The Redskins face the Bengals in Washington's home-opener. The 3 keys to success are:
Keep the Crowd into it! The fans need something to cheer about, so give them something to cheer about. This is a new season. A new atmosphere. First home game of RGIII. Be quiet when he's commanding the team, and when the defense is on the field, don't let London Fletcher hear himself think. If 87,000 fans can rock FedEx Field, the defense will play with energy. Stop the run, make a play, offense scores on a deep pass.. anything to energize this crowd even more than it should be.
Keep RGIII comfortable. Block for him, call plays that suit his first home appearance, make the crowd comfortable with him and the entire team. If you can keep him comfortable, you'll keep him confident.
Special teams NEEDS to improve. If Brandon Banks can get a long return with a holding or clipping call, the crowd will go nuts. If the team blocks well and doesn't give up returns or allow blocked punts or field goals, this game is ours to win. Both blocked punts so far this season turned into points (TD's), so taking that away should do wonders in making the offense's job easier.