Those who sometimes accuse Kyle Shanahan of being too pass happy should have been pleased with how the play calling unfolded on Sunday against the Giants.
The Redskins called 39 rushing plays and 25 pass plays. That comes to just about a 60-40 run-pass ratio. That’s a complete flip-flop from the Redskins average for the season. Coming into the game, the Redskins had passed on about 62 percent of their offensive plays.
You might look at the final score and think that the Redskins ran a lot after they had jumped to a big lead. But that would be ignoring the fact that the Redskins ran more in the first half, while they were building that 17-3 lead, than they did in the second half.
Here is the breakdown on the three first-half drives the Redskins used to take that 17-0 lead:
*10 plays, 52 yards, resulting in 36-yard Gano field goal to take 3-0 lead—5 pass plays, 4 run plays
*13 plays, 82 yards, resulting in 20-yard Grossman to Moss touchdown pass to take 10-0 lead—5 pass plays, 8 run plays
*9 plays, 41 yards, resulting in 6-yard Darrel Young touchdown run to take 17-0 lead—2 pass plays, 7 runs
That comes to 12 passes and 19 runs while building a 17-point lead. While it would be surprising to see a 60-40 run to pass ratio again anytime soon, it does show that Kyle is not always a pass-first offensive coordinator.