FEDEX FIELD - After a good outing and effort against the Giants in a win last weekend, many expected the Redskins run game to return Monday night against Dallas. The results can be viewed in different ways: Washington stayed committed to its ground game, rushing the ball 26 times, but the results were underwhelming, as the team gained just 73 yards.
"They did a lot of stunts and sent a lot of pressure to kind of stop our run game and get us one-dimensional," Redskins RB Alfred Morris said following the 19-16 loss. "They did a good job of game planning."
Throughout the first half, the Dallas defensive line seemed to confuse the Washington offensive line, as ends and tackles crossed their attack routes at the snap. Couple that with repeated blitzes from the interior of the line, and the Redskins offense had little chance to move the ball through the air or the ground. At halftime, Washington had accumulated only seven first downs and 116 yards.
"It was heartbreaking," Morris said. "It's tough when it's a close game."
Last week head coach Jay Gruden got Alfred Morris 23 carries, though this week, the Redskins gave the ball to rookie Matt Jones. He finished the game with 18 carries for 49 yards while Morris carried the ball six times for 12 yards.
"We never know what's going to happen," Morris said of the running back split. "We just kinda play it by ear."
Morris said that no matter who gets the carries, all of the running backs root for one another and try to point out spots the team can take advantage. Against the Dallas defense on Monday night, it didn't seem like much mattered.
"You know the record just doesn't show how good that defense really is," 'Skins RB Chris Thompson said. "They have a really good defense."
Much like Gruden, Morris said after the game that despite the loss the Redskins still can finish strong with four games remaining.
"It's the truth. We still got everything in front of us,"Morris said. "Everything we set out to accomplish is still in grasp."
It starts next week in Chicago, and Washington will get another chance against Dallas in the regular season's final week.
"After coming out of a tough loss like this against a rival opponent and you know you fall hard, It can be tough," Morris said. "At the same time there's still hope."