- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 24, 2011

1. Will the running game be a positive factor? The offense showed a pulse last week, but the running game still is on life support because the offensive line can’t block consistently. The Redskins haven’t averaged more than 3.8 yards per carry in four games. Seattle’s run defense ranks third in the NFL at 3.5 yards per carry.

2. Can Rex stay hot? Relatively speaking, of course. After all, he did throw an interception in a loss last Sunday. But Rex Grossman’s 65.8 completion percentage against Dallas was his best since Super Bowl XLI, a span of 24 games. He has a history of being streaky, so maybe Washington can ride him to a win.

3. Can Washington’s offense protect the ball? The Redskins have turned the ball over in 24 consecutive games. That includes nine straight games with an interception. The offense isn’t good enough to give possessions away. Grossman must make good decisions, and players must secure the ball.

4. How will DeAngelo Hall bounce back? Washington’s Pro Bowl cornerback ripped himself after giving up a third-and-15 conversion that extended Dallas’ winning drive last week. He has one pick this season, and Seattle quarterback Tavaris Jackson has 11 interceptions. Something’s gotta give.

5. Will Graham Gano emerge from his slump? He has missed four of his last eight field-goal attempts after a solid first half of the season. Mike Shanahan said he is fighting for his job this week. Unlucky for him, the gameday forecast is for rain.