As always, the skill position players got the credit for the Redskins’ offensive performance against the Eagles. They racked up 417 yards of total offense with Kirk Cousins throwing, Pierre Garçon and rookie Jamison Crowder catching, and Alfred Morris and Chris Thompson running.
But they also moved the ball with a pretty solid performance by the offensive line.
Cousins dropped back to pass 47 times and he was sacked just once. The one sack was of the technical variety; Cousins actually got back to the line of scrimmage before Brandon Graham tackled him.
It should be noted that Kirk Cousins helped prevent some sacks by getting rid of the ball quickly and making some subtle movements in the pocket. And don’t underestimate the effect that Jay Gruden and Sean McVay had, especially on the final, game-winning drive. At a time when most teams are in all-pass mode and defenses are geared up to rush the passer, the Redskins ran on the first three plays of the drive and five of the first seven.
And while we’re throwing out caution flags against excessive celebrations here, it should be pointed out that the Eagles had just five sacks on the season coming into the game. They have some solid pass rushers like Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham but they have not produced much so far this year.
Still, the line has been revamped from the one that allowed 58 sacks last season, second most in the NFL. Some of the changes, such as Brandon Scherff to right guard and Morgan Moses to right tackle, were by choice. The insertion of Spencer Long into the lineup at left guard was out of necessity after Shawn Lauvao was placed on injured reserve last week. Only left tackle Trent Williams and center Kory Lichtensteiger remain from last year.
They are on pace to give up just 20 sacks this season, which would be a remarkable turnaround. Again, it’s not all about the line, but the group certainly have kept up their part of the bargain.