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The call put the Redskins at the Saints‘ 1-yard line, from where they scored on the next play. Instead of turning the ball over on downs, the Redskins increased their lead to 13 points.

RG3 BREAKDOWN:Griffin in the game was 19-of-26 passing for 320 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions; a passer rating of 139.9.

Out of shotgun, he was: 15 of 21 for 176 yards and a touchdown; a passer rating of 112.4.

From under center, he was: 4 of 5 for 144 yards, a touchdown and a sack; a passer rating of 158.3, which is the highest possible.

On play-action passes, he was: 12 of 15 for 237 yards, a touchdown and a sack; a passer rating of 141.0. That’s a good indication of how effective play-action was in sucking the Saints‘ linebackers toward the line of scrimmage, or at least freezing them, to create openings over the middle for Griffin to attack.

On straight passes (no run fakes), he was: 7 of 11 for 83 yards and a touchdown; a passer rating of 116.9.

The Saints tackled Griffin or contacted him to the ground 13 times during the game. Six of those occurred on designed runs. They’re stats worth keeping track of as the Redskins try to balance effectively using Griffin’s speed with the need to preserve his health.

⦁ Coach Mike Shanahan, in his remarks to media Monday after analyzing the game video, noted how greatly play-action, and specifically QB Robert Griffin III as a threat to run, affected the Saints‘ linebackers. A perfect example of this was WR Joshua Morgan’s 21-yard reception early in the third quarter.

Griffin took the shotgun snap and faked an inside draw to RB Alfred Morris. The fake froze MLB Curtis Lofton and brought LB David Hawthorne and S Malcolm Jenkins up to the line of scrimmage chasing air. That left the middle of the field wide open for Morgan, who beat CB Patrick Robinson off the line with a stutter step and inside release. Morgan had plenty of open space into which to slant, and Griffin had an unobstructed throwing lane because the defenders had vacated the space.

Similar plays occurred throughout the game, even on play-action passes from under center. The 88-yard touchdown to WR Pierre Garcon was a good example of that.

⦁ The Saints struggled to stop QB Robert Griffin III on zone read runs early because their linebackers AND the defensive end would crash down on RB Alfred Morris. Griffin could easily read the end taking a flat route to Morris and keep the ball with space to run. He had runs of 12 and 7 yards on the first three drives.

New Orleans adjusted by having the linebacker stay wide to cover Griffin, while the end continued to crash down. That opened up passes over the middle.

Morrisgained only 16 yards on six zone-read carries, by my count. What stood out to me about those is how the Redskins’ offensive line often blocked straight ahead on those plays, more similar to a power scheme than the inside/outside zone running game characteristic of coach Mike Shanahan’s offenses.

The Redskins’ assembled this offensive line with athletic – and sometimes smaller – linemen suited to the zone scheme, so if the spread/zone read requires power blocking concepts, it’ll be interesting to see how the Redskins’ line performs. They’ll see lots of room for improvement on Sunday’s game.

⦁ Communication on offense was a topic leading up to Sunday’s game because of the Superdome crowd noise. The Redskins handled shotgun snaps well. When Griffin was ready to receive the snap, he dipped his right arm to the ground. RG Chris Chester opened up his left shoulder in his stance to look back and wait for Griffin’s signal. When Chester saw Griffin dip his arm, he tapped C Will Montgomery. Montgomery would then bow his head to indicate he was about to snap the ball, and then he snapped it. Here’s thinking the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis won’t be as loud this Sunday.

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