By Rich Tandler
Here is what we’ll be talking about around Redskins Park this week:
--Trent Williams’ knee, Josh Wilson’s hammy—Another week, another injury report watch. Both Williams’ MCL and Wilson’s hamstring have grade one strains, which is the least severe. That doesn’t mean that the two players aren’t dealing with a lot of pain and there is a chance that one or both will miss Sunday’s game in Seattle. We’ll monitor the practice status of both players throughout the week. The status of LaRon Landry, who missed last Sunday's game with a return of his Achilles issues also will be watched closely.
--Offense finally scores, defense struggles—The Redskins scored 24 points against the Cowboys and that is not exactly an offensive explosion in the NFL. But if the Redskins had managed to post that many points in every game this year they would be 8-2. They gave up 27, however, the second most scored against them in a game this year. It wasn’t all on the defense as Dallas had a short field to work with on a few occasions but the defense had issues on third down. The Cowboys converted eight of 17 including several key plays. We’ll talk to Jim Haslett and the players about what went wrong.
--No running game—It would be great if this could go away as being part of the talking points every week but it just won’t. While the Redskins weren’t running into a brick wall play after play against Dallas as they have been some weeks, 24 carries for 60 yards (2.5 yards/carry) isn’t going to get improving the run game off of the to do list. The last running back to score a touchdown for the Redskins was Ryan Torain on Oct. 2. While there may not be much new to ask, we’ll continue to try to see if there is any explanation for the problems.