Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 1, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night football.
Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants
—One of the under the radar numbers from Sunday was the time of possession, where the Redskins held ad edge of 36:00 to 24:00. Their average time of possession per game this year is 31:06, which is seventh in the NFL. Considering they haven’t been able to run the ball very well for the most part that’s pretty impressive.
—The Redskins have been looking for either Matt Jones or Alfred Morris to take command at running back and neither has really stepped up. But the answer could be to hand the ball to Morris and pass it to Jones. Against the Saints and Giants (neither did much against the Panthers), Morris had 170 yards rushing and Jones had 176 receiving. Sure you need to hand the ball to Jones sometimes and pass to Morris. But figuring out a way for each player to do what he’s been doing best seems to be the logical way to go.
—Rookie defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett set the tone early when he clobbered WR Dwayne Harris, who was trying to haul in a tipped pass. The ball popped back up in the air and Will Blackmon, who had originally tipped the pass, picked it off. Jarrett played 63 snaps, some at nickel, some at safety. With all of the injuries in the secondary, Jarrett’s versatility has been vital. He’s been an excellent sixth-round pickup.
—Fans are pretty excited about rookie Quinton Dunbar’s play including his third-quarter interception. So was Preston Smith: “Man, I was so excited for Quinton. I don’t know if I might have been just as excited as he was or more excited. To see a guy like that work so hard and finally get an opportunity to go out there and play and then, you know, in a game like this to get a lot of playing time, a lot of respect out for him.” Excited indeed.
—Ryan Kerrigan is starting to heat up. He went for about a calendar month and a half without getting a sack but now he has three in his last two games. The fifth-year linebacker said yesterday that he felt better than he has all season, a tacit admission that he wasn’t 100-percent up until recently. Kerrigan was hampered by a knee that required an offseason procedure and then by a broken hand. His 6.5 sacks have him in the top 20 in the NFL, tied for 17th. The Redskins expect better out of him and Kerrigan expects better out of himself. Maybe this is the start of a roll that will help both him and the team reach their goals.
—Today’s schedule: Players off, no media availability
—Days until: Monday night Cowboys @ Redskins 6; Redskins @ Bears 12; Bills @ Redskins 19
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