2021 Schedule

2021 Schedule
5-6, 2nd in NFC East
How good is the Washington Football Team after MNF win? (2:21)
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Washington places K Slye on IR, signs K Johnson

Washington has placed kicker Joey Slye on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury and signed Brian Johnson to fill the roster spot, the team announced Tuesday.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

What to watch for on D: 1) Russell Wilson. He's been rusty since his return, but he's not far off either. Seattle just missed a couple big plays last week -- in part because they were well-defended. But Wilson remains dangerous; don't let him hit big plays early. 2) The receivers. D.K. Metcalf is a big target with speed; Tyler Lockett excels in particular when Wilson goes off-target. 3) Jon Allen. Seattle has had some issues inside; Allen is having a Pro Bowl season.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

What to watch on O: 1) Return of weapons. TE Logan Thomas and WR Curtis Samuel return, but both will be on snap counts. Samuel will be more limited to likely around 10-15 snaps. His presence can help. 2) The run game. Washington's two-game streak was built on being physical in the run game. But Seattle has allowed only 3.42 yards per run the past five games. 3) RBs in the pass game. Seattle ranks among the worst in the NFL defending backs in the pass game. J.D. McKissic could be a big key.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington inactives: WR Dax Milne, WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, CB Corn Elder, DE Bunmi Rotini, C Tyler Larsen and TE Ricky Seals-Jones. TE Logan Thomas will play for the first time since hurting his hamstring on Oct. 3 and WR Curtis Samuel will play for the first time since Oct. 10; he's played 27 snaps all season because of a groin injury.

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Hour 4: King of the Cassel

Matt Cassel stops by to talk about the impact Lincoln Riley will have at USC. Plus, why Aaron Rodgers is the leader in the clubhouse to win his 4th MVP and should the Giants go after Russell Wilson this offseason?

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive tackle Jon Allen is having a Pro Bowl season with six sacks and countless impactful pressures. He's currently third among all defensive tackles in Pro Bowl voting. Teammate Matt Ioannidis knows what separates Allen from other tackles.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Antonio Gibson responded well after his fumble and mini-benching. He rushed for 76 of his season-high 95 yards after halftime. His success is a key reason why Washington has started to find its offensive identity.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

What to watch on O: 1) Turnovers. Carolina has forced two in each of the past three games. During the four-game losing streak Washington turned it over twice in each game. Taylor Heinicke needs to be careful with the ball. 2) The DE's: Brian Burns and Hassan Reddick are speedy pass rushers. The defense in general plays fast. 3) How they run the ball. Washington must run with power, letting the ends go upfield and running off them. Several teams have had good days running the ball vs. Carolina.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington inactives: WR Curtis Samuel, WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, CB Corn Elder, DE Shaka Toney, T Saahdiq Charles, TE Ricky Seals-Jones. Samuel was a longshot to play but there remains a decent chance he'll be able to go vs. Seattle.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

What to watch on D: 1) The ends. Carolina will attack the edges, on zone reads at times. Often it's Christian McCaffrey bouncing wide if the ends lose contain. Cam Newton will take advantage, too. They must hold contain. 2) McCaffrey. He runs with good vision and quickness and if a linebacker must cover him, they must be patient with their feet or he'll win easily. Gang tackles are key. 3) Newton. His arm hasn't been great for a while; force him to use it. But: Don't let D.J. Moore break free.

Team Stats

Passing Yards224.420th
Rushing Yards125.59th
Points For20.820th
Points Against25.625th