Having the league’s best running attack this season has been a premium for Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
But with a wide receiver corps that’s been able to contribute its own big plays the last two games, the Redskins’ offensive overhaul is truly rounding into shape.
In the Redskins’ last two games – victories over the Philadelphia Eagles (31-6) and the Dallas Cowboys (38-31) – Washington pass catchers have hauled in a combined 33 passes for 504 yards and eight touchdowns. Included in those touchdowns are plays of 49, 61, 68, 59 and 29 yards.
Shanahan attributes the recent surge in wide receiver production to a group of teammates who are “just working.”
“[It’s] guys really not just going through the motions,” Shanahan told the media after practice on Thursday. “Guys still wanting to be coached on stuff and expecting us to demand the most out of them and [who] enjoy being coached.”
Shanahan said he’s had fun coming up with a weekly game plan based around the talents of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has used both his legs and his arm to baffle defenses this season.
In return, the Redskins (5-6) – led by Griffin III and rookie running back Alfred Morris – have produced the NFL’s No. 1 rushing offense at 163.5 yards per game.
But when opposing defenses constantly stack the box in anticipation of a running play, Shanahan said it’s important to have a quality group of receivers to keep things off balance.
That’s what he said he’s seen the last two games out of his own receivers.
“We have real high expectations for that group,” Shanahan said. “These last couple of weeks I really believe they’ve taken a huge step forward.
“If they can continue to get better, I think the sky’s the limit.”
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I just read this on NFL.Com Playbook: (Do the New York Giants have a secret weapon that has helped their running game? Our "Playbook" analysts explain why the best offensive team will be the winner of Monday night's matchup.)
1st of all I was surprised they only mentioned NY's running game and offense. This being because of the roll they were on earlier in the year. None of that mattersin this league, it's better to be on that roll late in the season than early.
Want to talk offense and running games, look at the Washington Redskins! 8 TD's through the air and these weren't just little tosses, some were deadly strikes of 49, 61, 68, and 59 yards. 504 yards in the air alone in the last 2 strait games
Want to talk running the football, the Redskins lead the NFL in this department. Alfred Morris steam rolled opponents all year and was a huge part of the massacre in Dallas last Thursday, as well as the beat down on Philly the week before. Our running game averages 163 yards a game, and these yards came against the best defenses in the NFL!
Want to talk scoring, the Redskins scored 69 points in the last 2 games alone and all this came against division rivals!
Did the NFL turn there televisions off during the Redskins last 2 games? The Giants are not the only team that can run, pass and score in this Monday Night match up, and they will find this out very rudely, in a very hostile stadium, in a very hostile environment, and in front of all of America.