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Need to Know: The Redskins are controlling the clock

Sep 21, 2015, 5:14 AM EDT

Matt-Jones-vs.-Rams

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 21, three days before the Redskins travel to East Rutherford, New Jersey to play the Giants.

Redskins vs. Rams news, notes, and numbers

—The Redskins rushed for 182 yards against the Rams, following up gaining 161 on the ground last week against the Dolphins. This is only the third time they have opened a season with consecutive games with over 150 yards on the ground. The other times were 1952 (I don’t even remember that year) and 2012.

—The rushing yardage is allowing the Redskins to control the clock. For the second straight week they had over 37 minutes of possession time. The last time they did that was in Weeks 2-3 of the 1992 season.

—Matt Jones’ 39-yard touchdown run was the Redskins’ longest scoring run since 2012. I think most of you remember that 76-yard RG3 run against the Vikings.

—As of this morning, based on a small but not meaningless sample size, the Redskins are No. 1 in the NFL in both rushing yards and in total defense.

—It was a good day for new kicker Dustin Hopkins. He booted a 46-yard field goal and kicked off five times. Four of the kicks went through the end zone. One was returned but that kick was eight yards deep and it was returned to the 20. It’s only one game but Hopkins gave the Redskins exactly what they were looking for when the made the change from Kai Forbath.

—Jay Gruden said that the Redskins would not use last year’s 24-0 loss to the Rams as motivation for today’s rematch. But not everyone listened. Trent Williams was asked about it and said, “I watched the whole thing last night.”

—”I understand people got us ranked [No] 32,” said DL Ricky Jean Francios .”Please leave us there. These guys in the locker room believe something else.” (h/t Master Tesfatsion of the Post)

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 4:14; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice.

Days until: Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 3; Eagles @ Redskins 13; Redskins @ Falcons 20

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  1. gonavybeatarmy - Sep 21, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    Through the first two games:

    *Demarco Murray and Ryan Matthews have gained just 15 total yards on 25 rushing attempts.

    *Alfred Morris & Matt Jones have rushed for 331 total yards on 68 attempts.

    • ET - Sep 21, 2015 at 10:50 AM

      Sweet, sweet music, eh?

      Both Philly and Dallas are having trouble establishing the run, and both need it to work. I’m not sad about it!

  2. bk70 - Sep 21, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    What was up with Tress Way on Sunday? Some unusual activity from him.

    • skinsgame - Sep 21, 2015 at 7:09 AM

      The 18 yard punt could have been a disaster.

      • abanig - Sep 21, 2015 at 7:46 AM

        He’s not used to doing directional punting. This comes down to coaching.

        • bangkokben - Sep 21, 2015 at 8:36 AM

          Of course it DOESN’T. You don’t think they practiced directional punting all week? It comes down to execution.

        • abanig - Sep 21, 2015 at 12:34 PM

          Well of course he didn’t execute, that much is obvious. That’s not my point, my point is I don’t think NFL teams practice directional punting enough on a regular basis. When I was a kid, I remember the coffin corner and how often NFL punters used it.

          Now a days, they try to get cute with spin and have it bounce back instead of into the endzone at around 2 yard line.

          That’s coaching. They don’t practice directional punting enough in the nfl.

        • bangkokben - Sep 21, 2015 at 8:37 AM

          Like Kai Forbath didn’t kick it out of the end zone because he was coached that way. Wrong!

        • abanig - Sep 21, 2015 at 12:28 PM

          There’s a difference between a kicker not having the strongest leg and the coaching staff not working on directional punting enough – as it seems all NFL teams dont do.

        • bangkokben - Sep 21, 2015 at 12:41 PM

          Of course. Tress Way is a big leg in his second year. So the directional game is something HE has to work on but to make it a coaching issue is a stretch. Typical Redskin fan bias using a win to justify why they are still upset at the coaching. Sure it may be an NFL epidemic but your conclusions are based on what? Perception. You have zero evidence that the Redskins or other teams aren’t working on directional kicking. I seem to remember a game last year where Way kicked a 50+ punt low and to the sidelines last year. It is 80% execution and 20% coaching. Had the Redskins lost yesterday. There would’ve been the cries to get rid of Gruden due to being out coached with such a conservative gameplan. Yet the defense executed. The Rams offense failed to execute and the Redskins statistically dominated.

