For Redskins, run game in 'DNA'

For Redskins, run game in 'DNA'
October 22, 2013, 11:45 am
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Shanahan: Robert is feeling more comfortable

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) hands the ball off to Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field.

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The Redskins played to their strengths on Sunday, and in turn, registered just their second win of the season. 

In the 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears, Washington rolled off more than 200 yards of rushing. More than 90 yards came from workhorse running back Alfred Morris, and for the second straight game, Robert Griffin III made an impact on the ground as well.

Last season during a run to the NFC East title, the Skins had the best run game in the NFL, averaging almost 170 yards per game on the ground in 2012.

"It's part of our DNA to have a good run game," Redskins guard Chris Chester said following the win against the Bears.

Early in the season RG3 looked a step slow as he worked his way back from offseason knee surgery. In turn, the offense never looked as explosive as it did last year, particularly in the read option game.

Against the Bears, and even the week before in a loss to Dallas, Griffin again looked like a dangerous run threat.

"Robert did a great job in space, picking us up some big chunks of yards," Chester said. "That’s huge for our whole offense."

In the last two games, Griffin has rushed for more than 160 yards. In his first four games, RG3 accounted for just over 70 yards on the ground.

Another weapon for the Skins rushing attack reemerged in Roy Helu. Since Morris left the win against Oakland with a rib injury, Helu has played a bigger role for Washington, and produced.

In his last three games, Helu has averaged more than 40 yards rushing and close to 30 yards receiving. Helu missed most of the 2012 season with an Achilles injury, but proved a capable runner as a rookie in 2011.

Morris remains the clear No. 1 runner, but Helu's skill as a receiver and speed out of the backfield makes for a good complement. 

"Having both of them back and both of them healthy, throw Robert in the mix, it’s a great running game," Redskins tackle Trent Williams said. "As the o-line you take pride in the run game." 

If the Skins want to claw back into the NFC East title race for 2013, they best return to their 2012 ways. Piling up more than 200 rushing yards per game like they did against the Bears will get them there.