LOS ANGELES—The Redskins got on a roll on the ground against the Rams and nobody enjoyed it more than left tackle Trent Williams.
“We’ve been looking for that run game all preseason,” said Williams. “That’s what we wanted to do, we wanted to establish the line of scrimmage. We wanted to set out pads and be able to go forward a little bit so Jay allowed us to do that today and we stepped up to the plate.”
The Redskins haven’t been able to run the ball well all year. During the preseason the starting offense was unable to establish anything on the ground. In their first game that counted they averaged 3.8 yards per carry on 17 attempts against the Eagles. But it was worse than the those numbers looked as quarterback Kirk Cousins tied for the team rushing lead with 30 yards. Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson combined to run 13 times for 34 yards, an unimpressive 2.6 yards per attempt.
But it was different in the LA Coliseum on Sunday. Kelley had six rushing attempts on the Redskins’ first possession. He had 12 by the middle of the second quarter when a rib injury knocked him out of the game. Thompson ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns, including a 61-yard scamper. Rookie Samaje Perine took the load the rest of the way and he ended up with 21 carries for 67 yards. His average of 3.2 yards per carry was not impressive but he was effective enough to keep the defense honest.
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“Five yards here, 10 yards there, and then 20, five, two, three,” said Williams. “As long as it’s going forward the defense has to respect it. When you’ve got those talented bunch who get to the passer like they do you have to give them a different look.”
Offensive linemen love run blocking and Sunday was a dream game for the Redskins’ offensive front.
“It takes the stress off of us,” said Williams. “It takes a lot off our shoulders.”
And isn’t less stress at work what we all want?