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Need to Know: Redskins quick hits--No place like home for Morris

Need to Know: Redskins quick hits--No place like home for Morris

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.

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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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Redskins OC Matt Cavanaugh takes you inside Vernon Davis' touchdown against the Panthers

Redskins OC Matt Cavanaugh takes you inside Vernon Davis' touchdown against the Panthers

With NFL RedZone, All-22 footage and GamePass, it’s literally never been easier to access information about your favorite teams and players. Still, nothing can quite beat the actual players and coaches, especially those who drew up those plays in the first place.

Redskins offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh was happy to share some insight on the touchdown pass Alex Smith threw to Vernon Davis to kick off the scoring against the Panthers in Week 6. 

The Redskins took over possession after a Carolina turnover, and the offense was ready to strike quickly. Smith found Davis wide open in the end zone and connected with his longtime tight end to give the ‘Skins an early 7-0 lead.

Interestingly, as Cavanaugh points out, the play was designed to clear out space for the team’s top tight end, Jordan Reed. Instead, the Panthers safety rolled towards Reed, who is generally seen as the more likely receiving threat. You can see in the video of the play that Smith does look towards Reed first, and then noticed the rolling safety leaving Davis wide open down the seam.

Cavanaugh also emphasizes how vital it is for the offense to be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

“When we’re not on the field and the defense creates a turnover and all of a sudden we’re back out there, we gotta be ready to score, particularly when we get the ball in that great field position. It’s huge, it obviously set the tone for the rest of the game for us.”

A one play, 22-yard drive certainly does show off an offensive unit ready to score quickly and without the benefit of a long possession to get into rhythm.

Hopefully Cavanaugh doesn’t give away too many of his X’s and O’s secrets, but it’s always fascinating to experience a behind-the-scenes look at important plays. It’s even more fun when those plays are of Redskins touchdowns, and it’s the most fun when those plays are of Redskins touchdowns that come in Redskins victories.

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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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