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Need to Know: Is Garçon as good as Bryant?

Oct 9, 2013, 5:09 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, October 9, four days before the Redskins visit the Cowboys on Sunday night.

Nickel coverage

Five things you need to know about the Redskins-Cowboys matchup on Sunday night.

1. After being in the hole all season, the Redskins have managed to work their way back up to even in turnover ratio. They have seven takeaways (2 INT, 5 fumble recoveries) and have given it away seven times (4 INT, 3 fumbles lost). The Cowboys are a plus-three in turnover ratio. Of course, it’s not always quantity, it’s often a matter of when the turnovers occur. Tony Romo’s late interception against Denver was very costly and a Robert Griffin III fumble against the Lions was damaging to the Redskins’ chances in that game.

2. Romo is averaging 285.0 passing yards per game and Griffin is just inches behind him at 284.8 (numbers are net, including yards lost due to sacks). The difference is that Dallas’ offense is designed for a lot of passing and the Redskins’ is not. In 2012 the Cowboys averaged 41.1 passes per game and the Redskins averaged 27.6. This year it’s Washington with more attempts at 42.5 per game while Romo has averaged 37.6.

3. The Cowboys start their average drive on their own 28 yard line while the Redskins start at the 23. More goes into than this but Dallas is averaging almost more yards per kickoff return than the Redskins, 27.0 yards to 20.3. Last year the Redskins averaged 23.5 yards per kickoff return. Anyone miss Danny Smith yet?

4. Everyone knows that Dez Bryant has been a beast for the Cowboys this year but he’s tied for 16th in the NFL with 29 receptions and 10th in yards with 423. It would not be shocking if the best receiver on the field on Sunday night turns out to be Pierre Garçon, who has the same number of catches as Bryant having played in one fewer game. The Redskins receiver is averaging  84.8 yards per game while Bryant is averaging 84.6.

5. The early-week talk around Redskins circles is that they should run the ball and control the clock to keep Romo, Bryant, and company off the field. But that could be easier said than done. Dallas has allowed 3.8 yards per rushing attempt, 13th in the league. It may be better to attack through the air as they are giving up 8.2 yards per pass attempt, 25th in the NFL.

Stat of the day

—If it seems like Alfred Morris is getting stonewalled a lot more this year than the he was last season, it’s because he is. In 2012 one in every 5.8 rushing attempts for Morris resulted in a gain of zero yards or a loss of yardage. So far this year he is getting zero or negative yards every 4.6 carries, about 20 percen more frequently.

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Timeline

—Former Redskins long snapper and current Comcast SportsNet NFL analyst Trevor Matich was born on this date in 1961.

—Days until: Redskins @ Cowboys 4; Bears @ Redskins 11; Redskins @ Broncos 18

—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:15; Practice 1:00 (open to media for first 30 minutes); After practice (approx. 3:00) news conferences from Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan.

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  1. polofourme - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Not even close…Bryant is a true big bodied, big play, No 1 receiver. Gracon, was at best a number 2 at INDY and that’s what he is here…and that is one of WASs big problems, our group of WRs are all the same…I am not sure any of WRs beyond maybe Garcon would be starting for any other team..we simply don’t have a guy anyone would describe as a No1 threat certainly not at the WR position..in fact our best receiver might be a TE.

    • jorance72 - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      As much as I hate praising a Cowboy, Dez is a beast. Very tough player that goes and gets the ball. Also has great instincts on how to change his routes after Romo is forced out of the pocket. I do think the Cowboy Offense is geared more to the passing game than ours, so that helps him lots.

      I’m not sure how you can say that Piere isn’t a true #1 Receiver? Look at our record with/without him in the lineup last season. If wins and losses don’t tell the story, I’m not sure what does. Also, he’s such an asset to our run game. Our Team’s at it’s best when we run 25 to 30 times per game and pass 20 to 25 times. Just look at how good his numbers have been in the games that we’ve passed the ball a ton this year.

      Not sure if the TE your refferring to is Jordon Reed? I agree that he has awesome hands and a knack for getting himself open. Just wouldn’t call him our best WR yet. Love his upside though!

