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RG3 makes Redskins ground game among NFL's best

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III's look back at his 76-yard touchdown run was surprisingly analytical.

``I didn't realize how much I slowed down at the end, when was looking back at the guy,'' the Washington Redskins rookie quarterback said Wednesday. ``I was enjoying the moment. I usually don't do stuff like that. But I talked to a bunch of the players and the coaches and they said that was one of the best moments they've ever been a part of. I definitely realize how big it was and it is fun to watch it.

``But I'm done watching it now. ... I've moved on, but it's something that will live on in history, so I'm sure 20 years from now they'll still be talking about it, and that's the great thing about being able to play at the highest level.''

Twenty years from now? Griffin didn't sound like someone who was joking, nor did he sound like someone who was bragging. He's compartmentalized the moment and is ready to move on to his next hurdle - or high-jump bar. His teammates are pumped for their first NFC East game of the season Sunday vs. the New York Giants, but he claims not to be putting any extra into his preparation.

``I used to high jump back in the day,'' Griffin said. ``And my dad would always tell me you jump the same at 6-8 that you do at 6-foot. Just because it's at 6-foot doesn't mean you put less into it.''

The 76-yard dash - the NFL's longest touchdown by a quarterback in 16 years - in the 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings has helped make the Redskins the No. 2 rushing team in the NFL, and their 3-3 record means first place will be on the line Sunday at the Meadowlands. The Giants will be preparing for an offense that combines a scrambling quarterback, the option, other designed QB runs, a zone blocking scheme ahead of rookie running back Alfred Morris and timing routes from the West Coast passing offense.

Asked to come up with a name to describe it all, Shanahan's best effort has been ``the East Coast offense.''

``I'm not sure what the name of the offense is,'' Shanahan said. ``But we're just experimenting with what Robert can do, and we're having fun with it.''

Morris ranks fourth in the NFL, and is tops among rookies, with 538 yards rushing. Griffin is 15th with 379, easily the top quarterback. That 76-yard run was the first run of 15-plus yards allowed by the Vikings all season. The Redskins have run for at least 125 yards in every game this season, and Griffin (6) and Morris (5) are the NFL's first set of rookie teammates to each have at least five rushing touchdowns in the first six games of a season.

They make quite the tandem for opposing defenses.

``I don't think they can key on just Alfred, and that's one of the main plusses of the offense - is that they have to prepare for everything,'' left guard Kory Lichtensteiger said. ``They've got to prepare for Alfred. They've got to prepare for Robert running the ball. They've got to prepare for (receiver Brandon) Banks coming into the backfield - who knows where that's going to go. I think we've done enough to keep the defenses second-guessing themselves.''

Shanahan hints that the creativity is only just beginning.

``You get a quarterback like Robert, you see what he's comfortable with,'' Shanahan said. ``And you try to run your offense accordingly. But it's a learning experience. We're going to grow with this every week. ... It's kind of fun to tinker around with a number of things - some things you haven't done before.''

Notes: Shanahan said he doesn't plan to review the Redskins' concussion procedures after the team's third concussion in three weeks. Safety Jordan Pugh left Sunday's game late in the fourth quarter with a head injury, was cleared to return, then left the game again three minutes later with a concussion. ``I think we're fine with the procedures that are intact right now. ... It's in the doctor's hands. They do a great job evaluating these people, and hopefully they always make the right decision,'' the coach said. ... Griffin doesn't seem offended that Giants DE Osi Umenyiora referred to the rookie as ``Bob Griffin'' back in training camp. ``Bob, Robert, I don't care,'' Griffin said. ``I don't really talk that much trash. Osi is a great player. He's done great things, so I can't argue with him.''

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Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard out against Wizards

Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard out against Wizards

The Wizards will catch a break on Saturday night when they host the Toronto Raptors in the second game of their regular season, as Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard is being held out due to rest.

Leonard, who has been dominant so far for the 2-0 Raptors, is being limited in back-to-backs after he missed 73 games last season due to a quadriceps injury. The Raptors played the night before against the Celtics.

With Leonard out, the Raptors will likely rely on C.J. Miles and O.G. Anunoby at the small forward position. Shooting guard Delon Wright is also out with a shoulder injury.

Though Leonard and Wright are out of the mix, Toronto still has plenty of talent including All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry is averaging 21 points, seven assists and 3.5 rebounds through two games. 

Serge Ibaka has been their third-leading scorer with 15 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds. They also acquired Danny Green in the Leonard deal and he's off to a strong start with 12.5 points and five rebounds per game.

Leonard's absence may be noticed more on the defensive end, as he is one of the best in the NBA on the perimeter. That could make things a bit easier for Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr.

The Wizards and Raptors next play on Nov. 23. That game is in Toronto.

 

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'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

Zach Brown is a fearless player. Turns out, Zach Brown's dad is pretty fearless, too.

That first statement is one you can confirm by watching the Redskins linebacker play each time he takes the field, often times hurt.

The second statement, on the other hand, was confirmed earlier this week in an interview between Brown and JP Finlay about the Washington-Dallas rivalry.

"It got under our skin, knowing we got swept by them [last year]," the defender told Finlay after a weekday practice. "You just hate to go back home and hear them talk so much trash."

The leader of the brave "them" who actually taunt a 250-pound LB following a loss? Oh, just Brown's father, who's a diehard Cowboys supporter.

"My dad was giving it to me," he said while looking back on the 2017 season. "I said, 'Don't worry about it. Next year's gonna be a different movement.'"

"I'm gonna talk trash at the end of this season," Brown added. "It's a house divided."

Adrian Peterson knows what Brown's talking about. The Texas native even went as far as to break down exactly how his own house is divided.

According to him, 75-percent of his family are all about the Cowboys, 10-percent are looking for him to put up good numbers in a 'Boys victory and the final 15-percent have converted to the burgundy and gold.

Rookie corner Greg Stroman can relate as well. The Virginia kid who'll be making his debut in the series he's very familiar with said his grandma and her relatives fall on both sides of the matchup.

Stroman does have one advantage over Brown and Peterson, though. Unlike the two veterans, he was able to get his entire family's rooting interests in order for Sunday, at least.

"They all bought in now," he said.

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