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Saturday Slop: Getting ready for Redskins vs Rams

A look at the top Redskins stories of the day

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Under Jay Gruden, opening losses lead to Week 2 rebound | ESPN

In two of their four opening losses under Gruden, they've run the ball well with a combined 322 yards. And the defense allowed only 34 combined points in those games. There's not a one-size-fits-all explanation. For the league, offenses averaged 18.7 points last week compared to 21.9 in the 2016 opener. For quarterbacks, their passer ratings were a combined 87.1 last week; it was 92.7 in Week 1 a year ago.

Josh Doctson questionable for Rams game | ESPN

Redskins run game in search of answers | ESPN

But notice something? No runs longer than six yards by a back. In his last seven games, including six last year, Kelley has averaged only 3.3 yards per carry with three carries for 10 or more yards. Don’t just blame him: In that time span, the Redskins rank 22nd in yards per carry before first contact, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Washington Redskins in tough game against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2
The Redskins and Rams will meet on Sunday afternoon from Los Angeles as the Rams look to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Redskins vs Rams preview: Too early for must win? | CSN

Been a while - The Redskins haven't played in L.A. since 1994. Bill Clinton was president and the most of the nation had never heard of the internet. Truthfully, playing in new environs should not be a big deal for pro athletes, and the Skins are no exception. West coast travel can be a bit of a burden, but the team will head to California after practice on Friday to acclimate to the time change. One thing to watch: USC will play Texas on Saturday night at the L.A. Colliseum, less than 24 hours before the Redskins face the Rams. Keep an eye on that field.

Emphasis on the draft has the Redskins getting younger | CSN

It seems that being in the middle of the pack is a good place to be. The two oldest teams in each conference, the Bills and Cardinals, and the two youngest, the Rams and Browns, finished with losing records last year and aren’t expected to contend this year.

Washington Redskins: Several NFL experts predict win over LA Rams
The Redskins are on the road against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2 of NFL schedule.