      At the end of the year, I think Hankerson will have solid numbers as our #2 WR. Just not sure about Joshua Morgan. I like him, but maybe his game is too similar to Hankerson’s? I keep hoping AR steps up and maybe if Santana’s gone next year, he jumps into the slot and can get more touches.

      Bottom line…Love Garcon, like the others, but our Team is built to run.

      For what it’s worth, I’d definitely take the combo of Garcon/Morris over Bryant/Murray.

      • polofourme - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Well just because we won more games with Garcon on the field doesn’t IMO by definition make him a legitimate No1 WR…IMO a true number one can take over a game…Johnson at DET is a good example. He makes all the other receivers around him better, It means he is a play maker when the team needs it most. It also IMO means he has the physical traits to dominate. Speed, size, discipline, great route running, great hands…that IMO is not Garcon who at INDY dropped as many balls as he caught and he has a problem here of dropping pass’s that hit him right in the numbers. The group last year did not have ONE member that was even close to 1000yds receiving. Garcon remains IMO a number 2 at best….as for Hankerson..I am not sure what you mean by solid numbers…he has the physical tools to be dominating WR but lacks discipline, runs poor routes, drops balls. I had high hopes for him at one point but they have faded each year hes been here…and from there, the group goes down hill fast. At the start of the year I thought Davis was the best receiver on the team but IMO he has simply fallen out of favor with this hc and once you get in Srs dog house, its like a black whole. His career at WAS appears over. As for Reed..not impressed with him, his size or skills..but he may end up by default as the teams only threat. That’s a problem that I see for WAS. Now as to your last statement, I would rather see a combo of Morris and Bryant..but the only reason IMO you would take the combo or Gracon/Morris over Bryant/Murray is because of Morris..but I ve seen Murray play several time this year and all of Morris’s starts..I am not sure at this point I would take Morris over Bryant..Bryant who is playing much better for DAL this year than last and is finally healthy…I think it would be a toss up btwn the two…but don’t get me wrong, Morris is the best offensive player we have…better than Griffin.

        • stasker6 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

          Hankerson will finish this year as the true number two receiver. How many balls has he dropped this year? Zero. His route running is phenomenal. He is cutting on his routes with great ease and getting separation from the defense (which is why he has a good amount of catches and yards).

          Garcon is a true number one receiver. He has everything that it takes to be a number one. As for Garcon dropping passes, Dez Bryant is famous for dropping passes too. Remember last year in the Giants and Cowboys game where Dez thought he caught it but ended up putting his hands out of bounds? Dez and Pierre are the same exact player (size, catching ability, blocking), they just play for different teams.

        • Rich Tandler - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

          This just in: All NFL players drop passes.

        • jorance72 - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

          Rich’s article doesn’t reference what Garcon did at Indy. Don’t care about the dropped balls there. Also, had he been healthy, his numbers projected to be over 1000 yards.

          The catch and runs he had against N.O. and at Dallas were “special”. Both were passes he had to adjust to and then he had the speed and moves to take them the distance. Also, love when we use him on screens and let him use that running style to rack up yards after the catch. I believe he’s pretty high up on the YAC rankings for WR’s, which is what Shanny stressed when they picked him up.

          I also don’t understand what your issue is with Hank. His catching has improved. I do agree that the last couple years, some easy catches have been turned into adventures. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case this year. He’s finally figured out how to use his big frame to shield off DB’s and is able to catch balls with his hands. (as apposed to needing his body to secure the catch) My comment was that he’d have solid #2 stats at the END of the season.

          Fred may have fallen out of favor with the Coaching Staff, but to me, it’s based on what he’s doing on the field. Nothing more. If you think that Reed’s play isn’t affecting Fred’s, you’re crazy. Last couple games, I believe Fred’s had a bad ankle, so that doesn’t help either.

          Not sure how you’re not impressed with Jordan Reed. He runs good routes, his blocking is coming along, and he’s able to make catches on balls thrown off-target. He is the future for us at TE, and will allow us to part ways with Fred if we choose to do so. I believe if he’s healthy this week, he’ll give us a real x-factor against the Cowboys Linebackers. They’ve show struggles against covering RB’s and Jordan should create mismatches that can be exploited.

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