Offensive Grade analysis for the Redskins loss on the road to the Dallas Cowboys.
Quarterback: Robert Griffin III came out looking sharp and nimble as the Redskins offense started the game in a no-huddle look. It seemed to catch the Cowboys defense off guard at first, and RGIII made several nice scrambles to keep drives alive and was finding rookie TE Jordan Reed open early. But as the game wore on RGIII looked less and less comfortable in the pocket. Some of that was due to being under pressure from the Cowboys pass rush, but even without pressure RGIII failed to find some wide open receivers. He also seemed to be late on some throws as well. RGIII the runner is getting closer to where he was last season, but RGIII the passer is still trying to find his groove. Quarterback grade – C+
Running backs: Alfred Morris had 81 yards rushing on 16 carries, but most of it came on a 45 yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Otherwise open holes were few and far between for Morris on the night. Roy Helu added 42 yards on 7 caries, and he had 35 yards receiving as well. Not a bad performance for the running backs, but it could have been better if they’d had more room to run. The Cowboys defense seemed determined to shut Morris down, and for all but one long run, they did. Running backs grade – B
Receivers: The Wide Receivers had trouble getting open deep again in this game, and there was little separation, as the Dallas defensive backs were close to them all game. The biggest receiving weapon of the game was rookie TE Jordan Reed. The Cowboys clearly had matchup problems with him. There were some times hen receivers were open, but RGIII didn’t find them. Otherwise, RGIII didn’t seem to be on the same page with wide receivers much of the night. Receivers grade – C-
Offensive Line: The offensive line didn’t open up very many holes in the running game for Alfred Morris, and Robert Griffin III was under pressure most of the game. He scrambled out of some near sacks but he did go down three times. The offensive line was at times dominated up front by the Cowboys D-line. With defensive end DeMarcus Ware going down early in the game, the O-line should have taken better advantage, but failed to do so. O-Line Grade – D
Offense Game Grade: C – On a night where the Redskins defense had their best performance of the season, the offense couldn’t take advantage.