The running game has certainly been lacking so far this season. Through two games the Redskins as a team have rushed for 161 yards, averaging 3.5 yards run. That is not enough to get it done in the NFL. In week two versus the Houston Texans, the Redskins passing attack accounted for 426 yards. However, most would contend that the ineffective run game is what kept the Redskins from closing out the game. If the Redskins are going to contend, they must be able to effectively run the ball.
In the off-season, the Redskins signed two former Pro Bowl backs in Larry Johnson and Willie Parker. Neither had an outstanding preseason, and Parker was cut after the preseason finale. Larry Johnson had gained two yards in two games, and was clearly ineffective during the carries he was afforded. He was let go yesterday afternoon. In his place they signed Chad Simpson, who had been on the Buffalo Bills roster in the preseason, as a half back and special teamer.
A set back to this may be the fact that starting left tackle Trent Williams is still suffering from a sore knee and sore toe, sustained after the loss to Houston. If he cannot go, there may be shuffling at the line.
In St. Louis, the Redskins need impose the rushing attack they are claiming to have. The Rams are 30th in the league when it comes to run defense, allowing 142.5 yards a game. If ever the Redskins are going to let loose with their running attack it might as well be now, or else perhaps never. Clinton Portis has shown he can once again be a goal line back, recording two scores from the one yard line versus the Texans, now he must show he still has some burst. There is no shame running up a down the third worst run defense. However, it is pretty embarrassing if you cannot get done against them.