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Saints game stats wrap: Running to victory


Saints game stats wrap: Running to victory

One look back at some of the key numbers from the win over the Saints.During the Redskins 40-32 win over the Saints on Sunday, Robert Griffin III had 320 yards passing, Pierre Garcon had 109 yards receiving in an appearance abbreviated by injury, and Alfred Morris rushed for 96 yards. The last time the Redskins had a 300-yard passer, 100-yard receiver, and 95-yard rusher in a win was on October 26, 2008 when they beat the Lions 25-17 in Detroit. Jason Campbell completed 23 of 28 passes for 328 yards, Santana Moss caught 9 of those passes for 140 yards and Clinton Portis carried 24 times for 126 yards.Prior to Sunday a Redskins quarterback has matched or beaten RG3s Sunday stat line of at least 300 yards passing, two or more touchdown passes and no interceptions in a win 10 times since 1960. Sonny Jurgensen was the first, in 1964. That was the only time he did it. Joe Thesmann did it twice and Mark Rypien had that stat line three times. The most recent quarterback with 30020 was Rex Grossman, who accomplished it in last years opener against the Giants.The Redskins had 44 rushing attempts on Sunday, the most since Mike Shanahan came to the team. The previous high was 40 attempts; they did that twice last year. Since the 2000 season the Redskins have run the ball 40 times or more 25 times. They are 24-1 in those games.Sunday was just the second time since 2000 that the Redskins scored at least 40 points on the road. The other time they played in the same building. They beat the Saints 40-10 in New Orleans in 2001. They have given up over 30 points in road game and still won just one other time since 2000. They beat the Falcons in Atlanta 33-31 in 2003.

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Redskins' Jay Gruden ranked highest of all NFC East coaches by For The Win

Redskins' Jay Gruden ranked highest of all NFC East coaches by For The Win

Jay Gruden doesn't always get a lot of attention from national media, which should be considered something of a victory for the Redskins after all of the focus on his predecessor Mike Shanahan. 

But looking at Gruden's work over three years, he does deserve some recognition for taking the team from 4-12 his first season to consecutive winning records, including an NFC East title in 2015. 

Steven Ruiz, writing for USA TODAY's For The Win, gave the Redskins coach some love in a ranking of all 32 NFL head coaches. 

He slotted Gruden at No. 12, above all other NFC East coaches. 

Ruiz cites Gruden's unflappability amid personnell and front office changes, as well as his development of Kirk Cousins into a franchise quarterback in a very productive Redskins offense. 

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Ruiz ranks Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett at No. 16, reasoning that it's not hard to succeed when you pair one of the best offensive lines in the league with superstar rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott. 

New York's Ben McAddo and Philadelphia's Doug Pederson rank No. 21 and 26, respectively. 

Interestingly, two Redskins offensive coordinators who've since taken head coaching jobs – Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay – fall way behind at No. 29 and 30. Both coaches have been rumored draws for Cousins once he hits free agency in 2018. 

Going back to Gruden, he deserves credit beyond giving Cousins the starting QB job. He's become well-liked and respected by Washington's players despite dealing with big-personality additions like DeSean Jackson and Josh Norman.

After the Redskins finished his first season with a 4-12 record, the team rebounded to win the NFC East in 2015 and then narrowly missed the playoffs with an 8-7 record in 2016. 

If Cousins plays up to his one-year, $24 million franchise tag, Gruden has a chance to continue building his coaching reputation. 

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Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster: 20-11

Ranking the 2017 Redskins roster: 20-11

At CSNmidatlantic.com we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offense, defense) right after minicamp. Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2017 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings over the next few weeks.

Today we’re updating the list with the players we ranked from 11-20. Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—A former top pick who has to come through after a rookie season lost to injury.

—Kirk Cousins’ front-side protector.   

—Two free agent acquisitions.

—A third-year player in a pivotal season.    

Go here to see our ranking of the 2017 Redskins, players 11-53.

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