The Washington Redskins have struggled mightily this season on the offensive side of the ball, and they needed to be at their best on Sunday if they wanted to come away with a win.
The Redskins had a tough game against a San Diego Chargers team that wanted to continue their run of positive results. In the end the defense was able to stop a comeback in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, and Robert Griffin III ended up winning the game in overtime 30-24 thanks to their potent rushing attack.
With RG3 being unable to find the receivers near the end zone, the Redskins turned to their rushing game to put points on the board. Alfred Morris had 25 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown, but the real star of the game was Darrel Young, who scored three times including the winning TD on a four-yard run. Young was a red zone threat as he only carried the ball five times but finished in the end zone on three occasions.
It’s clear that this team will go as far as Griffin can take them, but it’s always nice to know there are other options to create damage if the passing game isn’t working. The Redskins have one of the best young running backs in the league in Morris, and the play of both Young and Roy Helu at some key moments this season is the example of a clear thing: When the Redskins are able to run the ball they are a very dangerous team.
The Redskins are far from a perfect team offensively and they clearly have a lot of work to do if they want to contend for a playoff spot this year, but it’s always easier to patch things up after a win.