After reviewing the film of the Redskins-Giants week 13 game several times, I hand out the following class grades to the Redskins offense.
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HEAD OF THE CLASS
LT Trent Williams. He looked barely fit to function in pregame warmups, but once the game began the team's best offensive lineman all season was that again. The Redskins averaged 9.4 yards per carry on 12 carries over left tackle against the Giants and New York often looked helpless to do anything about it. And it wasn't just one big RG3 run that did it -- TB Alfred Morris averaged 6 yards per carry on 8 carries over the left end and left tackle positions. Trent did well enough in pass-blocking -- allowing one QB hit and hurry -- that his run-blocking, which was so superb, earns him top honors this week. Williams suffered a very bad deep thigh bruise early in the Thanksgiving Day win in Dallas, but the extra rest helped him recover enough in time to play on Monday night, but it is literally incredible that he played at such a high level.
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FB Darrel Young. What more can you ask from the young linebacker-turned-fullback? He's been terrific all season but he played his best game on Monday night. His lead blocking was just spectactular, as he took out linemen, linebackers and a safety or two. Many of Morris' 124 rushing yards happened because of great blocking in front of him by Young. But in addition to his blocking, Young also carried the ball twice for eight yards. Not a big deal, right? Wrong. Both carries were on third and short and both went for first downs. And he gained two yards after contact on each run. That's tough, hard running to get the yards the team needed to convert third and short into first down. It's easy to see why the Shanahans like Young so much -- he's a man's man and a ferocious football player.
TB Alfred Morris. The rookie tailback ran for a career-high 124 yards and averaged 5.6 yards per carry. This eclipsed his previous high of 120 yards which also came against the Giants. Alfred did a solid job in pass protection, but it was his tough running that really helped the Skins win. He hurt himself and the team with a terrible fumble deep in Giants territory, but he bounced back and helped bury New York by picking up tough first downs in the fourt quarter. His 6-yard run on third and three with 1:07 left in regulation, which effectively ended the game, was a piece of brutal beauty, as he shrugged off the Giants defensive lineman who grabbed him short of the first down marker, and pushed forward, finally diving to the ground 6 yards past the line of scrimmage. Morris broke two tackles on the night and gained 67 yards after contact. The dude is a grown-ass man.
QB Robert Griffin III. He fumbled deep in Giants territory because he wasn't covering up the ball, but got lucky when teammate Josh Morgan grabbed the ball out of the air and ran it into the end zone. However, he did run for 72 yards, threw a touchdown pass, no picks and made a huge throw with about two minutes left to pick up a first down in Giants territory, allowing the Skins to run out the clock. He threw some beautiful passes, particularly to Pierre Garcon, that were so perfectly on target that the receivers did not have to break stride and picked up big yards after the catch. Great games from RG3 are becoming routine.
WR Pierre Garcon. Caught twice as many pases on Monday night  as he had in any one game this season. It was Garcon's best day as a receiver, as the Giants found it very difficult to cope with his rare blend of size and quickness. No Giants defender who tried to cover Garcon did particularly well, but CB Prince Amukamara and LB Chase Blackburn had the most trouble. He did drop a pass, but he also forced two missed tackles and caught Washington's only TD pass.
WR Josh Morgan, WR Leonard Hankerson, LG Kory Lichtensteiger, C Will Montgomery, RG Chris Chester, RT Tyler Polumbus, TE Logan Paulsen.
MUST DO BETTER
WR Santana Moss. Only in for 15 plays, didn't catch a pass and didn't block particularly well, which isn't a shock since he's not a terribly good blocker.
TE Niles Paul. Only in for 13 plays and did nothing apart from dropping the only pass thrown his way. Drops are a problem for Paul, which probably explains why he rarely sees a football thrown his way.