The Redskins posted 500 yards of offense against the Chargers on Sunday, the most they have had in any game since the 1999 season. They got there by getting a few chunk plays—Pierre Garçon had three receptions of 30 yards or more—but it was mostly through sustained drives. Their five longest drives covered 92, 52, 84, 79, and 75 yards.
The key to sustaining the drives, according to quarterback Robert Griffin III, was converting on third down. They were successful on 12 of 17 third down attempts and, as Griffin noted, they weren’t all third and short.
“You would think going 12 of 17 on third down that you would have a lot of short third down conversions and we didn't really,” he said. We had some third and eights, third and 10's and guys just executed.”
The Redskins did do better on third and long than they had done all year. Going into the game they had converted third and nine just twice 12 tries. On Sunday, they were one for one.
When the Redskins have faced 10 or more yards to go on third down this year, it usually proved to be a bridge too far. Going into the Chargers game they had converted just two of 21 attempts on third and 10 or longer. On Sunday they were a perfect three for three.
“That's what it's going to take--just everybody being on top of what they have to do and when they have that opportunity to make the play, they make it,” said Griffin.