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Grading the Redskins: Offense aces test

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Grading the Redskins: Offense aces test

Offense

Grade vs. Cowboys: A

Comment: Playing in his home state in front of more friends, family members and former coaches than he could count, Robert Griffin III put on a show.

He became the first quarterback in franchise history to throw four touchdown passes in back-to-back games and propelled the unit to 31 or more points for the fifth time this season. (The unit scored 31 or more points a total of six times from 2006-’11).

The fourth quarter interception Griffin threw was only his fourth of the season (against 16 touchdowns) and was the first turnover for the offense in four games.

After a sluggish start, the unit struck four times in the second quarter, marking the first time the team scored 28 points in a quarter since 1999, a span of 214 games.

For the second straight week, Griffin’s four touchdown passes went to different receivers, including Niles Paul’s first career score. Pierre Garçon’s 59-yarder, meantime, showed the team’s No. 1 wide out still can be effective despite his injured right foot. 

“I’m sure he was sore, but a lot players are sore and are going to work through it,” Shanahan said of Garçon on Friday. “Very proud of the way he handled himself.”

Behind a 113-yard rushing performance from running back Alfred Morris, the offense racked up 142 yards on the ground.  The unit leads the league with 1,792 yards and is tied for second in yards per carry (5.2). San Francisco leads the NFL at 5.5.

The offense also converted 50-percent of its third downs (6 of 12). Some of that was Morris’ gritty running on first down. Some of it was a reduction of drive-stalling penalties. A week after being flagged seven times, including five false starts, the unit was penalized only three times (two false starts and an intentional grounding) against the Cowboys.

Scoring up and penalties down seems to be a good formula for igniting a second-half run, doesn’t it? 

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Early NFC East picture, Cravens fallout and setting over/unders vs. Raiders

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Early NFC East picture, Cravens fallout and setting over/unders vs. Raiders

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler put a bow on the trip to Los Angeles, then look at the early NFC East picture, talk adjustments post-Su'a Cravens and set over/unders vs. Oakland.

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Report: Mason Foster getting second opinion on dislocated shoulder

Report: Mason Foster getting second opinion on dislocated shoulder

Mason Foster saved the Redskins’ win last Sunday. He might be watching this Sunday’s game from the sideline, according to a report.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Foster is getting a second opinion on the shoulder that he dislocated in the second quarter of the Redskins’ win in Los Angeles. Rapoport said that it is "likely" that Foster will be out against the Raiders on Sunday night.

Foster popped the joint back into place and continued to play, not missing a snap. After the Redskins took the lead with less than two minutes to play, Foster sealed the 27-20 win with an interception on the Rams’ first play after the score.

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The severity of the shoulder injury is not known, but if he is going to get a second opinion that usually means that the initial diagnosis was a fairly severe injury. The fact that he played with it for a half doesn’t mean that the injury won’t cause him to miss time. It’s not unusual for the adrenaline of being in the game will allow a player to push through an injury but problems pop up the following morning.

Fortunately for the Redskins, they do have an experienced backup should Foster miss any time. Will Compton has played in 50 games with the Redskins with 29 starts, including 15 starts last year.

Jay Gruden will speak to the media about Foster and several other Redskins who came out of Sunday’s game with injuries following the team’s practice, which starts at 1:45 p.m.

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