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Morris isn't sweating Eagles' wide-9

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Morris isn't sweating Eagles' wide-9

The Eagles 4-3 defense; specifically the 'wide-9,' is designed to smother outside runs. Keeping in mind the Redskins love to run the option, seemingly playing right into the teeth of Philadelphia's defensive scheme, rookie running back Alfred Morris is treating Sunday like any other game.

"I prepare for all games the same way. I mean the game plan changes, the plays you run change but the way I prepare doesn't change. I'm always going to go out there and leave it all on the field, give it my all."

Morris admits, however, getting past the Eagles won't be easy.

"They do pose a threat with the four D linemen, a lot of penetration, a good front four...so with that mindset, I gotta go out there on the fly and adjust, adapt as I always do. You know all the defenses are pretty much different, even if it's the same scheme, you know the players in that scheme are going to be different so it's going to be a challenge and I look forward to it."

So should we expect to see the Redskins attack the middle of that wide-9?

"I guess we'll have to see...that would be awesome though."

Morris then took a page from Coach Mike Shanahan's press conference playbook in emphasizing the importance of walking away with a 'W' Sunday.

"It's a must win for us, it's a playoff game for us. We have to win it if we want to keep our hopes up for the post season, so right now our focus is the eagles."

Morris was uncharacteristically solemn Thursday, perhaps the weight of a 3-6 season was taking it's toll, but the rookie perked up a bit when discussing seeing his little brother play ball for the first time during the bye.

Instead of giving his younger brother advice, Alfred said the two actually, 'feed off one another.' With his brother in attendance, Shawn Morris put on a show Saturday in a performance that caused Al Mo to joke that he needs to "get his numbers up."

The senior running back at Birmingham Southern scored three touchdowns and rushed for 255 yards on 38 carries, leading the Panthers to a 35-21 victory over Milsaps. One of those TDs was a reception.

Shawn would earn Southern Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.

Alfred admitted in a story that included multiple, 'awe mans' that it shocked him a bit when his brother gushed about his NFL accomplishments. Apparently, Shawn can only catch Redskins games on the radio and when he finally saw highlight videos fans' had posted...he was beyond 'proud' of his big bro.

No. 46 has averaged 88.1 rushing yards per game placing him 6th in the league with multiple 100 yard performances and don't forget about those five touchdowns. A solid performance versus the Eagles would be yet another proud moment in an already stellar rookie season.    

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Need to Know: Five key moments from Redskins vs. Giants

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Need to Know: Five key moments from Redskins vs. Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, November 24, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3 p.m.  

Days until:

—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 16
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 23
—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 30

The five key plays from Redskins vs Giants

Giants convert a third and 14 in the second quarter—This play just shouldn’t happen. Prior to this play New York had been 0 for 22 when trying to convert third and 12 or longer. But Eli Manning found Roger Lewis on the right sideline for a gain of 19. That kept alive a drive that ended with the Giants getting on the scoreboard first with a field goal.

Josh Doctson draws a pass interference flag late in the first half—The Redskins offense could get nothing going for most of the first half. After getting the ball at the Giants 48 with 1:04, they utilized Doctson for the first time. On first down, Kirk Cousins launched a pass toward Doctson who had cornerback Ross Cockrell beaten deep down the left sideline. Cockrell decided it would be better to give up a big play than give up a touchdown so he grabbed Doctson’s right arm, drawing a pass interference flag that put the ball at the 11. The Redskins couldn’t punch it in but a Nick Rose field goal tied the game just before halftime.

Kirk Cousins TD pass to Jamison Crowder—Again the Redskins got good field position in the third quarter and this time they took maximum advantage. They drove from midfield to a third and goal at the 15. Cousins couldn’t find anyone and scrambled to his right. That gave Crowder time to find some open space in the middle of the end zone. Cousins found him and fired a strike. It was Crowder’s first touchdown of the year and the Redskins had a 10-3 lead.

Janoris Jenkins 53-yard interception return—Later in the third quarter, Cousins just was looking for a little field position before punting and his pass to new third-down back Byron Marshall near the left sideline sailed high. It bounced off of Marshall’s hands and into the arms of Jenkins. They don’t call him  "Jackrabbit" for nothing and he sped into the end zone to tie the game at 10.

Cousins 14-yard touchdown pass to Josh Doctson—The Redskins were making the cardinal mistake of letting the underdog hang around. With the score still tied, the clock ticked under four minutes as Washington faced a second and eight at the 14. Cousins made a play-action fake and looked to the end zone. Doctson, who had Jenkins, the Giants best defensive back, covering him, lined up on the left and ran towards the post. Just as he got to the goal line he made a cut to the sideline. That got him a little separation from Jenkins and Cousins dropped the pass on the money for the winning touchdown.

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Five takeaways from the Redskins' necessary win over the Giants

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Five takeaways from the Redskins' necessary win over the Giants

Here are my five takeaways from the Redskins’ ugly 20-10 win vs. the Giants.

A Win is a Win:
If you are worried about style points you are doing it wrong. This was a banged up team on a short week playing for its life. Perhaps a better start would have made for a more comfortable win but they got done what they needed to do.

Jamison Crowder is on a Roll
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He gained a career-high 141 yards on seven receptions. The yardage broke his career high of 123 that he set in Week 8. The third-year receiver got off to very slow start, not posting over 52 yards in any game.

But he has broken out of his slump in a big way and Kirk Cousins is very glad to see it.

Perine is Ready:
The rookie was elevated into the starting role after Rob Kelley went onto injured reserve two weeks ago. His importance elevated when Chris Thompson went out for the year with a broken leg.

Fortunately for the Redskins, his play has elevated since becoming the starter. He rushed for 117 yards against the Saints on Sunday. Thursday, four days later, he couldn’t get anything going in the first half, gaining only three yards on seven carries. But he got rolling in the second half and finished with 100 yards on 24 carries.

The Redskins may well have lost this game if Perine, the only back who was on the roster as of three weeks ago, had not gotten himself on track.

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Defense Got Help: 
Eli Manning passed for 113 yards. Only six times in his career, which spans 211 games, has he thrown for fewer yards. There are three entities mainly responsible for Eli’s woes. The Redskins defense did a good job of putting pressure on him and for the most part the back seven played well in coverage. But Eli himself contributed to his own production problems.

On many occasions he had time to throw and a receiver open but he either sailed the ball well over the receiver’s head or threw it in the ground. Finally, when Manning did have time and delivered the ball on the money, his receivers frequently were unable to find the handle; there were several costly drops.

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There is Hope:
It’s too early in the weekend to go into much detail about the Redskins chances of making the playoffs but the losses earlier in the day by the Lions and Cowboys certainly helped.

It’s still a tough path to navigate.

But they did what they needed to do today in winning one of six games that looked winnable earlier this week. All they can do is try to get a winning streak together and they did all they could do in that regard on Thanksgiving.

Now it’s on to Dallas to see if they can take the next step.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.