Grading the Redskins: Morris dominates

Grading the Redskins: Morris dominates
January 1, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Mike Shanahan finally seeing everything come together in DC


Grade vs. Cowboys: A

Comment: Robert Griffin III got off to a rough start throwing the ball and finished with only 100 yards passing, his second lowest total of the season.

But it didn't matter thanks to the Redskins' other rookie. 

Alfred Morris rushed for 200 yards – Washington's highest total in 23 years – and three touchdowns in Sunday's 28-18 victory over the Cowboys. Combined with Griffin’s 63 yards rushing yards, the Redskins amassed a season-high 274.

The offense also finished the game without turning the ball over for the sixth time this season, which set a new franchise record. (The team had five games with no turnovers in the 1999 and 2008 seasons).

As a team, the Redskins also continued to clean up their active with respect to penalties. One game after being flagged three times against the Eagles, the Redskins were assessed a season-low two on Sunday – and only one, a false start on Trent Williams, was on the offense.

Speaking of Williams, the Pro Bowl tackle anchored an offensive line that paved the way for Morris' historic day and kept the Cowboys' pass rush in check. Griffin was sacked only once (Anthony Spencer) and hit just twice.  

The unit also proved to be clutch once again. After Rob Jackson’s interception deep in Cowboys’ territory in the fourth quarter, Griffin and Morris needed only seven plays to end to Tony Romo’s season. 

The question going forward is whether RG3 will return to the dynamic threat he was prior to spraining his knee. But as Coach Mike Shanahan joked Monday, the Redskins can live with the 10.5-yard rushing average Griffin delivered against the Cowboys.

“I don’t think it’s hurting him more than he’s letting on,” Shanahan said of his quarterback's knee. “It’s just not natural to go back and run a 4.3 [second] 40 [yard dash]. It doesn’t happen when you’re not 100 percent. But, when you’re averaging over 10 yards per carry, that’s still pretty good, especially in the NFL. That’s not too bad."

One more thing to keep an eye on this week: Guard Kory Litchensteiger left the game in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle. His backup is rookie Josh LeRibeus, who got his first action on offense Sunday.