The New England Patriots will have some clear advantages against Washington this Sunday.
Washington announced that nose tackle Terrance Knighton, better known as "Pot Roast", did not make the flight to New England and will not play due to migraines. I'm sure Bill Belichick already knew that Knighton didn't make the trip due to the coach's nefarious connections at the airports. Washington already ranks last in the league in defending runs up the middle, so taking out their top nose tackle will only make it worse.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to play this afternoon. This is more of a confirmation than a surprise, but Jackson adds a good element of speed over the top. Jackson has been battling a hamstring injury, though, so he could be rusty and on a potential snap count to ensure he doesn't re-aggravate the injury.
The Washington secondary is already in shambles. Per Schefter, Cornerback DeAngelo Hall isn't expected to play, but Bashaud Breeland and Chris Culliver are expected to play through their injuries.
The Patriots day on offense will be hampered due to the health of the offensive line, but the injuries to the opposition have certainly made the day a little easier.
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