        • skinsgame - Sep 21, 2015 at 10:58 AM

          Agreed, Ben. But where coaching does come in here is accountability. Way just had an off game I think. He’s been reliable.

  3. colorofmyskinz - Sep 21, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    Congrats Skins!!! Reed you brought it. Oline incredible. Defense wow! Matt Jones, OMG!!! We have the rushing 2 headed monster and the NFL better take note. We have a team that is waking the sleeping giant.

    Team win here. Line of scrimmage win here. SCOT, you are a mastermind genius.

    NFC EAST watch out the skins are real!!

  4. gasngo14 - Sep 21, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    I defiantly like what i am seeing Rich ! They have a look of determination and sound like they want to prove who they are. Lets hope the injury bug stays away as we have already lost enough players, can you imagine Galette and Duke playing as well? It will be fun watching this team grow moving forward.
    HTTR!!

  5. abanig - Sep 21, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    This is exactly what the redskins did in 2012 when they won the division. They controlled the clock.

    If they keep this up good things will happen.

  6. skinsgame - Sep 21, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    It was a good win and a show of force along the line of scrimmage. Do it again Thursday and I’ll be a believer but, drop the game Thursday night and we’re back to square one. So far though, against 2 stout defenses, this team is holding their own. Clean up the penalties and check your egos.

    • bangkokben - Sep 21, 2015 at 8:38 AM

      The Redskins might not be able to beat the Giants; but the Giants sure can.;)

    • jonevans511 - Sep 21, 2015 at 9:35 AM

      If we drop this next game we most certainly are not back to square one. A division game against any opponent is a challenge (go ask the Saints, who lost a lot of suicide pool players a lot of money yesterday lol), especially on the road and even more so on a short week. I’ll be satisfied if the Skins dominate up front again, score 20 or more with zero turnovers, and have a chance to win/pull out the win at the end of the game. It’s not fair to put so much expectations on a team that you and many others wrote off at some point over the last month. I’m not calling you out specifically, but reading these comment sections over the last couple weeks made me think most of the fanbase had given up. Now we’re saying one more win and we’re believers? Come on man, it’s a long season so lets support the squad through the ups & downs and see what the heck happens.

      The Giants are a nose hair away from being 2-0, but so are the Skins. We may be the division basement dwellers in many peoples’ eyes (at least before the season), but in mine we’re a scrappy team who will leave you bruised if you try to challenge us in the trenches. Matt Jones and Alfred are handing out black & blues to any CB/LB/even DL that wants some!

      • skinsgame - Sep 21, 2015 at 10:15 AM

        If they drop the next game, it won’t be because they were dominate up front and didn’t turn the ball over while Morris and Jones handed out black and blue. If they do those things, they’ll win. I’m happy with the progress they have shown the last 2 games and I’m looking for consistency now. This isn’t a batch of rookies or a group of hard luck “Aw-Shucks” boys that deserve my “support”. These are millionaire professionals, mostly, and it’s ok to have expectations of professionals and veterans. If they go out on Thursday night and blow assignments, get penalized 10 or more times and turn the ball over then they aren’t progressing, they’re inconsistent. In a weak division that is suddenly wide open, I’ll be disappointed if they don’t make some noise now that I know they can. The Ginas are as weak as we’ve seen them be during Coughlins tenure there and, if the Redskins play like they have been playing on the line of scrimmage, this should be another completely winnable game.

  7. goback2rfk - Sep 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    The offensive line is the real hero so far. They have played very well and Scheriff is doing great.
    The defense looks about 100 times better than it did under Haz-No-Brains.
    Reed has looked strong and I hope he stays healthy.
    Big game on Thursday night especially with the other teams in the division struggling. Definitely could use a big divisional win Thursday night! Looking at it in hindsight it certainly appears since the division is so weak we certainly we have a chance at the NFC East title this year. httr.

    • cmehustle - Sep 21, 2015 at 1:39 PM

      Agreed! Somehow the Giants as bad as they are always scare me. But if we win this game, lookout! The inner skins fan in me though somehow feels Kirk will throw another four or five picks, RG3 gets hurt on the sidelines, and Snyder fires Gruden and comes down to coach the team himself. Call it battered fan syndrome, or whatever. I just feel the bottom will fall out eventually with this team, I mean how does it not?

