Redskins-saints Today

September 11, 1994|By Vito Stellino

Site: Superdome, New Orleans

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/Radio: Channels 11, 9; WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (570 AM)

Line: Saints by 8 1/2

Last week: The Redskins lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 28-7; the Saints lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-17.

Last meeting: The Saints beat the Redskins, 20-3, in 1992 at the Superdome when the Redskins were riddled with injuries.

The series: The Redskins lead 11-5 and had won six straight before losing the 1992 meeting.

On the sidelines: Norv Turner brings an 0-1 record into this game after losing his first game as Redskins coach. Jim Mora, who won a pair of titles in the U.S. Football League with the Philadelphia-Baltimore Stars, is in his ninth season as Saints coach and has a 77-54 record.

What the Redskins have to do to win: Get their running game going. Reggie Brooks was supposed to run the lead draw the way Emmitt Smith does in Dallas, but he resembled Derrick Lassic in the opener when he was held to 31 yards in 12 carries. If the Redskins can't run, it puts too much pressure on their quarterbacks.

What the Saints have to do to win: New Orleans also must run the ball against the weak Redskins defense, which gave up 184 yards to the Seahawks, including 100 by Chris Warren. The Saints don't have a Warren and have to count on Derek Brown and Mario Bates. If they can run the ball, Jim Everett, who threw for 326 yards against the Chiefs, could have a big day.

Matchup to watch: Redskins CB Darrell Green vs. Saints WR Michael Haynes -- The Saints signed Haynes to a big free-agent contract and he caught five passes for 71 yards in the opener. Green says he's touching receivers 5 yards downfield, even though it's now illegal. He wasn't called for it last week, so it will be interesting to see if he is penalized this week.

Injury report: Redskins: DE Shane Collins (knee) is out. DT Tim Johnson (hamstring) is doubtful. CB A. J. Johnson (ankle) and WR Olanda Truitt (ankle) are questionable. DE Sterling Palmer (abdomen) is probable. Saints: C/G Jeff Davidson (shoulder) and LB Demond Winston (knee) are out. CB Reginald Jones (knee) is doubtful. WR Steve Rhem (ankle), CB Jimmy Spencer (ankle-knee) and LB Renaldo Turnbull (groin) are probable.

Outlook: Each team is trying to prove it's not as inept as it looked in Week 1. The Saints feel they were victimized by Joe Montana and the Redskins blamed a couple of key errors for their loss last week. But the loser will be 0-2, short on excuses and looking at a long season. The Saints' home-field advantage should give them the edge.

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