In the first game of the season, the Washington Redskins offense was out of sorts. Quarterback Robert Griffin III was rusty and appeared uncertain in the pocket. The team got down early, and this eliminated any chance of the Redskins establishing a running game with feature back Alfred Morris.
But a lot has changed for the Redskins offense since that first game. RGIII has gotten back on track as a passer and a runner. In that first game he was reluctant to run, but now as we’ve seen he looks much more fluid and aggressive carrying the football. But more importantly the rust he had early in the season as a passer seems all but gone.
The Redskins have made it a point to establish the running game early on. And Alfred Morris has had much more of an effect, particularly late in games. This will be important for the Redskins because they will need to run the ball effectively to slow the game down, and keep the Eagles offense off the field.
The Skins will need to sustain drives, something they failed to do in the first game. Third down conversions will be important, and the elimination of three and outs will be crucial. The Redskins defense will have their hands full, so the offense staying on the field will help keep the defense rested and fresh down the stretch.
The Redskins will need to come out with some scores early on. They don’t want to get into a shootout with the Eagles, even though RGIII would be better prepared for that this time. But the offense will need to control the clock and the line of scrimmage. Don’t be overly conservative. Take shots when they’re there, but remember to run the ball and keep the chains moving.