      • goback2rfk - Sep 21, 2015 at 2:34 PM

        Oh It will fall out for sure. I am just hoping it is not a 5 – 11 fall out. I was thinking they could keep it interesting and battle for that divisional title at 8 – 8.
        You never know 8 – 8 might win the division this year. The NFC Least I mean East is one of the weakest divisions in football.

  8. hitmeimopen - Sep 21, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Try, try, try to keep your hubris in check, Skins fans. Yes, it was a blueprint win and yes, if we keep it up, la, la, la. But understand that keeping it up brings a ton of factors into play. Are they as desperate Thursday as they were yesterday? No. That means it will take determination to win. A very elusive element to capture.
    Go skins!

  9. 214hof - Sep 21, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    O-Line has put in some good work first to games of the year. Either the Phins’ front isn’t as good as projected or the Skins’ O-Line is just that damn good! ( I’d like to believe the latter) Defence dug in the second week in row, its amazing how well they can play when not being put in bad situations by the offence/teams. ( 3&outs, field position)

    Matt ” Mad Dawg” Jones was running like a Pit Bull off the leash this week!! love it keep it going!!

    HTTR!!

  10. kenlinkins - Sep 21, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    While I am not yet ready to suggest we all invest in Redskins play-off futures / options, I do see real advancement in a few areas. IMO we are seeing some player development at O-Line (Moses & Scherff), LB (Robinson & Riley), RB (Thomas & Jones) and Pass Rush (Murphy, Smith) WR (Grant & Crowder) S (Robinson & Jarrett), Added to the talents who were here like Kerrigan, Williams, Hatcher, Hall and Garcon with the new Free Agents like Culliver, Knighton, Paea, Goldson and you have a team that could make some noise. This team should be 2-0 right now but a win Thursday night will go a long way to cause a buzz in the NFL that the Redskins are on the right track and starting to build a winner. BY THW WAY: Did anyone see Orakpo over run Johnny Football and get beat on a spin move that allowed a 60 yard TD pass to seal the win vs Cleveland? Two games, NO Sacks and 5 tackles. ALSO Rambo played 77 snaps for Buffalo in week one ( I still wonder if the Redskins gave up on him too soon and maybe coaching was the real problem). The good news is that maybe mistakes like these two guys will not keep happening now that the Redskins seem to have a GM who knows what he is doing!

    • skinsgame - Sep 21, 2015 at 10:19 AM

      I’ve kept an eye on Orakpo and Helu both. Helu hasn’t had a single touch yet this season.

    • mr.moneylover - Sep 21, 2015 at 11:31 AM

      Yeah I did…orackpo still struggling and can you imagine if we had a healthy junior gaullet ill defense will be #1….ill secondary will finally be at full strength going up against the giants….and ill offense should only get better after the eagles game because we will get desean jackson back….kai forbath miss a 42 yard field goal last week dan hopskin made a 46 yard field goal in windy conditions it look like redskins picked up a stud kicker

  11. mr.moneylover - Sep 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    No time to sleep…thursday night is the time to put the NFL on notice the redskins is a different team and they coming to knock your head off….we bein over looked as a easy win its time to shut that down and take controll of the NFC east….even tho im not a kirk cousins fan if we pull off this win against the giants then ill praise kirk cousins….like B-mitch said its one game chill out

  12. cmehustle - Sep 21, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Man I cant even be upset right now. I really want a QB because I feel that no one on our roster can get us to that next level. I even really wanted us to go after Gruden to replace Shanahan, and we somehow got him. Then of course RG3 fell apart, Gruden looked to be over his head, and Cousins looked like Ryan Leaf Jr. I begin feeling that way that all us Skins fans have become a costumed to feeling anytime someone not named Gibbs is coaching this team. I felt like 3-13, 4-12 would be the ceiling this season, another coaching change, rinse and repeat. But hey, all of a sudden we have talent on this team and were actually using that talent! I know right! Running the ball behind a big o line, and when Deshawn comes back you wont be able to stack the d against us because of the deep threat that even Kirk Cousins cant overthrow. As bad as this division is? Maybe we can do 8-8 or even 9-7. Probably not, but still it gives me hope, for the first time since the first game of the 2013 season.

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