Jets vs. Redskins: Preview, predictions, what to watch for

Costello’s Call

The Jets are a bad team. The Redskins are worse. The offense puts together a good performance and the defense forces two Dwayne Haskins interceptions.

Jets 24, Redskins 10

Marquee matchup

Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins vs. Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams

The Jets face a rookie quarterback for the second straight week. Giants rookie Daniel Jones threw four touchdown passes against them last Sunday, so they should not be taking Haskins lightly.

Haskins, who played at Ohio State, has been giving the starting nod for the rest of the season by interim coach Bill Callahan. He has no touchdown passes and four interceptions so far this year, but Callahan said the team wants to see what he can do the rest of the way.
Williams should be able to throw some confusing looks at Haskins and force him to beat the defense.

“It does give us the possibility to do a couple of other things that we would normally not do against somebody that you couldn’t hide or disguise things,” Williams said.

The Jets have to be careful of Haskins’ college teammate, Terry McLaurin. The rookie wide receiver has five touchdowns this season and can cause problems for the Jets’ young cornerbacks.

4 Downs

Adams Encore: Jamal Adams is coming off the best game of his career. The third-year safety was all over the field against the Giants and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. He made a highlight play when he stripped the ball from Daniel Jones and scored a touchdown. Adams also had a huge fourth-down stop when he jumped over the offensive line to tackle Jones.

Now, what can he do for an encore against the Redskins?

“I told him this, and I believe this with all my heart, he’s just scratching the surface on what he can do,” defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said. “He played pretty well. I’m proud of him.”

The trade-deadline controversy is behind Adams, and he played with a lot of energy last week. The Jets played him near the line of scrimmage more, something they likely will try to do again versus Washington.

Nowhere to run: The Jets have been terrible at running the ball, ranking 31st in the NFL, averaging 67.3 yards per game on the ground. Le’Veon Bell is averaging 3.1 yards per carry. It won’t be surprising to see the Jets use more than just Bell this week, trying to get Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery more involved.

“We’re always going to be looking to see what we can do to help ourselves there,” coach Adam Gase said. “We are turning the wheels, trying to figure out what our issues have been.”

Bless you: Rookie cornerback Bless Austin came off the bench last week against the Giants and played pretty well. He is expected to make his first start Sunday with Arthur Maulet on the other side. The Jets are hurting at cornerback with starters Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts out with injuries.

Austin, who had not played in 14 months after tearing his ACL, impressed the coaches last week.

“I’ve always said he does not lack confidence,” Gase said. “I look at that as a valuable trait to have as a corner because if you lose out on a route, he’s coming back the next one. That is one of my favorite things about him.”

The Jets have not had an interception in their last three games. Could Austin get his first?

Road Woe-iors: The Jets enter this game 0-4 on the road this season and losers of their past five away games, dating to last year. The Jets are 3-17 on the road dating to 2017. Fortunately for them, they are not walking into a tough place to play. The Redskins are 0-4 at FedEx this season. Washington has broken 20 points at home just once this season and was shut out there in its last game, 9-0, by the 49ers.

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