunities for Adrian (Peterson)? Are they going to be able to give Alex (Smith) a chance to be able to get the ball out of his hands and be able to get the ball to the receivers?"

"This game, I'm putting it squarely on the five guys upfront," Theismann said of the 'Skins O-line. "This is their football game." 

"If our offensive line can do the job that they've been touted to do, you know, after all, I think they dubbed themselves Hogs 2.0," Theismann said. "Nows a chance to be able to step up and, say, this is where you make your mark. This is where you get people to take notice of who you are and what you are."

In addition to mentioning Washington's defensive line as a key to the game, Theismann mentioned one player who needed to step-up by name: Josh Doctson.

"If I'm Josh Doctson, I'm sick and tired. I am just sick and tired of listening to people beat me up," Theismann said. "Well, if you don't want to hear it, do something about it." 

"That's what's so great about our game, a week later... you get the chance to change the perception of what's going on. You get a chance to say, 'Hey look, whatever you thought about me, whatever you were saying about me isn't true,'" Theismann said.

The big question: Does a win over the Cowboys mean the Redskins are for real this year? 

"You win this football game, you serve notice that you're as good as anybody in the NFC (other than) the Rams," Theismann said. "But other than that, match 'em up against Minnesota, anybody."

Sunday against Dallas, the Redskins will find out where they are as a football team, Theismann said.

"These are the type of games that can set a season in motion," Theismann said, "or it can be that mountain that you still have to climb."

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