Washington Football team shaken, and stirred, for game two

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Chris Petersen of the Washington Huskies looks on during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 1, 2017 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Washington defeated Rutgers 20-14. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Chris Petersen of the Washington Huskies looks on during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 1, 2017 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Washington defeated Rutgers 20-14. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Chris Petersen of the Washington Huskies looks on during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 1, 2017 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Washington defeated Rutgers 20-14. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Chris Petersen of the Washington Huskies looks on during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 1, 2017 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Washington defeated Rutgers 20-14. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

The Washington Football cross-nation opener against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights shook the confidence of the Huskies. But it stirred the resolve of head coach Chris Petersen for game two against the Montana Grizzlies

The Washington Football team wants to win a championship this year. While many want the team to blow out all the competition in each game, that is not likely to happen. Ideally, the optimal path to post season is to improve each week until the team is playing its best football when the playoffs arrive. So the team left plenty of room for improvement in that opener against Rutgers on September 1, 2017.

And head coach Chris Petersen noticed

Now, the Washington Huskies won the game, and by several minutes into the third quarter, appeared to have the game in hand. But that performance was enough to shake rattle and roll the team for week two’s home opener against the Montana Grizzlies.

Azeem Victor debuts week two

The Washington Football team faced Rutgers in week one without the services of emotional leader and inside linebacker Azeem Victor. as well as the two week suspension of Austin Joyner.

This week, I expect Victor to announce his return in a big way.  With defensive tackle Vita Vea already off to a great start, Victor will find plenty of opportunities to make plays.

Offense rebounds this week

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights had a pretty good defensive strategy against the Washington Huskies in the opener. They had surprising pressure on quarterback Jake Browning, and that early chaos held the Huskies offense in check in the first half of the game.

Do not expect a similar surprise from the Montana Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are 1-0 after a strong offensive showing against the visiting Valparaiso Crusaders 45-21. Not surprisingly, the Grizzlies had a great aerial attack to secure the win, throwing for 399 passing yards and 4 touchdowns in the game.

But Montana allowed 450 yards of total offense, including 327 yards passing.

Prepare for lots of offense

This is a another great test for the Huskies.  Montana will launch a wide open offense, and it will be up to the freshly refurbished defensive backfield to thwart their efforts.  But similarly, the Washington football team will hit the accelerator on their own offense this week.

By halftime, the score could likely be  the final score of game one.  But once the Huskies get a solid lead that appears to hold up, you can expect to see a downshift towards the running game.

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What is the upside for this Washington team offense by the end of the game? It could flirt with any number of records.  But if it’s too much of a runaway game, look for plenty of rotations to begin.  If you expected a huge opener, don’t be discouraged. You missed it by a week. This is the game to see just how many horses Washington has under the hood.

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