Regardless of all else that happened Sunday afternoon at FedExField, the Washington Redskins got their second victory of the season and kept themselves very much alive in a diluted (in comparison to the massive reputation built over the years) NFC East.
It was a telling game for the burgundy and gold for a variety of reasons. First, it proved the early inkling from some NFL “experts” that the read-option had gone six feet under false as seen in Robert Griffin III’s long keepers (the man averaged 7.6 yards per carry), Alfred Morris’ quiet, consistent game (he had 95 yards) and of course Roy Helu Jr.’s “breakout” performance.
The defense surrendered three rushing touchdowns and a late touchdown toss, but on the Bears’ final possession, ya know the most important one in the typical ‘last team that gets the ball wins’ type of game, pressured Bears quarterback Josh McCown into a bad pass on first down and then sacked him with authority to end the game. Hopefully repercussions from that game-ending play will spark the unit in Sunday’s must-see TV matchup with the Denver Peyton Mannings.
Anyway, enough with the verbose introduction and onwards to this week’s Redskins Stat Ranking Update. In case you’re new to Redskins Blog, I take a look at where some of the Redskins rank in key statistical categories such as touchdowns, yards and tackles.
As always, we start things off with Griffin III:
–Yards: 1,746 (11th)
–Completions: 143 (16th)
–Touchdowns: 8 (Tied for 16th)
–Quarterback Rating: 83.4 (22nd among quarterbacks with at least 50 pass attempts)
Lost in all of the Roy Helu Jr. talk was how good of a game Alfred Morris had. He consistently moved the chains with three, four, five-plus-yard runs and allowed the offense to stick to the game plan–a rarity so far this season. Plus, that run where Julius Peppers couldn’t take him down was just legendary.
–Yards: 472 (8th)
–Average: 5.2 (5th among running backs with at least 20 rushing attempts)
–Touchdowns: 3 (Tied for 9th)
And to not take away from Helu Jr. whatsoever, he currently ranks eighth in the league with four rushing touchdowns.
Pierre Garcon had his quietest day of the 2013 season, but with the Bears defense (Charles Tillman in particular) zoning in on him, it allowed others such as Jordan Reed and Aldrick Robinson roaming room for touchdowns. Playing the decoy role isn’t necessarily one you’d want out of Garcon long-term, but it worked on Sunday.
–Yards: 446 (24th)
–Receptions: 40 (Tied for 13th)
–Touchdowns: 2 (Tied for 41st)
I’ve been flipping back and fourth all season about which linebacker I should spotlight in the tackles “race”. One week it’s Perry Riley Jr. in the lead and the next it’s the wily veteran London Fletcher. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t base it on whose ahead. Riley Jr. has the edge this week.
–Tackles: 51 (Tied for 24th)
Ryan Kerrigan hasn’t recorded a sack since Week 4. Even so he’s still top-12 in quarterback takedowns. I also told him that Denver doesn’t like the sun and Instagram filters are the best. He wasn’t too happy. Hopefully he channels those emotions into a few sacks this weekend.
–Sacks: 5 (Tied for 12th)
Requested by popular demand, DeAngelo Hall’s defensive touchdown rank:
Defensive Touchdowns: 2 (Tied for 1st)
Rounding back into “form”, Kai Forbath nailed another field goal on Sunday. As he gets back into the same grove he was in a year ago, expect his numbers to take a huge swing upwards.
Field Goals Made: 4 (32nd)
Call me lazy, but I’m going to recycle a disclaimer from last week.
I just realized that I failed to mention the factoring in off the bye week. Some teams like the Redskins have while some have not. So for the next few weeks, rankings might be a little more screwy. Take Fletcher’s 34th ranking for example. Say he had gotten 10 tackles in Week 5 instead of the mandated time off. He’d rank top-25.
Just a little somethin’, somethin’ in case you’re wondering.
Tags: aldrick robinson, Alfred Morris, DeAngelo Hall, Jordan Reed, Kai Forbath, london fletcher, Perry Riley Jr., Pierre Garcon, Robert Griffin III, Roy Helu Jr., ryan kerrigan
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