Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 5, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Seahawks on Monday night football.
Redskins quick hits
—Alfred Morris loves playing at FedEx Field. In his last 13 home games he has 1,132 yards rushing, an average of 87.1 yards per game. That’s a season pace of almost 1,400 yards.
—Morris is on pace to run the ball 284 times for 1,264 yards in 2014. That would be almost identical to his 2013 season (276/1,275). If he can gain at least 1,112 yards this season he will become just the 13th player in NFL history to rush for at least 4,000 yards in his first three seasons in the NFL.
—Yesterday we looked at the possible benefits of attacking the Seahawks through the air. But Jay Gruden will need to be sure that Alfred Morris gets his carries. In Morris’ 36 games with the Redskins they are 0-9 when the carries the ball 14 times or fewer. They are 11-5 when he has at least 20 rushing attempts. Of course, we have to be careful to properly sort out cause and effect there—if a team gets the lead it naturally is going to start handing the ball off—it’s still critical for the Redskins to maintain two viable dimensions on offense.
—Kirk Cousins is going to look to shake off the effects of his four-interception game against the Giants last Thursday. Whatever halftime adjustments teams are making against him seem to be working. In his six games as an NFL starter he has thrown only two interceptions in the first half but he has tossed nine picks in the second half.
—Nobody expected DeSean Jackson to match the numbers he put up in his career year in 2013 (82 rec., 1332 yds., 9 TD) but he is considerably off that pace so far this season. He has 15 catches for 207 yards and one TD. That puts him on pace for 60/828/4. That would be a career worst in terms of yards for him with the exception of his injury-shortened 2012 season.
—Pierre Garçon is only a little off of the pace he set last year when he led the NFL and set a Redskins record in receptions with 113. At his current rate he would catch 96 passes, a performance that would be third in team history for single-season receptions behind his 2013 and Art Monk’s 106 in 1984.
—Garçon’s numbers are not as consistent as they were last year. In 2013 he did not catch fewer than five passes in any game and he only hit double digits once. This year he has a 10-catch game (Texans) and an 11-catch game (Eagles). But he caught just one vs. the Jaguars and two against the Giants.
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—Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park; no media availability
—Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 1; Redskins @ Cardinals 7; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 22
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