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Commitment to run game: Entering the season, the idea that Alfred Morris would not have a 100-yard performance after six games would have seemed ridiculous. But sure enough, since rushing for 91 yards in the season opener, Morris has seen his numbers and impact declined. (The last five games: 85 yards, 77, 63, 29, 41). Jay Gruden once again preached the importance of getting the running game going, and he said that he himself needs to do a better job of sticking with it even if the yards don't come as easily as he would like. Washington could have found the perfect "get-right" opponent. The Titans allowed 154.3 rushing yards per game during their four-game losing streak. A steady dose of Morris could do wonders for the offense.
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Wide receiver DeSean Jackson has scored three touchdowns of 60 yards or more (60, 64, 81). With a fourth, he would become the first Redskins player with four 50-plus-yard receptions since Santana Moss in 2005.
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Field position has been a terrible issue for Washington, and there are a few statistics that reveal what a huge problem it has been. For openers, the Redskins start an average of 77.2 yards from the end zone. The opposition starts an average of 68.6 yards away, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Redskins rank 29th in both areas. And the minus-8.5 margin ranks 31st in the NFL, ahead of only Jacksonville. For what it's worth, the defense allows only 29.0 yards per drive, which ranks 10th in the NFL.
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Third downs - Entering Sunday's game, the Redskins were second to last in third down conversion percentage (32.4), including a dismal 6 for 30 the last three games. Most troubling, though, is the fact that Gruden says the repeated failures are the result of "a little bit of everything," which indicates there's no easy fix. "I've broken down every third down for the whole season and, on the ones we didn't convert, sometimes it may be a protection issue, sometimes it's a route issue, sometimes Kirk coming off the receiver too quickly and not giving the play a chance to develop, sometimes it's just a poor throw," Gruden said. Oh boy. One more discouraging stat: Cousins' third down passer rating is 39.8, by far the worst among qualified passers. Interestingly, the Titans are the only team with a worse third down conversion percentage (31.9).
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