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Will RG3 keep running?

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Will RG3 keep running?

The NFLs 18th-ranked rusher is not a running back.Its Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who in two games has carried the ball 20 times for 124 yards. The next quarterback on the list is Carolinas Cam Newton, who has 75 yards on 18 carries.If Griffin maintains this pace, he'll finish his rookie season with 160 carries. Newton led all quarterbacks last season with 126 attempts.I think it will die down over the course of the year, Griffin said. Some games Ill carry the ball 10 times. Some games Ill carry the ball two times. Its just a matter of how defenses are going go play.Although Griffin has not suffered an injury, the high number of carries figures to expose him to the possibility. A prime example came in the second quarter Sunday, when Griffin was drilled in the neck and back of the head as he scrambled for 15 yards up the middle.Griffin said he expected to be sore Monday morning but wasnt. He also said he attempts to avoid getting hit as much as possible.I try to, he said. On designed runs, I cant really give it to anyone. I just have to go out there and try to make something happen. But on some of the runs where I break the pocket, I do try to dump it off to guys and stretch it out as much as I can. Theres always ways to avoid hits. But some of the hits I was getting in this past game were unavoidable.Griffin said he wasnt concerned about getting hit in high school. But as a sophomore at Baylor, Coach Art Briles began talking to him about weighing risk vs. reward.Coach taught me to get what you can, but protect yourself and get down, Griffin said. Ive become pretty good at avoiding hits, or avoiding the bigger hits. There were a couple times against the Rams they were leading with their helmets and I had to dodge them. Its just something that Ive been accustomed to: being able to move my body that way.

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Need to Know: Last look at Redskins vs. Raiders

Need to Know: Last look at Redskins vs. Raiders

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 26, six days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.

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Today’s schedule: No media availability

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 27
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 33

Last look at Redskins vs. Raiders

—I could fill up this entire post with numbers that demonstrate just how dominant the Redskins defense was on Sunday. Here’s one that impressed me—with the exception of two series that started with turnovers deep in Washington territory, the Raiders ran one play on the Redskins’ side of the field. Early in the second quarter, Derek Carr threw a short pass that Marshawn Lynch turned into an eight-yard gain to the Washington 48. On the next play, Kendall Fuller picked off Carr’s pass. That was it until Jamison Crowder muffed a punt, giving Oakland the ball at the Washington 21 with 47 seconds left in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins passed for over 350 yards with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions for the fourth time as a Redskin. It is the first time Washington quarterback to do that more than once; Joe Theismann did it in 1982 and 1983. Colt McCoy and Mark Rypien did it once each. Cousins is the only one of the group to complete over 80 percent of his passes in such a game; he was 25 of 30, 83.3 percent.

—Again, there are plenty of numbers but what set this game apart was the confidence and attitude on display, particularly on defense. The images that stick in my mind are plays like D.J. Swearinger leveling Marshawn Lynch, Preston Smith just dismissing a Lynch stiff arm to get the stop on third and two, Montae Nicholson getting a textbook legal hit on Michael Crabtree and Zach Brown sending ball carriers to the ground with a vengeance.

—Some are wondering if Mack Brown should be the main backup at running back when Rob Kelley returns from his rib injury, which could be this week. Samaje Perine seemed to miss some openings and at times he seemed to go down with a one-arm tackle. And he fumbled the ball away. But on Sunday night Jay Gruden said that once Kelley is back, Perine will be the backup and Brown is likely to return to the game-day inactive list.

—Let this sink in for a minute—prior to last night’s Cowboys-Cardinals game, the Redskins were fifth in the NFL in rushing attempts (90) and sixth in rushing yards (409). They are on pace to have 480 rushing attempts for 2,180 yards. Last year they ran it 379 times for 1,696 yards.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Week 3 was awfully wacky, wasn't it?

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Week 3 was awfully wacky, wasn't it?

After Week 2, it looked like the NFL was being divided into three tiers: The bottom feeders, the inconsistent squads and the leaders.

After Week 3, though, those tiers have largely fallen apart.

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Blowouts came out of nowhere. Favorites lost to underdogs. And Joe Flacco looked good! (OK, only the first two happened).

After a classically wacky week in the league, how have the power rankings shifted? Click the above or below link to find out.

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