Stopping the Option
The Washington offense is based around the run game and the option attack that allows RG3 to open up and attack when the defense gets too preoccupied with stopping it. The success of that running game allows the Redskins to have one of the league’s most effective passing offenses off play-action fakes, which take on an added dimension of worry for defenses with the option fakes. No QB has a better passer rating when using play action than RG3’s 124.5 this season, and his yards per attempt figure more than doubles to 12.5 over passes attempted without play action. He is also completing 69.9% of those passes and has hit teams for eight touchdowns.
In order to stop the play action passes the Giants need to stuff the run, and last meeting they couldn’t. Alfred Morris racked up 120 yards at 5.5 per carry, while Darrel Young added 26 from his five carries, but perhaps the biggest issue was they lost contain on the quarterback completely, allowing him to notch 89 yards on the ground. Four of those were scrambles accounting for 44 yards, but five were designed option runs where the Giants blew their defense for 45 yards. If the Redskins get a similar result this week, they will likely hurt the Giants more on play action.
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