Here is what you need to know on this Monday, November 24, six days before the Washington Redskins travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts.
Thoughts and observations on 49ers 17, Redskins 13
—It was good to see Alfred Morris get going again as he gained 125 yards on 21 carries. It was his first 100-yard game since November 7 of last year. When he gets on a roll, he makes players miss without putting on any kind of fancy moves. Morris doesn’t juke defenders, he just glides past them.
—Everyone has been calling for safety Phillip Thomas to play while absolutely nobody has been saying, “Where’s Greg Ducre?” Both were pressed into action yesterday in the wake of David Amerson’s suspension and in-game injuries, getting their first NFL defensive snaps. Ducre had two tackles and intercepted a Colin Kaepernick pass. Thomas had a tackle and recovered a fumble. On a team starved for takeaways with a struggling passing game, those were big. The way things usually work it might be a while before we see either one of them again but they made the most of their opportunities.
—Keenan Robinson was making sure tackles all over the field, but that is nothing new. He has looked like a rising star at inside linebacker ever since he took the field as London Fletcher’s replacement for the first OTA this year. When the 2014 season is in the rearview mirror we probably won’t look back at very much favorably but the emergence of Robinson will be a bright spot.
—Morgan Moses clearly isn’t ready to play left tackle in the NFL, especially against players like Aldon Smith and Justin Smith. What was disturbing was that he was thoroughly whipped on occasion, to the point where he completely lost contact with his defender. Usually an lineman who gets beaten maintains some degree of contact with the defender, able to guide him away from doing maximum damage or maybe even able to grab him to get a holding call rather than a sack. But too often Moses just looked lost.
—We’ll have plenty on the play of Robert Griffin III over the next couple of days. As I wrote last night, he was better than he was against the Bucs but still not nearly good enough. Yes, Moses and the offensive line hindered him and he took quite a beating. Still, he held on to the ball for too long frequently when he did have time to throw. Some easy throws were off target.
—Griffin was sharp during a second-quarter touchdown drive (4-4, 47 yards) and a third-quarter field goal drive (2-2, 34 yards). Outside of those two possessions he was 5 for 13 for 25 yards. Outside of the two scoring drives, no possession lasted more than five plays despite the fact that the rushing game was working well.
—The Redskins had a net of 77 passing yards after taking out yardage lost to sacks. The last time they had fewer passing yards in a game was last year when they mustered just 76 yards when they played the 49ers on Nov. 25. To get a lower net passing total you have to go back to November of 2004, when they passed for 73 yards against the Lions.
—Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden teleconference, 3 p.m.
—Days until: Redskins @ Colts 6; Rams @ Redskins 13; 2015 NFL Draft 156
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